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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Farewell, Satoru Iwata

I, like many others, was shocked to learn of Satoru Iwata's sudden death. Yet another tragic victim of cancer. He was Nintendo​'s chief executive officer. But he was so much more to the fans; more than a mere businessman. He himself was a gamer. He touched so many with his Iwata Asks and Nintendo Direct initiatives.

IGN's tribute illustrates the man far better than I can put into words...

IGN's A Farewell Tribute to Nintendo's Satoru Iwata

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the Moon

I just happened to see a Twitter message by Josh Henry​ a few nights ago about a game titled To the Moon by Freebird Games​. He was wondering how it was. I then realized I already possessed the game in my Steam library. Yet another one of those Steam games I had never touched. I probably picked it up via a Humble Indie Bundle and forgot all about it. On a whim, I decided to give it a shot. My first thought was Chrono Trigger. Something about the 16-bit graphics and the accompanying music score. As I entered the big house and found a man on his death bed, I shivered for a moment before pressing onward. I was taken aback to something I hoped I had blocked out for good. Which is, coincidentally enough, the very essence of this game. Repressed memories. To the Moon takes place in an era in which scientists can link up with dying patients and retrieve memories digitally from their unconscious minds. Think Inception or Psychonauts. As such, the game turns out being a rather emotional journey! As we begin to piece together the life of that man, Johnny, we uncover his deepest secrets. We then meet the love of his life, River, and come to understand the relationship they share. As I wrote in my Steam review, "Chrono Trigger with even more emotion and intrigue." I made note there how To the Moon is quite linear with only bits of exploration here and there. The only real puzzle is a match game completed at the end of each memory. If you enjoy rich stories, however, it is definitely worth checking out. It is a heartfelt experiment in human feeling! As one final note: You will cry!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Gary Owens Signing Off

I had feared Gary Owens may not have much time left. I will always remember him best for his narration duty on Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers and Space Quest VI: The Spinal Frontier, but if only because that was where I first heard him. He had such a long list of TV and radio credits! And with a legendary voice like his, it is no wonder. He was reported to be the narrator of ‪‎SpaceVenture‬, but offhand, I do not recall if any recording took place (aside from an interview with Chris Pope). Those are mighty big shoes to fill! Rest in peace, Mr. Owens!

Gary Owens, Space Quest IV: "The powerful quad-quark drives rev to life. Time and space bend under the fibrillations of the time-rip transfluxers. Your adrenaline (and stomach) reel with the hyperbolic hyperbole. And finally, finally..." I hope something amazing happens!

Source: Variety.com

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