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Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 17] : Kaizeru-Hige


This week, a flashback to Ren Fest triggers a conversation about facial hair. Does Josh’s beard resemble Geralt of Rivia’s or Joel’s from The Last of Us? How do The Witcher 3‘s facial hair mechanics work? What is the history of facial hair in Japan? How do you say “handlebar mustache” in Japanese? You’ve got questions; Mandi has answers.

Of course, all this beards ‘n’ stashes talk is merely a prelude, and the real fun begins when we dive into the history of JRPGs. Where did the term JRPG come from (and is it even an accurate term)? Were most Japanese RPG studios originally making pornographic video games? Why does Mandi hate Mass Effect so much (which isn’t even a JRPG)? Why does the Reverend prefer Wild Arms Alter Code: F to the original Wild Arms game? (Well, there’s actually more on that Wild Arms thing in this Retrovolve article.)

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Josh (The Forward Thinker)

Rev. Rebecca Nathaniel (The Nostalgic Alcoholic)

Julian (The Moderator)

Mandi (The Lead Research Specialist)

To see a full list of games mentioned in this episode, visit the Half-Glass Gaming website.

Plus, don’t forget to stop back next week: New episodes air every Wednesday.

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