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This weekend is the Fan Expo Canada in Toronto. The one con that I actually get a chance to check out each year. Plans to possibly hit up PAX next spring but we’ll see what happens.

I’ve been hitting up this con almost every year for the past 7 years or so. Each year the plethora of events, panels, autograph sessions are more than enough to keep me scrambling and busy the entire weekend. Although over the years I find autographs have become a bit over priced so I tend to be a bit more selective with them. I used to end the weekend with a dozen or so at least. The last year or two I’ve come home with less than half that. Oh well. It’s all good. I still have a killer time each year.

My favorite part of cons are the panels. So many opportunities for people to learn about or how to actually do some of the things we’ve always wanted to. Like start a little nerd blog about all the wonderful things you are so passionate about for example. *cough*

Celebrity Q&A’s are wicked fun too. They are usually pretty laid back and often really funny. I try and hit as many as I can over the course of the weekend. Sometimes the unfortunate circumstance happens when two you want to check out are at the same time. Hate when that happens. They really should just gimme a quick call before finalizing the schedule. How awesome would that be?

So here I am in the car on my way to Toronto. I’m going stir crazy reading all the tweets and just needed to do something to keep occupied. I’ve already driven the others in the car crazy with my senseless and delusional ranting. So i decided to throw on the headphones, rock out to some Creepshow and make a quick post to pass a bit of time.

I look forward to this each and every year. The goal is to get out to a few more cons than just this one once a year. If you’ve never been to Fan Expo or any other con you’re really missing out. There’s usually something there for everyone. A good time to be had by all.

That’s all for now i suppose. It’s quite difficult to type this out on my Android. I will try to post a bit more and perhaps even get some videos to post as this four day long nerd party goes on.

/rant

Time to freak out with my geek out. Lets do this.

Thanks for reading.
-FMG-

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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.

-FMG-