Author: Hunter Kaye

Growing up, I read tons of classic literature. One such example was The Count of Monte Cristo. So impressed with this work, my young mind wrapped around the idea of Monte Cristo being what proper writing should look like. The harrowing tale of a hopeful man being bent into a mysterious being of fortune and destruction. The serious tone, along with the inevitability of tragedy and loss of self, gripped me through its hundreds of pages. The Loss of Interest As a result of these ideals, my standards for fiction had risen dramatically. I lamented that much of more modern…

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Stonefly is an exploration game that splits its focus between combat, exploration, and resource finding. Annika works with her father on mechanics, handing him tools and picking up the necessary materials. That is, until one day, where she forgets to go into town and instead decides to obtain resources the hard way using her father’s old mech. This results in it getting stolen, plaguing Annika with guilt. Stonefly is about the journey to find the thief via upgrading an old, rusted mech.  The old mech you begin the campaign with has a plethora of movement options. It can walk…

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The Wild at Heart is an exploration puzzle game that takes place in a magical Deep Woods. At the helm of this adventure is Wake, who has run away from home but has become woefully lost.  The main gameplay is the utilization of woodland creatures called Spritelings. They act as both a weapon and an extendable appendage. Spritelings can be thrown to explore higher elevation, break objects, gather materials, and notably, fighting malicious beasts. Spritelings can be thrown in an arc, either one at a time or rapidly, and perform any available action upon landing. Throwing Spritelings takes getting…

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While Guilty Gear Strive has had two open betas, that may not have been enough to satisfy the craving of your blazing heart. Thankfully, there are other fighting games that can teach you the fundamentals you’ll need before you hear that glorious Daisuke guitar riff once again. Samurai Shodown While Samurai Shodown isn’t a pinnacle of popularity in the fighter scene, it does have some striking design similarities to Strive. Combos are quite short if present at all. The neutral plays quite risky, as basic buttons slice off chunks of HP. Samurai Shodown is intentionally slower-paced, which also seems to…

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Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind is a remake of an investigation game initially released in the late 80s. Players will take control of a young man who a private detective takes in and promptly acts as his assistant.  The Girl Who Stands Behind features a mystery regarding the murder of a girl from a local high school. Locations change swiftly, leaving an impression of the area to prevent staleness. While the background art is not particularly impressive, it avoids being cluttered, so the investigation goes smoothly. And investigation you will perform. The main gameplay aspect of…

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My Alcoholic Escape From Reality is a memoir about the author’s time dealing with alcoholism regarding both her hospital stay and how it affected her manga work. In relation to Kabi-san’s other work, this functions as a pseudo-sequel in that they affect her relationship with her parents. My Alcoholic Escape From Reality starts with an abrupt trip to the hospital after a bout of bar hopping. The juxtaposition between the author’s shame with her actions and the resulting revelations provides a genuine atmosphere from the start. Aside from alcoholism and writing, Kabi-san muses on aspects of commonly relatable issues, such…

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