Articles by Spencer Furniss

Reviews

Fall Guys: a mean bean machine of fun

It isn’t often that a game comes out of the ether and surprises the world by becoming a phenomenon over night. So much of our year is spent tracking release dates (and pushed back release dates) that any game that doesn’t fit that schedule is looked over in favor of larger releases. Enter Fall Guys. A game filled to the brim with fun for the sake of fun and a love of gaming with others that shines through on every stage … for the most part.

Nostalgia

How my grampa made me a gamer

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

Editorials

An open letter to the Super Smash Bros. community

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.

Opinion

Why Star Trek deserves a Telltale-style narrative game

During the two and a half months I spent at home through this pandemic, I came to learn two things about myself. I genuinely love video games that can make a game work with minimal conflict, and I love Star Trek:The Next Generation. I’ve had a lot of exposure to Star Trek throughout my lifetime, but I never truly understood what the franchise was actually about until now. Thinking back on it, I had always thought it was a campy franchise that was about fighting a new alien every episode.

Nostalgia

Why Pokémon Gen 2 is the heart and soul of the franchise

Since they were released in 1999 (Japan) and 2000(US), Pokemon Silver, Gold and Crystal have shaped the franchise in more ways than I think we recognize sometimes. If you have any love for Pokemon, take a trip with me and let’s pay tribute to the games that truly built some of the best features in the series.

Nostalgia

A retrospective of The Simpsons: Hit & Run

I can’t tell whether I’m tired of the remakes (or endless rumors of remakes) that we seem to get every week. On the one hand, there have been some incredible remakes, like the Final Fantasy 7 remake. On the other hand, we’ve been disappointed by the unadulterated disaster that was Warcraft 3: Reforged. That’s why talk of a possible remake of The Simpsons: Hit and Run is both exciting and terrifying.