Tag Archives: gilgamesh

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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Knowing the Scorpions

With Halloween coming up and Scorpio being the reigning sign in the zodiac, I thought I might say a bit about scorpion people. Part of Mesopotamian mythology, there isn’t a whole lot of information about them, but they did appear … Continue reading

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The E-Turtle Struggle

Bowser is one of the most famous villains in video games, and a favorite character of mine. Mario and Luigi first face him in the original Super Mario Bros., and they’ve gone on to battle many more times. Here’s a … Continue reading

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Suck It, Gilgamesh!

I’ve written many times about the references in video games to classical mythology, but I don’t think I’ve yet given Gilgamesh, as he appears in the Final Fantasy series, his own post. The source of his name is obviously the … Continue reading

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Won’t You Come Home, Justin Bailey?

Back in the days when memory cards for video game systems had yet to be invented and battery backup was still new, some games used passwords that would start you where you last left off. Mind you, calling them passWORDS … Continue reading

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The Succubus and Incubus Omnibus

As you may well know, the succubus and incubus are basically the same thing, but in different genders. A succubus is a female demon that seduces men, and an incubus a male demon that seduces women. While legends of humans … Continue reading

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Moo to Mesopotamia

Ninsun was a Sumerian goddess, associated with wisdom and cows. Why that combination? I couldn’t say. Different cultures had different animals they associated with wisdom, often based largely on how they looked, like the owl to the Greeks and the … Continue reading

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The Game Has Culture References

One thing I was thinking of mentioning in last week’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles post was other video games that reference the Turtles, but I figured the post was long enough without that. One game that immediately came to mind … Continue reading

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Hey Baba, Humbaba

One advantage to being an epic hero is that, if you feel like killing someone, you can just paint them as a villain. Sometimes the giants and dragons slain by heroes have committed evil actions that need to be stopped, … Continue reading

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This Immortal Coil

It seems that, as long as humans have been aware of death, they’ve entertained the possibility of staving it off and living forever. It’s highly unlikely that this could ever be achieved, since everything has to wear out eventually. Actually, … Continue reading

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