Category Archives: Final Fantasy

Stay Out of the Deep End

I’m going to guess you want more fish-people, but I’ll admit I’m very bad at predicting what other people want. So let’s just say I want to write more about fish-people. I often go to TV Tropes to see examples … Continue reading

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There’s an Apkallu for That

Beth and I went to the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island on Saturday, and watched The Shape of Water last night, so it’s been a good weekend for fish-people. The rest of this paragraph will have some SPOILERS for the … Continue reading

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How We Lost the Forest

I’d been thinking about the Lost Woods in the Zelda series, probably largely because Beth recently played A Link Between Worlds. Since it’s a handheld game, I wasn’t able to watch her play it, which is something I miss doing. … Continue reading

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Chrono Crosstalk

Chrono Cross was released about a month ago for the Switch, so I bought a copy. It’s digital, which I kind of don’t trust. I think you have to buy it from Asia if you want a physical copy. But … Continue reading

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The Hammer and the Hood

I started playing Dragon Quest Builders recently, and there’s a place you visit early on that’s full of Hammerhoods, and even called Hammerhood Heights. These are a type of monster originally introduced in DQ5, small impish creatures who, well, wear … Continue reading

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Winners and Choosers

After looking at the notion of people chosen by the gods, I became curious as to how the concept of a specific person being the Chosen One originated. It’s a pretty common trope in fantasy, someone being prophesied to save the world … Continue reading

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A Thousand Thousand Slimy Things Lived On

I wrote about Slimes in the Dragon Quest series eleven years ago, and mentioned the fact that they were inspired by Creeping Cruds from Wizardry, but Akira Toriyama drew them as cute. There was also a mention of Slimes in … Continue reading

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Drainpipes and Dragons

Dragons are a mainstay of fantasy fiction, and of course have appeared in a number of video games. Even Metroid has them, and that series is more science fiction than fantasy. Dragons in the Super Mario universe in particular are … Continue reading

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Do the Wrong Thing

I’ve been thinking a bit about morality in video games, partially due to seeing another mention of how the Grand Theft Auto games, and I think some others of the sort as well, let you brutally murder prostitutes and perform … Continue reading

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The Ecosystem of Yggdrasil

A comment on my post about video game squirrels mentioned Ratatosk (or Ratatoskr, probably a more accurate transliteration, but not how I originally knew it), the squirrel from Norse mythology. He’s a red squirrel who runs up and down the … Continue reading

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