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Final Fantasy V – Hope in a time of environmental crisis

Most people would consider Final Fantasy VII, with its opening party members being an environmental terrorist group and its focus on materia as a metaphor for fossil fuels, as being the most overtly environmental-themed Final Fantasy. However, despite its place … Continue reading

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Final Fantasy X’s Generational Conflict or “I Hate You (Really) Big Daddy”

The JRPG genre has always had strong thematic connections to adolescence and growing up. The standard opening of such games, where a young kid from a nowhere, backwater burg stretches their legs, finds they’ve grown too big for the life … Continue reading

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Legend of Mana

In 70 AD, the Romans sacked and burned Jerusalem. This was at the end of a several year long siege, which had left the inhabitants dying in the street from hunger and thirst. Josephus, mediator for the Romans, wrote that … Continue reading

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She Who Fights Monsters

She Who Fights Monsters is a game by Gaming Pixie that uses the conventions of Japanese RPGs and survival horror games to tell a story of abuse. The story follows Jennifer, whose father suffers from alcoholism. This alcoholism can send … Continue reading

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Life After Exdeath

Console RPGS tend to be a pretty solitary experience. Here is a way to turn a solo grind-fest into a cooperative game or even an avenue for debate and discussion. Both players begin a game of Final Fantasy 5 and … Continue reading

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Bahamut Jazz

Ever since I briefly wrote about the game several months ago (practically an eternity) I wanted to spend more time with my interpretation of Bahamut Lagoon, a SNES-era strategy rpg from the makers of Final Fantasy. Not everyone agrees with … Continue reading

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Great Game Moments: The Marrymore Suite

Marrymore is a town in Super Mario RPG where toad couples go to get married. Apparently it is the only place in the Mushroom Kingdom where fungal weddings can take place, a downside to the fact that rpg worlds require … Continue reading

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