You know, it’s funny how quickly a genre can shift. Back in the day, the east ruled the RPG market. But today, games like Mass Effect, The Elder Scrolls, and Fallout 3, all western titles, are considered the golden standard. Turn-based combat and item boxes don’t dictate whether a game is an RPG anymore, and you’re more likely to find yourself playing with other gamers around the world than you are of going it solo with a party of four or five and racking up experience points. That said, old-school RPGs, while dated, are still extremely fun and playable. We’re talking 8-bit and 16-bit masterpieces, and are focusing on everything prior to the Playstation era since Final Fantasy VII pretty much changed everything. Oh, and we’re doing broad-strokes here and talking about whole series where we can. So, without further ado.