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Final Fantasy

  1. Final Fantasy XV Director Says an All-Male Party Makes the Game “More Approachable”

    Because girls have cooties?

    Final Fantasy XV looks amazing. ...And by that I mean its visuals. Its gender representation, on the other hand, looks terrible. The game's main party is dudes-only as we had previously feared, and Hajime Tabata, the director, not only made that choice consciously, but specifically to make the game "more approachable" for players. We'll pause here to let you pick your head back up off your desk.

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  2. Keeping Score: How Soundtracks Evoke Person, Place, and Connection in a Story

    Not that long ago, in a galaxy... well, it was in this galaxy, but it was a while ago now, fourteen-year-old me received a really awesome present: the Star Wars Trilogy Original Soundtrack Anthology, a four-CD box set that came with a booklet in which each track was described in terms of instrumentation, themes, what was going on in the movies during that track, and the composer's intentions for each track.

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  3. Watch This Trailer For The Cancelled Lady-Led Cry On & Be Mad You Won’t Get To Play

    I'll cry on, all right.

    In 2005, Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi announced that he was working on an roleplay game for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 that featured a young female protagonist, Sally, and her golem companion Bogie. Sadly the project was canned in 2008, but last week Sakaguchi released a trailer that's rekindled a lot of interest in the cancelled game. Seriously, who else would go out and buy this tomorrow if they could?

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  4. A Newbie’s Guide to Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix

    Get your sea salt ice cream right here.

    I’ve never understood Kingdom Hearts. Around the time the first one came out, I was playing other role-playing games like Final Fantasy X. For me in my teens, RPGs were my emotional fix, and I bought into every epic cutscene, impossibly cool bad guy, and sappy romance. Kingdom Hearts was definitely on my radar.

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  5. Final Fantasy XIV Community Holds In-Game Vigil for Dying Player

    The 29-year-old player behind Codex Vahlda, a level 50 bard on Final Fantasy XIV's Gilgamesh server, passed away this Sunday of renal failure. According to Kotaku, Codex was on life support over the weekend to allow loved ones to pay their respects, during which time a video of friends and strangers within the FFXIV community honoring the dying player was shown inside his hospital room.

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  6. Dorkly Reminds Us Of Video Game Characters Who Looked Radically Different In The Concept Art

    GNAH.

    That, my friends, is a Chocobo as drawn by Final Fantasy designer Yoshitaka Amano. For real. I will never complain about how ridiculous the fluffy yellow versions look ever again. Thanks for the nightmares, Dorkly!

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  7. It’s a Final Fantasy VII Remake! …In LittleBigPlanet 2 & 3, but Still

    Tifa Sackheart?

    A dedicated Final Fantasy VII fan and computer science student used LittleBigPlanet 2 and 3's game-making tools to rebuild FFVII from scratch, and it came out an adorable, bizarre, perfect homage. (Full video of the levels after the jump.)

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  8. Nightmarish Silent Hills Concept and Final Fantasy XV Trailer Shown at Tokyo Game Show

    The hills are alive with the sound of monsters.

    Silent Hills is going to get you in your nightmares. It lives under your bed and in your closet. It is a horrifying monster. It is quintessentially Silent Hill, and that sounds just perfect to us.

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  9. Dancing Mad: How a Video Game Character Came to be the Standard by Which I Measure All Villains

    "You licentious howler!"

    When I was in high school, my younger brother showed me a video game he had just gotten into. It was called Final Fantasy 6 (or 3, depending on whether you go by the Japanese or American release number). There were so many things to like about it, from interesting characters to fabulous soundtracks and interactive storylines… but the thing that did it for me, the reason I stayed and watched as my brother played FF VI, was the villain.

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  10. We Might be Getting a Lady-Led Zelda Game, But We’re Definitely Getting Marriage Equality in Final Fantasy XIV

    +2 Cha -2 Str

    Above, you'll find the E3 demonstration of the WiiU's first traditional installment of the Zelda franchise, and Nintendo higherups are hinting that the game's focus may be a break from tradition, in many areas. At the very end of the video we're treated to some good old fashioned monster fighting action, in which Link is portrayed even more androgynously than usual, lacking even his characteristic Master Sword and green tunic. Zelda director and producer Eiji Aonuma has pointed out to GamesBeat that "no one explicitly said that that was Link." He also told Japanese outlet 4Gamer that one of the goals Nintendo has for this installment of the franchise was "[a game] where it wouldn't even matter if Zelda is actually a princess, or not." Rest assured that we will keep you updated. And in the meantime, bask in the knowledge that Square Enix will bring marriage equality to Final Fantasy XIV in upcoming Patch 2.4. Previously in a Zelda-Led Zelda Game

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