October 25, 2021 is the 25th anniversary of Tomb Raider. While that's a few too many years for me to have been at a suitable age at the time, I was very much aware of the series since its 1996 debut and even dabbled in some early demos. Still, it wasn't until 2009 that I discovered the series for myself, beginning with Tomb Raider: Legend from three years prior. Legend immediately drew me in in a way only a few games ever have: each moment resonated pitch-perfect and went places I'd never seen before in a ...

Replaying Tomb Raider: Underworld Completely Changed My Opinion of the Series

In case you didn't feel the tremors, an earthquake pretty much rattled the handheld PC community today with the announcement of the Steam Deck. Since that announcement, there's been a lot of hyperbole thrown around, mostly due to Valve's very successful marketing of the lowest-tier Deck. At a mere $399, it's easy to understand the hype. But as is always the case with things that sound too good to be true, read the fine print. That's not to imply Steam Deck is bad, mind you. Far from it! Valve entering the ...

No, Steam Deck did not "Kill" GPD/Aya/One Netbook

It's been a long time since I was at the age where someone's choice of game platform affected my opinion of them as a person. In fact, I quite prefer the diversity of devices we have today to a comparatively grim reality where everyone uses a single "right" platform. In the same vein, I also spend substantially less time actually playing games than I used to. But I still enjoy them when I can, and keeping up with games and gaming culture is a hobby in itself. So, take this post not as an argument of one ...

I couldn't afford a console, so I bought a PC

At the time of writing, it's officially the 10th anniversary of the much-anticipated return of TRON. TRON: Legacy, the sequel to the original 1982 film, was only a modest hit at the box office in 2010, but it certainly wasn't for lack of trying. Disney put their entire marketing machine to work to celebrate TRON's return, with cross-promotions ranging from Coca-cola to electric razors (yes, really). A handful of videogames were also produced, spanning the range of available platforms at the time. The main ...

TRON: Evolution Windows 10 Patches Guide

Videogames have played a strangely significant role in my life. By now I'm at the age where it's a little embarrassing to admit, but I firmly believe there's no shame in saying so. Something about the kind of stories videogames are apt to tell has resonated with me on more than one occasion in such a way that shapes my personal journey. Some provide a microcosm for learning new life lessons and skills, while others somehow encapsulate a particular era or phase of personal development, assisting in some ...

10 years later, Final Fantasy XIII hits a little too close to home

The past year has been something of a lesson for me: a lesson in how little time I have to play videogames these days. It all started in 2015 when I picked up Tales of Xillia 2 on a sale and started playing it almost on a whim. Tales of Xillia 1 was an experience I remembered enjoying a couple years prior, but its characters and story were largely lost on me. I expected the same of Xillia 2—this was a game I was playing to finish a sub-series I started, not because I was particularly anxious to return to ...

Tales of Xillia 2 is the Best JRPG You've Never Played