July 30, 2014
Well, since we just came back from Narcon, this topic seems highly appropriate, especially after Martina’s TL;DR on her favourite Animes, Mangas, and Manhwas. I didn’t get a chance to talk in that one since I had a migraine at the time. Martina was sick for this week’s TL;DR, so it seems about right that I take over and do this topic. Woot!
You know, I’ve always been into video games, but I never really thought of my place in video game culture, or on how it’s impacted me. I’ve always just thought of video games as awesome. It wasn’t until we went to Narcon, though, that I started to think of the role of video games in my life, and I started to remember things that I had totally forgotten. Namely, I was the only one of my friends who was into JRPGs. With them I played a lot of Mortal Kombat, NBA Live, NBA Jam, and Madden. But none of them cared for single player games, really. That was something I really kept to myself. The one time I showed them scenes from Final Fantasy 7 they laughed. I didn’t really share or talk about JRPGs with anyone since then. It was with Martina that I started getting more open about my interest in video games.
Anyhow, enough talking about that. Time for some more of my favourite games that I’m shocked I forgot to mention!
Holy shoobies! How did I forget Kingdom Hearts? What a glorious franchise! But, umm, I’ve only played two of them on the Playstation. I didn’t play the handheld versions. And I didn’t like the second one as much as the first one. The first one was lovely. It was such an original concept, and the fight mechanics were really freaking cool. The second one was similar to the first, but the plot at the end was a giant mess of WTF just happened?
Anyhow, for me, this was the next big step into the JRPG world. Final Fantasy was the start, but I was more loyal to the brand than the genre. Once I started playing Kingdom Hearts is when I really started to love JRPGs as a whole.
Jebus greebus! Why didn’t I remember this as well? Now, here’s the weird thing: I got into Chrono Cross before Chrono Trigger. I didn’t know Chrono Trigger existed. I just played Chrono Cross and liked it. It wasn’t until many years later that I heard about Chrono Trigger. I played that, and freaking loved it. Then I played it again when I got the Nintendo DS a couple years ago, and loved it again. But I played it so long after Chrono Cross that I can’t really compare the two, because I can’t remember much about Chrono Cross apart from looking for Rainbow Shells. Either way, both were great. I just wish I could appreciate the connection between the two.
AH MAN! No, I take that Kingdom Hearts comment back. This game here was my second big game after Final Fantasy. Well, it didn’t really get me into JRPGs as a whole, but damn I loved that game. I don’t really remember what I liked about it. I remember how terrible I was at the timing of the combos. I’m just not good at rhythm based games. Not good at them at all.
Dragon Age 1 is a damn near perfect game for me. Perfect. I have no complaints. The fight style, the story, the way your choices impact the storyline, the customizability. It’s awesome. Dragon Age 2 sucked donkey balls. I’m really hoping Dragon Age 3 will redeem the second one, because WTF was that about. Jeebus.
Ok, that’s all I can remember for now, because the jet lag is kicking my ass again. Please: let’s talk video games in the comments. Help me remember the parts of my childhood that I have forgotten. Let’s bond over dorkiness! Hooray!
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