Gaming Women’s History Month

It’s officially March–a time when people drink a lot, pretend to care about basketball, and endure corporations’ obnoxious attempts to gamify their goals for the new fiscal year. More importantly, it’s Women’s History Month!  The month already has one high-profile, woman-starring game poised to hit the market, while another just exceeded its funding goals on Kickstarter. In their honor, I will hit the pause button on the all-dude games I’ve been playing in 2013–namely DmC: Devil May Cry and Assassin’s Creed III–and focus on games starring female protagonists. Some of these games are old favorites I want to revisit, others I will be playing for the first time. Below is my planned list of games to conquer (or at least give a good go):

  • Heavenly Sword (Ninja Theory, 2007)
  • Parasite Eve (Squaresoft, 1998)
  • Primal (SCE Studio Cambridge, 2003)
  • Gravity Rush (SCE Japan Studio, 2012)
  • Silent Hill 3 (Konami, 2003)
  • Space Channel 5: Part 2 (United Game Artists, 2003)
  • Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, 2010)
  • Timely price-drop permitting: Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics, 2013)

I realize this list is neither long nor particularly diverse (I played a lot of Squaresoft games as a kid ok?). This is partly due to time and budget constraints, but it’s also nine in the morning and my brain is only sort of awake. Regardless of how alert I may or may not be, I’m always looking for new game suggestions either via twitter or in the comments. Otherwise, wish me luck!

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Eyes on Final Fantasy VIII

Crystal Kay’s performance of the Final Fantasy VIII theme, “Eyes on Me,” started making the rounds on the internet recently. More accurately, the performance in London was uploaded back in November, but it didn’t start making the rounds on the J-pop blogs I read until recently (presumably leading up to the release of the studio version). I don’t even like “Eyes on Me,” and Crystal Kay’s cover doesn’t do the song any favors. At the same time, the melody always hits the right nostalgia buttons–to which, it turns out, I am exceptionally susceptible. And thus, instead of making any headway into my backlog, I’ve started replaying Final Fantasy VIII. (more…)