Games We Grew Up On: Final Fantasy VII

Way back in 1997, I got my first Playstation. This was my first ‘serious’ games console; to be fair, it was THE first serious games console. It marked a departure from 2D pixellated gaming to 3D, high octane, pixelated gaming. Entire towns would lock up their daughters and shoot their sons when one of the neighborhood bad boys got his hands on a PS1. Continue reading “Games We Grew Up On: Final Fantasy VII”

UTM’s Favourite Japanese Films

Aside from our love/hatred of music, the thing that bonds us together at UTM is our appreciation for Japanese cinema. We’ve lost countless hours to Crunchyroll and spent entire nights out sitting in a dark corner of a club enthusing about Kurosawa’s legacy.
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Why Final Fantasy IX is the Most Overlooked Final Fantasy

Debating Final Fantasy games is a fucking mess, because there are always specific kinds of people that debate FF games. The one we’re all familiar with is the Final Fantasy VII fuckboy who trashes every other game because they haven’t played them anyway. There’s the FFVI purist who makes a convincing argument – until the FFVII fuckboy shouts “GO SUPLEX A TRAIN!” There’s also the FFVIII super fan who usually stays in the corner, writing Story of the Year lyrics inside a Death Note notebook. Continue reading “Why Final Fantasy IX is the Most Overlooked Final Fantasy”

The New Cast of Twin Peaks Revealed

Today, the official cast of the new season of Twin Peaks was revealed, and it’s a heck of a list. The new season, premiering on Showtime in 2017, will feature a cast numbering at a staggering 217. Some old faces and fan favourites return, including everyone’s favourite detective Dale Cooper (played by Kyle MacLachlan), Denise Bryson (David Duchovny) and Shelly Johnson (Mädchen Amick). Continue reading “The New Cast of Twin Peaks Revealed”

UTM Discuss: The Current (and Future) State of RPGs

RPGs have come a long way from the pixelated, turn-based cutefests of yesteryear. Nowadays, we see vast worlds hosting a plethora of individual characters, and players have ultimate freedom to kill people, burn shit or fuck everything off to settle down and have kids.
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Frustrating Video Games Are Ultimately Rewarding

Ever wondered why some video game characters seem to be able to take down multiple foes with ease? Sure, for games like God Of War this may make sense considering the protagonist is a hugely strong demigod, but when it comes to a series like Assassin’s Creed, all it takes is a monotonous combination of blocking and countering to take down dozens of enemies one-by-one without losing much health at all. Continue reading “Frustrating Video Games Are Ultimately Rewarding”