I’m trying to remember exactly when I was playing Final Fantasy X for the first time. It came out when I was in Grade 10, though I first saw it when my cousin showed it to me at my grandmother’s house in Gimli, the town where I grew up. But even still, I don’t think I started really playing it until I was university, which was … Continue reading BEAT ALL THE FINAL FANTASIES – FFX
The following is a story about how I finally did the thing that most people I grew up with did when they were twelve. In the past sixteen years, I have started The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time four times. The first time, I only got to the Goron Village and then I had to return my friend’s Nintendo 64 because it was 1998, after … Continue reading Music Ed Monday – …Because They’re Hard
“Demise of the Ritual” from Shadow of the Colossus, by Ko Otani Shadow of the Colossus is one of those games that I never, ever thought I would beat. I don’t know why, but I had this fear of it, like I wasn’t very good or something. I knew a ton of people who’d beaten it, but I never thought I’d be one of them… … Continue reading VGM Wednesday – “Demise of the Ritual” from Shadow of the Colossus
[Some spoilers, but come on, the game came out fifteen years ago!] I’ve really put this on the backburner, but I’m still slowly working through one of the most important series of my life. I’ve put a lot of time and love into these stories, and it’s quite a bit different revisiting them as an adult – not better or worse, just different. I was … Continue reading BEAT ALL THE FINAL FANTASIES: IX
Holy smokes, “Betty Boop Dance Card” is out for iOS! I’m really proud of this score and it pushed me harder than ever before. It is, by an enormous margin, the most music I’ve ever written for a game, clocking in at approximately 46 minutes of music. The score is incredibly diverse – from swing to rock to 8-bit to modern pop… it’s got a … Continue reading “Betty Boop Dance Card” Released!
Well, it’s been busy, but I’ve been trying to find an hour or two every couple of days to work through this project. After beating XIII, I took my copy of FFVIII to get cleaned up and, while the scratches were still there, at least the FMVs didn’t freeze up and I could beat the game. Then, I went all the way back to the … Continue reading BEAT ALL THE FINAL FANTASIES: I + VIII + XIII-2
So, I worked on this game called DuckTales: Scrooge’s Loot that was made by Complex Games and published by Disney. My last post was about it and, now that the game is out, it’s starting to make some waves. I’ve been following online magazines like Destructoid and Touch Arcade for a long time and today I saw DTSL on both of those this afternoon. Then … Continue reading When the spark catches…
I’m so glad that I can talk about this now. I can’t believe I got this gig – it’s one of those types. The type that keeps you up at night from being both excited and terrified about writing it. Where you’re out for dinner and you can’t stop thinking about how you voiced the harmony coming into the B section of whatever, or if … Continue reading DuckTales! Woo-oo!
So, about two years ago, I began a mission to beat all of the numbered, original canon Final Fantasy games. No Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core (though I’ve beaten it and it’s wonderful), no Final Fantasy X-2 – just the original, numbered games. Since then, I’ve beaten 4, 5, 6, 7, and 13 (which I just finished tonight). Also, I’m not beating 11 because it’s … Continue reading BEAT ALL THE FINAL FANTASIES: Almost Halfway!