To my left we have one of the most iconic heroes of the Final Fantasy Series, Cloud Strife. He is a flawed hero, a man who is living a lie and who breaks under the strain. Nevertheless, Cloud saves the day, but only because he has the support and love of his companions. At the beginning of the game , Cloud is an island, who only reluctantly accepts friendship, and as the game progresses he falls in love. The girl he loves is killed in one of the saddest cutscenes in gaming history, and he begins to go to pieces. Still, even though he has been living a lie, his companions rally around him and force him to do what only he can do.
So, what does Final Fantasy VII have to do with monsoons and dust bunnies?
If you have to ask, you aren’t a gamer. For me, monsoon season is gaming season. I don’t play daily, or even weekly, but on the days I do, I play all day, and don’t emerge from the gameroom for anything short of an earthquake. I think if I didn’t have to write books, I could one day be found dead in my gameroom with the controller in my hand, having starved to death.
Final Fantasy VIII was my all time favorite because of the strong storyline and wonderful characters. Squall Leonhart was the tough guy whose hard exterior concealed his vulnerabilities. In the end, his acceptance of his own vulnerability is what makes him strong. There is a strong romance in the tale, and also a strong story Squall’s gradual discovery of his past is intertwined in the action.
I’m actually currently playing (again) Final Fantasy XII, which is my favorite in the entire franchise, because the storyline is so rich and multi-layered. For me, the attraction of gaming is the interactive aspect of it.
Gaming stirs my creativity, as long as I don’t become an unkempt, pajama-clad walking wraith whose only goal in life is to level-up…
No. Not me.
No, I’m sure I’m not that person. Well, not today anyway. Until NaNoWriMo is over, I have to write and can only blog about gaming. Even though the monsoons have once again set in here in dark and dreary Olympia, I will write like the wind, building on my storyline and getting as high a word-count as I’m able.
But on December 1st, I will binge on gaming, until I’ve leveled my teams up so they can beat anything they are faced with.