All posts by Brian Crimmins

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

Florence

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

LOCALHOST

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.

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

Eufloria

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