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)


Marvel’s Spider-man (PS4) Review

by Matthew Thompson

To me, Insomniac’s take on Spider-man succeeds mostly on the back of its core mechanics. Swinging around New York City is fluid and fun. There is enough depth to make the task of keeping your momentum interesting even if the game rarely requires you to push your skills to the limit in this area. Combining everything at your disposal from swings to wall runs to point launches makes traversing amid the Big Apple’s towering skyscrapers a blast even when you are just wandering around between missions Continue reading

My Summer Gaming Update

by Matthew Thompson

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I just talked about what I’ve been playing, so I’m going to run through the games I tackled throughout the summer. I chose a few to give a bigger focus to at the top here while running through a bunch of others in the bullets below. Well, here it goes Continue reading

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 2018 Half-Year Highlights

by Matthew Thompson

With six months of 2018 in the bag already (plus a bit more now), I thought I’d take a look back at the high points of the year so far. Instead of doing one focused on just games or TV, I’ve decided to make this a catch-all post that will cover some of my other hobbies as well. Without further ado, here are my highlights from 2018’s first half 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

Celeste Review

by Matthew Thompson

I died over a thousand times before reaching the summit in Celeste. It speaks to the impeccable design of this new 2D platformer from the makers of TowerFall that despite perishing over and over again, I never became frustrated. Checkpoints are plentiful – you are typically only tasked with completing a single screen without dying – and respawns instantaneous. This makes repeated attempts – of which you will need many – at the game’s tricky traversal segments relatively pain-free. And your persistence will be rewarded. Nothing in gaming outside of the rare competitive multiplayer moment gives me the satisfaction that besting a challenging section in a platformer can. Celeste delivers the most rewarding feeling I have gotten from the genre in this manner since Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst’s exhilarating time trials Continue reading

Little Nightmares Review

by Matthew Thompson

I like to think I keep myself fairly well apprised of upcoming video game releases and yet somehow Little Nightmares slipped past my radar. It actually appeared on my Most Anticipated Games list a couple of years back when it was known as Hunger, but between the name change and the passage of time it eluded me on release. Late in 2017, I spotted the familiar cover art while browsing GameFly and was able to put the game through its paces early on in 2018. In the process, I uncovered one of the underrated gems of last year 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