A Dire Warning About Final Fantasy's Black Magic

Total RecallTotal RecallTotal Recall is a look back at the history of video games through their characters, franchises, developers and trends.

Let’s go back. To a time before Jack Thompson, before age ratings. Back to 1980s Canada, when the most pressing concern with video game content—and how it was destroying the youth—was the black magic found in Final Fantasy.

“And once again, it’s about how you can get in touch with your wizard”.

If you’re short on time (dude goes on for a while), here’s the best part:

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Total Recall is a look back at the history of video games through their characters, franchises, developers and trends.

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Luke Plunkett

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.