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If Monks had Macs; Meat and Conversation

In the early days of personal computer multimedia (when it was black and white, and before the Internet stole its momentum) there were very few well-trodden paths. Much time and effort was spent simply trying to determine by trial and error what would and wouldn’t work, technically, artistically, and financially.

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Murder and Betrayal in the Dark Ages of Ivalice

VII set the tone for most of the Final Fantasies to come after it: big and theatrical, a parade of set pieces and operatic extravagance. Tactics, on the other hand, was restrained— almost dignified— in the way it carried itself. It had some drama, but unlike VII, its primary purpose was not to be drama.

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A Secret Treasure of Final Fantasy XII

Much credit does not usually go to translators and localizers in the game industry, but I feel they are sometimes deserving of special praise, especially those who can not only convey the meaning of the original but also its essence and sometimes its greatness. Final Fantasy XII is a demonstration of Square’s localization prowess and continues a tradition of great translations. The voice actors well-cast and directed, and the words themselves are crafted at a level above that of the average game. But for how well the main story is brought into English, something else steals the show– the encyclopedic Bestiary.

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