RTG Update 2021 – #1

Editorials, News

It has sure been a while, hasn’t it? I haven’t written anything on here since April and haven’t done an update since last year, so it has definitely been some time. I had to take a break from games writing in general for a spell to tackle semester two of university and honestly, I missed it. So, I wanted to take a moment to update you all on all the changes that have occurred since our last update (there’s a lot).

The Best Eggs in Video Games

Editorials

Video games have a large amount of elements that could be highlighted for the Easter period. There’s cute little bunnies and chickens almost everywhere, several games involving chocolate in some way, and altogether too many games about Jesus. But what I wanted to look at today was the eggs in video games because not only are there more than you would think, but they appear in so many guises and genres.

So, here we go, my top eggs in video games!

In Memoriam – Super Mario

Editorials

I’d like to begin by thanking everyone for coming to celebrate Mario’s life. Mario was the most joyfully buoyant person I’ve ever known and I know many of you would agree. He had an incredible legacy, thirty-five years of it, and it’s with great sadness I stand here today following his untimely death at the hands of Nintendo yesterday. 

25 Years of Jill Sandwiches – Resident Evil (PS1)

Editorials

The first Resident Evil game turns 25 today, and the series remains one of my favourites to this day, even if it’s holding onto that with a single, decaying finger at this point. I remember playing the first game back in 1997 when I was the ripe old age of 11 (yes, I’m old, hush) as a rebellious response to my stepdad saying that it was too scary for me (also yes, I’ve always been an ass).

From the laughable, live-action FMV cutscene to the first zombie rearing it’s ugly, rotten head up from happily munching on your associate, I was in love with the game within the first few minutes. This isn’t to say that my stepdad wasn’t right, Resident Evil did scare the shit out of me, but it is an experience I wouldn’t have changed and I have stayed with the series ever since.

But what was it about this game that got its teeth into me (pun intended)?

Putting the “Super” in Mario – Super Mario Bros. 3 (MAR10 Day)

Editorials

Another MAR10 Day and another new piece from me about everyone’s favourite plumber, and no I don’t mean that weird bloke Keith your mother keeps hiring. Mario’s 35th arguably lacklustre celebrations are coming to a close, but I couldn’t let this day pass without marking it in some way. Last year I spoke about the platforming perfection that is Super Mario World, but it would be nothing without the game that put really put the ”Super” in Mario – Super Mario Bros. 3.

SWORD ART ONLINE: Alicization Lycoris Review (PS4)

Reviews

The first, and lasting, impression that SWORD ART ONLINE: Alicization Lycoris gives is anime, and plenty of it. All of the well-trodden tropes are present here. Blue-haired swordsman protagonist? Check. Fast-paced and heavily over-cut intro? Check. Inexplicable amnesia? Check. Anime waifu goodness? Check, check and check. 

This also means, however, it suffers a couple of the pitfalls too.

Paper Mario: The Origami King Review (NSW)

Reviews

As divisive as the Paper Mario series has been, it’s undeniable that the brightly coloured and playful likes of our truly 2D plumber are welcome in all the current doom and gloom. Revealed only a couple of months ago, and promising a whole load of fun around origami, it was honestly hard not to look forward to another instalment of ‘Nintendo messing around’ in 2020.

Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum ‘N’ Fun Review (NSW)

Reviews

I am bad at rhythm action games, however, I will happily gorge myself on any one I come across simply because I find them so fun. From playing Dance Dance Revolution in the arcades to tapping away with Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, I genuinely adore the genre. So, when I heard that the legendary Taiko No Tatsujin series was coming to Switch, I simply had to play it, even if I was going to be terrible at it.

Pokémon Smile Review (Mobile)

Reviews

A couple of weeks ago, during the Pokémon Presents broadcast, we were shown the timely return of Pokémon Snap for us to flaunt our amateur photography skills prompting much fanfare. But, I was much more intrigued by another little project, a little app designed to help children brush their teeth properly and continued proof that any random word can follow the word “Pokémon”.