PC RPG Quest – 1980s: The Rise of JRPGs

PC RPG Quest – 1980s: The Rise of JRPGs

This week delves into the dawn of JRPGs on the MSX and the PC88 as the PC RPG Quest continues. Also: Super Robot War, The Witcher Season 2 trailer, and Star Ocean!

Episode Notes

This week on Axe of the Blood God, Kat, Nadia, and Eric board the Magic School Bus and travel back to the very beginnings of JRPG development. PC98 Audi from Digital Foundry makes a guest appearance to delve deep into the machine that arguably started it all: The humble PC-88. Audi also has tons of history to share about the MSX, and other high-tech ’80s stuff that was vital to the early evolution of JRPGs. Frankly, he’s the proverbial Miss Frizzle on this trip. Without him, Kat, Nadia, and Eric would probably fall out of the bus and get eaten by a microprocessor.

Also in this episode: Kat’s in Super Robot War heaven, we have a trailer for Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher 2, and Square Enix is gonna make you wet with a new Star Ocean game.

[“Hey Hey 16k” is by MJ Hibbett and the Validators. Enjoy your earworm]


Paying Tribute to Akira Toriyama, Unicorn Overlord, and More

Akira Toriyama died on March 1, leaving behind a legacy that includes Dragon Ball, Dragon Quest, and an incredible impact on both games and anime. With Eric out, Kat and Nadia are joined by Victor Hunter and Ash Paulsen to break down he changed RPGs, our memories of watch Dragon Ball, and more.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Review

It’s the spoiler-free Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Spectacular! The panel has had plenty of time with Rebirth, or as I like to call it “Final Fantasy VII-3”. Does it improve upon Remake? Does it stand on it’s own? Do you need to play the lost mid-2000s Japanese feature phone game Before Crisis to fully grasp the importance of the character of Cissnei?