If you’re a gamer of a certain age, there’s a good chance you got your fill of Japanese RPGs like Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger, Super Mario RPG and LUNAR in the ‘90s. You probably loved them because games that took story that seriously were few and far between. You probably also know in the back of your mind that they never made any damn sense.
College Humor captures that “what the hell is going on” feeling in this video that snipes a few of the best recurring cliches of Japanese 1990s RPGs. For some reason, there were a ton of games about crystals that included talking animals, in which people got around using airships, and whose societies were all straddling a weird line between having medieval villages and also scary robots. And there was always, always, some kind of absolutely bonkers villain bent on achieving godhood for the purpose of who knows.
It may not have made sense, but dammit, we loved it. Hell, I’m listening to the Chrono Trigger soundtrack right now. Now let’s go shoot lightning at some dinosaurs!