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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Wisp

The term “Will o’ the Wisp” refers to a sort of light that appears over swamps and marshes, caused by photon emissions from gases. Or at least that’s the scientific explanation. There’s a lot of folklore devoted to these weird … Continue reading

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Monster Masters

I might as well review the books related to the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy series that I received for my birthday, since I’ve finished reading them. Dragon Quest Illustrations, by Akira Toriyama – This collects some of Toriyama’s drawings … Continue reading

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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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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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