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Throwback Bit Thursday: Castlevania (64) A Beloved and Underrated Game

The year was 1999, and while the Nintendo 64 wasn’t doing so hot in terms of sales in contrast to Sony’s PS1. However, the system wasn’t lacking in high quality games. The N64 was coming of a huge year (1998) with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time shredding every possible standard imaginable in terms […]

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Throwback Bit Thursday: Final Fantasy VII Could Have Been Xenogears

Those of us who loved Chrono Trigger, and its – not so direct – sequel Chrono Cross, might never get to see a third game in Square’s most critically acclaimed series. However, Xenogears in some ways felt like a spiritual cousin of the legendary SNES title. Made by a team composed of many of the […]

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The Top Ten Greatest Final Fantasy Games of All-Time

Final Fantasy has been the torch bearer for Japanese Role Playing Games since the 90’s (at least in the Western markets), and has spawned a long running series with 15 numbered entries accompanied by a number of side games based on the property. This top ten will do away with side stories, and sequels – […]

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Final Fantasy VIIR, Tetsuya Nomura, and The “Kingdom Hearts like Bulls*&^”

Warning Plot Spoilers Ahead: For starters, this isn’t a review of FFVIIR, I fear that a review of that particular title from myself, would end up being more like EGM’s review of the title in terms of its low score, than of some of other positive reviews on the net. Instead, this is an analysis […]

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The Top Ten Greatest Consoles of All-Time

Editor’s foreword: There are two separate rankings listed: The official ranking which is the ‘NER’ ranking, and the Personal Ranking. The entire list is mostly subjective, as quality of games and my experiences with said games are the biggest deciding factor in terms of ranking. However, the NER ranking takes many other things into consideration, […]

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What Went Wrong? Wii U Edition

Nintendo Wii U (2012)  Specs:  CPU: 1.24 GHz Tri-Core IBM Power PC “Espresso”  RAM: 2GB DDR3 (1GB for operating system, 1GB for games)  GPU: 550 MHz AMD Radeon based “Latte”  Display: 480i-1080p  Price point: $299.00 (8GB internal storage system) $349.00 (32GB Internal storage)  The Wii U for all intents and purposes is Nintendo’s biggest miss […]

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Dreamcast Memories: Looking Back at Sega’s Last Console

The Sega Dreamcast turns 20 today. Sega’s last console released on 9/9/99 with a multi-million dollar marketing campaign was Sega’s last effort in the hardware business. By late 2000 rumors were that Sega would pullout of the Hardware business, and they did in 2001-02 effectively killing the Dreamcast. We won’t go in depth today into […]

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The Story behind a bad sequel: Alundra v.s. Alundra 2

Alundra is an all time great game, Alundra 2 is an all time bust (at least when compared to the original) which is the reason why I have chosen this series to be dissected for the first installment of the story behind the bad sequel. Yeah that sounds like one of those VH1 documentaries. The […]

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The Final Fantasy XII Debacle, The Square/Enix Power House, and The Contenders

August 12, 2005 The worst thing that could have happened to the RPG genre was the Square-Enix merger. This merger united the two RPG giants into a single entity that threatens to monopolize the genre, as only a few giant publishers like Namco can now stand on it’s way. It was not only the worst […]

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My take on the Government trying to mess with our games

12/9/05 The Video Game industry for the past 15 years has quickly been growing, into a more widely used method of entertainment, to the degree that they can stand on their own against, movies, music and books. This has made Video Games a hot topic among politicians, lawyers and religious leaders, some who seek the […]