As you might know, Square struggled to stay afloat up until Final Fantasy's release in 1987, at which point they began their journey towards becoming a huge part of gaming history. YouTuber Joshua Drew, in a thirty-minute video, takes a look at the events that lead up to the birth of this legendary franchise.
If you've got the time to spare, and consider yourself a fan of the series, you should definitely check this one out—and you might want to take a look at the first episode of Drew's "All Your Complaints" series, which deals with the company's earlier days.
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All Your Complaints - History of Squaresoft pt. 2 "Final Fantasy" [Joshua Drew@YouTube]