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