Review Posts

More than would fit into a single Tweet, I sometimes do deeper dives into books, movies, and even live performances. I generally try to be as spoiler-free as possible, without cutting out important or meaningful points of either criticism or acclaim.


Characterization in Storytelling (Heroes)

Characterization in Storytelling (Heroes)

Stories featuring superheroes generally aren’t my thing – I enjoy fantasy and science fiction well enough, but so often superhero media lacks a coherent consistency. If the Flash can move as fast as sound, why does he get punched? Does Captain America’s...
The Curse of Load Times

The Curse of Load Times

There’s a very chicken-and-egg scenario when it comes to computer software: are applications demanding more resources because systems are getting more powerful, or are systems getting more powerful because applications are demanding more resources? Whichever end...
“In a Place Where We Only Say Goodbye”

“In a Place Where We Only Say Goodbye”

Rather than a critique or review of an entire song, I’d like to focus this post on a single lyric that really sticks with me, particularly because of the writer’s specific choice to use one word over another. We live in a world where most radio-play songs...
Final Fantasy XIV: part 2 (Game Review)

Final Fantasy XIV: part 2 (Game Review)

In the first part of this review I focused on the differences between Final Fantasy XIV: a Realm Reborn and other MMOs I’ve explored in the past, particularly when it comes to the new player experience and building a starting character. As much as I beat up the...
Final Fantasy XIV: A Boring Realm (Game Review)

Final Fantasy XIV: A Boring Realm (Game Review)

While I don’t have thousands and thousands of hours logged in the world’s most popular massive-multiplayer online (MMO) games, I have tried my hand at a variety and gave them a fair shake. From World of Warcraft to Guild Wars 2 and EVE Online to City of...
February Releases (Game Reviews)

February Releases (Game Reviews)

While there are many new games, both free and paid, being released every week, this month in particular I’m looking forward to two specific titles, and for very different reasons. Before you read the previews below know that I have not done a lot of research...