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07 September 2009 @ 09:02 pm
Here is how I see it....  

  Final Fantasy is a gaming franchise that won't die and we know it won't go anywhere anytime soon. What I find most disconcerting is the sudden drop in enthusiasm over the mainstream games, and even some of the spin offs that have come out. After some thinking I believe  I found what has been keeping most people away.

Since the first Final Fantasy hooked legions of fans everywhere the franchise has popped. Game after game came out and over the course of twenty years we have seen twelve, and now thirteen games come into existence each unique in their own way. It's because of the length and the myriad of different characters that it is so appealing. You have a different world to contend with (mostly), and a different way to summon, use magic, weapons, etc. However as of late while I have been browsing the web I notice something that I had not noticed two years ago; annoyed gamers. These people for reasons unknown to me at the time appeared to be very much against playing mainstream Final Fantasy games. They claimed it was mostly due to the excessive amount of hype surrounding it. Now I will admit the hype surrounding the series is very very large. It has been proclaimed as probably the best Fantasy genre type of game out there (which isn't entirely true). Delving deeper I noticed that the hype really wasn't an issue until Square Enix started to milk Final Fantasy VII for all it was worth, seriously.

Final Fantasy VII was supposedly a break through game when it came out back in 1997. The graphics were a hefty departure from how things looked previously, and to many the story was much more engrossing than others too. Now to each their own and all of that but, I believe VII has actually been the game to drive people away. With Dirge of Cerberus, Advent Children, Before Crisis (nifty little cellphone game), Crisis Core, that OAV I can never remember the name of, and the literal landslide of praise, fics, art, pairings, and PR it gets there is no wonder that many people are turned off by this. I usually do not receive well to the adage, "if it is popular I will not like it" but, in this case I can see the points of many when they say that this series was ruined for them by the over kill in popularity. And yes a lot of people did comment in their LJs, Deviantarts, at my college, that it was all because of everywhere they turned FFVII was shoved in their face.

This is really a shame to me really since the other games are now overshadowed, and because of this sudden influx of VII propaganda by Square Enix newer fans cannot enjoy it fully.
music: Final Fantasy X- Jecht's Theme
paperclipchainspaperclipchains on September 8th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
It's not the propaganda that's the issue so much as the complete and utter vapidity of all of the spinoffs, and SE has very much decided to push the childish, vapid angle when it comes to big FF-related titles: Crisis Core, Advent Children, Dissidia, RW, FFT2:A, even the trailers for XIII and Vs, and of course the catalyst of the whole thing, Kingdom Hearts. There's been a very distinct change in tone since KH2. While simplistic concepts such as "light" and "darkness" worked in those games, they've kind of bled into the watering hole and contaminated everything.

That isn't the only reason. Gamer hierarchy is more important than ever these days. Since the Wii came out, gamers have been re-enforcing barriers and redrawing lines of what's good and what isn't, at least socially speaking. See the refrain: "fucking casuals!" There's a disdain for anything that's too mainstream right now, and among male gamers, a very particular disdain for mainstream games that are highly popular with women (often seen now as being "contaminated with slash" or something silly). The corallory to that is that more female gamers want to set themselves apart - "Well I don't just like FF and KH, you know."

Realistically, though? I think FF is more popular than ever. Vapidity appears to be selling quite well.
Tiana: Germanyharuki_emishi on September 8th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
I think perhaps you are right. Kingdom Hearts (personally I hate the game) seemed to have done a lot to change FF. At least as far as how the plots are perceived and the like. Dissidia doesn't bother me so much given I like the PR all characters are getting across the board, and a lot of the guys I spoke to felt the same way. Their biggest iffy bout was over FFVII related titles and yes KH.

They more or less believed Square was stupid for even wanting to make KH. Though it is popular they felt it hooked in these annoying fangirls, and even fanboys to a small extent. I do not know how much of that is true, perhaps the fangirl part but fanboys....I dunno.

As far as slash complaints are concerned I always say, "If you don't like it ...then don't go where there is slash!". A lot of comms accept it but if the pairing says for example; Sephiroth x Zack...just don't go there lol. I don't know some gamers these days are a little uppity when it comes to this stuff.

Lastly, yes you are correct the vapidity is doing well which both surprises and irks me I guess. I am happy FF is thriving as it is a good series but, at the same time if a game sells well because of THAT....oi.