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Elder Scrolls Online – Guest Impressions

Elder Scrolls Online has been the subject of pre-launch speculation on this blog in the past, but what’s it like now that it’s here? Has the series that always felt like an MMO with only one player made the jump to MMO with thousands of players?

To put my comments in perspective, my Elder Scrolls experience consists of Oblivion and Skyrim; my MMO resume is Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided , Final Fantasy XI, World of Warcraft, Aion, and Final Fantasy XIV.


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The Legend of The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Disclaimer: GuestGeekBrian is an employee of Nintendo of America. His opinions are his own and in no way reflect those of his employer.

“It was the spark that started the fire– A legend that grew in the telling”
– Jonathan Hickman, Avengers (2012) #1

There once was a boy in a green cap with pointy ears and blond hair. Okay, maybe it was strawberry blond? Anyway, this boy set out to rescue a girl with hair and ears like his. He left home with nothing but the green tunic on his back, but a kindly older man gave him a sword. He delved into the deep places of this world to search for the power to save the girl. Some say he even ventured into worlds beyond this one. The girl was held captive by an evil wizard who had embraced the bestial power in his heart, but the boy’s courage and the girl’s wisdom proved too much for the wizard. He was defeated — for a time.

That should sound familiar. But which game in the Legend of Zelda series is it? It could be (nearly) all of them. While Nintendo has an official three-timelines explanation of how all of the Zelda games fit together, I like to take the title literally and think of them as retellings of the same legend. Continue reading

There are HOW MANY Red Rangers? Comparing US and Japanese TV Continuity

35 Years of the Red Ranger

35 Years of the Red Ranger

Expatriate guest writer, it’s morphin’ time!

Living in Japan for the past two years, I’ve been struck by a curious difference in the way this country and my native United States approach ongoing continuity in televised speculative fiction. Shows here are constantly refreshed with new storylines and new characters that (we’re led to believe) US audiences would never stand for. Why? I have no idea, but bear with my while I lay out the basic differences and offer a few theories as to the forces at work. Continue reading