The Definition of Platformer

Recently, I completed Ori and the Blind Forest, a metroidvania style game in which one must save the forest after its light has been stolen by a giant evil bird. It’s a beautiful and difficult indie game that everyone should play. Enter shameless plug here. A metroidvania is a subgenre of “platformer.”
Anyway, it got me thinking about what makes a platformer a platformer. Like most forms of media, there are key elements that make platformer stand out from regular action games.

The modern concept of a platform game came to fruition with 1983’s Super Mario Bros. While games such…

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The Definition of, er, Genre

This is the first episode, er, article of a maybe ongoing series of pieces about various genres in media, how to recognize them, core tropes, and more. Shout out to TvTropes and OverlySarcasticProductions as well as many others that I will no doubt reference over the course of this series, should I actually manage to continue it.

Let’s begin with genre itself. Originating from the language of croissants and overthrowing monarchies, “genre” is a French word translating to “a kind of.” Merriam-Webster defines genre as “a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or…

Throughout 2017, many games were released. Some praised this year as one of the best in history with games such as NieR: Automata and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild being released. Some labeled it as the year of the JRPG with many big name releases such as Yakuza 0 being released in American and Persona 5 being released internationally. We at the Blanket Fort have also played many new and old games this year as well as reviewed and talked about some games. But, today we’ll just be talking about our favorite games of the year. …

And Other Multiplayer Only Games

This will be a casual piece (see: rant) based on personal opinion.

Overwatch is a fun game. I often play it with one friend to catch up on each other’s lives. I have another in which we can talk to each other despite living hundreds of miles away. It’s a simple and easy conversation piece with one of my coworkers. The game contains excessive amounts of flavor and style. The mechanics are good for new players and old players alike. Blizzard has done everything in their power and spent millions to make Overwatch accessible. …

You died

Developer: White Lotus Interactive
Publisher: White Lotus Interactive
Platform: Windows, Oculus, Steam, Playstation 4
Price: $15.00-$40.00 USD (Review copy received)
Genre: First Person, Puzzle
Release Date: September 21st, 2017

And How Magic: The Gathering Arena May Help

Magic: The Gathering is a game created by Richard Garfield and published in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast, publishers of the Dungeons and Dragons franchise of tabletop role-playing games. Despite its age, it continues to thrive with over twenty million players globally with its only real competition being Yu-Gi-Oh! It wouldn’t sound unreasonable for many to call Magic the original competitive TCG. As such, it was also the earliest to go online. In 2002, Magic: The Gathering Online officially went up. For $9.99, one could purchase the client allowing them to collect digital versions of cards. They could also…

All information will be based on Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons.

Dungeons and Dragons, usually known as D&D, is a fantastic game. The rules are clearly defined, but allow and expect players to make house rules. All the players work together, eliminating the competitive aspect of most tabletop games. Players have been known to be inspired by the characters they create and develop an attachment to them. Dungeon masters, or DM’s, get a chance to tell a story and create something everyone can be a apart of. D&D has been known to inspire games like Wizardry, Dragon Age, and even…

Spoilers ahead. This is an opinion piece.

School Days is an infamous anime series based on a visual novel. The anime stars Makoto Itou, the average every man of any harem anime. After developing a crush on Kotonoha Katsura, his friend and classmate Sekai Saionji helps them get into a relationship. After this, the series begins its journey of ups and downs, relationships, and so much infidelity.

The infamy of this show stems from the characters. Makoto is a horrible person. He cheats on Kotonoha with several different girls including Sekai and seems to only be interested in sex. Sekai…

A screenshot from Hyper Light Drifter

The gaming industry is, well, an industry. In any business or industry, sales are important. The problem with industries is that they often stagnate and rarely innovate. This happens in the gaming industry quite often. A game that tries something new and becomes incredibly popular. For the next few years, every game attempts to emulate it. This is particularly notable in the triple A industry where millions of dollars are on the line if a game fails. No matter how much a game is adored by fans, publishers are interested in numbers. It’s very rare that a game bombs and…

Superheroes have been part of American pop culture since 1938. They fill American televisions, occupy theme parks, and have entire conventions dedicated to celebrating them. And, when it comes to animation, there’s a lot of cultural exchange between America and Japan which resulted in shows such as Avatar: The Last Airbender, Kappa Mikey, and Teen Titans. As such, as long as anime has existed, the traditional concept of a super hero has been nearby. However, few shows ran with the concept like 2011's Tiger & Bunny.

Tiger & Bunny has all the makings of an American deconstruction of super heroes…

Travis Lionel

A writer and journalist with a passion for nerd/geek culture and photography. Politically driven, he seeks to walk the line between politics and pop culture.

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