PC Gamer recently did a fun little face off about whether in-game romances hurt storytelling, but I think they missed a very crucial point—one that goes far beyond "romance options" and explains why the end of Mass Effect really wasn't all that bad.
The last JRPG I finished and enjoyed was 2000's Skies of Arcadia for the Dreamcast. But as a kid, I played pretty much every JRPG I could get my hands on. Final Fantasy, Earthbound, Dragon Warrior, Chrono Trigger, Grandia, Suikoden, Sword of Vermilion, Xenogears, and Phantasy Star all consumed the bulk of my free…
When I first played Final Fantasy VI, I wasn't even holding the controller. I watched my older brother play through the Super Nintendo game beneath the glow of the bulbous cathode ray tube in our living room, after school, after dinner, after homework, sitting cross-legged on the carpet.