Hello all, I thought I'd join in the hate. I can see that this community is nowhere near as large as the "FFVII is god" community, but that's just how it is. The world is full of mindless idiots who will believe everything they're told.
When I first played FFVII, it wasn't anything special. I merely played a demo of it at a friend's house, but something about it bothered me. I had previously played FFs I, II/IV and III/VI, and enjoyed them thoroughly (As I still do today). I passed VII off as average and moved onto other things, without feeling any need to buy the game or play more. It didn't seem worth getting a PS over (I only had N64 at this time). When the commercials for FFVIII came on TV, I got very psyched up about it, and bought a playstation and the game just because my anticipation and excitement couldn't be contained. My mother bought FFVII for my sister for her birthday, which was right around FFVIII's release. I never touched the game, and neither did my sister, for there was a much better game to be played at the moment. Eventually, she got around to it, but I was still obsessed with VIII.
Around the year 2001, I began visitting forums and other online communities. I noticed something wrong right away: There was a huge fanbase for FFVII, and a small one for VIII. It didn't make sense to me. VII was... average, at best, and VIII was like my one love. Yet people hated the game, why? I tried to understand it, but could never come into the same views as others. For months upon months, it was all "FFVII this" and "FFVII that", and I figured it was time to try the actual game instead of just the demo. It started off fairly interesting. I liked it, to begin with. Once the characters left Midgar, it was all downhill. Suddenly the story became almost if not completely inexistant, and I was just running from town to town doing random, pointless things. This was what everyone was so obsessed over? It was pathetic! Since then, the endless rants and praising of the game became more and more annoying, and though it can't make me hate the game (though my opinion of it is pretty shabby), I did hate the fanbase.
So I play every game I can get my hands on, and enjoy what I find enjoyable, regardless of anyone else's opinions. Especially when it comes to the FFs. For example, Ix didn't peek my interests, X needed much improvement, X-2 was lots of fun, XI got boring after a while, and I'm quite looking forward to XII (even though I'm not sure I should, considering past disappointments with Squaresoft and SquareEnix). I refuse to play FFVII for fear of one day being just like those I hate the most. That game should have never been made, and never deserved the attention it gets. If it didn't exist today, my life both online and off would be a much happier and more enjoyable experience.
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