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by ashman86
September 10th, 2019, 3:58 am
Forum: Console Specials
Topic: Console Special No.6: Sega Dreamcast
Replies: 17
Views: 2560

Re: Console Special No.6: Sega Dreamcast

When I was, I believe, 11 years old, I wrote an email to Sega's official customer service address proclaiming my undying love to their company and expressing how I couldn't wait to see the still officially unannounced next-generation console they were cooking up. At the time, I'd assumed it would be...
by ashman86
August 8th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Sound of Play
Topic: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)
Replies: 1080
Views: 234958

Re: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)

While not actually from a video game, Saori Kobayashi's standalone album "Terra Magica" sounds like the offical soundtrack to a Panzer Dragoon game that never was. Kobayashi composed the music for Panzer Dragoons Saga and Orta as well as 2013's Crimson Dragon, Panzer Dragoon's ultimately disappointi...
by ashman86
July 19th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Podcast Game Discussion
Topic: Our next Final Fantasy podcast recording (14.12.19) - 400: Final Fantasy XV
Replies: 7
Views: 1356

Re: 400: Final Fantasy XV

E3 2006 felt like such a magical time. The Xbox 360 wasn't even a year old, and the PS3 and Wii just a few months away. I, like so many other Final Fantasy fans, was eager to see what this new generation of hardware would mean for the next entry in the series, and a trailer was all but assured for t...
by ashman86
July 17th, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Replies: 21
Views: 1931

Re: 393: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid is one of my absolute most favorite series, and I rank MGS 3 as one of the most personally important games I've ever played. I have purchased entire consoles just to play the latest Metal Gear games: first the PSP for Portable Ops, which was touted as the first full-canon spinoff in...
by ashman86
July 16th, 2019, 4:04 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Final Fantasy XII
Replies: 16
Views: 1488

Re: Our next Final Fantasy podcast recording (10.8.19) - 382: Final Fantasy XII

I have purchased Final Fantasy XII four times. I literally just sat down to write this after having unwrapped a new copy of the Switch port of the game and booting it up for the first time. As excited as I was to start a new adventure in Ivalice, I was moved to write down my thoughts about why I lov...
by ashman86
May 14th, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Sound of Play
Topic: Sound of Play: 192
Replies: 17
Views: 1295

Re: Sound of Play: 192

I'm getting caught up on a few episodes I missed, but I wanted to pop in here and thank InsrtCoins for another super-cool mix! Nice work!
by ashman86
May 3rd, 2019, 8:19 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Disney's Aladdin
Replies: 21
Views: 2008

Re: Our next-but-one podcast recording (11.5.19) - 369: Disney's Aladdin

Genesis player checking in here. As a kid, we rented a copy of Aladdin over one weekend, and I remember being struck by how great the game looked and just how well it--at least to my younger sensibilities and imagination--captured the look and feel of the motion picture, which was a favorite in our ...
by ashman86
April 18th, 2019, 7:23 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Final Fantasy X
Replies: 23
Views: 2041

Re: Our next Final Fantasy podcast recording (8.6.19) - 373: Final Fantasy X

Despite never having owned an SNES or PlayStation, I was a full-fledged fan of the series by the time Final Fantasy X was being prepped for launch thanks to the PC ports of FF 7 and 8. After years as a diehard Sega fan, I'd been liberated from console tribalism with the announcement that Sega was dr...
by ashman86
February 15th, 2019, 3:57 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Final Fantasy VIII
Replies: 35
Views: 3678

Re: Our next Final Fantasy podcast recording (16.2.19) - Issue 357: Final Fantasy VIII

I'll remember Final Fantasy VIII launched on September 9, 1999 in the U.S. because it was the same day the Sega Dreamcast launched. A lifetime Sega fanboy, I had my sights firmly set on their new console, and Square's latest entry was barely a blip on my radar. Well, that is, until I saw the intro c...
by ashman86
November 12th, 2018, 7:42 pm
Forum: Sound of Play
Topic: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)
Replies: 1080
Views: 234958

Re: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)

