When people talk about video games, especially the Final Fantasy VII Remake, I think they tend to blur the lines between “complete” and “full”.
Way back when, gamers used to talk about a game in terms of length. If it was only ten hours, it was a detriment. However, if it was 30 – 40 hours of a story game, that was to its favor. Even better were the games that were double that amount. But the game had to be complete. It had to have not just a beginning middle and end, but a satisfying conclusion that sums up the bigger.
Albeit, that’s too subjective and harder to acheive, but the key here is a balance that would universally feel finished.
In this sense, Final Fantasy VII Remake will not feel finished, and thus will be incomplete, because there is an expectation to be had set from the original game. The complete game includes the resolution of Cloud, Sephiroth and the fate of the world. This includes many elements throughout the story that would make up the original experience.
But now, they care about how much content it has regardless of whether or not the pacing, flow and narrative makes sense.
Nowadays there’s a tendency to talk about size, as in how much stuff can you pack into it. Many of these games are still only ten hours, but they are packed with mini-games, side-quests, fetch quests, collect-a-thons and other assorted filler that simply pad out the game. Most people would see this as cheating. Gamers nowadays see this as “content”, as there’s more to do and, what’s important, more to consume. But this might not mean that it’s complete.
Complete refers to wholistic and balance. That is, we have a complete and balanced meal to feel healthy. But nowadays gamers talk about “full”, as in how much stuff can they stuff down. The difference is between wellness and gluttony.
Let’s do a thought experiment.
Imagine you go to a restaurant for the Chocobo Alfredo. It cost $15.99. You know it comes with free bread and a salad. When the waiter comes back, they give you more bread than you asked for. When you say it’s too much, they tell you it’s enough for a full-sized meal.
So you say it’s OK, because you’re waiting for the main course. But before they can bring that out, they give you the bill. It’s for $15.99 plus tax. When you ask what is this, they tell you that they had to charge you full price for a full meal. But you didn’t ask for this.
You ask how much for the salad. Again, it’s $15.99, and they plan to give you just as much as if you were to get a full meal. Keywords, as if. The main course itself is also $15.99.
You have now paid three times as much for your meal.
Most people would know what’s going on here, and it doesn’t take an ShinRa economist long to figure out what’s happening. They are trying to take as much money from you as possible by partitioning every part of your meal to you. And that is unacceptable.
You’re being overcharged for something you don’t need, haven’t asked for and can’t possibly consume in one sitting. Yet, the only way to get the thing you want is to pay for it in installments over a course of time. Yet, the installments are fluff and only worth that much relative to the main dish. The fluff isn’t worth much alone. Yet, you can’t opt out of the fluff if you want what you really want
In short, you are being scammed at the expense of feeling full.
Unfortunately, their will always be that one craven individual who will happily eat the bread, and gladly pay as much money as possible to do it. They will be happy to be thought that it’s a “full meal”, as opposed to looking for a complete one. And then they will pay for all of the other foods as well, while trying to stuff it all down. It is only then do they realize how sick they are.
Corporations are full of it. And do they deserve your money? As if.