My laptop stays with me at almost all times and since often I'm not in a place where I have a game console at the ready, I decided to start playing through the first game in a fairly prominent RPG series since I had never attempted to before.
Breath of Fire is old-school JRPG to the tee. (lol at the silly American boxart) World maps, turn-based combat, traveling from town to town and buying new equipment along the way, etc. The whole shabang. Honestly, despite the overall simplicity of the title, I think that might be the charm I found in it. It's so rare to find a simple, basic, turn-based RPG these days and every once in a while it's nice to relive the wonder of the 16-bit era. I've completed the first two or three dungeons and I just spent the last hour or so level-grinding and collecting money to buy new armor before advancing on to the next main event.
While I hardly plan to spend as much time with this title as the other games I'm playing, it's nice to have something to do when I've got nothing to play outside of what's on my laptop.
It's good to be able to spend most of my free time enjoying the things I've enjoyed since I was as young as three years old. It just reminds me that no matter how old I get, I'll still have a snippet of my childhood stuck to me for as long as I live!
Now, speaking of replaying first installments in popular series, who else is excited for the PSP remake of the original Persona? I'm personally stoked to finally get to experience this game (on the go, at that!) without having to hunt down and pay large sums of money to obtain a copy of the PSX original. Here's to hoping for a US release! (and with the brimming popularity of Persona 3 and 4, there's no reason there shouldn't be!)