March in Review

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Another month gone by, another reflection to be inscribed into the tapestry that is 3PStart.

Honestly, I didn’t write nearly as much as I would have liked this month, though I’m definitely not beating myself up over it.  On the life front, I’m moving into a new job soon and I’ve been taking the time to reconnect with family and friends.  I’ve also been trying to become more involved and active on Twitter and other mediums regarding gaming discussions and other blogs.  I’ve also been gaming quite a bit (as those of us who blog about gaming occasionally do) and while I have a few things in the works, I haven’t quite finished them up.

But we’ll get to that, of course!

The only review I managed to get up was finishing up 3PStart’s coverage of the main Phantasy Star games for the Sega Genesis, covering the oft-neglected Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom.

Review – Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom

I did, however, also manage to add to the surely ever-growing Fire Emblem overview I’ve been working on.  Overall, the overview is meant to give a peek at each game, including features and improvements or steps back that the series has taken.  In the latest edition, I went over the Fates trilogy consisting of Conquest, Birthright, and the definitively canon Revelation.  I also got to go over my favorite entry in a long time, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, which is well worth a check out for any Fire Emblem fan.  If you’re interested in the history of the series or just looking for a good place to start playing from out of curiosity, I’d love to suggest checking out the entire overview!

Fire Emblem – An Overview – Part 5

Also, thanks to Red Metal over at Extra Life tagged me for a Sunshine Blogger Award- and another wholehearted thanks for that!  If you’re interested in seeing my feelings on negativity in the gaming critique, my favorite critically acclaimed movie, or want to know whether I prefer 2D or 3D games (the answer may shock you!), that would be the place to do it!

Responding to My Sunshine Blogger Award Nod

Fire Emblem Fates

What to Look Forward To

Just recently, I finished up a replay of Shining Force II: Ancient Sealing, so I’ll have some words on that soon enough.  I’ve also been continuing on my voyage through the Atelier games and have wrapped up the Arland Trilogy (made of of Atelier Rorona, Totori, and Meruru).  Much like the Fire Emblem overview, I feel that doing an overview for at least the PS3 and more current games in the series would be best, so I’m working on an introduction to the series as a whole and an overview on those three games.

I’d like to get some words out about Blue Reflection, as I mentioned last month, and I started writing a bit on Until Dawn but that may turn into a whole piece on horror gaming in general so- there are a few concepts up in the air that need a bit more refining or motivation to get out.

Other Blogs and Posts to Check Out

Athena over at AmbiGaming put together an awesome piece about Tolerance vs. Acceptance that managed to talk about a lot of concepts- both in games and in gaming- that really hit on a lot of points that sparked the flame for my wanting 3PStart to come to fruition in the first place.

After posting a bit about how positively video games have impacted my life, reading a post from The Gaming Diaries regarding things overheard in a game shop gave me some warm fuzzy feelings- which I’m always happy to promote!

I don’t know about you, but when I hear a title like Tesla vs. Lovecraft, I get a little tingle in my nerd centers.  CheapBossAttack nearly always seems to have the same interests as I do, and this review of the upcoming Switch game proves yet again that his excitement is transferable, as I am now itching to try this game as soon as possible.

As usual, there is so much fantastic passion and writing out there that I can’t fathom covering it all, so hopefully keeping these shout outs to three a month won’t seem like I’m selling those that I follow short!  Thank you all for following along with me and if you ever want to reach out, feel free to shoot me a line on Twitter (@the3rdplayer) or through gMail (3pstartgaming@gmail.com)!

– Matt a.k.a. “The3rdPlayer”