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No Good in the ‘Ood

I wrote about the character of Kandar from Dragon Quest III about two years ago, thinking at the time it was a little bizarre to dedicate a post to a minor recurring boss, albeit one I found memorable. It turns … 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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Monster Jam

When I discuss mythological beings, I usually like to mention when they appear in video games, with the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy series being two of the main candidates. Then again, some of the video game monsters are true … Continue reading

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Yes We Kandar

I’m sure I’ve brought up Kandar, the thief from Dragon Quest III, in the past. I have somewhat of a strange fondness for the character, despite the fact that he killed so many times when I played the game. Interestingly, … Continue reading

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Holy Ghost in the Machine

It’s a well-known fact that, back in the earlier days of Nintendo, they censored a lot of religious references in the English translations of games. It’s stated here that their policy was to exclude “symbols that are related to any … Continue reading

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Earth to Erdrick

I’ve mentioned before how the world of Dragon Quest III is modeled on our own Earth, although there are some strange differences. One of them is the lost continent of Aliahan, although that presumably refers to legends of Atlantis and … Continue reading

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Ready, Abel, and Willing to Dai

While the Dragon Quest series is only moderately popular here in the United States, it’s huge in Japan, so it’s not too surprising that there would be spin-offs. Occasionally there are official translations of these as well, but most of … Continue reading

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