After an explosive month in June, by which I refer to its dynamism and not to its destructive power, July seemed much cooler by comparison, even if the weather didn’t follow that pattern. Keeping up a post a day is tough work but we did our best and put out what I think is some great content this month. Further, we hit some Patreon goals and are about to move into a new region of content altogether! Our heart as ever remains in the critiques and here they are for July:
The ABXY Mage (@ABXY_Reviews) formed the bookends of July with an opening and a closing review. First, he re-examined the original Metroid through the lens of Zero Mission on his crusade to review the entire Metroid series, and then he brought us a finale in the form of a deconstructivist take on the iconic Tomb Raider, a game which he argues has aged dramatically since ’96.
Up next, the Final Fourteenth Mage (of Cillah vs Games) brought us the tragic tale of a world blighted by a somber lack of the most delicious food on Earth: sushi. Does Sushi Striker deliver? Or is it just order in only…? By which I mean, should you order it? Is it worth your time? Forgive me, but check out her review.
Speaking of striking, from the shadows came a crimson blur and it was the Mail Order Ninja Mage (of Home Button Gaming)! As per his credentials, he dropped off a razor-sharp review of Nidhogg II. This game looks wacky as all get out and sounds like the perfect multiplayer fighter. Check it out!
Splat! Slunk your cephalopodian appendages together with mucusy delight for this fun review of Splatoon 2 by our Valiant Vision Mage (Lodestar_Valor). He chose to focus on the mechanical aspects of this game, delving deep into the ink blots of what makes this Nintendo Switch hit a hit.
The Midnight Mystic Mage (of Sublime Reviews) pushed through a tricky project process and produced a poifect perusal of Tricky Towers for Steam! Fans of Tetris may recognize the tetromino-stacking but the physics seem to be baffling. For the brave and the faint of heart, a co-op charmer.
Taking on new duties this month, the one and only Badly Backlogged Mage (that’s Mr. Backlog to you) shuffled out from under the mountain of games he still needs to play to bring us July’s Big Question! What makes a good sequel, anyway? Share your thoughts!
A new challenger approaches! Oh, actually it’s just the staggering figure of the Beer Mage (@BossVsNoob), fresh from cooling his throat. But don’t underestimate the impact of his debut article, a heartfelt and earnest retelling of a best friend’s life and how video games brought people together. It’s a must-read.
Clearly, the mages are a talented crew. Here’s how to become one yourself!
For my part, I gurgitated a spontaneous Anatomy of a Review post, our fourth, about the tensions between gamers, journalists, and developers and how it’s affected the efficacy of games criticism. It’s not too heady, I don’t think. It’s also relatively short.
Beyond a TWRM Radio entry called “Noire” and the reviews I completed on Slime-San: Superslime Edition and Armor Attack, this was a month of favorites for me. I completed a list of my Top 111 favorite games and I shared a tremendous thread of favorite video game songs (with many more to spare).
I also had the opportunity to join the It’s A Classic podcast and talk (at length) about my favorite movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey!
Speaking of podcasts… we are finally launching MAGE CAST!!!
Yes, after over a year since the initial announcement of a podcast, things are finally happening! In case you missed it, you can find the details for this ensemble cast focusing on specific games in the link: “Broadcasting MAGE CAST podcast with a cast of magic-casting mages!” Yes, I plan to eventually invite guests on from across the internet, eventually.
We’ll be recording our first episode this week so keep your eyes out for the launch of the podcast coming up soon. I’ll try to plan something special leading up to it!
Meanwhiles, I have our amazing contributors, the Mages, to thank for helping to craft excellent content for this site and our awesome patrons, the Warriors of Light, to thank for supporting TWRM to reach this exciting new goal with MAGE CAST! I am humbled that people would trust their financial support and their time with this site and our vision, and I intend to repay that encouragement with content, in spades. Because of you, this podcast is happening, a year and some change later!
You too, anonymous NPC, can help us reach even greater goals, if you’re so inclined and if you fancy our brand of long-form video game writing. Our next goal is reaching $150 a month on Patreon to have a reliable set of resources to purchase better equipment for better audio/visual content production. Right now, it’s just me and my mic lol! Take a tour of TWRM’s Patreon campaign page for more information on rewards, exclusives, where the support goes, and what we’re all about!
And thank you! Thank you for reading!
-The Well-Red Mage
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