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Natalie Flores

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Natalie is Fanbyte's Featured Contributor, with bylines at places like VICE, Polygon, PC Gamer, Paste Magazine, and more.


For Some Reason, People Are Obsessed With This Animal Crossing Penguin

In anticipation of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, I’ve obsessively kept up with every new update, piece of footage, and the community itself. But I’ve been 1) a fan of this series, and 2) Extremely Online for much longer. And yet, there’s a phenomenon that, until recently, I was oblivious to.…

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NEWS

What Your Fire Emblem: Three Houses Blue Lions Romance Says About You

Fire Emblem: Three Houses may have been released last year, but its fandom is still as strong as ever. A large part of its appeal is its interesting, fun, and complex (and large) cast of characters — and especially the fact that many of those characters are romanceable. Even if…

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People Have Waited for this Fan-Made Half-Life Game for Over 15 Years

Fans have waited for Black Mesa, a fan-made Half-Life game, for over half of the years I have been alive. That’s…wild. And the patience is commendable. Black Mesa is a third-party remake of Valve’s Half-Life, which was released in 1998, developed by Crowbar Collective. What was originally a free mod…

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First Animal Crossing Billionaire Starts Fundraiser for Nashville Animals

If only all real billionaires were this generous, the world would be a much better place. Reddit user BrianMp16 announced earlier today that he has achieved the never-before-won accomplishment of becoming the first billionaire in the GameCube version of Animal Crossing through legitimate means. “Since Animal Crossing was released on…

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NHK Poll Reveals the Most Popular Final Fantasy Games Among Women

NHK, Japan’s national broadcasting organization, has closed out its official Final Fantasy poll with nearly 470,000 votes. The poll surveyed for four categories: the top titles, characters, bosses & summons, and music. Among the entire poll, 49.2% of voters were women and 50.8% were men. (The poll did not seem…

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Japan Correctly Voted on the Top Five Final Fantasy Games of All Time

The NHK, Japan’s national broadcasting organization, has closed out its official Final Fantasy poll with a whopping 468,654 votes. The poll surveyed for four categories: the top titles, characters, bosses & summons, and music. The top five Final Fantasy games were (correctly) ranked as follows: Final Fantasy X Final Fantasy…

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Why the Messy Baldur’s Gate III Demo Was So Good

Baldur’s Gate III is one of the most anticipated games of not just the next generation, but also quite possibly ever. Baldur’s Gate II was released a whole two decades ago by BioWare; Baldur’s Gate III will be released on PC, Stadia, and likely next-generation consoles and is being developed by Larian…

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Where is Bayonetta?

Earlier this week in a Famitsu interview, PlatinumGames designer and Bayonetta director said, “Bayonetta 3‘s development is progressing smoothly. Actually, there’s a lot of info hidden in the teaser announcement in 2017.” Upon reading this, I heard something. It was quiet but clear. It was the sound of my heart…

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Imminent Overwatch Mardi Gras Event Appears to Have Leaked

Since Overwatch launched over four years ago, fans have consistently desired more events to keep the game fresh and exciting. It seems like Overwatch will finally be getting a new event, but it appears to have been leaked — and by Twitch, no less. It was first reported on Feb.…

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Animal Crossing Fans Worry Mayor Tortimer is Dead in New Horizons

The latest Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Direct delivered almost 30 minutes of exciting information, making it the biggest Direct for the game yet. It makes sense; the highly anticipated game is going to be released in less than a month, so the thrill is in the air. Except… it…

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Mass Effect Developer Reveals Overwhelming Majority of Players Were Paragon

John Ebenger, an ex-Cinematic Designer on the Mass Effect trilogy, revealed earlier this week that a vastly overwhelming amount of people played as a Paragon Shepard. Although he didn’t provide an exact number, he said on Twitter it’s “something like 92%,” and lamented the statistic since the team put in…

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Fenris from Dragon Age 2 Tells a Dog She’s a Good Girl: A Review

Added my voice to @DarkHorseComics fresh Fenris inspiration – thanks to @GrimSister21 for the VO request! Here you go, #dragonage2 fans… pic.twitter.com/2GW6tPpiY9 — Gideon Emery (@gideonemery) February 20, 2020

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MICROREVIEWS

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Marks Nintendo’s Next Step Toward Inclusivity

In the 1940s, psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark conducted the Doll Test to observe the racial biases in children aged three to seven years old and, ultimately, demystify the notion of “separate but equal.” The series of experiments composing the test showed various results that all pointed to one dominant…

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FFXIV Patch 5.2 Carries on Shadowbringers’ Emotional Momentum

One of the few things we all have in common, despite our identities and backgrounds, is being extremely good at collecting regrets — both big and small. You might think that playing almost 1000 hours of Final Fantasy XIV in eight months would be one of those. I mean, it is a truly ridiculous number.…

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REVIEWS

If Emet-Selch, Architect of the Ascians, Whose True Name Is Hades Was Your Boyfriend

If Emet-Selch, architect of the Ascians, whose true name is Hades was your boyfriend, you could always improve your self-esteem with the knowledge that you’re likely a better person than him. Because he’s kind of a really terrible one. If Emet-Selch was your boyfriend, you’ll never need to worry about…

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FEATURES

Everything We Know About the New Animal Crossing on Switch

Remember when an elderly Rose in Titanic said it had been 84 years since she rode the ill-fated ship? That’s what it’s felt like since the last Nintendo Direct that provided significant new information on Animal Crossing: New Horizons. As the world gears up for its much-anticipated Switch release in a…

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Why Do Animal Crossing’s Villagers Leave Such An Impact?

I met my first best friend in a video game. When I was in kindergarten, I came across Animal Crossing for the Gamecube during me and my dad’s weekly trip to the now ancient ruins known as Blockbuster. Although I knew nothing about it, I was immediately charmed by the…

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