๐ŸŽฎ Played the Pikmin 4 demo, ended up buying the Pikmin 1 + 2 bundle, and I feel so guilty every time my little plant guys die in battle. ๐ŸŒฑ

๐Ÿ”– Some interesting links around “wholesome” as a word for things that restore us, rather than a conservative metric by which to judge people:

๐ŸŽฎ Playing Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Deluxe with my kid. Super fun. Couch co-op Kirby seems to be his gateway to playing instead of just watching. Might do Kirby Star Allies next.

๐Ÿ”–๐Ÿ“บ๐ŸŽฎ Read Television Is Better Without Video Games and Video Games Are Better Without Gameplay (Ian Bogost, The Atlantic).

Maybe Ian Bogost should stop playing video games.

๐ŸŽฎ Played the Dragon Quest Treasures demo.

Cute with some fun mechanics and a cool world but not so compelling that I’d purchase without a steep discount.

๐ŸŽฎ Started playing The Secret of Monkey Island on the Steam Deck. Correcting a gap in my point & click bona fides. So far Yakko & Wakko Warner as the Fettuccini Brothers is my favorite part.

๐ŸŽฎ Apparently my Dragon Age: Origins character isn’t in leather armor that looks like underwear. She’s in her actual underwear because I guess I unequipped her regular clothes but failed to actually equip the leather armor. I’ll fix this when I’m next playing.

๐ŸŽฎ I’m more than 10 yrs behind & have already played Inquisition but some quick thoughts after 1 hr of DA: Origins:

  1. I appreciate that the music in the Denerim Alienage has Klezmer vibes.

  2. I do NOT appreciate that my leather armor is a bikini.

๐Ÿ”–๐ŸŽฎ Read Playing โ€˜Tunicโ€™ Reminds Me How to Approach Sickness and Recovery by Martin Cahill (Catapult).

๐ŸŽฎ If you told me in 2015 that I would be really psyched about getting farming sims by 2022, I would have laughed at you. Yet here we are.

Two video games: Friends of Mineral Town and Pioneers of Olive Town.

Okay, I have enough people still hanging out on Twitter to stick around, reactivated syndication.

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Introduce yourself with five video games ๐ŸŽฎ:

  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Dragon Age Inquisition
  • Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

๐ŸŽฎ Things from today’s Nintendo Direct that feel like gifts they’re making for me, specifically:

  • Theatrhythm Final Bar Line
  • Harvestella demo today
  • Tales of Symphonia remastered (I never finished the original on GameCube but I loved what of it I played)

On Kimbertide Day 4, I enjoyed an ice cream sandwich. For day 5, I’m playing Metroid: Zero Mission. ๐ŸŽฎ

Kimbertide Day 3: Played a little of the new Capcom Fighting Collection ๐ŸŽฎ

๐Ÿ”–๐ŸŽฎ Read Inside the fight to save video game history.

Great intro to the copyright issues at play in the conflict between game companies and museums & libraries over providing access to old games.

Started Octopath Traveler again tonight and it made me very happy. Last time I played was almost 2 years ago. ๐ŸŽฎ

Words cannot convey how psyched I am for Chrono Cross Radical Dreamers Edition. I’ve wanted a Chrono Cross remaster for a long time. PSX-era JRPGs were my first post-Atari 2600 console games & have a special place in my heart. ๐ŸŽฎ

Today’s 28 Days of Black History post about Jerry Lawson, who led the division that made the first console where players could change out game cartridges, is exactly the kind of thing my vintage computing nerd heart loves. Check it out! ๐ŸŽฎ

10 Video Games to Know Me ๐ŸŽฎ

  • Final Fantasy
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3
  • Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure
  • Chrono Cross
  • Golden Sun
  • Final Fantasy X-2
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
  • Dragon Age Inquisition
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Closing out the year with a couple of runs in Hades ๐ŸŽฎ followed by some Star Trek: The Next Generation ๐Ÿ––๐Ÿป. Here’s to staying on-brand in 2022.

I spent about an hour tonight playing the 1980 Commodore 64 port of Super Star Trek and I have no regrets. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’ป

๐Ÿ”–๐ŸŽฎ Read

How Indiana Jones, Rambo, and others ended up in 1980s Czechoslovak text-adventures | Ars Technica arstechnica.com

Read: arstechnica.com

๐Ÿ”– Read Who Writes the Books in Video Games? . This is relevant to my interests. ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽฎ

๐ŸŽฎ Played Dragon Quest III.

Each game in the series gets more expansive. I love that.