Oh the memories…

Posted: January 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
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So I have been slacking quite a bit lately with the blogging. Not going to blame it on anything but laziness on my part. Although I’ve been busy that’s no excuse. I have a few posts that are half written but I will be busting my ass in the coming week or so to get a few posts out to you fine people. So without furthur delay let’s get right into it.

I’ve done a post in the past about RPGs and how the genre has changed over the years. A conversation I’ve had recently got me thinking about those old RPGs. While there have been a lot of really, really great ones on most consoles I think that the best of the best for time for RPGs was back on the SNES. While the evolution of gaming has brought us better graphics, voice over, new styles of game play, they just aren’t the same.

Looking back at the era of gaming, we have such epic titles like 7th Saga, Final Fantasy 2, 3 and Mystic Quest, Secret of Mana, Might and Magic: 3 Isles of Terra and Chrono Trigger.  Also one title that in my opinion was the first RPG to really make that change from the old turned based RPG to what most of todays RPG games feel like, Zelda: A Link to the Past.  There’s a ton of other’s but those are just a few off the top of my head that really stuck with me.  I could only think of a handful since then that I even relatively enjoyed.  Now I’m not saying that other consoles didn’t have great RPGs. The original Playstation had one of the most successful RPGs ever with Final Fantasy 7. I myself wasn’t a huge fan of that one but Final Fantasy 9 is still one of my favorites. There were many over the years that have been really great and memorable like the Zelda games on N64, Gamecube and Wii but that early to mid 90s era for RPGs is the most memorable. Perhaps it’s the age I was at  the time and the impact that those games had on me. A lot of those games really stuck with me over the years. Most of all the early Final Fantasy games and 7th Saga. They are still some of my favorites.

Perhaps in twenty years time when we have the Playstation 6 and the Xbox 1440 this generation of young gamers will take a look back at games like Skyrim and the upcoming Kingdoms of Amalur as great classic that really had an impact on them. For me the era of the Super Nintendo will probably be the most influential for me. Also in the early 90s we saw the evolution of PC games with epic titles like Wolfenstein and Warcraft. Games which really raised the bar at the time for the games we love today. Mentioning Warcraft I have to also throw in that the SNES also gave us Ultima 6, 7, and Runes of Virtue. Ultima Online coming a few years later was my first real experience with an MMO. Then years later we had World of Warcraft. So much inspiration and memorable titles from that era that it’s hard to not think that it was a truly pivotal time for gaming.

So it’s my opinion that for RPGs, whether they are single player or MMORPGs that the SNES was a huge catalyst for a lot of the games we have today. Even tho the genre has evolved and grown to suit modern gamers, I think a lot of us have great fond memories of finally after many, many hours completing those early console RPGs. Memories that I think will stick with me for a long time.  I can honestly say that going back to that age, the first time I beat Zelda: A Link to the past or Final Fantasy 3 are moments that I will always love and cherish. It’s been a very long time since finishing a game like that where I have gotten that feeling of ultimate accomplishment.

What are some of your fondest memories from an RPG? What was the feeling that first time you actually beat one of them? Have you had a moment in recent years that has compared to them?

Thanks again for reading folks.


  1. When people ask my opinion of which game was the greatest on the SNES, I say Chrono Trigger. If they disagree, I punch them in the face.

    Just kidding. … Kinda.

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