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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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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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I Will Watch My Shadow Grow

A post I saw on Tumblr made me think a post about Shadow from Final Fantasy VI might be an interesting task to take on. On the face of it, he’s a pretty archetypal character: a brooding ninja who dresses … Continue reading

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Fight It Out!

My post last week about wandering monsters in video role-playing games got me thinking about some of the strange aspects of battle mode in general. When you run into monsters, the screen tends to fade out and send you into … Continue reading

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Games and Gods

There are some interesting thoughts in this video. I haven’t played all of the Final Fantasy games, but fighting gods or god-like beings is pretty common in the ones I have. In some ways, I don’t think it’s necessarily anti-religious … Continue reading

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A Side of Cid

If you’ve played or even heard a significant amount about a Final Fantasy game, you probably know about Cid. There are actually different Cids, one in each FF game except the first, and he was even sort of retconned into … 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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