Taylor Morris

game designer & programmer

Portfolio and blog of Taylor Morris, game designer and programmer

What I Learned From: OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast

At a basic level, there are few more deeply felt and enjoyable game mechanics than OutRun’s driving and drifting. Though the original arcade experience could be punishing and gameplay sessions are usually very quick until you have gained enough experience and skill. Which is why, in addition to the fantastic new 3DS version of the original arcade game, OutRun 2006: Coast To Coast’s extensive port of OutRun2 SP is so brilliant, building an extended experience and a variety of remixes on the incredibly strong central experience. Considering that, Outrun 2006 presents a very interesting waypoint on the debate between depth versus breadth, as despite all its various game modes the game is entirely about drifting along 30, 60, and 90 degree turns while avoding other cars on the road. It is pure depth and so tightly constructed that it remains a compelling experience to return to year after year.

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What I Learned From: Bayonetta

The original Bayonetta flew slightly under the radar but upon discovery turns out to be quite the little masterpiece. It's a character action game that both summarizes and deepens the history of the genre, especially looking back. It's fitting that this would be the game to do it too creator Hideki Kamiya raised the bar first with 2001’s genre-defining Devil May Cry. Thankfully Bayonatta has come up for fresh appreciation lately with a Wii U re-release alongside it's sequel. Despite missing out on a lot of this character action genre, completing Bayonetta for the first time has me reading and playing up on my history and appreciating just how mechanically satisfying the genre can be.

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Recipe: Side - Pesto Spread

It's turned out to be a surprisingly hot summer, so traditional pesto doesn't work nearly as well as this cool, delicious spread with that same basil taste. Check the recipe notes for a quick deconstruction of this into an actual pesto-for-pasta pesto but do give this one a shot. It's great on toast, crackers, or any other spreadable you've got in your pantry. 

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