Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Day 7 and Day 8: The 30-Day Video Game Challenge

Note: This is a series of posts based on some image floating around on Twitter. I felt I could talk more about my answers instead of just tweeting them. And since I missed yesterday, you get two topics today.

Day 7: Favorite video game couple. (SPOILERS)

This one's easy for me. It's Locke and Rachel from Final Fantasy VI, one of my five favorite RPGs, and one I plan to play through again next year.

It's a long story, but the gist of it is that Locke, one of the main characters in the game, had a girlfriend named Rachel before the Empire took rise. One day they were in a cave (Locke was a treasure hunter, so this sort of thing was natural to him) looking for treasure (her engagement ring), but before he could find the ring and propose, the bridge they were on collapsed. Rachel pushed Locke to safety, but she fell and went into a coma. After awaking, she did not have her memory and couldn't remember Locke, but only saw that Locke was someone who upset her family and told him to leave (her family blamed the accident on Locke and gave him the boot). A year later, she was killed during one of the Empire's raids, but regained her memory, with one of her final statements being, ""If a man called Locke should ever return, please tell him that I love him."

It's a painful backstory that adds a bit of depth to Locke's character, and one of the sidequests you can do in the game is try to revive her. When Locke revives her, she's only alive for a few moments, but tells him to forgive himself. It's a powerful moment in a game filled with powerful moments.

Day 8: Favorite video game soundtrack
This one is a tough question to answer, because there are pieces of great music from so many great games. So I'm going with the soundtrack that got me interested in soundtracks in general, and that's Lemmings for DOS (and other platforms too).

What fascinated me about Lemmings is that they took existing nursery rhyme music and really remixed the tunes into something wildly unique and different. And while I played this game the most on DOS, I'm really partial to the Genesis version of the songs.

One way or another on the DOS sounds fantastic too.

Previous entries
Day 6
Day 5
Day 4
Day 3


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