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    This Aeris Life

    This morning I was listening to This American Life Episode 679: Save the Girl. The introduction starts out as thus: IRA GLASS: Of everything in pop culture, what can make a teenage boy cry? That’s a very specialized list, right? And we got to talking about this at our office because Lina Misitzis, one of the producers here, remembers how there was this one video game, a PlayStation game, that got her brother and his friends when they were kids. And I thought, oh man, there can be only one game that they’re talking about — Final Fantasy VII. And that delights me because whenever old fuddy duddy podcasts like…

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    The Final Fantasy VII Remake

    So they finally announced the Final Fantasy VII remake. Year after year, it’s been one of the hands-clasped-in-prayer announcements for E3 as much as the Half-Life 3. And me, being a huge FFVII fan, former writer on the FF Compendium, I asked myself this morning if I’d ever play it. My answer was “Pfft, no.” Look, man, I love Final Fantasy VII. I LOOOOOVE Final Fantasy VII. I love the characters, I love the story, I love the gameplay. My memories of it are nothing but fond. But the fact is, you can’t go home again. It’s 2015. It’s been more than fifteen years since that magic time. I’m married.…

  • My Top Ten Hottest Women Who Aren’t Real (4 through 1)

    4. Naru Naru Narusegawa (such a cute name) is the main character in Love Hina. Love Hina is a “harem” anime where one geeky guy, Keitaro Urashima, is forced to landlord five nubile young women who may or may not be trying to seduce him. It’s a typical sitcom if it was written by every high school boy. Naru Narusegawa is the center of this harem — a driven student with no time for the Keitaro’s accidental perversion or romantic interests. Except when she starts to realize that he’s a nice guy. Which is what we all want out of a girl — to see that after our nervousness and…

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    Featured Fan Fiction: The Complete Set

    Well, I’ve finished my Featured Fan Fiction series, so here’s the complete set. If you need more to whet your appetite, try looking at the authors and stories I’ve favorited on FanFiction.net. There’s more there than what I’ve featured, and it’s all worth a look. The Intro Mortal Kombat: “The Coming of Winter” Final Fantasy VIII: “Sowing the SeeDs” Final Fantasy VII: “Sunshine in Winter” Neon Genesis Evangelion: “EVA-R” Final Fantasy VII: “Devotion” Final Fantasy VIII: “Crimson Lies” Trigun: “When Dreams Change” Final Fantasy VIII: “Balamb Garden’s Yuletide Vacation” Final Fantasy VII: “Deus Ex Jenova” Neon Genesis Evangelion: “The One I Love Is…” Final Fantasy VIII: “Castles in the Sky”…

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    Featured Fan Fiction: Deus Ex Jenova (Final Fantasy 7)

    I mentioned this story briefly as an inspiration for Milk and Honey, but that was just the sex part. Deus Ex Jenova is not about sex, though it has sexuality. In fact, it doesn’t have that much sex except at the end, as an addendum and a response to the prudish nature of modern American literature, when most classic literature was basically pornography without pictures. They had to make do with veiled metaphors and alluding language. But I digress. It’s much more than just a spot of naughty. It’s a full-fledged story that employs several no-no tropes, like resurrecting Aeris (don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler), original characters that save…

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    Featured Fan Fiction: Devotion (Final Fantasy 7)

    Before Dirge of Cerberus came out, Vincent Valentine was Japan’s representative brooding tragic figure with a mysterious past. Before Edward and Angel made the fangirls swoon, there was one dark-haired, brooding, vaguely urban fantasy hero who let his gun do the talking while tresses of his ebony hair whipped before his mask. The problem was that Vincent was an optional character. So his additions to the story are minimal to say the least. He doesn’t even get a character-building sidequest like Yuffie, the other new character. His contributions are more to gameplay, as he has a long-range weapon and a decent limit break. His history is only ever hinted at…

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    Featured Fan Fiction: Sunshine in Winter (Final Fantasy VII)

    Sunshine in Winter, written by Guardian1, is nice because it’s short (40,000 words) , but it’s packed to the brim with humor, pathos, passion, and drama. The story is about Yuffie, an extra, but beloved, character from Final Fantasy VII, who fills in the requisite “spunky tomboy” role in all JRPGs and most animes. Her romantic pairing is Vincent Valentine, the “dark, brooding lone wolf” character. Through a silly accident, Selphie’s leg becomes poisoned. Rather than amputate, since she’s a ninja, and leglessness doesn’t contribute to her line of work (there’s no workman’s comp for ninjutsu), she maintains an obstinant attitude that she can be cured. Vincent wordlessly takes care…

  • It Wasn’t Me

    Well, I’ve done something I said I would never do again. I was bored, and really, idle hands are the devil’s playthings. It’s not my fault, it’s that I was waiting on everyone. I needed something to do. I was afraid I was going to lose my skill. I didn’t want to get fat and lazy. I started a fan fiction. I’m not proud of it, but I finished Alien Boxing Story, and it needs to incubate. Now all my stories are waiting on critiques, being submitted, or (in the case of Mermaid Story) are waiting for extenuating circumstances (i.e., waiting for Black Hole Son to be complete). So where…

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    Video Game Memories #20: Final Fantasy VII

    Final Fantasy VII (1997) Some of the greatest things in my life came from things I didn’t like at first. Then as time went by I started to appreciate them more and more, like a wine that gets better with age. Except this is a wine that never runs dry. Also, I’m not really a connoisseur – I drink my wine like pop. Anyway, one of those things was Final Fantasy 7. It’s probably a good thing I got into it, or I’d be left out of a hundred inside jokes on the Internet. Plus some great fan art and fan fiction. Final Fantasy 7 has been taken into a…

  • Why I Quit Final Fantasy

    Since I seem bored with writing about writing these days, let’s talk about video games. Specifically Final Fantasy. I was a big fan of the games since FF7, and from my first exposure to it in high school, I was hooked on anything with two F’s in the title and someone holding a funky sword on the cover. I loved the characters, the rich and epic story, the experience systems, and the hybrid style of future and fantasy. So why did I have to quit? Well, “have” is a strong word. Somewhere in the Venn diagram where “have to” and “want to” cross over is where the truth lies. Let’s…