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A Trip Inside My Mind Part 1: Donkey Kong

For a while now I've contemplated writing an article about why certain game series have stuck with me over the years, and what they really mean to me. Then I got thinking about the list of games that are truly important that I would want to spotlight. There's a lot of games on that list. So many, in fact, I have decided to change the format of this article. If I was to write the article as it orig...

W.H.O. Labels Gaming A “Mental Disorder”

If you frequent the news and happen to be a gamer, you may have heard that this week the World Health Organisation, also known as W.H.O., has labeled excessive gaming as a mental disorder. That’s right, gaming mental disorder is now  a thing. Gaming is the latest in a long line of popular new forms of mass-entertainment, akin to movies, television, and even books, which have had to stand the...

Mario Tennis Aces Quicklook

Know how something comes along that you weren’t expecting, but it is exactly what you needed all along? That’s Mario Tennis Aces for the Nintendo Switch is for me.As soon as the online tournament demo dropped prior to the games launch, I was hooked. From the tightness of the controls, to the depths of the gameplay mechanics, Mario Tennis Aces is everything that Mario Tennis Ultra Smash was not...

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Patch Desires

Introduction: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a phenomenal game in my opinion and topped my personal Game of the Year list for 2017. It had a rocky start and didn’t explain the mechanics well but it became a wholly satisfying experience with the story, characters, battle systems, and well over 100 side quests. I highly recommend checking it out. It is a must play for RPG lovers. Since its launch i...

Sonic CD – The Most Creative 2D Platformer Of All Time?

Sonic 1, 2, 3 & Knuckles are the games most people think of when they hear classic Sonic. Well, that and possibly Sonic Mania, or now Sonic Mania Plus. But possibly the best of the original games also happens to be the one that gets the least attention: I’m talking about Sonic CD. Released for the undersold, quirky Sega CD, Sonic CD was a hidden gem. Its lack of attention can most likely...

The Emulation Situation

I think it’s safe to assume that most gamers have dabbled in emulation at one point or another. It’s a quick and easy way to play rare, foreign, and classic games. It is also a handy way to keep all of those games together without taking up a lot of physical space. To its detractors, emulation is as bad as stealing. You’re playing a game you didn’t pay for on hardware the c...

Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion Has Something To Say About Race, Acceptance and Our Right To Exist

*Needless to say, spoilers abound. Proceed with caution, fresh cephalopods* One thing I’ve always found fascinating about Splatoon’s narrative is how deep below the surface it is. To the casual player, it’s a simple online shooter. But dig a little deeper, and there’s some really touching plot that most players may never experience. The core story, the Splatoon “timel...

Where I Come From – A Perspective On What It Means To Be A Game Designer

My name is Lukas, 1/4th of the team that currently makes up Infendo Radio, the weekly podcast series upon which this website, and all of our other enterprises are based. I've always loved games above all other forms of media, and above all else, I value the stories that these games tell through game design.

Top 7 Innovations To The Pokemon Series

Pokemon is a series that has been around for a very long time – for many of us, it has been a defining childhood franchise. And just as we have grown and matured, so too has the Pokemon franchise. Over the years, the series has continued to grow and (pardon the pun) evolve with a number of additions. Like Pokemon? Be sure to check out our special Pokemon podcast on Infendo Radio! Here are th...

An Interview with Horizon Chase Composer Barry Leitch

Chasing the Horizon in Top Gear (Yes, that was the best title I could think of. Deal with it.) Today, Aquiris Game Studio released their hit mobile game, Horizon Chase, on the PlayStation 4 and Steam in an enhanced Turbo edition, with a Nintendo Switch port announced for later this year. Horizon Chase is a retro-styled racing game that simulates the scrolling background effect used in almost every...

Infendo Spotlight – Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

Sissel’s night isn’t going very well. He wakes up in a garbage dump. He can’t remember anything, not even his own name. Oh, and he’s dead. The one advantage he has in this scenario is his power to “trick” objects he possesses. Soon, he encounters another spirit, Ray, who happens to be possessing a lamp (a Ray of light in the darkness, if you will) who tells him ...

Infendo Spotlight: Dragon Warrior Monsters

Dragon Warrior Monsters was a Gameboy title released by Enix in 1998/2000. It was the first spinoff in the Dragon Quest series of games, featuring many of the same monsters from those titles, with the twist that in this game, you tame and battle the monsters. It would be easy to write this game off as a Pokemon knock-off, but Monsters did many things to differentiate itself from the most famous mo...