Steven Mepham: Author, Reader, gamer and Anime Enthusiast

Final Fantasy VIII: Remaster release date – 03/08/2019

The release of Final Fantasy VIII: Remaster has been announced and is available for digital Pre-order now. It will release on 03/08/2019 – £15.99.

Yukine’s been in the wars!

If there is one thing I have learnt about Cockatiels it is that they are terrible schemers. They lull you into a false sense of security, aided by their terribly cute appearance and as soon as you let your guard down they strike. Today while doing the daily cage liner change, I made the fatal…
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I got a new Cockatiel: Yukine

Introducing my new 11-week old Cockatiel: Yukine. It’s only been a few months since Chakuro died, but I decided the time was right to get another cockatiel. So on Saturday, I brought an Albino-Lutino Cockatiel. It took quite a while to decide a name, two days, whereas Chakuro had a name within a couple of…
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Long Reads: Resident Evil 2: Remake – musings on symbolism and tragedy.

|Contains major spoilers for Resident Evil 2: Remake |

One of the most remarkable things about Resident Evil 2: Remake is how it encapsulates the spirit of the original in terrifying realism….

Writing: What constitutes a good Antagonist?

|Contains massive spoilers for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers|

As most who know me will attest I am always drawn to the tragic, redemptive tale. For me, the interesting part of any story isn’t in how they overcome obstacles, but rather what the ramifications….

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers – a phenomenal Expansion. (Spoiler free reaction)

For me, Shadowbringers is an expansion that, in many ways is of a higher standard than some Single player games. Already I find myself impatient for the next patch, to discover what happens next. Though this is by no means unusual for me with Final Fantasy XIV, this time, I find myself much more impatient.

Writing Fantasy and Sci-fi: Tools I find invaluable

Writing any novel is a daunting and mammoth undertaking which requires many hours of dedication and a truckload of patience. I have lost count how many times I have read back a chapter or a scene only for there to be something wrong. As a writer of high fantasy, my world building is paramount. To…
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Breath of fire: the series that deserves a re-release.

For many, the Breath of Fire series elicits nostalgia faster than looking at your childhood photos. Spanning across five retro console games and one mobile game, it is a series that is well known but underappreciated. My first voyage into this sublime series came with Breath of Fire III on the PlayStation One. For a…
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The Loss of Chakuro

It is a strange thing to own a pet. No matter their form, they make a place in your life a little space that you don’t notice until it becomes a gaping hole in their absence. I had Chakuro for just over a year. Though I had thought for many years of getting another Cockatiel,…
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Final Fantasy VIII: Why I’m excited for the remaster

Warning: Contains spoilers for Final Fantasy VIII.

Final Fantasy VIII is a bit of an oddball among its peers. It was never as acclaimed as its direct predecessor, Final Fantasy VII, nor managed to evoke the charm of its successor Final Fantasy IX nor the tragedy of Final Fantasy X. For many years while its peers received acclaim and re-releases on modern consoles, mobile and pc, Final Fantasy VIII was…