Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Satoe Terashima

Satoe Terashima In contrast to many of our other composers, Satoe Terashima’s career in video game music is mysterious. She was teamed with Kinuyo Yamashita on Vampire Killer/Castlevania, composing “Vampire Killer”, “Stalker”, “Out of Time” and “Voyager” (which, without Yamashita’s acknowledgement, we would not even know). She also had some involvement with Castlevania II: Simon’s…

Opinion: My Top 25 Gaming Box Arts

Box art is a key element towards a game’s marketing muscle; it was once upon a time a major indicator what a game might contain within, and is typically carefully designed to attract customers in through compelling artwork and strong character designs. Ideally. There are far too many examples of poorly executed box art, ones…

Music: The Top 10 of My Top 100 VGM

So now that I’ve wrapped up that Top 100 VGM list finally, I wanted to share the ten songs I adore the most in order! Home Sweet Home, Beyond Good & Evil, Christophe Heral, PS2/GC/Xbox/PC, UBI Soft, 2003 – Five Modern RPG & Action/Adventure Tunes from my Top 100 Stage 1/5, Batman, Naoki Kodaka, NES,…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Kinuyo Yamashita

Kinuyo Yamashita Yamashita entered the video game industry in 1986 joining Konami’s sound team and was tasked to create most of the soundtrack to the original Castlevania as her first job. While she did not compose “Vampire Killer”, the series’ most enduring theme, she did come up with several of the more memorable pieces of…

Opinions: Smash Bros. Third Party Additions (if I had any say)

All right, let’s finally wrap up this article series and discuss 6 characters from third parties I’d like to see come into the world of Smash. I don’t expect any of them to make it save maybe Shovel Knight, but that’s fine. This is all for fun. This has been trimmed a tad from the…

Opinion: 5 Wonderful Level Themes

Many of my Top 100 picks are level themes…so much that just picking five of them would be difficult. So I’m just going to gush about five that are tickling my fancy today and cover more in the future. Castlevania – Wicked Child (NES, Konami, Kinuyo Yamashita) This here is my jam. One of my…

Music: Celebrating More Amazing Women Composers

A couple weeks back I posted five compositions from women I love enough to put on my Top 100 list. This week I’d like to include more tracks from women that haven’t broke into my absolute favorites, but are fine musical numbers in their own right. Enjoy! Ice Hockey – In-Game Theme (NES, Nintendo, Soyo…

Opinion: Castlevania

The original Castlevania and I have had an interesting little exchange, really. I’ve had exposure to it since the heydays of the NES, but never actually owned a copy of it until the GBA’s “Classic NES” line included it as part of the second series (and the third…uh…third party title in America in that series…

Opinion: An Ode to the Glory Days of Konami

Originally posted on P4. The past year has been drastic for the publisher Konami, particularly in view of their video gaming legacy. I won’t go into the specifics of their spiraling descent out of the gaming industry — Eurogamer has the details on all that — but what I would rather do is focus on…