A Star Wars Video Game Retrospective – Episode 3: “Jedi Arena” (1983)

It’s been a while since I wrote one of these. There’s been a number of reasons for that. Firstly, I got the impression that nobody cared, in fact I saw my views noticeably dip right as I posted the previous two parts. Second, these early games were far less interesting to talk about than I had originally hoped. There simply wasn’t the content there to piece anything together that amounted to anything more than “this is an old game”.

A Star Wars Video Game Retrospective – Episode 3: “Jedi Arena” (1983)

But I’d be damned if let myself be deterred by minor inconveniences like popularity and my own desire to write about them… But fear not because this game and the one that comes after ended up being surprisingly more interesting games to talk about…

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Bumblebee is the Transformers movie we Needed and Deserved

I struggle to think of a movie franchise that needed a fresh start as badly as Transformers. The five movies that came before under Michael Bay’s guidance were tolerated at best by most of the fandom of the original franchise. Bumblebee is a tentative step in the direction of a reboot that also happens to be the best live action movie in the entire franchise.

Bumblebee is the Transformers movie we Needed and Deserved

The larger blockbuster movie has reached a point of saturation for me. One that chooses to focus more on spectacle and excessive action over character development and real storytelling. Looking back, I actually think the original Michael Bay Transformers movie might have been the genesis for this overall trend. Because while they might not be loved, a hell of a lot of people went to watch them.

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Wooderon Games of the Year 2018: 5 Best Old Video Games

Game culture has changed, it has for me at least. This past year I have found myself playing far fewer new games. It’s not that I’m spending less time gaming as a rule, rather, it’s because I’ve been investing in other services. Xbox’s Game Pass has been a great resource, giving me access to a ton of older games for a monthly fee.

Wooderon Games of the Year 2018: 5 Best Old Video Games

The “Games as a service” approach from developers has also given games much longer lives than they would have had previously.

It’s a change that’s just getting started I feel, with the likes of Anthem, Skull and Bones, Fortnite and The Division 2 all on the horizon, it seems like every big studio wants their “living game”. Something people just play and play and they just keep supporting over time. Which, right now, suits me just fine.

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