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"In video game plots, only The Hero ever has this advantage against monsters. It never occurs to townspeople to walk around their own village and smash slimes until they're strong enough to face the pirate who's taken over."
LOL. I actually wish this could be a plot point in video games, with the villagers attacking monsters and forming some kind of militia! XD
Well, Dragon Quest SORT OF does that. :p When villagers get attacked, they try to defend themselves, but it's usually to no avail... they all die to add to the extreme amount of drama. :(
You know, I love how Dragon Quest goes out of the way to show more than just personal drama, but it shows a lot of drama in ways of towns being really messed up from the monsters, so you get an aura of sorrow lingering around, plus with classical music that really adds to the atmosphere.
There really is a lot of unique moments in one of a kind series. :)
I think that level grinding's name should be changed to "Killing Boars"
There's a couple problems with that idea.
Firstly, there's a trend in making trope names less in-jokey. Secondly, if you don't know the reference, the name "killing boars" is meaningless and doesn't suggest what the trope is about. And last, level grinding usually isn't carried out against 1-xp useless enemies; there was an in-story reason for grinding on useless boar enemies.
Yeah, I realized that when I read that tropes like Hair-Trigger Temper and Snark Knight used to be The Pesci and The Daria that not everyone is going to be familiar with famous pop culture. ^^;
For one thing, while I clearly know who Joe Pesci is, I didn't even know what Daria was until I saw this list of Top 100 shows from IGN that almost everyone thought was terrible, including myself, and one of their biggest complaints is that Daria wasn't even listed anywhere on there. :p Then I read up more about it on this site. ^^;
I never really watched MTV or whatever and got into Beavis and Butthead and/or it's spin-off show. :p
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