The “Emo” Japanese Game: Final Fantasy and Psychological Deception (Part 4)

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Part 1 – Origins and Buddhism Part 2 – Neon Genesis Evangelion Part 3 – Hideaki Anno and The Culture Gap Part 4 – Final Fantasy and Psychological Deception for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. – 1 Peter 1:23 So…

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Why Do We Like Villains?

“The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9 Having watched the Batman movies recently, it’s got me thinking: why do good people like to watch evil people do bad things? And why aren’t most video game villains memorable? It’s an interesting question, made…

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Game Music Saturdays: Black Materia – Final Fantasy VII

Random, a.k.a, MegaRan, is a most interesting character. An aspiring MC who was a school teacher in Arizona, he eventually arose to stardom within the gaming community simply by rapping about video games. Specifically, his album MegaRan, using Mega Man music as a launchpad for innovative rhymes, launched his career…

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Violence and Video Games (Part 2)

Originally posted as a comment here, then expanded. It seemed good enough as a post to expand my thoughts. I’m not troubled at all by the violent imagery in games. For the sake of making this blog an all-ages enterprise, I’m not going to post any pictures of violent video…

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The List: Final Fantasy VII

Can anyone really do this game any justice? Probably not. But let’s say if I didn’t cover the behemoth in the room, I’d obviously lose my street cred. Final Fantasy VII deserves a place on The List for myriad reasons, as you’ll see. So, here’s the weird thing: Final Fantasy…

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