King’s Quest II: Romancing the Throne vs. Ikoma Kazumasa

King’s Quest II: Romancing the Throne

You can't do that.

Now we’re talking. As a dorky young child growing up in the early era of computer games, there was essentially one thing that made life worth living: Sierra Adventure Games. They were all awesome (well, until my parents figured out what Leisure Suit Larry was actually about and banned it from our house), but to my fanciful and fairy tale-loving young mind, the King’s Quest series was the best thing ever. Of course, King’s Quest II couldn’t hold a candle to King’s Quest IV, V, or VI, but it’s not up against them today. KQII was the first one I ever played, and you better believe it blew my mind. You could walk around and talk to people and animals! You could type in irreverent things and the game would sass you back! The awkwardly pixelated movements were the height of computer animation technology!

In King’s Quest II, you play King Graham of Daventry, who is transported to a magical land to save a beautiful woman he sees in a magic mirror. In truth, most of the King’s Quest games are kind of mixed up in my head now, but Wikipedia assures me that this is the one that involved Dracula, for some reason.

Unlike the general rule with movie sequels, the King’s Quest series actually got better as it went on. KQII is a fine game, and I’m struck with pangs of nostalgia just looking at the above image, but KGVI has an island inspired by Alice in Wonderland! Come on, do samurais have easter eggs and pixelated graphics? I don’t think so.


Ikoma Kazumasa

The Battle of Sekigahara. You can't play this on your computer.

Forget silly video games where you pretend to be on an adventure, Ikoma Kazumasa lived that shit. A Japanese samurai from the Edo period, fighting towards the unification of Japan in the mid-16th century with the Oda clan, the Toyotomi clan and the Tokugawa clan, with whom he led 18,000 men and successfully won in the decisive Battle of Sekigahara on Oct. 21, 1600, and became a daimyo as a result.

While the Tokugawa victory brought about a feudal regime based on a strict class hierarchy system that may not have been so beneficial to Japan, I’m not going to pretend that I know more than I’ve already pretended to know about this subject matter. The fact is, we’re comparing a real samurai to a video game and to really judge things on the appropriate level, think about what your eight-year-old self would’ve rather done: Sit at home and play video games all day long (granted, pretty awesome) or hang out with a real samurai (granted, more awesome)?

Published in: on January 22, 2010 at 10:28 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. […] right, if King’s Quest II is going to beat an ancient samurai then you’ve gotta give me this one. King’s Quest II may have been a cute game and all […]

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