My Celeste Jack-O-Lanterns

by Matthew Thompson

Every year I carve a gaming-themed Jack-O-Lantern for Halloween. Sometimes this process goes swimmingly. And sometimes… it does not. Last night things did not go as planned. Audibles had to be called. But I set out to carve a pumpkin based on the wonderful game Celestewhich you should really play if you haven’t – and I accomplished that, so I’ll take it!

Celeste Pumpkin Carvings

What I ended up with was the above pair of Celeste-themed Jack-O-Lanterns. The left one is based on one of the character portraits of protagonist Madeline from the game’s dialogue boxes. On the right is one based on Celeste’s title screen logo. I have posted screenshots of both inspirations below.

Celeste MadelineCeleste Logo

While I had something a bit more ambitious in mind when I started, I’m still pretty happy with how these two carvings turned out. I hope you guys enjoy them as well. I have posted links to my Jack-O-Lanterns from previous years below for any new followers who may have missed them the first time around. As always, thanks for reading and checking out the pictures!


Tanooki Mario

Link and Tetra from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Ratchet & ClankSly Cooper and Jak and Daxter

Rayman and Koopa Troopa

Fringe (TV Show)


My Most Anticipated Games of 2018: Take 2

by Matthew Thompson

As I continue to get my writing legs back under me, I have decided to return to a classic. Yes, I already did a most anticipated games post for this year. But since then, two of those have come out and two have been pushed to 2019. And of course, plenty of games have been announced since I did the original post back in January, so there are lots of new titles to talk about (especially since I didn’t do a post-E3 blog this year). Well, here it goes (I’ve tried to keep it to games that are definitely coming out in 2018) Continue reading

My Pre-E3 2018 Post

by Matthew Thompson

I haven’t found myself as excited this year in the lead up to E3 as I usually am. Part of that has just been being busy in real-life and not thinking about it as much as I once did. Part of it is me preferring to go into game experiences more blind these days. And part of it I think has to do with the diminished importance of the expo to publishers. Sony and Nintendo in particular have been announcing their games throughout the year as opposed to saving them for the E3 stage. So I guess I’m not expecting as many surprises as normal. But with less than a week to go, I find my anticipation for E3 rising and I’m here to do my usual mix of pre-show expectations, predictions and wishes. Here it goes Continue reading

My Most Anticipated Games of 2018

by Matthew Thompson

I always like to follow up my look back at gaming in one year with what I’m looking forward to in the next. 2018 doesn’t seem to have quite as much for me to be excited about as 2017 had, particularly early on, but there are still quite a few standout titles. For my top five, I decided to only include games that are officially announced and that I believe will actually release in 2018 (delays have a habit of making these annual posts a bit redundant otherwise), but I’ve mentioned a slew of others in the bullets that follow. Well, here they are: my most anticipated games of 2018 Continue reading

My 2017 Gaming Awards

by Matthew Thompson

Hey everyone! I ran a little behind on this, but I finally put together my post looking back at gaming in 2017. My original intent was to do a top five and then some other awards in a separate post, but I couldn’t decide what to pick for my fifth game and I found a way to squeeze the big four games I wanted to touch on in this post (my GotY, my two runners-up and my late to the party GotY of sorts). Well, here it goes Continue reading

My Yoshi Jack-O-Lantern

by Matthew Thompson

Hello everyone! For about a decade now, I have taken to making video game-themed Jack-O-Lanterns for Halloween each year. Cartoony platforming protagonists have become kind of my go-to for these pumpkin carvings. In the past, that has included the PS2’s holy trinity of Jak, Ratchet and Sly, the limbless wonder Rayman, and finally last year the legendary, mustachioed plumber himself Mario (in a Tanooki suit of course!). This year I tackled another platforming favorite of mine, Mario’s dinosaur buddy Yoshi. Now I am here to share some pictures of the carving. Here they are Continue reading

The Games of Fall 2017

by Matthew Thompson

Hey everyone! With a slew of Fall and holiday gaming releases coming soon, I thought I’d take a quick look forward to what I would like to play in these final months of 2017. Here it goes Continue reading

Four Under the Radar Games from E3 2017

by Matthew Thompson

I thought I might be a little E3’d out after writing a number of Pre-E3 posts and the one about my favorite games from the event earlier this week, but I still feel the urge to share more. Today I wanted to shine the light on a few more games that I felt went a bit under the radar compared to the seven games I talked about before. Here are some quick thoughts on four games from E3 2017 that deserve a bit more attention Continue reading

My Favorite Games of E3 2017

by Matthew Thompson

After a week of taking in all the conferences, demonstrations, interviews and trailers that I could from E3 2017, I am ready to talk about what stood out from gaming’s biggest show this time around. When I dug through the giant list of all the games that caught my eye during E3, seven eventually rose above the rest and I’m here to talk about those seven favorites. Here they are (in alphabetical order) Continue reading