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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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Drunk Fairies? It’s Dragon’s Crown Akihabara Gallery!

On July 20th to the 21st a Dragon’s Crown art exhibit was held in Akihabara, and our pal in Japan known by the codename ‘The Professor’ (of the legendary Madman’s Cafe ) was there to catch it! Here are his photos …

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From Mickey Mouse to Jesus, This Dragon’s Crown Trailer is Full of Epic Homages

Watching the latest Dragon’s Crown trailer I was delighted by the density of historical and pop cultural references they managed to sprinkle into every shot. Dragon’s Crown is the latest game from Vanillaware, best …

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