Opinions – A Dual Life Perspective, 2018 (Pt. 1)

2018 thus far has been an improvement over last year. I feel like I’m finally getting my feet under me after what felt like a colossal upheaval of everything I thought I knew. That’s not to say I haven’t had setbacks or rough patches; those have certainly existed. And I’m still healing from the biggest…

Opinion – Dragon Quest VIII: 3DS vs. PS2

I have been replaying Dragon Quest VIII on the 3DS lately, and you know, I think it’s definitive. It’s been a delight just engaging with the story once more and reconnecting with the fantastic cast, but ultimately the 3DS port irons over most of the wrinkles the PS2 original featured so elegantly that the downgrade…

Opinion: Artistic Discussion – 3/28/2018

With the news of Dragon Quest XI’s western release date confirmed today, it felt right to resurrect this poor series and give props to my favorite cover of the franchise, the lovely VIII. It features most of the main cast in a dynamic rendering done by mangaka Akira Toriyama, expressing a semblance of the adventures…

Art: Dragon Quest VIII (3DS)

I am greatly anticipating the 3DS localization of Dragon Quest VIII; Red and Morrie were two of my all-time favorite NPCs, and now they’re totes playable! I’ve had trouble getting high quality art of the 3DS game, so for now I’ll have to settle with decent illustrations of the two. The featured image comes from…

Music: Dragon Quest VIII’s “Strange World”

Dragon Quest as a franchise hit its 30 year milestone this past week. In celebration, here’s my favorite musical contribution from the franchise, this lovely orchestration from the NA PS2 version of Dragon Quest VIII. This is how one does a wistful overworld; excellent work from Koichi Sugiyama.