Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.
Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.

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Apr 9
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The best, worst, and weirdest games in the 30-year-history of the <i>Final Fantasy</i> franchise

Final Fantasy is a mood. Not in the “taking a picture of your sunglasses next to a plate of over-garnished eggs, then hashtagging it” kind of way. (Although we could totally see the rowdy, road-tripping crew of Final Fantasy XV doing exactly that.) Square-Enix’s 30-years-and-running roleplaying game series—which

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Mar 25
4
<i>Animal Crossing </i>is still gaming’s cutest way to teach kids about crushing debt

The word “debt” has always struck a chord with me—the kind you hear when a toddler slams on the keys of a grand piano that hasn’t been tuned in two decades. The very term makes me cringe. Whether it was a car payment or student loans, the idea of being in debt scared the absolute crap out of me as a kid. I basically

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Mar 18
2
Game over, man: How <i>Aliens</i>—not <i>Alien</i>—shaped three decades of gaming history

Although the Alien franchise has cast a long and lingering shadow over the world of video games, it was never the lone xenomorph—lurking in the gloom above the Nostromo’s brightly lit corridors, picking its crew off one by one—that would shape the medium in the decades to come. In fact, Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi

Mar 2
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The <i>Final Fantasy VII Remake </i>has heroic terrorists, fake news, and a massive legacy to reckon with

The pantheon of heroic pop culture terrorists is a tiny one, comprised mostly of characters born into oppression by a truly repressive status quo—your Katniss Everdeens, your Luke Skywalkers, etc. In the world of video games—rife as it is with heroic soldiers, cops, and other defenders of whatever “normal” happens to

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