Skip to main content


I almost never click on online ads.  Ever.  But, every once in a while one will catch my eye.  Such was the case with an ad the other day that popped up on my Facebook account.  It was an ad for the PC version of Final Fantasy 7.  In my personal opinion, that is the single best RPG I have ever played in my life.  There are many reasons for this.  The story line was rich, the characters had depth, the love was poignant.  I cried every time I got to the part where Aeris dies.  In fact, I would save the game right before that scene so that I could go back and watch it whenever I wanted to have a good cry.  I would also save right before she leaves your party, so I could go back and play her some more, just for fun.

Anyhow, I went there and saw that they had redone the game for the PC.  I'm not a computer science guy, and I really don't know what they changed "under the hood", but they did say that they made it up-to-date with the latest software and hardware--whatever that means.  As the end user, the main differences I've noticed (so far) is just that they slightly increased the resolution of the character sprites, and a few other things as well (save points, treasure chests, etc).  It seems that they have left the scenery the same as it was before, which makes it look kind of silly in contrast with the nicer character sprites.  They've also made it so you have to log in to play.  It saves your game saves on the server--theoretically, so that you can pick up from where you left off on another computer, but do you really play your games on multiple machines?  Also, on your online account, you can view all of your saves and, optionally, max out the stats and gold for any one of the files.  I like that because I sometimes like to use cheat codes in order to rush through a game real fast.

After having played it for roughly an hour, I would not say that it's necessarily worth the $10, if you already have the game in some other form.  However, I don't mind.  The main reason I bought it is because I've been wanting for years now for Square-Enix to completely redo the game, with up-to-date graphics.  (The game originally came out in 97 with crude PS1 graphics--the characters' hands are cubes, they have no mouths, their polygon count is visibly low.)  It may be futile, but I figure if a bunch of people buy the game it might send the message to Squeenix that they really need to remake this game.  I'm convinced that they'd make good money off it and it would be worth the investment.  I'm not sure that I'll play all the way to the end of this particular version that I bought because, to me at least, it's too similar to the original, which I've already beaten umpteen times, always maxing out my materia and getting the best possible gold chocobo.  And, spell check, you really need to learn the words "materia" and "chocobo".  Honestly.

Popular posts from this blog

What's a gainer?

If you haven't already done so, I would suggest reading my previous post before reading this one.  It's sort of an introduction and gives the motivation.  Also, by way of disclosure, this post is not sexually explicit but it does touch on the topic of sexuality and how that relates to the subject at hand.

So, what is a gainer?  I'll relate, as best I can, the experiences I have gone through myself to help answer the question.  I remember when I was a young boy--perhaps around 6 or 7--I would have various fantasies.  Not sexual fantasies, just daydreaming about hypothetical situations that I thought were interesting or entertaining.  I had many different fantasies.  Sometimes I would fantasize about becoming very muscular, sometimes about becoming very fat.  
These fantasies varied in degree of magnitude and the subject of the fantasy.  Sometimes I myself would change weight--I would become muscular or fat.  Other times, I would do something to make other people fat or musc…

Karing about others

Mostly because I have been thinking about her lately, I feel compelled to write about someone who was very dear to me.  Many people who have met me in the last several years may not be aware of the fact that I was married to a woman for 3 years. I understand there can be lots of confusion whenever I mention it, and misunderstandings or misconceptions might occur. So I would like to take this opportunity to discuss my feelings about her.

Shortly after I came out, I attended a party for ex-Mormon gay people. Many of them had been married (to someone of the opposite sex), as I had. Most of those marriages had ended in divorce. Sometimes the divorce was very ugly, other times it was rather pleasant and they remained friends throughout the process. I assume it is because of the ugly divorce scenarios that this statement was made to me. Upon revealing that I had previously been married to a woman and that the marriage had ended in her death, a man said to me that it was good that it had end…

The scientific method vs the religious method

I find it interesting when people cite the fact that science keeps changing as a reason to disbelieve it and to believe instead in the "eternal" doctrines taught by some church or other.  Let's examine why science keeps changing.  Here's the scientific method.

Develop a hypothesis (this means "have a belief").Design an experiment to test the hypothesis.Conduct the experiment.Determine whether the hypothesis is believable based on the results of the experiment. This is why science keeps changing--because people notice flaws in it and correct them.  People once thought the solar system was geocentric, but now know that it's heliocentric.  How did this happen?  By using the scientific method.  Scientists are willing to admit that they're wrong.  They're willing to give up a bad idea when they see evidence that it makes no sense.  Contrast this with the religious method (simplified version). Have a belief.Look for evidence to support that belief.Ignor…