Game Exchange: Final Fantasy Summons

Game Exchange: Final Fantasy Summons

Final Fantasy games are rich in lore, but it’s the games’ summons that are really steeped in history. How well do the Final Fantasy games represent the stories surrounding each of their summoned beasts? Gaijin Goomba looks at the summons inspired by Middle Eastern tradition, including Bahamut, Leviathan, and...

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Game Exchange: The Assassin’s Creed 4 Pirate Primer

Game Exchange: The Assassin’s Creed 4 Pirate Primer

Assassin’s Creed 4 has you battling alongside some of the most notorious pirates in history, but who are these salty dogs, really? Everyone loves pirates, but what are their origins? The scurvy Captain Goomba takes you through the history of pirates so that you know who to trust and who to betray as you play through Assassin’s Creed...

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Game Exchange: Pokemon X and Y French Connection

Game Exchange: Pokemon X and Y French Connection

Pokemon X and Y have got Gaijin feeling a little Euro. So join our cultured chestnut and some special guests from The Dex as they explore the French culture in and around Pokemon’s newest addition, Lumiose...

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Game Exchange: Sonic ’06 is the DEVIL…Literally!

Game Exchange: Sonic ’06 is the DEVIL…Literally!

Everyone knows that Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 is SO BAD it’s practically evil. But did you know that this awful Sonic game is all about the DEVIL? Seriously. Sonic ’06 is so terrible, it is possessed by Satan himself. Gaijin Goombah and guest Super PsyGuy explain...

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Game Exchange: Mega Man 6 World Tour Part 2

Game Exchange: Mega Man 6 World Tour Part 2

Playing Mega Man 6 is like taking a tour around the world…with deadly humanoid robots. But how well do these Robot Masters represent their respective countries? Gaijin Goombah looks at the rest of Mega Man 6′s multi-cultural robot masters in Part 2 of his Powered Up world...

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Game Exchange: Mega Man 6 World Tour Part 1

Game Exchange: Mega Man 6 World Tour Part 1

Some people say that Mega Man 6 is one of the weakest entries in the series. Let me disprove that by showing you all the cultural and geographical inspirations this game has. For this first half we look at Plant Man, Tomahawk Man, Knight Man, and Blizzard...

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Game Exchange: A Hat in Time Culture-Filled Preview

Game Exchange: A Hat in Time Culture-Filled Preview

“A Hat in Time” is a 3D collect-a-thon platformer in the spirit of the beloved Nintendo and Rare games from the Nintendo 64 era! And Gaijin has a preview look at all the culture you can expect to see in this upcoming...

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Game Exchange: Super Mario RPG Translated

Game Exchange: Super Mario RPG Translated

Super Mario RPG is a classic for the SNES, the product of a one-time collaboration between Nintendo and Square. But SMBRPG is more than just a brilliant Mario RPG experience, it also contains an intricate story, loveable characters, and TONS of cultural references. Today, Gaijin Goomba has some competition as a new challenger enters the ring, Kirbopher, to...

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Game Exchange: Okami Pt. 3, Greedy Grandmas!

Game Exchange: Okami Pt. 3, Greedy Grandmas!

Okami is a game based entirely around Japanese culture, and in honor of Game Exchange’s one year anniversary, Gaijin Goomba is explaining all its cultural references in a three-part series. Whether you’re new to Okami or a long-time fan, exploring this beautiful game is a full course on Japanese myth and folklore. The finale of Gaijin Goomba’s...

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Game Exchange: Okami, Part 2

Game Exchange: Okami, Part 2

Okami is a game based entirely around Japanese culture, and in honor of Game Exchange’s one year anniversary, Gaijin Goomba is explaining all its cultural references in a three-part series. Whether you’re new to Okami or a long-time fan, exploring this beautiful game is a full course on Japanese myth and folklore. Part 2 has Gaijin Goomba teaming up...

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