Let’s talk about grind as gameplay and incremental games

The following is a script for a Youtube video on Grind as gameplay:

Hello I’m Kinglink Let’s talk about grind as gameplay. But really today I wanted to talk about something that bothers me, grindy games.

For the video, I’ll be showing a couple of games here of a certain genre. I’ll start with one of the most famous games. Cookie Clicker, we’ll also take a look at Clicker Hero, Realm Grinder, and my new… pseudo favorite game, NGU Idle. These are all of the genre “Incremental games” or Idle games, both names fit all of them. I will talk about them in a bit. But if there is one thing this genre is known for it is grinding. I’m going to put that aside though. (spoiler I do like these games and the genre as a whole)

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Yakuza Kiwami 2 Review

Played on Windows
Also Available on PlayStation 4. Original version (Yakuza 2) on PlayStation 2.

Yakuza Kiwami 2 is the third game chronologically in the Yakuza Series. It is also is the third Yakuza game released on PC in under 12 months. With the rate that Sega is releasing these titles players are getting a wealth of Yakuza content, but can Yakuza Kiwami 2 stand up to the two games that already came before it?

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Baba is You Review

Played on Windows.
Also Available on macOS, Linux, and Switch.

Baba is You has gotten a lot of attention recently. It’s a new game from Arvi “Hempuli” Teikari. It’s also is a game that scratches that particular itch of mine when I look for puzzle games. It’s not just about the rules the game makes, but rather how you deal with them, change them, and make your own rules. This is Baba is You.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Review

humblPlayed on Windows.
Also available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Disclosure (interview) at the end.

The yearly Call of Duty came out in October of last year and Activision finally changed up the formula in a shocking new way. Black Ops 4 stands out from the Call of Duty Franchise because of how different it is to what people have come to expect from the franchise. However, different in this case may be the problem.

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Soma Review

Played on Windows.
Also Available on Linux, macOS, PlayStation, Xbox One.

I am terrified of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. It is one of the scariest games I have ever played and made me swear off Frictional Games altogether. It’s not that I hate the developer, I think they are one of the best at what they do, but that’s horror which is a genre I avoid. Yet I have played and am now reviewing Soma, so what changed?

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Dandara Review

Played on Windows.
Also Available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS, and Android.

Dandara is one of the most unique games I’ve played recently. It uses an unconventional control scheme, a unique world, and a beautiful look to present a really different game from what I am used to or was expecting. But is it worth playing?

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