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Zac Bentz . Sep 04

'NEScapism,' a synthpop cover album from The Electric Witch

Today sees the release of two new electro-pop/witch-house/epic space-synth albums from The Electric Witch. The one of most interest to old-school video game lovers is NEScapism, a collection of Nintendo covers wrapped up in...   0

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Zac Bentz . Feb 16

Dead Island or LOST Island?

So, how many parallels to LOST can you spot in this Dead Island trailer? Here's what I caught: 1. Eye opening shot 2. Deliberate piano music 3. Three shifting time lines a) In reverse b) Forward c) Flashback 4. On an islan...   0

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Zac Bentz . May 16

Watch my band The Surfactants play some music

You can watch an entire set from my band The Surfactants right now over on our site. Woo.   0

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Zac Bentz . Feb 05

My band is playing a show you won't come to but hey look the poster is cool

Yeah, I know that none of you reading this will be able to make it out to far-flung Duluth, Minnesota just to see my humble band play a show at a hipster pizza joint, but I'm going to shove this in your face anyway. Mostly ...   0

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Zac Bentz . Nov 10

Let me ask Freezepop something for you

Hey synthpop fans! I'm going to be interviewing Freezepop very very soon. If you've got a question that's just burning inside of you like a questionable burning sensation that burns, then by all means unleash it upon the comments here. You might also want to check out my previous Destructoid interview with the band here. Here are some videos to watch while you think.   0

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Zac Bentz . Nov 04

Gratuitous self promotion time: My band The Surfactants

As our most sexy and savvy constant readers at Japanator already know, I sort of have a thing for music. As those very same readers may not know, despite being sexy and savvy (and, might I say, of above average intelligence...   0

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Zac Bentz . Apr 14

Japanator's exclusive interview with Final Fantasy's Nobuo Uematsu

On Saturday, April 11th, I found myself shaking hands with on of my heroes, Nobuo Uematsu. The man has written not only some of the best video game music around, but some of the best music ever, period. I talked to both U...   0

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Zac Bentz . Apr 02

Freezepop mid-west tour starts this weekend!

Chances are good that most of us around here first heard the band Freezepop in some Guitar Band Rock Hero game. Oh maybe you saw my interview with them a while back here on Destructoid. Well, now's your chance to get your...   0

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Zac Bentz . Mar 11

First clip from SquareEnix tribute concert Symphonic Fantasies

The video above is the opening fanfare written by Jonne Valtonen for the forthcoming Symphonic Fantasies concert. Symphonic Fantasies is the new SquareEnix tribute concert arranged by Valtonen and conducted by Arnie Roth, t...   0

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Zac Bentz . Feb 20

Indie J-rockers Beat Crusaders use LittleBigPlanet for new music video

That's the new video for "Phantom Planet" from Beat Crusaders Obviously it's not made 100% in LittleBigPlanet, but they did a good job of emulating the style and breaking it out into the "real world." You might also know these guys from the opening theme to the Beck anime series, "Hit in the USA": (via JPop Japan)   0

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Zac Bentz . Feb 15

Flower: ZB v. Dtoid

This post is a response to Topher's review of Flower. It's also about Anthony and Brad's review as well, but to a lesser extent. This could have just gone into the comments, but it ballooned in size pretty fast. Instead of ...   0

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Zac Bentz . Aug 10

Album review: Final Fantasy Remix (Hint = it sucks chocobocock)

I was just minding my own business, sifting though the batch of new music in an attempt to cobble together the next episode of Japanator Radio. I usually put it off until the last minute on Sunday night, then brew up some c...   0

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Zac Bentz . Aug 08

I Am 8-Bit 2008 Zelda art from Elizabeth Ito

Elizabeth Ito is a super cool artist/illustrator and sort of a friend of mine. She's done a lot of really great work for various animation studios, but what I really love is her regular arty art stuff. She's got some work ...   0

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Zac Bentz . Jul 30

A cast of thousands: Brown (Rule of Rose)

When it comes to heroic characters in games, it's no surprise that they are almost always the main character in the game. Putting the player into the role of the hero is the main purpose of most games. We all want to be the...   0

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Zac Bentz . Jul 23

Very cute Dhalsim and Blanka art

Andrew Fulton is an illustrator working in Australia. He creates all sorts of super cool and sometimes super cute pieces. I hesitate to call them "cartoons" or "strips," but I guess that's what they are. Sort of. Anyway, h...   0

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Elandarex . Jun 28

Has Armageddon Come Early?

