Music – Women Who Make Badass VGM Fan Remixes Pt. 2

Today I’d like to continue talking a little about some women fan remixers who have done some amazing mixes reimagining video game compositions — namely RPGs — in novel directions! RebeccaETripp has been on fire lately, becoming one of OC Remix’s most frequent contributors the past few years. She absolutely nails the mood of her…

Opinion: Developer Profile – Rieko Kodama

Rieko Kodama has been one of the creative forces of Sega since the 1980s, where she began as an artist working on titles like Champion Boxing, Ninja Princess, Alex Kidd in Miracle World and more. However, when the Master System needed a killer RPG app to compete against Enix’s Famicom smash Dragon Quest, she would…

Opinions: My Favorite Women in Video Games – Antagonists

Misery (Cave Story, Studio Pixel) Misery is a servant of the Demon Crown, a cursed artifact that she forced the tortured magician (and her uncle) Ballos to create. After it was crafted, Ballos manipulated the Crown to control Misery and her minion Balrog, and the artifact corrupted the Doctor, the first major villain of Cave…

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 #5 – Skies of Arcadia

Composed by Yutaka Minobe and Takayuki Maeda, Skies of Arcadia features a wide array of diverse instrumentals with a focus on the game’s broad ethnic groups. Each area has its own dynamic motif and instrument set that works beautifully with its people and environments, and when sailing the music actually changes as you travel about…

Opinions: Five Ways – Skies of Arcadia

Skies of Arcadia at one point was my favorite game of all time. And it’s still pretty high up there. But I was thinking sometime in the middle of Black Friday chaos at work that it could be even better. And I will begin a new series exploring how games could have turned out even…

Opinion: Get hyped with great Dreamcast Intros

I did this on LVLS before, but that original post is long gone so I’m redoing it. The Dreamcast had SO MANY DAMN GOOD INTRODUCTIONS to its games! So many that I’m narrowing my picks to 5 just to not overdo it. So what five intros sold me most out of the system’s library? Soul…

Opinion: Character Spotlight on Vyse from Skies of Arcadia

Note – This is the second of my Character Spotlight pieces from the old LVLs (Jade was the first). This has not been revised from its original appearance beyond some slight editing. As one may expect, spoilers will follow, so tread carefully. Vyse, from Skies of Arcadia (DC, GC, Sega/Overworks) Vyse is not your stereotypical…

Music: Top 5 “Town” Themes

Sanctuary areas in games tend to have unique, relaxing compositions that emphasize safety and tranquility. However, I seem to like more melancholy themes, given my three favorites are more morose in tone. Regardless, here’s five of my favorite town themes from my Top 100 list: Lower Valua, Skies of Arcadia, Yutaka Minobe and Takayuki Maeda,…