Day 29: A game you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving.
Goddammit 30 Day Video Game Challenge. You keep presenting questions that only have one answer for me, and I’m sure the people are growing tired of it by now, if they haven’t already. I can usually think of more than one response to these things, but for this question, there really is only one…
I had zero desire to play this game when I first heard about it. I thought it was too sci-fi. I grew up reading fantasy. It’s my favorite genre to this day, so when Final Fantasy VI came out, I was overjoyed that there was a video game that could easily fit into the same niche as my favorite stories. Though I’d been writing for years before that, VI centered my attention on its narrative, had me shaping, twisting, and exploring its motifs, and at one point I attempted a novelization. I was obsessed with FFVI all throughout high school, and I thought there could never be another game or story that would topple it from its throne. Though I was definitely into darkness (I was pretty goth in high school), I wasn’t really into dystopia, and my tolerance for science fiction extended only to Star Trek: TNG (this has changed greatly in my old age). I was a bit bummed out about FFVII because the series to me was Final Fantasy, not Final Sci-Fi.
But…even in the midst of this, I was obsessed with Sephiroth. I was obsessed with him long before I ever considered playing the game. I’d never seen such a beautiful person, let alone man, even before.
Discovering he was the villain did nothing to dissuade me of my love (in fact, it might have made it worse). I want to say it was Christmas of that year that my brother bought me the Eidos/PC version of the game, and, well…you know the rest (if you don’t know the rest, a feel-o-rama version of it is here).
Final Fantasy VII is probably the best example of having no interest in something and developing a lifelong obsession. Oddly, enough, it’s not the only narrative I can name in this camp. They’re quite numerous and transcend media. Harry Potter, Frozen, ASOIAF, and Bob’s Burgers just to name a few. I am perfectly content eating crow in these cases, since it means I’m consuming another epic narrative along with my swallowed pride.
What game did you think you were going to detest and/or had no interest in playing that you love now?