Taylor Smith

June 15, 2018

Check the Map: Super Potato of Nagoya

The Osu301 shopping center is the largest outdoor shopping complex in Nagoya. It’s a veritable mishmash of cultures located in the middle of the prefecture. Secondhand clothing stores sell a variety weird and colorful dresses, pants, and jackets. Electronics stores have cases and walls lined with televisions, cell phones, and loose computer parts. The sweet aroma of warm food fills the air. You can find just about anything from rice and ramen to Italian pizza and French pastries.
June 14, 2018
Persona Dancing Game

How ‘Persona’ got a Rhythm Game – A Short Index/ATLUS History

I always felt like Persona 4 was a title that overstayed its welcome. The original RPG was great when it released back in 2009, but everything that’s come out since has felt like a slow grind in the wrong direction. Over the course of a decade since the original game’s release there has been a remake on the Vita, a fighting game with two different iterations, two different anime adaptations, a movie based on the anime, several manga and novel adaptations, and finally a rhythm game with an added story mode to it.
May 4, 2018

How Trends Affect Video Games

Homogenization of trends has been in gaming for a very long time. Focus groups tell publishers what a game needs to “succeed,” the publishers “suggest” to the developer, and the developer has to work that aspect in. Keeping investors happy often takes precedence over delivering a unique experience, unless that experience is also the draw.
May 4, 2018

Check the Map: Pokémon Center Nagoya

The Matsuzakaya Nagoya Department store is ten stories tall and almost 3 blocks wide. The myriad of glossy and reflective windows along its main building make the whole thing look like it’s made of glass. Going through the sliding doors at its entrance entrenches you in a scent of perfume […]
March 1, 2018

Games That Changed Our Lives – ‘Earthbound’ and the SNES

There are few experiences that I’ve had similar to those with my Super Nintendo. Earthbound might have been one of my earliest emotional kicks as a kid, but there were plenty of other games too.
February 6, 2018

‘Dragon Ball FighterZ’ Captures the True Essence of the ‘Dragon Ball’ Franchise

Dragon Ball FighterZ brings the tournament arc home in a 3-on-3 format. It's beautiful anime visuals and catchy soundtrack capture the heart and essence of its anime source material.
January 24, 2018

Talking Value with ‘Street Fighter V Arcade Edition’

Street Fighter V Arcade Edition feels like the game that the original should have been from the beginning.
November 27, 2017

Jackpot! – Breaking Down the ‘Devil May Cry V’ Leaks

Rumors leaked yesterday about a new Devil May Cry game, abbreviated as DMCV (rather than using a numeral like 2-4 did).
November 27, 2017

Import Report – Using Games as a Language Tool

There’s no real substitute to practicing a language with other people who speak it or want to learn to speak it, but you can supplement your studies pretty easily with newspapers, movies, music, and even video games. We’re going to be talking about that last one.
November 26, 2017

Top 10 Games with Staff Writer, Taylor Smith

I've been writing for Goomba Stomp since around the time the site launched 2 years ago. I've done plenty of reviews, editorial articles, and even have my own column where I talk about news and opinions related to import games and gaming in other cultures. It was really difficult coming up with a list of 10 games that I thought were "the best." Instead, I wrote up about some of my favorite games, and ones that have influenced me as a writer and shaped who I am today.