Games that just didn’t tickle my pickle Jan-June 2021: Legend of Legacy, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Quest Builders.

Here on Videogames Make Me Happy, I try to offer a corner of the internet to celebrate every that’s awesome about this amazing medium, unsullied by the general negativity and toxicity of ‘gamer’ culture. There is an understanding here that all games are subjectively ‘good’ to somebody – a lid for every pot and all… Continue Reading →

Let’s talk about Goblin Slayer, and its depiction of sexual violence.

So let me set the scene. I’m browsing my local HMV for a new anime series to watch (I’m old-fashioned so I like to own products outright instead of renting them from streaming services) when season one of Goblin Slayer catches my eye. Huh, Goblin Slayer, I thought. That’s Funimation and Crunchyroll’s little project. How… Continue Reading →

The True King of JRPGs Part One – Dragon Quest IV-VI on DS Lite

Ah, Dragon Quest. The JRPG series that just refuses to die. The JRPG series that had the audacity to include the word ‘Dragon’ in its title despite featuring almost no actual dragons. Whereas other JRPGs like Final Fantasy and Pokémon have transformed themselves beyond recognition to appeal to modern audiences and remain relevant, Grandad Dragon… Continue Reading →

Pokémon: Let’s Go: a journey back to the Kanto region and the days of Indigo League

Every Pokémon Generation usually contains one original game, and one remake of a previous game. For example, in Generation 4 Pokémon Diamond and Pearl were original games and Pokémon SoulSilver and HeartGold were remakes of Pokémon Silver and Gold from Generation 2. When Generation 7 rolled around with Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, and… Continue Reading →

What The First Tree can teach us about grief, regret and the complicated relationship between parent and child.

It’s quite common these days for videogames to try and deliver some kind of message to their players through their visuals and themes. Usually, this message will be some grand, sweeping ideal about how war is bad, or to watch out for corrupt governments, or that love conquers all. The truth is however that most… Continue Reading →


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