Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Rika Muranaka

Rika Muranaka Muranaka got her start outside of the gaming industry; she was signed to Columbia Records and released four CDs of original music, produced music for commercials, advertising, governmental films and other media, and had contributed to Casio’s electronic keyboard sounds — in short, she was quite established. In 1997 she was intrigued by…

Opinion: Heavy Burger Shoots its Way into Weirdest Retro Revival of the Year

Coming to Steam and Switch this month, Flying Tiger Entertainment is creating their own unique spin on their Data East licensing — Heavy Burger. This is kind of crazy town: 1-4 Players can battle against time-honored characters in a nostalgia-inducing collage of retro set-pieces from BurgerTime, Karate Champ, Lock ‘N Chase, Heavy Barrel, Side Pocket,…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Winifred Phillips

Winifred Phillips Phillips has been one of the leading western women composers in the 2000s to the present, contributing to several huge franchises and garnering widescreen acclaim and accolades for her work in the medium. She got her start working on God of War, Sony’s action/adventure franchise launcher back in 2005; since then, she has…

Opinion: The Belmont Chronicles – An Attempt to Detail the Series’ Origins

It’s embarrassing that Castlevania‘s creators are mostly unknown. How one of the most iconic gaming franchises of all time — despite its relative quiet in the past several years — could have its staff remain mostly anonymous despite over 30 years is dumbfounding. So I am taking on the impossible task to compile disparate information…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Marika Suzuki

Marika Suzuki Suzuki joined Capcom sometime in 2004, getting a special thanks credit in Under the Skin. Serving as a supporting composer over her tenure with the company, she’s had a hand in several major franchises, such as Monster Hunter, Mega Man Star Force, Dead Rising, Sengoku Basara, Lost Planet, Bionic Commando, and Street Fighter….

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Kumi Tanioka

Kumi Tanioka Tanioka joined Square-Enix in 1998, and quickly built up a name for herself by working on several Final Fantasy spin-offs, such as Chocobo’s Dungeon, Crystal Chronicles, and XI. Crystal Chronicles is where she truly left her mark, creating the soundtracks for the entire sub-franchise and defining it with her renaissance evoking instrumentation. She…