atashi no riri Review and Download Link!

Sometimes you just need to sit down and play a game about falling in love. Sure, the thrills can be cheap, and the stories when you step back and look at them can be relatively weak, but who cares about that when you can just check out and imagine yourself as either stand-in or matchmaker for the main character who’s beset by all kinds of potential lovers? Of course, I’ve discussed a dating simulation before so I don’t really need to go into many details about my feelings on the genre. Instead I’m going to turn the spotlight to a little gem hidden in a more obscure corner of the internet, a game that sends my heart singing for its immersive nature, its relatability. It is truly a game that promises both love and gaming satisfaction, even if only in fleeting doses.  It puts the novel back in “visual novel”. So shall we foray into love with each other, but with someone else? Indeed, let us begin with today’s game.

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A Reflection on Video Games and Emotion

Every once in a while, I find myself digging through some articles and videos discussing what they claimed to be deep, meaningful moments in video games. There is certainly no lack for lists and think-pieces in this vein. Most of these are innocuous, but some stick out to me due to their melodramatic, earnest tones. It seems that every example given in these overwrought pieces drips with trite reasoning for how our hearts should be breaking when a character dies or the introspection we should be undertaking when faced with a particular decision. To be fair, these are real feelings one experiences when playing a game, from the rush you get when choosing a path you’ve never played before in Castlevania III to the suspense you feel when you encounter a turnabout in Phoenix Wright. Games make us feel. So what is it about some of these lists that come off as so maudlin, so contrary to the feeling the writer wanted to evoke?

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VVVVVV Review

Sometimes a game just grabs you in every conceivable way. The gameplay is fun and challenging. The sound is perfectly suited to the setting. The atmosphere is engrossing. It is the epitome of a game that you can pick up and play for a few minutes or sink hours into to try and master the more difficult aspects of it. To be honest, this has been on my to-do list for awhile, but because I first played the game on the 3DS, I felt limited in the ways I could share screenshots and convey just what I wanted to in this review. Finally, I picked it up on Steam, found everything just as satisfying, and got to writing. Today, I’ll be talking about a game that is among my modern favorites, a game that reignites that gamer spark within me, that sticks with me as fondly as some of my childhood favorites. Developed by Terry Cavanagh, today’s game is VVVVVV.

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