Final Fantasy VII Snow Sculpture


Check out this awesome FFVII-themed snow sculpture!!  There are some more videos and photos, I will post the link below.  Credit goes to Gematsu:

Final Fantasy VII snow sculpture with original 3D projection mapping showcased at Sapporo Snow Festival 2017


The Remake


Well, its February and we haven’t gotten any real news on the FFVII Remake in some time.  No new game trailers, no new information, no screenshots, zip, ziltch, nada.  Since news broke last year that Tetsuya Nomura is going to be at MAGIC 2017, I have kind of assumed that this is the next time we will get any information on the game.  MAGIC is scheduled for February 18th, but I am starting to doubt now if we are going to get anything.  I know the rumors are that production on Kingdom Hearts III is what is holding up the remake, and personally I am starting to believe these rumors.  The fact is that Square has the story, the engine, the characters, the locations, everything that they need to make a game.  Maybe this is my naivety as a game developer coming through, but I really do not think it should take very long to put out Episode 1 of the FFVII Remake.

The FFVII Remake was officially announced in December of 2015.  A little over a year ago now at this point, but I have seen interviews since that has said the game was in development “for some time” already prior to the announcement.  To me, this means at least six months to a year prior to the official announcement the game was in development.  It begs the question, what the hell is taking so long?

I haven’t really written anything about how I feel about the remake in general.  My opinion, my fears, my hopes.  Initially the announcement made me super excited, but then I saw the gameplay and was bummed out.  Now that I have played FFXV, I don’t feel the same way.  The fact is, the game that I love and adore will always be available to me.  I can boot up my downloaded copy on PS4, or I can break out my PS1 and play the original discs.  Nothing can take away what the original game is to me.  However, I do feel that Square is going to fuck this up in some way.  The biggest hint to me that this is happening is the timeline.  The game has been in development for two years now, let’s just say for argument.  Square wants to release it in episodes, right?  So why don’t we have the first release yet?  I get that maybe they want to have Episode 1 done, and maybe Episode 2 90% done, so that players won’t have to wait long between episodes, but something seems up to me.  Nobody needs to write a story, or design towns and characters.  This makes me think they are obsessing over making it perfect, which is bad, or they are trying to change some things up story-wise, also bad.

Like I said, the good thing is that the original will always be there for me to play.  I don’t think a bad remake will ruin how I feel about the game, but I could be wrong.  It could be a complete train-wreck and I could burn all the FFVII stuff I own.  Who knows?



Nostalgia: Is it Really THAT Powerful?


Nostalgia…ahhhhh, what a powerful feeling.  I don’t know if you can really figure out where nostalgia comes from, or why it occurs, but it is an insanely powerful emotion.  Not everything that I really enjoyed when I was younger gives me nostalgia.  For instance, I played Final Fantasy Tactics and I think that might be one of the best strategy RPGs ever made.  I already posted before that I think Chrono Trigger is the best RPG ever made.  However, I don’t feel nostalgic when I think back on those games.  In all reality, I have only played through Chrono Trigger maybe 3-5 times total, and Tactis maybe twice.  Compare that to FFVII, which I have played through at least 35 times.  I started the game, and not actually finished it at least another 30 times.  I have wondered, why is this?  What makes something nostalgic?  It really has to be a perfect storm, but I hope to explain it here. Continue reading

Chrono Trigger Music

Writing about Chrono Trigger made me want to listen to some music from the game, and this is some of the best stuff I have ever heard.  It is old, but I figured I would share anyway!


Want to know more about this music?  Check out the remixer’s website by clicking the link below.

Chrono Symphonic 

Remakes: Part Two

Time to flip the coin on this discussion, what is the Square game that I hope they leave alone forever?  Unlike part one of this conversation, this is an easy choice for me: Chrono Trigger.


Chrono Trigger was released in 1995 for the SNES.  The game was re-released on the PlayStation in 2001, the DS in 2008, and on mobile in 2011.  It is widely considered to be one of the greatest games ever made, and is usually at the top of the list when it comes to RPG greatness.  This is easily one of my favorite games.  I know this blog is all about Final Fantasy VII and my love for it, but Chrono Trigger is a better game.  There I said it, let the hate mail flow. Continue reading

Remakes: The Future?

remakeRemakes have become a fad over the past 5-7 years it seems.  Whether it be TV shows, movies, or video games, the popularity is rising.  They are remaking (rebooting, whatever you want to call it) Spider-Man for the 2nd time in the last five years for Christ’s sake.  So I thought I would look at the Square catalog of games and ask myself a simple question, “What game do I hope they remake, and what game do I hope they leave alone?”  Personally, I think we will see more remakes over the next decade, due to the projected success of the FFVII Remake. Continue reading