Fandom: Arcadia

Some have called these lands the Oasys. Some the Matrix. Others the ‘grid. Where players gather and the sprites live and die, this is where it’s written.

  • Fenrir and Finality

    Fenrir and Finality

    Final Fantasy VII is a story where the main characters hopelessly battle against a self-proclaimed god who seeks to end the world. Naturally, this pulls inspiration from one of the oldest end-of-the-world scenarios in human history; the Norse myth of Ragnarok.

    Read article »

  • Sin, Predestination and The Legacy of Kain

    Sin, Predestination and The Legacy of Kain

    A text that discards the whimsy of the previous decades to center on adult themes and antiheroism, Legacy of Kain and its sequel, Soul Reaver are games steeped in the concept of destiny, especially as examined through the lenses of Greek tragedy, the Judeo-Christian Bible, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

    Read article »

  • ‘Abandon All Hope’—Akumajo Dracula and Dante’s Divine Comedy
  • ‘All World’s a Stage’—Final Fantasy VI’s Various Influences

    ‘All World’s a Stage’—Final Fantasy VI’s Various Influences

    Each new installment of the franchise introduced generations of gamers to the wide-reaching plots, with stunning visuals, and complex characters. While not as prominent as fan favorites FF7 and FFX, much of this model’s success can be attributed to Final Fantasy V. A landmark synthesis of these elements, FF6 features some deep theatrical and cultural…

    Read article »

  • Re-Render Bender—Mario to Metroidvania
  • Fresh Painted Pixels: Graphic Recycling, Good and Bad
  • WTFighter: Powerful Franchises, Terrible Games
  • Street Fighter II: Cocaine Alpha-Turbo XXX

    Street Fighter II: Cocaine Alpha-Turbo XXX

    Welcome back to our in-depth look at the evolution and development of graphics and the role graphic art has played in digital media over the past several decades. Today we’ll examine the many, many iterations of the classic game, Street Fighter II, and what they are all about.

    Read article »

  • Honorable Mentions: Holding Up Like Atlas
  • The Steady Lens: Dos and Don’ts of the Held Frame