Day 29: Favorite video game developer.
It is with intense annoyance that I have to say Square Enix or as I like to call them Squeenix. Beginning as Squaresoft, the company nearly became defunct and on the verge of declaring bankruptcy back in the 80s when they released what they thought would be their last game, aptly titled Final Fantasy. Fortunately for them (but unfortunately for avoiding irony), the title was a huge success and not only for saving the company, but also defined/redefined the genre of (J)RPG.
More than thirty years later, now as Square Enix, they’re still going strong at least in terms of still being active and relevant. I believe a good fan should also be a good critic, and I have been quite critical of some of Squeenix’s decisions.
But like Nintendo, we keep getting caught…hook, line, and sinker.
Though I do have to admit, I’ve fallen victim to the fad of judging based on other’s accounts, which is what I did with Final Fantasy XIII. I’ve never played it, but not long after it came out, I hopped on the bashing bandwagon due to listening to people whose opinion I thought was worth something, since they, too, were huge Final Fantasy (especially VII) fans, but I should have known better, based on the derisive things they said about Final Fantasy IX Thankfully, I’ve met people (and one specific person) who’ve shown me the error of my ways, and though I’ve yet to play XIII, I’m at least going to give a chance. You’d think by this point in my life I would’ve learned not to judge things entirely on other’s opinions until I try them myself, but that pesky “J” in INFJ likes to rear its head in all instances even when it is most inopportune.
So while Squeenix might annoy the hell out of me at times, I still have to begrudgingly admit that they’re my favorite developer.
Honorable mentions to Nintendo and BioWare.
Who is your favorite developer? Do you have as complicated a history as I do with mine?