May 23, 2011

Where Am I?

Home Sweet Home
Howdy! Chances are you’re stumbling by this blog on accident, in which case let me introduce myself. My name is Kyle and I’ve been gaming my whole life. From my toddler days of playing dusty old NES Looney Tunes carts to my years with Homeworld on Windows ME to my obsession with hundred-percenting every GTA game possible, video games have always been an integral part of who I am. I do however feel the need to point out that I’m a child of the 90s. The NES was an antique by the time I knew how to play it, and as a result the console I have the most attachment to is, of course, the N64. As a result, my knowledge of what the classics are skews significantly towards the modern era, and my opinions may not hold as much weight as someone who has been with the medium since the beginning. I do, however, have an immense respect for the OGs of the gaming world and try to experience the most revered titles any time I have the chance.

With that out of the way, welcome to Gut Reactions, my blog for game reviews and other miscellaneous content that may or may not be related to them. “But Kyle,” you may ask, “Why does the internet need another set of reviews?” The answer is that I tend to approach my games in a different fashion. I care less about the core gameplay conceits and more about the experience the game presents and what kind of story it tells. I don’t care whether something reaches out with pure visceral excitement or a deep, thought provoking narrative, but it is that core tenet of the medium that actually matters to me. A game that plays excellently with no real heart appeals to me very little, and it is around this that I will be basing my reviews. That said, I’ll certainly point out the quality of the game itself to try and determine whether adds or detracts from the experience and if it’s worth slogging through a mediocre game to get to an excellent story.
Does this game deserve another look? We'll find out!
I’ll be focusing on the newer crop of releases, but I fully intend to delve into the back catalog of games that I enjoy to try and retroactively give them the attention that I feel they deserve. So once again welcome to the formative stages of Gut Reactions. Enjoy your stay.


  1. Glad to meet another video game enthusiast you seem like you know your stuff. Looking forward to what's to come!

  2. congrats on starting! i really look forward to your material!

  3. Video games owns! especially zelda :)

  4. I like your approach to reviewing games. I am the same way, to me the feel is much more important than just the gameplay. Of course, frustrating gameplay can make even the most awesome-feeling games absolutely awful. Yes, I'm looking at you, later installments of the Tomb Raider series.