Category Archives: Video Games

A Thousand Thousand Slimy Things Lived On

I wrote about Slimes in the Dragon Quest series eleven years ago, and mentioned the fact that they were inspired by Creeping Cruds from Wizardry, but Akira Toriyama drew them as cute. There was also a mention of Slimes in … Continue reading

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Have Your Elf a Merry Little Christmas

We watched a few Christmas-related things this month, and I wasn’t necessarily planning to post about them all at once, but that’s kind of how it worked out. There were some things for which I don’t necessarily have a full … Continue reading

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Intergalactic, Planetary, Planetary, Intergalactic

Next on my list of video games I haven’t played but watched playthroughs of to see what went on in them, it’s the Super Mario Galaxy games. They definitely look good, like how the Lumas resemble cuddly stuffed animals. Mario in … Continue reading

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Sidhe, Star, and Shaman Warriors

Ashes of Honor, by Seanan McGuire – Still in mourning over the death of her lover and loss of her daughter, October Daye finds out that her friend Sir Etienne had a changeling daughter with a mortal woman, and that … Continue reading

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Sometimes I Feel Like I Hurled Meself in Too Deep

I thought I should write something about last month’s free update to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, since it did add a fair amount to the game. I also looked up how to do a few other things that I could … Continue reading

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The Changing of the Gods

Stories of gods having to fight other gods for dominance over the world are quite common in mythology, but there are a few different sorts. Some have the new gods overthrowing older, established ones. Others have gods going to war … Continue reading

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Everyone’s Your Friend in Mushroom City

I watched a playthrough of part of Mario Party Advance for research purposes. It sounds silly saying that, even if it’s technically true; it’s not like I’m writing a scholarly study on Mario. But I was interested in what it added … Continue reading

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Caravan of Crossovers

I recently finished watching an entire playthrough of Dragon Quest Monsters: Caravan Heart. Beth said the guy playing sounded like Garfield. You know who no one ever said that about? Chris Pratt. But anyway, watching turn-based games can be a … Continue reading

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Right Off the Bat

When I played the first Dragon Quest, then called Dragon Warrior, I had a strategy guide from Nintendo Power that described Drakees as flying baby dragons.  This was interesting to me, as it gave a bit of a hint into … Continue reading

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Pandering to Pandavas

I’d been interested in the story of the Mahabharata, even more so since reading the Aru Shah books, in which the Pandavas are reincarnated as teenage girls. So I checked out an abridged edition translated by William Buck. While much … Continue reading

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