Certains memes exist in the Final Fantasy community. They are:
- Final Fantasy XII as “hallway simulator” or “Final Hallway XIII”.
- Final Fantasy VIII’s unlikeable battle system.
- Tidus’ laugh.
- Final Fantasy VII fans are difficult.
- Final Fantasy VI is still the best Final Fantasy game ever in every department.
- No one appreciates Final Fantasy.
- Final Fantasy XI and XIV aren’t true Final Fantasy games since they’re MMORPGs.
So you wonder, why can’t fans just enjoy the series for what it becomes? Why can’t fans just appreciates each games on their own merit? Why do fans promote constant narrative of certain games, to define what they like about the series?
Consider this: during Galileo’s time, most officials knew the Earth was not at the center of the universe. However, the church desired to force this opposite idea. It wasn’t because they didn’t know better. The theory went along with the accepted view – God created man to be the crown of creation. If God didn’t say it, why believe it?
Fandoms are no different. It exists to provide the community for those of like minded individuals. But sometimes, communities can be fanatic. The problem happens when the loudest voices trying to force like-mindedness. The problem also occurs when the community spouts memes that damage their raison d’etre in the fanbase.
Let’s say you
argue discuss any Final Fantasy game at lengths, about its merits or flaws. I think most people, when confronted on faulty logic about any Final Fantasy game, might silently concede. But this concession brings with it anxiety. If these fans see their self-worth in the games, their worldview was a lie. It’s irrational to think this way about a video game, but not uncommon in any fandom.
And I think most people would want to think about the most correct things. But it’s not that they don’t know better, it’s that they don’t have any better answer. The accepted answer is “X”, so everyone repeats “X”. Regardless of whether or not they actually feel the same way about it, they get fame. If there were a better answer, they’d adopt it. But since they don’t want to feel out of place, they just cling to the narrative.
This is why a lot of Final Fantasy fans hesitate to express opinions and alternate theories. If the developers and creators didn’t say it – why believe it? And what if the developer says THEY’RE WRONG!!! Like, that would be sooo embarrassing. Everyone would look at them. And everyone else would think they were wrong. And no one wants to take a risk and be wrong…