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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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Castlevania: Symphony of the Mike Part 3 – Inverted Hassle

In Part 1 I used my experiences with tourettes and OCD to look at Dracula. In Part 2 I looked at Alucard’s history of abuse and how it has marked him. Now in the final part of this series, I’m going … Continue reading

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Castlevania: Symphony of the Mike, Part 2 – A Miserable Pile of Secrets

In the first part of this series, we looked at the psychology of Dracula and how his behavior evokes the feelings that go along with some neurological conditions. I used my own experiences with OCD and tourettes to look at … Continue reading

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Castlevania: Symphony of the Mike Part 1 – OCDracula

Is it fair to retroactively psycho-analyze fictional characters? Perhaps not, in the sense that I am in no way ascribing motive to Koji Igarashi or anyone else who worked on Symphony of the Night, but as each player takes on the … Continue reading

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Spect-actors in Novels and Video Games

Reading Clarice Lispector’s The Passion According to GH for the first time was a traumatic experience for me. I was extremely surprised by my reaction to the text. Only a few pages in I was thrust into existential panic attacks … Continue reading

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Jade Cocoon – A Pokemon-Knockoff of the Oppressed?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Once upon a time God, in the form of a great tree, created a vast forest and gave birth to divine beings to help him populate it with creatures. The divine beings … Continue reading

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