Final Fantasy VI Movie In The Works

It’s happening.

With 2,500 Facebook likes and counting after just two months on the site, “Final Fantasy VI: Terra” is slowly but surely taking shape.  Their page is littered with costumed actors in-studio and storyboard sketches.

“Right now we’re making only the Trailer, after which we hope to get Square-Enix’s blessing to fund a feature,”  A representative from the indie project told FFIXBlog.  “We totally need help spreading the word for the project… The bigger the audience, the more successful our eventual Kickstarter campaign will be.”

Count me in to help, FFVI:T team.  Can’t wait to see the results.  Maybe someday, the same will happen for FFIX *cough cough, nudge nudge, hint hint*.

You can find their Facebook page here, and their homepage is at http://www.finalfantasymovie.net/.  Give them a like!  Show your support!

New Side Quest Discovered in FFIX

New SideQuest Discovered in FFIX

Let me be the first to say…

Whaaaaaaaaaaaat.

can’t believe I didn’t know about this.  Once I get the gear for my “Let’s Play”, this is definitely going to have to be done.

I convince (read: make) a lot of my friends play through this game, and I always talk about all the stuff they’re missing.  Little did I know, I’ve been missing this quest every single time I’ve played for the past thirteen years.  And I’ve beaten it a double-digit amount of times.  Like, a lot.  A lot.  And I never knew about this.

My mind is simply blown.  What else could I be missing?  Of course, in FFIX, there’s always more to discover in terms of character development/nuances in dialogue/etc., but I never dreamed that there would be more game content that I had never seen.

Well done to the person who discovered this.  You are a baller.

PSOne to Xbox One: Feelings After the Xbox One Reveal

Let me start off by saying that this doesn’t have to do with the specifics of the Xbox One.  It also doesn’t have to do with Final Fantasy IX in particular.

For me, this is more a post about the direction that gaming has gone in the past decade or so, culminating (so far) in the unveiling of the Xbox One.

There are a lot of great things that have happened in the past decade of gaming – Hardware technology has increased to an insane degree, giving us almost-real graphics (FFVII and FFXIII were released only 13 years apart;  13 years before VII, the best-selling game was Duck Hunt), and eliminating the need for memory cards (Can I emphasize how awesome this is for a moment?  I remember I had SIX memory cards for my PlayStation at one point.  Six.  Being the messy person I am, a mini-“ohmygodwherethehellaremymemorycardsshitshitshit”-heart attack was pretty much a given every time I wanted to go back to a game I hadn’t played in a while). Thanks to the meteoric rise of the Internet, multiplayer gaming has reached nearly everyone with access to a game console (I’m a Vermonter with shitty DSL, so for me, it’s not quite there yet, but most other people are fine).  Technologically speaking, gaming has never been more advanced, and the community has never been tighter (I could talk forever about the evolution of the community, but I don’t have time at the moment, so I’ll sum it up in five words:  Steam. Xbox Live. PlayStation Network).

However, there’s something to be said for the simpler technology of the days of, say, the PlayStation.  Everything was so simple;  you bought the game, brought it home, popped the disc in the tray, and turned the system on.  It was done;  you were playing.  You didn’t have to connect to the internet, sign up for an account, or enter an activation code.  Obviously, systems can do more now, and the Home and Menu screens allow us to do other cool stuff, like watch movies and surf the web.  I’m just wondering at what price this stuff comes.

I’m going to stop before this turns into one of those “Back in the good ol’ days” posts.  It isn’t meant to be that.  However, it was definitely on my mind when I saw the Xbox One released.

On a side note, that system looks tragic.  Almost as tragic as Nintendo not going to E3 this year.  Idiots. 

PSOne to Xbox One: Feelings After the Xbox One Reveal

Let me start off by saying that this doesn’t have to do with the specifics of the Xbox One.  It also doesn’t have to do with Final Fantasy IX in particular.

For me, this is more a post about the direction that gaming has gone in the past decade or so, culminating (so far) in the unveiling of the Xbox One.

