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Whether Nero to Me or Far

An Excess of Enchantments, by Craig Shaw Gardner – The second book in the Ballad of Wuntvor trilogy, there just wasn’t as much to this one as to earlier volumes. Pretty much the whole thing was based around Mother Duck’s … Continue reading

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Elements and Alignments

Magical Starsign is a Nintendo DS game from some years back that I thought I might want to check out, but didn’t until fairly recently. It’s a turn-based role-playing game that makes heavy use of the stylus, which is a … Continue reading

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The Game Name

It’s good to know I’m not the only one who gets a bit stressed when trying to name a video game character. I guess it’s a little weird as I’ve always enjoyed making up character names, but at least there … 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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Make Room for Mushrooms

In my last post, I discussed mushroom people, mostly in Oz but touching on other media as well. In video games, the main example is obviously the Super Mario series, which takes place in the Mushroom World. The people with … Continue reading

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If I Had a Hammer

We all know about Thor‘s magic hammer, but it’s not the only one to appear in mythology. It was actually while reading through a page on the translation of Final Fantasy IV that I came across a mention of the … Continue reading

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Nooked on a Feeling

One significant video game salesman I didn’t mention in last week’s post is Tom Nook from the Animal Crossing games, a raccoon with a head for business. Well, actually he’s a tanuki, which is sort of a raccoon-like dog, but … Continue reading

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Rabite Rampage

I guess I’m not as familiar with the Mana series (known in Japan as Seiken Densetsu, meaning “Legend of the Sacred Sword”) as I might be, but I did watch my brother play through Secret of Mana. I also have … Continue reading

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