Monthly Archives: December 2013

Shattered Planet: An Interview with Tanya X. Short

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Medieval barbarians. Astonishing conspiracies. Thrilling space exploration. These are just a few of the items in the portfolio of game designer Tanya X. Short. Very few people can claim to be involved with projects that cover such a diverse range of themes and content, and yet even in those contexts, she has brought elements to each game she has worked on that expand the experiences significantly. After working on both of Funcom’s high-profile MMOs, Tanya has gathered together a small team of comrades to form Montreal-based Kitfox Games. Their first project, Shattered Planet, is nearing completion, and from what I have seen so far, it is definitely a game I am quite excited for. I reached out to Tanya to see if she would answer a few questions regarding Kitfox, Montreal, and the game, and she gladly agreed. Warning: Crablets ahead!

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Opening Turn: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

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I will admit, this isn’t an article that I thought I was going to write, because Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was not a game that I thought I was going to play. I had gotten quite burned out on MMOs for awhile, and even now that I’m not, I’m still alternating between Guild Wars 2, which I like quite a bit, and The Secret World, which I also like despite a few technical issues it has with one of my GPUs. I even spent a short bit of time with the FFXIV beta and walked away not very impressed at all. So what changed my mind? Well, the game was $15 on Amazon during Thanksgiving Day, and at that price I decided that I’d give it an honest shot for a month and see if it could hold my interest.

I will make the disclaimer that since this is an MMO, and since I’ve only played a few hours into it, I can guarantee you that I don’t have a complete picture of what the game can offer. But that’s not really my purpose here. My purpose is to tell you if it can grab and keep your attention out of the gate.

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