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There is a strange phenomenon in gaming that seems to be the most prevalent in Japanese RPGs where sundry items of varying usefulness are placed, inexplicably, inside mostly random objects. In my tight circle of friends, I would often refer to the practice of excavating these hidden treasures as the "Wall Hump". You go around, mashing your character against the wall while dutifully tapping a button to uncover objects stored there by some unwitting pack-rat of an NPC- or perhaps a simple NPC rat as it were.
Now, I'm not quite sure how popular the term of "wall humping" is in the real world; living in a cave tends to prohibit me from experiencing the general lingo of our culture at large. Regardless, I hope today's comic has done a sufficient job explaining the term to the uninitiated.
Today we specifically look at Blue Dragon, one of the few traditional turn-based J-RPGs for the 360. As far as JRPG's go, this one was rather high profile because it was developed by the house that Hironobu Sakaguchi built; the man behind the Final Fantasy series after he broke away from Squaresoft. Though I've not delved completely into the game, one of the most jarring aspects Pie and I noticed while playing was just how aggressive you have to be in your pelvic divining. Every step brings you the possibility of new treasures to uncover, and to any obsessive-compulsive player, no stone may go unturned.
At least they were nice enough to allow you to buy DLC glasses that kindly told you where "nothing" was hidden, which in game would normally be represented by a cheerful female chime of "nothing" post-hump. Of course, this is welcome addition as it gives players reprieve from severe humping trauma. Wait...there is an NPC that gives you currency based on how many "nothings" you found!? This is the insanity of Blue Dragons world, and I pray that no one with item gathering compulsions come across this game, lest their souls be forfeit. Go back to Minecraft, good soldiers; at least there will undoubtedly be Notchian support groups in the near future who can help you recover.