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10:00 AM on 04.08.2014

Hotaru no Nikki debuts story trailer

Nippon Ichi's small team project, Hotaru no Nikki for the PS Vita, released a trailer that conveys some of the story and atmosphere you'll see in the game. While no gameplay in motion is shown, there are some beautiful panni...

Dae Lee

8:00 PM on 04.07.2014

New Persona Q key illustration and the return of team Velvet Room

It's impossible to go a week without new Persona Q information or at least a trailer.  I'm totally fine with that. This time around we have some new info from Famitsu magazine. As it turns out, the entire Velvet Room cas...

Elliot Gay

5:00 PM on 04.04.2014

Final Fantasy XIV now in open beta on PS4

If you've been waiting to experience Final Fantasy XIV on PS4, now's your chance. From now until April 7th, the game will be made available as an open beta using live servers, allowing you to venture into to the world of Hyda...

Tim Sheehy

#Cancel Final Fantasy photo
#Cancel Final Fantasy
by Karen Mead

It's hard to be a voice of dissent, and for years, I lacked the courage. I've always thought that the many, many regressive ideas disseminated by the Final Fantasy series of video games were beyond gross, but I was afraid to speak out; instead, I hid like a coward and said I liked playing JRPGs because I have OCD and enjoy sorting imaginary items. Only now -- with the advent of hashtag activism -- can I be sure that our social discourse is truly mature enough to handle the groundbreaking dialogue I'm about to start.

Now, I know that I'm just painting a target on myself; that the Moogle Industrial Complex is going to try to portray me as some kind of hysterical extremist, when all I'm doing is exposing the genuinely toxic, hurtful content of these so-called games. But regardless of what happens to me, which may or may not involve people calling me names on the internet, I'm going to persevere, because this is important: it's just the right thing to do. And I've provided hashtags so that you, too, can begin voicing your dissent...if you can find the courage within yourself to do so, that is.

Changing the world is not for the faint of heart.

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3:30 AM on 04.04.2014

New trailer shows off Persona Q's robust battle system

After weeks of character trailers, Atlus is finally ready to start hitting the internet with full on gameplay trailers for their upcoming RPG, Persona Q. This first one shows off some of the game's Etrian Odyssey-like dungeo...

Elliot Gay

4:00 PM on 04.03.2014

Atlus/Index now officially separate companies

We've known for a couple of months that Atlus and Index were splitting up, and that day finally arrived. As of April 1, Sega has separated the companies, leaving game development in the capable hands of Atlus and giving Index...

Pedro Cortes

1:00 PM on 04.02.2014

Persona 4 appears on ESRB for PS3, still rated M

Here's a quick hit and a no-brainer all in one. A listing for Persona 4 appeared on the ESRB's website recently, indicating some sort of release in the near future for the Playstation 3. No other information was given, but I'...

Pedro Cortes

Birthday Rouge photo
Birthday Rouge
by Josh Tolentino

When I first moved to San Francisco in 2008, I had little idea what to do with myself, beyond knowing that I had graduated with a degree in "Communications" and probably should be working. So I took a writing workshop that included an introduction to Screenplay Writing at the library.


One of the first exercises was to adapt part of a non-film work into three scenes, following formatting instructions from a pamphlet on how to write a screenplay. To prevent copy-pasting from the internet, we worked on typewriters, and were limited to what books we had with us or could find in the library itself. All I had with me were a PlayStation Portable, a copy of the then newly-released Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, and a save file containing this this scene


The rest, as they say, is a screenplay:


Birthday Rouge

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Josh Tolentino

Birthday Rouge

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11:59 PM on 03.31.2014

Here's 22 minutes of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Many an hour of my life has been lost to the original Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for the 3DS. A rhythm game utilizing music from first Final Fantasy to the thirteenth, it was a great little celebration of the franchise and th...

Elliot Gay

Review: Strider photo
Review: Strider
by Elliot Gay

I have a confession to make.

I really love the original NES Strider. Yes, it's glitchy, unpolished, and generally a confusing oddity. I understand all of that. But for every strange design decision that didn't work, there are flashes of greatness. The almost-Metroid style sense of adventure, the power-ups, the nonsensical story; I find the original Strider to be a fascinating experiment and product of its time.

One can imagine then that the announcement of a new exploration-focused Strider game got me more than a bit excited. I had zero confidence in Double Helix Games to create a good follow-up to the long dormant series, but the participation of Capcom's Osaka Studio kept me hopeful.

While Strider 2014 isn't quite the legendary game that some of its predecessors were, I think Double Helix is off to a good start.

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11:00 AM on 03.31.2014

Four-minute Girls und Panzer Vita game trailer, Vor!

Remember that tiny peek of the Girls und Panzer PS Vita game I showed last week? Where we had ten seconds of actual video? Forget about that. THIS is the trailer we've been waiting for. It's a rather substantial trailer, run...

Dae Lee

11:30 PM on 03.29.2014

May Zero: Aksys to localize Mind Zero, release in May

Hey, remember Mind Zero? Or rather, MIND≒0, the Acquire-developed dungeon crawler styled in the Persona vein? Well, we're getting it, courtesy of Aksys games, and we're getting it soon. As in, May 28, 2014 so...

Josh Tolentino