James Mielke Talks to Yuji Naka About Phantasy Star Online’s 20th Anniversary

Over at Polygon, James Mielke talks to Yuji Naka about the development and legacy of PSO. The interview is a must-read, and the best part? It’s the first of six restrospective articles about the game! If you’re not familiar with James, he was of the biggest advocates of PSO in the Western gaming press whenContinue reading “James Mielke Talks to Yuji Naka About Phantasy Star Online’s 20th Anniversary”

To the Player Who Posted a Transphobic Meme on Ship 01 Last Night

Hey. I don’t know you, and you don’t know me. What I do know is that we were running an Urgent Quest last night and you posted some pretty hurtful stuff. I’ll admit, when I first saw you, I noticed your character name was a reference to the current president of the United States. IContinue reading “To the Player Who Posted a Transphobic Meme on Ship 01 Last Night”

PSO2 Impressions: The Win10 Version is Getting Better

I recently hit the 100 hour mark in PSO2, but when I did, I wasn’t on Xbox, but PC. The issues with the PC version of the game have been extensive and well-documented, so I won’t go into too much detail. But basically, I couldn’t get the game to run on my (relatively decent andContinue reading “PSO2 Impressions: The Win10 Version is Getting Better”

Phantasy Star Nova – Impressions After 30 Hours

I posted about the game’s packaging here if you’re into that sort of thing. Phantasy Star Nova was released on the PS Vita in Japan in November of 2014. To contextualize what the game “is,” think of it as a single player / local multiplayer parallel to PSO 2, in the same way the PhantasyContinue reading “Phantasy Star Nova – Impressions After 30 Hours”

SEGA Master System: a visual compendium

Phantasy Star is arguably the marquee title for the Master System, so it’s no surprise that it gets a lot of love in Bitmap Books’ (excellent) visual compendium. The book is filled with history, interviews, and reviews which tell the story of why this oft-forgotten (in the US at least) console is so important andContinue reading “SEGA Master System: a visual compendium”

Phantasy Star Online 2 Fashion Catalog 2017 – 2018

This 418-page monster is a very distinctly Japanese item. It’s a visual guide to fashion in PSO2. Specifically, customization options made available in 2017-2018. The book covers original outfits and accessories in great detail, including photographs from multiple angles for each. This is really fun to flip through to see so many outfits I’ve neverContinue reading “Phantasy Star Online 2 Fashion Catalog 2017 – 2018”

SEGA AGES Phantasy Star (Switch) (The End)

I wrapped up Sega Ages Phantasy Star on Switch this morning. It’s my 3rd or 4th time finishing this game in one form or another, and I can confidently say that the Switch version is the best way to play it. From the FM Sound Unit to the auto mapping in dungeons, I can’t reallyContinue reading “SEGA AGES Phantasy Star (Switch) (The End)”

Phantasy Star Fan Pages from the 90s

I randomly stumbled upon this site, which has a surprisingly robust amount of Phantasy Star III content. The most exciting subsection to me however, was the “gallery of dead sites.” Here there is a collection of PS sites from the GeoCities days. I “visited” the sites and saved photos with good vibes, which I presentContinue reading “Phantasy Star Fan Pages from the 90s”

Phantasy Star Online 2 – Impressions After 80 Hours

Previous impressions: 20 hours, 40 hours, 60 hours. Wow I sure have played this game a lot. A few significant things happened in my last 20 or so hours of playing. One, I started an alliance (PSO2’s version of guilds). It’s called Esaka (it’s an Osaka / SNK thing) and as of right now, I’m the onlyContinue reading “Phantasy Star Online 2 – Impressions After 80 Hours”