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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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Nibbles of Nibelungs

Although I’ve been interested in classical mythology for most of my life, it was really Final Fantasy VI that made me want to check out the Teutonic hero Siegfried, a mysterious character in the game possibly intended to be the … Continue reading

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Parodies Lost

I haven’t written that much about music recently. I think part of that is because, whenever I have the time to listen to something, it’s more likely to be something from the RPG Music Fanatics Facebook community or an episode … 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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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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Light Warriors and Music

Orchestral performances of video game music have become more of a thing recently, and I say it’s about time. Beth and I saw the Symphony of the Goddesses, featuring Legend of Zelda music, a few years back. Last night, I … Continue reading

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Final Fakery

The TV Tropes page on Urban Legends of Zelda (good name, by the way) had a link to this post from the alt.games.final-fantasy newsgroup, which brought back some memories. I read that group pretty regularly back when I started college, … Continue reading

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Girls Against Gestahl

Picture by Beth Wulff/Annie Felis The ensemble cast of Final Fantasy VI has definitely stuck with me over the years, and I’ve written about a few of them, but I don’t think I’ve said much recently about the character who … Continue reading

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