(There's another lyric I'm amazed I haven't already used)
This post is meant to continue a point of discussion from my last post. Playing/reading/seeing things that involve FT (forced transformation) is a dangerous thing for me. It doesn't always cause problems, but it often does. And yet, at the same time, I'm drawn to them. I chose to play SMT3. I'm choosing to play Odin Sphere. I chose both knowing they involved FT.
Actually, sometimes I choose things specifically because they involve FT. That was the case with SMT3 actually. It was because I had just been exploring my demon theory and I wanted to play some game where the PC was somewhere close to my kin type. And the transformation aspect was a driving factor in my choice. The same was true with the original Pokémon Mystery Dungeon. The first time I played Changeling it took me by surprise, but one of the reasons I kept playing it was the use of FT.
On one hand, this makes some sense. I know that in general normal human terms, I'm drawn to characters that are like me. And playing a character whose race is similar to my kin type helped me feel a little bit closer to it. The FT adds more similarities to the past life that TUF seems to be yearning for. On the other hand though, why would I be drawn to it if it also causes such problems for me? I'm usually a pretty risk-averse person. I guess maybe it's because some part of me wants to be yearning for the other life, as if it things enough yearning will bring it back.
Who knows. I'm still not totally sure about the past life thing in general. But I know that I'm driven to things I know can hurt me. The more prepared I am, though, the better it goes. That's why I'm not too worried about Odin Sphere. For what it's worth, I had no idea it involved FT until I already considered buying it. I was weighing it against its spiritual successor, Muramasa: The Demon Blade. In this research I looked up the characters, and that's how I learned about the FT.
I'll be playing the game during my trip to Europe, so that might affect things. But I'm ready for it, so I don't think it will be too bad.
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