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Jul 27 // Shinta

3D Streets of Rage 2 Review: $5.99, that's $1 more than a drink at Starbucks

3D Streets of Rage 2 is finally out, and it truly does not disappoint.  This review is going to be short and sweet, as the game has been out for many years, and it's already well known that this is considered by many to ...
May 20 // Shinta

The Witcher 3 impressions 1 hour in: ($30 trade-in value at Gamestop, I called)

Maybe some of you guys caught my last blog about my first couple of hours with Bloodborne.  In there, I layed out all of my early complaints and frustrations with the game in as much honest detail as I could.  ...
Apr 07 // Shinta

The Return of FFX's Junya Nakano: "Phantasm" (2015)

Did you enjoy the original soundtrack for Final Fantasy X?  What if I told you that one of the 3 composers of that soundtrack just put out their first solo album on bandcamp for $9 a week ago? And did I mention that...
Mar 25 // Shinta

Bloodborne (very) Early Impressions: It's not good ...

I have been dying to discuss some of the intricacies of this game ever since I started it last night.  Bloodborne is very much in the spirit of the past 3 Souls games, but some critical elements of the gameplay seem...
Jan 27 // Shinta

The Best OST of 2015: Masashi Hamauzu (The Legend of Legacy)

The Legend of Legacy just came out in Japan on 01/22/15, and was released with a small 10 track "mini-OST" previewing the game's full OST.  The full OST releases on 02/25/15 in Japan, and was composed by Masashi Ham...
Jan 02 // Shinta

My Personal Most Disappointing Games of 2014: Vol. 1

Full disclosure.  I haven't completed all of these games, because I found them so disappointing. 1) Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc I decided to give this a try because of all the high praise I keep seeing for thi...
Jan 02 // Shinta

DK King of Swing (Virtual Console)

I decided to pick up this game on Wii U two nights ago, and I seriously cannot stop playing it.  DK King of Swing was originally released on GBA in 2005, but now it's available on the virtual console for $6.99 in NA...
Dec 21 // Shinta

Personal Top 10 Games of 2014

2014 was an interesting year of gaming for me.  It was a year of transition, personally, and in gaming.  It was the first year I got a PS4 and tried out "next gen" gaming.  But instead of PS4 leading the w...
Dec 03 // Shinta

Re: 25 Invisible Benefits of Gaming While Male

Feminist Frequency has a new video up, so let's break it down and see if any of this is fair criticism and commentary.  One interesting fact about this video is that it has several gaming journalists reading their ...
Nov 15 // Shinta

The Young Turks React to Chris Plante (Polygon) - #Cometgate

I thought this was a video that gamers familiar with the gender debates of the last several years would like to see; and need to see.  This is a video from The Young Turks, a liberal, feminist-leaning online news s...
Oct 30 // Shinta

Analysis of the Anita/Colbert Interview

I finally found an article with the full interview up and got a chance to watch it.  I was honestly pleasantly surprised by Colbert's questions and I think this was an interesting watch.  This is the kind of qu...
Oct 20 // Shinta

A predictable response to political disenfranchisement is anger.

I've been reading about Gamergate and gender / political issues in gaming since the beginning, but for the most part, I've largely done so from the outside looking in.  I don't have a twitter account, and the precis...
Oct 05 // Shinta

inFamous: Second Son has One of the Best OSTs of the Year

I was listening to the inFamous Second Son OST today in the car, and I was again struck by just how great it really is.  This is really of the most refereshing and unique OSTs I've heard in quite some time.  It...
Jul 29 // Shinta

Why I think Phil Fish has bigoted opinions about gaming

As Phil Fish makes his graceful exit from his career in game design, I feel like a unique opportunity has been created to talk about something that has been plaguing gaming media, and gaming culture for the last 7 years - rac...
Jul 02 // Shinta

Keep an Open Mind about GOTY 2013 ... please

I saw this video on IGN yesterday and it struck me as a little sad.  6 months left in 2013, and IGN has GOTY nominations locked already between Bioshock Infinite and The Last of Us (really they're pretty transparent about fav...
Jun 21 // Shinta

The Last of Us vs. Nintendo in the Quest for My Money.

This is probably my most random blog post ever, so if you don't want to read a rant and personal anecdote of mine, you can safely move along and not miss anything because that's all this blog post is. So I got The Last of Us...
Dec 15 // Shinta

Community Reaction to Gaming Controversies: Violence/Sexism

As we come to the end of 2012, we find our hobby in the midst of another controversy; the claim that playing violent video games leads to violent behavior in real life. This topic has been argued ever since Mortal Kombat hit...
Jul 01 // Shinta

Felicia Day adds two things to gaming.

Jack, and Shit. http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=480787
Apr 18 // Shinta

Collaboration: Masashi Hamauzu, Mina Sakai, and the Revival of Ainu Culture

Imeruat's new album, Black Ocean, was released on April 12th in Japan. In many ways video game fans will feel right at home with the album, which was composed by Masashi Hamauzu (Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Fin...

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