The constant browbeating of Aspilanti84 was probably enough to drive GameFaqs mad. They were certainly angry. But now they take to scolding all fans of Final Fantasy IX. Why? I guess to make fans feel guilty.
It’s always our fault because we just can’t do anything right.
Now, of course, this assumes that Final Fantasy IX didn’t sell well. It did for a PlayStation game, but it could have done better for a Final Fantasy IX game. Why didn’t it?
“FFIX didn’t sell well because it came at the very end of the original Playstation’s life cycle”:
Basically. But this argument doesn’t impress Aspilanti84.
Why this doesn’t make sense and why it really didn’t sell well…
First let me get this out of the way, just in case anyone overreacts: I. Like. Final. Fantasy. IX. It’s a great game, regardless of how much it sold. But this isn’t an argument on the game’s content.
Well, that’s a surprise. Or a ploy…
“FFIX didn’t sell well because it came at the very end of the original Playstation’s life cycle” is a bad argument. You use it when you want to save face/explain why such a good great game sold poorly (relatively speaking, of course). But you’re putting blame in the wrong place…
Please, Aspilanti84, enlighten us. Tell us where we went wrong. Who should we really blame?
The argument is literally: “Between Final Fantasy IX and the new Playstation 2 release, people chose the PS2.” That’s literally the argument everyone makes when they 9 sold less because it came out on the tail-end of the PSX’s life. But why? It’s not like the PSX exploded/stopped working when the PS2 came out. You could’ve bought IX and played it on the PS2. X didn’t even come out at the same time as IX, so wasn’t a choice between Final Fantasy games. Yet, 9 sold less than 7, 8, or 10.
Why didn’t you also have enough money to buy Final Fantasy IX with your new PlayStation 2 console? Didn’t you think Final Fantasy IX was going to be a good game? Why didn’t you just buy Final Fantasy games, since they’re the only games you should buy? Why?
C’mon Aspilanti84, people have other interests. You can’t expect to micromanage their purchases. If Final Fantasy IX is underwhelming, that’s not a vote of confidence?
Wasn’t FFIX (at $49.99) cheaper than a PS2 (at over $160)? I bought a FFIX before a PS2, because I really wanted to play FFIX before any of the titles on the PS2. You chose the titles of the PS2 over FFIX. And you thought they’d be better than FFIX to play. You’d only get a PlayStation 2 with it’s games and not FFIX if you no longer wanted…Final Fantasy IX.
“I bought Final Fantasy IX, I really wanted to play it, and I practically hate it…so why didn’t you?”
So then, stop blaming the PS2 and take responsibility – OWN UP – to the fact that others (and maybe you) just weren’t interested in it at the time.
In other words, you made your choice, and the choice for one is the negation of the other. Everyone told Aspilanti84 they wanted Playstation 2 games. We said they didn’t have money for both. But I guess the idea is if they made their choice…
“It’s either her, or me!”
I remember when X came out; we nostalg’d.
I know I “nostalg’d” all over the place; all over the floors, the wall, my bed, etc.
For those of us who’ve played it, we looked back at IX as an OK game. It was nothing special, kinda underwhelming, but fun and up to par with FF standards. In fact, not many in the gaming world really thought much of it until they dug up the archives and found out Sakaguchi claimed it was his “favorite” (notice the quotation marks to a game that was – at the time – still only in development. Who knows what changed, “drones”. /s). And he’s the series’ creator so…everyone showered it with love – overanalyzing, reading into and glorifying FFIX to Kefka-esque godhood. And to save face for poor sales (which shouldn’t factor into a game’s likability) everyone uses this argument, uncritically.
Again with downplaying Final Fantasy IX! Ironic, as Aspilanti84 seems to be the only member over-analyzing Final Fantasy IX to excruciating and non-practical lengths.
And poor sales? This isn’t true, as we can see in another article with Aspilanti84.
Kinda scary how group-think and hero-worship works, isn’t it?
Or is Aspilanti84 just jealous that s/he’s a cult leader without a cult?