Sherlock Holmes and the Abominable Episode – 1.14.15

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If you’re a fan of Sherlock, you likely know that a holiday special was aired on January 1st, 2015 and it was something the entire fandom had awaited for with baited breath. The producers somehow figured one episode would tide fans over until freaking 2017. However, this episode was supposed to be special, set in the 1800’s. At first glance, the episode follows some alternative timeline where Holmes and Watson take down mysteries in Victorian era London, a hearkening to the setting of the original books.

If you’re worried about spoilers, I you recommend stop reading after this paragraph. Unfortunately, you may be better off if I just gave you a summary of the episode instead of choosing to spend two valuable hours of your life watching it...

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Five Favorite Things of 2015

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Well boys and girls, 2015 is officially over which means it’s time for  reminiscing. 2015 was an eventful year, featuring some both terrible and fantastic games, the revitalization of Star Wars with Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and a crisis over Nintendo’s 12$ plastic collectible Amiibos. Naturally, I decided to make a list of my five favorite things that were born this year. Though I may make a separate list of my 5 favorite games from 2015, I tried to diversify this list, picking a wide selection of nominees. In no particular order, here are my five favorite things given to us by 2015.

1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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Before Wild Hunt was released, I really did intend to play the Witcher games...

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Symphony of the Goddesses is a Legendary Time – 10.12.15

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What did you do last weekend? Because I probably had the coolest weekend ever. Roughly a week and a half ago I decided to purchase spur-of-the-moment tickets to The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses in Chicago, snag the cheapest plane ticket I could find, and planned on flying out to Chicago on Thursday, October 1st. Later that night, I was in Chicago’s own Auditorium Theatre listening to some pretty damn majestic Legend of Zelda music.

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My pictures turned out terribly so I turned to Google for an example of what the show looked like, although the one I attended was much larger.

The symphony was structured so that each movement was comprised of the musical highlights of each game. For example, my personal favorite, Movement 2, was The Wind Waker and among other pieces,  it fe...

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Houston, We Have Closure – 7.15.2015

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This is a pretty good representation of what my backlogged Steam Library looks like.

From the back of my shelves they watch me. From the gray corners of my Steam library they silently judge me. All the games I’ve purchased whilst fooling myself into believing that I’d actually play them. Among my unbeaten games are XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Bioshock 2, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. I know I’m not the only that has amassed such a graveyard of unfinished games either. We all have that backlog, compiled of games we bought on impulse, likely during the Steam Summer Sale. Some of them never honestly planned on playing and others are titles we just never really got around to completing...

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Master Quest #2 – The Legend of Zelda Review – 7.6.2015

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So folks, if you look off to your left, you’ll see the roots our beloved series starring everybody’s favorite silent, asexual hero. The Legend of Zelda was not always the huge franchise it is today and, like most wonderful origin stories, we can find the game’s humble beginnings if we look to the ’80’s. The very first game, titled simply The Legend of Zelda, was released in 1986 for the NES and although it didn’t sell nearly as well as Super Mario Bros., it left a comparable impact and is equally iconic. With its exploration, tricky puzzles, and Save System, it completely redefined the Action/Adventure genre.

When it comes to narrative, the story is pretty basic but remember it’s the NES...

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – First Impressions – 6.14.2015

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This game is mind-boggling good. It’s not often that I dish out such high praise but truly, The Witcher 3 is incredible. I deliberately picked it up a few weeks after it’s release; I’ve had mixed experiences with the Witcher series, finding the first to be so-so and greatly enjoying the second. So, I waited for the first reviews to trickle in. 

  I’d heard the praises about the versatile story as well the praises about the superb world, ripe for exploring yet I still remained skeptical. To be totally frank, many games claim to have a versatile, “up-to-you” story but many actually don’t. Sure, we’ve seen games like Mass Effect that offer a few various possible story arcs, but rarely does the gameplay plot greatly vary depending on your decisions. Even The Walking Dead, renowned f...

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Master Quest #1 – Majora’s Mask 3D Review – 7.3.2015

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Like most of my reviews, I’m quite late to this party, by more than just 3 days, but I’m going to review Majora’s Mask 3D regardless, in my quest to play and review all of the Legend of Zelda titles before the Dawn of the First Day in 2016.

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Wholly Unique

Whenever anybody asks me about The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask I always wrestle with procuring an accurate description. “You have 3 in-game days as Link to try and stop the conniving Skull Kid, who is consumed by the twisted power of Majora’s Mask and hellbent on pulling the Moon down from the heavens to obliterate Termina, not Hyrule. Well, actually you have more than that because you can restart the clock but everything else resets too, akin to the video game version of Hollywood’s Groundhog’s Day or Edge of Tomorrow

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My Humble Opinion on the “Amiibogeddon” – 5.24.2015

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Oh Nintendo…

To quote a particularly  insightful porcupine, “Nintendo is a weird dichotomy of a company. It does what it wants, yet aims to please.” I must say wholly concur, as evident by Nintendo offering up MewTwo/Lucas/Roy/Ryu and the Fighter Ballot for Smash 4, features fans have clamored for since release, while also playing the hopelessly oblivious parent in regards to the so-called “Amiibogeddon”.16099341577_12a4abedf7_o

One Crisis After Another

After the Wii U/GameCube Adapter shortage dilemma, one may have been inclined to assume that Nintendo would tak    e measures to learn from their mistakes. Perhaps their executives would enroll in a few Econ. 101 courses, learn the rudimentary rules of supply and demand, and from there on out, produce the proper amount of such a highly demanded product...

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Zelda U – Hopes and Trepidations – 3.9.2015

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Steampunk Victorian London meets King Arthur? I’m in! When revealed at E3 in 2013, Sony’s The Order: 1886’s premise and graphics seemed like it would make for a potent combination and for the next two years, hype for The Order grew at an exponential rate. The Order: 1886 was supposed to be the PS4’s finest exclusive, the primary motivator for buying the system. Unfortunately, a short length, average story, and mediocre gameplay makes for a beautiful disappointment that is definitely not worth the $60 price tag. The Order isn’t the only offender that failed to live up the hype; games like Assassin’s Creed Unity and Destiny also left players feeling like developers didn’t fulfill their promises. Such is the dangerous nature of the hype train...

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Hearthstone Review – 12.3.2014

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Though I’ve never partaken in the dangerous drug that is World of Warcraft, as of late I’ve become quite hooked on the recreational use of WoW’s little brother, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Blizzard’s strategy card game. The game is based upon the lore of World of Warcraft and calls forth various heroes to cease their battle in order to play a friendly round of cards. Tthe game’s catchphrase is “Deceptively simple and insanely fun.” and this description is precisely accurate.

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While the card game may not be as elaborate as Magic: The Gathering, further inspection reveals Hearthstone’s intricate colors. As gameplay first unfolds, two opposing players are allocated either 3 or 4 random cards, depending on if your turn is first or second, respectively...

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