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Posts tagged “Nostalgia”

Go West! JRPG I Am Setsuna Gets July Release Date

Against the welcomed deluge of classic Japanese games that've landed on western PCs recently, you'd be forgiven for assuming I Am Setsuna [official site] was another rejigged and repackaged oldie. It's not, though, and is in fact the work of Square Enix's Tokyo RPG Factory studio, a team who are inspired by the JRPG classics of yesteryear. I Am Setsuna is a throwback to those…

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J-RPG I Am Setsuna Coming To PC In Summer

Sounds like we were just talking about nostalgia, and here we are again: Square Enix has opened an entire studio, tellingly named "Tokyo RPG Factory," to work on new titles "inspired by the golden era of Japanese role-playing games" like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger. Their first work, I Am Setsuna (Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna in Japanese) [official site] was released in Japan in…

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Feature: The war is over.

I Kind Of Miss The Tech War

The slow-down of PC tech has left a strange hollow in my life. If you're older than a tiny baby, you'll remember the days when your PC was perpetually on the verge of not being able to play the current crop of games no matter how frequently you upgraded it. Now, my PC insides are a couple of years old, and playing everything on maximum.…

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Some Odd Gentlemen Are On A King’s Quest

Trailers don't always turn me into a shrieking teenybopper, but I'm not ashamed to say I made high-pitched noises — think long, loud "EEEE"s of raw and immeasurable glee - at the King's Quest announcement trailer. A joint production between The Odd Gentleman and the newly resurrected Sierra Games, the upcoming reboot is all about a doddering King Graham going, "In my time - "…

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Feature: Mars, Ragtime, Brothers and Hats

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things (In PC Games)

Some moments in some games stay with you. The right event, the right surprise or the right hats at the right time, and it's imprinted on your memory forever. I've been playing PC games for almost 25 years: I've got a million of these, and so have you. I'll show you just a few of mine if you show me yours.

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Feature: The Good Old Days?

Kicking It Old School: The Peril Of Kickstarter Nostalgia

When interviewing Charles Cecil about his Kickstarter for Broken Sword 5, I interrupted him at one point to ask about a claim I've heard many making during this recent crowd-funding surge: that publishers prevent innovation. Perhaps they do, perhaps they don't, but what exactly does that have to do with remaking games people liked in the 90s? I think perhaps this theme reaches its parodic…

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The State Of Computer Games… From 1984

For no other reason than because I love you, below you can see an American programme - Computer Chronicles - looking at the current state of computer games, almost 30 years ago. Beyond knowingly laughing at how they just don't know stuff from the future, and their jumpers, it's a fascinating perspective. Not just to see how gaming was already considered both old by then,…

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Jane’s Advanced Strike Fighters Given March 9 Lift-Off

Precocious, pondering, prattish younger me used to stand in game shops holding Jane's Combat Simulation games, marveling at the heft of the box, the grandeur of the screens, imagining Jane at her desk, making a game and being so proud she'd put her name to it. I was stupid. Now I know better: Jane is the second name of military enthusiast Fred T. Jane, and…

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Fury of the Furries & Me

“Fury of the Furries.” Snort. D’y’know, that wasn’t funny back in 1993. Now, though, hoo-boy. Angry men defending their rights to dress up in teddy bear suits is a game that simply must come to pass. 1993’s Fury of the Furries, though, was a platform game about cute fluffy things with goo-goo voices fighting for their right to exist. Oh. On with the story, anyway.…

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