Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: How Final Fantasy Taught Me the Word ‘Jihad’
Here’s a funny story about how video games can make for some very weird cross-cultural connections. Specifically, going deep on Final Fantasy VI taught me the word jihad back before many non-Muslims living in America would have a reason to learn it. But that doesn’t mean I encountered it in a way that offered fewer negative connotations. No, Final Fantasy’s usage of the term was so loaded that it was actually stripped from the English-language installments of the franchise.