Category Archives: Final Fantasy

The E-Turtle Struggle

Bowser is one of the most famous villains in video games, and a favorite character of mine. Mario and Luigi first face him in the original Super Mario Bros., and they’ve gone on to battle many more times. Here’s a … Continue reading

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Aren’t You a Little Leonine for a Winkie Guard?

Okay, here’s a question about the MGM Wizard of Oz that I actually haven’t seen discussed before. When the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion are trying to infiltrate the Wicked Witch of the West’s castle to rescue Dorothy, the … Continue reading

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Mind Your Mana

I don’t recall when I first heard the term “mana,” but it’s present in a lot of video games, especially role-playing ones. I think I used to get it confused with manna, the stuff the Israelites ate in the desert. … Continue reading

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Sprite Size Matters

It can be difficult to determine the real-life sizes of video game characters, or cartoon characters for that matter, especially when there aren’t very many points of comparison. Sprite size isn’t even always that useful, especially in earlier games. The … Continue reading

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Bad Company

In early Square role-playing games, it seemed like the go-to enemy organization was an evil empire. In the Final Fantasy universe, kingdoms are good (usually) and empires are bad, despite the fact that these games were made in a country … Continue reading

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To Fight Next to the Weaker Sex

The portrayal of women in video games is a popular topic nowadays, and one I’ve covered before. One thing I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned in such posts, however, is something that I recall bothering me years ago: the slap … Continue reading

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Cover Art, American Style

Is there market research somewhere that says Americans like sparse cover art? I mean, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books had fairly intricate covers in the United Kingdom, but the States tended to reduce them to representational objects. Or look at the … Continue reading

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