Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Passion for Pixels: Ep 32 - JRPGs - Why don't we still love them?

Japanese Role Playing Games (Japanese RPGs or JRPGs for short) used to be one of our favourite genres, but playing a JRPG today is a little like meeting that friend from 20 years ago who still lives at home with his parents. Is the JRPG dead?

In this episode of retro gaming podcast Passion for Pixels, we try to figure out what made JRPGs especially appealing to us as teenagers, talk about what sets them apart from other RPGs, how crude graphics was a benefit for Tetsuya Nomura's Final Fantasy designs and how we still enjoy the beautiful soundtracks by Nobuo Uematsu and Yasunori Mitsuda for games like Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger and Xenogears.

We also look at how stuff gets lost in translation, both because of limitations in the ROM file, like the case was with Ted Woolsey's infamous Secret of Mana translation, but also in a more cultural way. Like what the hell is Cloud doing at the Honeybee Inn?

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