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03:25:03 AM Mar 8th 2014
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I see this page linked from others comparing it to Ruritania, Bulungi and Qurac (basically fictional places that mashes up multiple cultures to create a fictional one).

This page seems to imply that it's about the only "Asian" location in the entire Medeival European setting. Can we get this cleared up?
12:39:03 AM Jun 10th 2013
Perhaps one of the main inspirations for this trope's popularity is the now-often-overlooked Wizardry series. You know: one of the two Western RP Gs (the other one being Ultima) that had a particularly big impact on early Japanese RP Gs?

Perhaps inspired by the original Oriental Adventures supplement for AD&D, Wizardry had Ninja and Samurai in the series from the beginning (as "advanced classes"), despite the world(s) mostly resembling pseudo-Tolkienesque swords & sorcery lands. AFAIK, this is the first ever example of this trope in videogames, and it certainly predates a very similar class system in Final Fantasy I.

Unfortunately, I don't have much experience with the very early Wizardry series enough to comment on an actual Wutai-like location, but I'm guessing there's one at some point in the early series. (It was a bit before my time. My first computer RPG was Ultima 7 (1992) and I discovered Wizardry 1-6 later via a nice CD compilation. But then Lands of Lore came out and I was too distracted by the at-the-time very pretty graphics to go back to Wizardry I.) But the classes exist.
04:08:00 AM Apr 5th 2013
edited by Ukonji
So any village/country/continent or whatever that is modelled of Japan is automatically in any work of fiction no matter how accurate/no mishmashed and contain other separate countries, Becomes Wutai. Isn't this just far east!
11:09:26 AM Apr 5th 2013
No, that's not it at all. Read the page description, please. It's about a place modeled from Japan in an otherwise entirely-European Fantasy setting.
05:15:51 AM Apr 6th 2013
Well that's good to know.

04:23:56 PM Jun 20th 2010
  • Arguably, the rest of the FFVII world would be a more modern version of Japan and not a European society.
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