Author Archives: Dean Bowes

About Dean Bowes

Gamer, Blogger, British. Founder of PXOD, previously long-term unemployed, currently working in SEO.

30 Day Video Game Challenge: Favourite Character


Welcome to day two. Favourite Character is actually quite a bit easier because my mind throws up “Vivi” without hesitation. What makes it hard though is when I turn to my brain and go “Why?”.

So for those who haven’t played Final Fantasy IX Vivi is the black mage of the game. He starts the game just wanting to go see a play, and by the end of it has discovered that he was a prototype war machine. He pretty much stumbles into the whole series of events accidentally and really wasn’t made out for the adventuring type but he perseveres throughout. Even the knight of the bunch, Steiner, notes that Vivi is the bravest of them all.

He’s not a foolhardy bravery either. When they land in terrifying situations the others put on a show; the cocksure thief impressing the ladies, the knight trying to shrug off his reputation, the princess trying to act like Queen, and the little child black mage shaking at the knees. He had no reason to act brave, he showed no qualms in showing his fear, yet when the time came he still stood up to his challengers.

He also faces struggles that the other members don’t. They’re just dealing with a genocidal madman from another planet. Vivi has to deal early on with the fact he was not only artificially made, he was made with the express purpose of a weapon of war, with many of his kindred mages responsibly for the deaths of many people. He suffers through a massive identity crisis, his friends assuring him of his free will and ability to be whoever he wants. And no sooner does he come to terms with this than he finds out that his kindred Black Mages, and also likely himself, suffer from a very short lifespan. A child, assumed to be nine or ten years old though hinted at being barely over one year old, suddenly made strongly aware of both his and his brothers mortality. He doesn’t have a very happy time.


I’ve always felt Vivi was somewhat relatable. I certainly wouldn’t be acting all brave in the situations he’s in. And a 12 year old at a new school certainly having a bit of a time finding themselves. Though I can’t say at the time there was any mortality scares, but I’m sure as I get on I’ll find more appreciation in that aspects of him too.

As a video game character he’s also pretty nifty too. Black Magic is pretty strong, and his later abilities such as ReflectX2 and Auto-reflect make him nigh godlike.


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Posted by on 19 April 2013 in 30 Days


30 Day Video Game Challenge: First Video Game


So I thought I’d do this 30 day Video Game Challenge as something to fill in a bit of time each day (for at least a month), and get me in a habit of writing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on 18 April 2013 in 30 Days, Gaming


My Recommended Android Apps for August

I’ve not done one of these for a long while. But new phone, and one that can run apps rather decently compared to my last, and a want to write has spurred me on for an update of sorts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on 23 August 2012 in Android


Memories Erased by a Storm


Six. That’s the number of platforms I have played Final Fantasy IX on. Originally released in 2000 for the  PlayStation Final Fantasy IX has cemented itself as one of my favourite games of all time. And what has helped it is the ease with which I’ve generally been able to play it regardless of the fact I haven’t had a working PlayStation for nearly a decade. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on 31 July 2012 in Gaming


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Game Completionist 2011

So it’s kinda coming up to the end of my time at university. And as it stands I’ve got quite a bit of free time at the moment over summer in which to complete a bunch of games. Last year I completed:

  • Mirrors Edge
  • Bioshock
  • Half Life 2
  • HL2 Episode 1
  • HL2 Episode 2
  • Borderlands
  • Modern Warfare 2
  • Killzone 2

So just 7 games. Now this year I’ll be starting much earlier so I’m pretty sure I’ll easily beat that 7 this time around.

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Posted by on 18 April 2011 in Completionist


Sterling Buggers up Piracy


Jim Sterling of Destructoid decided to take the recent leak of Crysis 2 as a springboard for some ramblings against piracy and PC development. While game piracy is something worth giving an eyeballing it’s only worth doing it if you’re going to put a bit more effort in than a ill thought out,narrow minded and cardboard thin rant on the matter.

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Posted by on 13 February 2011 in Uncategorized


My Glimpse at the VG Blogging Engine


At the end of last week I had a source tell me a great little snippet of news: Portal 2 will feature co-op between PC and PS3 players. I posted this news to PXOD, submitted it to a few sites, and then stuck it up on N4G.

Very quickly this became a big hitter for PXOD as it soon spread to Gametrailers, NeoGAF and eventually reddit. WordPress offers up a list of all the links that folks have clicked to get to your story, so I was browsing through them, having a look at the reaction to the news, and one thing I picked up on a few times was  this “who are these people? Should we believe this?” vibe. At least when folks weren’t arguing over PC or PS3 gamers being better. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on 15 January 2011 in Uncategorized