Microtransactions, Loot Crates and More in SMT Liberation Dx2

**Updated 8/10/2018: see below Is Dx2 a True Shin Megami Tensei Experience? That remains to be seen. Even so…finally an SMT on our Android and Apple little handheld wizard devices, and no it’s not a Devil Survivor port.  For so many years we’ve been playing Tensei on the first Nintendo Entertainment System, Playstation 2, and …

The Bible Stories Your Pastor Doesn’t Want You to Read

As a small, yet important preface, I must say that I was once a flourishing Christian. Taught Sunday school, did vacation bible schools and their high school equivalents.  I was a member of the church in every sense of the world.  Choir, teaching flag football, ministering to children and at times trying to find a …

Gender Equality in Furies of Calderon

Man and woman historically have had defined roles in a society.  Breadwinner, housemaker, and the like. Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher takes these common notions and discards them entirely.  ‘Tis refreshing, really.  Furies has the stink of an average medieval high fantasy novel at first brush, but yet comes damn near close to a Lord of the …

The Difficulty of Choice in Divinity Original Sin 2

When searching for your next role-playing game, what do you look for first? While you’re looking high and low for a game with a compelling story, fluid combat and excellent customization, difficulty is sure to rear its slightly annoying-looking head. Somewhere deep inside you ask: “Is this game going to kick my pimply white behind?”  …

How Has PvP in World of Warcraft Changed Since Vanilla?

Welcome, one and all, to an O.O. retrospective on the many consequential changes Blizzard has made in our beloved game since it debuted in the merry year of 2004.  Ah, 2004 was a good year, wasn’t it?  Halo 2, Knight of the Old Republic.  People were still playing Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.  Loot boxes weren’t …

Mass Effect: Andromeda: O.O.Review

The year was two thousand and seven.  A fledgling company named Bioware had just launched a new franchise named Mass Effect.  Oh, who am I kidding?  Bioware was already an RPG powerhouse long before that.  I’d played Balder’s Gate and loved it, so I was moved to purchase this purportedly ambitious space opera.  Fast forward …

Sea of Rust: O.O. Review

For the lowly price of two USD, I found myself the owner of a brand new eBook, ready to buckle down and enjoy a post-apocalyptic adventure.  I had no idea — going in– what kind of genius C. Robert Cargill is.  He captured me from the first few pages, illustrating a world ravaged by war, …