Thankfully, no. It's just Diablo 3. Wait, what am I saying? It's Diablo 3! That's right, for any out there who have been following the mystery surrounding Blizzard's splash screen teaser on their site, this comes as no sur...   0

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Zac Bentz . Jun 19

Best Japanese Albums of 2008 (so far...)

Right now over on Japanator lives my glorious list of the The Best Japanese Albums of far, that is. Why wait for the holidays when everyone has their heads firmly shoved up their materialistic/family-loving asses ...   0

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Zac Bentz . Jun 14 takes on LiveJournal music sharing community

ORIGINALY POSTED ON JAPANATOR There is currently a bit of a war of words going on in the file-sharing-o-sphere. Our friends over at have thrown down the gauntlet with jmusic_uploads, a Japanese music sharing...   0

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Elandarex . Jun 05

Will Wright is a God [Part One]

But that isn't what this post is about, not entirely at least. Last night I had the distinct pleasure to sit in on an hour and a half long lecture that Will Wright made at the Emily Carr school of design in Vancouver, BC. ...   0

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Elandarex . Jun 02

My Age of Conan Review on

I wrote a lengthy first impression on Age of Conan a couple weeks ago, and though it may not have received heavy comments or anything, it did seem to impress Falconer over at Hooked Gamers. So it came to pass that I was asked...   0

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Elandarex . May 26

I Want to Take David Hayter's Hand in Marriage.

Can you imagine what it would be like to wake up every morning to that voice? It would provide all the motivation I need to make it to the next day. Plus, I just really want to know if his codename has any significance in the...   0

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Elandarex . May 22

Age of Conan: My First Impressions

So Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures has just been released and the public servers are now up and running. But with so many MMOs out and about nowadays, why should you spend your hard-earned dough on this one? Well, I don't...   0

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Elandarex . May 20

A Tale of Tragedy, Deceit, and Above All, Evil!

Disclaimer: This is long. For those of you who have yet to experience the joy of theft, you're really missing out. There's nothing quite like the bracing awakening one experiences upon discovering that they have been robbed....   0

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Elandarex . May 19

What Happened to the EA I Used to Know?

Well, it has been quite some time since I last made a post here, but dealing with your final school quarter and being perpetually lazy will do that. In any case, this is but a continuation of the saga of the once mighty Enter...   0

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Zac Bentz . Apr 30

Does scoring games shrink brains? I think so.

Does giving a score or a letter grade at the end of a game review totally invalidate the text of the review? I think so. How often have you heard the internet scream about someone's score of a game being too high or too low...   0

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Zac Bentz . Apr 27

Otaku USA Magazine #6: I am in it

X-posted from Japanator Otaku USA issue number six has just hit the newsstands (do they even say "newsstands" anymore?) and once again it's chock-a-block with great anime, manga and general otaku goodness. Oh, and a few pa...   0

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Zac Bentz . Apr 22

Rule of Rose in real life: Haut de la Garenne

Right now, forensics experts are investigating something that sounds eerily like the survival horror video game Rule of Rose. At Haut de la Garenne, a children's home on Jersey island, (part of the channel islands, located ...   0

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Elandarex . Apr 11

Can't We All Just Get Along?

Obviously the hot-button topic at the moment is the depiction of racism in the Resident Evil 5 trailers, and frankly, I'm glad that it is. We should be angry about this. But not about the supposed racism in Resident Evil 5, w...   0

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Zac Bentz . Apr 10

Dear Moby,

This entry is a reaction to both the new Moby album Last Night and, to a larger extent, the short essay included in the liner notes. It reads: "I started going out in New York City in the early '80s. My friends and I would...   0

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