Opinion: Speculating Nintendo’s E3 this year

Smash is already pegged to be a major player in Nintendo’s E3. There will be a hefty chunk of Nintendo’s E3 direct to the game, plus the first Treehouse presentation is Smash, and there’s also a tournament! So with the game due this year, I think we might see the most “complete” unveiling of gameplay…

Opinions: My Favorite Women in Video Games Hub

I was working on this series over at P4, but I think it’s not quite the right fit — I’m not academically examining these characters and sources and all that, just discussing why I think these women are amazing. So, I’m making a list with some minor details for 40 women or girls that I…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Michiko Naruke

Michiko Naruke Michiko Naruke began her career in video game composition at Telenet Japan, contributing to Legion, Valis III, Dekoboko Densetsu: Hashiru Wagamanma, Psycho Dream, High Grenadier, and the Tenshi no Uta series. However, it was in the aftermath of that company’s dissolution that gave Naruke her big break: joining Media.Vision and becoming the lead composer…

Music – Jimmy Eat World’s “Claire”

Been listening to Jimmy Eat World the past week. I feel that Static Prevails is such a raw album, one where the band had begun its journey into the emo powerhouse it would become. “Claire” gives perhaps the strongest hint of the band’s next album Clarity, a focused, lyrically-polished number that stood out on the…

Music: Top VGM STKs #10 – Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4

Persona 4 is one of those soundtracks that come around at the right time to just floor you. At least it was for me. In 2008 when the game came out I got the deluxe edition AND the secondary collector’s package from my ex for Christmas/birthday gifts, and it was a bit of a dicey…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Yuka Tsujiyoko

Yuka Tsujiyoko Yuka Tsujiyoko started at Intelligent Systems after a stint working as a computer programmer for another company, but her schooling in music drove her into video game composition. Her first role for the company was 1990’s Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, and she would go on to serve as…

Opinion: Final Fantasy VI…geez do I want to like it…

I have been in a long term debate with Final Fantasy VI for quite a few years now. I’ve owned it in most ways I have had the opportunity to (SNES cart, GBA cart, SNES Virtual Console version for the Wii), and yet…there’s just something that is holding me back from just adoring it. And…

Music: The Pillows’ “Skeleton Liar” (live)

“Skeleton Liar” is not one of The Pillows’ super popular songs, but dammit it’s just so fucking good. I love the energy, the tempo changes, and it totally just jives with Shi (who I need to desperately draw…sigh). In short, this is a great song, this live version pushes the intense meter up to 11,…

Opinion – Dragon Quest VIII: 3DS vs. PS2

I have been replaying Dragon Quest VIII on the 3DS lately, and you know, I think it’s definitive. It’s been a delight just engaging with the story once more and reconnecting with the fantastic cast, but ultimately the 3DS port irons over most of the wrinkles the PS2 original featured so elegantly that the downgrade…

Opinion: The Virtual Console Rides into the Night

Nintendo recently confirmed that the Switch will not see a Virtual Console as seen on the Wii, Wii U and 3DS. At this point, this isn’t a huge shock; the Switch has been out for over a year, and Nintendo has made two big shifts in policy in regards to its back catalog. One, the…