September 11th, 2003

Pluto close up

Comparing FF7 to HP

A bit of a rant, so maybe the HP lovers on my friends list *which I seem to have A LOT of, despite my very open anti-HP stance* might want to stray away. It won't be BAD, I promise... but some people are just sensitive.

Nonetheless, I checked Gamefaqs to see who won the summer challange... and last year it was my boy, Link, but this year it came down to Cloud and Seph... CLOUD AND SEPH... two of the most overrated characters in video game history. Seriously, much like that boy wizard, they are looked upon as the saviors of the RPG genre, and in some ways, it is true. RPG's were very much a niche before Square wowed the world with its pretty movies and graphics and multi-disced "we will steal your life for months to beat this game" ways, and I was just as happy as anyone else that my favorite type of game finally got the respect it deserved, but I didn't think about the future.

Now, I don't want to think about how many people think of FF7 as the start of RPG's, and I have said this before, many times, on this journal, so I do repeat myself, but it is a very valid point. Much like a friend said about HP, People Played RPG's before FF7 *not as many, but enough* and WILL continue to play them should FF7 be erased from the anals of RPG history.

Too much credit is given to that game, and people ignore the roots, they ignore games that don't have pretty cinemas and long ass summoning spells, they ignore Gems like Secret of Mana, FFIV, FFVI, The Dragon Quests/Warriors, and stuff that I'm not even remembering. They ignore it simply because they are ignorant, because it took Square's multi-million dollar advertising to show them that RPG's are sooooooooooooooooo much better than that drab stupid shooter and sports shit that they try and pass off as good entertainment.

Really, I told you it wasn't going to be very much against HP, just the similarities in given far too much credit for a minor thing.

Sadly, people refuse to be enlightened by the joys of Pre-Playstation RPGs, because Square, while under the best of intentions, made it that way. The only way they can break the barrier is by re-releasing the games with a pretty opening and closing cinema... and even then, not many people play...

This is the world we live in, and it don't look like its gonna get any better.