Video Games

Last of Us Remastered: King of Headlines

I think maybe The Last of Us Remastered is kind of a big deal.


(Screenshot of N4G’s front page as of July 17 around noon JST.  The game takes up the 4 highest-ranking stories on the site.  The 5th is another Naughty Dog game, coincidentally.)

Why Price Shouldn’t be a Factor in Game Review Scores

At Game Revolution, I wrote a new Most Interesting Gamer piece about prices and game reviews.  I have to include “scores” because… well, game industry and all that.  Scores are silly, but they’re what everyone focuses on.  Oh well, right?  So here it is:

I Review Games, Not Prices.

If you like it or hate it, by all means comment at the bottom of that article or throw me a Tweet.

Wait a Minute…

I can’t be the only one who gets a kick out of this.

journey by steve perry

(The joke is that Steve Perry is the lead singer of Journey. Don’t Stop Believing and all that.)

Wrote a New PSJS

A new PlayStation JapanStyle went up not long ago.  It includes a video of kids doing spit takes in my face and then being unable to control their laughter.  I admit, it was hard for me to keep a straight face, too.

Hang on, let me answer that for you

Scott made a list:


Allow me, Scott.  Numbers 1 through 10: “I have a different opinion of this video game than people who don’t like it.”

There, that takes care of that.  You see, these are opinions.  Haters — and lovers, and anyone in between — are never “wrong,” they just feel differently than you.

Ready for a stupid headline?

Here ya go:
Anything for clicks, I guess.

So I reviewed Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd

Man, that is…quite the title.  I reviewed Sega’s latest entry into the crazy-successful Hatsune Miku franchise.  I think it’s a solid rhythm game — not quite as magical as the first, but good for series fans.  The previous title was my first Hatsune Miku game, and I think it was pretty much a perfect start.  Had this one been my first, I don’t know if I would have become a fan the way I did.  With that in mind, I recommend this to longtime fans, but not newcomers.  First-timers should backtrack and play the first Project Diva F before this one.  Check out my review at PlayStation LifeStyle: Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd Review.

A Line of Thinking That Bothers Me

Gamez Jarnalizm is a gold mine of dumb quotes and unsympathetic authors.  Here’s something that made me shake my head. More

Final Fantasy X HD Thoughts (PlayStation Vita game)

I was delighted to play Final Fantasy X on the PlayStation Vita recently. I didn’t think I’d like an FFX replay as much as I did, though it should be noted that the biggest factors in this were not the new HD visuals, but the never-before-seen content that North America never got.  I wrote this article, thinking about my current feelings versus the 18-year-old version of myself that played the game all those years ago. Final Fantasy X Then and Now: Has the Game Changed or Have I?  When I got around to Final Fantasy X-2 HD, it was my first time through, so my writeup was less nostalgia and more describing simple likes and dislikes of the base game and how well it does or doesn’t hold up in 2014. I went on to review the Vita game.  It’s also available on PS3, which I hear has (understandably) better graphics, but I prefer the Vita’s portability.  More

Japan’s Tax Increase: Game Industry Impact?

Japan just got its first national consumption tax increase in 17 years. Last time this happened, it set off a nearly decade-long recession. This time around, the game industry has a cheap competitor to worry about: phones. Back in 1997, you were lucky if your phone did anything other than make calls; today, that might be one of its least-used features. While many view mobile games as inferior, the mass market has spoken: the mobile game audience is getting bigger and spending more money every year, while the console and gaming handheld sectors are struggling to keep up with their glory days. I wrote about all this and more at Game Revolution.  Read on: Japan’s Tax Hike Bad News for Game Industry?