I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t the question: Is Kefka or Sephiroth the better bad guy? I love both Final Fantasy VI and Final Fantasy VII. They’re both two of my favorite games, but I’ve always been kind of irritated by what seemed to be a blind fanboy love of Sephiroth. Kefka was a madman! He poisoned a whole kingdom because HATRED is COOL! I’ve been joined by many other like minded people who hold Final Fantasy VI on a pedestal, where Kefka is the better character, and Sephiroth’s popularity is the product of bandwagon Final Fantasy fans that were only around because of Squaresoft’s incredibly aggressive marketing campaign.
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My latest Breakdown article covers what I feel is the true RPG experience in video games, and how Western RPGs seemed to do this better than Japanese ones. Take a look!
I did a lot of reading on the different structures that are used in this article. Check it out, here!
For my latest article at Gaming Rebellion, I really wanted to see where games shifted from very simple stories to more complex narratives. I searched through the history of video games and came up with a lot of different types of games that had storytelling of varying complexity. The change really was pretty gradual, with the last major changing coming in the Playstation era. This was a very interesting and entertaining project for me, and I hope you enjoy the outcome. Link
I wrote this article on Hyrule Warriors almost immediately after playing the game. It’s a really good game and I suggest you give it a try. In my Breakdown article, I provide my thoughts on the ensemble cast that makes the story of the game interesting, and why I think Link should have given up his vow of silence. Check it out!
So I have a new column at Gaming Rebellion titled Breakdown, where I will be breaking down, critiquing, summarizing, and commenting on various story elements within video games. The story and setting of a video game is one of those things that gets me immersed in any gaming experience, a lot of times more than great gameplay. Let me know what you think, and head on over to Gaming Rebellion to check it out.
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