Review: Conklin Duragraph

Manufacturer: Conklin | List Price: $55.00 | Buy from Amazon

Conklin is one of the oldest manufacturers of fountain pens in the United States, having started producing fountain pens in 1898. However, in 1955, when ballpoints had largely replaced fountain pens in widespread use, the company ceased operation. The Conklin name was revived in 2000, and in 2009 the brand and designs were purchased by Yafa Companies, who continue to make pens bearing the Conklin name.
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Review: Persona 5

Developer: Atlus | Year: 2017 | Price: $59.99 | Buy from Amazon

The Persona series of Japanese role-playing games started in 1996 when Revelations: Persona was released for the PlayStation. Persona is a spin-off of the larger Megami Tensei series, whose games are often set in the present-day and feature darker themes. Persona was a pretty standard dungeon-crawler, and the well-loved Persona 2 duology was pretty similar gameplay-wise, but starting with Persona 3, released in 2006 for the PlayStation 2, the series started to incorporate certain visual novel elements, allowing the player to alternate between a high-school life simulator by day and dungeon crawler to monsters at night.

Note: This review contains early-game story spoilers as well as details of various gameplay mechanics. 
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A Year in Reflection (GOTY 2016)

It’s that time of the year again, the season of exchanging presents and spending time with family. With school out, it’s a wonderful time to catch up on some of the best games of the year. You might notice that I haven’t really been keeping up with updating the site in recent months. I’ve been pretty busy with training (I’m still serving in the Singapore Armed Forces) so I haven’t gotten much time to play. In 2015 I beat a whopping 34 games whereas in 2016 I only beat six: Three Fourths Home, Her Story, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, Valkyria Chronicles Remastered, Dark Souls III, and Life Is Strange. Before I talk about Kantaloupe’s Game of the Year 2016, I want to give a couple honourable mentions.
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Listen: Garmarna

GarmarnaSince the band’s founding in 1990, Garmarna have been one of the most prominent names in Swedish folk music. Their modern take on traditional Swedish folk tunes and ballads led them to moderate success in Sweden throughout the ’90s. However, they — and the Scandinavian folk scene as a whole — have remained relatively unknown elsewhere in the world. I discovered Garmarna completely by accident, during one of my frequent escapades down the YouTube rabbit-hole. I’ve become a pretty big fan of their music since, and today I thought I’d do a little spotlight on three of their albums: VittradGuds Spelemän, and Vedergällningen.
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GOTY 2015: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Well, if you saw our post from a couple of weeks ago, you’ll know that The Witcher 3 was one of the five contenders for Kantaloupe’s Game of the Year 2015 award. It was a tough decision between The Witcher and Bloodborne, but ultimately the sheer scope of CD Projekt Red’s take on the Western RPG trumped the focused tightness of From Software’s Japanese one. I spent more time in The Witcher 3 than I have in probably any other single playthrough of a game, and though there were some slumps in the action, there was a certain satisfaction I got from the gameplay that kept me going. The world of The Witcher is so fleshed-out that it’s never a chore to poke your nose around corners and sniff out some lore. And though the main quest in interesting enough, it’s really the sidequests that make you feel like a part of that world. There’s just an abundance of things to do in The Witcher 3, and if you’re at all interested in fantasy or action RPGs, The Witcher 3 should be at the top of your to-play list.

I haven’t gotten to playing much recently, what with army training (I’m currently in NCO school) and Netflix, which just came to Singapore two weeks ago. But I just got the Banner Saga, Bastion, and Three Fourths Home, so I might review one of those if/when I finish them.

In the meantime, check out the rest of our videogame-related stuff right here!