Disclaimer: this post has not been sponsored in any way, and simply reflects my real-world experiences. Opinions are my own. I've never been one to shy away from alternative brands. While there's something to be said for "tried and true," the reality is that few brands ever are. Loyalties shift from generation to generation, and for good reason: innovation brings competition, and sometimes the other guy gets it right. Or, at the very least, gets it cheaper. In Part 1 of this review, I detailed my quest for ...

Part 2 - This $37 mouse is why you shouldn't spend $150 on gaming mice

Disclaimer: this post has not been sponsored in any way and simply reflects my real-world experiences. Opinions are my own. Technology has evolved a lot over the years, but one thing that has remained relatively constant is the humble mouse. Oh, sure, touchscreens have become a far more common input method. Even the pipe dream hand-waving interface of Tom Cruise's Minority Report is now a reality on devices like Ultraleap and Oculus Quest. But even so, some jobs are just best handled by a pointer instead ...

Part 1 - This $37 mouse is why you shouldn't spend $150 on gaming mice

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

In the year since NieR: New Project, now known as NieR: Automata was announced, developer Platinum Games has been relatively quiet on the game. First we got a small peek during Paris Games Week 2015, and then...well, we never heard much of anything else, really. But development seems to be coming along speedily, if the newly-released character trailer is any indication. Gameplay begins at 0:45, following a brief introduction as part of an event dedicated to the game recently put on by Square Enix in Japan. ...

NieR: Automata Gets Character Trailer, Screenshots Ahead of E3

It's long been well known that Hollywood isn't always the best of influences, and that it loves sequels. Recently we've seen these two realities come together in movie series that take their source content and divide it up to create multiple volumes where originally there was only one. Twilight, The Hobbit, The Hunger Games--all the cool kids are doing it, so why shouldn't videogames? At least, that seems to be Square Enix's reasoning behind this latest bit of Final Fantasy VII Remake info. Hot on the ...

Final Fantasy VII Remake to Span More Than One Game