- Mar 28, 2014
New one is out and one bit caught my eye:
Prior to 1999, the public’s ‘cultural knowledge of the fantasy genre’ was limited to classical architypes. Since 1999, due in large part to video games, the public’s ‘cultural knowledge of the fantasy genre’ has expanded. In 1999, if I had proposed a spell casting, anthropomorphic alligator (Gatorkin Caster), I’m relatively confident JVC would have given me a sour glare and shot it down. Today... most people wouldn’t blink.
Is that really true? Are spellcasting alligators really part of the "fantasy genre" or are they random shit that someone came up while drunk? Is "cultural knowledge" now richer or people simply just don't care anymore?
I don't think it's true. I guess that nowadays we have spell-casting Aligator since Egyptian god Sobek was featured in Smite so I guess there is one game on the market with spell-casting aligator. Technically he's a crocodile but who gives a shit. But it's not like outlandish design weren't a thing back then. I mean you had Sacrifice where units didn't really look like anything you could find in fantasy and War Wind where one of the factions consisted of walking bushes. Though AFAIK neither of these was a major best-seller so maybe he's right to some extent.