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Welcome to Goomba Stomp, a stomping ground for video game enthusiasts and the pop-culture obsessed.We provide smart readers with sharp, entertaining writing on a wide range of topics in pop culture, offering an escape from the usual hype and gossip. Unlike most websites that offer the brief review format, Goomba Stomp features long-form, in-depth coverage, and lengthy, well-researched articles alongside several award-winning podcasts. We believe that within today’s click bait-info-entertainment landscape there is still plenty of room to rigorously discuss the video game industry so that it can continue to flourish and remain an important voice of cultural and artistic expression.
July 20, 2018

NYAFF 2018: ‘Sekigahara’ Presents Incomprehensible History

While Kurosawa made Shakespearean character studies based on Japanese history, Harada's 'Sekigahara' is too interested in bring a textbook to life.
July 20, 2018
Summer of 84

Fantasia Film Festival: ‘Summer of 84’ – Another 80s-Themed Retro Movie

Summer of 84 Directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell Written by Matt Leslie and Stephen J. Smith 2018/Canada What is it about the ’80s we find so appealing? It’s safe to say that ’80s pop culture nostalgia is everywhere. Of course, this isn’t the first time that […]
July 19, 2018
Final Fantasy XV shows a lot of promise in the early stages

Not so Final Fantasy – Final Fantasy XV: a Game of Two Halves

Having watched the tie-in CG movie Kingsglaive (starring Aaron Paul, Lena Headey, and Sean Bean), the accompanying anime, and played both Episode Duscae and the Platinum Demo prior to launch, I was chomping at the bit to begin my journey through the world of Eos when a shiny new copy of the game dropped through my letter box on a chilly November morning in 2016.
July 19, 2018

Fantasia 2018: ‘Last Child’, ‘The Scythian’ and ‘Maquia’

The Fantasia Film Festival’s 2018 installment has already had some incredibly strong entries this year, and while we can’t cover them all with full-length reviews , we still can’t let these Fantasia Fest gems to unremarked upon. Last Child It’s a cliche, but oftentimes less really is more. The Last […]
July 19, 2018

Warp Pipe, Ep. 3: ‘Stardew Valley’

This week on Warp Pipe we welcome back our indie editor Katrina Lind to chat about the lovable, farming sim: Stardew Valley. We talk about how the game helps with depression, offers a satisfying semblance of faux work, and is generally just an all-around good time. Also, in the development end, […]
July 18, 2018
The Vanished

Fantasia 2018: ‘The Vanished’ Thinks its More Clever Than it Really is

Unfortunately, 'The Vanished' ends up a huge misfire by being less-than-special amidst a sea of incredible Korean thrillers.
July 18, 2018

‘The Mooseman’ Review – Puzzling Execution

The Mooseman is a story-based short indie adventure/puzzle title that's big on mood but short on a meaningful interactive experience.
July 18, 2018
Looming Storm

NYAFF 2018: ‘The Looming Storm’ Dissipates in Its Conclusion

The Looming Storm Directed and Written by Yue Dong 2017/China The Looming Storm, a Chinese film noir, is the directorial debut of cinematographer Yue Dong. For much of its run time the film is a chilling examination of a changing Chinese economy and the lives upended by it, but the […]
July 17, 2018
Satans Slaves

Fantasia 2018: Hide Your Children from ‘Satan’s Slaves’

While 'Satan’s Slaves' doesn’t quite reach lofty heights, it carries itself with enough confidence and tension to satisfy horror fans.
July 17, 2018
Octopath Traveller

‘Octopath Traveler’ – First Impressions

With such a careful approach to the game mechanics, an ambitious attempt to convey eight paths in one story, and a delightful retro vibe, it seems Octopath Traveler has delivered on most of its promises.
July 17, 2018

Hottest Hero Happenings: New Dorms, New Moves

To combat the unrest surrounding its students' well being, U.A. High School rolls out a brand spanking new dormitory setup.
July 17, 2018
Pato Box

‘Pato Box’ Review: Boxing Gets Ducked

It turns out that adding to the Punch-Out!! formula does little to actually 'add' to the Punch-Out!! formula.
July 17, 2018

Fantasia 2018: ‘Microhabitat’ and The Cost of Happiness

And its core, Microhabitat is about the choice that so many young people are forced into these days: do you want to be happy or secure.
July 16, 2018

Game Boys, Ep. 111: Games We’re Ready to Fall Into

This week’s Game Boys is a fall preview, but, rather than telling you all the games that are coming out that you can find anywhere, we’re giving you a short list of a select few that we as individuals are personally looking forward to.  Besides spooky movies like Ghostbusters, what […]
July 16, 2018
Little Forest Movie

NYAFF 2018: ‘Little Forest’ Is an Ode to the Power of Food

Chances are, 'Little Forest' will make you want to cook something as soon as it’s finished.
July 16, 2018

‘Ocarina of Time’ Dungeon by Dungeon: Dungeon Ranking

After diligently playing and writing about The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time dungeon-by-dungeon, it’s time to siphon my thoughts down into the shallow, quantifiable, clickbaity realm of ranking.
July 15, 2018
nightmare cinema

Fantasia 2018: ‘Nightmare Cinema’ Features a Couple of Standouts

Nightmare Cinema Written by Sandra Becerril, Alejandro Brugués, Lawrence C. Connolly, Mick Garris, Richard Christian Matheson, David Slade Directed by Mick Garris, Alejandro Brugués, Joe Dante, Ryûhei Kitamura, David Slade 2018 | USA Although anthologies have been a mainstay in horror since the birth of the genre, they have seen […]
July 15, 2018
third murder

NYAFF 2018: ‘The Third Murder’ Is a Thrilling Departure for Kore-eda

'The Third Murder' isn’t as strong or revelatory as some of Kore-eda’s best work, but it’s a welcome display of his prowess in other genres.
July 15, 2018

‘Kill la Kill’ Review: A Cut Above the Rest

With so many action anime out today, it can be tough finding ones that really exude quality. Fortunately, Kill la Kill is one of those anime.
July 14, 2018
Octopath Traveller

This Week in Gaming News: Nintendo Gets Greedy

You join me in sombre mood this week, following another oh-so-near with England’s disappointing defeat in the World Cup semi-final. It’s at times like this, I like to head back into the world of video games for it to hold me close, rub my feet and whisper in my ear […]