Games I Play: Trails in the Sky SC and the 3rd

The Trails saga continues! Shortly after I finished the first game, I went on to play the second and third in this first trilogy. The story picks up right where the first game left off and really kicks the story (and anime tropes) into high gear. Having now finished the entire Sky trilogy, one might wonder what I thought of it. So, let’s get into that.

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Caller’s Bane soundtrack now on streaming services

13 years after the fact, the soundtrack I and Josh Whelchel wrote for Caller’s Bane (or as it was known back then, Scrolls) is available on streaming services courtesy of Mojang! I’m still really proud of this music, so it feels great that more people can access it now.

Games I Play: Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- Reunion

With Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth around the corner I finally mustered up the courage to play Crisis Core. I’ve owned on PSP forever but never got around to playing it, partially due to fear that it’d soil my pristine memory of Final Fantasy VII as a perfect game in its own right. But now that the remakes are flipping everything on its head anyway and Crisis Core got its own fancy remake treatment, it was finally time.

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Games I Play: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky

I finally got around to starting the Trails series. A sub-series of Falcom’s The Legend of Heroes, it’s epic Japanese role-playing games with an overarching narrative. In other words, you basically have to play all 10+ games in order to get the best experience—or so the fans say. The first game, Trails in the Sky, establishes the world and starts off what’s called the Liberl arc of the story.

So was it worth beginning this daunting task? This humongous video game undertaking? This “most ambitious story in video games”, as the developer calls it? After just one game I’m inclined to say: yes.

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Module Focus: Wiard Oscillator / Richter Oscillator II

I like modular synthesizers and I particularly like the modules that make up a modular synthesizer. In Module Focus I’ll spotlight some of my favorites, write a bit about why I like them, and give some ideas on how they can be used.

First up is the Wiard Oscillator (re-released as Richter Oscillator II) by Malekko and Grant Richter. Released all the way back in 2010, it’s touted as the “classic East Coast oscillator” for the Malekko Wiard system. Beyond doing exactly what you’d expect from an analog oscillator, it’s also got quite a few tricks up its sleeve so let’s get into it.

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Games I Play: Baldur’s Gate III

Like most of the people who like RPGs, I’ve been playing Baldur’s Gate III. It’s a sequel to the genre-defining Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II but I don’t particularly care about that since I’ve not played either of those games. It’s also by Larian Studios who made Divinity: Original Sin and Divinity: Original Sin 2, and this is huge because I loved those games. So did it live up to the hype?

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Games I play: Zaccaria Pinball

I really like pinball video games. In fact, I have probably liked pinball video games ever since my family inherited a shitty Toshiba laptop from my cousin. It had a monochrome orange screen that weighed a metric fuckton. It also had the MS-DOS version of Pinball Fantasies on it, and that game was fantastic.

Fast-forward to present day and I’m still playing pinball video games. One of those is Zaccaria Pinball, a game that started with simulations of machines from the now lesser known Italian manufacturer Zaccaria.

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