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If you're reading this and have an emotional connection to JRPGs, anime, giant robots, or something like that...don't be afraid to reach out! 💖
@jackleveledup Did I read JRPGs?
@starbreaker It might be dramatic of me to say FF4 was "life-changing," but I distinctly remember playing that game and knowing I was hooked on the genre for life. Though if I'm completely honest, 6 is probably the one that really locked me in.
Your stories sounds awesome too - I'm looking forward to seeing your work!
@jackleveledup The reason FFIV grabbed me was that Cecil Harvey possessed a certain complexity that TBH is lacking in most JRPG protagonists.
For those who never played, we meet Cecil Harvey as he and the army he commands flies home after committing a war crime; they attacked and pillaged a peaceful community of magicians, and Cecil has doubts about whether they were right to do so.
For having questioned his king, Cecil is stripped of his position as captain of the Red Wings and given what was meant to be a suicide mission but only serves to further stain his hands with innocent blood as he unwittingly destroys a village of summoners.
This is pretty much the first hour of a game that came out in 1991, and it features a profoundly flawed protagonist seeking atonement. It was pretty damn heavy at the time.
PS: More FFIV goodness at https://legendsoflocalization.com/final-fantasy-iv/
> Your stories sounds awesome too - I'm looking forward to seeing your work!
If you're really interested, there's info about my STARBREAKER project on my website.
BTW, I do my own website, and have learned a few things in the process, so I might be able to help you.
@jackleveledup start talking, it finds you
@maloki I guess I'd call myself a lapsed lurker. This was my first time actually posting, and it's been going great in these past few minutes alone. Thank you, I appreciate the advice!
@jackleveledup posting is usually the first step.
Again I'd recommend writing a stand alone introduction post, as it will give you clickable links to find other people with similar interests!
@jackleveledup it me
@jackleveledup Don't forget to use hashtags to help people find you :)
@jackleveledup what's up I like those things
@jackleveledup hello i like robots :D
Oh hello there
I'm Shad, I like anime, i'm waiting for Voltron s7 and i'm probably gonna spend the night from friday to saturday live-tooting my joy&despair over it. If that didn't scare you... Nice to meet you !
@jackleveledup Hey! I love JRPGs! (though I spend most of my time on school and right now) As a child my favorite game was #Earthbound and I would break my heart over and over playing #Mother3. Nowadays I stick to #Falcom's games. I love the #Trails / #Kiseki series. If you want, I can rant at you about it. 😉 I wanna know what games we have in common!
@lapis Hard to go wrong with Falcom! I've played a handful of Ys games and the English Cold Steel games so far, and have been looking for the right time to play the Sky trilogy. It's been a busy year for me but I'm hoping sometime soonish I can get started on that!
@jackleveledup We're all around you... (Half of us are degenerates who are probably muted on MastSoc, but anyway.)
@jackleveledup taaaaaag those things so people can find your post
idk why i have to tell this to everyone...
@grainloom Appreciate the advice. I have to imagine it's no small task to teach us scrubs that tags are not only okay, but *good* to use on this platform.
Hashtags are kinda dominated by capitalist interests on the largest social media platforms, and I have to imagine the aversion is a result of that association? Just my guess!
@jackleveledup yeah, probably. Some people seem to have this ingrained... thing, where they consider any more than ~3 tags, idk, attention whoring or something.
But we don't have full-text search and even if we did, that wouldn't be enough to group topics, so that leaves tags.
@jackleveledup I have an emotional connection to JRPGs (fave game of all time is Paper Mario N64), no fan of anime, but I make up for it because I LOVE giant robots (and basically all other robots)
Not much in your stuff myself, but if i may give my 2 cents worth of advice, have a look through # of your interests.
Wish you to find what & who you're looking for, and a tremendous time in the fediverse.
@CountZero thanks so much for the advice, I'll definitely do that. cheers!
Forgot to mention: I quite liked TWEWY and Radiant Historia and Chrono Trigger I guess? Does that count?
@grainloom that absolutely counts, those are some excellent picks!
@jackleveledup !!! I've not thought about Golden Sun in ages. I still feel bad about never finishing the sequel. I should dig my cart up
@Canageek ohhh it's a really great ending too! if you ever get the time I think it would totally be worth it
@jackleveledup Definitely. Really into the Gundam franchise, Mazinger, Getter, Gunbuster, Voltron, etc. I even build a bit of gunpla.
For JRPGs, too many to name, but... Dragon Quest III, Parasite Eve, the Jade Cocoon series, Mother 3, the Lunar series, FF IV, Live a Live, the Shin Megami Tensei games, and TWEWY were all really big games for me growing up.
@badwrongfun YESSSSS that's one of my favorite parts! Sounds like I need to play Wild Arms 2 ASAP because I absolutely love the puzzles in Golden Sun and Lufia 2
@jackleveledup Mind you, I think the first three all have that "tools" system. 2 is just the one I remember making the most use out of it. Though 3 definitely has the best story in the series.
@jackleveledup heyyy! i am also always looking for more people to interaact with on here :) also good to see another valkyria chronicles fan!
@shoofle ahhhh for sure, it's one of the best! have you tried out the demo for 4 yet? It's obviously still early to make calls, but my first impression is that it's hitting me in the same ways the original did
@jackleveledup I haven't! I'm very interested now though
@jackleveledup Huge fan of jrpgs here, more for the stories than the mechanics though
@Felthry there's a lot of JRPG fans like yourself! these games are often feel-good stories with enough drama to keep it engaging, but things generally work out positively, and I think that's comforting and neat.
@jackleveledup they don't always work out positively though. Just look at Final Fantasy VI, one of the best of the genre.
@jackleveledup I mean, it does end up positive in the end, but what other game has the literal apocalypse happen halfway through it?
@Felthry That part of the game was literally the moment that I knew I'd be a JRPG fan for life. Seeing how it affects everyone and getting the crew back together was some reaaaaally powerful motivation to beat the final boss
@jackleveledup Yes! It wasn't FFVI that got us into the genre, that honor probably goes to Pokemon for introducing the mechanics and then maybe Baten Kaitos for showing just how excellent the stories can be, but FFVI is still one of our all-time favorites. I'd definitely put it on a best-of-all-time list.
@jackleveledup and now that I'm thinking about best-of-all-time lists, hmm
In no particular order
Tales of Symphonia
Tales of Xillia
Tales of the Abyss
Wild Arms 3
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
@jackleveledup I really wanted to put Morrowind on there but that's a WRPG, not a JRPG
Also considered putting Xenoblade Chronicles, 1 or 2 or both, but eh, the fanservice problem those games have works against them somewhat, as well as the phoned-in sidequest system of the first one
Stories are fantastic though.
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