Ladies and gentlemen, we are on our final challenge! Thanks so much to everyone for joining us along this month-long ride, reading and commenting, and a special shout out to my magely crew for being so responsive and determined to see this project, our 31-Day Mage Challenge, through.
Let’s end on a high note with the ultimate video gaming question, the only one there could be…
“What is your Favorite Video Game of All Time?“
The Timely Mage
I know you’re probably expecting me to say Final Fantasy VIII in which case you are correct. I know it’s not the best game but it’s my favorite and it would take quite a paradigm shift for something to dethrone it. The reason this game is my favorite is because it introduced me to a depth and profundity in gaming that I hadn’t experienced before. I didn’t have an SNES growing up and missed the FFVII boat so this was my first Final Fantasy and RPG I had played. I had so much hype building up to the launch (cutting out pictures from other people’s magazines, writing “Final Fantasy VIII” like a hundred times on my notebook, dropping everything I was doing whenever I heard the intro sound to a PlayStation commercial hoping to see more of the game) and yet with all of these expectations I was still blown away by the quality of the game. Up until then I had never heard such a moving soundtrack, seen such exciting cutscenes, or had so much fun building up my characters. It unlocked a whole new level of interest and expectations for me when it came to video games and really helped broaden my creativity (which up until then was only limited to tracing the Mortal Kombat logo and creating stories with Goldeneye 007 characters).
The Black Humor Mage
I honestly can’t say. I love all the Metal Gear Solid games for different reasons, so it’s even hard to choose from that. Chrono Trigger is definitely up there. Kirby’s Adventure holds a special place in my heart. Pokemon Fire Red is up there for very personal reasons. I also have the feeling that when I finish Earthbound it’ll be on the list too. This is like picking you favorite kid, except with less emotional distress.
The Rage Mage
There’s been so much rage over the course of this stupid set of challenges, but today I can say that I love Broforce and right now it’s my favorite game. What could be better than “libterating” countries that aren’t America by going in there and blowing crap up like real Americans do? It’s a hyper-macho, masochistic, sadistic game I can identify with.
The Green Screen Mage
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! My favorite video game of all time has got to be one of the most difficult decisions. That’s like asking who my favorite student is. I definitely have one, but I’m not going to admit it. Three games are vying for the top spot in my heart. Halo, Undertale, and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. Halo is my nostalgic favorite. Undertale is my storyline favorite. Wind Waker is my gameplay favorite. I took this whole month to debate between the 3 of them and it came down to what game gets me into the mood that I need. i.e. What do I go to when I need a laugh, to get out frustration, when I need a fun puzzle. And the winner came down to Wind Waker. Not to mention I can identify with Link in that one. The constant annoyance on his face when dealing with all this save the world BS. Poor kid just wanted a nap. I feel you Link. I feel you.
The White Out Mage
My favorite game of all time is Kirby’s Adventure. I’ve replayed a handful of games and this is one that I’ve returned to many time over. Although it’s been several years since I last played Kirby’s Adventure, I feel I could easily pick it up and play it again today. Kirby games are cutesy, easy to play, and very enjoyable, and Kirby’s Adventure is no exception! I love the jovial 9-bit melodies, the sounds that little pink puff makes, and the lack of hyper-frustrating gameplay.
I have enough stress in my life, and it’s nice to go to this Dreamland, where yes, they’ve got their own problems, but it’s ok, because the pink puff is on it, and you get to sit back and relax as he rights the wrongs that have gone down.
The Well-Red Mage
You could say that I’m a strongly opinionated guy, ‘least once you get to know me. From day one of this challenge series I already knew my answer for this final day. My favorite game has always been Chrono Trigger and it likely will always be Chrono Trigger. Since the first day it awed me with its opening title sequence with those amazing graphics, its cinematic-ness, and its swelling score, I became engrossed in its complex but not overly morose world and its endearing characters. Chrono Trigger was the first game that I ever wanted to own the soundtrack to. It exists as something beautiful more than serving the needs of its own existence as a video game. It’s the definitive traditional 16-bit RPG alongside FFVI, and it set a precedent for gameplay and storytelling for generations to come. It also stands out as a more unique JRPG with its theme of time travel and time paradoxes. I’ve played through it more times than I can count and I cannot wait for the day when my son is old enough for me to introduce it to him, pass down my favorite game to the next generation and meet Crono, Marle, Lucca, Frog, Robo, Ayla, and Magus all over again. It is a singular tragedy that the Chrono franchise petered away into nothing… but this Well-Red Mage is looking forward to I Am Setsuna, that’s for sure.
Thank you for reading!