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February 17th

…Now I Have To Keep A Sexy Picture Of Yoshi On My Phone | Kotaku God bless Cecilia D’Anastasio and the whole damn Kotaku team for living their weird-ass truth.

“every time I unlock my phone, I and everybody else in my vicinity have been confronted with a pornographic image of Nintendo’s Yoshi, wearing a thong bikini, under the words “hell yeah I’m a slut.””


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May 15th

…as statements about our responsibility to ourselves and to others.

“In Yoshi’s Island healing isn’t forgiveness so much as it is redemption. It is making up for mistakes though extra effort. By making the player have to earn it the emotional payoff is much higher and that is what makes this system in Yoshi’s Island so satisfying. Every mistakes results in a nice mini-arc of failure, struggle, and redemption.”

“The necessary unfamiliarity”

History plays a greater role in this week’s selections than any of the round-ups I have done so far. Perhaps we are in a bit of

February 4th

…the Colossus, Remade, Reviewed | digital love child Reid McCarter contrasts two understandings of the remake in this review – on the one hand, a sacrilegious mark against the original work of art, and on the other, a kind of public performance that restates the original work’s meaning.

“Here is a work of art that’s been deemed not good enough in its original form, only to be exhumed and made up into something more palatable for contemporary audiences.”


  • Yoshi’s Halcyon Music | Game Score Fanfare – YouTube Game Score Fanfare looks at the use of orchestration…
Abstract image evoking bird silhouette

August 4th

…person likes Yoshi’s, so here’s a level where you can run around mounted on a Yoshi. This person liked the new racing mechanic, so here’s a little race. It’s this snapshot into the world of the person who made the level, for the price of your time.”

Queerness and Coverage

The range of experiences available in games has broadened tremendously over the last few years–but to what extent has public discourse kept pace, or failed to keep pace? Further, what kinds of queer identification can we uncover in yesterday’s games? Two authors this week unpack these questions.

  • Gaming’s…

July 19th

…Samurai 20XX?

“I hear you, William Nioh. And fret not. I am here to help. I have the games, I have the soundtracks. I know you have a need for furious katana action. I have the power fantasies you crave. Put down the phone, turn off QVC. Don’t order that Dragon Sword.”

Critical Chaser

This is one of the weeks where I put funny stuff at the end. Enjoy.

  • Yoshi’s Tax Fraud Story: A Hardboiled Detective Tale | Kotaku Ash Parrish did this.

“The following was a passage from the forthcoming book Mushroom Kingdom Confidential. The…

October 2020

…(older) technology or material ends up informing the game’s core design decisions – in certain Paper Mario, Kirby and Yoshi titles. (No captions)

  • Art Restoration (and the Biggest Mod in Resident Evil History) – Jacob Geller (21:27)

    Jacob Geller compares Albert Marin’s work on creating a texture upgrade mod for Resident Evil 4 to processes of classical art restoration. (Manual captions) [Contains embedded advertising]

  • The Genius of Mafia: Definitive Edition (Critique/Analysis) – Writing On Games (18:36)

    Hamish finds Mafia 1’s remake to be a rewarding thematic lift, but muses that it could have gone a bit father re: