Video games are a funny thing. While books and cars have to wait decades to be considered classics, video games only have to wait a few years. The technology moves so quickly that games fall prey to the same curse as laptops and cell phones.
Unlike a ten-year-old cell phone, though, there are classic video games that I still want to play with.
Since I am particularly fond of RPGs, consider tonight’s trivia an homage to the classics of console gaming. And by classics, I mean games from way back in the early 2000s.
- This game, from the makers of Dark Cloud, features a weapons’ synthesis system where you feed your old weapons to a purple frog, who then chews them up and spits out a shiny new weapon.
- Speaking of Dark Cloud, what is the name of the world-building spheres you collect throughout the game?
- This game, and its sequel, were the first console games that truly reflected the D&D experience.
- What is the name of the Mario entry into the realm of role playing?
- What game franchise is a combination of Final Fantasy and Disney World?
- This game is tons of fun to play, but it has the worst plot twist in the history of video games, when the player characters find out that they are actually video game characters and jump out into the “real” world.
- Which Japanese game features oddly pornographic moments when the main character needs to insert performance enhancing crystals into his non-human friends’ ports?
- This series is fun and silly, but drew criticism for making few changes to its 16-bit style graphics as the years went by. (I’ll give you a hint: PUNIS!)
My last question is less trivia and more a matter of opinion. There can be no question that The Legend of Zelda is the granddaddy of console RPGs. I have loved almost every entry into the franchise in this “modern age” of gaming, but the two I go back to again and again are Ocarina of Time and Windwaker. They are very different, but they are both frustrating and fun. Do you have a favorite Zelda? If not, what is your favorite game?