Ronald Reagan stated in his 1986 State of the Union Address, “Never has there been a more exciting time to be alive, a time of rousing wonder and heroic achievement. As they say in the film Back to the Future, ‘Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.’” A vacuous quote. In the film it’s stated […]Read more "One More Time, for the Road (Against Chrono Trigger)"
By far the most common kind of complaint about JRPGs is that they are ‘unrealistic’, either in their combat systems or character designs. This holds true despite the fact that all JRPGs are fantasy stories of one kind or another (I know of no exceptions). In fact, given that nearly every western game is also […]Read more "Why do you care if it’s realistic?"
Participate in enthusiast discussions long enough and you’ll encounter the idea of Japanese role playing games (JRPGs) not really being games. Because JRPGs are understood as being full of cutscenes (cutscenes being non-interactive and thus antithetical to a true game), and because what little gameplay they do have is a repetitive set of instructions the […]Read more "Defining the JRPG: A History"
Blood and Bone After finishing Final Fantasy XV the first time, I wrote that I thought there was ‘a story written in the bones of this landscape‘. The thought wasn’t entirely figurative; the most obvious icon of the land of Eos is the great stone arches vaulting across the hills of Duscae like the exposed […]Read more "Written in the Land"
I Am Setsuna is a game that betrayed nearly all of its marketing points: it’s not retro, it’s not anything like Chrono Trigger, it doesn’t really function as a proper homage to jrpgs in any way, shape, or form (and homage is SE’s marketing keyword). Marketing shaped the frame that Setsuna was supposed to rest […]Read more "Goodbye, Setsuna"
The end of a calendar year is a time for those who started the year with goals and hopes to compare their results to those aims, and for those with the motivation to start the new year with those goals to look to the future and make plans. Prior to this year, I counted myself […]Read more "The End of This Chapter: 2016"
1. What’s the point? The chances of anybody actually listening to anything I have to say about this game are, let’s face it, slim. Big new releases are always battlegrounds, but given the history of Final Fantasy, FFXV will be subjected to abnormal scrutiny. As I write, the game’s been out a week, and there […]Read more "3 Reasons I’m Not Reviewing Final Fantasy XV Right Now"