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An examination of Xenogears (Part 2: Punching Things)

(Continued from part 1) So part of what I hoped to convey by talking about the characters last time was just how massive and convoluted the story of Xenogears is, how it has absolutely no editorial spirit, how it is … Continue reading

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An examination of Xenogears (part 1)

Look, for two decades I’ve been trying to beat Xenogears. The trouble is that as I age I increasingly have less and less time for these flawed massive old RPGs I like to obsess over. There are other things in … Continue reading

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All hollowed out

I’ve been having some pretty brutal struggles with insomnia these past few months. It’s a double-edged knife, really: the hours of being too tired to do anything yet still unable to sleep has helped to reawaken a love of jazz … Continue reading

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Free-Scenario System

SaGa Frontier is perhaps the most Josh RPG I’ve ever played.

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An ending, indeed

I haven’t been writing much lately – a number of things, including but not limited to the worst instances of insomnia that I’ve experienced in my life yet, have left me frequently feeling just kinda tired and demoralized. But these … Continue reading

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The Leger of Zeldo: Broth of the Wilde

The short answer is that, yeah, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a great game. But on the question of whether it’s the ultimate Zelda game or the best game ever, or whathaveyou…

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True romance

I’ve got a piece up at Beneath the Tangles giving a rundown on some of the 2017 JRPGs I played. Which makes this as good a place as ever to note that my attempt at playing Phantasy Star II crashed … Continue reading

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The Return of the Return of Samus

One complaint about movies that you used to hear a lot was “it looks like a video game.” But it strikes me that the current movie industry has become more like the video games industry in a more fundamental aspect: … Continue reading

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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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