It's started snowing outside. You won't hear me sing the cold's praise for too long after the holidays, but we're still in that charming period where everything looks brand new. In a way, seeing the world outside get covered like that... It makes it feel like it shrunk a little. Walks outside get shorter. Road trip plans get discarded for a little while. People stick to the warmth of home, the nostalgia of these white-covered sights outside the window.
It's a common adage that bigger is better, but I'm not sure about that. Financial bubbles pop as they grow too large. Large companies become management hell where nobody has a clear vision of the whole. Big budgets mean big teams, safe ideas, unreasonable hype machines and crunch time. It's human nature to have ideas that are more ambitious than what's needed, or even reasonable.
Even with entertainment, I've always been drawn to the smaller, more personal side of things. The stories in which what's at stake is not necessarily the fate of the world, but the fate of a small, group of people. Clashing ideals, broken dreams, heartfelt reunions. Suzuha's letter, Scott's kiss, Madeline's fireplace chat. These small things can feel so large in the moment, yet the rest of the world has no reason to be aware of them. It's like we're sharing a secret moment with these characters. We become a part of a small world.
Independent creations tend to be pretty good at striking that smaller scope. That human element.
* - Local nerd Mike Sounders wrote an in-depth guide to Gundam anime. I'd like to say I have not fallen into that hole myself, but that would be a lie. There's an half-finished kit in my room right now.
A - Faye Dantes wants to have a conversation about leaks following the fake Super Smash Bros leak. There's a popular theory online that leaks are a form of marketing, but I find it unlikely in most cases. If anything, I tend to distrust any leak that isn't easily identifiable as an honest mistake. Leaks that get traction usually mean a breach of trust somewhere, either breach of NDA or breach of trust of people who believe in the leak. Can't be trusted.
Celeste managed to deliver some of my favorite writing in platformer history by keeping it small and personal. It's a really nice tale of anxiety and personal demons that ties well with the gameplay. Climbing that mountain isn't easy.
Delta Rune was a nice surprise recently. I won't lie that I'm a bit disappointed that we've been teased when the rest of the game is so far from being complete, but what's there is quite nice.
F - yelobanan asks for fighters in a potential Smash Calibur game, but the whole thing would fit in a quickpost. I suggest developing your ideas more next time, describe why the examples you give would be a good idea in your opinion. Context helps discussion a lot.
Stay safe, everyone!