Samer Farag
RPGFan Music Editor


At RPGFan Since:
June 2016

Favorite Games/Series:
Series: Persona, Trails in the Sky, Ys, Kingdom Hearts, Dragon Quest, Legend of Zelda, Metal Gear Solid; Also: Final Fantasy IX, Chrono Trigger, Okami, Shadow of the Colossus, and so on and so on.

Favorite Genres:
Action, RPGs, Platformers, Rhythm games, Fighting, Visual Novels, games that don't waste my time.

Other Interests:
Eating too much, reading, traveling to ten countries and counting, building paper crafts, drawing, collecting figurines

I've been playing games ever since my cousin handed me a Game Boy and a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening when I was four years old. Up to then, I was engrossed in fantasy books that ignited my imagination — I couldn't believe that those same worlds could be explored in games.

Since then I almost never go a day without playing a game. I believe that they have the power to tell compelling, engaging narratives that rival those of the best novels and films. And I believe part of that potential stems from the music in games that can connect with players on an emotional level.

Some of the best music I've ever heard has come from RPGs that I've played. I'll never forget the time I heard the pulsing electric guitar in "You're not Alone!" during Final Fantasy IX's climax, or the entrancing voice present in "Reset" during Okami's awe-inspiring credits, or... well, really any of the music from any moment in NieR. Music is an emotional experience — doubly so when you hear it in an experience as personal as a 60+ hour RPG.

So that's what I'm here to write about! I've been following RPGFan since 2009 when I was on the lookout for a soundtrack review of Final Fantasy: The Crystal Bearers. Since then I've checked on the website almost every day — and I must say, it's pretty great to become an active part of something you've followed so closely for so long! I'm excited to have my voice be one of the many that provide high quality work here at RPGFan.

When I'm not listening to the Fire Emblem Fates soundtrack for the eighth time in a row, I'm working on finishing my degree, sketching, and creating a moderate stable of paper crafts.