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11:23 PM on 07.12.2010

Koichi Sugiyama: My Love-Hate Relationship with the "Big Boss of Game Music"

In honor of the release of Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (spelling it out in full because I absolutely love that subtitle), I wanted to share some thoughts and pay a little tribute to video game music compo...   read

3:53 PM on 09.10.2009

I kind of want to buy "The Beatles: Rock Band" but the whole GH/RB genre of game just doesn't click with me

There's been a number of video game genres that as a whole simply do not click with me for a variety of reasons. For example, I get incredibly nauseous within minutes of looking at almost every FPS (I think for me it is a c...   read

2:11 PM on 08.20.2009

"It looks like a video game!"

The teaser trailer for James Cameron's latest film Avatar debuted today and I was really impressed and look forward to seeing the film this December. Granted, I have been looking forward to this film ever since I read the t...   read

12:32 PM on 08.20.2009

Response to Sean Malstrom's response to my article on Nintendo apologists

This blog post is a response to a response by Sean Malstrom to my blog post "Question to Nintendo apologists: Hasn't Apple proven that you can appeal to both the public and your fan base at the same time?" that was posted on ...   read

12:20 PM on 08.17.2009

Question to Nintendo apologists: Hasn't Apple proven that you can appeal to both the public and your fan base at the same time?

For the record, I agree 100% with Jim's recent article "Nintendo of America needs to STFU". However, I wanted to hone in on one particular aspect of the article, the idea that Nintendo has left behind its older fans. I do fe...   read

9:35 AM on 07.16.2009

How used video game sales affect the value proposition of video games and may eventually harm consumers

Much has been said about the issue of used video game sales both in support and opposition to the practice. Very often those in support of used video game sales will point to the used car market as a means of supporting th...   read

3:19 PM on 04.03.2009

I cannot understand why Nintendo has still not figured out why people are complaining about them

Hai guyz! One thing that really urked me about Podtoid episode 93 was in the beginning when Samit defended and agreed with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime's claim that the hardcore gamers are "truly insatiabl...   read

8:54 AM on 02.23.2009

Video game bonanza at the Michael Jackson yard sale...I

Item 989. A golf cart featuring the image of Michael Jackson as Peter Pan. Estimated price $4,000-$6,000 Between April 22 and April 25, a large amount of Michael Jackson's belongings (and I believe the Neverland Ranch itse...   read

1:13 PM on 12.29.2008

Things I learned while composing the music to Bonerquest

Koichi Sugiyama of Dragon Quest fame My first musical composition "assignment" began after I read randombulleye's initial post showing his initial work on Bonerquest. Near the end of the cblog post, he pointed out that he w...   read

12:19 PM on 12.06.2008

So apparently there is a Dragon Quest (Dragon Warrior) ballet in Japan

So while looking on YouTube to see if I could find the original NES rendition of my favorite track in Dragon Quest IV (or Dragon Warrior IV if you prefer), which happens to be "Wagon Wheel's March," I came upon a Dragon Que...   read

1:00 PM on 10.17.2008

Levi Stubbs, voice of Captain N's Mother Brain and Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors dies at 72

CNN has reported that Levi Stubbs, lead singer of the Motown group Four Tops, and known to the video game culture fanbase as the voice of Mother Brain in the Captain N TV series. Fans of musicals may also reocgnize him as t...   read

4:29 PM on 09.17.2008

WAR Will Most Likely Not Beat WoW / Musings on MMO Business Strategy

With the release of Warhammer Online (WAR), yet another contender enters the MMO ring attempting to deliver a knockout to leading champion World of Warcraft (WoW). Although Warhammer Online developers have publicly attempte...   read

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