Opinion: We Know Five of the Fifteen* Sega Ages titles…what do I want to see?

Sega’s Switch exclusive Ages line has five titles confirmed coming down the pike: Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star, Thunder Force IV, Gain Ground and Alex Kidd in Miracle World. Each will see significant bonuses courtesy of M2’s expertise in modernizing classic titles while retaining everything that made the original game great, and Sega’s gone so…

Music: Top VGM STKs #7 – Splatoon

Splatoon has become one of my favorite franchises in the past decade, if not all time. It’s just such a splendidly executed game world, and the music is a huge part of why I have all the emotions about it. I feel this soundtrack is related in spirit to Sega’s Jet Set Radio, but done…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Manami Kiyota

Manami Kiyota Kiyota has been a professional composer for various forms of media well before she got involved in video games, producing several albums (including a Final Fantasy song book), serving as a radio personality, singing and creating music on various musical productions for TV, film, anime, theater and more, and producing themes for various…

Opinion: Retro Mania continues for the Switch via Sega Ages

Sega is currently hosting a fan event in Japan, and announced a slew of retro news as part of its festivities; Shenmue I & II seeing HD remasters for most platforms (i.e. not Switch god dammit), a Mega Drive Mini (although it’s unknown if Sega is simply licensing AtGames’ lousy emulation consoles or not), and…

Music: Top VGM STKs #6 – Dragon Quest VIII (PS2)

Just to clarify, my vote here is for the PS2 NA release of the game with its soaring orchestral score that the Japanese original and the 3DS remake lacks. It is SO GOOD. It drips with character and radiates with emotion, capturing the very essence of adventure. There’s very few soundtracks that just espouse the…

Opinion: Five Ways – Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite

Maximilian recently put up a video on Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite lamenting its probable demise following dismal sales and appalling public opinion. I don’t think he’s entirely wrong, either. Capcom made many mistakes in generating hype for the newest entry in its storied franchise, some of which I chronicled myself. While the true story of…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Minako Hamano

Minako Hamano Hamano joined Nintendo R&D1’s sound department in 1991, with her musical debut being Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (alongside other composers including Kazumi Totaka). Following that Hamano would mostly be involved with the Metroid franchise, co-composing several titles in the series and providing some of the moodier examples of those soundtracks. Outside of…

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…