Media Monday: Final Fantasy III (aka VI)
A meme from me! At least as far as I know…
I decided today we would go a bit retro. I think every gamer has the game that started it all. I can’t tell you the year, my gaming life is very out of sequence with the rest of the world. I used to sit and watch Lisa play this game like it was just as good as my Saturday morning cartoons. The summer before college I had a summer stock friend who was a fan of Final Fantasy and she wanted to watch me play… she was horrified by the terrible graphics and the bubble conversations. Yes, I still loved it even into 2005. I think the last time I had the SNES hooked up on a regular basis was in my first apartment 2006-2007. Yep, I’m that kid.
When I used to watch Lisa play she occasionally let me “help” in other words when she had leveled up to 99 she would let me sit there and hit A A A A A and kill things. I loved it. I was a budding fantasy nerd so I loved the magic system. I loved the idea of this other world and poor Terra torn between the two. I loved wandering across the world. Even when I had gaps of years between playthroughs I could still talk you through how to get to that city that you always overshot or through that dungeon. I was very proud of that. I loved the characters. They each had such personality which was impressive for the limited amount of animation you can do in that number of pixels. I also cite one of these characters with my love of roguish men. Let me introduce you to Locke Cole.
Oh yeah I had the biggest crush ever on that little guy. He may be tiny but he has attitude. There is a portrait but I never really liked it as much. It better matched the Sprite then several other characters but well here he is…
He was the beginning of a long line of fictional crushes. Gambit of X-Men (definitely the cartoon of my childhood), George Cooper of Pirate’s Swoop (the character created by Tamora Pierce). I don’t think it was just him though. I think in someways ever since when I look at characters as a certain type, this game is the foundation for all of those definitions. My opinions have also changed over the years. I used to think Celes was a silly blonde, but she is a General who rebels and decides to fight for what is right. I could probably gush about them all at least a bit.
So what game started you down this road?