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  • Blog Post: Our Favorite Games Of TGS 2014

    With all of the strange happenings on the show floor, it can be easy to forget that video games are still the stars of TGS. During our time at the show, we saw a lot of cool stuff from talented developers, but these are the titles that got us most excited for the future. Several games you might expect... More
  • Blog Post: The Wondrous Sights Of TGS 2014 – Day One

    Tokyo Game Show opened its doors to the press today and we were right there to capture the action. Plenty of interesting artifacts, cosplayers, and games were on display. Being a huge fan of the Japanese video game scene, I had to take some pictures to share the amazing experience. The show began with... More
  • Blog Post: The Tales Games We Missed

    These days I'm pleasantly surprised by the steady Tales releases in North America. For a period during the PS2 and PS3 era, I questioned how Bandai Namco felt about the series' potential in the U.S. market. We saw poor localization decisions, like bringing over Tales of Legendia as opposed to... More
  • Blog Post: Where RPGs Can Improve

    We just entered a new console generation and are anxiously awaiting new games from our favorite genres. All genres have places they can improve and RPGs are no different. These are some areas where RPGs could use some refining and take bigger leaps in innovation. Eliminate Random Encounters Random encounters... More
  • Blog Post: Moments – Tales of the Abyss: Luke's Promise To Tear

    We all put up walls - vulnerability is a universal struggle. Unfortunately, showing emotion has a stigma attached to it. If we confess our true feelings, people often think we're showing weakness. This is why the ending moments of Tales of the Abyss with Luke and Tear succeed. It captures how, even... More
  • Blog Post: RPG Spotlight: Tales

    One of the questions readers ask me most is if they would like a particular series. As a way to provide the answer and celebrate beloved franchises, RPG Spotlight gives a concise overview of the elements that give a franchise its heart and soul. In this edition, I take a look at the Tales games from... More
  • Blog Post: Japanese RPG Publishers To Watch

    E3 always gives a great glimpse into what publishers have in store for the RPG fan. As I walked the show floor, it was easy to discover which companies are making the genre its bread and butter. Some are focusing on big games, while others are bringing over releases we never thought possible. These are... More
  • Blog Post: Casual Chats: Why Party Bonding Matters In RPGs

    Saving the world is a prime plot device used throughout video games. It makes sense; an innate desire to be a hero fills us all, and having the world’s fate in our hands is the best way to feel the thrill. I’m happy to be a savior, but I’ve found that I’m more interested in seeing... More
  • Blog Post: Year In RPGs For 2012

    At the end of every year, I find myself looking back on its role-playing games and examining the trends, highlights, and disappointments. Putting it in perspective, 2012 won’t go down as a pinnacle year for RPGs, but if you look closely, the year held plenty to love. Operation Rainfall Comes To... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Tales Characters

    A big part of what makes the Tales franchise tick is its characters. These strong personalities always inspire and clash with each other in all the right ways. But as with every series, some characters simply have more gumption and deserve additional recognition. This menagerie of personalities is a... More
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