We are obsessed with numbers. We lap them up. We get immense pleasure out of watching digits decrease and multiply as we peer over bank accounts and scales and Vegas roulette tables.
Japanese role-playing games feed off this obsession, pelting us with giant numbers like we're targets at a carnival game. Over the course of a single RPG, characters' number-driven statistics will grow exponentially. It's not uncommon to watch a hero's health leap from measly double-digits to the thousands or tens of thousands.