Late last year as part of the Overwatch 2 reveal, Blizzard showcased a new level based on the city of Toronto. Truthfully, this tidbit of info was more exciting to me than anything else shown that day. As a T-Dot native, seeing the city brought to life in one of the world’s most popular games was a nod that felt incredibly overdue.
Maybe my bias is showing, but Canada has always felt underrepresented in the world of gaming. Even so, Canadian locales and characters have found ways of making an impact on the greater landscape. Ron’t be a hoser and come with me on a tour through Canada in video games!
Over the past decade, I’ve played hundreds of games. Some of them were really bad. Some of them were huge disappointments. Most of them were at least good or great. But there are few games that really made their mark on my mind and heart. In this penultimate installment of the 10-year anniversary series of posts, I put the spotlight on a few games that truly had an impact on me during my time running this site!
What an episode! Kris and Rachel from Double Jump, Jason from Downstab, Mat from Biff Bam Pop, and Jon join me to discuss a whole host of games, including Link’s Awakening, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Celeste, Galaxy Champions TV, Greedfall, the Sega Genesis Mini, Super Mario Maker 2, and more! We also play a round of Video Game Scattegories and OH MY GAWD THAT ENDING THO!!!
Tetris 99 is receiving a physical release later this year. Besides the benefits of having the game in a physical form, it also comes with one year of Nintendo Switch Online and the first Big Block DLC. As someone with a bit of a physical Tetris collection, I love the idea of owning a physical copy of the game. While I’m not as enthused about double-dipping on the DLC, it also does come with an extra year of Nintendo Switch Online, so I think it’s a net positive should I decide to buy it.
Of late, I’ve really started to notice the trend of games starting out on digital before getting physical releases down the road. Not long after the news of Tetris 99 going physical was announced, it was revealed that the brilliant-and-heart-wrenching Gris was also getting a physical release. For players who like physical copies, this release pattern adds another level of calculation before you buy a game.
Every year, in anticipation of the Academy Awards, Steff and I make the effort to watch every movie nominated for best picture. I’m far from the target audience for Oscar bait, but it’s an opportunity for us to bond over her love of movies. Along the way, this journey has exposed me to some of my favourite films in recent memory, such as La La Land, Whiplash, and Mad Max: Fury Road to name a few.
As we wrap up the 2018 crop of best picture nominees, it got me thinking. Would I consider taking the approach of playing every major game of the year contender?
After a lovely fireside chat with Theo, Madeline directly confronts Part of Me. Is she making the right choice by attempting to divorce herself from her other half? Join me for the penultimate level in Celeste!
In the past, I have had the privilege of watching Video Games Live twice and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess once. All were fantastic concerts that brought my favourite video game music to life. If more video game soundtracks went on tour, what would I like to see live?