January Roundtable: Sequels

January Roundtable: Sequels

Every year in recent memory has felt like a sequel to the last. Literally, of course, in that time marches ever forward, but also thematically, if the real world can be said to have a theme. New year, same topics. We’re in year three of a sustained pandemic, capitalism continues to ruin everything, and every week is a fresh deluge of news about exploitation in the gaming industry. So what better topic for this cheery occasion of turning over the calendar than sequels? (more…)

A Final Fantasy-Themed Gift Guide for The Person in Your Life Who Won’t Shut Up About Final Fantasy

A Final Fantasy-Themed Gift Guide for The Person in Your Life Who Won’t Shut Up About Final Fantasy

Do you know someone who loves Final Fantasy? Who is absolutely obsessed with it? Who has “Final Fantasy is my special interest” on their gift guide for the holidays?

Hi, I’m Ennis, and I love Final Fantasy XIV, the award-winning MMO with a free trial up to level 60, including the heartbreakingly good Heavensward expansion. I also read a frankly unhinged amount of Final Fantasy XV fanfiction because Prompto is the goodest boy. I’m here with my Etsy wishlist to tell you what gifts you should get for your obsessed friend. (more…)

June Roundtable: Beach Episode

June Roundtable: Beach Episode

I can’t speak for everybody, but my brain is fried lately. You know what I need? You know what we all need? A beach episode. We need rest and relaxation and hijinx. This month, we’re talking about which games are really just beach episodes, which games need a beach episode, and more! (more…)

Nine Ways Final Fantasy III Hates You

Nine Ways Final Fantasy III Hates You

Final Fantasy III: a game sitting in my DS case forever but for some reason, never completed. “Why not?” I wondered to myself. “It’s a Final Fantasy game, I should love those.” So I pulled it out again and decided to beat it once and for all. Quickly, I discovered why I’d put it down in the first place: this game actively wants to spite you. I have never played a game that shows such continual contempt for the person running it. (more…)