Strange RPG Foods Piece Published at Kotaku

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Okay, I’m thrilled, no ecstatic, to have my piece about strange RPG foods published at Kotaku. It’s an exploration of food, but it’s also a travelogue exploring and reflecting on many of my culinary contemplations. I loved getting to talk about Ultima, Final Fantasy, Fallout, and even some Suikoden. Big thanks to András Neltz and Zarnyx. And of course, to Entropy and Janice Lee where a slightly modified version of the list first appeared.

“Strange foods! I’ve seen a lot of them while traveling through Asia. I wasn’t always courageous enough to try them all even when I wanted to. A friend of mine told me they serve live monkeys in the Sichuan area which I haven’t personally seen, though I have once tried cow brains dipped in curry- it was soft, gooey, and made me feel guilty with every bite, a remorse I am haunted by to this day. They have huge fried spiders in Cambodia, a species of tarantula which I don’t imagine will be coming to a KFC near us any time soon. In the movie, Old Boy, Oh Dae-su eats a live octopus which doesn’t seem that tasty, though I wonder what it would be like eating a live kraken leg and if you’re the one who’ll end up getting suctioned to death.”

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