A love letter to PC gaming – Final Fantasy VII

When someone is doing a blog about gaming it seems to be a matter of grinding inevitability that at some point they write about FF7. It’s a subject that’s been lashed to death by the tongues of critics and laymen alike in the fourteen years since it’s release; and with good reason. In addition to the ubiquity of FF7 discourse it also seems to be something that people like to get awfully passionate about, though that passion isn’t always positive.

If I’m honest, I’m kind of bored by the semantics of the debate around FF7s merits (or lack thereof), so I’m going to try and sidestep it for the most part. That isn’t really the focus of this article. I will say, though, that it’s a dispute that is very close to home. My wife was a 16 bit RPGer and loved FF6 on the Super Nintendo. While she initially felt a benign indifference to FF7, that indifference quickly turned to irritation and then hostility when FF7 received what she believed to be unwarranted praise and attention, taking away from the achievements of it’s predecessor. I can understand that. I also can’t agree with it

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May 17, 2016 - Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, Tricoloured Flycatcher, or Korean Flycatcher (Ficedula zanthopygia)

These Old World flycatchers breed in eastern Asia and winter in South and Southeast Asia. Their diet is made up of small invertebrates and fruits. Females build cup-shaped nests of moss, dry grass, and plant fibers on branches or in tree cavities. Previously considered the same species as Narcissus Flycatchers, the two may sometimes interbreed. They sing a low whistling song, continuing to sing into the fall and early winter.


Decided to post here a full process of a drawing of a bird, back in the day I was producing a field-guide (that is has been published already btw).

Quite a few sketches for best poses of the bird and then one of them is picked, and worked from there…

Ficedula hipoleuca - pied-flycatcher.

Much of the sketching is done digitally - this happens after the field sketching (that is done traditionally in a sketchbook). Usually the digital sketching is done when the fieldsketching didn’t go well and time is tight. Used several refs (from photos and videos) and it was done digitally because I hate to consume TOO much paper. And that day in particular, drawing was coming out terrible, so a lot of paper would be wasted. this way, I saved a bit.

Don’t get me wrong, I prefer traditional over digital, but on the day this was done I knew is would be hell of a waste. So…why not save some paper, and do it digitally XDDD


Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina).These small flycsthers are native to Eastern Asia. In North America, the Narcissus Flycatcher accidentally occurs only along the most western portions of the Aleutian archipelago.The name of the Narcissus Flycatcher is a reference to the yellow color of many varieties of the narcissus flower. Both photos courtesy Hiyashi Haka