Imagine that you are an interdimensional warrior, going to battle with demons in other worlds to protect your own. Not only that, but you’re also a high school student with lots of friends, some of whom are girls who want to date you. I know those both seem like wild, unattainable fantasies, but that’s exactly the life you live when you play the Persona games.
By Alex Alusheff It’s been four years since Harambe the lowland gorilla was gunned down in the Cincinnati Zoo after a 3-year-old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure. Harambe became the internet sensation of the summer. People trolled the Cincinnati Zoo on Twitter until it deleted its page. Memes flooded the internet, most notably, Dicks out for Harambe. Harambe is even memorialized on clothing. As an Ohioan, I personally own a “Harambe loved Christmas” sweater….
When I was a kid, I lived at my grandparents house with my mom for a while. Even after my mom got remarried I would spend the weekends that I wasn’t at my dad’s house at my grandparents, staying the night and spending time with my grandparents and cousin. My cousin and I were more spoiled than the food on Kitchen Nightmares. Our grampa loved having us at his house more than anything in the world and would always do what he could to make sure we were both as happy as possible
Right before my state went into lockdown in March, a coworker let me borrow Death Stranding for my PS4. I was somewhat reluctant to start it because I knew it was going to be a giant time-suck, and I was still fighting my way through Red Dead Redemption 2. But eventually I jumped into it. I’m not going to spend much time reviewing the actual game, because that’s been hashed out elsewhere. But I will say that the story is wonderfully weird and complex, and the soundtrack, atmosphere and graphics are phenomenal. Instead, I’m going to talk about how this game affects my anxiety in both positive and negative ways.
I don’t know where to begin. The last two weeks have been some of the darkest days in the Super Smash Bros. community. After major allegations against one of the top Smash Ultimate players came out, members of the community found their courage to speak out about their own abusers. At the time of this article, around 200 allegations have come out so far.
In an ideal world, this is a game that wouldn’t even exist. The first Last of Us told such a complete story with such a perfect ending. No one was asking for this. Naughty Dog would need to really nail it to justify this game’s existence. So the question is, does The Last of Us Part II do that?