Like anyone, I love talking about my favorite games, but I don’t often write about them in a significant way. Each cherished game gets a quick and dirty paragraph or two before I move onto the next. That’s not my intention here. Although I might fall into that trap, one of my objectives with this blog is to dig deeper into games (and more, hopefully) I love. Less sizing up the entire tree and more appreciating specific leaves.
It’s not something I’m used to. While such thoughts may swirl haphazardly in my mind, getting them onto WordPad in a somewhat coherent manner is a whole different challenge. In other words, I’ll be doing as much exploring my own writing abilities as I do exploring my favorite games. Hopefully this doesn’t devolve into a crazed collage of random thoughts.
This article’s focus is on the indie title To the Moon.
Fire Emblem is in something of a renaissance. Previously under continuous threat of cancellation, the long-running franchise raised in popularity to survive its almost-death and thrive. In early 2017, Nintendo revealed four new games with Fire Emblem in the name, an incredible number for a series that spent over a decade exclusive to Japan.
In other words, Fire Emblem attracted a huge number of new fans who might not be entirely familiar with the franchise. That’s where this article comes in. Sure, they could hit Wikipedia for a quick glance at the 15 main games and handfuls of related titles, but I got pictures. And I got forced jokes.
Updated on January 21, 2017.
I needed time away after finishing The Walking Dead: Season One. While great, the tense and oppressively dour story wore at me. I couldn’t go through another season of that immediately. Recently, several years later, I jumped into Season Two for another five episodes of tension and frustration with sullen characters just trying to survive in a world dominated by zombies. I finished this season feeling the same as I did after completing the first season: glum and eager for something lighter.
So it’s come to this. I played games last months, and now I’m going to talk about them. I’ll admit that it’s not the most original thing to write about. Thousands upon thousands of message boards includes threads with the identical purpose. I post in two of them.
The difference is that I always hold back. I summarize my thoughts or explain about a strange glitch within a handful of sentences. It’s concise for the benefit of other forum members, and because I doubt that I have the will to write paragraphs about just one of several games on a regular basis.
Which is why my intention is to make these “What’cha Been Playin’?” posts a monthly affair. I figure it’s also a good place to go in-depth, to write a bit more than I would elsewhere. It may take a few tries to shake off the shorter impressions that I’ve become so used to, though.