I’m Very Happy for the Final Fantasy VII Remake…

By Russ | June 21, 2015 at 1:46 am

…you are about to receive.
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From Development Hell to Heavensward: Final Fantasy XIV Summons Phoenix

By Russ | June 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm

We often speak of journeys as something dramatic or to be revered. In games and other epic activities, the journey is to defeat some terrible warlord or horrific wannabe god. In other media and occasionally real life, the phrase “I’m taking a journey to find myself.” comes to mind – often as the words some young adult or former spousal unit may utter to their friends before renting an apartment the next town over to find success and a new love. Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn takes both of these journeys – the virtual one players experience, and the moving to the next town over journey; and succeeds in creating an epic experience.
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The Need for the Past

By Russ | April 5, 2015 at 4:01 am

The past contains a lot of neat things to keep in mind when plodding aimlessly towards the future. Nostalgia is an emotion we tie to the past which is nice to engage in on a non-frequent basis. Hindsight’s a relevant way of looking back at the past which reminds you that no, that was not a cut on your date’s lip and yeah, you should get that sore checked out. History is physical records of the past, and a lot of people actively try to preserve history since history can be used to teach others in the future. I mean, normally we try to preserve it unless we think it’s disposable. Like entertainment.
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PR^2: The Elder Scrolls Online beta signups press release (w. editorial)

By Michael | January 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm

The following is an unedited press release about the upcoming Elders Scrolls Online MMORPG.  I thought we’d try a different take and post it as is, with no changed, but editorialize (read through the lines) and see how it stacks up.  NOTE: The editorials are noted in bold/italic (ed.) and are solely my opinion or just a lame attempt at a cheap laugh (please like me).

Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Online Studios announced that beta signups are now open for The Elder Scrolls Online at ElderScrollsOnline.com. Interested gamers simply have to go to the website and register for a chance to play. Selected beta registrants will be granted early access to beta test the game. They will be among the first to experience this epic world with others in one of 2013’s most highly anticipated releases (ed. AKA 2013’s most anticipated underachiever). Timing and details of the start of play tests will be provided at a later date to those who register.

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The Final Fantasy Type-0 Localization Problem You Might Not Know About

By Heath | September 29, 2012 at 6:09 am

Everyone’s wondering what’s happening with the Final Fantasy Type-0 localization right now. People are wondering if the PSP’s lack of popularity in North America is a problem, wondering if Square Enix is making a Vita version — what’s the deal? There are a lot of plenty legitimate questions and theories, but I’m going to submit one I haven’t seen yet. It’s the theme song. In the game’s beginning and ending, a J-rock song by Bump of Chicken, entitled “Zero,” plays. There could be a contract dispute between BoC’s record label and Square Enix regarding the royalties, use, or any number of things with an international version.
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Shin Unozawa thinks Japan’s game industry has an image problem

By Janelle | September 20, 2012 at 11:57 am

Every year, TGS forum brings important industry figures together to debate and discuss important trends in the market and industry. This year’s first keynote speech was made by Shin Unozawa, the new Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA) chairman and current Vice President of Namco Bandai games. The topic is one that has been debated around the internet in much less eloquent terms: “What Japan’s Game Industry Needs: The Outlook for the New Era of Game Business,” or in internet speak, why the Japanese Game industry is doomed, and how we can fix it.
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Is Xenosaga HD Really Necessary?

By Heath | September 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I just saw some news talking about Sony being like “Hey man, you want Xenosaga HD, ask Namco Bandai about it,” and I got to wondering…how many of these are even necessary?
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Predictions of E3 Predictions

By Heath | June 5, 2011 at 2:03 am

With E3 starting now, seemingly every website on the internet is weighing in with its predictions. Let’s see if we can predict what a lot of people will predict, and recap for you the predictions that have been predicted.
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Everyone still Final Fantasy IV’s bitch

By Heath | April 3, 2011 at 4:59 am

Final Fantasy IV, originally released on the Super Nintendo, then ported with a dash of load times to the PSX, given a fresh translation and slight visual tweak on Game Boy Advance, then treated to a full overhaul with cinemas and voices and crap like that on Nintendo DS.  Later, a sequel called The After Years was released on Japanese cellphones which made its way to worldwide Wiiware (respect the w).   Now, the After Years has been essentially combined with the GBA version of the game (it’s not exactly the same, don’t jump me for not sitting here detailing the small differences.  It’s close), with an extra bit of content linking the two, and released for PSP.  This umpteenth release of the game is also dominating sales charts right now.
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Hey Catherine, You’ve Got Something on Your Face

By Heath | February 19, 2011 at 6:36 am

Catherine, a sexually themed adventure game by Atlus, is now a hot-selling 360/PS3 title, and the marketing crew isn’t being shy about just how much this game pushes the envelope.
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