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I am contributor IphisAria from the TeamICO Wiki and this is my blog. Here I discuss games made by Fumito Ueda, creator and head of TeamICO and GenDESIGN.

There are two sections to this site: pages and posts. The former showcase Ueda’s games as they would be in an official website, just enough to show you what they are but not enough to divulge spoilers. The latter, my posts, evaluate plot and narrative design, nitpicking the Design of Companionship, examining the symbolism of Thunder and, discussing Ueda’s use of Horned Vessels. Other posts include reviews for Shadow of the Colossus and Vane.

Two exceptions to my ‘spoiler-free page’ rule are Plot of Shadow – A Thorough Explanation and Plot of Guardian Explained. These are about as chocked full of spoilers as you can get!


ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, and The Last Guardian are PlayStation titles released through Sony’s JapanStudio. Each are characterized by a very small cast, strong but minimalist storytelling, atmospheric use of bloom and HDR lighting, a soundtrack that plays only during key sequences, fictional spoken languages, and a distinctive art style. Click here to read “What is TeamICO?”

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Unless credited otherwise, all PlayStation4 screenshots (including header images) are solely my work. PlayStation3 and PlayStation2 images sourced from user uploads in the TeamICO FANDOM Wiki. Japanese header images sourced from Playstation-Japan’s official websites for Shadow of the Colossus and The Last Guardian. Screenshots from The Legend of Zelda are also my work.