Some people use horoscopes to better understand their personality. Others use the Enneagram Personality Test. Here at GYG Lounge, we don’t need astrology or a scientific model based on core beliefs to tell you the kind of person you are. We know exactly who you are based on the character you pick in Mario Kart.
Pokémon Snap was released in 1999, and over the last 20 years, it’s the only game in the franchise that I find myself coming back to time and time again. I’d say about once a year, I spend a lazy weekend afternoon playing through this short, yet sweet adventure, and each time, I love it even more. And I’m obviously not the only one, because when Nintendo finally announced a long overdue sequel last week, the reactions all over the Internet showed just how loved this spinoff game is. Honestly, I never need a reason to revisit Pokémon Snap, but the announcement of the sequel just gives me even more of an excuse to jump right back into the best game in the series. Let’s have a look at what made this game so special, and what the new game can do to both recapture the magic of the original, while also improving and expanding on it.
Nazi teddy bears, a mountainous monster of kernaled shit, and plenty of refrences to drugs and alchohol, Conker’s Bad Fur Day was enough to give even today’s social activists violent aneurysms of rage. Not exactly what mom and dad were expecting from a furry, little Nintendo friend, is it? At least, that’s not what my parents had in mind when they bought Conker’s Bad Fur Day as my Christmas gift in 2001 when I was 11.
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.
Fifteen years ago, we were treated to BioWare’s first original title, Jade Empire. While many gameplay elements were borrowed from BioWare’s 2003 hit, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, what set Jade Empire apart was its focus on martial arts combat and magic as well as a colorful setting and story derived from Chinese mythology.
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.