One of the best mistakes to be made was a series with 108 individual characters, and that has been the trademark for every game in the Suikoden series. This even applies to those that are not core games and aren’t set in the same universe, like Suikoden Tierkreis.

I call this a mistake because, as previously discussed, Yoshitaka Murayama hadn’t really meant for there to be 108 characters in the series he was working on. He had wanted to create a story that was based primarily around secondary characters. However, when he decided to use Shui Hu Zhuan (Water Margin/The […] Continue Reading…

The Suikoden series was one that I cherished the most and have the fondest memories playing. I’ve decided to go back and revisit the core games of the series, Suikoden I to Suikoden V, while also including those that I just couldn’t handle finishing (Rhapsodia, also known as Suikoden Tactics) or hadn’t played in the first place (Tierkreis). This project may or may not be a good idea, but it probably won’t change my feelings for these games.

Suikoden I to V covers. All art belongs to Konami.

History of the Series
The concept for Suikoden started in […] Continue Reading…

I used to find it agitating to be subjected to the music or entertainment preferences of people in public, especially on public transportation. It bothered me they would never wear their headphones to make sure that they were the only person enjoying their media, that it was a special moment between their chosen piece of music and themselves. I used to hate being made to listen to someone watch some sort of drama or over-the-top action film on my way to work, hearing the screaming sobs or the excessive explosions.

I don’t mind it now, though. In fact, I find […] Continue Reading…

Last night, I met up with a couple friends to go see Star Trek Into Darkness; we’d been planning on seeing it together since it was announced, and it was a great excuse to finally catch up after months of not seeing each other. I guess that’s what happens when you’re spending an excessive amount of time working on university projects. Either way, I really felt slightly disappointed with the film despite the fact I adored it.

This entire post contains spoilers; I don’t want to spoil it for everyone, so I’ve hidden it behind an excerpt. Please click the following link to read the rest and do so at your own discretion.

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I’m dreadfully confused by something, and I would be eternally grateful if someone could explain it to me in a coherent and logical fashion. Why is it that, in 2013, we still have to address the fact that rape is wrong? Why is it that people still think it’s okay to blame the victim for what happened to them?

The sad thing is that I realise how our culture perpetuates this. I’m not oblivious to the fact that even our rhetoric against rape continues to promote the same mentality that allows for it. I haven’t somehow missed all of the talk about how our “hook-up culture” perpetuates this “rape culture,” even if though I don’t agree with it at all. […] Continue Reading…

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