For fans of the genre Japanese RPGs can often be a life-changing event. With a large percentage of the games clocking in at well over a hundred hours if you want to do *everything*, it is easy to see how people can associate major life events with whichever Final Fantasy they happened to be playing at the time. JRPGs expect you to grind through levels, harvest items and micromanage skillsets, all the while laughing in your face as they ever-extend the space between save points. The good ones manage to make you feel thankful for the opportunity to progress through them, offering item and level rewards at appropriately spaced intervals. The best ones demand the entirety of your waking attention, your wilful progression through save points analogous to a desperate driver daring themselves to pass yet another motel on a trip through the Everglades.