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Super Panda Ball is an obstacle course style game featuring a panda who likes to be hit a little too much. This Japanese doujin title combines physics based movement and an obstacle course structure through seven worlds.


It’s easy to forget about Spectrobes as it had a fairly short run before puttering out. While sales whimpered with the final release, it did go out with a bang. Spectrobes: Origins is a surprisingly ambitious Action Adventure Game for the Wii.


Surprise I'm not dead.Updated my disclosure list with my current employer BeHaviour Interactive is now a client. Pokemon Company is no longer a client. Disney China is no longer a client + doesn't make games anymore. ht


Suffocating Classics

If there's one thing that stands above anything else for me in a game, it's if they achieve something unique. When focusing on the most recent releases, this is largely limited to looking at what has come before it. However, sometime ...


Wotagei: Not A Video Game... But That's OK

(Image Source: Anison USA) Japanese music festivals aren't something I have much experience with or an interest in. I avoid talking about music since I honestly don't know what to say beyond, “it good yo.” However, in an a...


NieR Automata: Not Quite NieR for Far Enough

This article contains significant spoilers regarding NieR and NieR: Automata. When I played the original NieR more than half a decade ago, I don't think I could have ever have foreseen how much it'd resonate with me or that it would b...


I'll be at Otakon Vegas this weekend if anyone wants to look me in the eye and tell me how bad I am at publishing content.


A Fear of NieR: Automata

Aside from the initial reveal, I've largely ignored of NieR: Automata. I've got nothing against it, I just don't get much out of preview coverage. Demos, trailers, etc. all present an image of a game, yet the lack of information leave...


Drowning in Puzzles with Aqua Cube

Most Japanese indie games haven't been prevalent in the industry over the last decade. A growing Steam presence is starting to bring many of these games to light, but plenty have yet to make the transition. Until recently, they were a...


Cutting the Game out of Video Games

(Image Source: RPGFan) Although not exclusive to the medium, one of my favorite things about video games is how many elements are includes within a single work. Everything from level design, artistic style, story telling, cinematic di...


Recapturing the Spirit of Final Fantasy XI

(Image Source: Final Fantasy Wikia) Being an fan of older versions of Final Fantasy XI is somewhat of a sad situation. Many titles that people are nostalgic for exist in their entirety today. While you may not be able to recapture tha...


Windy X Windam: Wasted Sprites

(Image Source: IGN) The Wii and DS have huge libraries. With over 100 million hardware units sold for each, plenty of publishers and developers were pumping out titles in an attempt to grab even a fraction of the market. I was almost ...


Aconcagua -- Can You Survive the Language Barrier?

Aconcagua, a PlayStation release from 2000 that's often misreported as a survival horror game. It's is a point-and-click adventure that pits five survivors against both environmental and military hazards.This video is about the Argent...


Hi, just wanted to let my blog followers know, as full disclosure: My new place of employment has The Pokemon Company International as a client. I never write about Pokemon and don't really care for it. But better safe than sorry. Thank you~.


ESWAT: City Under Siege -- Duke Oda Powered Up

(Image Source: The Old Computer) I have a soft spot for everyday characters who play roles in extraordinary stories. Despite not being a super powered hero, chosen one or whatever excuse there is to overcome excruciating odds, they st...


Finding Value in Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U

I'm in the odd position of preferring Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U versus the generally agreed upon better release on Wii. This video includes a quick look at developer Yuji Naka's recent ventures, comparing the biggest changes betw...


Video Gaming Bits -- Tony Hawk's Undeground

Publisher: ActivisionDeveloper: NeversoftGenre: Skateboarding, Score Attack, ExplorationPlatform: GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PCNA Release Date: October 28, 2003 Considering its time and place, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is a great series....


About Oculinone of us since 8:47 PM on 03.29.2012

Oculin, or Benjamin Yoder, was previously Editor-in-Chief at TheSpeedGamers and contributor at VGChartz. Now, he is simply a game blogger and weeaboo in denial.

Digging for gems in unknown or poorly received titles is what Oculin games for. He places a large emphasis on interesting ideas and entertainment value, versus polished mechanics.

Disclosure: The Pokemon Company International is a client of my current place of employment.