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70 Aspects Of Batman: 20


Taken from Wikipedia:

Yoshitaka Amano (天野 喜孝 (formerly 天野 嘉孝), Amano Yoshitaka?) (born July 28, 1952) is a Japanese artist known for his illustrations for Vampire Hunter D and for his character designs, image illustrations and title logo designs for the Final Fantasy series.[1] In early 2010, he established Studio Deva Loka, a film production company.

Amano’s great…I’m lucky enough to have a signed print of his artwork from the Sandman:Dream Hunters book (though it’s signed by Neil Gaiman, not him). Unfortunately, I think this is his only Batman work, done as a poster for DC. It’s too bad, because an illustrated novel featuring his Batman would be amazing. He also did a Superman piece, but I’m saving that for the 80 Aspects of Superman series I’m starting in 2018.


Why you don’t want your favorite video game publisher to be purchased by another video game publisher EXHIBIT A

In previous posts, I’ve provided explicit yet romantic lists of video game publishers that are now under the control of other video game publishers. However, one thing I’ve failed to mention is that this usually turns out poorly for longtime fans of the purchased companies. Here’s the shocking evidence!

Exhibit A: Squaresoft
Some will see this first listing and immediatley exclaim: “No! Square MERGED with Enix! No one controls Square!” I’m sorry to inform you that the board at Square didn’t come together one day and decide to team up with Enix to form RPG Superteam Company. Instead, something called Final Fantasy: The Spirit Within happened, and Square lost $100 million. Enix absorbed Square and the latter’s shareholders received less value for the new company’s shares than those of the former. With this unholy union came a desire to make lots and lots of money, mostly from Final Fantasy. In fact, the bulk of Square Enix releases have been Final Fantasy-related while Enix’s own Dragon Quest franchise has only been exploited slightly more than pre-SquareEnix levels.

blanda dumb spinoff

There are some Final Fantasy fans that will say, “There more the better!” and never have their fill, regardless of quality. And in truth, the main Final Fantasy installments have retained their high level of critical acclaim. However, the market is now flooded with spin-offs of middling quality. There are mini-game collections starring Chocobo, a whole series of Nintendo-exclusive (big whoop) games called Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, all of which are pure saccharine. There are also several sequels specific to older FF releases. Admittedly, this practice began before the merger but with Final Fantasy X-2, a sequel to the then-recently-released Final Fantasy X. However, Square Enix is now releasing cell phone-based sequels to games originally released 18 years ago. NOW they’re releasing these fucking things incrementally so you can enjoy the thrill of paying for each section and waiting for the next section to be released. Some of the sequels, like PS2’s FFVII: Dirge of Cerberus have been very poor efforts, too.

a bad game

Did anyone really need an overpriced castle-defense game with FF archetypes slapped into it on WiiWare?  And a FF fighting is just silly.  Square’s Mana series has fared much worse, first with a boring dungeon crawler and then a very poorly-received strategy game, both on DS.  The biggest insult was Dawn of Mana, supposedly the first ‘main’ entry in the series since the SNES’s Seiken Densetsu 3.  Unfortunately, the consumer has trained publishers that they will buy anything as long as their stupid beloved franchise characters are thrown in.

a really bad game

The Peoplez rest . . . for now.

-Matthew Bert Goode

Editorz note: The writer of this article is actually interested in some of the sequels to old FF games but he is not interested in playing Super Final Fantasy Bros.

More Japanese mergers/acquisitions

Awhile ago I wrote an entry about Japanese mergers and buy-outs of recent years. Here’s a recap:

Squaresoft (Final Fantasy, SaGa, Mana) and Enix (Dragon Quest, Soulblazer) merged to create Square Enix.
-Square Enix acquired Taito (Space Invaders, Arkanoid, Bubble Bobble) but maintains it as a separate brand.

Sammy (Guilty Gear, pachinko machines) acquired SEGA (Sonic, Phantasy Star, Yakuza) to form SEGA Sammy but SEGA is maintained as a separate brand.

Konami (Castlevania, Metal Gear, Contra) acquired Hudson Soft (Bonk, Bomberman) but maintains it as a separate brand.

Namco (Pac-Man, Tekken, Tales) merged with Bandai (Gundam, Digimon) to form Namco Bandai.

Technos (Double Dragon, Super Dodge Ball, River City Ransom) folded and its assets were acquired by Atlus (Shin Megami Tensei).

SNK (King of Fighters, Samurai Shodown, Metal Slug) was acquired by a pachinko company and then later regained its independence as SNK Playmore.

Since I wrote that entry, there have been more recent developments . . .

Namco Bandai acquired the video game aspect of Banpresto (Super Robot Wars, Summon Knight). Namco Bandai also acquired D3 Publisher (Puzzle Quest, licensed games).

Tecmo (Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive, Tecmo Bowl) merged with Koei (Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Dynasty Warriors) to form Tecmo Koei.

AND MOST INTERESTINGLY, Square Enix purchased a European publisher, Eidos (Tomb Raider, Hitman, Legacy of Kain), pending shareholder approval.

For Allison – Final Fantasy Tactics releases

Because Final Fantasy Tactics is basically a rebranding of the Battle Ogre series, they must be listed together.

1993 Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen
by Quest
Super NES, PlayStation
This is the game that started the whole silly series, developed by independent company Quest!

1995 Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
by Quest
Super NES, PlayStation
After this release, several members of the Quest development team jumped ship for Squaresoft, where they worked on . . .

1997 Final Fantasy Tactics
by Square
Basically a Tactics Ogre game but with characters, settings, trappings, etc. from Final Fantasy.

1999 Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber
by Quest
Nintendo 64

2000 Ogre Battle: Legend of the Zenobia Prince
by Quest
NeoGeo Pocket Color
This one never dun come out outside of Japan so don’t try to git it.

2001 Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis
by Quest
Game Boy Advance
After this game was relased, Quest was absorbed by Square. Many of the former Quest developers now work on the FF Tactics series.

2003 Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
by Squaresoft
Game Boy Advance
The game Allison loves.

2007 Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
by Square Enix
An update of the original PS1 game.

2007 Final Fantasy Tactics A2
by Square Enix
Nintendo DS
The new game releasing stateside this month.