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This is the World We Created: Baroque and Poetic Form

This month saw the release of a fan translation patch for the Playstation version of the 1998 Sega Saturn roguelike action RPG Baroque: Yuganda Mousou [Distorted Delusions], developed by Sting (best known for the Dept. Heaven series) and previously only available in English in the form of a 2007 remake…

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True Demon Ending: How Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne Perfected the RPG

There is no video game franchise as labyrinthine in its network of main titles and spinoffs as Atlus’ RPG series Megami Tensei. Adapted from a series of popular science fiction novels in the 1980s, the original games focused on dungeon crawling and turn-based combat, featuring a cyberpunk narrative involving demons…

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Platonic Solids, Solid Snake: Hideo Kojima’s Erotic Formalism

November 8th marks the release of Death Stranding — the new game written, directed and produced by Hideo Kojima. While there has been no shortage of acclaim for Kojima’s work over the past three decades, the majority of it focuses on narrative and misses something essential about his approach. A persistent…

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