#HelpKyoAniHeal

This weekend has been a lot of crying for me. Kyoto Animation, a studio behind shows that saved me from the brink of complete mental collapse and restored my faith in humanity, suffered a horrific attack on their main animation studio. 34 people have died, and just over the same amount have sustained horrific injuries. … Continue reading #HelpKyoAniHeal

Rebooting Lara – “Tomb Raider” (2013)

A Survivor Is Born? At the outset of Tomb Raider, a fresh-faced Lara Croft muses on the journey players are about to take. "I’d finally set out to make my mark, to find adventure," she reminisces. "But instead, adventure found me." This opening epitaph not only serves to set the tone for the game, but … Continue reading Rebooting Lara – “Tomb Raider” (2013)

Pretension, Complexity, and Outrage In Nerd Culture

Yes, I'm back and will start posting more regularly. Life's been crazy, and I just started a pretty major writing job on top of planning a move across the country. Also, hope you like this new blog name. It just felt right. It is, however, still the same Bella time, same Bella channel. For a … Continue reading Pretension, Complexity, and Outrage In Nerd Culture

New Dawn, Same Grind – A Review of “Far Cry: New Dawn” (2019)

Far Cry 5 is one of the worst games of this console generation, if you ask me. It's a completely bland story with an unearned and edgy twist ending, held together by rote mechanics that are hamstrung by an inherently broken progression system, and populated by characters who range from "cool with no depth" to … Continue reading New Dawn, Same Grind – A Review of “Far Cry: New Dawn” (2019)

Blue Blurbs – “Sonic The Hedgehog 2” (1992)

Sonic The Hedgehog was a bonafied hit. It saved the Genesis, made Sega relevant in America, and gave Nintendo a run for their money for the first time. Of course, the game industry is never one to exercise restraint, and Sega was eager to get to work on a follow-up. But there was a problem … Continue reading Blue Blurbs – “Sonic The Hedgehog 2” (1992)

Crumbling Infrastructure Is The Real Monster – A Review of “Days Gone” (2019)

It's hard to review Days Gone without somewhat of a bias. After all, the entire experience is based in Central Oregon, where I've spent the last several years of my life. In fact, Bend Studio is right down the road from me, and I was neighbors with one of the employees who was, ostensibly, working … Continue reading Crumbling Infrastructure Is The Real Monster – A Review of “Days Gone” (2019)

Blue Blurbs – “Sonic The Hedgehog” (1991)

Formerly titled Sonic Jam on my old blog, Blue Blurbs will be a series where I go through every conceivable piece of Sonic media and talk about it. These discussions will largely be formatted and built around whatever I feel is appropriate for the game, comic, or show I'm talking about. Thanks to Joshua for … Continue reading Blue Blurbs – “Sonic The Hedgehog” (1991)