There are a lot of great things that have happened in the past decade of gaming – Hardware technology has increased to an insane degree, giving us almost-real graphics (FFVII and FFXIII were released only 13 years apart;  13 years before VII, the best-selling game was Duck Hunt), and eliminating the need for memory cards (Can I emphasize how awesome this is for a moment?  I remember I had SIX memory cards for my PlayStation at one point.  Six.  Being the messy person I am, a mini-“ohmygodwherethehellaremymemorycardsshitshitshit”-heart attack was pretty much a given every time I wanted to go back to a game I hadn’t played in a while). Thanks to the meteoric rise of the Internet, multiplayer gaming has reached nearly everyone with access to a game console (I’m a Vermonter with shitty DSL, so for me, it’s not quite there yet, but most other people are fine).  Technologically speaking, gaming has never been more advanced, and the community has never been tighter (I could talk forever about the evolution of the community, but I don’t have time at the moment, so I’ll sum it up in five words:  Steam. Xbox Live. PlayStation Network).

However, there’s something to be said for the simpler technology of the days of, say, the PlayStation.  Everything was so simple;  you bought the game, brought it home, popped the disc in the tray, and turned the system on.  It was done;  you were playing.  You didn’t have to connect to the internet, sign up for an account, or enter an activation code.  Obviously, systems can do more now, and the Home and Menu screens allow us to do other cool stuff, like watch movies and surf the web.  I’m just wondering at what price this stuff comes.

I’m going to stop before this turns into one of those “Back in the good ol’ days” posts.  It isn’t meant to be that.  However, it was definitely on my mind when I saw the Xbox One released.

On a side note, that system looks tragic.  Almost as tragic as Nintendo not going to E3 this year.  Idiots. 

More FRINGE vs Final Fantasy IX!

Damn, my bro’s been on a roll with these posts!  Word, Cody.

I found another interesting parallel between FRINGE and FFIX, where the villains in the respective franchises are destroyed by the advancement of what they are obsessed with.

 

In FRINGE, there is an organization, codenamed ZFT, that follows an old text written about 30 years or so (could be wrong) before the start of the series called “Zerstörung durch Fortschritte der Technologie,” translated as “Destruction through Technological Advancement”, hence the name of the organization. They believe that a war is coming, and that if they do not rein in on the advancement of technology, humans will destroy themselves instead of their enemies. One of the villains named David Robert Jones used this kind of advanced technology to teleport himself out of a German maximum security penitentiary. The only problem is that once he teleported, the process is now slowly tearing his body apart at the molecular level. So, he developed a way to open doors into another parallel earth in order to help cure what ails him, only to be cut in half when attempting to walk through an opening between dimensions. He died using the advanced technology that his group theorized would lead to their enemy’s demise.

Something similar happened with Queen Brahne, if I recall correctly. Queen Brahne wished to master the power of the Eidolons in order to trample over those who stood between her and world domination. In a skirmish with Kuja, Queen Brahne summoned Bahamut, the King of the Dragons, to end the fight quickly. She did not count on Kuja being able to take over the most powerful eidolon she could summon and use it against her, with the help of his airship. Ultimately, Queen Brahne was defeated, and eventually died at the hands of the eidolons she had tried so hard to collect and master. In the end, she met her end by the most powerful magic she knew how to use, much like Jones dying at the hand of his advanced technology.

 

Moral of the story: A line from the first Iron Man movie comes to mind. Tony Stark (portrayed by Robert Downey, Jr.) said that the key to world peace is ‘having a bigger stick than the other guy.’ It seems that it’s not enough to have a big stick. If you can’t use it, it’s just a useless piece of wood that anybody can step on.

 

Thanks for reading!

