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A Dragon Quest Talk Between Parent and Child: Enjoying Games Across 2 Generations!

DQ - Reference Book Text: Kamio Takeshi Raised in a house with a retro gaming environment and with exposure to Dragon Quest games both past and present, my grade school aged son has gotten into Dragon Quest as well. As a video game enthusiast with a love for Dragon Quest that's spanned over a period of 30 years, I'd like to present this talk between father and son that spans two generations of Dragon Quest! I was born in 1973, and my first encounter with Dragon Quest was as a middle school student. I found out about it through the pages of weekly Shounen Jump, and played all of the games through XI when they came out. My 12 year old son was born in 2006, and his first encounter with Dragon Quest was in his third year of grade school. His first game in the series was the same copy of the Famicom version of DQ II that I played back in the day. Continue Reading

The Sudden Rise of Dragon Quest and the Consumer RPG Boom

Dragon-Quest-Consumer-RPG-BoomThe RPG genre was already popular in the international PC market. It all began with tabletop RPGs, but here we'll take a look back at the explosive RPG boom that began here with Dragon Quest. Text by Kaze no Iona

An RPG was a game that involved playing a role?

I wonder if it wasn't the Famicom version of Tower of Druaga that first introduced the term "RPG" to Famicom users (The text "High Quality Role-playing" appeared on the packaging for Bokosuka Wars later on, but actual use of the term RPG hadn't really caught on at that time). I myself found out about the RPG genre through a publication that had launched around this time, Famimaga. The way that RPGs were introduced as games in which you're "playing a role" stood out in particular. Continue Reading

Dragon Quest

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Hardware: Famicom
05/27/1986 (Japan), 08/1989 (US)
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Dragon Warrior
When you look at the immense popularity of Dragon Quest in Japan these days, it's hard to believe that it came from anything but itself. It's often credited as the first and most influential Japanese RPG. While it's certainly one of the most influential, it's not the first. It owes its design to a handful of different predecessors, many of which are western and were released on home computers. Dragon Quest can lay claim to being the first turn-based console RPG (the first non-turn-based console RPG being Hydlide) though. Continue Reading