Here is my story of how Final Fantasy VII has helped me survive my teens. No, it was my survival.
Scientists claim that music which you listen to in your teens, from 10 years old to 15 years old, stays with you for the rest of your life. You will love other bands, other songs but songs from your teens will always seem like ‘the right music’.
I don’t know if it’s the same with games but here is what I will tell you. Final Fantasy has shaped me into the person I am today.
Impact of Games Like Final Fantasy
We were known as geeks. Loners, D&D players. Even the rock stars that are Bill Nye or Neil Degrasse Tyson. We had to go through, arguably, our most difficult period in our lives in our rooms while the popular kids went dancing, drinking, etc. For the most part.
But no matter how popular you were, you had to learn how to cope with your feelings. A lot of them. For most of us, geeks, the growing popularity of games, which we probably were responsible for in the first place, helped us cope with the realities of life.
Final Fantasy, particularly Final Fantasy VII taught me courage, the importance of friendship, creativity and a zillion of other things. Things that now I as a parent try to instill in my kids through the same games I played.
And if anything about the community around this blog has taught me, is that I am not alone.
No matter the 20-year old graphics, the cutscenes you and I have watched a hundred times now, we still come back to Final Fantasy series. And it’s not like it’s all that we know.
Still, no matter where we are or how old have we grown, some invisible force draws us to our roots. For me it’s Final Fantasy.
Also, the rumours about a possible remastered version of the game do not help move on. Although, I have to say that I am a bit skeptical. I’ll buy it. I’ll play with it for hours. But I’m terrified that something will go wrong. Just like with breast implants. I’m sure any man is happy to see wife’s breasts ‘remastered’ but it will never feel like the originals.