FRINGE, Steampunk, and Final Fantasy IX

Here’s a post from my dear brother and Final Fantasy IX fan, Cody.  Enjoy!
I am seeing a lot of similarities between Final Fantasy IX and the Fox TV show, “FRINGE”. To any fan of J.J. Abrams, you’ll know what I’m talking about. I see a lot of “pseudo-science” usage in Final Fantasy IX including, but not limited to, the facility where black mages are being “produced”, and the home planet of the Genomes, a race as we all know Zidane is a member of. Science, in the classical sense, is a logical system of inputs and outputs, in which the system will generate outputs based on what is input. In “pseudo-science”, like they show in the show “FRINGE”, the same type of principle applies, but only in the vaguest of senses. For example, in FFIX, the production facility where the black mages are, for lack of a better word, “manufactured”, presumably from eggs on an assembly line. It’s a rather strange phenomenon where you put an egg of mist and otherwise unknown origin, and come out with a fully grown, conscious being. Whether or not it is aware of its own existence is beside the point I am attempting to make. I am merely looking at it in a “logical” perspective in comparison to the methods explored in “FRINGE.”
This event in FFIX was similar to an episode of “FRINGE” in which epidemiologists were poisoned with a genetically-augmented common cold virus, which they ingested via a glass of water. Once the sample was ingested, it grew to term, and exited the host as a fully grown, single-cell, slug-like organism of about 1.5 feet in length and weighing close to 30 pounds. Needless to say, the epidemiologists did not live through this process, but nonetheless, the concept is the same. The only difference between the epidemiologists and the production plant for the black mages that I can see are the fact that the production plant does not die or fail of any cause. Otherwise, the system, be it the production plant or the human stomach, takes in a strange input and produces an output which does not have a readily accessable connection to the input without further investigation in the story.
It seems like that is how, if I’m not mistaken, the Genomes were created, which we saw when Zidane interacted with Garland in Terra, the “home-world” of the Genome. It seems as though the Genomes and the Black Mages were customizable (i.e., Zidane and Kuja having apparent free will and the black mages not) by those who are in control of the status of the input before entering it into the system, which is similar to the genetically altered common cold virus previously mentioned.
Ok, enough gross stuff. Now onto a subject we can all agree on: steampunk.
It may have already been mentioned previously in this blog, but there are a lot of direct correlations between the core concept of the steampunk universe and their usage throughout FFIX. More specifically, I have noticed a similarity between FFIX and the movie “Steamboy” (a great animated film which I highly recommend). In “Steamboy”, the characters utilize steam to power all kinds of mechanical devices, from toasters to airships. True to this form, FFIX machines and airships are powered chiefly by mist. This tells me that this was a huge theme that came into play when designing the game itself. I think the “vision of the future” Final Fantasy model, as well as the “medieval Final Fantasy”, model has been done to death. Why not something a little more rustic? Why not turn-of-the-20th-century Final Fantasy? I think that would be a cool idea to explore because not only would the environment and mood change, but I also feel that this kind of change would provide a different social dynamic in which the characters in the story need to adjust to in order to be as accurate as possible, while at the same time being as abstract and free-form as we have come to expect from the Final Fantasy franchise as a whole.
Anyway, those are my ideas. I’d love to read what is written next.

UGH. Katethegreat19, you are SO good.

UGH. Katethegreat19, you are SO good.

As Final Fantasy IX fans, I’m sure you’ve heard of “You’re Not Alone”.  If not, it’s one of the most famous tracks from the game, and I’d argue one of the very best tracks Nobuo Uematsu ever composed.

Katethegreat19 is a YouTube user who has done a few covers (with vocals and lyrics that she made) of FFIX songs, and I’d say that this is the best of the bunch.

Seriously.  SO GOOD.

Thinking about a “Let’s Play”…

Hey Guys,

I’ve got a question for ya.

What would you guys think about me doing a “Let’s Play (And Admire) Final Fantasy IX” and posting it on the blog?  I’m thinking it’d be good, because then I could simply talk as I played through the game, as opposed to having to record my own audio, play it back to myself, then transcribe it into a text post.

Whaddaya think?

Final Fantasy IX Soundtrack (Full)

Final Fantasy IX Soundtrack (Full)

What a great soundtrack.  In the immortal words of Villiscaband1, one of the top YouTube comments on this video is as follows:

“The music is so awesome and perfect to have in the background while either sleeping eating playing league of legends playing ff9 taking a crap cooking cleaning spanking the monkey walking the dog changing diapers taking another crap watering the grass and living basically.”

Amen, brother.

Final Fantasy IX Soundtrack (Full)

Final Fantasy IX Soundtrack (Full)

What a great soundtrack.  In the immortal words of Villiscaband1, one of the top YouTube comments on this video is as follows:

“The music is so awesome and perfect to have in the background while either sleeping eating playing league of legends playing ff9 taking a crap cooking cleaning spanking the monkey walking the dog changing diapers taking another crap watering the grass and living basically.”

Amen, brother.