My Gaming Landscape [January 23rd, 2017]

It’s back! Hello everyone. Welcome to my first Gaming Landscape in almost a year. After attempting to replace this with a new feature, Thoughts On, I’ve decided to stick with this format as it worked for me for a very long time. The only change is that I won’t be as strict with my rules as I was before. However, for you the reader, it should be the same as it’s always been. If you’re new here, this is an blog post where I talk about the games I’ve been playing and my impressions of them. So without further delay, here are the games I played between January 1st and January 23rd, 2016: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Dash, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King.
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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD review

http://middleofnowheregaming.com/2016/03/31/the-legend-of-zelda-twilight-princess-hd-review/

Discussing: The Reinvention Curse

I have this theory about certain video game franchises. This theory, which I’ve hastily called the reinvention curse, states that when a video game series reinvents itself with a new iteration and receives widespread acclaim, it is then cursed to attempt to recreate that one title but with worse and worse results. As most do, the clones, sort of speak, become less and less accurate and quality deteriorates. There are several franchise that could fall under this theory but the two best examples, and the ones I’ll be using to describe this theory, are The Legend of Zelda and Resident Evil.

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My Gaming Landscape [May 19th, 2015]

I played a lot of games this past month, though I didn’t stick to most of them. So instead of the usual format of separating the games with a title and giving each game a paragraph, I’m just going to write about them in the same paragraphs in a casual conversation. After all, this is supposed to be a casual post about the games I’ve been playing. I might keep it this way in the future but I’ll see how this does. I’ll still bold the names of the games I’ve been playing so you can see them easily. Also, sorry for no picture. I couldn’t figure out how to cram all these games into one image. Alright, on with the Gaming Landscape!

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Colorwind Reacts: Nintendo Direct 11-6-14

nintendo-direct-smash-pokemonI watched Nintendo Direct yesterday, my first one in awhile. I like the Nintendo Direct format but I prefer the normal format as oppose to the more special ones they’ve been doing recently on Hyrule Warriors and Smash Bros and such. Overall, I think the presentation was okay, with little to get me excited about but there are a couple of things I would like to talk about, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and Splatoon.

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Discussing: The Legend of Zelda and My Awakening

The-Legend-of-Zelda-The-Wind-Waker-HD-Screenshots-5Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog discussing my issues with the Legend of Zelda series. I said that while I really liked A Link Between Worlds, I found Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and even Ocarina of Time (which I completed and enjoyed) to ultimately be devoid of interesting things to do. I got a lot of comments telling me that I was being too harsh on these games, specifically The Wind Waker. So I decided to give it another try. Wind Waker was the game I focused on the most in my argument and I wasn’t sure how I would feel about coming back to it for what would be the fourth or fifth time.

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Discussing: The Legend of Zelda and The Loss of Wonderment

zelda610I did not grow up with The Legend of Zelda. Blame my local rental stores who never had it available. I grew up on the SNES and I played Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, and other Nintendo classics. However, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was never around. The first Zelda game I played was Ocarina of Time and at first I didn’t like it. The lack of a jump button really bothered me. However, several years later, I tried the original on the NES via an emulator and loved it. So I went back and tried Ocarina of Time again and enjoyed it. However, I never thought it was an amazing game.

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