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November 15, 2018 / Jett

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and the Quest to Minimize My Backlog

November 15, 2004. I was in the midst of my first year in college. Was also working a part-time job as a stock boy at a pharmacy. On that day, I bought Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, the sequel to my favourite Metroid game.

November 15, 2018. Exactly 14 years later, and I still haven’t played the game. I don’t remember why I didn’t play it when I bought it, but it only got harder to fit it into my rotation the further away I got.

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November 15, 2018 / Jett

Boss Rush: Episode 10

We’re back from Extra Life! Having recovered from our 26-hour gaming marathon, we discuss Red Dead Redemption 2, Fallout 76, Tetris Effect, Mario Odyssey, and Into the Breach! We also review the nominees for the 2018 Game Awards!

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November 14, 2018 / Jett

Extra Life 2018 Marathon Highlights

Capturing some of my favourite highlights from our Extra Life 2018 marathon, including the Punch-Out #tysonchallenge, rookie chefs burning down the kitchen in Overcooked 2, Jackbox Party Pack 5 and its freestyle rap mini game, NBA Street V3 dunk contests with Princess Peach, Jenna playing the best Overwatch of her life, and so much more! Thanks again to everyone involved and we’ll do this again next year!

November 14, 2018 / Jett

Kickstart Guide to Tetris Effect

Tetris Effect isn’t designed to be the most competitive or eSports ready version of the game. With the way that the game goes out of its way to obstruct your field of view for the sake of looking cool, it’s generally meant to be more about being absorbed into the vibe that the puzzle, music, and visuals create in unison. However, I understand that none of that matters when you’ve failed the final Journey mission for the hundredth time, or you fall well short of your friends on the leaderboards.

Though the core game is decades old, there’s still much to learn about this classic block-stacking game, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the modern Tetris ruleset. Maybe these tips will come in handy with whatever obstacles the game throws at you!

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November 13, 2018 / Jett

Tetris Effect Review

[NOTE: I did not play the game in VR at the time of writing, so I don’t touch on it or factor it into my current opinion of the game]

Tetris is the closest thing we have to gaming perfection. Universal appeal, easy to learn, difficult to master, and inherently designed in such a way that you’ll never win, but you can always do better. Feel free to make a case for any other game, but Tetris being the highest selling game of all-time with no signs of slowing down decades into its never-ending lifespan is a testament to its greatness.

How do you reinvent gaming’s equivalent of the wheel? If you’re Tetsuya Mizuguchi – most famous for his work on trippy games such as Rez and Lumines – you change the context of what the Tetris experience is through flashy visuals, modern electronic music, and VR support. I can’t speak to the VR side of the game, but the sheer act of playing the block-staking action in Tetris Effect becomes less about exercising your brain and more about being absorbed in the feeling that the entire experience creates.

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November 12, 2018 / Jett

Tetris Effect – Journey Mode Playthrough

Tetris is a timeless classic, but a new coat of paint by Rez and Lumines visionary Tetsuya Mizuguchi goes a long way towards transforming it from an intense mental exercise to a euphoric trip through time and space. In this set of videos, I complete the main campaign mode, along with an attempt at taking on the endless marathon! Full review forthcoming!

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November 12, 2018 / Jett

Confessions of a Gaming Hype Beast

Tetris Effect was not on my radar. I adore Tetris, to the point where I’ll gladly argue the stance that Tetris is the single greatest video game of all-time. However, it didn’t seem hard for me to build a case against me purchasing this particular version. Even with Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s flair for injecting games with hypnotic visuals and moving electronic music, the idea of paying $40 US/$50 CAD on a single-player-only version of Tetris seemed too hard to stomach. Especially when I’ve hemmed and hawed at picking up the cheaper-and-more-feature-complete Puyo Puyo Tetris on the Switch for over a year now.

Then the reviews happened. As of writing, it sits at an 89 on Metacritic, which is a fantastic score. All of a sudden, the game I’ve dismissed for largely rational reasons has flung to the top of my must-buy list. The only thing that’s changed is that a bunch of other people have said nice things about it.

In the world of urban fashion, the term often used for someone who chases trends is “hype beast”. If I really think about it, I am probably the video game equivalent of that. Sure, I’ll still play games and buy what I want based on my own personal motivations, and my final opinions on games are entirely my own, but the games I choose to buy and play can be heavily influenced by the conversations within the greater gaming zeitgeist. This is my story as a gaming hype beast.

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November 11, 2018 / Jett

Tetris – Mystery Mode – 1989 Level

What starts out looking like classic Tetris quickly goes off the rails as the game tries everything in its power to mess you up! This is quite possibly the apex of the Tetris Effect experience!

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November 11, 2018 / Jett

Extra Life 2018 – All of the Boss Rush Mini Games in One Playlist!

Keeping up with the tradition of playing a game show at the end of each Boss Rush episode, we played a number of Boss Rush Mini games in between actual video games. Can you identify celebrities based on their gaming exploits? Do you know how popular these gaming-related hashtags really are? Can you tell a video game movie’s Rotten Tomatoes score based on the critics’ consensus? And how controversial are these gaming opinions? Play along and let me know how well you did!

November 11, 2018 / Jett

Punch-Out – #tysonchallenge Take 2

The Punch-Out #tysonchallenge battle continues! I make some decent strides, but this battle isn’t over until Mr. Dream is knocked out once and for all! Your move, Double Jump!

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