This section focuses on video games. I’m somewhat of a casual gamer, if you will. I play leisurely to unwind and de-stress. My favorite types of games are puzzle/platformers (Metroidvanias, in particular!) and RPGs, although I play a wide variety of games. I hope you will learn about some of my favorites here.
This section will eventually be home to some rants and reviews, but for now features character tributes (or fansites) I’ve made in past years to some of my favorite video game characters. Each site contains analytical articles on symbols, characterization, and story, focusing on my own perception of each game and character as well as thoughts on gameplay and in-game elements.
A Murder of Crows – Henry from Fire Emblem: Awakening is a character who is hard to understand. He loves animals and life, but is obsessed with death. He will kill an ally to prove loyalty to a friend. He has deep abandonment issues, but wears a permanent smile. I absolutely love him. He was a lot of fun to think about and analyze, and oddly enough, I found myself identifying with parts of his past, and with his need to smile. Comparing Henry’s past to my own, I feel like I was actually able to finally understand Henry, and I made this site to put what I discovered into words. In addition to my unique take on Henry, I wrote about in-game elements focusing on how I use Henry.
Drift Away – Drifloon is a surprisingly dark Pokemon for a game series marketed toward children: it tugs at the hands of children in an attempt to steal them to the afterlife. Drifloon is my favorite Pokemon for this reason and more. I never thought I’d make a Pokemon shrine because the creatures don’t have much depth (the series has hundreds to focus on, after all), and I didn’t think I’d have much to say. I was wrong. I decided to present Drifloon how I see the Pokemon in a highly analytical, highly perceptive tribute. I looked at things like numerology, color meaning, folklore, and popular entertainment to understand the creature. Everything is pulled from and drawn back to the games.
Requiem – Yes, I shrined the Spoony Bard. Edward is universally hated across the Final Fantasy community, but for some reason I like him. I consider this text-based tribute to him a defense. He’s weak, he’s cowardly, and he just generally sucks when he first appears in the game, but he wants to be stronger and braver, and that makes him fascinating. I focused on his journey when writing the articles for this site. Edward is not a natural hero, but he becomes one. Anna would be proud. Side note: I may have focused a little too much on death, but this is Final Fantasy IV, so I think I’m okay. I don’t expect you to like Edward after visiting this site, but I hope you’ll understand why I do.
Solitaire – A shrine to an unlikely hero in the Sonic the Hedgehog series of games, the gullible but powerful guardian of the Master Emerald, Knuckles the Echidna. He’s complex, he’s real, and unlike many of the other characters in the series, he has something to live for. Knuckles is a character who is often misunderstood, mainly from the inconsistencies in his character from one medium to the next. I wanted to make a site to the Knuckles I enjoy, the one from the games from which he originated. This site is text-heavy, but hopefully lots of fun. It took some time offline, but was remade in 2012, and is now back better than ever.
Somewhere Only We Know – Once called Wanderer, my site to Sabin Figaro from Final Fantasy VI is my oldest active site. Remade in February of 2010, it’s more in-depth and hopefully more informative than it used to be, but the site’s focus is the same it was when I first made it in 2007; Sabin is a character often disliked or overlooked in Final Fantasy VI, and I aspire to show others why he’s my favorite character, and why he should be appreciated. He can be one of the strongest characters in the game, and he’s interesting. In addition to a variety of informative, analytical, and opinionated pieces, this site has a decent-sized media section.