BioShock – Video Game Literary Classics 101

Originally released on the Xbox 360 and PC in 2007, BioShock has blown many minds with what is widely considered one of, if not the best narrative twists in video game history. It features the most well-integrated exploration of philosophy and morality/ethics in a video game story to date. If BioShock is still on your to-play list, beware of the MASSIVE SPOILERS ahead. It’s time to revisit Rapture!

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Blog Milestone Thank-You Steam Key GIVEAWAY! (Over 100 keys available)

I created Backlog Crusader on April 25th and in only two months, thanks to the support of nerdy friends, family, and a great WordPress community, we’ve managed to reach 200 wordpress followers, 5,000 visitors, and 10,000 views. That’s basically absurd for a totally unknown, brand new gaming blog, and it’s all because of you guys!

It’s time to give back. As a celebration and a thank you to my amazing readers and fellow writers, I’m doing a giveaway from my Steam Key Loot Vault of over 100 keys that need a good home. They aren’t triple A titles or anything, but I’m sure some will be of interest. There’s definitely some indie favorites in there that you might not have tried yet!

ENTRY FORM and Giveaway Rules:

  1. One submission per email only.
  2. Entered email must belong to a user following Backlog Crusader by WordPress or by email.
  3. If you follow by WordPress and use an unrelated email on the entry form, I NEED to know the WordPress name as well to verify the entry, so be sure to fill out line two if that is the case.
  4. Drawings will be done around noon eastern on Sunday the 30th.
  5. Winners will be emailed their codes based on order of drawing, then based on winner preference as I go down the list.
  6. Winners will be emailed to ask about a backup choice if all of their choices are taken by the time I reach them on the list. For the sake of time management, the first to email a response will be served the requested key. (Key list will be kept up to date as I send out codes.)

    Below is the full list for those who don’t wanna mess with the Google sheets version:
7 Grand StepsHacknet and Hacknet Labrynths DLCScanner Sombre
8-bit ArmiesHalcyon 6: Starbase Commander (Lightspeed Edition)Sengoku
A Virus Named TomHer StorySerial Cleaner
Acceleration of SUGURI 2Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore A Fedora DeluxeShip Simulator Extremes
Among the Sleep – Enchanced Ed.Hurtworldshutshimi
Anna’s QuestInsurgencySorcerer King: Rivals
BallistickInterplanetary: Enhanced EditionSpeedRunners
Beat CopJumpjet RexSpirits
Bionic CommandoJYDGESproggiwood
Bone Ep 1 and 2 (Telltale)Kathy RainStaxel
Broken Sword 1Kingdom: New LandsStreamline EA
Broken Sword 2Loot RascalsSuper Galaxy Squadron EX
CaravanMaroonersSuperbrothers: Swords and Sorcery
Cave BlazersMemoiraTangledeep
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2Ninja Pizza GirlTeam Indie
Day of Infamy DeluxeNongunzTelltale’s Texas Holdem
Deadout: Keepers of the DarkOrwell: Keeping and Eye on You (1)The Bridge
Divide By SheepOrwell: Keeping and Eye on You (2)The Corporate Machine
Double Fine Adventure DocumentaryOxenfreeThe Final Station
DreadOutPoker Night at the Inventory (Telltale)The First Tree
Dusty Revenge: Co-opPoly BridgeThe Land of Pain
Eets MunchiesPortal KnightsThe Political Machine 2016
EllipsisPotatoman Seeks the TroofThe Swapper
Epistory – Typing ChroniclesPunch Club DeluxeThirty Flights of Loving
FaceRig ClassicQUBE Director’s CutTooth and Tail
FigmentRetro Game CrunchTumbleSeed
Flat Kingdom’s Paper’s Cut EditionRising Storm 2: Vietname (DDE)Turmoil
FlowCanvasRitualsUFPS: Ultimate FPS
FortsRIVE: Wreck, Hack, Die, RetryVerdun
Gemini Heroes RebornRoad to BalhallaWaking Mars
Getting Over ItRocketbirdsWargame: Red Dragon
Girls Like RobotsROCKETSROCKETSROCKETSWhispered World
Gone HomeRolling SunWuppo
Grey Goo Definitive EditionRusty Lake: RootsWurm Unlimited
GunpointSamorost 3Zombie Night Terror
HacknetSatellite Reign

I’m unsure how many total codes I’ll be giving away, but I want to send out at least half of these. Depending on how many entries there are and which game are most in demand, I might be able to send everyone something, or I might have to do a drawing of a portion of the entrants. Either way, the full list of winners in order chosen by random drawing will be posted along with what games they are getting, for full transparency.

