Natalie Flores

Natalie Flores

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

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Bioware Writer Reveals the Truth for the Most Unsubtle Line in Mass Effect

BioWare writer Patrick Weekes, who was one of the writers on Mass Effect 2, has explained how one of the most unsubtle lines in the series’ history came to be. I’d even go as far as ...

Bird Alone Diary: Part One

I’ve never been good with routines or consistency. In the months leading up to quarantine, I was so proud of myself for developing several healthy routines. But after the pandemic started, my mental h...

This Animal Crossing: New Horizons Player Recreates Iconic Disney Outfits

One player in Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been making stunning replicas of iconic Disney princess, heroine, and villain looks.

This Animal Crossing: New Horizons Player Needle Felts Cute Villagers

One Animal Crossing: New Horizons player’s adorable needle felts have recently received plenty of love.

Ubisoft Faces Backlash Over Clearly Fascist Tom Clancy's Elite Squad Intro

Ubisoft has once again found itself mired in controversy this year. This time, it’s over the opening movie of Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad, the development studio’s latest mobile game released on...

Portrayals of Latinx Characters in 2020 Video Games Already Have Me Tired

Earlier today, the first details of Far Cry 6 were leaked on the PlayStation Hong Kong Store, and I immediately became tired.

Despite Its Marketing, It's "Not True" the Last of Us Part II Is About Hate

Throughout its marketing, The Last of Us Part II was touted as a game about hatred, violence, and the cycle of revenge. In particular, hate was the theme that most consistently came up, espec...

WarriOrb Was in Over 16k Wishlists, yet Sold 400 Copies in Three Days

Although it had been claimed in over 16,000 wishlists on Steam, and its free prologue had been claimed by over 80,000 people, WarriOrb released to such quiet reception that it’s sold almost 4...

Final Fantasy XIV Patch 5.3 Brings New NieR Raids, Main Story Gains

Final Fantasy XIV‘s next story patch, titled “Reflections in Crystal,” has been announced. It was officially revealed in the latest Letter from the Producer LIVE stream conducted by direc...

Western Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town Allows Same-Sex Marriage

In the first localization blog for Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, XSEED Games has announced that the western version of the game will let you have a same-sex marriage. This wi...

An Ode to Final Fantasy XIII's Oerba Dia Vanille

Spoilers for the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy to follow.

I Reunited with My Best Friend in Animal Crossing: New Horizons After 15 Years

“If you take good care of them, flowers reward you with blooms,” tells me Olive on the first day after she moves into my island. “They can’t talk to us in words, but I feel like our hearts can commune...

An Ode to Final Fantasy VII's Aerith Gainsborough

Major spoilers for Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VII Remake to follow.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Has Better LGBT Representation than the MCU

Some might not agree, but I personally think it’s a fairly lukewarm take: Animal Crossing: New Horizons seems to have better LGBT representation than the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus fa...

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 ...

Final Fantasy XIII Established the Best Aspects of Final Fantasy VII Remake

I’m almost done with Final Fantasy VII Remake, but from when I first started it on Thursday night, it’s deeply reminded me of one of my favorite entries in the series, Final Fantasy XIII<...

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 bu...

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 ant...

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 ...

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, c...