@zombiepie: I have really enjoyed your blogs on this so far and I would really like for you to continue, but...if you quit now I wouldn't blame you. So, Final Fantasy VIII came out in 1999. Every year since then I would pick the game up and try to play through it and would always give up before the end. If I put a game down for too long, I have to restart the whole thing. I can't pick it back up. (Btw,the fact that this was the one mainline FF game I hadn't finished always bothered me.) Normally I got about halfway through disc 2. Couple of times I got all the way to the end of disc 3. It wasn't until last year that I finally found the patience and fortitude to complete the thing. Let me tell you right now it wasn't worth it.
I have played through almost the entire game multiple times so I feel like I can speak on the quality of the game as it plays out. One thing I can say for certain is that the first disc -or the first twelve or so hours- is without a doubt the best part. Go ahead, let that sink in, you are playing the best part of the game. Because holy shit, dude, it only gets worse. However, it is almost worth hanging around for the rest of it just to see how farcical the story becomes. Oh, and triple triad is super fun.