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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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  11. Future Final Fantasy Games for the PC? Thanks Square Enix!

    Wark! Wark!

    Looks like we will have more chocobos flooding our computer screens. According to the producer, Yoshinori Kitase, hopefully in the near future, the beloved Final Fantasy franchise will make it's way to the PC and this is very exciting news for gamers.

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  12. Things We Saw Today: Peter Catpaldi

    Things We Saw Today

    Jenny Parks, who previously drew Doctors 1-11 as felines, has been keeping up with Doctor Who's catsting... uh, casting. You can see the War Doctor as a cat on her Tumblr.

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  13. Man At Arms Makes (And Destroys Things With) Sephiroth’s Sword, Masamune

    I have a present for you... it's a gigantic sword.

    In Final Fantasy VII, they love their giant swords - and master swordsmith Tony Swatton loves making them! In Man At Arms, Swatton's already tackled Cloud's huge Buster sword, so - naturally - he had to complete the set with Sephiroth's Masamune. Seriously, though, Sephi and Cloud have to be compensating for something with these swords, right?

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  14. What If Disney Characters Fought In Final Fantasy?

    Consider the Following

    Geek admission - I've never played Final Fantasy. But that doesn't mean I can't appreciate the work of Geryes on DeviantArt! The artist has placed several Disney women in the many classes from the RPG. See if you agree with their placement.

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  15. Well, Gawrsh: Kingdom Hearts Creator Talks Marvel and Star Wars Content

    Think of the appropriately-themed keyblades! Iron-blade! Captain Ameriblade! LIGHTSABER-BLADE!

    When suggesting a list of possible new worlds to include in Kingdom Hearts III a few weeks back, we intentionally left Disney's acquired IPs, Star Wars and Marvel, off the list -- partially to keep things a little easier for us, but also because we all kind of think that having that many disparate franchises in one game would make our little nerd brains explode. Of course, that didn't stop them from coming up in the comments section at least a dozen times. Well, if game creator Tetsuya Nomura has his way, you guys might just get your wish granted, because he's officially on record as saying that he would love to include them in KH3. Guess the ball's in Disney's court now.

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  16. Forgotten Final Fantasy IX Side Quest Brought to Light 13 Years After Release

    English-speaking Final Fantasy IX completionists now have one more thing to check off.

    Usually when players find previously unseen content in old games, it's through some weird glitch or hidden item -- it's not generally an entire side quest that gets discovered. Game completionists all over the world have got to be kicking themselves now, though, because somebody found a side quest in Final Fantasy IX that the entire Internet seemed to have forgotten all about up to now. And you thought you'd seen it all! Because you hadn't.

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  17. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Officially Coming to North America

    Now that we're officially in the midst of PAX East, it's time for some juicy gaming tidbits to start spilling. First on the docket: Square Enix has officially confirmed that the previously announced Final Fantasy X HD, which everyone knew was coming to PlayStation Vita, will also be hitting the PlayStation 3, and it'll be bundled with a remastered version of Final Fantasy X-2 as well. Also, yes, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is a horrible title.

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  18. The London Symphony Orchestra Takes on Final Fantasy

    We get that not everyone loves the symphony, but everyone loves Final Fantasy, right? Right. Of course they do. That's why we're so pumped about the London Symphony Orchestra's performance of Final Symphony. It's a collection of music from Final Fantasy VI, VII, and X, and it's one night only.

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  19. Final Fantasy: All the Bravest’s All Colors and Noise, Hard to Say What Else

    Though we certainly can't get enough of them, video games like the Final Fantasy series aren't for everybody -- some people just don't appreciate the obsessive micromanaging that comes with the territory. Probably influenced by the closed-minded few that feel RPGs tediously plod along, Square Enix has just released Final Fantasy: All the Bravest for iOS devices everywhere: A game that brings everything you loved about the 16-bit generation of Final Fantasy games, but pumps it full of near lethal amounts of caffeine and amphetamines.

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  20. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Trailer Hits the Interwebs, Cryptic and Flashy Per the Norm

    What Square Enix thinks you need more of in your life -- regardless of the fact that we've made it evidently clear otherwise -- is more Final Fantasy XIII. The trailer for the franchise within a franchise's latest installment, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, was initially posted on GameTrailers this morning before quickly being pulled. Since then, the video has been uploaded on YouTube in spades.

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