Walk into my suite on any recent given evening and you’ll be greeted by a wonderful chorus of profanity. My suitemates and I are in the throes of the Dark Souls franchise, with them working through Bloodborne and myself playing Dark Souls for the first time. They’re veterans so they know the ropes. I, however, am not faring quite as well. It took me nearly 50 hours just to get to the 5th boss and I’m only now getting the hang of it. Still, I’m determined to prevail. Suffice to say that when I finally slaughter whatever unholy critter waits for me as the final boss, it will be my crowning achievement in gaming. And to think, some people play this shit using only their fists without ever dying.
I’m a big believer in critical analysis of media, including videogames, and in the 60 tota... Read More
Today the Coins team talks…
A Brief Introduction
Well, we’ve finally made it to the big one: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. In truth, I wasn’t really sure what to expect when it came time to review Ocarina of Time, largely in part because I never actually played it up until now. I’ve been a masterrace elite PC gamer since I was a young ‘un and didn’t own a console until my mom got me a Nintendo Wii for my 11th birthday in 2007. Furthermore, the game’s heyday (late 90’s) occurred just a few years before I was really old enough to be into gaming anyway. Consequently, Ocarina of Time ended up being one of those games everybody always raves about that I just missed. I gave the remastered version on the 3DS a few tries but I only recently sat down and played it through... Read More
Over the past few months I’ve been putting some thought into my reviews and how they should be formatted. Every brilliant game blogger needs a system, right? I’ve tried all manner of grading systems in the past but I’ve settled on something relatively simple. In my mind, games can’t be summarized with specific grade letters or numbers. This is why my reviews will be handled differently, utilizing a system that makes more sense to me. Generally, all the games that I’ve played have fallen somewhere under one of these four categories. Here they are:
At the very top of the ladder are games worthy enough to be deemed “Legendary”. This here is unicorn territory and for a game to be considered “Legendary”, it’s gotta knock my damn socks off. For instance: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Th... Read More
I think my favorite thing about Pokémon Go is that a piece of my world is now being collectively enjoyed by pretty much everybody. I’ve been getting excited about Pokémon since I was 11 years old and now all my friends and family are getting excited about it too. It also, likely much to the satisfaction of Nintendo’s marketing team, has reignited my love for Pokemon, which is perfect because the new games, Pokémon Sun and Moon, come out this November.
What Works About Pokémon Go
For the most part, Pokémon Go is pretty great. First and foremost, Pokémon Go is gathering people together and bringing them outside into the world around them... Read More
When I first picked up Ori and the Blind Forest for a couple bucks during Steam’s Autumn Sale, I went in pretty much *ahem* blind. I knew it was a Metroidvania-esque platformer developed by Moon Studios and that it had won The Game Award for Best Art Direction but we all know that pretty games don’t necessarily make for good games. You can have a very high quality picture of a toilet but at the end of the day, you still only have a picture of a toilet.
“…pretty games don’t necessarily make for good games.”
You play as some type of light Pokémon named Ori who lives in a forest that has had its life-giving light stolen by a twisted creature of the night; an owl named Naru... Read More
Do you like video games, movies, technology, comic books, regular books, and all else nerdy? If you find yourself enjoying any number of things listed, chances are high that your ears will enjoy the brand-new Insert Additional Coins podcast. The show features myself, Lars Brady, as well as Cameron Anderson and John McMillan. Despite being separated by thousands of miles, the three of us convene each week over Skype to candidly walk our listeners through everything nerdy while also sharing our invaluable wisdom on such topics. It’s three handsome college dudes discussing videogames. What else could you need in your life?
Meet the hosts!
Lars’ is passionate about both video games and video game journalism...