Stephan’s Top 10 Movies of 2017

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While 2017 was a year of big losses for minorities and underrepresented groups in the real world, the opposite is true for movies in 2017. I was delighted to see the big winners of 2017 be films starring underrepresented groups. From Jordan Peele’s Get Out becoming the highest-grossing original debut ever to Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman becoming the highest grossing superhero origin film at the domestic box office, this year was full of record-breaking moments for non-white, male directors, actors and actresses. Continue reading

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My Gamescom 2017 Experience

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This past week I was incredibly fortunate to be able to attend one of the largest video game conventions in the world: Gamescom. Held in the beautiful Cologne, Germany, Gamescom is a weeklong meeting of the gaming industries biggest companies and most passionate fans. I attended as an employee of Blot Interactive thanks to the incredible Norma Rossler, CEO, CFO and WBENC member and one of the coolest folks I’ve ever met.

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Stephan’s Top 100 Video Games

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I’ve been blessed in my short time on this planet to have played hundreds and hundreds of video games. From a very young age, my interest in video games was sparked by my Aunt who moved in with us and brought her Nintendo 64. My parents then indulged my obsession over the years, getting me games for the holidays and my birthdays. My Dad sat next to me on our living room couch from the beginning, through so many different adventures. From Portal 2 to Ratchet & Clank and Don’t Starve he always showed a huge interest in my passion which made me feel more and more excited to explore video games, write about video games and ultimately work in video games. Continue reading

Cool Story, Telltale

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Ever since I played the first episode of Telltale Games’ Batman series last summer I haven’t played a Telltale game since. On the one hand, I love Batman and when I heard Telltale was going to tackle his beloved narrative I was excited. But soon after starting up the first episode I was reminded of why Telltale’s formula is growing so stale. On a technical level, even Telltale’s new engine can’t stop the stuttering frame rate, janky character models and wonky audio from constantly pulling me out of the experience. At this point the abysmal performance of Telltale Games is well catalogued since the runaway success of The Walking Dead Season One. While I’m always reminded by people online that I’m playing for the story and the characters, at this point with what PS4, Xbox One and PC are capable of there’s simply no excuse for such poor performance. Continue reading

Introducing Stephan’s Universe

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So Power Couple Productions is no more. As Yeezus once said, “They say people in your life are seasons, And anything that happens is for a reason.” Power Couple Productions was a season of this blog and it was a pretty awesome season too. We published a lot of articles I’m really proud of. A thorough analysis of everything wrong with former Kinda Funny co-host Colin Moriarty, a look into the sad state of AAA female characters and lots of really great interviews and reviews that I’m really proud of. Moving forward I’m taking on the writing and editing and this shift marks the start of Stephan’s Universe. Continue reading

E3 2017 Predictions

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This is my favourite time of the year. The entire video game industry is gathering in LA this week to announce new games, play new games, get excited about and disappointed about new games… It’s the stuff I live for. I like to watch all the conferences live and of course, make some predictions. Here’s what I got, thanks for reading! Continue reading

Colin Moriarty is Why I Stopped Supporting Kinda Funny

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I used to love Kinda Funny. It was my go-to for video game impressions, podcasts and just general entertainment. I loved listening to “PS I Love You XOXO” every Tuesday and I always tuned into the Kinda Funny Gamescast whenever I could. But then I began to watch with my girlfriend and she pointed some things out. Things that as I better understand some of the major issues with sexism and racism in video games the more I want to stop supporting them and vehemently challenge them. I started to tune into Kinda Funny less and less as I began to realise one particular voice embodied the many issues: Colin Moriarty. Continue reading