"When it came time to decide on what game to pick for my Oprainfall Origins piece, there were a lot of games that I could have picked from. I was initially introduced to JRPGs, the genre that would define my gaming habits for a large portion of my life, through Dragon Warrior, which my brother and I received as part of the Nintendo Power promotion. From there, I moved on to Crystalis, the Final Fantasy series, Secret of Mana, and Chrono Trigger. With the help of a local video rental, I also dabbled a bit in lesser known titles like Ys III and Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen.
These were the sorts of games that defined my adolescence. I had even initially thought about focusing this article on Chrono Trigger. But on second thought, that wouldn’t have been the right choice. No, the game I consider my “origin,” isn’t something I played in my childhood or my teen years. It’s not even something I played when I was a college student, though it was new at the time. It wasn’t until years later, after I had graduated and was lost somewhere in the haze between life as a student and life as a responsible adult, that I finally had the opportunity. I had told a friend about this game that I had seen before and wanted to try for myself, and it turned out that she had actually received a copy of the game as a gift but never even had the interest to unseal it. So she gave it to me.
That game was Valkyrie Profile."