Axe of the Blood God: The Xbox's Checkered History With RPGs

Axe of the Blood God: The Xbox's Checkered History With RPGs

PODCAST | Kat and Nadia recount the Xbox's place in RPG history on the eve of the Xbox One X, then continue their journey through Final Fantasy IX.

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), Nadia and I talk about the Xbox One X's checkered history on the eve of the Xbox One X's release, and we continue our journey through Final Fantasy IX.

We actually cover a lot in this episode, so buckle up. We talk about Morrowind, KOTOR, the big push to get Japanese devs on board, Path of Exile, and more. The only thing we missed, bizarrely, is Fable. I feel bad now because it's definitely a significant part of the Xbox's RPG history, but it's faded to the point that it's totally slipped my mind. It's a case study, I suppose, of failed potential. Those games looked like they would be so cool back in 2002.

Alas, we also weren't able to include any BlizzCon chatter, as we ended up recording yesterday. Worry not, though: Mike will have plenty of time to gush about WoW's big expansion on our flagship podcast next Wednesday. We may get him on here as well.

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Show Description

Kat and Nadia get together to discuss the possibility to Yoko Taro directing a Final Fantasy game, recount the checkered history of RPGs on the Xbox (20:00), and dive into the big battle at Alexandria in the latest Final Fantasy IX Report (1:01:20). Bonus: Kat and Nadia share their favorite Halloween candy, because why not?

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 Check it out!

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Kat Bailey

Editor in Chief

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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