The Particular Finest

Presented by aurynn shaw

The Relentless Tedium of Chasm

I want to preface this piece with, I adore Metroidvania games. My first was Metroid II on the Gameboy waaaaaaaay back in the early 1990s, and I played it through … more times than I can remember, actually.

I loved the Metroid Prime series. I’ve loved other games in this genre space.

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Tomb Raider (2018)

So, I watched the new Tomb Raider movie over the weekend, and, it was good!

It was a silly action-adventure romp that had considerable nods to Indiana Jones, to the videogame reboot, and to the original videogames.

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A Year in Review, Jan 28 to Mar 18


So much for my goal of regularity when it came to these posts. The data is all being collected in the background, but it doesn’t make me sit down and actually write it like I’m supposed to.

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On Forced Complicity in Games

So. I have some thoughts about videogames I’ve played recently, specifically smaller narrative-centric games colloquially named walking simulators”.

This post is going to dive into the internal narratives and conclusions for several games, so

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A Year in Review, Jan 21 to Jan 28

Not a lot this week due to BEING VERY TIRED and doing prep work for a talk.


Time Played: 6.4 hours

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A Year in Review, Jan 14 to Jan 21


Time Played: 55 minutes

Yeah, giving up on this game. Might spend the weekend that it’d take to grind out the victory? Probably not.

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A Year in Review, Jan 07 to Jan 14


Time Played: 12.6 hours

Stellaris is…

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A Year in Review, Jan 01 to Jan 07


Time Played: 4.7 hours

Started playing Stellaris again, after a fairly long haitus. Stellaris is … I like it, (previously, previouslier), it’s a fun grand epic space game. It’s sucking me back in for another round, as I get excited for the new expansion.

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So I Wrote that Thing

In my last post about gaming stuff, I wrote about how I wanted to write a program to scrape the Steam API and store it so I could look back on the year and see what I’d done.

I finally did that thing. Coming in the following weeks will be regular updates on what I played in the last week, what I think about it, and so on and so forth. Should be good times!

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Gaming, 2017 Edition

I keep meaning to write these posts, this commentary on the games that most affected me, most touched me, were most present and prevalent in my life through the year.

I keep forgetting to do so. I wrote a program to scrape Steam and keep track of what I’ve played, but I never deployed it. I tried to wield the Playstation Network API to scrape what I’ve played and when, but the API no longer publishes that information. (Thanks Sony. Thony.)

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