Monday, 14 January 2013

Character Select: Wakka

My power supply arrived, my computer is working! Hurrah!

I'm not going to go through the backlog of Final Fantasy VII screenshots tonight, so to tide you over, here's my latest "Character Select" article from GodisaGeek.

Wakka and his Blitzball team, the Besaid Aurochs.

It's about Final Fantasy X's Wakka, who is a long, long term favourite of Well-Rendered. The article is about the abuse of power, which should make for cheerful Monday night reading for you all.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

A year in games, books, gigs and other things: 2012

All around the internet, proper gaming sites are compiling their "Game of the Year" lists, thoughtful and informative summaries of the technological and artistic achievements that took place within the industry in 2012. You won't find any of that here because besides the games I reviewed for GodisaGeek (a handful of slightly underwhelming JRPGs and Dear Esther, which is barely even a game), I haven't actually played any games released this year.

Dear Esther. A game. Kind of.

This is partly for economic reasons: game commentary tends to level out after about a year, so it becomes easier to separate hype from considered analysis. It's also easier to determine whether the criticism a game receives is of an aspect that you personally are able to forgive, and thus whether it is worth your time and money. Many people do this, which is why two games that slipped under the radar when they were released in 2010 (Vanquish and my beloved Deadly Premonition) emerged as sleeper hits towards the end of this year.