Kalise Pritchard

Kalise is a Social Media Growth Manager, who is passionate about music and gaming. She spends her time researching and speedrunning NES games in particular.

Last time, I opened with a line about how “the grind just doesn’t stop”. Nowhere is this statement truer than in regard to the speedrun we will be talking about today. We’ve already talked about ‘Shadow the Hedgehog’ and its 100% speedrun in part one of the series, so that won’t be discussed here. If you want to learn more about the insane feat, check out part one of the ‘Strangest Speedruns’ series here. For the sake of continuity and convenience, you can find part two – where I discuss some of the ‘shortest’ speedruns recorded – here. So, we’ve…

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Merch – I love it. You love it. Your mother, who has seen ‘Friends’ a thousand times over, loves it. It’s a great way for fans to feel more involved with a product or piece of media. When video game merch is done right, we get fun, stylish ways to show off our love for a series. When it’s done wrong, we get controversy at the worst, and something to scratch our heads and laugh at, at the best. And when it’s done weird, writers like me get paid to scratch our heads and laugh. Super Mario Bros. Telephone Admittedly,…

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Where would we be without YouTube? Probably outside.  Or on Netflix.   But what the great outdoors, and an awkward session of “Netflix and Chill” don’t seem to offer us, is some good old gaming content.  Netflix gets close, offering us fantastical worlds to get lost in, and gripping stories to enthral us. But watching an e-sports tournament, or play-through of a video game on YouTube, allows us all to share in the player’s accomplishments. To see their reaction to graphics. To story. To the nightmarish possibilities within a character customisation suite.  This is a letter of love to the creators,…

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The Umbra Witch is coming back to the Switch.  A lot has happened at Nintendo since Bayonetta 3 was teased at The Game Awards back in 2017; the OLED Switch model was released, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate wrapped up their roster, and Reggie Fils-Aime, the COO and now ex-president of Nintendo of America, resigned from the company.  But in 2021, Nintendo revealed that Bayo had spent the last few years getting more than just a sweet new hairstyle.  Mercifully, fans were treated to a gameplay trailer of the high-speed-beat-em-up during the September 2021 Nintendo Direct presentation, and with studio PlatinumGames…

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The grind just doesn’t stop. Welcome to Strangest Speedruns: Part Two. Reading the first part is not essential to understanding this article, but if you’ve got the time, why not check it out here. Today’s focus will be on a select few of the “shortest” speedruns out there. Runs that will make beating Super Mario Bros. in 4:54 seem like a marathon to sit through. For the benefit of those who have not read the previous installment – or if you just fancy a refresher course on the subject – we will recap what a speedrun is, and a handy ‘Speedrunner’s…

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Booting up a game should feel good. It should make you feel good. Whether that “good” feeling equates to fear, excitement or intrigue, depends largely on the nature of the game itself, but that feeling should be present regardless, when the title screen hits. A lot goes into creating the intended atmosphere in a video game, and I believe that the building of said atmosphere should begin… well, at the beginning. We’ll start by using ‘Cuphead’ as an example. For those who don’t know, Cuphead is a ‘run-and-gun’ platforming game, that adopts the ‘Rubberhose’ style of illustration – Think of…

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10: Fortnite Last year was yet another strong showing for the juggernaut of the ‘Battle Royale’ genre. With a continuing focus on crossover content, Chapter 2 saw the introduction of characters such as Chun-Li and Ryu (Street Fighter), DC Comics’ Catwoman, and Shang-Chi, from the Marvel movie of the same name. It’s clear that Fortnite is intent on becoming far more than just a game; 2021 also saw Ariana Grande take centre stage within the game, with her Rift Tour being described as “a musical journey unlike any other”. With the recent start of Chapter 3, which introduced multiple new…

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