Pay attention to the video game scene for long enough, and you start to notice cycles. Certain genres, art styles, and mechanics gain popularity, fade away, and then re-emerge. We’ve all seen examples of this: fighting games, cel shading, experience point systems, etc. More difficult to see are the cycles that happen in our own lives. Everything from personal milestones, to work schedules, and even your day-to-day mindset ebb and flow along with the video game landscape, thereby influencing the kinds of games that grab you.
This subject has been on my mind recently thanks to a renewed interest in a genre I nearly abandoned: the JRPG.