At the risk of sounding a bit hyperbolic, 2020 was not a fantastic year, and we all had to find ways to cope with having to severely limit our outside interactions. Luckily for me I had my old friends, video games, to help, and 2020 had several excellent titles to dig into. While most of […]Read More Streets of Rage 4 Rules and You’re Wrong About the Mobility
I got a DM on Twitter from someone I’m familiar with in the Netherrealm games sub-community the other day, and it was a simple question: “Have you ever written about Tom?” “Tom” is “Tom Brady,” AKA Bill Menoutis, a longtime fixture in this particular sub-community and in the greater fighting game community for years and […]Read More I Don’t Give a Shit About “Tom Brady”
Recently, renowned FGC commentator (and honestly, ‘historian’ might be a title worth throwing in there) James Chen made some comments on Twitter relating to a problem he cared a lot about but couldn’t find much traction with others: To sum it up, Chen is increasingly concerned about a certain plateau that the fighting game genre […]Read More A Response to James Chen: Why Don’t More People Play Fighters?
“Ahab is for ever Ahab, man. This whole act’s immutably decreed. ‘Twas rehearsed by thee and me a billion years before the ocean rolled. Fool! I am the Fates’ lieutenant; I act under orders.” Herman Melville, Moby Dick (CW: Links containing descriptions of sexual harassment, transphobic language, domestic abuse) Over the summer, darkness lurking just […]Read More No Ahabs
It is the ubiquitous phrase you see used across social media whenever someone posts about something that offended them: “It ain’t that deep.” Naturally, it implies that whomever was offended is simply looking way too far past the intent of whatever was posted and is overreacting. The most common place you’ll see this is on […]Read More It *Is* That Deep
I heard a great story once: It’s California in the late 30’s. A lawyer, fresh out of Duke University School of Law, is trying his first case in the Los Angeles Municipal Court. It’s nothing too serious – a civil case over some money owed. But what should be simple turns sour when the lawyer […]Read More Insert Coin to Continue