Author: Angie | Backlog Crusader

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 Update, Social Media, and Vacation!

Hey friends! I added all my social media accounts to my sidebar for those interested. I’ll follow anyone who follows me, of course. 🙂

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Also, I’ll be in Hawaii for two weeks starting on Saturday. Yay for being on a plane for 11 hours! That’s a lot of time to get some Switch games and reviews finished. My posts won’t be as substantial while I’m gone, but I have a few posts scheduled that I think you’ll like. Did anybody used to watch Zoids on Toonami back in the day?

I just wanted to thank everyone who follows my blog so far. You’ve help kick off Backlog Crusader to a great start! In only 5 weeks, it’s managed to earn over 130 WordPress and email subscribers, over 3,600 unique visitors, and over 7,700 views. That’s crazy, right? Thanks so much!

Love,

Angie

Final Fantasy XII HD Review – under the skies of Ivalice

Final Fantasy XII is a game I wish I had been old enough to appreciate when it first released in 2006, but am very pleased to be playing now with its new coat of HD polish. The tale of Final Fantasy XII is refreshingly mature compared to past installment of the series; it does not involve stopping a global catastrophe right off the bat or a mysterious bad guy intent on world domination. Instead the plot is a bit closer to home for the characters, more true to life, and therefore feels very down to Earth (or rather down to Ivalice).

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Bystander’s Guide – Combating Harassment in Online Multiplayer Games

I used to play a lot of competitive Overwatch. Like, a lot. I’ve lost track amount of times I’ve been harassed in a game of Overwatch while the other four people on my team quietly listen to someone say absolutely vile things to me completely unprovoked. It feels awful that bystanders often don’t seem to bat an eye as they observe what is essentially verbal assault. It always makes me wonder, How can they listen to this and say nothing?

Correcting the toxicity in competitive gaming communities will be an ongoing, group effort. This guide will teach you how and why you can and should help when you encounter harassment in one of your games.

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Geek Blogs Unite Facebook Group — Shoutout to a lovely gaggle of geeks!

For those unaware, a bunch of folks in the geek and nerd blogosphere are in a Facebook blogging community and networking group called Geek Blogs Unite, run by Michelle of A Geek Girl’s Guide. I believe it was Hannie who first recommended them to me.

I just wanted to say thanks to everybody over there in Geek Blogs Unite for guiding me as I figured out WordPress and answering my dumb questions about blogging. Everyone in Geek Blogs Unite is kind, friendly, and helpful! If anyone reading this wants to make some more friends in the geek blog world, increase your audience size, or have questions about how to improve your content, I highly recommend heading over there and introducing yourself and your website. 🙂

I owe a lot to GBU for helping me reach the 3000 visitor mark in my first month. Thanks so much!

Koral Review (Switch) – taking a deep dive

Playing Koral left me feeling ambivalent. It is safe to say that Koral is best approached as a “zen game” in that it is a visually appealing yet simple game good for relaxation. Its dazzling graphics and mundane puzzle gameplay co-exist in discord. This game will only be a good fit for some and that’s okay.

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The Silent Death of the Video Gamer Stereotype

Two years ago I ran into an old high school acquaintance while I was out for lunch. Over our meal he complimented my hoodie featuring a logo from one of my favorite video games. I was surprised and delighted to hear that he was a gamer because I remembered he had been a sports jock (speaking of stereotypes) when I knew him in our teenage years. I asked him about it and he told me he had hidden his interest from friends and acquaintances to maintain his friendships and to avoid judgement.

What makes it socially acceptable for a person to carry their love of football out of high school and keep it throughout their adult life, but feel the need to hide their love of video games?

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The Sunshine Blogger Award Challenge!

Thank you to Hannie who nominated me for this one a few weeks ago when I was brand new to blogging! I’m terrible at these sorts of posts, but I’ll try my best!

– Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
– Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
– Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
– List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Now to answer Hannie’s questions…

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Backlog and Blog Update! What should I work on over the long weekend?

I’ve updated my Nintendo Switch backlog! With the long holiday weekend coming up, I thought I’d ask if anyone would like to see a review or impressions post on one of the specific titles from my backlog?

I’m happy to take requests!

The top left is closest to complete and the bottom right is the farthest. If there are no requests, I’ll just keep plugging away at Final Fantasy XII HD, which I somehow missed during my PS2 days. Loving it so far!

Next week I’ll be doing a prompt review of Little Friends Cats and Dogs for the Switch after receiving it on Tuesday. It’s a spiritual successor to Nintendogs by the dev studio who made My Time at Portia, so I hope it’s good. 🙂

I’ve also got two more gamer culture pieces in the works, as well as another installment of Tales From Video Game Retail. Lastly, I set up a Ko-fi for those who would like to support me and my content.

Have a lovely weekend!

Angie

Video Game Culture – Crash Course!

Get ready for some culture studies and anthropology jargon with this one. I’ve tried to soften it up, but a lot of support for this piece came from my past academic writing, so please bear with me!

The identity of video game culture is shifting thanks to a relatively recent, positive change in mainstream perspectives about the value of the gaming as a pastime, profession, and about video gamer stereotypes. As a gamer you’re immersed in the culture, you’re used to it, but have you ever taken a step back and and looked at the big picture? What exactly is video game culture these days and how is it changing? Here’s your crash course!

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