Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Mamoru is the Japanese word for "protection," which symbolized the endearing intent of the engagement ring that editor-in-chief of, James Mielke, presented to his fiancee.

Mielke asked colleague, good friend, and Final Fantasy series illustrator, Yoshitaka Amano, to draw a ring operating from the keywords "joy," "harmony," and "forever." The ring -- named So Red the Rose -- features two platinum arms wrapping warmly around a ruby. Armed with the framed illustration, some background music from famed composer Nobuo Uematsu, and a lot of nervous anticipation, Mielke proposed and she said yes!

Click below to read Mielke's story for yourself.We wish James and Joy many years of happiness for the future, and we are honored to have joined some of the best creative minds in the video game industry in helping this course bring their vision to life.

Geek bonus:
Carbuncle's an endearing summon, isn't he?
(Thanks, garudoh!)