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Zine Incoming! Issue Two of Component Is Now Available

Earlier last year, Chip released a video game zine called Component that featured essays and artwork from talented artists and writers.  The first issue was filled with stories about the contributors’ most cherished games, featuring titles like Mega Man 2, Spyro the Dragon, and Okami.  Now, we are happy to announce that the second issue of Component is available for your reading pleasure!

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Issue Two focuses on role-playing games.  While each player has different tastes and favorites when it comes to this genre, we have all found ourselves caught up in these adventures. RPGs provide strong narratives and complex systems in which we can become immersed and play a character in a totally different world.  At the same time in our own reality, these games help us forge lasting friendships and uncover fascinating truths about our own personalities.

Games highlighted in articles and artwork of Issue Two include Dungeons & Dragons, Super Mario RPG, Fallout 2, Xenogears, Final Fantasy VIII, Legend of Dragoon, Shadow Hearts, Fable II, Skyrim, Dragon’s Dogma, Bravely Default, and Yo-kai Watch.

Just like Issue One, the latest issue of Component is available as a print-on-demand magazine and as an instant PDF through MagCloud .  The editor and contributors of Component thoroughly believe in gaming for good causes, so 100% of the profits from Component will be donated to charity:water to fund clean water projects in the developing world.

Thanks for reading and please be sure to check out Component for all sorts of gaming goodness!

 

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Final Fantasy VIII – Succession of Witches

It’s important for an antagonist to make a powerful entrance.  When a villain first appears on the scene, players should be immediately intimidated and impressed by their presentation.  A vivid costume and strong gait will often strike fear into the hearts of the men and women behind the controller.  The musical themes for such characters are typically just as bold as their appearance.  Heavy percussion, sharp string sections, and even a shrill choir performance are the perfect match for a forceful entrance.  However, an air of mystery can be just as effective when introducing a potential threat.

When Edea Kramer makes her debut in Final Fantasy VIII, she isn’t a conquering marauder or vengeful soldier bent on destruction.  She doesn’t enter with a bold monologue or maniacal laugh.  Edea simply… appears.

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Initially described as an ambassador, Edea is known only as The Sorceress when she shows up in the first act of Final Fantasy VIII.  She interrupts an attempt on a corrupt politician’s life, paralyzing the player’s characters with her magic while whisking away another character altogether.  The mood she presents is one of an alluring predator; the tone of a creature that is totally in control of a situation.  The music that accompanies her entrance is equally mysterious and powerful.

The notes of a harpsichord are the first sounds of Succession of Witches.  The sound is equal parts inviting and unsettling, matching the character of The Sorceress.  A soft and ominous melody follows, along with the vocal theme of Final Fantasy VIII.  The song seems so harmless at first, maybe even a bit comforting.  But a heavy bass soon enters, revealing the deadly nature of the theme and Edea at the same time.

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