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Axe of the Blood God: Loot Boxes, Ys's VIII's Localization, Secret of Mana Report, FFIX Report #4

PODCAST | Another report begins!

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Axe of the Blood God is our weekly RPG podcast hosted by Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford. You can find the previous episodes here.

In this week's episode of Axe of the Blood God (download link here), we talk about Ys VIII's localization woes; loot boxes and their relationship to RPGs, and we commence the Secret of Mana Report!

The arrival of the SNES Classic has served as inspiration for me to finally dive into Square's action RPG classic, which I've been playing with my girlfriend. In our first conversation, we talk about the game's opening hours; the combat; memorable moments, and of course, that earsplitting dwarf music. Dear god it's so bad.

Also in this episode: We talk about NISA's localization track record; how loot boxes got their start with free-to-play MMORPGs, and of course, Final Fantasy IX!

Want to share your thoughts on RPGs? Email us at usgamer@usgamer.net. We may read your letter on the show! Keep those Perfect RPG Teams coming, folks!

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Show Description

Kat and Nadia talk about loot boxes and their relationship to RPGs and debate the need to redo Ys VIII's localization before moving into a brand new report: The Secret of Mana Report! Join Kat as she talks about her first experience with the combat, earsplitting dwarf music, sneaky sprites, and RPG co-op gameplay (30:06). Then Nadia updates us on Final Fantasy IX as she officially reaches the end of Disc 1! (47:24).

Music from Axe of the Blood God is courtesy of Lena Chappelle, who has also contributed the themes to Active Time Babble and Roleplayers' Realm. I also use music from the RPG Music Pack over at rpgmaker.net. Check it out!

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Kat Bailey


Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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