July 2023 Podcast: Final Fantasy XVI deep dive, and do old games “age”?

From the new to the old, classics to... well, games that will be classics.

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Something old and something new for discussion in this month’s podcast!

We kick things off as we always do with a look at all the games releasing in July. If you’re a fan of Japanese games – and JRPGs in particular – steel yourself because the month is going to be intense.

From there we talk about Final Fantasy XVI in-depth. What were the themes that we found most poignant about it, what has disappointed us in how the conversation around the game has gone, and what do we think (and hope) this masterpiece means for Japanese games, JRPGs, and blockbusters in general?

Finally, to wrap a loaded podcast off, we chat about retro games, and ask the question “do they age? Should they be compared to the games that get released today, or if not how to we judge their ongoing value to the industry?”

As always let us know your own thoughts in the comments, and thanks for tuning in to our humble little podcast!


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Matt S. is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of DDNet. He's been writing about games for over 20 years, including a book, but is perhaps best-known for being the high priest of the Church of Hatsune Miku.

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