A Decent Argument About Modern Resident Evil

I’m a classic Resident Evil fan who prefers the older games of the series, but even I can grudgingly admit that complaining about the series becoming action-oriented just on that basis alone — whether it’s a valid complaint or not — is little more than an appeal to personal preference; it isn’t going to convince anyone.

I do think it’s strange to have a series suddenly redefine itself, especially in such a way that it alienates its prior fanbase, but there are valid circumstances for such a thing, and it’s happened before in the video game industry. So rather than complain about that, I want to take the time to compose a decent argument about the problems present in the modern Resident Evil games (mainly Resident Evil 4 and 5) other than them simply not being horror games. Problems in the redefinition itself as well as in the games. I don’t hate the games, so I hope fans of the modern games are still reading and hear me out. After all, you’re always free to disagree.

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10 Childhood Cartoons I Wish I’d Seen More Of

Man, childhood. Those are the carefree years, where you don’t worry about getting a job, the state of the world, or even having arguments about religion on internet message boards. No these were the good old days when all you had to worry about was having television networks compete over your attention span with cartoons. Not that this was really something we worried about; it’s why life was great!

But for some of us, me especially, there were a lot of shows we never got to see all that much of because of a variety of reasons, including not having cable at the time. Sometimes I’d catch glimpses of shows I only dreamed I could watch more of when I stayed at someone else’s house, or stayed in a hotel. Don’t get me wrong, I saw plenty of shows as a kid, including Swat Kats, Batman: The Animated Series, Power Rangers, Digimon, and many others. Maybe it’s simply a “grass is greener on the other side” thing, but I always used to think the ones I never saw were so much cooler.

So in no particular order, here are 10 different shows I always wished I could see more of.

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Ocarina of Time Dungeons: Shadow Temple

Hey guys, so we’re onto the Shadow Temple now in my dungeon review series. I talk a lot about how this dungeon does in maximizing its use of themes, talking about how I didn’t feel it was all that scary but should have been. I also compare it to the Bottom of the Well, it’s companion mini-dungeon, and how well it lives up to its buildup. You can click here to go read the full editorial.

I actually wrote this completely at the last minute because I was tied up with something else beforehand, which is why it posted later than normal. Hopefully it doesn’t seem rushed; I like to think I work good under pressure! Tell me what you think!

Song Spotlight: Theme of Ghost Rider (UMvC3)

Sorry I tend to disappear over the weekends. I’ll see if I can work out a schedule for doing posts on them more often, but in the meantime here’s something short to tide y’all over (because I know you guys totally just… like sit in front of the monitor waiting for me. At least that’s what I tell myself to keep living).

These Song Spotlights are going to be new posts I’ll be doing every so often, mainly when I feel like it or have a song I want to talk about (or need filler!), and you can also bet on other forms of Spotlight posts in the future.

So to start off our first Song Spotlight, I want to bring your attention to Theme of Ghost Rider from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Have a listen:

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Top 16 Most Disturbing Zelda Characters

Hey guys. Earlier today I published a new article on Zelda Dungeon, “Top 16 Most Disturbing Zelda Characters”, a list of… well, it speaks for itself. This is another of my humorous list articles, using the same format as my Top 16 Most Annoying Zelda Characters article from about three months back. I included a decent amount of fairly obvious choices this time around, but there’s a few surprises on there too.

The article’s met some decent success already, too, with a score of 57 on Reddit as of this writing. I can’t say I fully understand why this article was so much more successful than the last in the same style, but whatever. I’ll take it! You can check out the article here. Enjoy! Tell me your thoughts on my list if you haven’t on Zelda Dungeon already!

Curiosity Shop #099: Zelda Dungeon Mailbag

Hey there guys. So I uploaded the latest mailbag on Zelda Dungeon today. Mailbag #099! That’s a lot of mailbags, and next week I’m going to be doing the special Mailbag #100, so be on the lookout.

This mailbag covers a surprisingly high number of Majora’s Mask questions, but there’s a few (simple) timeline questions as well, and Link seems to be a consistent topic as well. You can watch the video here.

Vlog: PS3 PokeHeartsiders Cards

So I finally did a new video for Strange Talk a day or two ago and forgot to post about it on here. But don’t worry! Here’s that post. Except you probably already saw it on YouTube. Whatever. It’s a video blog intended to update you guys on… well, what I’ve been up to lately, but more videos are incoming soon. A bit rambley, probably, sorry about that (though my vlogs might end up like this). I’ve got numerous videos planned in the near future though, and I’ll be posting about them here. You can continue reading to view the video embed or click here. Continue reading

Ocarina of Time Dungeons: Mini-Dungeons

So like I promised last week, I wrote an editorial reviewing all of Ocarina of Time’s mini-dungeons in one shot. To sum it up, I didn’t like the Ice Cavern, loved the Bottom of the Well, and thought the Gerudo Training Grounds… didn’t really count as a dungeon but were acceptable. You should read the full thing though, so check it out here. We’re nearly done with the Ocarina of Time Dungeons series, too, I realized. Only three more to go after this.

I also realize I forgot to post the last mailbag, so here you go. There’s a bunch of questions about Ganon and Demise this time — among many general questions and a few about items — for a total of 12 questions.

Axle vs. Kingdom Hearts 3D [3]: A Belltower? I Must Climb It!

Little behind on posting these, but hey, who cares? Everyone? Oh.

So after completing Traverse Town I moved onto the next world, Cites las Cloche… Las Cite Cloches…….

La Cité des Cloches. Ugh, mouthful. I know I didn’t comment on Dive Mode before (this game’s method of going to new worlds instead of the Gummi Ships) so I will now. I think it’s a fun minigame and I think it’s good that they’re doing something different than the Gummi Ships for a bit, at least for variety (though I hope to see them again in Kingdom Hearts III). I especially liked fighting a boss in Dive Mode, though I’m a little worried that it means most of the cool Dream Eater bosses I’ve seen aren’t going to be for fighting in the normal battles. At any rate, I love the music for Dive Mode bosses.

So onto the city, starting with Riku, the first thing I notice is that the music is incredible. I mean, I already knew this. I listened to some of the music before even getting the game, so I came to des Cloches prepared: I brought headphones. The music is startlingly dark, but it really fits the world and everything. It’s very cool and it’s a major reason why this world is so cool.

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Firebrand and Ghosts ‘n Goblins Obsession

Like you, I have a lot of interests. Possibly also like you (I have no idea; work with me here), many of them subside in favor of newer interests. Some of them definitely stick around, while others only subside temporarily, but certainly there are times with just about any of my interests where I’m just not that into it at a given moment. Possibly when I’m distracted by something shiny, or a cute girl, or lasagna.

There are also times where I sound maybe a little kind of insane. This also may possibly be one of those times. Again, work with me.

So, onto the actual topic… I have a bit of an obsession with Firebrand — an obsession that’s been rekindled by my acquiring Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, in which he is playable — a awesome little red gargoyle dude who first showed up in the Gargoyle’s Quest games, a subseries of Ghosts ‘n Goblins. It should be noted that I have played neither.

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