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]


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