Happy 20th Birthday to Terranigma, the SNES RPG America Missed Out On

On October 20, 1995, Enix released Quintet’s Tenchi Sōzō, a spiritual followup to their earlier ARPG Gaia Gensōki, or Illusion of Gaia, in Japan. Nintendo localized and published the game as Terranigma in Europe and Australia—but unlike Illusion of Gaia, Terranigma never officially made it to North America.
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A Former Heroin Addict’s New Memoir About Video Games

“When it comes to probing questions about their intimate life as computer-game players, most people don’t have much to say,” writes Michael W. Clune in his absorbing new memoir Gamelife. “They’ve never thought about it. Or they’ve repressed it. Or they’ve forgotten. Or they’re embarrassed. Society has convinced them… »9/25/15 11:00am9/25/15 11:00am

A Manga About Urban Horror Stories Become Real

Upon hearing the news that Big Order, the newest manga by Future Diary’s Sakae Esuno, is getting a short anime adaption next month, I re-read the whole manga. But when that wasn’t enough to satiate me, I had no choice but to pick up the author’s premier work: surreal detective story Hanako and the Terror of Allegory. »9/14/15 5:00am9/14/15 5:00am

Code Geass is a Complex Morality Play With Mecha and Super Powers

Last month, the newest in a series of midquels to critically acclaimed 2006 anime Code Geass, called Code Geass: Akito the Exiled, aired in Japanese theaters. I saw the preview and it piqued my interest, but there was one small problem: I’d never seen Code Geass. So a few weeks back, I sat about fixing that. »9/08/15 7:00am9/08/15 7:00am