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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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 ...

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 signi...

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 B...

The Branding Behind Seraphine, the New League of Legends Champion, Is Gross

The new champion on her way to League of Legends, a songstress named Seraphine, is already a well-known virtual influencer. And, like many influencers, she’s been embroiled in some controvers...

I’m Glad Arkane Knows Layla Is the Star of Redfall in the New Gameplay Trailer

Arkane Austin revealed the first gameplay trailer for the absolutely charming Redfall at the 2022 Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase earlier today. To the delight of many — including myself...

Unpacking Is a Zen Puzzle Game about the Joys of Moving in and Moving On

I don’t have a great relationship with moving. My family has only ever been able to afford moving between small, rented apartments within a 1.5-mile radius of each other all my life. In recent years, ...

FFXIV Endwalker Preview: How Numerical Changes Will Impact the Next Decade

In order for the development team to support its next decade, Final Fantasy XIV will be undergoing significant changes in its battle system formulas. As of Endwalker, values wi...

FFXIV Endwalker Preview: The New Trusts Make a Single-Player Future Possible

During our time previewing Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, we got to run the new Tower of Zot dungeon with other players. This is usually how I prefer to play, especially since the MMORPG’s c...

Great British Bake Off Star Kim-Joy Makes the Cutest Cake to Celebrate FFXIV’s 8th Anniversary

To celebrate the eighth anniversary of Final Fantasy XIV — the critically acclaimed MMORPG with a free trial up to level 60 that covers the base game, A Realm Reborn, and the first e...

The Best Final Fantasy Soundtrack of the Last Decade Is Now on Spotify

The best Final Fantasy XIV soundtrack of the last decade — “Shadowbringers: Final Fantasy XIV” — has finally made its way to Spotify.

FFXIV Lead Story Designer Banri Oda Reveals New Story and Lore Details

In a new interview with 4Gamer, Final Fantasy XIV lead story designer Banri Oda answered questions about details both large and obscure.

Report: "In My Games, All Women Are Whores," Says David Cage

Content warning: Misogynistic remarks and a homophobic slur are quoted in this article. 

GDC's 2021 State of the Game Industry Report Points to Slow but Certain Evolutions

GDC has released its 2021 “State of the Games Industry” report, a collection of statistics resulting from over 3,000 game developers which represents the current industry. The report goes over top...

Fantasian, the New RPG From the Creator of Final Fantasy, Drops on Apple Arcade

Just last week, we wrote about how Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi recently said Fantasian might be the final collaboration project between him and iconic composer Nobuo Uematsu....

One of the Best Antagonists of Final Fantasy XIV Returns in Patch 5.5

On April 2, the Final Fantasy XIV team held the 63rd Letter from the Producer Live broadcast, which was dedicated to properly teasing the game’s next patch. As previously announced, P...

Zipper the Bunny Returns to Cause Chaos in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Zipper the Bunny has risen once again to choose violence in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

FFXIV Composer Masayoshi Soken Talks Final Fantasy Favorites in New Interview

Final Fantasy XIV’s esteemed composer, Masayoshi Soken, recently sat down to do a rare video interview in which he talked about Final Fantasy favorites, how he became a composer, and much mor...

Tom Nook's Week-Long Twitter Takeover: A Review

Lead Designer of Hogwarts Legacy Used to Be an Anti-Social Justice YouTuber

Troy Leavitt, a lead designer on Hogwarts Legacy — the controversial upcoming Harry Potter RPG developed by Avalanche Software and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment...

Lead Shadowbringers Writer Natsuko Ishikawa Returns for FFXIV: Endwalker

Natsuko Ishikawa, the esteemed main scenario writer of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, is returning as the lead writer for the game’s next expansion, Endwalker. So sa...