When I was young and didn’t feel like going to school, I did what every kid would do: try very hard to convince my parents I was sick. After spending a lot of time putting on the most lackluster performance of someone being sick, I finally convinced them to let me stay home. I spend the better part of the day laying in bed, playing Final Fantasy VII. When kids worried about their test scores and what Nathan was going to do during lunch, I pondered the events that would transpire after I left Cosmo Canyon. Ah, to look back on the problems I had when I was young.
Final Fantasy VII was the first game that impacted me on an emotional level. It was the first game that made me think about what a story consisted of. It introduced me to the concept of storyline twists, what villains were made of, and what it took to become a hero. It showed me that people change and evolve, and perhaps people that didn’t care about others could become attentive and strong leaders. The game taught me about loss, how to cope, and how to move on.
I know that I was not the only person to have similar experiences with this game. Final Fantasy VII became a staple in video game culture to the likings of Legend of Zelda and Mario. Cloud Strife, with his giant buster sword became an icon, and so did his counterpart: Sephiroth. Seeing an eventual remake of this game was a no-brainer. But what time is the right time?
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