Morning Mega Man: Mega Man 2

Mega Man defeated Dr. Wily's Robot Masters once, but somehow this didn't actually change anything, so he's called into action once more. Will he defeat 8 more? Will this cycle ever end? Will he ever look cooler than he does in the title screen?

Jackson returns with Morning Series, and this time he's tackling the beloved Mega Man 2. He's very excited to play and you should be very excited to watch. Let's go!

Let's Play DOOM

When DOOM (2016) was released, I was sitting in my room all disappointed that I couldn’t afford it and what a shame that was because boy did I have a hankerin’ for some DOOM.

Then I stood up and realized that I could totally play DOOM and all I needed was a soundcard and 28MB of disk space. Thus began a new impromptu Let’s Play…

Morning Mega Man: Mega Man 1

A plumber retires to his brotherly abode and the sun sets on the land. All is well, all is at peace. Until…

A boy of blue, a man of rock, emerges into a wasteland. It is years later, this boy knows not of the plumber and his deeds, buried as is his kingdom under Wily’s metal and machines. And so, he will fight, each and every morning, until the land is free once more.

Welcome back, everybody, to Morning Mega Man!

Let's Play Fable

Jackson is here with one more Let’s Play before transitioning to video essays, a trip through the now Late Lionhead’s original Xbox game, Fable. Or, at least it would be, if the version they were playing wasn’t one of the most awful remasters the world has ever seen. Can the game’s charm still come through?

Yeah. Kinda.

What I’m saying is: it’s a cool Let’s Play! Enjoy!

Morning Mario: Super Mario World

At last, it dawns. The final Mario, let loose from numeric constraints to devour an entire planet of platforming in the prehistoric age. Please, join Jackson for another round of jumping, running and chat in in the epic conclusion to the Morning Mario saga...

Let's Play Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

This is an old Let’s Play from back when I was recording the Lego Star Wars videos, kept in the vault because it’s mostly just me having my mind destroyed by a bad Star Wars game.

But I wanted to get it up here at the transition from one year to another, as we make a new start here on Abnormal Mapping! Also, Star Wars is in the air, so why not enjoy some newly non canon bullshit, starring Jimmy Smits?

Altgames & Introspection: Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year, folks. We made it.

2015 has been a difficult year, which makes it fairly similar to a lot of other years we’ve seen. I’ve been fighting a mental illness which is getting more and more debilitating by the day, and despite that I’ve put out a lot of what I consider to be great work. That said, I’m tired, and need to make a lot of personal changes if I’m going to make it through 2016 without keeling over from exhaustion.

One of those changes is going to be to the writing that I put out. Games Criticism isn’t a sustainable sphere, and honestly my heart isn’t in it. I’m proud of the work I’ve done, and want to keep doing it, but I don’t think it can be The Primary Thing anymore. I want to write stories, I want to create things, and I want to write more about films as well. 2015 made it clear to me that the only way for me to grow satisfactorily as a person (and as a Games Critic) is to de-emphasize Games in my life, have an even wider spectrum of experience, and to free myself of the need to produce work.

Which isn’t to say that I’m going away, only that I’m going to try to refocus somewhat in 2016. I want to free myself of the need to write, so that when I do write it’s because I want to. I want all my articles, podcasts and (hopefully, soon!) eBook to be produced out of enthusiasm and not obligation. I’d love to keep a high pace of work up this year, but I don’t want to do so at the expense of my self-care any longer.

I don’t know what this means for what 2016 will bring, and I’m not going to predict. Here’s to another year of getting through.


Games Featured:

Let's Play: Mirror's Edge

In the city, where something is good and something is evil, and vague terrible attempts and social allusion are going on in the background, Jackson is here to do one thing: run. He will run on rooftops, he will run on floors, he will run through windows and he will run through doors. He will run through hallways, and he will run on cranes, and he will run and run and beat the game.

That’s right, it’s a Let’s Play of Mirror’s Edge. Bring it on.