Monday, January 3, 2022

30 No Context Life Lessons from Tales of Arise

Tales of Arise is easily my game of the year for 2021. I loved it, I got the Platinum trophy in it, and I miss it already. If you want to hear me talk a lot about it, check out the Chance Time Podcast.

Because I've talked so much about it there, and because blogs are a pretty outdated format now and this is likely the last year I'll do this, instead of typing a whole gushing review about this game and how great it looks every second and how I like literally every character and how the combat might not be for everyone but I couldn't get enough of it, let's just cut to the fun stuff. Below I give you 30 life lessons from Tales of Arise with no context whatsoever, in order of increasing seriousness. Please enjoy.

1. When you can, help people get potatoes.

2. Get yourself an adorable sidekick.

3. People sure are creative.

4. You have more feminine charm than you think.

5. Try opening a spicy food restaurant if you want.

6. Spend some time looking for owls.

7. Spend quality time with the babies in your life.

8. Try to experience feelings appropriate to the situation.

9. It really is okay to take a break.

10. Kick butt with your friends online and in reality.

11. Everyone's allowed to fight and keep on living.

12. All you really need is good food and good people.

13. Forget about grudges and be there for people when it counts.

14. A lot of people really suck, but you don't have to.

15. A lot of what's in our lives is fake, but feelings are real.

16. Friends help us heal.

17. A wealthy society doesn't guarantee an equal one.

18. Well-behaved women seldom make history.

(...but, you know, like, say it differently...)

19. I know that I know nothing.

(...but, you know, like, say it differently...)

20. Where you're born doesn't determine who you are.

21. Trust is earned by action and attitude, not status or stereotype.

22. It might be in people's nature to control others, but maybe don't.

23. Things are often more complicated than the narrative we give them.

24. It's not a win if you lose yourself in the process.

25. A true victory is a victory for everyone.

26. No matter who you are, if you're not following your heart, you're not free.

27. Real solutions break the cycle of violence.

28. Notice something and change it. That's all you can do.

29. Forgiveness is the answer.

30. ...Even when it's not easy.

Finally, a parting thought:

I absolutely adore this game. Thank you for reading. I hope you have a great 2022.


  1. Thank you for all the years of blog posting! If this is really the end, at least we still have the podcast.