Halloween Special 3: Season of the Witch: Ch-Ch-Ch-Chiller

We get a bit more obscure in this installment. Welcome to… Chiller! Welcome to… a light gun arcade game where the scariest thing about it may be the in-game moral implications, or lack thereof. You see, in two of the four stages of Chiller, you assume the role of a gun-toting torturer who shoots people attached to torture devices to bits. The violence is quite explicit and shocking, especially for a game made in 1986. This was long before Mortal Kombat and Night Trap began to decay our moral fiber.
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Halloween Special 2: Halloween Harder – More Alien Games

I realized that there were some more Alien games that I could talk about, so here we are! Continue reading Halloween Special 2: Halloween Harder – More Alien Games

Star Ocean: The Last Hope – Final Stats

Who were the best characters, statistically speakers, in my game of TLH? I have a formula for determining that in RPGs, which is calculated by ranking the characters against each other in each stat. Say that the Tank is number one in terms of strength, the Female Cleric is second, and the Mage is last. That means that the Tank gets three points in that category, the Cleric gets two, and the Mage only gets one. Whoever is first in a stat gets the max number of points, which total the overall number of party members (except in special cases with games that have characters that become inaccessible like Faize, or an RPG with a ton of different characters).
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Star Ocean: The Last Hope – Easter Eggs, Hidden Endings, and Trivia

There are some hidden endings for certain characters. These are only triggered by some very specific Private Actions – a vexing habit throughout the series. This won’t be the last we hear of it. Continue reading Star Ocean: The Last Hope – Easter Eggs, Hidden Endings, and Trivia

Let’s Talk About Accessibility: What It’s Like to Game With a Disability

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Lego Batman 3

The other day I was playing a game from my backlog—Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. It was great. I love the Lego games, especially the writing in Lego Batman. Plus, I’m a completionist, so having a game with lots of collectables to find just makes me warm and fuzzy. I was maybe a third of the way through the main story when Lego Brainiac captured Lego Wonder Woman (who I was playing as). The camera switches to a closeup of Wondey trying to break free while the game prompts me to tap A repeatedly. There’s really no urgency. I’m not losing health, and even if I was, this is a Lego game. Infinite lives. No doubt the game designers meant this to be a minor annoyance during a climactic boss fight. For me, it was an inescapable five-second animation loop that ended my 100% playthrough before the halfway mark.

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Star Ocean: The Last Hope – June 17th – 18th, 2010: Do Not Go Quietly

JUNE 17th, 2010: Of course, that’s different now. It’s been a while since I updated this VGJ. I did play the game after the last update. I tried to solve the puzzle of the Palace of Creation, Area 7, but I gave up and then messed around in the Colosseum.
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