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Jul 22, 2016

JRPGs

In this episode:

  • It’s #JRPGJuly, and you guys know by now that we are both huge fans of roleplaying games! But more than just any RPG, we adore JRPGs. In this episode, we discuss our history of why we prefer the unique genre to the more traditional Western RPG.
  • We discuss what a JRPG is (literally “Japanese Roleplaying Game”)
  • Common mechanics
    • Turn based battles
    • Leveling and gearing up
    • Being able to “grind” your way to the next part of the game
    • Typically have a Japanese story translated, not a western story from our culture.
    • Pre-made characters and narrative vs Character creator/player choice (think Fallout/Skyrim)
  • Both of us cut our teeth on the genre with early Final Fantasy games, Pokemon games, and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars on SNES.
  • Additionally, we discuss our current favorites, the standouts from the past we just can’t get go of, and the ones we are most looking forward to in the future!
  • We even go on tangents about how JRPGs influenced our belief systems and personal philosophies! How’s that for geeky?
  • Plus, we talk about two upcoming spiritual successors to Chrono Trigger, and Beej gets so excited he preorders one of them while still recording.
  • Weekly Geekery

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