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The Moving Pixels Podcast Goes on 'The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit'

This week we discuss The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, and how its status as a prequel/promo for Life Is Strange 2 makes it less awesome.

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Why Is She So Feminine?

“She's all, 'ah,' 'eek,' 'oooh' all the time,” my daughter said, referring to the noises that Lara Croft makes when wounded in the new Tomb Raider. “Lara Croft is supposed to be tough.”

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Disarming the Open World with 'Sleeping Dogs'

Is the design of Sleeping Dogs's open world vision of Hong Kong a sufficiently unique experience by comparison to its forerunners?

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Dressing Up and Dressing Down: Clothing, Semiotics, and 'Sleeping Dogs'

Sleeping Dogs's Wei Shen must appear authentic, or he could end up dead, which is one reason that this game cares so much about appearances.

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Finite Fantasy: The Problem with JRPGs

Not long ago there wasn't a need to distinguish between western and Japanese RPGs. But the more that JRPG developers get stuck in their glory days, the more the genre suffers.

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Anti-Escapism and 'Final Fantasy Tactics Advance'

It’s odd to think of such an expensive hobby that is so often associated with a privileged class as designed purely for escape. What could such an audience have to escape from?

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Cut to the Chase: Undressing the Video Game Plot

Deus Ex: Human Revolution may prove Coco Chanel right: "before you leave the house, take one thing off.”

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Disney and Square: A Failure of Synthesis

The story that Kingdom Hearts wants to tell is not the story it could ideally tell.

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Infinite Undiscovery

As much as Undiscovery's combat feels fresh, the plot feels like it was something taken from the Generic JRPG Plot discount rack.

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Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift

In Final Fantasy Tactics A2 there isn't really a point at which you can stop grinding and say, "I'm ready to hear the plot now".

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Mystified by the Cult of Chrono Trigger

Excited as anybody by the upcoming DS re-release of Chrono Trigger, I'm curious as to what makes it such a well-regarded and influential game.

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The World Ends With You

Almost without exception, the changes to the standard JRPG formula in The World Ends With You improve the gameplay and provide a startlingly fresh take on the role-playing experience.

Michael Abbott
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Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is a multi-million dollar, audio/visual fan fiction.

Joe Bernstein
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Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors

Dragon Quest Swords turns out to be an interesting study in knowing one's audience.

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Mario Hoops 3-on-3

Anybody who's ever watched the end of a blowout basketball game can see the value in a super-risky, ultra-rare power-up 20-point basket.

Gregory Trefry
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Final Fantasy XII

Will real-time combat revolutionize Final Fantasy or ruin it?

Mike Sage
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Final Fantasy X-2

If FFX-2's consideration of feminine identity is schizophrenic, so too is its game play.

G. Christopher Williams
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