We tore things up in the five months we’ve been around. Check out the VSOG Features of 2011!
Metroids, whips, and angry reviewers. That sounds like the makings of a fan game gone horribly, horribly wrong. Well, it ain’t! These are just a few of the things talked about in the various Features on Vast Sea of Games this year. They may have been few, but they are mighty! YARRRR!
Here’s a rundown of what we blabbed about:
This year was a hallmark year for many popular series. Metroid was one of the beloved video game franchises that celebrated its 25th anniversary — a true testament to its lasting power and appeal. Let’s take this time to gush over Metroid and praise it for the awesome series that it is.
I love fighting games. For years, I’ve heard about fighting game tournaments being held and wished I had a way to see them. This year, I finally got my wish! 😀 Evolution Championship Series (or EVO) is the biggest fighting game tournament in the West and I finally got a chance to watch it on a stream. And it was phenomenal. There was so… much… hype! Here are my thoughts.
A lot of games have been getting reboots, remakes, re-imaginings, re-do overs… whatever you want to call it. While some remakes are a given (Ocarina of Time remake? Makes sense), others… not so much. There are a lot of games from the 8-bit era that should get a do-over and introduced to a new audience. Here are 5 such games.
Remember that old expression “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere”? Well, it seems that many gamers wanting to make a splash on the internet feel like the only way to do so is to review games and to do so in the angriest way possible. Oh, and full of cussing. Yep, since the Angry Video Game Nerd, Spoony, Angry Joe and others became internet celebrities from their over-the-top, swear-filled rants against some of the worst games ever made, others decided to follow suit. And the routine is starting to wear a lil’ thin. Is this just a passing fad, or is the whole angry reviewer movement here to stay?
Saturday mornings were awesome back then. Wake up at 6 in the morning in our jammies, grab a humongous bowl of Cocoa Puffs cereale, and watch the newest episode of our favourite cartoon. Or maybe you rushed home to watch cartoons after school? Or both (like I did)? Anyhoo, there were cartoons based on some pretty awesome video games. Too many to count, really! Here’s a list of 5 video game cartoons that were too cool for school.
In 1997, Final Fantasy VII came out for the original PlayStation in Japan and North America. It struck a cord with many RPG lovers, and was enough to attract a lot of other gamers to the series, too. Heck, to video games in general. Everyone thought Final Fantasy VII was the greatest thing since peanut butter and Nutella Hazelnut spread sandwiches. And many still do feel that way. But is it really the end-all be-all that everyone makes it out to be?
Metroid wasn’t the only series to celebrate 25 years of gaming bliss. Castlevania, starring the whip-toting, Dracula-killing Belmont clan, also reached that hallmark. Between all the different games in the series, it can get pretty confusing, and a lot of things happened in the series. Let’s take a look at some of the things that went down in the Castlevania series.
2011’s been quite a year. Full of drama, suspense, general internet shenanigans and tomfoolery. And I know 2012 will be even bigger and better.
So let us raise a glass and toast the parting of 2011, and welcome with open arms the coming of 2012. And may you all have a happy, prosperous year! 😀