Let’s look at Fire Emblem’s transforming races

There are a lot of animal-people in the Fire Emblem series! These are different races who transform into actual animals in battle, while occasionally maintaining some of these features while in their humanoid forms. Hearing about laguz or taguel can be confusing, especially since these races are not universal and may only be present in a few select entries.

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How seven mysteries help games develop worlds

There are certain recurring themes people can expect from video games intended to build ambiance, especially in RPGs. No sooner do you enter a new area or attend a new academy, then someone lets slip there are seven unsolved mysteries to discover. Inevitably, the main story or an extended series of sidequests sends you looking after each one. However, people may not realize exactly how extensive this story element is and why it is such a valuable inclusion in games.

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Who are Animal Crossing’s more unorthodox villagers?

In each Animal Crossing game, players get to meet an array of villagers who move into their towns and become their neighbors. These characters tend to be part of certain species. There are alligators, anteaters, bears, birds, bulls, cats, chickens, cows, cubs, deer, dogs, ducks, eagles, elephants, frogs, goats, hamsters, hippos, horses, kangaroos, koalas, gorillas, lions, mice, penguins, pigs, ostriches, rabbits, sheep, squirrels and tigers. All of these are rather typical and ordinary creatures. Yet within these confines, it is still possible to see more unusual creatures. There are, at this point, six characters that are a little more legendary.

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A beginner’s guide to Bokujou Monogatari: the best Harvest Moon and Story of Seasons games to play

The Story of Seasons series has reached quite a hallmark in regions outside of Japan this year. It has celebrated its 20th birthday! With the Bokujou Monogatari split happening in 2014, with Marvelous deciding to have XSEED work on localizations of future entries while Natsume retained the “Harvest Moon” name and began using it on a line of original games, it may be difficult to follow the course of the series. We’re here to help you figure out which farming simulations might be right for you.

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Seeking solace in Japanese life sims

You can’t escape the real world forever. It isn’t possible; it isn’t healthy. But, now more than ever, seeking solace in a safe virtual space is a welcome retreat for those needing to grieve or heal. Japan has excelled in providing us these simple spaces where we can feel heard, accepted, loved and in control. With games like Tomodachi Life, Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons, Princess Maker 2 and Animal Crossing, we can find a moment of peace.

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