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I’ve been reading through the FFVII Letters today, and quite frankly I’m annoyed at them.

I’m annoyed for a couple of reasons, the least of which, as I mention on twitter, is that I’m really tired of FFVII. I love the game, don’t get me wrong. I remember the day we got FFVII and our PlayStation broke the same day. I remember the first time I powered my way past the Midgar Zolom because I didn’t know about getting a chocobo. I cried when Aeris died, and I still call her Aeris because that’s what she was called back then.

I don’t deny that it has its place as a culture point of reference. FFVII was a groundbreaking game, and is a memorable game. I enjoy replaying it from time to time. And as a Final Fantasy, if people want to put that on the top of their lists, I’m fine with it – I disagree, I think FFVI is the better game, but I get it.

FFVII was important in opening up the world of gaming – it was no longer just this isolated world that happened in arcades or basements, that was seen as isolating. It was bigger than that. And something in it definitely speaks to the idea of Video Games can be Art.

No one who considers themselves a gamer today has not been effected by FFVII, either directly of indirectly. But like all things, it has a time and place. It has its weaknesses, and there are plenty of those.

Again, I will stress that I don’t deny the importance of FFVII. But I do think we should recognize that great things have come after FFVII, and that ideas in FFVII did not all originate there.

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Some of you may have been witness to my brain in an uncensored form last night. I don’t know if I should apologize or not. Some of you may be like “Wha? What happened?” because you are one of 3 people who aren’t on twitter, or else one of the bajillions who don’t follow me. You should remedy that. Cause you never know when a night like last night will happen.

Some people drunk tweet. I have. My drunk tweets are usually misspelled and esoteric (which is just a fancy way of saying that only 5 people in the entire world will actually get those tweets, and they were probably the 5 people I went out and got drunk with). What I did last night was tweet while waaaay over-tired.

“But it was only 10pm”

I know reader, I know. Used to be a time I could stay up until 4am without being overtired, but as recently as two weeks ago I started going to sleep at a regular time and waking up early (neither of which, I’ll note, is a “normal” time, IMO). There are 2 reasons for this:

1.) I start classes next Monday, and had orientation all this week, so I knew I needed to be able to be up and out the door by 8:30

2.) I was (and still am) addicted to Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 to the point that I would play them well past 4am, and it just got to a level of ridiculousness that I new the only way to solve this was to stay up for 24 hours straight. I succeeded at this a few weeks ago by playing Mass Effect 2, and beating it, for… like… 18 hours. After a few rocky noghts of my body being all “What the crap is this, I don’t want to go to bed now!” I get tired around 7:30pm, end up in bed by 8:30 and asleep by 9 generally.

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