Video games are largely a visual medium; it is half the name of the industry after all. However, just as the visuals of a game can play a key role in your immersion in its world, so can the soundtrack. For some people, a good soundtrack can make or break a form of entertainment. I’m […]Read More Listen to Your Game: The Importance of Music and Sound in Video Games
Back in 1994, I didn’t even know this game came out. I was ten years old, and this game completely missed my radar. I didn’t get very many games per year, maybe one or two around Christmas time and my birthday, and I was mostly playing sports games like NHL ’95 or WWF Monday Night […]Read More Retro Grade: Super Metroid Review
So today starts a new sales week for the PlayStation store, and there are some big titles with deep discounts that you should scoop up. The deals are even sweeter if you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber. The first game I wanna talk about is Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor: Game of the Year Edition. This huge […]Read More Big PlayStation Store sales this week!
As reported by Jason Schreier of Kotaku, Nintendo is releasing the SNES Classic on September 29 of this year. It will come with 21 games – most of which I didn’t get to play as a kid – two controllers, an HDMI cable, and will cost $80. We will get one previously unreleased game: Star […]Read More Get Hyped: SNES Classic announced!!!
I’m going to preface this article by saying that I’m only now reviewing this game (which is outstanding by the way) because I almost always buy games on sale. I don’t make a ton of money so I have to be judicious with how and where I spend my money. With that said, I picked […]Read More Years Later Review: The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
As E3 wraps up it’s festivities for the 2017 edition, I can say that I’m excited for what’s coming down the pipe. Being a PlayStation 4 owner and lifelong Sony fan (not fanboy however), I was glad to see new footage for Detroit: Become Human and God of War. I haven’t gotten my hands on […]Read More E3 Talk: What I’m Most Excited For
Pretty much since the Summer of Arcade on Xbox Live Arcade back in 2008 highlighted digital-only titles like Braid and Castle Crashers, the video game industry has slowly – sometimes painfully – been shifting toward an all-digital future. There are quite a few different ways to look at this; in theory, this should reduce the […]Read More The great video game debate: Physical vs. Digital
Hello world! If you’re reading this, welcome to The Joyful Gamer blog. My name is Ryan and I’ve been an avid gamer for as long as I can remember. I love the adventures they take me on, the experiences I’ve had with friends and family while playing them, and the challenges and memorable moments they’ve […]Read More My first blog! E3 2017 Predictions