This is Skeezix’s Brain on Gaming

Winning really CAN feel like an accomplishment!

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Photo by Mark Decile on Unsplash. This guy is presumably not having an easy time of it.

I recently picked up Nintendo’s Christmas offering, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. As usual, it featured a difficulty setting on launching the game, which I promptly turned up to Very Hard. It ended up being a great choice.


This is Skeezix’s Brain on Gaming

Bruise cruise

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Photo by Taylor Simpson on Unsplash. You get some strong vacation vibes from this one.

I first played Super Mario Sunshine on the Wii, using the original GameCube disk. I enjoyed the sunny graphics, but it was just too hard for ten-year-old me. I couldn’t get past the first boss fight at Pinna Park or the first shine of Ricco Harbor. So, after a few weeks of trying, I gave up and moved on to other things.

Now, though, I’m back with a vengeance.


This is Skeezix’s Brain on Gaming

Don’t get out your pitchforks just yet…

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Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash. If you think this figurine is low-res, wait until you see Mario ingame.

Everyone knows that Super Mario 64 is the greatest video game of all time. If you ask any game commentator, any blogger, any YouTuber, for their top ten, I guarantee the plumber’s first 3D outing will be on their list. It permeates the Internet, with the famous (if incorrectly quoted) line “So long, gay Bowser” inserted ad nauseam into countless YouTube videos. The game has earned a place at the top of the pile, and it’s common to see it recommended as a first title to someone who’s never picked up a controller in their life.

I’m not sure, though, if anyone can explain exactly why this is.


This is Skeezix’s Brain on Gaming

Blood for the Blood God…again!

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Photo by Hasan Almasi on Unsplash. If you easily get tired of scenes like this, the game is not for you.

Two armies meet in a yellow wood. One shambles forth, a disorderly crowd of grinning skeletons and rotting zombies, and the other steps proudly ahead, a glittering display of ancient beauty utterly undiminished by the passage of time. Each charging towards the other, they meet with a clash of ringing steel, and soon it becomes apparent that the real question is whether the singing Elven bowstrings will be able to deal enough (re)death to put down the unliving horde before it overwhelms their front line completely.

Once again, Total War: Warhammer asks the age-old question: Who would win…?


This is Skeezix’s Brain on Gaming

A tropical vacation…but is it to Venezuela?

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Photo by Rowan Heuvel on Unsplash. Looks like a great place to put a car factory.

Call me a nerd, but I love development economics. It’s a fascinating field! What makes a poor country rich? Why does it happen so rarely, and almost exclusively in the global North? And how can developing countries today pull such a transition off?


This is Skeezix’s Brain on Gaming

Has it committed crimes against Skyrim and her people?

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Photo by Sean Thomas on Unsplash. Spoiler alert: You’ll be seeing, um, a lot of these.

My rule for reviewing games is usually that I have to complete all of the main content and a good number of sidequests before forming an opinion. Since I’m not covering them as they come out, I’m not under time pressure, so I owe it to my readers to put out a complete, thorough review.

Obviously, there’s no way I could have followed that rule for Skyrim.


This is Skeezix’s Brain on Gaming

The answer might surprise you

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Photo by Matt Popovich on Unsplash. You’ll be seeing a lot of these if you pick up the game.

I have a confession to make: I had not, until approximately three weeks ago, played Rockstar’s mega-ultra-hit Grand Theft Auto V. I know, I know. Where was I, under a rock? The game took the world by storm seven years ago, scandalizing parents everywhere, and it hasn’t really climbed down from the top since. Last week, the game was sixth by playtime on Steam, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive; pretty impressive for a creation that’s older than this year’s first graders.


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A few key tips to help you build the world’s newest power

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Photo by Louis Velazquez on Unsplash. It’s good to start with some cool buildings.

How do you build a nation? It’s a deceptively simple question, one which many thousands of philosophers and political theorists have struggled with over the millennia. Unfortunately, they made one crucial mistake: Not asking me. I have all the answers, and so, without further ado, I will reveal to you the secrets of planting your flag in some far-flung corner of the world.


This is Skeezix’s Brain on Gaming

Why I stick with what I know — even when I shouldn’t

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Photo by Lance Grandahl on Unsplash

Real-time strategy games (and games with RTS elements) usually provide endless variety, with different factions, units, maps, and mechanics to keep things feeling fresh and interesting. In theory, no two matches will ever quite be the same.

That is, unless you’re me.


This is Skeezix’s Brain on Gaming

Three words: Innovation, innovation, innovation

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Photo by Cederic X on Unsplash. Okay, this isn’t Warhammer, but you try finding these stock images.

I was once pretty reluctant to get into Creative Assembly’s Total War: Warhammer. The fantasy universe it took place in seemed hacked-together, and I couldn’t imagine how a non-historical Total War game could really match the satisfaction of conquering a real historical location.

Well, I was an idiot.

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Skeezix

Gamer, weeaboo, writer. I blog about games, anime, and life in general. For updates, check out my Twitter!

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