About Oculin

Benjamin Yoder (Oculin) Previously the editor for TheSpeedGamers and editorial/feature contributor for VGChartz' gamrFeed. Oculin started as an author at DefaultPrime before joining TheSpeedGamers in August 2009 as a news blogger. He has an unhealthy interest in dating sims and Japanese idol games, like Dream C Club, which is only rivaled by his unhealthy interest in bad games.

One Controller Port Podcast – Episode 23: Final Rantasy XIV Version 1.23b

This week I just rant about the 1.0 and 1.23b version of FFXIV.

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One Controller Port Podcast: Episode 22 – Peachy Beachy

This week I talk about Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash, Dragon Quest X on PS4, some adventure game fun as well as a the Castlevania Soul System.

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Drawing a New Card for Bloodstained

This article is a reworking of my Video Gaming Bits Tumblr Post for Circle of the Moon

(Image Source: Level Up Video Games) 

About a year ago I wrote an impressions piece on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night’s E3 2016 demo. The ultimate point was that it’s a title that dares only to find how close it can get to Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow without receiving legal action from Konami. Unfortunately, what has been shown since has done little to sway my position. I stand by that original article in full, outside of Inti Creates no longer being involved in development.

In presenting this argument, I’m often asked “well, what do you want from Bloodstained, then?” It’s a hard question to give a direct answer to. Nevertheless, just looking at Castlevania’s history shows that there’s definitely room to wiggle around within the pre-existing formula. However, the example I’ll be using is from a game Koji Igarashi had little to no involvement with –  Circle of the Moon.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Dubious Food, Design and Treasure

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an impressive first step into open world design for the Zelda series. Yet ultimately, the game’s core flow and scale betray it.

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