Now as has been made very clear numerous times, I am a huge fan of the Final Fantasy series. One of my, and many many others’, favorite games in the series was Final Fantasy VII. Now I’ve written about this before on this very blog, so I won’t go into details on my opinions.
In a recent trek into the dark jungle that is the Internet I ran across “The Final Fantasy VII Letters” by Kirk Hamilton and Leigh Alexander. The basis of this 10 part series is that Kirk had never played Final Fantasy, and Leigh was a devout Final Fantasy VII player. She was interested if her love of the game was because it was a great game, or if she thought it was a great because she loved it.
Because of this, she used Kirk as a guinea pig. He had never played the game and wanted to see what all the hubbub was about. So he started playing, she began playing again and they wrote letters to each other detailing various points of their shared adventure. The entire time they were trying to pinpoint exactly why Final Fantasy VII has been the root of so much adoration, so much venom by the anti-fans. Just why has this single game resonated both for good, and for ill, more than most any other game of it’s type, age and some say any game ever?
I urge everyone to read this, even if you’ve never played Final Fantasy VII, or any Final Fantasy game. Even if you think they’re stupid, because no matter what we think, this game has gone down in history, it’s still helping define the JRPG genre.
Check out the Final Fantasy VII Letters.