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07 September 2009 @ 09:02 pm

  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.

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music: Final Fantasy X- Jecht's Theme
27 May 2009 @ 05:24 pm
Final Fantasy III receives little to no attention. This must be remedied.
Here I present to you a little essay about this magnificent game.

When people think of Final Fantasy, they think of valiant heroes and heroines fighting against insurmountable odds, either in far distant futuristic settings; or a medieval style land both filled with creatures of the dark.


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03 April 2009 @ 08:32 pm
I wrote an essay comparing the OG FMV opening to the remade compilation version to try to point out the ways in which they "alter" the story and what is important in it. Some of you might be interested in checking it out.

The most immediately obvious difference between the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII and the game that it’s based on is the graphics. The new games, movies and OVAs have certainly earned their reputation as eye candy and the beautifully rendered characters and scenery far outclass the blocky Full Motion Videos from the original game, developed in 1997. In fact, through the course of the Compilation, Square Enix has actually remade a handful of the cutscenes from the original game. Though there seems to be high fidelity to the source material, much of it is actually superficial. The primary purpose of the FMV, then a rather new technology for video games, is communicative – they help to tell and frame a story using visuals rather than words. In this essay, I compare the original cutscene to a remade version in order to illustrate how the remakes have subtly reframed or distorted the original.

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12 January 2009 @ 06:29 am
For a while, I've not been hip to the jive of the psuedo-Japanese terms that yaoi fangirls seem to have adopted. This is not surprising, considering I'm not a big fan of most yaoi fan fiction. For a while, I've seen the terms "seme" and "uke" tossed around several fandom communities and only recently decided to enlighten myself as to what these terms meant.

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09 January 2009 @ 09:51 pm
When it comes to favorite games, people often list IV and VI, but skip over FFV. It is often held to be a step backwards in terms of its plot and characters... being "another save the crystals" game with characters that are "undeveloped." I'm not disputing that save-the-crystals has been done before or will be done again, and while I still love FFV's plot, it's not the point of this essay. The fact that even people who say they are fans of this game find the characters "flat" is troublesome. Final Fantasy V has some excellent, well-developed characters, and it isn't difficult to see.

There are also plenty of spoilers within, be warned.

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25 December 2008 @ 05:31 am
Squall Isn't Emo! (And Other FF8 Characterization Issues)

Squaresoft created a game that presented so many often overlooked opportunities with Final Fantasy VIII. Major plot holes that beg to be filled aside, we have characters with just enough definition to be unique and more than enough room to be expanded on that are often lumped into horrifying generalizations of what fan fiction authors think they ought to be.

Let's take a look at them individually.

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Instead of taking their time to get to know these characters and look at what makes them who they are, authors are slapping stereotypes on them left and right. They have so much opportunity to add depth to these characters and give them some incredible stories, but instead the choose to overlook it all in favor of convenient cliches to make mediocre stories.

Please, fandom, do some research.

(I know this community hasn't seen some action in over a year, but it's such a neat idea and I'd like to see it come back! Also, I apologize for any run on sentences or other such mistakes. I'm running on no sleep, nicotine, and tons of caffeine.)
22 February 2008 @ 10:55 pm
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Inspired by a previous post on this community, regarding female characters being defined by romance and why I don't think it makes them less valid.
04 May 2007 @ 01:02 pm
I don't know if this is controversial or just geeky, but still.
I spent the entire morning grading papers; it inspired me to write one of my own.
Subject: Final Fantasy XII.  Probably mild spoilers through end of game, so if you don't want to know, don't read.

mood: thoughtful
Penelo: Paper, Plastic or Full of Personality?.

This essay was written primarily because the idea that Penelo has no personality worth speaking of in the game is sadly prevalent and something I wanted to dispute with just a little bit. And also, because I'm apparently missing academia so much, I make up essays that probably don't need to be written to entertain myself. ;) But in any case, I do hope this comes off as somehow interesting and/or coherent!

Also, as long as I’m putting them up, here’s a link to my very first essay It’s all about how an imperial marriage between Larsa and Penelo would hopefully not be a flaming, empire-tearing disaster. My OTP has sunk it’s claws into me deep and is not letting go!

The course of true love never did run smooth...
mood: flirty
08 April 2007 @ 10:47 pm
Welcome to the University of Final Fantasy!

Please read the userinfo before posting to review the rules; remember that all posts are moderated and may take up to 48 hours to show up.

Feel free to post on any topic, not just this one. Remember to post spoiler warnings when necessary, and place everything after the first paragraph under an LJ-cut.


Did I lose my brilliant readers/writers? Assignment three is out there, hanging in the wind, waiting patiently for fandom to respond... My own response to A3 (and A2, even) are delayed until next week when I'm on school vacation - WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE?

Let me make life easy by posting a topic that almost everyone can get behind. Explain your character preferences. Example: I hate Aeris with a blinding passion, and cheer Sephiroth on like mad in that Forgotten City scene. I love Basch in a manner bordering on obscene, and will click on any piece of fanwork with his name, regardless of whether or not I like the situation or the poster's other work. I could (and probably will) write serious, thesis-length explanations for both these preferences, neither of which are arbitrary. I'm asking you to do the same.

This has the potential to be controversial, so let me lay down a few extra rules.
1. BACK UP YOUR PREFERENCE WITH SOMETHING SUBSTANTIAL. I don't like the color pink, but that's hardly the basis of my aversion to Aeris.
2. RESPECT OTHER OPINIONS. Go ahead and tell me Basch sucks for reasons X, Y, and Z. Understand that you will not change my mind. I won't change yours. We'll discuss it like adults and agree to disagree.
3. IT'S OK TO BE (MILDLY) SNARKY, JUST FOLLOW THE OTHER RULES. We tease because we love. But I'm serious about respecting other people's opinions.

Also, I appreciate the tongue-in-cheek as much as the earnestly solemn, so go ahead and write that ode to Vaan's abs. You know you love them.

Discuss in new posts.

REMEMBER: it's just a game. This is for fun.