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Portrait of Pixels – Game Freak

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Game Freak is the world famous company cited with the creation of the worldwide multimedia giant, Pokemon. From games to comics and animation, Pokemon is undoubtedly one of the most successful and influential video game titles to emerge from the 1990’s. Today we’re going to dig deeper and look at the company behind this video game giant and the men that started it all.

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Portrait of Pixels – The RPG

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The RPG genre is one of the most popular gaming genres in the entire world. The most basic of the genre defining mechanics and features of the RPG can all be traced back to the original pen and paper RPGs of yester year. Dungeons & Dragons is widely famous as the grandfather of all tabletop fantasy games. Dave Arneson and E. Gary Gygax are the pioneers that brought us the first commercially available tabletop RPG in history. These two would have a fateful encounter in August 1969 at the Gen Con Gaming Convetion, it was through this first introduction that these two men would bond over their love of the Miniature War games based on the Civil War and other such historical battles. Historical War Games like these were the predecessor to the modern pen and paper Role Playing Game, while these history based games were combat focused and lacked the intricate stat and item systems that would be a staple of the modern fantasy games.

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Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin Announced

VP-Anatomia-Ann-SESquare-Enix has a opened a website featuring a title and logo. From the look of the logo and title it appears to be a part of the Valkerie Profile series, that originally released on PS1 in 1999. The title seems to suggest a prequel to the PS1, PS2 and DS titles. There’s a vague release date of Spring 2016 set for Japanese release.

There’s not too much else revealed on the teaser site but the game is being produced by Yoshinori Yamagishi who’s been the series producer on all the previous games and Daisuke Fujisawa is writing the scenario and Moto Sakuraba will provide music. No information is has been revealed on what platform this game will be coming to but it’s been highly suggested from the title that it may be a mobile game.

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Portrait of Pixels – Origins of the Chocobo

 

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Today I’m going to be writing a new type of article called Portrait of Pixels where we will dive into the history of different icons of video game history. Our very first entry will be about the humble Chocobo of Final Fantasy fame. Chocobo’s are a staple of the long running Final Fantasy RPG series and they are one of the most iconic video game designs to come about from the RPG genre. These lovable golden birds are a mainstay of the series, but something a lot of people might not know about the squawking steeds is that they didn’t even show up in the original Final Fantasy. it wasn’t even until Final Fantasy II hit shelves on the NES in Japan on December 17, 1988 that they made their series debut.

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Final Fantasy XV Details Published

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The folks over at Game Informer have released a digital issue all about Final Fantasy XV. A lot of new information has come to light about the game.  It appears the game is now boasting over 200 quests and even has a new branching dialogue system that will help build on the game’s sense of friendship between the core party members.

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PS4 3.50 Firmware Update is Out Today

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So today is the day that Sony has rolled out the 3.50 software update for both the PS4 and the Playstation App. With  the 3.50 update comes a feature many people have been clamoring for since the Xbox One received it, remote play from a PC/Mac. You can download the necessary software client for your PC or Mac here and then get started once you update your Playstation. I’m going to give my impression on each of the new key features for the PS4 update here in a breakdown list.

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Count Down – 4 Obscure Game Accessories

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Today’s Count Down List is about four of the most obscure accessories in gaming. We’ll be doing this type of article every week, so look forward to some interesting and silly lists in the future. But without further adieu, let’s get on with our very first Count Down List.

#1 – The Gameboy Pocket Sonar

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The Gameboy Pocket Sonar was a device created by Bandai that you would plug into the cartridge slot of your Gameboy Pocket and then you’d hang the sonar dongle over the side of your boat to pull up a primitive radar on your game screen. It’d help you locate fish and even came with a silly mini-game built in. Sadly it never really caught on and didn’t leave Japanese shores. I’m a little surprised Nintendo hasn’t offered a similar but more modern app on their 3DS store.

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Nioh – Demo Incoming

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Over on Sony’s Playstation Blog they announced today that Nioh will be seeing an Alpha build demo on the PSN later on this month. The demo will be available between April 26 & May 5. Some of you might remember Nioh as one of the hotly discussed game trailers shown at E3 2006. The game was originally announced in 2004 under the title of Oni, then a brief trailer was shown at E3 2006. Following the initial announcements the developer went silent for a while before popping back up in 2009 with a few words that it was still in production. Last year at Tokyo Game Show 2015, Koei came out with another trailer and revealed that Oni‘s title had been changed to the current title of Nioh.

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Hyper Light Drifter Impressions

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Hyper Light Drifter is a brand new indie Action RPG game developed by Heart Machine. This game made a very big splash at all the game conventions over the last couple of years, such as PAX and E3. It made tons of money from supporters on it’s Kickstarter campaign and the game is now currently available on PC, Mac and Linux, with a mid 2016 release in the works for home consoles. I’ll be writing my impressions here of the game based on the current PC release.

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Nintendo & Mii – Miitomo Impressions

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Miitomo is Nintendo‘s new social app, it launched on most cellphone operating systems this past weekend. I decided to settle in and finally have a look at what the buzz was with Nintendo‘s flagship application. The game has you set about either making a Nintendo ID or linking your current one with the app when you first boot it up.

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Chronicles of Teddy Impressions

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Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus released this past Tuesday and it’s the kind of game that flew under a lot of people’s radar. The game was created by a small french gaming studio called Storybird and produced by a trio of publishers LookAtMyGame, Plug In Digital and Aksys Games of Guilty Gear fame. The game is available on PC, Mac, PS4 and Wii-U. I played the PS4 version to get my impressions for this review.

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