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Final Fantasy XI: The Lost Town of Sel Phiner

Exploring unused content that doesn't make it into a final game might be my favorite time sink on the internet. Over the years, I've spent many late nights on websites like The Cutting Room Floor and Unseen 64 digging through the disc...

 
 
 

The Dead Joy-Con Dream

(Image Source: Nintendo UK) Around August last year, I bought a Switch. That's far from a surprise. I've focused on Nintendo platforms my entire life and know there will be a at least a handful of titles I'll want at some point. Howev...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Top 5 Good and Bad Feelings About Games in 2017

I, alone, will likely never play enough games released in one year to do any sort of Game of the Year list. I'm spread pretty thin across a variety of generations. Nothing I have to say about 2017 is all encompassing. However, I do ha...

 
 
 

Strange Telephone: Cold Calling New Worlds

Procedurally generated content is not my favorite solution to level design. But when dealing with concepts that extend well beyond the usual scope, it's unavoidable. No Man Sky is a good example, which essentially promises the infinit...

 
 
 

Feel the Grind and the Burn

Note: I'm the opposite of an exercising expert. Don't be a dumbass like me and say “This is fine and OK until I get hurt.” Probably actually ask someone who knows what they're talking about. (Image Source: PopGeek) Exercis...

 
 
 
 

Drawing a New Card for Bloodstained

This article is a reworking of my Video Gaming Bits Tumblr Post for Circle of the Moon (Image Source: Level Up Video Games)  About a year ago I wrote an impressions piece on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night's E3 2016 demo. The u...

 
 
 

Crimson Tears: Big Arsenal, Tiny Rooms

(Image Source: MobyGames) Seeing a random title with a big publisher's name on it is always sort of a surprise. I found Crimson Tears for the PlayStation 2 in a game store's bargin bin, complete with Capcom's logo on it. Released in 2...

 
 
 
 

Kabuki Warriors: A Theater of Blades

(Image Source: Moby Games) Recently I published a video about Spectrobes: Origins, developed by Genki. While I briefly mentioned the developer's history with another Monster Collecting series, Jade Cocoon, they actually have quite a d...

 
 
 
 

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...

 
 
 
 

Fire Emblem Heroes – Tapping Tiny Heroes to Victory

I wouldn't say I'm a mobile game aficionado. I dumped six months into Puzzles and Dragons, played two months of Final Fantasy: Grand Masters and experienced the riveting Hill Cliff Horse, which was like being in a Gaia Online chat roo...

 
 
 
 

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...

 
 
 

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.
 
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