The Quest for Glory series of classic Sierra adventure games is one of my all-time favorites despite the fact that the first game launched when I was just three years old. Lori and Corey Cole, the married couple who led development on the series, combined the adventure game formula Sierra establishe...
by ashman86
August 9th, 2018, 9:14 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Final Fantasy VII
Replies: 37
Views: 5778

Re: 350: Final Fantasy VII

I felt the impact of Final Fantasy VII's existence long before I ever actually got to play it. As a kid, my dad and I would sometimes while away the time by browsing the Media Play (a now-defunct chain of retail stores here in the states) down the street. We typically didn't plan to buy anything, bu...
by ashman86
March 23rd, 2018, 7:12 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (Biohazard 3: Last Escape)
Replies: 15
Views: 2334

Re: 313: Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (Biohazard 3: Last Escape)

I was a pre-teen when Resident Evils 1 and 2 launched and shamefully afraid of the series. I can remember a classmate in the sixth grade wearing a shirt emblazoned with the infamous face of the series' very first zombie, and when she asked if I'd played the game, I recall vainly attempting to hide m...
by ashman86
March 1st, 2018, 9:45 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Zone of the Enders
Replies: 9
Views: 1759

Re: 322: Zone of the Enders

In June 2001, I was working my first-ever job as a games attendant at a local amusement park. I was 15 years old, finally earning some disposable income of my own, and still reeling from the untimely demise of the Sega Dreamcast. Until this point in time, I had only ever owned PC and SEGA gaming har...
by ashman86
November 22nd, 2017, 9:27 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: The Witcher III
Replies: 37
Views: 9005

Re: The Witcher III: Hearts of Stone / The Witcher III: Blood and Wine

Hearts of Stone begins with a seemingly rote witcher contract in which the player is tasked with slaying an amphibian monster dwelling in the sewers below Oxenfurt. As you work your way into the beast's lair--joined by none other than Shani from the first Witcher (and the book series)--you come acro...
by ashman86
August 29th, 2017, 1:01 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Sonic Mania
Replies: 10
Views: 1570

Re: Sonic Mania

One of the joys I've had with Sonic Mania is really introducing my wife to the series. Like Stanshall was saying with their own Sonic history, she had this idea that Sonic was all about holding the joystick/d-pad down to the right and allowing Sonic to just speed towards the finish line. She'd even ...
by ashman86
August 22nd, 2017, 8:04 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Final Fantasy (I)
Replies: 7
Views: 2782

Re: Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II

Somewhere between the release of Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy XIII, I set out on a personal quest to collect and play all of the mainline Final Fantasy games minus the sole MMORPG entry at the time, FFXI. I had already finished and adored Final Fantasies 7-12 (again, with the exception of 11)...
by ashman86
August 15th, 2017, 9:17 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Mortal Kombat
Replies: 6
Views: 2362

Re: Mortal Kombat / II / 3 / UMK3 / Trilogy

I was eight years old the first time I played Mortal Kombat. I was spending the night at a friend's house, and he and his brother were big fans of the series. Until that night, I had only ever seen the game in arcades, and only ever out of the corner of my eye. I was not a sheltered child, but I was...
by ashman86
July 28th, 2017, 7:04 pm
Forum: Sound of Play
Topic: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)
Replies: 1080
Views: 234958

Re: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)

_eO_pqzP4EI Lands of Lore 3 is not a good game. It's a disappointing conclusion to a classic series and a game that was showing its age well before it ever hit store shelves. The story is unsatisfying, the RPG mechanics are often broken, and its characters don't even move their darn lips when they ...
by ashman86
June 20th, 2017, 4:58 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: The Witcher III
Replies: 37
Views: 9005

Re: The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

Near the end of Act Two of The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, you arrive upon the Isle of Mists where at last the search for Geralt's surrogate daughter, a plot arc that has dominated the game's main story up until this point, will come to its conclusion. After a run-in with seven dwarves--themselves caric...
by ashman86
May 22nd, 2017, 8:46 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Destiny / Destiny 2
Replies: 46
Views: 7813

Re: Destiny / The Taken King / Rise of Iron

seansthomas wrote:
May 21st, 2017, 8:00 am
That was a great read!
Thanks! That's high praise coming from a Cane and Rinse forum vet :D