February 23rd, 2015

Macbeth the Usurper

Why White People Write Fantasy

Why do white people read and write fantasy while others don't? (Yes, I simplified.)

White people imagine what it's like to be oppressed. Others are oppressed.

White people imagine what life would be like as an underdog. Others are an underdog.

White people image what it's like to have your rights limited, you future uncertain, and you fate in the balance. Others already live that way.

White people have to imagine this. Others have first hand experience.

White people write fantasy. Others write about their real experiences.

I guess that makes fantasy the bored, mindful wanderings of the privileged class.
Macbeth the Usurper

Soul Historica (Review)

There comes a time in every JPRG where a game must follow in the footsteps of those that have come before. Soul Historica is that game. If you closed your eyes and guessed what this game was about, you'd ben 90% right. Classes, fighting, spells, jobs, and all the usual mechanics are there. In addition, most of the usual plot stuff is there: go dungeon delving, repeatedly encounter the same enemies, cumulating in an airship and a delve into a timeless space dungeon.

Where this game deviates from routine is in its split path play. Late in the story, you can either follow the BOY or the GIRL. WOOT. My daughter loved that we could switch to having the girl as the lead in the story. While entertaining, the twist didn't really add much to the game.

The whole adventure felt rather lackluster, so much so that I almost abandoned the game. This was no Symphony of the Origin. At the price, it'll keep you distracted for ten hours.