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Shoot 'Em Ups for An Empty Wallet

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time on this website, first, how dare you stalk me like that, and second, you know I’m a fan of shoot 'em ups. I understand better than anyone just how niche the genre is, as it...

 
 
 
 

Name Entry: An Ode To Scoring Systems

Scoring systems are essential to any sort of competition. Be it Monopoly, martial arts, soccer, or even tabletop RPGs to a lesser extent, there needs to be a way to declare a winner and a loser. Video games are no exception. In the ear...

 
 
 

BoB: Necrobarista - Dying to let go

In an undisclosed back-alley in the city of Melbourne, there’s a café. From the outside, it looks like any other business. It's a two-story building with plenty of space for tables, where an impressively tall tree stands s...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ikaruga: Unrelenting, Unyielding, and Unforgettable

I once said that the Shoot Em Up genre isn’t usually the place where one would find life-changing experiences. “Usually” being the imperative word. Like with every media, circumstances dictate how much of an impact an...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

BoB: Terranigma, Quintet's Timeless Masterpiece

If I asked you what the golden age of the RPG genre was, there's a good chance you'll answer “the '90s”. With the increased popularity of console gaming came a demand for more mature and narrative-driven experiences that a...

 
 
 

Tristram Still Scares The Devil Outta Me

When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do was watch my father play games on our old PC. Some of my most treasured memories involve the two of us exploring games till midnight or those times when I got sick but since my bed was ...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Odin Sphere's Theme Is A Musical Fairy Tale

A few years ago when I was still trying to get a degree in music, I had a teacher of musical composition that would always, without fail, take 20 minutes of his classes for musical appreciation. We already had a class on that subject b...

 
 
 
 

Black Mesa's Xen Was Worth The Wait

Black Mesa, the unofficial-turned-official fan remake of the original Half-Life has been trough a lot. Upon release, it was missing the last portion of the game, Xen, a portion that many fans of the original (myself i...

 
 
 

About Niorone of us since 5:29 PM on 12.15.2014

Writer for Fun, Shmup Lover, and 16-bit Dreamer.

Brazilian man born and raised. Currently working on a series dedicated to the documentation of the local gaming culture and landscape that I call “Brazil Of Games.” I took the name from an old TV series on the subject that aired a long time ago here, but no trace of it exists on the Internet.

The Brazil Of Games:

[*] The original blog about Nintendo's departure from my country that planted the seed for everything that's to come, all the way back in 2017.

[*] The first real installment, where I explore the origins of the world's first digital-only console, the Zeebo. And why it failed. [Slightly outdated. New version below]

[*] Meet the Locadora, the parlors where we got our first contact with gaming!

[*] A follow-up of sorts to the previous blog, where I explore Brazil's most revered game: Top Gear!

[*] The SEGA Genesis might have been born in Japan, but it was Brazil that made it its home! Here's how it happened.

[*] It's no secret we love soccer games. So here's a brief history of the Mod that forever changed how we played them!

[*] Folklore is not something many games explore. Here's a game based on a local folk tale from my hometown.

[*] Everyone knows that gaming really started in the days of the arcade parlors. Brazil's history with them was a very curious one, thanks to legendary company Taito and their many, many bootlegs!

[*] Every story has a beginning. Here's to the game that created our whole gaming industry, Amazônia! May we always remember where it all started.

[*] Happy 20th anniversary PlayStation 2! Here's to the console that changed everything!

[*] A mini review of the cute little indie platformer Out There Somewhere.

[*] What do you get when you mix history, culture, and Metroid? You get the little hidden gem that is Dandara!

[*] In December 2000, one RTS almost put Brazil in the Triple-A gaming market. This is the unfortunate story of Outlive.

[*] Brazil's Independent Games Festival is a celebration and showcase of gaming in Latin America. Here's the best Brazil has to offer in 2021!

[*] 12 years later, we revisit the Zeebo console. This is an “expanded remaster” of my original blog on the subject, back in 2019.
 
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