Day 21: Game with the best story.
You guys already know I’m going to say Final Fantasy VII.
“Silence like a cancer grows…” -The Sound of Silence
From my notes:
VII is a story of secrets, shadows, and silence, but it is the silence that echoes so deep. This is a narrative that seeks to fill the ubiquitous emptiness by ironically presenting it in full. Not only its characters, but also we are hollowed out by what is never said and never revealed, but many of these things are integral truth that in silence can only destroy.
FFVII is the story that not only captured, but held my attention for 20 years and over half my life. It is the number one inspiration for all of my writing whether that writing is fictional, fantastic, essay or critic. It came to me after the worst tragedy of my life, and while I can’t say it filled the void, it made me realize I wasn’t alone in the darkness of my own thoughts. Even though I didn’t know all the details of much of VII’s own major inspiration at the time (and there’s no way in hell that event didn’t change the story, because it was going to be something entirely different before it became what is what, and events like that change you. Yes, I’m being vague), I still knew there was something special about this game. Even before I played it, it forced me to go beyond my normal genre since VII is firmly science fantasy or, as I used to call it, the fusion of fantasy and sci-fi. From a game I had no interest in playing to my life’s obsession, VII’s story was the first narrative to make me question the meaning of the word “terrorist,” because the term is entirely dependent on point of view. It also made and still makes me either face or push down dark truths about myself and what I would do if confronted with certain situations. I always insist that I know I wouldn’t be fooled, but in all honesty, I don’t know and it scares me. Do we really truly understand the darkness that could lie seething in our own deepest cores? Or do we only think we do?
I needed a drastic subject change, because that got way too deep way too fast, but that’s my relationship with VII. There were almost some tears shed! WTF, I don’t have emotions like some commoner *sniff* Look at dem ears above though. He could probably take off flying ♥
FFVII isn’t the only game whose story I love. I have to give props to the Legend of Zelda series especially with all the timelines and loops, Mass Effect of course, Child of Light with its fairy tale atmosphere, Super Paper Mario with the ending that literally made me cry, but Final Fantasy VII has the best story to me, but more importantly for me.
What’s your favorite game story? Why do you hold it so close to your heart? Feel free to share as much or as little as you want!