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…

Site News: The Belmont Chronicles

With the Smash Bros. Ultimate reveal of Simon and Richter Belmont, one thing has become clear on my (MANY) repeated viewings of reactions to the Direct — a depressing number of people who watched the show and taped their live responses were hyped for Simon, but didn’t really know much about him, his games, or…

Opinion: Wednesday’s Smash Bros Direct Reaction

So Wednesday was a thing that happened and I couldn’t articulate my sheer joy so I just posted a bunch of videos to faintly express how hyped I was. Well, some time has passed, I’ve done a lot of rewatches, and it’s time to take a deep dive into that Direct. So let’s examine my…

Opinion: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate goes for my soul

So this happened… And then this… And the hits kept coming… FUCK I’m gonna need time to process this, but I am beyond ecstatic right now 😀 Expect a much deeper dive into all this tomorrow. I’m still catching up on all this. AHHHHHHHHH

Music – Top VGM STKs #14 – 16 – Castlevania (NES), Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Castlevania‘s musical legend began right at the start, with Kinuyo Yamashita and Satoe Terashima putting together a demonically delight of a soundtrack that might stand as the first perfect OST in gaming to me. From “Wicked Child” to “Vampire Killer”, from “Out of Time” to “Voyager”, from “Stalker” to “Walking on the Edge”, every song…

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,…