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Why We Game

There are times when I look at the gaming industry and I ask myself if I really want to keep pouring money into it? It is, after all, one extremely expensive hobby to partake in. But then along comes a game (or in this case a series of games) which tug at that part of my psyche that just says, “you’ll never leave us,” and I know I’m in for life.

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Ultima VII: The Black Gate Retrospective

It’s been a fair while, but today I’m returning to my retrospective of the illustrious Ultima series of games. Last time out I looked at the first-person spin-off title to the series; Ultima Underworld and how it deviated from the main story-arc. However, today I’m going to look at what is probably the most prominent of the main canon games; Ultima VII: The Black Gate.

Now, right up front I’ll give you this disclaimer: I’m probably going to have to renounce all journalistic impartiality in this one. Ultima VII was and is one of my favourite games. It had a big impact on my as a child and will always mean a lot to me. So, while I’ll try and give a professional overview of the game, let’s face it, it’s going to be quite rose-tinted.

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Suikoden I and II Coming to EU PSN

Every day I wake up and remember that I can’t buy The Legend of Dragoon – one of the finest RPGs on the original PlayStation – from the PlayStation Store, I feel sad. Sad for the company that steadfastly refuses to take my money. Because I would buy it, no questions asked, without the slightest hesitation. That game was awesome and, even though I own it in its original format, I would still like the security that comes from owning it in a digital format.

I know that in these days of services being stopped and consoles lacking backwards compatibility, digital is far from a certainty. But at least downloads aren’t subject to bit rot or the necessity of physical storage space. Room in my room is at a premium.

So my emotions were doing backflips late last week when I discovered that masterpieces of JRPG Suikoden and Suikoden II were coming to Vita… but only in the US. Konami why. Konami please. Luckily, they seem to have listened to my plaintive wails (or rather, the collective wails of EU masses). Read more …