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John Klingle

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John Klingle is a critic, musician and actor living in Chicago. Growing up in Kentucky, he first played video games on his older cousin’s hand-me-down NES. Games like Super Mario Bros. 2, Kirby’s Adventure, and Simon’s Quest gave him a deep love for 2D exploration-based gameplay that continues to this day. John came into indie games with Japanese titles like La Mulana, Cave Story and Yume Nikki as well as the works of Western developers such as Matt Thorson, Terry Cavanaugh and Cactus. He thinks the best games tell stories with environments as well as words.

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When I first played Yume Nikki I had to navigate Japanese-language file sites, download an unofficial English patch and install a Japanese character pack onto my laptop so I could run the Japanese version of RPG Maker 2003. More than a decade later, the seminal Japanese…