Thanks to ThaReelJames for the inspiration!
I welcome all Final Fantasy related discussion; I like hearing people’s experiences about Final Fantasy, and /u/ThaReelJames writes a positive post explaining why Final Fantasy matters:
Not many will see this post, and by tomorrow it will be buried beneath a million other posts, maybe even some downvotes? So why share this thought? Eh, I don’t know. I just wanted to share my experience with the few that might see this and relate. Also, it’s late and I’ve had a lot to drink. And I’m bored. Whatever.
I am not a gamer, at least not as far as my friends and colleagues are concerned; I don’t play online, don’t care about shooters, don’t give a crap about platformers & getting enough rubies to get to the next level to collect more rubies or stars or whatever the bloody hell you’re supposed to be collecting. As Happy Gilmore once said: “Gold jacket, green jacket; who gives a sh*t?” In my late teens, I lost interest in games and my PS1 started collecting dust. I met a girl, studied in school, and devoted myself to live, bills, and having cable. What jurisdiction did “games” have? Then I played a “game” called Final Fantasy VII.
As a child I had only played Donkey Kong and Mario, (which are both great games) but, in loading disc 1 of 3 of Final Fantasy VII, for the first time I wasn’t playing to get to the next level; I was playing because of the characters. I wanted to see what happened to these characters. I was playing because of the music. I wanted to know more about the world and the lore. I was playing because of the STORY. I was connected to the game, not because it was a lazy Sunday afternoon and I had nothing better to do than mash controller buttons, but because I was enthralled in a narrative similar to a good film. But different from the best of films, this world I could explore myself.
I then went back and played the SNES FF games, growing attached to 2d characters that were brought to life by good writing and music, in an age before 3d and cutscenes. In a time before games were as profitable as they are today, artists were writing quality scripts and emotional scores (Nobuo the legend) and creating cinematic experiences. I would call these early developers artists as they were pioneers in creating story-driven experiences before it was popular with 3d and current tech.
Hideo Kojima has been quoted as saying games can’t be art for art is something you can’t interact with, like paintings. I disagree in the strongest way for, while you can interact with such games, its only to the extent granted to you by the developer; It’s a catered experience where every corner, town, musical note and Chocobo is strategically placed to create an experience.
I then went on to play FF VIII, IX, X, etc. etc… I don’t play just “games.” I play Final Fantasy.
Here, here! I found this on the Final Fantasy Subreddit. But forever, I want to encapsulate it as a reminder that Final Fantasy is unlike any game out there. Sure, we may have played many other JRPGs. But Final Fantasy is THE JRPG experience. At least, I think so. What do you think?