Sunday, February 7, 2010

Legend of Mana and post-structuralism

Constructivists, poststructuralists, interpretivists and deconstructionists all share the belief that the world (reality if you will) primarily exists in our own minds. There may or may not be a real world out there but what we have access to is our minds own recreation or complete creation of reality.

This is the philosophy which Legend of Mana is built upon. As the first character you run in to tells you; the world is shaped by your imagination! The town of Domina exists because you think it does.

This has some interesting implications for the world design in Legend of Mana. It is pretty much up to you to decide what the world looks like. You freely place towns and dungeons on the world map, their placement then determines their difficulty etc. This sort of non-linear gameplay gives Legend of Mana a distinct character making it stand out among its fellow psx rpgs.


Anonymous said...

It's funny... At first when I played LoM I didn't think much of it because it wasn't Secret of Mana. Now it's one of my favorite PS1 games and I like it more than SoM. I like the way the NPCs go from town to town and the in-game history. Did you play the Dark Cloud games on PS2? I think it would be cool to have a Dark Cloud style game with the storytelling style of LoM.

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