The Golden Age of JRPGs

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-by Dylan DiBona

Not too many genres really get a “golden age” within gaming; a golden age being a time period where plentiful high quality games of a specific genre come out. Some would say the Nintendo 64 singlehandedly ushered in a golden age of 3D-Platformers with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie/Tooie, Donkey Kong 64, Conker, etc.

At the 2017 E3 Conference, JRPGs were absolutely not in the spotlight, in fact the only ones I believe were present were remakes of Radiant Historia and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey on 3DS. It’s a tough pill to swallow but this genre is back to being niche and no so relevant with American audiences. It’s an odd thought because of all genres, JRPGs may just have had the longest and strongest golden age in gaming history.

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While I acknowledge and endlessly respect the…

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