Pokemon in the Late 90's Oct 4, 2018 13:30:24 GMT -5
Post by nullPointer on Oct 4, 2018 13:30:24 GMT -5
This thread rules.
So I'm just going to hit and run on some of the various points found herein.
The Great Horned One (and His Influence on Fantasy Games)
I think my Mom's parenting philosophy (single parent household here) probably skewed closer to Ex's comments. She was raised Methodist, perfect Sunday School attendance record, her parents (my Grandparents obv) were prominent members of the church, etc. But she was also a product of her time by which I mean she was a college student in the late 60's early-70's. So while the mysticism of Christianity held some deep personal meaning for her, she also believed in the importance of a free exchange of information and concepts (she was a career librarian). I wasn't baptized as a kid because she believed that the individual should seek out their own spiritual path and in their own time. Long story short, I grew up in a pretty permissive household in terms of what was allowed. Accordingly it wasn't a big deal at all when I discovered D&D (AD&D 2nd ed.) in my early teens. She even sat in on a game or two with a character she rolled up, lol (#AwkwardMemories). Some of my other friends were decidedly less cool with my choice in fantasy games though, one of which was a skater buddy who was raised fundamentalist Christian. We were hanging out at my house one day when he happened to notice a graph paper dungeon map that I'd been constructing. I'd put considerable work into this thing. He scoffed at it at first, but when I came back into the room after stepping out, he'd drawn '666' and pentagrams all over it with a red sharpie. "What's the matter?" he says with a huge shit-eating grin, "Am I making you mad? That shit's bad news man." Of course in a classic teen display of feigned apathy I was pretty much, "Pfft, whatever man. You're an asshole. Let's go skate." But inside I sure wanted to just haul off and punch him in the nose. In hindsight that map probably looked a hell of lot cooler with all the 'satanic' crap on it anyway. I'm sure my players had a real moment of 'WTF!?' when they caught a glimpse of it.
Megami Tensei (and Its Treatment of Theology)
I played through the very first game earlier this year (a translation of the upgraded version of Digital Devil Summoner: Megami Tensei appearing on the Kyūyaku Megami Tensei compilation for SFC). When my party finally went toe to toe with Lucifer, I think we consisted of the two primary player characters, Odin, Ganesh, and Krishna if I recall correctly. If this game is blasphemous, at least it's indiscriminately blasphemous to everyone, lol. I'd be rather surprised and delighted (in a subversive sort of way) if the series managed to squeeze Allah into the mix at some point, though I somehow doubt that possibility. Megami Tensei just don't GaF.
Pokémon (and My Surprising Lack of Knowledge)
I've never played a Pokémon game (gamer cred -2pt). So my introduction to Pokémon came with my kids, which is to say I was loosely aware of how Pokémon works, the characters and that sort of thing, but it wasn't until I had kids that my full on exposure began. I figured it would be fun to start watching the series together, and over the course of a year or so, I think we watched 18-ish seasons worth of Pokemon. Holy crap. That's a lot of Pokémon-ing, you guys. It was during this long form marathon that they started becoming interested in the TCG, which initially started as an interest in collecting, but this year blossomed into an interest for playing the game itself. As a long time player of MtG, I figured Pokémon couldn't be terribly complex. And while I wasn't necessarily wrong, I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of depth possible in the game. Plus it was fun to introduce my kids to the concepts of deck-building. "It's awesome to pick your favorite characters, but now start thinking about how they will interact with other cards in your deck. Can you evolve them effectively?" etc. Good times. So the moral of this rather pointless tale is that I only started playing the Pokémon TCG this year, and I've still never played a Pokémon video game for more than a few minutes. It's probably something I should try to remedy in the interest of being a 'well rounded gamer' if nothing else.