But I realized today that sometime in the past few weeks, I’ve somehow fallen back into the habit of writing like an annoying, blowhard pundit. Seemingly half the stuff I’ve written at USgamer recently basically amounts to a string of tarted-up blog entries, the kind of stuff I posted regularly in my 1UP blog. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence, but in the same period of time I’ve also gotten back into the habit of exercising (which I fell out of when I began preparing for my relocation) and shaken off the mental fog that’s been hovering over me (which began around the time I relocated).
- What’s so hard about hard games? Inspired by Bob Mackey’s Dark Souls II review – though in no way a criticism of the review or Bob’s perspective – I free-associated for a bit about why it’s so difficult to find hard games that also are good games.
- WFC and the new impermanence of gaming: I recently realized I’m never going to be able to play Dragon Quest IX again the way god intended, and that bums me out.
- Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD review: Kind of a review. Mostly an anecdote about game music.
- The two Snakes: I can always find an excuse to write about Metal Gear.
- Rule Gridiania: I didn’t expect to like Final Fantasy XIV nearly as much as I do.
- The living City: I’m lukewarm on Thief, but I do think the City in which it’s set is kind of excellent. Maybe because it feels like sneaking through Ankh-Morpork, minus the clever satire.
I’ve been bugging the tech team to add blogging tools to USgamer, but in hindsight maybe it’s not necessary after all. I’ll just abuse more legitimate content wrappers.