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Ruins, why are they so popular?
« on: September 28, 2012, 10:27:10 pm »

There are countless fictions, video games, films contain ruins, abandomed buildings, or lost civilizations. (Chrono Trigger, for instance, features both the giant claw ruin and a bleak feature).
So for what reason do you think that subject is so popular?

- Destruction = beauty? Take a look at the Nadia's bell sunset scene. Time is the last and undefeatable enemy of humans.

- Add some mystical elements to the story?

- Can ignore complicated laws, relationships, and moral issues if the story happens in a normal world?



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Re: Ruins, why are they so popular?
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2012, 12:58:01 am »
Mostly, I think, ruins are utilized to give a sort of mystery and enigma to a setting, usually to imply that there was once something great before people marched on, or some terrible catastrophe happened. It can be used to hint at power that is now unknown, such as the magic doors of Zeal in the future, the many sealed boxes, and the Forest Ruins on Medina. To support the more tragic end of things, you have no further to look than either the Giant's Claw being formed of the Tyrano Lair, or in Chrono Cross, the Dead Sea, the latter being so earth-shakingly disastrous that time itself ceased to exist there anymore, for the most part.