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Octorok Your Socks Off
by Kevin

 

My love for old Nintendo and Super Nintendo games is no secret, and as I journeyed through a lush Hylian forest last weekend my brain slowly churned out a script involving adorable 8-bit cephalopods with murderous dispositions. They may be cute, but man’s best friend they ain’t.

My rage with World of Warcraft burned brightly and with great intensity in the aftermath of my account being hacked. When the malice in my heart subsided, I was left with a hollow empty feeling of apathy toward the game. I logged in to my account every couple of weeks and went through the motions, but the joy was gone and I allowed my account to close down. Hearing about events leading up to Cataclysm, however, has rekindled my interest as well as a host of conflicting feelings. I probably don’t need to state this, but World of Warcraft is a massive time suck and I’ve been enjoying my months off from the game. I haven’t been using my newly open schedule to do anything worthwhile necessarily, but it’s been nice getting caught up on my comic book reading and finally playing a bunch of games that I haven’t finished due to a rigorous and taxing raiding schedule. I finally finished Disgaea DS and I’m now playing through The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. I also picked up Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and the game is beautifully animated as well as an incredibly fun platformer. There are a million reviews already online stating the same feelings I share on the game, so I won’t go into it further, but this game has the good review scores for a reason. The one great criticism it faces is that it is too easy and too short, but I guess I’m past the point where I’m looking for a game to challenge me for long periods of time. I would rather a good game not overstay its welcome. It seems preferable that a game lack challenge so that I can see everything it has to offer instead of playing the same part again and again unto frustration and ultimately rage quitting.

I guess I just suck at video games.

-Kevin