All posts by Brian Crimmins

Intelligent Rackety Paradise

Although little known, Kanoguti has been a prolific artist since he first started working in the mid 2000s. His works

Generations Lost

Generations Lost is a mystery of a video game. There aren’t even any sources to tell when exactly it was

Kitty on Your Lap

It’s common to see games take on reputations more concerned with the idea the game represents than with its actual

Steamgear Mash

In mainstream video game discourse, the mid-90s are often seen as an awkward growing period for the medium. The introduction


Personal games – games whose narrative strictly focuses on the quotidian and whose mechanics bend to meet that narrative –

Night Raid

Although shooters have been a fixture in video games since almost their inception, the bullet hell shooter didn’t exist until


In 2017, game designer Sophia Park made waves with Arc Symphony, a game about a fictitious fan community from the

Keith Courage in Alpha Zones

Keith Courage in Alpha Zones is primarily remembered as one of the first games released on the TurboGrafx-16 (it was even

8-bit Bayonetta

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Bayonetta

For as minor as it is, 8-bit Bayonetta has a habit of intersecting with histories that are marginally more significant

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Bayonetta

It’s not all that hard to figure out why Platinum Games thought the first follow-up to Bayonetta should be a

Bayonetta 2

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Bayonetta

The situation PlatinumGames faced while making Bayonetta 2 was completely different from the one they faced making the first Bayonetta.


This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Bayonetta

Platinum Games’ Bayonetta isn’t the first game developed by the studio (that honor goes to MadWorld), it’s almost certainly one of

Maken X

Maken X is an anomaly of a video game. Of Atlus’ two Dreamcast projects (the other being the horror game deSpiria),

Mamono Hunter Yohko

One of the most pleasant surprises one has playing video games is encountering a game that’s unaware of its own


In 2008, a small group of indie developers created a small prototype game named Dyson, after the hypothetical tree that could survive

America Daitouryou Senkyo

Despite rarely being recognized as such, the 1988 presidential election was one of the more influential elections of the modern

Onyanko Town

Micronics, the company behind Onyanko Town, wasn’t known for their original games. They were a creative-for-hire company like TOSE or


It’s difficult to approach discussing Catherine, Atlus’ PS3/X360 narrative-focused puzzle game, without also discussing the Persona series. Despite the lack of gameplay and

Shoujo Kakumei Utena

While nostalgia for the 1990s has become a cliche over the years, for anime, it feels at least somewhat appropriate.

Kowloon’s Gate

Kowloon’s Gate is a very difficult game. It’s not difficult in the sense that it presents challenges you’re likely to

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