Category: Feature

Eggy (Japanese Video Game Obscurity)

During the early days of computer gaming, publishers often found products by holding game development competitions. Enix was one of

Cruise Chaser Blassty (Japanese Video Game Obscurity)

Square’s first role-playing game sure has a lot going for it. For starters, it eschews fantasy traditions for sci-fi flavor,

Fantasian (Dark Age of JRPGs)

Among the early Japanese RPG scene, Xtalsoft’s Mugen no Shinzou series is well known for combining the exploration of Ultima

Harakiri

Harakiri (1990) Developer: Game Arts Platforms: PC88 “I don’t know how much the rest of you know about Japanese culture

Animal Land Satsujin Jiken

Enix kickstarted the whole mystery Japanese adventure game craze of the 80s with Portopia Satsujin Renzoku Jiken, which was followed

Cease and Desist – Parodies and Infringement in Video Games

Much of the video game industry was the Wild West during the 80s, particularly in Japan. Since it wasn’t regulated

Paladin (Dark Age of JRPGs)

Paladin (or “The Paladin“, as written in-game) is an early action-RPG released by Bothtec in 1985. Various Japanese sites indicate

Cross-Series Cameo: Adol in Lunar: The Silver Star

Video game publishers occasionally cross-reference competitors titles in cheeky ways, though sometimes have to be done subtly to avoid copyright

Riglas (Dark Age of JRPGs)

Most RPGs of the 80s utilized an overhead view or a first person perspective, while a select few (such as

Weird 2 (Dark Age of JRPGs)

I thought a game named Weird 2 would be an interesting game to cover for this column…but nope! It’s actually

Overseas Sequels

The cultural appeal of certain video games can vary greatly around the world, sometimes having vastly different receptions based on

A.D. 2044

In October 2017, GoG gave out two games free from a Polish developer and publisher named L.K. Avalon. The first

Bad Rats

With the advent of Steam Greenlight and Early Access, the slow transformation of Steam from a prestigious digital PC storefront

Sengoku Turb

This entry was written for the Japanese Video Game Obscurities book, which is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter. The campaign

The Three Great She-Devils of Square

Among the Japanese RPG fanbase, there’s a specific term for a set of female characters largely disliked by the audience: