Stranger Things – Spoiler Free Review

Strange Yesterday, Not So Strange Today

stranger things teaser posterStranger Things is possibly the perfect title for Netflix’s popular series. It so accurately describes Netflix and the Duffer Brothers’ eight episode homage to the best of 1980’s science fiction. There are indeed stranger things than what they have presented. The recent trend has been to take stories and characters strait out of the 1970’s and 80’s and produce them into multi-million dollar blockbusters. Stranger Things approaches this idea a little differently. Most productions are focused on using the characters or stories from over 30 years ago, and moving them to a more modern setting. Stranger Things has gone the opposite direction and taken a more modern story and moved it to a 30 year old setting. Stranger Things has received praise from critics and fans for its dedicated 1980’s style and possessing a story that is deeper than it appears. Is Stranger Things a true blockbuster for the ages or is it simply another way to capitalize on 1980’s nostalgia?

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Dan Loves Ocarina of Time For Different Reasons

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My favorite game of all time is Nintendo’s 1998 classic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This game tops a lot of people’s lists. I’ve heard time and time again that I didn’t put effort into picking it as my favorite game; that everyone loves that game. Sure I could talk about my love of King’s Quest or Team Fortress Classic, but it still wouldn’t change my answer. Nobody is debating that Ocarina of Time is a great game, that’s pretty well agreed upon. What makes Ocarina of Time my favorite game of all time wasn’t the great story and gameplay alone. What made it my favorite game is also because of what it was outside the game for me.

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Way of the Samurai 3

Dan Plays Games of Questionable Quality

Since I was young I considered myself to be on top of the video game industry on a level similar to Sauron’s gaze upon Mordor. So when I find a game that I’ve not heard of, it’s a bit surprising. Now when that game was, apparently, successful enough to warrant three sequels and it still escaped my all seeing eyes, now that’s impressive. This is the case with what is the incredibly confusing, Frodo Baggins of game franchises, Way of the Samurai 3.

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Metroid Other M

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            Metroid Other M made me want to become an activist. This game ranks with Dead or Alive Extreme Beach Volleyball for worst the portrayals of women in gaming. I’d been on a Metroid kick and decided to pick up one of the few Metroid games I had not played. The Metroid series were some of my favorite games growing up and I still enjoy them today. Samus Aran, a power suit wielding bounty hunter performing jobs for the Galactic Federation. Do I really need to say anything else? These games played like a dream and have become a staple in gaming history. I have fond memories of firing my plasma beam at evil space pirates while rolling around in the morph ball. As a sugar fueled child there wasn’t much more I could ask for. Samus was one of my heroes; my nights were filled with dreams of having an awesome power suit just like her. I wanted to save the galaxy from the evil Mother Brain and fly away in my ship. I will always cherish my fond memories of the classic Metroid games. I’m glad it wasn’t until I was in my mid 20’s that everything that had been accomplished with the character of Samus Aran was thrown out the window. Team Ninja managed to accomplish this task with the skid mark on the underpants of the Metroid series that is Metroid Other M. Continue reading

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