Senran Kagura Estival Versus Review in Progress

Senran Kagura Estival Versus releases today on PS4 and PS Vita, and while I didn’t quite (nearly) get enough time to finish it in time for release, I have beaten the Japanese release and have some strong opinions on the game.

So I thought I would present an interim “what I think/what to know” review in progress before I finish up the real ordeal, for anyone looking to decide day one. Instead of worrying about a nice format I decided to just lay out all the relevant its and bits for anyone on the edge of making a buying decision.

You can also check out my my Import Review for Estival Versus for my impressions of the Japanese release.

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Free Points: Nested

I’ve been meaning to get into the rhythm of writing regularly (for this site and in general), so I’d like to introduce a new weekly(?) series of free game spotlights: Free Points.

Free Points is a series of weekly free game recommendations. The games may range from the most surreal of Alt Games to the most traditional of platformers; the only requirements for a Free Points game is that they’re free (real free, not free to play!) and very much worth your time.

Nested

Nested by Orteil (who happens to have made Cookie Clicker) is a free browser game about exploring nested elements. You start with a “universe” and you can dig all the way down to individual planets, animals, atoms…

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The State of Youtube Red (For a Medium Sized Channel)

I’ve been interested in Youtube Red since it’s announcement, and stayed somewhat optimistic when everyone wanted to hate it. Now it’s been out a few months, and more importantly, Youtube Red analytics have been added. With these tools a pretty clear picture can be painted: Youtube Red is a great potential source for income that, at present, is used much too rarely to be of notable real-world value to creators.

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The Legend of Dark Witch 2 Guide

This is a guide for The Legend of Dark Witch 2, a sequel that improves on the original in every way and addresses it’s flaws handily. You’ll find the locations of Pura Syega, how to use shop items effectively, how to beat Playing Level challenges are more! You can find the game on the 3DS eShop or on Steam for PC.

If you have any questions or info to give, as always you may leave them in the Comments section below and I’ll get to it ASAP.

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Megadimension Neptunia Victory II Guide

Here you’ll find a mini-walkthrough of important events, True Ending requirements, trophy info and more! If this guide helps, you can consider contributing to my Patreon fan-funding campaign, as I make all my guides and articles for free.

As always any questions or new tips are welcome, and generally best left in the Comments section below.

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New Icons commissioned (from Christopher Jacobs)

Saw a commission post float by on Twitter and decided to snag up a couple more icons for use on thumbnails/etc, this time from @ChrsArtwork (Deviant Art here). Including my first art of Parker!

From now on I’ll be tossing up a quick post whenever I get commissioned or fan art to share.

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New Channel Art

For a while I’ve been wanting to spruce up my channel on Youtube and get some nice consistent Branding™, but I’m no artist. Fortunately, lots of other people are artists, so I commissioned Klobstrosity (Tumblr link with commission contact info) for a new channel art, and…!

Sir TapTap channel art by Klobstrosity
Click to view the full thing–it’s pretty big!

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The Hell of Returning a Steam Controller

Welcome to Hell

So you bought a Steam Controller. We all make mistakes. And it has an issue? Bad luck. And you bought it directly from steam? Oh child.

This isn’t going to be fun, but here’s how to return a Steam Controller. This piece serves both as help, and a healthy dose of criticism of the extremely terrible return process. The process has pretty much been intricately designed to make it not worth returning, and frankly I would recommend selling your hardware on Ebay or something instead.

If you have not purchased a Steam Controller yet, do NOT buy it directly from Steam under and circumstance! Buy it from Amazon, a company with competent support and return services. Though, in my opinion, you shouldn’t buy a Steam Controller at all.

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Undertale’s true “progressivism” is that it doesn’t really care

I often hear complaints about Undertale to the effect that it is a “progressive” or “Social Justice Warrior” game. A lot of people despise the game because of this, which I find pretty odd because, having actually played Undertale, it really doesn’t present itself as any such thing. And in fact, upon reflection, I think Undertale is most effective by not presenting itself as being amazing, radical or progressive, but rather humbly including characters that happen to be diverse.

Undertale…doesn’t care. And that’s a good thing, because it doesn’t care about things it shouldn’t have to care about. They’re just there. And maybe we should all care a little less.

Spoiler Alert: I won’t go into TOO much detail here, but it’s pretty impossible to talk about characters’ diversity without some minor spoilers. So if you haven’t played Undertale there could be some spoilers about. Watch your step.

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