TWRM TBHM, we’ve had ourselves some rebranding. Okay, a lot. After our old theme bit the dust because WordPress put it down like Old Yeller, it was time for a change, in more ways that one. The Well-Red Mage site is now The Black Humor Mage.
Blogging has been so taxing upon my sanity that I, the Well-Red Mage, have decided to step down. My co-founder and perpetual critic, the Black Humor Mage, is going to take over as punching bag and admin. Please direct all questions to his email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Actually, this is important because he’s doing a giveaway today only!!! Send him your favorite meme by email and if he picks it as his favorite, he’ll send you a digital Amazon gift card! Winners will be announced at 13:59am!
Anyway, here’s the last set of reviews before my resignation:
Let’s start off with some amazing contributor posts.
Leading the way was the Mail Order Ninja Mage (of Home Button Gaming) with not one but two debut reviews! He showed himself to be an incredible addition to the team of mages with his analysis of Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2, oh and he is a wonderful conversationalist as well, let me attest to you. Welcome aboard!
The Iron Mage (YouTube channel) dug up some game archaeology with an emphasis on the historical and emotional impact of EarthBound Beginnings, aka Mother. This well-written proto-RPG review is a delicacy for retro gaming fans and an important feature for the appreciation of games long past, ones which many of us may never have played.
With his penchant for personal provocation humor, the Moronic Cheese Mage (of Professional Moron) wowed me with his take on that Wii U gem, yet another game which many haven’t played: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. If you’re like me and you skipped out on this game entirely, you can get a bead on it ahead of the Nintendo Switch part coming soon. After reading this, DKC:TF shot straight up to one of my most anticipated games this year.
A monthly staple here, the Midnight Mystic Mage (of Sublime Reviews) doesn’t disappoint, once again. Ever entrenched in the eerie, he brought us a classic horror film review with his take on 1959’s House on Haunted Hill starring none other than the legendary Vincent Price. These film reviews are a rare treat here so be sure to soak it up like a spookster sponge!
Our resident columnist put out his weekly editorials consistently this month, tackling topics such as censorship in gaming and the value of persistence. These are the perfect compliments to our critiques, intensely and unapologetically personal. For a distinct flavor of magedom, check out the Infernal Accountant Mage’s (of Popzara) columns.
Hey, the Nintendo Switch turned one in March. Congrats to Nintendo on their success. I crafted a post structured as an open letter to the Switch about some of my favorite and least favorite things about the latest Ninty system.
Any music fans out there? TWRM Radio was out in full force this month and it even gave me the opportunity to dabble with some Adobe After Effects (though my fastest computer is still far too slow to render out anything at less than 90 hours). Music appreciation is the name of the game here, and it’s video game music to be exact, so you get the pun… Anyway, you can check our TWRM Radio entries on YouTube or you can peep the posts I put together to explain why I chose the songs I did and the stories I tried to tell through them.
I love video game music and if you do too then check these out! Plus, we’re always looking for song suggestions for the next week’s theme.
We actually had an Anatomy of a Game Review post this month, which gave me much to celebrate personally after finding inspiration through a recent Twitter conversation. Thanks again to everyone who shared their thoughts there. This was a post about the utility of scoring systems and their differences, should you opt to use them, though the article is not about necessitating their use. Check it out for a variety of opinions and no arguing!
I put out a few reviews myself. Gotta go out with a bang, right? Castlevania, Monster Hunter: World, Shadow Bug, Donkey Kong Country, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Kirby Star Allies were all fun in their own unique way. It’s been a good run, you guys. Thanks for reading my work here. I appreciate all the comments and conversations. You’ve been great readers. You can follow my new project elsewhere.
See you space cowboy.
The Well-Red Mage