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The Historical Inspirations Behind Sekiro - Pt 1

Alright! Tonight we're gonna attempt a deep dive into the real life culture and history behind Sekiro (隻狼)! This will be a shot by shot breakdown of the launch trailer. There's A LOT to unpack here, so let's get to it! …

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Demons & Lilies - Breaking Down the Shin Megami Tensei V Announcement Trailer

On July 20, 2020, on a humble Nintendo Direct dedicated to third party releases, the latest trailer for Shin Megami Tensei V gracefully descended to earth and it is ELECTRIFYING! You can see the trailer here: Now let’s …

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How the Last of Us Uses Interactivity to Cultivate Empathy through Control

The Last of Us game series is a striking example of the level of emotional connection the interactive medium is capable of. The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part II use carefully crafted interactive and narrative …

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Final Fantasy IV and the Influences of Baron Munchausen

Final Fantasy IV has its share of pop culture precursors to delve into. The nods to Star Wars are fairly obvious, like its hero Cecil's quest to become a Jedi paladin and defeat Golvader. The tidbits inspired by Terry …

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What the PS5 Demon's Souls Remake Reflects About "Eastern" vs "Western" Aesthetics

Some quick thoughts on the Demon’s Souls Remaster, specifically on the Vanguard Demon and what it reflects of “Eastern” vs “Western” sensibilities in a broad sense. I know it’s a fool’s errand trying to gasp at such …

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The Real Life Inspirations Behind Lab Zero's Indivisible

Special Note from Richmond: I originally wrote this article in 2015, four years before the official release of Indivisble. At the time I had no connection to LabZero or Indivisible. I was just a fan admiring it from …

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