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Saving the World While We’re Young

I’ve seen the topic come up of how everyone tends to be young in Japanese role-playing video games, to the extent that people in their thirties are considered old. I noticed this in Final Fantasy VII, where everyone seems to … Continue reading

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Dragon Divinity

I can think of a few different video games with dragon gods, or at least dragons with celestial powers. I suppose that fits in with the East Asian conception of dragons, where they tend to be heavenly beings rather than … Continue reading

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Zugzwang Got Me in a Way

Dragon Quest V is sort of a sequel to Dragon Quest IV, which sounds painfully obvious, but really isn’t. The numbers simply refer to release order, not the order in which the games take place; and many of them aren’t … Continue reading

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Monstrous Fun for the Whole Family

I’ve been writing about Dragon Quest a fair amount recently. I went back and finished Dragon Quest VI about a month ago, and last week I did the same with Dragon Quest V. I actually had even less of that … Continue reading

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Castle on a Cloud

Hey, I’m writing about Dragon Quest VI when Dragon Quest XI has been out for a while now. I don’t have a system where I can play the new installment, though. I have a PC, but I think the graphic … Continue reading

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Beware the Bridges

In the first Dragon Quest game, it’s established that, if you cross a bridge, you can run into stronger monsters. I’m pretty sure this rule holds true for the sequels, although they also introduce many other ways of getting from … 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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