on Nov 14, 2016
0:01:50 Dishonored 2
0:36:39 N7 Day
0:43:22 Mailbag: Fantasy Settings
It’s been said before that video RPGs tend to use fantasy settings and themes. I’d like to discus how fantasy RPGs tend to specifically be epic fantasy.
There doesn’t tend to be video RPGs based on sword and sorcery like from Robert E. Howard, literary fantasy like from Mervyn Peake, nor humorous fantasy like from Terry Pratchett (full disclosure: some of these authors I haven’t actually read). I’d imagine that epic fantasy RPGs are common due to company forces like publishers and marketers, as well as game design considerations like a focus on combat excluding things like Peake. Though when Obsidian went independent with Pillars of Eternity they also made it epic fantasy.
This makes me curious about whether the popularity of epic fantasy in RPGs is due to customer demand or just plain tradition?
0:49:48 Mailbag: Favorite Monsters
What is your favorite monster in a video game? No animals, humans or robots allowed. They can be game originals or adaptations of mythological creatures or other fictional beings.