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Chrono Trigger at 25: A story for the ages

Chrono Trigger at 25: A story for the ages

Story is, of course, the cornerstone of any role playing game, and that was as true 25 years ago as it is today. The less-capable hardware of the Super Nintendo didn’t diminish the storytelling capabilities of Yuji Horii, Masato Kato, and their team of writers when it came to crafting Chrono Trigger's plot, and I would argue that they wound up penning one of the best stories gaming has ever seen.

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Chrono Trigger at 25: The best game I’ve ever played

Chrono Trigger at 25: The best game I’ve ever played

Here in the United States, Chrono Trigger turned 25 years old this month. The game first released in the US on August 11th, 1995, five months to the day after its launch in Japan. Chrono Trigger was released smack in the middle of what could be considered a golden age for Square, as the company released Final Fantasy VI and the Capcom-developed Breath of Fire the year before, while Super Mario RPG and Final Fantasy VII were just a year and two years off, respectively. Each of those games can be considered behemoths in the world of RPGs all their own, but somehow, Chrono Trigger still demands attention.

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Conquering the Backlog Part 8: After 9 years I finally finished Terraria

Conquering the Backlog Part 8: After 9 years I finally finished Terraria

It's been a few weeks since the last entry of Conquering the Backlog, but I'm back with a new game to add to the list. As a refresher, Conquering the Backlog is a series in which I'm trying to complete as many games in my backlog as possible in 2020. The list has been growing at a very slow rate so far, but this week, the new entry I'm adding is a big one: Terraria.

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Subscriptions, not specs, could settle the next-gen Xbox vs PlayStation war

Subscriptions, not specs, could settle the next-gen Xbox vs PlayStation war

Generally speaking, the console wars come down to one of two things for a lot of people: hardware and games. Some people compare spec sheets to determine which console is for them, while others look at launch titles and exclusive game lineups to make their decisions. This generation, though, subscriptions may wind up being the difference maker for some, specifically in the case Xbox Game Pass.

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More of this, please, Nissan

More of this, please, Nissan

Nissan lost its way, and now it looks like it has found it again. Revealed this week, the 2021 Nissan Ariya isn't just a new electric crossover from the Japanese automaker, but an appealing electric crossover. In the midst of a maelstrom, that's exactly the sort of reinvention Nissan needs.

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YouTube TV’s ‘value’ is why people ditched cable in the first place

YouTube TV’s ‘value’ is why people ditched cable in the first place

Remember several years ago, when streaming services like Netflix were really hitting their stride and internet TV services were starting to ramp up, how optimistic we all were about the internet being a force for change with the cable industry? "Surely once they see people flocking to these internet providers and canceling their cable subscriptions, the industry will change for the better," some of us thought back then. Remember those more encouraging days?

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Conquering the Backlog Part 7: I got the Joy-Con blues

Conquering the Backlog Part 7: I got the Joy-Con blues

Another week has passed, which means it’s time for a new update on my quest to complete as many games in my backlog as possible in 2020. After adding a new game to the list last week - thatgamecompany’s Flower - this is another week where there isn’t a new addition. I have a good excuse this time around (I promise), and even though there isn’t a new entry on the list, progress has been made in a number of games.

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The Apple ARM move demands a classic Mac reboot

The Apple ARM move demands a classic Mac reboot

The dawn of Apple's switch of macOS to run on Arm processors is finally almost here, at least if the leaks are correct, and I'm hoping it gives one misunderstood Mac product another chance to prove its merit. Rumored for years, it's a blow to Intel and potentially some work for developers between WWDC 2020 and the arrival of the first hardware come 2021.

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Conquering the Backlog Part 6: Video game choice paralysis

Conquering the Backlog Part 6: Video game choice paralysis

One thing I often struggle with when it comes to gaming is choice paralysis. I’ll know I want to play something, but when you’ve got an extensive backlog of games to choose from, deciding on what to play can be a tricky thing. The same concept applies to all forms of entertainment, whether you’re deciding on the TV show or movie to watch next or you’re trying to pick a book out of the pile of unread tomes that sits in front of you.

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Conquering the Backlog Part 5: Retro gaming failures

Conquering the Backlog Part 5: Retro gaming failures

I’m finishing week five of my challenge to complete as many games in my backlog as possible throughout the rest of the year, and like the last few weeks, I haven’t made a ton of progress toward that goal. Some of that is down to Terraria, which I’m slowly working my way through with friends after the Journey’s End update earlier this month, but Terraria isn’t the entire reason. I’ve also been on something of a retro gaming kick this week, and that presents its own challenges when it comes to actually completing games.

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The 8 best game controllers of all time – ranked!

The 8 best game controllers of all time – ranked!

If you’re a gamer, there’s a good chance that you have a favorite game controller. Even PC die-hards like me can’t deny that some games are simply better with a controller, which means that many of us have our favorites too. There have been plenty of game controllers throughout the years; some of them certainly better than others. Here’s SlashGear’s ranking of the best of the best.

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Conquering the Backlog Part 4: I’m addicted to Terraria again

Conquering the Backlog Part 4: I’m addicted to Terraria again

Around this time last week, I was writing about how the release of Terraria: Journey's End threatened to derail my quest to complete as many games in my backlog as possible. Terraria is one of my favorite games, and with each major update, it seems I can't resist the urge to dive back in for another several hundred hours. Past Eric, however, was optimistic that even though this Terraria update looked like the most exciting one yet, he'd be able to at least keep some focus on his immediate goal of completing Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

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