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Poll: Most Japanese College Students Haven't Played a Final Fantasy

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Actually, 70.3 percent of those who replied said they hadn’t.

NicoNico reports that MyNavi polled 401 male and female university students (200 men and 201 women) in Japan and asked them if they had ever played a game in the Final Fantasy series. And how did they reply?

Yes

119 students (29.7 percent)

No

282 students (70.3 percent)

What reasons did the students give for saying why they’d never played a Final Fantasy? Some include:

  • “Because it’s a genre I’m not interested in.”
  • “I’ve never really had any interest.”
  • “Because it doesn’t look fun.”
  • “Because I wasn’t allowed to play video games at home.”
  • “Because I don’t really play video games.”
  • “Because my parents were totally against video games. Personally, I really haven’t played that many video games.”
  • “I was interested but haven’t had the chance to buy one [a FF game].”
  • “I was a little interested, but it looks difficult, so I haven’t played it.”
  • “I don’t have a game console.”

Seventy percent is a big number! But let’s not be negative. If you flip that, do you think thirty percent of those polled saying they had played a Final Fantasy game is impressive?

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

“Because it doesn’t look fun.”- today’s college students were born right at the point Final Fantasy stopped being fun, and Square started thinking “we’re now way too expensive and important of a franchise to add frivolous things in our games like ‘fun’! Just make the graphics shinier! Pour in more money! And belts!”