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Square has further developed its Playonline Final Fantasy XI: Vision of Girat page, adding screens of new locations with descriptions that I can't read, as well as some pictures detailing the use of the three new character classes which are presumably summoner, badass samurai, and uh, something else. The summoner's page features some explanation as to how the act of summoning is executed, as well as some shots of the new Shiva, who is as scantily clad as ever. Yay!1

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Chrono Trigger: Original Soundtrack summary

Around the release date of the PlayStation remake of Chrono Trigger, Digicube released (the same day as the Chrono Cross Original Soundtrack) a "best of" compilation of the original SNES-quality music from Chrono Trigger featuring only Yasunori Mitsuda's work. Although obviously not a complete soundtrack, the "OST" somewhat compensates for the dearth of tracks with nine bonus arrangements by Tsuyoshi Sekito, which are probably included in the PS remake's various anime movies.

After months of rumours, a Konami official has recently confirmed that a Metal Gear Solid title is in development for the Nintendo GameCube. Other than acknowledgement of the title's existence, no other information about the game is known. The game was previously believed to have been a port of the first Metal Gear Solid, which appeared on the PlayStation and PC; however, this may possibly not be the case. Let the rampant speculation begin!1

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Mr. Rogers dead

Mr. Rogers dead

BlogPITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania -- Fred Rogers, better known as television's "Mister Rogers," a cultural icon and kindly neighbor to generations of American children, died Thursday at the age of 741. Rogers' diabolical evil was surpassed only by the demoniacal acts of Hitler, Pol Pot, and Steve Urkel.

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Enix has apparently mentioned to Japanese magazine Quiter that it will not be pursuing development of software titles for either the Xbox or Gamecube - planned games will only be released for PS2 or Game Boy Advance, and most will be for PS2. Whether or not this policy will change when they merge with Square to form Square Enix, however, wasn't mentioned.1

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Utilizing ATI technology, a VisionTek graphics card claims to provide "FREAK'N COOL Visual Effects," "FREAK'N AWESOME video quality," and "ASS KICK'n graphics performance." No, really. That's what it says. A purchase of the card includes "toll-free tek-support." William Shatner was unavailable for comment.

Man, the headline says it all.. what kind of press release is this, anyway? Square has set the niche title for a "summer 2003" release. Unlimited Saga is basically unique because it has completely kickass music as well as sophisticated graphics technology that Square developed in cooperation with Adobe. Scalable sprites that don't actually animate, but are pseudo-animated using realtime filters like Spherize! Isn't that so totally badass?!1

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Pictures like this, this, or this indicate that Acclaim's new title "Beach Volleyball" (also: most creative title in history) is absolutely not out to monopolize on the tasteful taboo-pushing that Tecmo was recently found guilty of with is Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball. Maybe Acclaim should just resort to naming it "Beach Voyeurball" and get it over with.1

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The Black Mages summary

The Black Mages summary

Perhaps Uematsu's slow decline in popularity inspired him to produce a full remix album; perhaps he just grew interested in the rock genre as a result of composing Otherworld for Final Fantasy X's Original Soundtrack, or maybe Tsuyoshi Sekito and Kenichiro Fukui just asked to arrange certain tracks. In any case, the Black Mages is in essence just that: a fairly tight arrangement of battle themes from Uematsu's previous work on music in the Final Fantasy series. It seems that tracks were picked indiscriminately - even Final Fantasy I makes it into the arrangement - and the remixes are very true to their original counterparts, barely introducing much new content to the songs other than a resampling with more advanced synthesized instruments. To some it may be a disappointment - certainly, hearing Dancing Mad with a live choir and organ rather than slight improvements compared to the SNES sampling would have been impressive - but the overall feeling emitted by this album seems to be more like respect for Uematsu's original creations, rather than complete reinterpretations of them. Much seems lacking, but there is also more than enough here for the true Final Fantasy fan to be at ease with.

Final Fantasy: The Black Mages summary

Perhaps Nobuo Uematsu's slow decline in popularity inspired him to produce a full remix album; perhaps he just grew interested in the rock genre as a result of composing Otherworld for Final Fantasy X's Original Soundtrack, or maybe Tsuyoshi Sekito and Kenichiro Fukui just asked to arrange certain tracks. In any case, the Black Mages is in essence just that: a fairly tight arrangement of battle themes from Uematsu's previous work on music in the Final Fantasy series. It seems that tracks were picked indiscriminately - even Final Fantasy I makes it into the arrangement - and the remixes are very true to their original counterparts, barely introducing much new content to the songs other than a resampling with more advanced synthesized instruments. To some it may be a disappointment - certainly, hearing Dancing Mad with a live choir and organ rather than slight improvements compared to the SNES sampling would have been impressive - but the overall feeling emitted by this album seems to be more like respect for Uematsu's original creations, rather than complete reinterpretations of them. Much seems lacking, but there is also more than enough here for the true Final Fantasy fan to be at ease with.

Shigeru Miyamoto, the dude behind Mario and Zelda and everything else that Nintendo ever made that was cool (besides Metroid and the Game Boy, which were dreamt up by Gumpei Yokoi), conquered London today, forcing rabid gamers throughout the city to bow to his supreme greatness. Here's a photo of his victory.1

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Uematsu's official BLACK MAGES homepage now sports an update as the album was released in Japan today: Uematsu will be performing (personally? hahaha) the album live on April 26th in Shibuya, wherever that is. Interested parties may reserve tickets from March 1st. Babelfish also reports that this whole thing will involve a "thanking/apologizing meat festival" and will be performed by the "Black Demon Taoists". Right.1

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