Natalie Degraffinried
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Natalie Degraffinried is a staff editor for Kotaku.
9/17/19
4:10 PM
28

Please keep me in your thoughts during this difficult time, everybody.

8/22/19
2:17 PM
3

I accidentally came across Grandia II in college almost 20 years ago. I was not prepared for the amazing gem of a game that I had in my hand. Sadly, lost my install disc somewhere in my moves (still got the play disc). But I always look back at it with fondess especially the combat system. (Leech + taunt = invincible

8/22/19
1:56 PM
8

This is one of the few games from my teenage years where I can still remember, note for note, the opening theme.

8/22/19
12:34 PM
4

This piece has hit me right in the feels. I am having almost the exact same experience as you right now - these games are full of optimism, adventure, and nostalgia!

8/22/19
12:32 PM
6

I reached New Parm last night. More than anything else, I’m impressed by the scripting and storywriting. I was laughing out loud! I know describing why something is funny kills the humor a bit, but bear with me.

8/22/19
12:18 PM
6

This. 100% this! I owned Grandia II on the Dreamcast and actually preferred it to Skies of Arcadia (I’m a heretic, I know). The battle system is one of my favorite in any RPG, and I just love the color palette. Every location feels bright, distinct, and the polygons, while cruder by today’s standards, are the right

8/22/19
12:11 PM
9

The “sense of wonder” is actually one of the best ways to describe Grandia. Thanks for the great read. It’s definitely worth its price.

4/6/19
10:30 PM
1

Congratulations. You somehow made me care about sportsball and sportsing. Thank you for writing this article. 

4/5/19
1:09 PM
8

The flow of being “in the zone” is very similar from sports to Sekiro. You know, the moment you kind of say “fuck it,” and tension unknots from your muscles and you are just able to mechanically react in the way you need at the moment you need to?

3/29/19
12:33 AM
4

Really enjoy your writing Natalie, looking forward to reading more from you in the future. 

3/27/19
10:33 AM
4

I think I grew out of videogames (at least some genres), but I find these kind of games unappealing. With so many other things to do, read and watch, been stuck and frustrated redoing the same thing over and over feels more like work and less like escapism.

3/5/19
11:21 AM
67

I remember being a bit disappointed in the original series. I was interested in it but it felt a little bit like Gender studies 101 applied to video games. They didn’t really say any thing that was that shocking or new.

8/14/17
2:15 PM
73

I hope that shit has raisins instead of chocolate chips. Their asses don’t deserve the good cookies.

8/11/17
11:11 PM
3

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