alexandrahall
Alexandra Hall
alexandrahall
Staff Editor, Kotaku.
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I remember being incredibly surprised to learn that Legend of Mana’s opening music is actually in Swedish. Like, at the point I heard it I had become so accustomed to either English or Japanese lyrics in my JRPGs that it didn’t even register. I just sat there thinking “this language sounds INCREDIBLY familiar, but I Read more

11h
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In some ways Legend of Mana only works because every obtuse element gestures toward something more epic and bold. Read more

Mar 2
1

Cool. Even though it has nothing to do with this subject, I was out today getting video of an old mall when I came across three big, sadly tore up videogame arcade machines, one of which was the original House of the Dead (Sega). Read more

Mar 2
14

I’m begging any game studio to make Legally Distinct Wizard School Game, a Saints Row to Hogwarts Legacy’s GTA.

Mar 2
21

I think you may have given this more thought than Rowling.

Mar 2
1

Yeah, I got hired in the mid 90's and back then, it was one of the most sought after jobs for teenagers in the area. They started off hiring students from the local uni’s and none of them would last long because they couldn’t be called in and most of them had the smarts to not put standing behind a counter and selling Read more

Mar 2
33

Yeah, it’s weird. Orson Scott Card wrote a wonderful book about learning to accept others who are so different from you that it’s genuinely difficult to put yourself in their shoes (Speaker for the Dead), and then has spent the rest of his life hating LGBT+ people. It’s baffling.

Mar 2
1

I was well into my adult years and was thumbing though my collection of mid to late 90's EGM’s and GameFans before it really stuck me how often and detailed she was drawing Guile. Years later when I contacted her, she basically fessed up that she had a thirst for Guile that few things compare to, which kind of made Read more

Mar 2
2

I heard about the issue shortly after I got access to Usenet around Sept. of 1995 (prior to that I was going onto university sites I could access through web searches). By then it was already sold out, but fortunately someone was selling a sealed copy soon after that on one of the Usenet gaming marketplaces, and Read more

Mar 2
1

Alexandra, I just signed up with Kotaku just so I could thank you for this. Zero Divide is one of my favorite videogame soundtracks of all time for all the reasons you mentioned and as a contributor to a gaming site myself I’m disappointed with myself that I never got around to doing a deep dive on this soundtrack Read more

Mar 2
2

Yeah but they did have to redraw or shrink the sprites, and adapt the enemy animations for the size and to float around in space. It was cool that they went through the trouble, and there’s a comedic effect too. Read more

Mar 2
1

Wonderdog? Ah, yes, one of the many ‘extreme’ mascots we had in the mid to late 90's when every dev wanted Mario’s crown for themselves. I hope you got some enjoyment out of it at least for the $89.99 it sold for at the time! Read more

Mar 2
1

DieHard Game Fan had a lot of issues, but they were one of the few places that actively covered the import and fighting game scene and also tended to focus on games that didn’t get covered in EGM or GamePro. They also had a really lively fanart scene in their letters section, although their queen was Jen Sung (Who’s Read more

Mar 1
2

Haha… I didn’t call Nintendo’s support for that, but I did lose a few times before figuring out the trick to just crouch on the left side of the screen and swing my sword nonstop.

Mar 1
1

Oh totally, what a gem!
Composers were really inspired.

Mar 1
3

I’m hanging in there. Not great, not bad, and apart from the whole having gone a bit stir crazy thing, still in better mental health than I was a few months ago. Read more

Mar 1
1

I had never heard of this game before, but it definitely has an awesome soundtrack. Good find, I’ll have to add this to my music collection and give it a play sometime.