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: Playstation Classic is a thing, so what do I want for it?

In an unsurprising move, Sony announced they would enter the Mini Console arena with a Playstation Classic based on the original PS1 during Tokyo Game Show. So far they have confirmed 5 of the 20 games: Final Fantasy VII, Wild ARMs, Jumping Flash!, Tekken 3 and Ridge Racer Type 4. For other particulars, here’s the…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Michiru Yamane

Michiru Yamane Yamane joined Konami in 1989, beginning her musical ascendance to becoming one of gaming’s most renowned composers with the Famicom release of Ganbare Goemon 2. Of course, in due time it would be her involvement with the Castlevania series that would stake her place in history books, starting off with Bloodlines on the Genesis…

Opinions: 2017 – A Dual Life Perspective (Part I)

Well, it’s July, so it’s time for me to reflect on the first half of 2017 both in the real and in the virtual. The real has been…well…fascinating? Certainly surreal. And hard. Where to even begin? Well, I suppose I’ll start with the biggest elephant in the room, which has been learning how to adapt…

Music: Five Great Compositions from Women

It’s a bit of a tradition of mine to write about women composers in March, so I’m going to do that again with 5 of my favorite songs from my Top 100. Winds across the Plains, Fire Emblem, Yuka Tsujiyoko, GBA, Nintendo/Intelligent Systems, 2003 The overworld theme for Lyn’s early missions is an absolute favorite,…

Opinion: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Koji Igarashi’s first effort to remix Castlevania into a new play genre is arguably one of the finest games ever made, PS1 or otherwise. It has a creative dedication to its mechanisms and its world that none of the subsequent games would ever muster. Alucard, free from the tyranny of the Belmont clan that had…