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DanielThomas MacInnes's Blog


I am a writer and artist currently living in Minneapolis, MN.  I've been writing about video games for fanzines, blogs, and professional magazines for almost 20 years.  Feel free to visit my sites and share your opinions.  You're always welcome!

Daniel Thomas Vol 4 is my current video games blog.  I write essays on various topics, from modern to classic games, from the point-of-view of an aging "classic gamer."  And, yes, video games were better 20 years ago, but I'm hopeful for the future.

The Ghibli Blog is my blog devoted to Japan's Studio Ghibli, animation, and the movies.  It was launched in 2006.  It's my goal to catalog the long careers of directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, as well as their peers.

Daniel is my original arts website, launched in January, 2003.  It is the home of my art galleries and essays on video games, movies, and politics.


Member Blogs

Posted by DanielThomas MacInnes on Sun, 20 May 2012 10:51:00 EDT in Console/PC
In my daydream, Sega returns to their arcade roots with the "Phoenix Super-System."

Posted by DanielThomas MacInnes on Mon, 13 Jun 2011 01:09:00 EDT in Console/PC
The Game Industry's Portrait of Ruin. Time to send Grampa Daniel to the old-folks home!

Posted by DanielThomas MacInnes on Thu, 09 Jun 2011 11:20:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
The Wii is in desperate need of good games. Here's a proposal for a GREAT one.

Posted by DanielThomas MacInnes on Thu, 21 Apr 2011 08:04:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
Nintendo's new controller is ridiculously stupid and will lead the company to ruin.

Posted by DanielThomas MacInnes on Sun, 17 Apr 2011 03:58:00 EDT in Design
Ten reasons why I'm not liking the Nintendo 3DS.

Posted by DanielThomas MacInnes on Tue, 21 Sep 2010 04:49:00 EDT in Design
The spectacular Toaplan arcade shoot-em-up comes home to Sega Genesis.

DanielThomas MacInnes's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 01/23/2014 - 05:13]

Look at Nintendo 's stock ...

Look at Nintendo 's stock price over the past decade. See that mountain in the middle, especially 2006-2008 Here 's a crazy thought: Maybe they should go back to doing what they did then r n r nAye, there 's the rub. When Nintendo had record success with the Wii, ...

Comment In: [News - 09/06/2013 - 07:07]

This is encouraging news. More ...

This is encouraging news. More people are realizing that it 's cheaper to just buy a marker pen and scribble the number 25 on their existing copy of John Madden Football than pay the 60. As for the next gen, if history is any judge, EA will strip out all ...

Comment In: [News - 09/05/2013 - 07:47]

The Xbox One is not ...

The Xbox One is not a traditional videogame system. It is a multimedia set-top machine. This message needs to be repeated until even the most stubborn soul understands its message. This is the reason Microsoft entered this business a dozen years ago, and has been the dream of the computer ...

Comment In: [News - 09/03/2013 - 03:24]

I 'm pretty sure I ...

I 'm pretty sure I 've seen that happen on Goodfellas or The Sopranos. Nice work if you can get it.

Comment In: [News - 08/28/2013 - 11:30]

But two caveats: 1 most ...

But two caveats: 1 most consumers don 't care about hardware power, and 2 the ones that do are firmly in Sony 's Microsoft 's camp. r n r nIt 's critical to understand that Nintendo appeals to a different community than Sony/Microsoft. It 's the difference between Pop Music ...

Comment In: [News - 08/28/2013 - 11:35]

The decision to remove the ...

The decision to remove the expensive 3D display in Nintendo 's handheld is long overdue, and I 'm glad to see the price return to a respectable number. I still cannot understand why Nintendo and Sony, with Vita thought a 250 handheld in this economy would be a success. To ...