Category Archives: Our Allies in Nippon

Yet another dorky FF fanboy post

Back in 2015 near the start of my re-rediscovery of JRPGs, I wrote a ridiculously long post on Final Fantasy XII. Somehow I even managed to weave Charles Norris Cochrane’s analysis of the fall of the Roman Empire and the … Continue reading

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Understanding Sanic

Of all the platformers originating from my childhood days, Sonic the Hedgehog seems to have won my contemporary interest almost by default: not owning a nintendo console since the N64 days has effectively kept Mario away from me, Capcom has … Continue reading

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The Legend of NieR: Gaiden: Automata

[NieR fan art was supposed to go here] NieR: Automata isn’t just a good or even great game; it’s one of those games which makes use of the full potential of the medium in a way that few games do. … Continue reading

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General geekery

I haven’t had much time/energy for blogging in recent weeks. Here’s a quick and dirty bullet-list of relevant stuff to indicate that I’m still around.

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Do androids dream of frilly gothic lolita dresses?

Ok now this is just getting silly. A few days after I finished The Last Guardian, Square Enix released what may be the most Josh W. game ever made. That game is NieR: Automata.

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Seni Soshitu

I’ve been remiss in allowing my otaku side to wither a bit in recent years – a pretty big liability given that I now regularly write for an otaku website. As part of my attempt to remedy this, I started … Continue reading

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Man’s best friend

The Last Guardian is arguably a victim, not just of its lengthy development hell, but also of its own predecessors’ success. Ico and Shadow of the Colossus were both revolutionary games whose ideas have since trickled into the mainstream, turning … Continue reading

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Zelda Gaiden (Part 2)

(Continued from Part 1) It has become increasingly popular in discussions of pop culture to throw around phrases like “mythic” and “mythos” in a rather loose fashion (I myself did so in the previous post). But for the sake of … Continue reading

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Zelda Gaiden (Part 1)

The first six entries in the Legend of Zelda series followed a peculiar pattern: for every odd numbered genre-defining entry there was a more eccentric, experimental even numbered one. The original Legend of Zelda was followed up by The Adventure … Continue reading

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Murder by the bayou

I’ve picked a good time to bring myself up to date with modern gaming; older franchises that I thought were past their expiry date are getting a second wind. And so it is with Resident Evil, a once genre-defining series … Continue reading

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