final fantasy

Abnormal Mapping 56: Does Tom Nook Own the People?


Today we’re rejoined by regular guest and former co-host Destiny Sturdivant for a romp through one of the most storied RPGs of all time. Please enjoy, have a good holiday if you celebrate it, and try to be kind and healthy in these trying times.

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Things Discussed: Animal Crossing: New Leaf, The Witcher, Thumper, NBA2k17, Presbo, Sombra, Final Fantasy VI, the US FF6 commercial, the horniest character in video games, best birthdays in video games, being in the new games bubble, Idle Thumbs 288 about Titanfall 2, The Great Goal Pole in Super Mario 3D World 

This Month’s Game Club: Final Fantasy VI

Next Month: MUSIC and GOTY

Songs in This Episode
Omen by Nobuo Uematsu
Blown Away by Kevin MacLeod
Aria di Mezzo Carattere by Nobuo Uematsu
Coin Song by Nobuo Uematsu
Dancing Mad by Nobuo Uematsu


Abnormal Mapping 34: I Don’t Give ADAF

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A few weeks back, Jackson participated in a panel for the Alternative Digital Arts Festival, run by Zolani Stewart, Austin Howe and Solon Scott. The folks behind ADAF have kindly given us permission to post the panel in our podcast feed for your enjoyment, if you missed it at the time!

It’s a panel on Games & Mental Illnesss, featuring Heather Alexandra, Zeiya Speed and Austin Howe. We discuss representation of Mental Illness, how our own experiences with Mental Illness inform our readings of games, and the responsibilities of portraying Mental Illness narratives for an audience. In addition to the panel, Matthew, Jackson and Destiny got together a few days later to record a short cast with follow up points and extra discussion.

It all comes together to form a really interesting 2 hour package of great discussion about games, Mental Illness, and the intersection of the two. Please enjoy!

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August’s Game Club: Paper Mario

Games Discussed: Final Fantasy VIII, Depression Quest, Actual Sunlight, Metal Gear Solid 2, Metal Gear Solid 4, Hellblade, Kane & Lynch 2, Her Story, Silent Hill, The Static Speaks My Name, Cart Life

Music This Episode
Blown Away by Kevin MacLeod
Theme of Laura by Akira Yamaoka
Eternity by Nobuo Uematsu

Abnormal Mapping 27: Do Your Bit To Stop The Sun


Matthew stood by the grave, and looked upon the headstone. Time had withered the slate, there was no name left to mark a life long since lived. And all the people seemed to pass on by, catching the bus, going to work, eating chips and going to bed. He didn’t understand how they could walk here without hearing the warning, those deafening screams of the forgotten, keeping him awake night after night after night. One day he would be screaming too.

“No,” he whispered to himself, turning away. He couldn’t change his fate, but he could tear down heaven and hell to punish those who chose it. Who were Gods to sign his death sentence, to force upon him an existence never requested, and all too soon, steal it away? No longer could this cycle continue. The Gods would fall to his hand, and for one brilliant, shining moment, as the pain of existence blinked away, there would be silence.

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This Month’s RPG Explorer’s Club: Final Fantasy VIII

Next Month’s Game Club: Attack of the Friday Monsters!!

Games Discussed: Final Fantasy VIII, Pokemon Shuffle, Star Wars, Super Mario Bros

Music This Episode
Blown Away by Kevin MacLeod
Ami by Nobuo Uematsu
Shuffle & Boogie by Nobuo Uematsu
Fragments of Memories by Nobuo Uematsu
Man With A Machine Gun by Nobuo Uematsu

Final Fantasy XIII: Tales From Cocoon

FFXIIII’m currently making my way through the Fabula Nova Crystallis, and I recently finished up the original game. It’s a mess, and one deserving of a thorough critical breakdown, which Matt handily provides throughout his Let’s Play. Here’s an episode from it that puts some of the game’s ambitions and failures in context with the rest of the Final Fantasy series.

As a relative newcomer to Final Fantasy, I don’t have the familiarity to offer that kind of analysis, so instead enjoy a series of contextless anecdotes about my time playing the (in)famous video game, Final Fantasy XIII. There will be spoilers, there will be a bunch of meaningless lore jargon, and all the earnestness imaginable.

Honestly, there is no approach more fitting. (more…)

Let’s Play: Final Fantasy XIII

In the technological haven of Cocoon, a disquiet grows. The citizens are fearful, the government overreaching, and a calamity from outside the tense peace threatens to tear down everything. You could say it strikes like a bolt of … well, you get the picture. It’s Final Fantasy XIII, and I’m going to beat it come hell or high water!

Final Fantasy XIII is the eleventy-bajillionth game in Square-Enix’s seminal JRPG franchise, no matter what the roman numerals might claim. It was originally released for PS3/360 in 2010 and is now available on PC. Go find it at

Abnormal Mapping 16: Cait Sith’s Unbridled Heroism


The Mappers are joined once again by Honorary Cartography Extraordinaire Destiny Sturdivant for the inaugural meeting of the RPG Explorers Club. Matthew leads them down the Mako-soaked lanes of his memory as they dig up that burning question for the ages: what exactly does happen to Aeris? It’s a long journey, full of pitfalls and pratfalls, and together they all learn to love again. Just like Cloud. Who learns to love a certain flower girl. Who dies. Oh right, Aeris dies.

Destiny Sturdivant can be found at Badland Girls!

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Games Discussed: Sims 3, Final Fantasy Theatrhythm: Curtain Call, Neverending Nightmares, EGX, Even the Stars, Clicker Heroes, Cookie Clicker, Candy Box, and of course, Final Fantasy VII

Music This Episode:
Blown Away by Kevin MacLeod
Anxious Heart by Nobuo Uematsu
Turk’s Theme by Nobuo Uematsu
The Great Warrior by Nobuo Uematsu
Theatrhythm Curtain Call End Theme by Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra