Timeless Thoughts: Remembering RPGs

Timeless Thoughts

Happy November! One more month and 2016 is over. Where has all the time gone? In the meantime, I’ve started my mini-autumn vacation. I’ll be off from work this upcoming week, and I’m also travelling out of town to Sokcho! Before I start packing for my mini-trip and spend time meeting friends, I’m here for another round of Timeless Thoughts, a monthly blog link-up run by Georgie and me. This month’s entry is hosted by me, so if you would like to participate, you’re more than welcome to join our link-up by submitting your entry with the link-up widget located at the end of this entry! This link-up is opened for two weeks, and your entry can be about anything you find unforgettable from your past or present! It can be an object, an event, a person — anything goes — and you can have more than one thing you miss. For this month, here’s what I’ve been missing lately!

For this month, I wanted to think back on the first few RPGs that I’ve played. I have to admit, it took me a while to even like and understand RPGs, but once I understood how the game actually worked, I became addicted to them. I haven’t played any lately, so maybe that’s why I miss them. I began to think about the ones below and how they impacted my gaming background. The three games below are quite memorable.

Phantasy Star IV

Phantasy Star IV

Phantasy Star IV was my first exposure to the RPG genre. My best friend had a Sega Genesis and this game. In fourth grade, on one of our many sleepovers, she showed me the game. I vividly remember four things: 1) I had no idea how this game was played 2) Rune and Wren were bloody hot 3) I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that Wren was an android and 4) Raja was green and I couldn’t fathom why he was green. Anyway, we only played this once or twice, but it was enough to make an impact on me, for when I was older, I returned to this game after I finally understood RPGs. I adore this game, but I haven’t beaten it yet (though I made it to the final boss, so I’m close!). Beaten or not, this game is a classic. It has great characters, an intriguing plot, and it ties in with Phantasy Star I and Phantasy Star II. I did enjoy the battle system, and I actually didn’t mind grinding with this game. One of these days I’ll have to actually beat it . . .

Super Mario RPG

Super Mario RPG

A couple of years after I was introduced to Phantasy Star IV, I became a proud owner of the SNES, and my dad bought me Super Mario RPG. Unfortunately, I still hadn’t grasped the concept of RPGs, so needless to say, my attempts with this game were quite pathetic, haha! This game and I actually have a strange history. In my playthrough, I was doing okay in the first part, but when I left Mushroom Kingdom and went into the underground pipes, that whole area, with its dark ambience and creepy music, scared the beejeebus out of me. Let’s just say it took me a long time to get past that stage . . . I think it took me a good six months to attempt the game again. I was able to get pretty far into the game when I was older, but like Phantasy Star IV, I’ve yet to beat it. This game doesn’t rank very high with me, but this was the very first RPG I owned, so it has a tiny place in my heart, haha!

Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger

Lastly, Chrono Trigger is the RPG that made me a fan of RPGs. By the time I played this, I finally understood how RPGs worked, and I became addicted to this game. This uses time travelling as its plot, and with its great cast of characters, super fun battle system, and bloody awesome soundtrack, this game will forever be one of my favourites. My friends were the ones who introduced me to this game, and I’m thankful to them! They raved about the game and then lent me the SNES version for me to play. I almost didn’t get far in the game because when I time travelled to the future, that place really creeped me out in the game (it was just like that underground pipe in Super Mario RPG), but I persevered and actually even beat the game! Not once, but many, many times because this game has multiple endings! Thanks to my friends, I became a fan of RPGs and spent many hours playing them.

What RPGs were memorable to you? If not RPGs, what video games do you recall with fondness? Share with me in the comments!

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  1. Haha I really want to play Chrono Trigger! I’ve seen it recommended very often ^_^ I still remember my first RPG – Zelda Wind Waker, technically, but before that I also played Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets. It was so hard, but nothing compared to Wind Waker :O which is now a cute and easy game. Right now I am really keen to play old RPGs, such as Earthbound. :)

  2. I really enjoyed reading this Tara, thanks for sharing – it’s brought me back! I remember playing Super Mario RPG at my friends house and it was so much fun! I don’t remember what my first RPG was – probably final fantasy? I haven’t played video games in ages, I’m so excited for the vacation to start playing again!

  3. I hope you have a good time on your mini-holiday. :) <3

    I have not played any of those games, but it was interesting to read about your experience. :D

  4. I actually heard these games for the first time! My sister and I had a playstation and we usually played games like Super Mario. How do you know if a game is an RPG or not? Doesn’t RPG stand for role playing game? Doesn’t that mean most games are RPGs? Confusing, haha. I can see how you would be confused! I’m confused lol.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. aw, JRPGs used to be my life. i used to love square enix so much and yes, i was so addicted to FF and KH. okay, maybe not so much on FF but i’ve always loved KH more anyway so i remember playing kingdom hearts and was very fond of it. tbh, i still am. it’s just that i don’t have PS3 so i can’t continue playing the new kingdom hearts games… the last KH game i played as the birth by sleep one on psp and it’s so good :D

    the most memorable KH game for me is probably KH chain of memories, the one available for gameboy advance SP hahaha that was gold back during the days.

    nowadays, i mostly play western games though because i game on pc instead of consoles. based on my observation, japanese game developers tend to focus on consoles so yeah…

  6. I’ve heard so many great things about Phantasy Star, but I’ve never actually played it. From what you’ve said it sounds awesome, though, definitely worth looking into if I get into old consoles again!

    I never knew there was a Super Mario RPG so long ago! That sounds so cool.

    Kingdom Hearts will always be my favourite RPG. I love all the characters, and get too excited because of all the Disney! Plus the opening music is amazing.

  7. Wow, it’s November already??? I hope you’ll have fun going out to Sokcho! I can’t believe it’s already that time.

    I always loved playing RPGs! It’s one good way to put yourself in your character’s shoes and adventure out in the gaming environment. Hope you’ll beat Phantasy Star some day. At least you’re having fun in the meantime ;).

    I haven’t heard of Super Mario RPG before. I can’t believe it’s actually a thing XD. Then again, this is coming out of someone who never got passed level 3 of Super Mario Bros. (what a n00b).

    Chrono Trigger looks so cute!! I love how there’s a hint of Dragon Ball without it being exactly like it.

    I remembered Final Fantasy Tactics being a memorable RPG from years ago. If anything, I play MMORPGs more than anything else (Hello WoW!).

  8. I was obsessing over Chrono Cross (Trigger’s sequel) a few weeks ago. I still haven’t finished it actually, I still have to fight one last boss before I get to experience my very first ending (out of 12) since I first played it some 10 years ago! I love this game so much. It’s still so good after all these years!

  9. I hope you had a nice time on your trip :D

  10. I liked Chrono Trigger! I didn’t own a SNES, so I didn’t get to play it until the DS remake. Final Fantasy 8 was probably the first RPG I really got into. I keep meaning to try more Final Fantasy games and other RPGs, but I frequently lose interest part way through. I love the Bioware style RPGs though! Dragon Age and the Mass Effect series are a few of my favorites!

  11. I do the written forum RPGs, but I’ve always heard about game-related ones and wasn’t entirely sure what people were talking about. 😳 I did Runescape with my oldest (but still younger) brother, or tried to, so I could bond with him. I got really confused, though, because I kept trying to compare it to Sims. 😅

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