Archives: The Looking Back Series – 1995 – 2000

When LVLs. became a thing, I thought it might be interesting to go through each year of my life and do a little write up on both the events that transpired per 365.25 days, as well as reflect on games that came out that particular year to award it the “best of that year”. Considering…

Opinion: The Most Artistically Beautiful Games of All Time (imo)

This was a random thought I had during work yesterday — what are the games I find best represent a system on a purely artistic level? I.e., which ones really nail a unique sense of visual architecture and environments, striking character design, features an innovative style, and/or just stuns the eyes with how pretty it…

Music: Top 25 Video Game Fan Remixes: #1 – 5

Okay, I’ve had the hub page up all day, so let’s actually begin the list of my favorite remixes. The Advantage’s math rock approach to NES synth was one of the first major exposures I had to the now booming VGM rock cover world, and despite their relative silence for a long while they still…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Noriko Matsueda

Noriko Matsueda Matsueda joined Square in 1994 and began her career assisting recent hire Yoko Shimomura on the original Front Mission for the Super Famicom. Her first exposure to International audiences came with 1995’s Chrono Trigger, where she stepped in to assist the ill Yasunori Mitsuda with one track, “Boss Battle 1”, which Nabuo Uematsu…

Opinion: A Disclaimer about that PC release of Chrono Trigger

So Square-Enix stealth released Chrono Trigger onto PC today! Normally I would be very happy more people will have access to such a marvelous game (especially with the Wii Shop closing down its purchase option next month, rendering yet another door closed), but unfortunately the release has some major caveats. Namely…well…look. Oh my god, what…

Music: Top 25 VGM STKs – #1, Chrono Trigger

This was a very difficult call to make. But in the end, I feel Chrono Trigger is without a doubt the closest any single soundtrack has come to pure musical perfection. It has a huge plethora of tracks covering a wide range of genres, motifs and textures, and somehow nary a one is annoying or…

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,…