Can’t Put It Down: The Irresistible Lure Of Replaying A Video Game

Being a gamer for a while has made me realize that video games will often be separated into a few categories: games we enjoyed but are okay with playing once, games we didn’t enjoy and will never play again, and games we loved so much you want to replay it again to relive the story and characters all over again. There are maybe a handful of games I played that fall into the latter category. Games where I was mesmerized by everything from start to finish and was actually sad when it was over.

I could tick off every game I would gladly replay, and always intended to do, but most of the time I don’t get to revisit. Year after year new games come out to inevitably entice you to move forward with those and never backward with the ones you’ve already played. But somewhere along the way one game comes along where the urge to replay finally takes hold and you answer the call without hesitation.

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November Update: What I’ve Been Playing, Reading, And Watching

As the weather gets increasingly chillier, at least from where I am, many of us are opting to stay inside and curl up with a good video game, book, or show. While the end of 2021 isn’t quite here yet, here are some of what I’m hoping to have finished before the year is out.

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Video Game Soundtracks I Can’t Get Enough Of

Music creates an emotional response within us that can evoke strong memories if it leaves a lasting impression on us. Whenever I hear the video game soundtrack of a game I thoroughly enjoyed or it has moved me beyond measure, I can easily recall favorite moments from the video game or it stirs up certain emotions I have felt towards the characters and story.

Much of 2021 has been a pretty good year for video games, especially as far as having a bit of a completed list of games under my belt, which has led to the discovery of soundtracks I can’t stop rotating between on Spotify. Here are my favorite video game soundtracks of the year.

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Anime Review: The World Ends With You

Beloved video games are no stranger to getting adapted for television, whether it be live action or anime form. Depending on the adaptation it can be faithfully done while providing an introduction into a video game some have never played before, or it can be a major letdown for those who have played the game and have been hoping the adaptation would further enhance what they experienced from the game. For The World Ends With You: The Animation it wasn’t the most exciting adaptation of a video game like I thought it would be.

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New York Comic Con 2021: What It Was Like Attending A Convention During An Ongoing Pandemic

The return to normalcy in the age of COVID-19 comes with plenty of caveats and uncertainty. The things you used to do before COVID times feels like a distant memory, where people didn’t have to weigh the potential risks and comfort levels of doing certain activities you never gave much thought to before. While the virus, unfortunately, is not over us as much as we’re over it, even with the vaccines, life does have to keep going on in some capacity. Including attending fun events like a comic convention.

Last Saturday I attended New York Comic Con at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City like I have done numerous times before the pandemic, and the experience was definitely different but fun despite the circumstances we’re still living with.

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Video Game Review: Life Is Strange – True Colors

Ever since French studio Dontnod Entertainment released Life is Strange in 2015, the decision-based, story driven adventure game about a teenager who has the power to rewind time, it went on to become one of the best interactive video games of the year. By combining the supernatural with the highs and lows of being a teenager, Dontnod created a compelling episodic narrative full of characters with nuance, unexpected twists, and a hella good soundtrack of indie artists to set the mood and tone of the entire game.

Developer Deck Nine continues the legacy Dontnod Entertainment started with the new game Life is Strange: True Colors.

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Q & A With Simpleek — The Bipolar Gamer

Today’s post is a reshare of my collaboration with The Bipolar Gamer where we both answered 5 questions about video games! Learn how we got into gaming, what game made us cry, and so much more! And after you’re done reading this, be sure to check out more from The Bipolar Gamer. Not only does he talk about video games, but he also discusses how he manages his Bipolar 2 Disorder and mental health. His posts are personal, insightful, and great to read. Don’t forget to give him a follow!

I recently had the pleasure of doing a collaboration with Simpleek. She’s also an avid gamer with a knack for writing as she creates very compelling content for her readers. I highly encourage you to check her out. What’s your favorite game of all time? TBG: Without a doubt, The Last of Us and The […]

Q & A With Simpleek — The Bipolar Gamer

First Few Hours With Neo: The World Ends With You

Of all the video games to come out of the 2021 season Neo: The World Ends With You is by far the highest on my list of games I’ve been looking forward to play. Now that the game is fully released, I have spent a good many hours diving back into Shibuya and the Reapers’ Game.

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Saints Row Reboot: Why I’m Okay With A Game Reset

No matter what form of entertainment you’re into we are constantly inundated with reboots of films, TV shows, and video games of originals that did well at the time they were released. There’s this sense of going back to what’s familiar, to invoke a sense of nostalgia for something that brought us a lot of joy and comfort. While it’s nice to revisit something from the past, relying too heavily on it hinders the chance for something new. But not all reboots are necessarily a bad thing when there’s a chance to approach something from a different angle. In the case of the recently announced Saints Row reboot, there’s an opportunity to present something new while keeping some things the same.

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Tomb Raider: A Thrilling Story Of Survival And How A Legend Was Born

Whether you’re a gamer or not Lara Croft has been one of the most recognizable video game characters since her first introduction to gamers in 1996’s Tomb Raider, and movies based on the games, starring Angelina Jolie, followed in 2001. Crystal Dynamics’s 2013 game Tomb Raider, and published by Square Enix, sought to refresh the series by giving Lara an origin story, and serves as a wonderful entry point for those who may not have ever played a Tomb Raider game before.

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