Thanks again for all of your support!



Mounts Done RIGHT – The Amazing Mount System in Guild Wars 2

I have always been a huge sucker for pets and mounts in video games. If I get to own, raise, ride, or play with animals of any kind, chances are I’ll love whatever game it is. When I used to play World of Warcraft I would spend ages running old raid content for the 2% chance of rare mount loot drops. As in “Sorry I can’t go out to dinner, gotta run Icecrown Citadel on my 10th alt before weekly raid reset.” (It was a sickness, really.)

When a mount system was finally added to Guild Wars 2 last year in the Path of Fire expansion, I was ecstatic! In developer interviews on the subject, ArenaNet calls their design philosophy the “Joy of Movement”, and it is indeed an absolutely joy to collect and ride these incredibly well designed mounts. Each type of mount has a specific mechanical purpose and handles very differently, rather than being a series of model re-skins as is seen inmost MMOs. Mounts in Guild Wars 2 are essentially a case study is how to do mounts right. Giddy-up!

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Rising Stars – Gaming Blogger Spotlight #1

These days gamers tend to consume video game reviews, information, and related gaming entertainment in video format on sites like Youtube or Twitch, but we still have an enthusiastic editorial gaming community here on WordPress!

I wanted to make it easier for gaming writers to connect with the gaming blogger community, so I’m starting a little series called “Rising Stars” where veteran bloggers and readers alike can discover and welcome new or relatively unknown gaming writers into the community. I hope this will help to encourage and support individuals as well as maintain the health of the gaming blogger community overall.

Let’s take a look at this week’s first five Rising Stars!

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Reminder: Video Game Literary Classics 101 Collab entries due soon!

For those still planning to participate in the Video Game Literary Classics 101 community collab, please try to get your posts in by Monday. I have been commenting on each entry that pingbacks to the original collab post, so if you did not receive a comment from me, please assume I missed it and poke me again. I just got back from a two week vacation and hopefully none slipped through the cracks while I was checking on things from mobile.

If you are a new gaming blogger community member wanting to participate or someone needing a little more time, please let me know ASAP. I’ll be working on the final collab post for a week or two so a little late is totally doable. (Already heard from one or two about late entry.)

Entries so far have been fabulous and I’m looking forward to putting together the final “syllabus”! 🙂

Cosmic Star Heroine Review (Switch); a modern, 16-bit, scifi JRPG delight

Cosmic Star Heroine offers a wealth of content considering its base cost. This scifi romp is a skillfully crafted, complete package of JRPG-style goodness that remains faithful to its 16-bit roots, and it has a great sense of humor to boot! With the polish of Octopath Traveler and gameplay similar to that of Chrono Trigger, if you liked either of those titles and you love scifi, then Cosmic Star Heroine is a game you will doubtless want to add to your collection.

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Sea King Mini-Review (Switch)

Sea King is a no-frills party game that released on the Nintendo Switch this past week. Featuring top down cannon fire combat, up to four players can battle on the high seas in pirate ships to their heart’s content. Households with little buccaneer or pirate fans in the family may find a affordable, good fit with Sea King.

There are a variety of ship designs to choose from and exactly a dozen different game modes available, including death match, capture the flag, and battle royale. While Sea King is highly unlikely to hold the interest of veteran gamers for long due to its repetitive simplicity, somewhat unintuitive aiming controls, and lack of content beyond party modes, Sea King could still be an acceptable choice for a family party game or a local multiplayer title that young gamers can easily pick up and play with friends on the couch.

Note: Game key kindly provided by the publisher.

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