Retro Rewind

‘Autobots, Roll Out!’ — An Unexpected Turn for the Franchise

Art by FanFare, original by Sunbow Productions
Retro Rewind is a weekly series that reconsiders pre-2000 pop culture. More here.

I can relate. I remember watching The NeverEnding Story and being unconsolable as black mud enveloped Artax, slowly pulling him to his death while Atreyu pulled on the reins and cried in vain. And the moment after watching Charlotte’s Web, when I realized Wilbur was often on my dinner plate. Some of these lessons…


From Kickstarter to gadget king

In 2017, Eddie Tsai, Christopher Yue, and Andrew Geng founded Human Things Inc. and established the Genki brand. They launched their first product on Kickstarter in 2018 and it has been a monumental success.

I’m writing this because I’m passionate about their products, and this is an unpaid article. I found the Covert Dock project on Kickstarter in 2018, and it felt like a dream come true. I had been disconnecting my Switch dock prior to this and lugging it around. It was a headache to crawl under the dusty underbelly of my entertainment area; unplug the power cord, unplug…


Mini-games can be boring and tedious, but Final Fantasy VII gets them right

Final Fantasy VII is renowned as one of the greatest JRPGs of all time (if not the greatest). As I replayed it, I noticed that the game flow never feels bogged down by repetition and keeps the player thoroughly engrossed with new and interesting mini-games the entire length of the story.

By incorporating mini-games into the actual storyline, Final Fantasy VII changed the monotony of the era’s top down turn-based RPGs. These mini-games don’t initially exist for experience, power-ups, or items acquisition; they exist to tell a story. …


A panic attack at PAX West

Impostor syndrome is a psychological pattern in which individuals doubt their skills, talents, or accomplishments and have a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. This phenomenon can occur in many facets of life, from education, occupation, mental or physical illness, or related to one’s social class, race, or gender.

Even my own identity as a woman who games.


Sometimes love does not heal all

Josef Fares founded Hazelight Studios in 2014, following the success of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Hazelight, under Fares, directed two more very unique games: A Way Out and It Takes Two. He is known for creating games with deep storylines and mature themes, and if you’ve played them, you’ll know what I mean.

These three games all have a common feature: you control two characters. But the gameplay has advanced from one controller with Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, through couch co-op split screen with A Way Out, and now online or split screen with It Takes…


Presented with memes and Unsplash images

1 There are two types of stories. The meagerly clapped for educational, self reflective, personal experience story, OR the jaw dropping confession and shock appeal story. I’m not salty, it confirms what I’ve always known about humanity. We are fickle. Our attention is short. Social media is a revolving door of instant gratification tantalizing our dopamine feedback loops. Let’s look at an example:

Here is a story that will receive 32k claps and 120 comments:

Tips for the Best Orgasm You Will Ever Have

And How Anal Got Me There

Photo by Dainis Graveris on Unsplash

But this on the other hand is a story that will receive 30 claps and one comment:

The evolution of vaccine development and what it means for the world.


Ant colonies, Olympics for sea creatures, and fire on the basketball court

NBA Jam

Let me start this by saying I hate sports games. In fact, I never play them. The closest thing to a sports game I’ve played is probably Pyre (who doesn’t love a virtual novel with purgatory football?) and Rocket League. But back when my brother and I were kids (6 and 11 respectively), this was one of the closest games we had to a competitive co-op. I’m sure our parents picked it up for $5 at the grocery store my dad worked at. …


My story of gaming addiction and how a kid made me quit World of Warcraft

Gaming addiction is now recognized by the World Health Organization. The main criteria for this disorder is lack of control over gaming. At the time, I didn’t realize I had a problem. I used gaming as a coping mechanism, whisking myself into escapism to avoid larger mental health issues.


A testament to the power of gaming as a coping mechanism

I’m an introvert. The kind of introvert that is content not speaking to a single soul for days on end. The kind that prefers curling into a nest of blankets reading a book or playing a game to a social outing. The kind of introvert that stands rooted in tranquility, gazing out a window deep in thought. Social distancing? No problem. Stay at home order? Already there, been doing it for years.


Thank you. I just joined and I'm disappointed at the amount of clickbait feel articles and the amount of people who pump out so many stories a week with no substance. I want authentic stories with personal experience that aren't trying to get something in return from the reader. There are also so many inactive publications that I can't figure out who or how to submit stories in drafts (because some don't want you to publish them to your page first). This has been a confusing experience, with vast differences in mobile app UX and desktop.

Kristina M. H.

A lifelong gamer. Join me on my musings in the world of video games, everything nerdy, and mental health. IG: the_retro_vixen

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