Sunday, September 23, 2007

Magic: The Gathering and Cecil, Kain, Rydia, Tellah, Edward, Rosa, Yang, Palom & Porom, Cid, Edge, and FuSoYa

Germane to this addition is a word on the oft-commented upon contemporary decline in cultural creation. Much of it has gone into video games. This retrospective evinces how the material in FFIV is deserved of serious attention as a cultural object, with complex character relationships, and a larger moral imperative of those with varying grievances to unite in fighting totalitarianism.

In role-playing games the message tends to be one focused upon fighting totalitarian evil in the name of freedom--not so much of the individual, but what Jim Pinkerton calls the Shire. The genre is pretty Tolkienesque, illustrated further in the cross-fertilization in music, card games, television shows, and movies, but with significant Japenese, and how the Japanese-view-the-West, cultural influences.


MensaRefugee said...

With all this Magic Card stuff,

Do you watch a lot of Japanese Anime as well?

Its generally on a whole other level compared to the standard TV fare (if you're selective anyway)

...and oh yes...very neotenous :)

Alex said...

Ah, the one I've been waiting for. Now, have you played FF VI? (aka III)

Audacious Epigone said...


Never have. Probably because I fear I'd get hooked!


Of course :) That is quite a cast. Strago, Relm, Shadow, Setzer, Locke, and Terra could be unique. Umaro and Gogo, too.

Alex said...

Kefka and Gestahl too.

Audacious Epigone said...

Ah, the villains too, eh?

Gestahl was such a pushover though!