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Thank You, 2017, I Didn't See It Coming

Happy 2018, everybody! In preparation for this blog, I decided to go back and read how my 2016 year in review went. As it turns out, I decided to get straight to the point! Good decision, if I do say so myself, but this time I’d ...

 
 
 

Appreciating the Mundane

One of the basic selling points of practically any video game ever is giving the players the opportunity to do/be/experience something they probably wouldn’t be able to in their everyday life. They let you travel unknown lands, m...

 
 
 

It's all about the context

One of my Youtube playlists features a bunch of random songs I pick up on the radio, movie OSTs, early morning teleshopping ads from the 90s, etc. Because of that, lately I’ve been realizing how much I feel attracted to songs abo...

 
 
 
 
 

Consumed by ridiculous personal achievements

Getting achievements and trophies has never been one of my gaming goals. Not to say I don’t understand their appeal, seeing as they basically are a different representation of a 100% completion on your save file. I mean, some can...

 
 
 

Top 10 Shin Megami Tensei Demon Designs

Those Top 20 Pokémon lists to celebrate the series’ anniversary were pretty cool, weren’t they? So, seeing as Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse’s (American) release date is nearly upon you, I thought I’d d...

 
 
 

Why I'm grateful for Chibi-Robo Zip Lash

One of the best things about the growth of games (and media in general) is seeing them, and the perception of them, expanding beyond a single audience and a single objective. Animated movies aren’t just for kids, reading text-onl...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Knowing how to play to your strengths

Over the past 12 months, I’ve had the opportunity to be acquainted with some indie developers, a couple of which I even got to work with. It was a really great experience overall, which also contributed for me to have a better un...

 
 
 

10 years of Destructoid, 1 year of me

Wow, Destructoid has already been around since 2006. I remember that year: I was still in high-school, beginning to get really invested in wrestling, torrenting shitty-looking videos with shitty internet, watching a lot of AVGN, the Wi...

 
 
 

Videogame Series that lost their shine

Gaming has been a huge part of my life for more than 20 years now, and during that time I’ve seen many series and franchises come and go. Among them there are those I hold near and dear to my heart but there are also the cases where ...

 
 
 

White Whales: Freedom Wars

I tend to play every game I acquire to completion. Some may take a while to get to, but unless it’s an abysmal piece of crap (*cough*yaibabecauseigotitforfreewithanothergame*cough*) I’ll usually finish it. Or Elder Scrolls IV, which I t...

 
 
 
 

2015 in Recap - My favorite games of the year

(In case you missed the first part of this recap, where I wrote about 2015 in general and about my favorite games not released on that year, here you go). The so-called Year of Dreams wasn’t just made of incredible announcements; it als...

 
 
 
 

So that just happened: Persona Q + Dancing All Night

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! As we get ready for the beginning of a new year and before sharing my recap of 2015, let me talk to you about a couple of games I played recently. I’m not sure if I’ve told you this alrea...

 
 
 

Presents: The Joy of Giving

My first Bloggers Wanted and it’s actually one of the best themes I could start with. You know why? Because I love presents! Not necessarily the fact that I’m getting something or giving something in itself, but rather all the anticipat...

 
 
 

So that just happened - The Beginner's Guide/Her Story

As I was getting ready to write my next So that just happened, Black Friday just so happened to hit the Steam Store. Since I was in between infinity+ hour games – just finished Persona Q and began DS2: Record Breaker – I decided to chec...

 
 
 

So that just happened: The Talos Principle

I’m not a fan of trying to define anything by a single word. It tends to be a fruitless effort that, more than an exercise in synthesizing, fails to consider most of the facets any one thing comprises and is comprised of in its relation w...

 
 
 
 

So that just happened - Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters

ust apologize for yet another small lie on the title of this post…I didn’t *just* play this game; I did it about 4-5 months ago. Well, some may consider it viable to consider it wasn’t that long ago, but still.Anyway, the reason I wan...

 
 
 

So that just happened - Summer (+ October)

All right, so, 4 months I wrote about my adventures in Barcelona…and then nothing. I’ve been trying to get this sort of comeback post out for a while, but I’ve either been too busy, too lazy or simply had other stuff I wanted to do. E...

 
 
 

A trip to Spain and the search for a dream (Part 2/2)

For those of you who'd like to check the first part of this mini-series, here's the link. All right, so, where was I? Oh yeah, I was planning my strategy to approach Suda and Mikami. One of the ones that occurred to us was to sit next to Mi...

 
 
 

A trip to Spain and the search for a dream (Part 1/2)

Some time ago, it came to my attention that there’s this little event called Gamelab, which has been going for quite some time as it seems. It’s basically a game dev meet, where industry veterans come to share their experience and knowl...

 
 
 

Writing about what you love

Another E3 has come and gone. I personally got groundbreaking returns, announcements and disappointments – and that’s how it goes. It’s a time for emotions to run rampant in this community of ours, and it’s exac...

 
 
 

What's up with these pre-E3 announcements?

Let’s jump straight to the point: what’s up with the pre-E3 period this year? Why so many announcements just weeks before what is considered gamin’s biggest event of the year? People have been saying this is typical f...

 
 
 

So that just happened - Maken Shao: Demon Sword

Ok, so, this didn’t “just” happen; I played it about 5/6 months ago. But I really want to talk about it and it hasn’t been that long, so let’s get to it! I found out about this game a couple of years ago, ...

 
 

About JPF720one of us since 3:45 PM on 04.08.2015

Hello there, I hail from the mythical land of Portugal and video games are a passion of mine. It all began when I played the original Super Mario Bros. at a friend's house, got rekindled when my uncle got me a Saturn with a Golf game (which I never played) and has now blossomed into a very critical, but also very loving, view of this medium.

As a Translator with a background in Psychology, I love to share and reflect on my personal experience with games, be it the narrative, the mechanics or how they are perfectly in sync (love those). I also have a blog, shared with a couple of friends called, The Man in the Garage, where my personal weekly column - Turbine Philosophy - can be about anything I feel like pondering over.

My favorite games?
Dark Chronicle,
Hotel Dusk: Room 215,
No More Heroes,
Persona 4,
Shadow of the Colossus,
Tales of Symphonia,
Virtue's Last Reward.

And some other ones that get the shaft way more than they deserve:
Bioshock,
Bloodborne,
Catherine,
Digital Devil Saga,
Flower, Sun and Rain,
Killer7,
Mario&Luigi: Superstar Saga,
Persona 5
Shin Megami Tensei IV,
Steamworld Heist
Syberia,
Tales of Berseria
The Talos Principle,
The World Ends With You,
Valkyria Chronicles,
Yakuza 4.
 
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