Work Avoidance Wednesday: Final Fantasy

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Why yes, it is the middle of the week, plus we’re in the midst of a killer heat wave here in Joburg. There’s only one thing to do, avoid doing any work, find a cool spot in from the air-conditioning and relive the original retro glory that is Final Fantasy.

That’s right, thanks to the glory of emulation, you can now play the original Final Fantasy that started it all right in your browser. I think my favourite part about this is just listening to that amazing soundtrack. Nobuo Uematsu was a genius, even with the limited resources available during the NES generation.

FF 1

Be warned, like most retro games, this one doesn’t hold your hand. In fact, I recently had to advise our friend our evil competition from a rival site, Dawid how to get into the town as compared to the castle in order to rest at the inn and buy spells. There aren’t any exclamation marks above NPCs’ heads and you will need to figure things out for yourself, but geez is it worthwhile.

Pro-tip, if this is your first time playing, you will probably want a party comprised of a fighter, black belt, white mage and black mage. Sure, you could get through the game with a different party, but it won’t be easy. Even with the ideal party this game is a challenge that stole far too many hours of my time as a little girl.

FF1 battle

What I find so astounding is how I remember the storytelling and gameplay from Final Fantasy even all these years later. Sure, the game is incredibly dated now, but certain core features live on and I will never forget the joy of becoming an adult in the game and finally getting an airship. It makes me a bit too happy to see where it all started – I remembered loving this game on NES; it was one cartridge that was never hard to find in my collection because I replayed it so often.

Now, I’m getting excited for Final Fantasy XV. Perhaps my mom was right all those years ago and this is one franchise that I’ll be playing until I’m a crazy old lady.

Last Updated: October 7, 2015

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • VampyreSquirrel

    lol no.

  • DragonSpirit009

    I already have like five unfinished FF games to play still… Don’t tempt me with more!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Killer heat wave in JHB, you all feel so tired, drained even. In CT it’s just nicely warm & sunny, everyone feels revitalised. Where’s Rince?

    • Whining at me about how JHB is too hot.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Just give him a proper brandy & coke, he thinks he knows what it’s like because he’s had a few klippies & cola. He’ll be happy because it’s cold & alcoholic, 10 minutes later you’ll be happy because he’s quiet.

        • Grand Admiral Chief

          So he is a cheap drunk eh?

    • VampyreSquirrel

      He’s a ginger puddle somewhere in Sandton or something.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Tell him to switch on his car’s a/c, not like he has to walk to work. huehuehue

    • DragonSpirit009

      Don’t jinx it… I’m very happy with the current weather!

    • Generic ZA

      Meanwhile somewhere north of JHB …

      One: G’day, Bruce!
      Two: Oh, Hello Bruce!
      One: How are you Bruce?
      Two: A bit crook’d, Bruce.
      One: Where’s Bruce?
      Two: He’s not ‘ere, Bruce.
      One: Blimey, it’s hot in here, Bruce.
      Two: Hot enough to boil a monkey’s bum!
      One: That’s a strange expression, Bruce.
      Two: Well Bruce, I heard the Prime Minister use it. “It’s hot enough to boil a monkey’s bum in here, your Majesty,” he said and she smiled quietly to herself.
      One: She’s a good Shiela, Bruce, and not at all stuck up.

      Borrowed from Monty Python’s Flying Circus

    • Brady miaau

      Aircon. In office, in car, in house. I love Aircon. Heat would leave my drained and tired otherwise.

      *Edit* if I had a working car at the moment

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I’m eternally grateful that I now drive a car with a working a/c. Home I can live without, but I don’t enjoy melting in traffic.

        • Brady miaau

          I love my bedroom aircon. In Dec / Jan we get hot here in the true Capital, very much so. Nice to sleep through.

          also, car Aircon I like a split unit, so the wife can do heat and I can do cold.

  • Fabiano Morais

    Two franchises I’m sure I’ll play until I kick the bucket (main series and/or spinoffs):

    Final Fantasy
    Dragon Quest

    Try as I might, I keep coming back to them.

    • Brady miaau

      What, if you will forgive me for asking, is Dragon Quest? A PS Exclusive?

      • Fabiano Morais

        I will reply as if you are asking me seriously, because I honestly can’t tell.

        The first Dragon Quest was released in 1986 in Japan and, in a nutshell, single-handedly created the JRPG genre, establishing most of the tropes that are still present in way or another on modern JRPGs. It is basically the first console RPG as well, predating even Final Fantasy.

        In the course of the last 29 years, the main series and it’s respective remakes spanned from the NES, to the SNES, PS1, PS2, Wii, Wii U, DS and 3DS. The eleventh entry of the main series is in production for the PS4 right now — and it is directed by the very same man that has directed every main entry since 1986: Yuji Horii.

        Incidentally, Dragon Quest is THE most sucessful JRPG series in Japan, where games from the main series usually break 1 million units sold on their first weeks.

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    “one franchise that I’ll be playing until I’m a crazy old lady”

    So only the old part is outstanding then eh?

  • Bah. Who needs work avoidance when you’re not at work

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