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  • Blog Post: Tips For Surviving The Summer Gaming Slump

    If you're a gamer, you're no stranger to summer release droughts, but this time doesn't have to be such a downer. You can view this break as an opportunity, whether it's trying a new genre or preparing for your favorite releases. We know gaming dry spells can be rough, especially when... More
  • Blog Post: Seen At Comic Con 2014: Collectibles

    Alongside the impressive cosplay and general spectacle of Comic Con, there was also an impressive collection of collectibles and figures. For more on Final Fantasy artist Tetsuya Nomura's takes on Batman, head here . More
  • Blog Post: The Goofiest Video Game Lyrics

    Since the dawn of the CD-based video game, creators have treated us to some unforgettable, studio-quality songs , ditties that appear during our playing experience that are rewards unto themselves. Sadly, we’ve also seen our fair share of clunkers, songs that fall so flat we would feel a pang of... More
  • Blog Post: Our Favorite E3 Moments

    For almost two decades, the Electronic Entertainment Expo has been a highlight for gamers to see what companies have in store. The show is full of press conferences, game announcements, and demos – some for the better, others for the worse. Either way, E3 provides more than its share of memorable... More
  • Blog Post: Where is Final Fantasy XV?

    Many gamers are looking ahead to the next generation for exciting games, but for one of Square Enix’s most anticipated upcoming titles, we have to look backward. Final Fantasy Versus XIII was unveiled in 2006, but remained seldom-seen and mysterious until it reappeared as Final Fantasy XV. Even... More
  • Blog Post: Five Effective Video Game Teaser Images

    Recently, the creator of Flappy Bird tweeted out an image from his new game . It was a tease for what's to come and it got me thinking about still image teasers of the past that worked to get me excited about upcoming games. Final Fantasy XII Following the release of Final Fantasy X and armed with... More
  • Blog Post: Gilbert Gottfried Voices Our Favorite Video Games

    If you’ve seen Aladdin , remember the Aflac duck, or are a fan of comedy in general, then you’re familiar with the squawking voice of Gilbert Gottfried. The legendary comic has reprised his role as the annoying parrot Iago in Kingdom Hearts games, but we’ve always wanted to hear his... More
  • Blog Post: Series That Slipped Through Nintendo’s Grasp

    It disheartened me greatly when I recently compiled a woefully thin list of upcoming titles for the Wii U. As I look back at the company’s history, I am forced to wonder how so many fantastic series have slipped from Nintendo platforms to multiplatform releases (many of which no longer even include... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Square Enix Has A Lot To Prove To RPG Fans

    I’m often asked about Square Enix’s place in the modern RPG market. I feel conflicted on the subject. The fan in me is still excited for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV, while the logical part of me feels like the company has moved away from what made people fall in love... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Going Down With The Ship

    Earlier this year I wrote that I was done looking the other way when RPGs take too long to get rolling . Too many overlong tutorial phases and drip-fed storylines have burned me out. At the end of that article I mentioned I was looking forward to playing Final Fantasy XIII-2, hoping that it didn’t... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – What Games Could Twitch Play Next?

    The success of Twitch Plays Pokémon might turn out to be an isolated phenomenon, but if it does turn out there is a market for crowd-played games, what other titles could work? The popular one often recommended by the Internet, partly in jest, is Dark Souls. If we’re really thinking it through... More
  • Blog Post: Places: Kingdom Hearts' Hollow Bastion

    There isn’t a world more iconic in all of the Kingdom Hearts series than Hollow Bastion. We were first introduced to it in Kingdom Hearts, which I came into as a kid who loved Final Fantasy. I was also a fan of Disney movies, but the real hook was seeing some of my favorite RPG characters placed... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Knowing When To End A Story

    We’ve all played games that we didn’t want to end. Saying goodbye to a beloved world or cast of characters is difficult, but it can be even harder to watch your favorite franchises degrade over time. Rather than close the book on a popular game, some publishers send extra installments shambling... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – RPGs With Tedious Starts Shouldn’t Get A Free Pass

    Tedium is inherently subjective. Some folks like turning over every last stone on the hunt for that last powerful item. Others like grinding for hours in RPGs to maximize their entire party’s potential. However, it’s safe to assume that the broad majority of gamers are interested in having... More
  • Blog Post: Same World, Different Game

    The original incarnation of Final Fantasy XIV was a mess. It wasn’t fun, got poor reviews, and drummed up a lot of bad buzz from disappointed fans. That’s all relevant information, but you probably don’t need to be told why you didn’t play Final Fantasy XIV three years ago. However... More
  • Blog Post: Top 50 Challenge – Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

    This is the world I was hoping to enter in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Why did I pick an MMO? I know that Joe Juba was pleasantly surprised by his time with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, so I bit the hook after he offered it up as a Top 50 challenge. I love the Final Fantasy series. When... More
  • Blog Post: Fight For The Top 50 – Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

    If you play the Final Fantasy series long enough, you come to expect certain things with each installment. Airships. Summoned monsters. Chocobos. Different entries focus on these classic elements to varying degrees, but it's safe to say that Final Fantasy XIII (and later XIII-2) disappointed many... More
  • Blog Post: The Five Most Forgettable Final Fantasy Summons

    Summoned monsters provide some of the most memorable moments in the Final Fantasy series. All fans remember the first time they saw Bahamut use megaflare, or watched the Knights of the Round take their turns dealing damage. Some of these monsters and their signature attacks have grown into iconic parts... More
  • Blog Post: Developer Salute – Square Circa 2001

    When I talk about the glory days of Japanese RPGs, or how companies “just don’t make them like they used to,” what I’m really saying is that I miss Square. During the original PlayStation era, the company was the unquestioned master of role-playing, building a following of loyal... More
  • Blog Post: The Rights And Wrongs Of Bonus Bosses

    Beating a game doesn’t always mean that the experience is over. For devoted fans, many games include additional tasks to undertake, including bonus bosses. These extra battles are often more difficult than the real final boss, giving players a sense of mastery and accomplishment for overcoming... More
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