How's It Going?: Final Fantasy VII Edition

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It took me longer than most folks, but I finally finished Final Fantasy VII Remake earlier this week. I mostly liked it a lot! This was my first Final Fantasy game. I had played an hour of XV years ago and dabbled with one of the MMO games too. I didn’t like those all that much. But I really enjoyed this remake. I didn’t get a lot of the meta-stuff going on towards the end, because I never played the original game, but everything else was nice. I liked the characters a lot too, especially Aerith and Barret. I hope nothing bad happens to Aerith! That would be a bummer.


Not sure what Final Fantasy game I should play next. I want to try another one. Was thinking about trying XV again on PC this time and turn all the settings up as high as my PC will allow. Or maybe try to get Dirge Of Cerberus working on an emulator...?

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How’s it going? Are any of you going back to work? How are your cities handling reopening? I’m worried about all this happening way too soon, but I get folks are desperate to start making money and doing stuff again.

Kotaku Weekend Editor | Zack Zwiezen is a writer living in Kansas. He has written for GameCritics, USgamer, Kill Screen & Entertainment Fuse.

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Faux Bravo

Fortunate enough to not have stopped working. I was a remote worker for my company. Now everyone is a remote worker for my company, haha.

Many years ago, in the late ‘90s, I was at my dad’s house for the weekend, or possibly the summer. I sat in my room on a beautiful day—as I was and am wont to do—playing around with something or other in Final Fantasy VII. I don’t remember what. But the file was a mostly complete file. At least the game was complete and I was probably breeding chocobos or something. Grinding that sweet sweet AP for my fancy materia collection. I think it was my original playthrough file. It had a lot of hours. Likely the clock hadn’t maxed out at 99 hours yet, but it was getting there.

It was evening and my dad was cooking dinner. I didn’t have any sort of TV stand, so my Playstation was on the floor. I don’t remember the exact turn of events that led to my dad letting the dog into my room at the exact moment I was saving. Dinner was ready or some such nonsense that I didn’t care about. There were sure to be some sort of gross vegetables and I was a cliche. But in came my big 100-something pound German shepherd. I loved that dog. We were best friends. On that day, our relationship diminished.

The dog barreled across my room excited to be in there, and just so happened to step on the power button on the Playstation right as I was saving. My file was corrupted. A lot of yelling followed. Probably swearing at the dog, which was big, because I was afraid to swear in front of my parents. I was mad for days at both my dad for letting the dog in and the dog for being a giant goon.

Final Fantasy VII was my first time experiencing serious video game related loss, both in-game and out of game. RIP Aeris. RIP that save file that I had invested so much time into.

It turned out to not be that big a deal. I played through that game many more times over the following couple of years. And had way better save files, probably more than once.

That should be the story of how I started making sure to have multiple save files for everything, but I’m not a smart man. I was an even dumber kid.

Also, you only get 15 slots on a memory card, man, and I was only, like, 15. And damn it if some games didn’t take multiple slots. I wasn’t made of money. One game, one file. That’s the rule.

But I did have five save files for the remake. So eventually I learned something.