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The Pile of Shame game: Why we obsess over our personal video game backlogs

The Pile of Shame game: Why we obsess over our personal video game backlogs

We chat about the hopes, desires and gnawing anxiety wrapped up in maintaining our gaming backlog lists. By Thomas Quillfeldt and Andy Corrigan If you’re a mad keen gamer you’ve probably made a list or two in your time, maybe listing your favourite games within a genre or ranking entries...

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Breaking down the music of the Final Fantasy VII symphony

Breaking down the music of the Final Fantasy VII symphony

We tease out all of the Nobuo Uematsu tunes that went into Jonne Valtonen’s Final Fantasy VII Symphony — from the devilish One-Winged Angel to the delicate Aeris’s Theme. By Thomas Quillfeldt First performed in Germany in 2013, the Final Symphony concert suite draws on the music that video game...

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Sparsity blues: An ode to peace and quiet in video games

Sparsity blues: An ode to peace and quiet in video games

Video games tend to be noisy. But there are some wonderful examples of when a bit of restraint goes a long way when it comes to a game’s sound and music. By Thomas Quillfeldt The old proverb goes: “Silence is golden.” Claude Debussy said: “Music is the space between the...

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