Hal Olson

Hal Olson
I'm not too picky when it comes to video games; if it's fun or has a good story, chances are I'll be a fan. My favorite game ever is Super Metroid, but other favorites include Metal Gear Solid 3, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Disgaea, Final Fantasy VI, and Xenoblade Chronicles.

Do Game Reviews Matter Anymore?

In the age of streaming, just how relevant is an old-fashioned game review? March of 2017 was a massive month for the video game industry. The launch of Nintendo’s Switch, and Zelda with it, was certainly an event, but Breath of the Wild wasn’t even the top-selling title by…

You Should Really Only Play Adventure Games Once

Spoilers ahead for Until Dawn… I recently had the pleasure of playing through 2015’s Until Dawn for a second time and, though it was a great time, this experience served to reinforce my belief in only giving adventure games a single play-through; anything further is not only subject to…

Finally, We’ve Stopped Debating What Makes a Game a Game

Less whining makes for better games.   What Remains of Edith Finch released recently amid… Less quibbling about whether or not it’s a game than usual. What a beautiful world. The growing acceptance of arthouse games is an encouraging sign and, when this promise finally bears a full harvest,…

Persona 5’s Teenage Characters Move the Medium Forward

The best teens in games don’t feel like teens in games. Video Games have something of an association with teenagers. Though the game-loving teens of the nineties have by now grown into the game-loving adults of the present day, gaming is still seen as a predominantly youthful hobby. As…
breath of the wild review

The Breath of the Wild Hype is Untrustworthy

I don’t know if you heard, but there’s a new Zelda out. Last week, after an achingly long lead-up, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released.  The game’s review scores were through the roof, being awarded more perfect scores than metacritic has seen for any other…

The Last of Us’ Splendid, Standard Storytelling

It’s not innovative, but it is still impressive. Back in 2013, Naughty Dog released The Last of Us on Playstation 3. The aura surrounding the game was electric, with copies sold as numerous as its accolades. However, there has been mounting criticism regarding the game’s storytelling, mainly directed at…

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