Author Archives: jotaroraido

Completed games: January

So far I’m doing pretty decent on wrapping up games I never finished when I first played them for whatever reason. Let’s see if I can finish some of the new starts I’ve got going (as of right now: Nier, … Continue reading

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The Battle of Donkey Kong

The following is a translated excerpt from the book Sore wa “Pong” kara Hajimatta by Masumi Akagi (Ch. 18, Pg. 305-307). It is from the chapter on the legal issues surrounding Nintendo’s Donkey Kong, which has a more colorful history … Continue reading

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Game Review: Misshitsu no Sacrifice

A young girl named Miki wakes up on the floor of a room. There is debris nearby from some unseen catastrophe, her leg is trapped under a pipe, and water is slowly leaking in from the ceiling. Looking around, there … Continue reading

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I need to stop buying games.

That’s it, I officially own too many video games. That picture to the left…that’s not my collection, that’s my backlog. And it isn’t even my entire backlog, it’s just the stuff for those platforms that I bought intending to play … Continue reading

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Game Review: Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

This review has been reposted from MobyGames. Originally written August 15, 2010. Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the most divisive game series in existence. Some would argue that the early titles were the forefront of platform gaming at the … Continue reading

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Game Review: Blade Kitten

I’ll be honest: There were two reasons I was looking forward to Blade Kitten. First, it’s an action game where you play as a cute pink-haired catgirl. Second, it draws clear design inspiration from classic side-scroller Strider. More honesty: I … Continue reading

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Manga Review: Arcade Gamer Fubuki

It’s not surprising to see something like this come from Mine Yoshizaki. Though he’s best known for Sgt. Frog (Keroro Gunso), he got his start in the early ’90s drawing Capcom dojins, and his earlier professional works include manga adaptions … Continue reading

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Different Approaches to Media Translation

So, over the last few weeks I’ve been playing through Namco-Bandai’s Tales of Vesperia with a friend. We haven’t gotten particularly far yet, but the game is quite pretty and very amusing so far. I’m not here to write a … Continue reading

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Forsooth, ’tis a blog.

Hello. My name is Joseph Rard. I love video games, manga, and music of nearly all sorts. Basically, on this blog, I plan to talk about all these things. The primary purpose of doing so is to build a body … Continue reading

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