Final Fantasy

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: How Final Fantasy Taught Me the Word ‘Jihad’

2023-01-31T02:33:45-08:00January 19th, 2023|

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 [...]

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: Bahamut and Behemoth: One and the Same?

2023-01-12T21:37:17-08:00January 9th, 2023|

"This is not an etymology blog. This is a video game history blog. However, in looking into the histories of things, we often end up examining the roots of the language we use to describe them. I think the intersection of the Final Fantasy versions of Bahamut, Behemoth, Leviathan and Kujata [...]

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: Sea Hag or Sagahin? A Quick History of an RPG Water Monster

2023-01-02T21:46:00-08:00December 26th, 2022|

"This is the first installment of a series I’ve wanted to do for a while, whether as its own blog or as a podcast, but I’ve decided it’s going to live here. In my head, I was calling it Questing Beast, and it was going to focus on the histories [...]


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