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Xenogears’ story lives on, thanks to its ambitious creator

Jeremy Parish: "Video games, as a medium, don’t have many auteur creators — designers who produce games for big publishers yet somehow manage for their personal obsessions and peculiarities to shine through. Consider Jeff Minter, a man whose catalog demonstrates an equal fascination with Atari’s Tempest and camelids. Or Hideo Kojima’s obsession with Hollywood popcorn flicks has led to Metal Gear, a series of intricate action games with arcane storylines. Akitoshi Kawazu’s abiding interest in tabletop games gave us SaGa, Square Enix’s most mechanically impenetrable role-playing franchise. Fumito Ueda created Ico, Shadow of the Colossus and The Last Guardian, three games about the role that companionship plays in overcoming isolation. And so forth: all games heavily driven by a singular vision, even when the pursuit of those passions works to the detriment of the end product. Twenty years ago, another auteur appeared on the scene with the arrival of the first game based around his own obsessions: Tetsuya Takahashi, the author behind the dense tangle of story that powered Squaresoft’s Xenogears."

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FallenAngel1984228d ago

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PhoenixUp228d ago

I was surprised when I heard there was a Gear from Xenogears featured as a boss in World of Final Fantasy.

“Video games, as a medium, don’t have many auteur creators”

Theres quite a considerable number of them. There’s also Tim Chaeffer, Yu Suzuki, Sid Meier, Shigeru Miyamoto, Tetsuya Nomura, Goichi Suda, Shinji Mikami, Masahiro Sakurai, Yasumi Matsuno, & Will Wright, Hidetaka Miyazaki, Ken Levine, & Taro Yoko to name a few.

septemberindecember227d ago

How did you forget Hideo Kojima? :P He is quite possibly THE auteur video game creator. Probably because he derives his projects much more like a filmmaker than any other developer I know of.

PhoenixUp227d ago

Cuz this article already mentioned Kojima and it’d be redundant for me to bring him up.

Godmars290226d ago

Still can't a game that came as close to 90's era mech anime than this.

TheOttomatic91226d ago

Um no no it doesn’t, The Xenoblade series is nowhere near as good as Xenogears was.