I have had nothing but bad things to say about the Final Fantasy VII remake since it was announced. There is a simple reason for that: the project is being treated as though the new game will be better than the old, when it takes many of the things that were good about the old game and scraps them. For contrast, I offer this suggestion, which I will codename "Nexus".
There is a thing you see a lot in anime where the protagonist is looking down and a woman pushes her face into his field of vision. This is aggressively theatrical; a physical representation of a metaphor where a woman being able and willing to save someone from depression, despair, isolation, and/or loneliness, who won't save themselves. As an introvert, I understand the appeal of this idea... in theory. In practice, it's stupid.
I've taken the step of backing another space sandbox--it seems I just can't help myself--but from the first I saw of the project I've had reservations. I can't properly judge until release, and can't even give preliminary feedback until I play it, which won't happen for a good month, but I wanted to talk about why I feel immediately cautious about their pitch.
I find myself disturbed, sometimes, by things that I write; not necessarily disturbed by the fact that I write them, just kind of... unsettled. I have been working off and on at a little wiki (now private) that contains details about my Demonsword Project stuff, and as part of that, I have been writing about the martial arts of that world, which are broken down into disciplines themed on the elements. It's a little complicated, but basically, every element broken down into two contrasting principles, each of which is a complementary discipline.
This is on my mind, as I've been trying to finish and wrap up my essay on Starbound, complete with an egregiously long preface and a full (in principle) alternate/sequel design. One of those prefaces goes on for a bit about the mechanical premise of Starbound, and how the game doesn't effectively resonate with it. However, this is actually reasonably common, and I think it bears some amount of discussion.
I had a scare where I thought my site may have been compromised. I no longer believe this, but I am migrating my site to a new installation anyway. As a result, things will be a bit less polished than usual for a while.
I could rant. The tl;dr is the new Hanzo ability is awful in two specific ways that both come down to consistency. Please pardon any vitriol I might spill, I have a bit of a condition.
For whatever reason--depression, a lack of discipline--I never manage to write down the stories that circulate in my mind. This is a synopsis of some I've had over the last few years.
This entry contains a spoiler discussion for 2017's "Star Wars Ep. VIII: The Last Jedi".