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  • linorn - August 12, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    Thatt was painfull too reed. So manny speeling mistaks.
  • Yurei - August 8, 2012 6:45 a.m.

    "when a giant beam of light strikes him after all of your friends pray or high-five or something because the power of friendship is totally magic." I see what you did there. http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/9638/nmmdef.png
  • Sjoeki - August 5, 2012 11:45 a.m.

    What's next? Listing all the platformer / adventure games that you have to jump in? Or that has a funny / clumsy / weird sidekick? Those are cliches but it's kind of what you expect when you buy the next ratchet / mario / jak / rayman or am I missing something? As I typed that I thought of a little game, if you put a black bar over the title of a FPS how many people would be able to tell wich game it is, cause those are insanely identical.
  • GR HollanderCooper - August 5, 2012 4:49 p.m.

    Though you were joking, that's... not a bad idea.
  • Sjoeki - August 6, 2012 12:10 p.m.

    And as I am in a good mood today, vacation and all, I'm not even charging for it! I was thinking about box art but wheresmymonkey's idea might even be better, more stuff to play around with. If you want to go for it, take it, I'll play!
  • wheresmymonkey - August 6, 2012 1:27 a.m.

    If you shopped out the HUDs of screenshots of fpss chances are most people couldn't tell them apart. Great idea.
  • robotdickens - August 4, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    Every single game that has character customization always has a hair cut you can find in the Dragon Ball series.
  • forestfire55 - August 5, 2012 12:39 a.m.

    Fallout 3 does not unfortunately
  • jackthemenace - August 5, 2012 6:23 a.m.

    Maybe that's because Fallout 3's not a JRPG? Besides, I can think of several characters of the top of my head that are bald, and I've never [properly watched the show.
  • CitizenWolfie - August 4, 2012 3:05 a.m.

    I love the motley ensemble cast of characters you play as. Like it says, there's something for everyone. I think I may have another (although I haven't played a JRPG for a long time now): An inexplicable last boss/ancient unearthed evil that has nothing to do with the main villain you've been chasing the whole time.
  • Alomeigne - August 6, 2012 8:16 p.m.

    Yea, that's exactly what I was thinking of, dragon quest as one example. Half the time, the guy you've been chasing the entire game isn't the last boss.
  • ChiChiRocket - August 3, 2012 10:33 p.m.

    Reason #2... Persona 4... don't care at all
  • NanoElite666 - August 3, 2012 10:05 p.m.

    I'm surprised there isn't a link to the Baldest Space Marines article from a while back at the mention of bald space marines in the slide about goofy hairstyles.
  • angelusdlion - August 3, 2012 9:35 p.m.

    Um.. Cliches are bad, that's what makes them cliches. I think the word you're looking for here is tropes...
  • gadjo - August 4, 2012 1:40 p.m.

    Not necessarily, Cliches are just things that are very common to the point of being expected. They don't have to be bad. I mean, look at Kill Bill. That movie is just one long line of cliches, but it's awesome anyway
  • Lurkero - August 3, 2012 6:14 p.m.

    Nope, I hate all of these, and for many of these reasons I buy a JRPG only once in a blue moon. It doesn't help that I still watch anime, so multiply most JRPG cliches by 2 or 3.
  • profile0000 - August 3, 2012 5:22 p.m.

    "...usually when a giant beam of light strikes him after all of your friends pray or high-five or something because the power of friendship is totally magic..." Coop or Halog: I owe one of you $20 for that phrase. That was hysterical. I agree completely with the article's premise. There is comfort in the tropes and cliches that JRPGs follow, and I love them. I don't want them in every game I play, hell no, but they are perfectly fine in the few JRPGs I play every year.
  • ninjaemperor - August 3, 2012 4:39 p.m.

    I love all of these things, I honestly feel like they add to the charm of the genre.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - August 3, 2012 3:22 p.m.

    Geez. These are almost all the reasons why I really cannot get into the genre, and why most people can't. Seriously, these are why it's dying, and I don't think we should be defending them. Also, as far as character designs go, there IS a middle ground between boring and stupid (see just about any Mass Effect character who's not human). Can we please aim for there?
  • Thedigitalg - August 6, 2012 4:09 a.m.

    Err, JRPGs aren't dying.

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