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Retrospective Thoughts on Bloodborne

Tonight I finished something that I started when Bloodborne was first released: I earned the game's platinum trophy. This means that I successfully completed every achievement in the game, which was no easy task. I temporarily gave up repeatedly, once for several months, but later made it my steadfast mission to finish. I've finally done that. This isn't quite a review, but I feel like I have to unpack my experience now that it's over. Here are my thoughts, as scattered as they may be: I recommend the game for anyone looking for a thoughtful, action experience. It's sometimes slow and methodical, sometimes brutal and fast, but ultimately it's an experience that I recommend for anyone up to the challenge. If all you want here...

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Multimedia 2015

For two years now, I've kept track of every game, movie, TV show, and book that I've completed. The idea is not just to remember what I've been consuming and when, but to encourage myself to finish what I start. It also lets me easily share a list of everything I've been enjoying, so if you tend to like the same kinds of things as me you've got a quick stop to check out recommendations.  Without further ado, here's the full list of everything I finished in 2015: Games Pokemon: Omega Ruby - 1/17 Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris - 4/28 Destiny: House of Wolves (Beat Skolas) - 6/22 Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Momohime's Campaign) - 7/26 Dead...

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GameStop tried to sell me a "gutted" game as new

Several days ago I made the unfortunate mistake of going into a GameStop. Long story short: I won't be doing that again any time soon. If you already loathe GameStop, you can either stop reading here or you can keep reading to reinforce your views. So this game, Toukiden: Kiwami, came out today for the Vita (and PS4). I've been absolutely loving the demo and I loved the first demo about a year ago but never got around to actually buying the game. I decided that I was going to get this game, so I looked up preorder bonuses. I've made the decision to get it, so I might as well get any bonuses that are available, right? Amazon has...

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Media Consumption 2014 - A complete list and analysis of everything I played, watched, or read in 2014

I spend the bulk of my time making things. I make glassware. I make games. I make all sorts of stuff and I talk about that all the time.  I don't spend nearly as much time talking about the things I consume.  In 2014 I kept a detailed list of every single movie, TV show, game, and book that I finished. The key word here is "finished," because the point was to keep a log that would help me track how often I was completing things that I started. As I write this, I'm not sure to what end I want to discuss it, so I'm just going to start with an unadulterated list of all of those things.  Games (Platform(s)...

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