Wednesday, December 30, 2015

What Do I Want to Happen Next Year?

So, this year's been incredible.. but where do I go from here?
Well, I hope that I have a general idea of what next year should look like.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

INTERVIEW: Marc Lovallo on His First Big Year

Marc Lovallo, otherwise known on Youtube as SuperSmash3DS, is a guy of many talents. He reviews games, he remixes music, he does voice work, and he's directing Eddsworld: The Movie, a fan movie project based on, well, Eddsworld. (I mean, it's in the title.)
Over the past year, he's been going through the entire main Mario series- from Super Mario Bros. to Super Mario 3D World (and Captain Toad)- reviewing each one. Now that he's done with all of that, I decided the interview him and reflect upon the year as well as his future endeavors.
First of all, to those who don't know, who exactly are you?
I'm Mark. I do game reviews on my Youtube channel, and I also do some music and voice work.
What inspired you to make videos, do voicework, and compose remixes?
I didn't always want to do game reviews. It's just something that kind of happened. For game reviews I was mainly inspired by SomecallmeJohnny and most of the people from Hidden Block and Normal Boots. I got into voice acting because I love doing voices, and I was inspired by real famous voice actors like Mel Blanc and the Simpsons actors. I started doing remixes of music because I always thought it was cool to hear video game music in a different way.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Personal List: Top 5 Underrated Super Mario Galaxies

Hey all!
Before I delve into this, I just wanted to say that I reached 7000 views today... that's a pretty nice early Christmas present! I'm not in this for the views or anything like that, but the fact that this measly 'site' has been viewed 7000 times is remarkable.
Secondly! I'm not sure if I will be able to get an interview this month. It's probably because I didn't plan it out well enough considering that almost everybody I wanted to interview is on Christmas vacation. Perhaps it's because the people I've chosen are hard to be humble with. Perhaps it's because nobody actually likes me. (a solemn manly tear rolls down my face.) Regardless, it ain't lookin' too hot.
In addition, next month's also looking iffy because I have something kind of big planned- for each day I'm going to write about one of my favorite videos of 2015. That's 31 articles in one month! As such, I think it would be weird to have someone sandwiched in the middle of that avalanche of non-gaming content, but February should definitely have something fun!
If you couldn't already tell, I love me some Super Mario Galaxy 2 (and 1, to be completely fair). I mean, I've already written about it twice prior. In the first article, I talked about the hardest galaxies (in the first game), a list that I've come to loathe a fair amount. The second, arguably much better, article on why I replay games even went on to reflect my biases over why I preferred Super Mario Galaxy 2, a topic that I'm sure will be tackled again and again later down the line.
Now, what galaxies do I love but seem to be overshadowed by, well, the fan favorites? Here are ten.
5. Sky Station Galaxy, NOT Yoshi Star Galaxy
I've always had a soft spot for the first galaxy in the game. It's simple, yes, but that't the point. It caters to both those who don't quite understand the mechanics and those who've already mastered them. It's welcoming to new players in the sense that it's wholly linear and presents small aspects of the game into one level; the first galaxy is harmless, the second is safe but with a handful of gaps, the third involves some relatively 'challenging; platforming, and it ends with an easy boss battle.
In addition, the whole galaxy is aided by some downright beautiful music.
Then there's Yoshi Star Galaxy.
Don't get me wrong, it's a fun galaxy, and it's fairly pretty, but I feel as if the only reason people remember it so fondly is the return of Yoshi, in 3D after eight long years! In addition, the music, while still infectiously catchy, doesn't display the same orchestral sensibilities. What does that mean? I don't know, but it just doesn't do it for me like Sky Station Galaxy's does.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Year Round Up: Version 1.1

So last year I went through the best and worst posts of the year. Y'know, like a kind of guide so you don't have to wallow through any of the filth.
Well, I'm doing it again.
10. Cream a La Crap: The Five Great Games That Mystified The Internet in 2014
Date Posted: January 19th, 2015
Oh sorry, was my bias showing a little too much? Probably.
While the opinions surrounding the post can be considered pretty, uh, critical, I like the post in that it kicked off the new year with a new "feel."
I think it's the best representation of a newer style emerging which has since carried over to present day. It feels more distinctly mature despite the abundance of blatant aggression at the titles (which I realize now could've been dialed down a little.) To be fair, though, most of those games deserved it. I'm lookin' at you, Meme Runner.
9. I Made my First Video on GoAnimate. Here's How it Went.
November 11th, 2015
A strange article, indeed. Hot off the heels of a strong streak of winning articles was a bizarre entry where I forged my first video for the Youtubes... in the form of an awful GoAnimate video.
Having never done anything of the sort, I thought it would be funny to soil a large milestone in my Internet career- making a video- on the world's most polarizing computer software.
The end result was... interesting? I tried to hit up the absurdity of the features of GoAnimate, including the ability to ride a bike stagnantly and fly off whilst eating a bento box, and constructing a meodramatic drama with the joke being in the monotone robotic voices, but the end result was a strange beast. It sounded like a drunken sailor's free-style rap session.
Still, for some reason, I kinda like it. It was an absurd failure but I found it rewarding even though less than five people actually took the test of watching the finished work.

8. What? It's Over? The 12 Worst Boss Fights in Gaming
One of two lists posted this year, it was by far the better one. It was a ton of work, going in without any idea of what I was going to put, but the end result was worth the effort.
I was especially wary of making a unique list without much reference to more established lists of bad bosses (note the lack of Negative Man), and for the most part, the list is astonishingly unique. Most of the entries were largely unexplored territory so that instead of being the tired "THESE ENEMIES R DUMM" entry in had its own legs.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Thought to Chew: Why Do We Replay Games?

At first I though that I would create a two-part double whammy with another article entitled, "Why Do We Play Games?", but, y'know, everyone's done that already.
So instead, why do we replay video games? Or at the very least, why do I? What is the point?
Completing a video game always feels like a personal victory; it fills you with an internal efficacy I can only describe as excitement or pride. It doesn't necessarily stem from overcoming a challenge, as not all games are on the same difficulty caliber, but rather just the fact that you finished something. Regardless of what you do or watch, finishing it is almost always the best part, and you can leave it with a hopefully different mindset than before you began it.