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@daavpuke: I may be misremebering history, but my pet theory for the first Humble Bundle and the entire Humble storefront was as a way for the developers of Lugaru to trick as many people as possible into winding up with a copy. Back when I was buying each Bundle as they landed I was actually trying to play and beat all of the games therein as well, and I hated every single second of Lugaru.

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@arbitrarywater: Thank you! I really admire your work on the site and happy you took the time to watch my drivel! We were talking on Discord about highlighting our streams from GBCERIX and I realized there were maybe thirty minutes of reel-worthy footage for me over three days... all of which were either using Nose Tork, being painted like an ogre, or nearly gagging listening to ASMR. This review is the final testament of a bad weekend's work.

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A friend of mine did the music on this game, and through her I met Ron Gilbert at a little get together last year. Your description is indeed apt. I will also share with you the one thing I learned of the man: he freely admits to having torrented every season of Law & Order.

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@nnickers: Turns out they not only wound up reviewing it, they gave it one of the highest scores it received in North America:

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@cmblasko: I will be implementing at least one major quality of life improvement into this Endurance Run. Unreleatedly, isn't it amazing how PS2 emulation seems completely solved on PCs these days?

@arbitrarywater: I was strongly considering Panzer Dragoon Saga and the entire PD series for this stream, but lately my contact with Kawazu's output got me thinking in that direction and it eventually came to me that there was only one real choice for this event. Next year I actually do plan on doing something good/useful for a change.

@gafgarion: I've got at least one member from Another Online Video Game Community who has said that he is a) a fan of the series and even this game, and b) that I should probably do what I can to grapple with the game's mechanics, up to and including help from the chat. I'd love to have your assistance during the stream, as I refuse to do any homework for this!

@relkin: I remember reading the review for this a few years after it came out (I was exclusively a GameSpot lad at the time). It blew my mind that the company that had made Final Fantasy VI, VII, VIII, X, etc. could also lay such a turd. Fifteen years later I not only have a better grasp of how that happened, but also I might be exactly the sort of person down for SaGa insanity? I'm excited to find out!

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@arbitrarywater: The irony is Planescape: Torment was the first game I streamed for the first Community Endurance Run, before deciding that it was going to make for an absolutely piss poor time for the viewers at home. It's been on my "I should really play one of these isometric RPGs things" for years now so it is definitely a contender.

There has also been a shadow vote for all of them Panzer Dragoons, which I shall tally by mentioning here.

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I don't subscribe necessarily to auteur theory insofar as video game production goes. I do, however, subscribe to correlated events. Sakaguchi's direct guidance of the Final Fantasy series seems to have been fairly clutch to the ongoing high quality of those games. You also had Yoshinori Kitase (director on FF VI, VII, VIII and X) and Hiroyuki Ito (codirector on VI, director on IX and XII). A lot of ink has been spilled over Tetsuya Nomura's impact on the series design, but I think there's an even more obvious fall guy for FFXIII: Motomu Toriyama.

Toriyama got his start designing the cutscenes of Bahamut Lagoon and FFVII. He also designed scenaries for the latter, including "classics" like the Honey Bee Inn and the submarine chasing garbage. He also is responsible for fleshing out the timeless love story between Cloud and Aerith (timeless because something that doesn't really exist takes up no time). He would go on to design events in FFX, then direct your favorite and mine: FFX-2. If you're familiar with The 3rd Birthday, that thing also sucks.

Now it is true that Toriyama directed the entire FFXIII series of games, as well as Mobius Final Fantasy. But it was not he that solely hatched the entire Fabula Nova Crystallis. That took two people, and his co-conspirator was Kazushiga Nojima. Nojima had written scenarios from FFVII onward, and outlayed plotwork that has survived up to the present day in FFXV. His freelance work also includes the Subspace Emissary mode in Smash Brawl.

Once XII was pushed out the door, after basically driving Matsuno insane, both Toriyama and Nojima took their nonsense FNC notes and handed them to Daisuke Watanabe (scenario writer for X and effectively the closer for the plot of XII). I'm just going to block quote Wikipedia here:

He [Watanabe] was shown a rough outline of the plot until chapter eight and was asked by Toriyama to flesh things out and to correct how it would all connect. Watanabe decided how Toriyama's rudimentary cutscene ideas should play out, wrote the script and adjusted the personality of each character to emphasize what the story tried to express. He said that the Final Fantasy XIII series was an exhausting project with little time to breathe and that his feelings toward it were "complicated".

What I am suggesting here, overall, is that the franchise has been shepherded under the guidance of a bunch of hack, navel gazing writers more interested in shallow spectacle (dating back to Toriyama and his FFVII cutscenes) and following company mandate to extract microtransactions, than in actually making memorable RPGs. These lads honestly make me less wary of Nomura, whose worst fault (beyond dubious aesthetic tastes) is merely horrible project management.

tl;dr Tabata probably did the right thing to leave this dumpster fire, and Square should just hand the Final Fantasy reigns to the one man who could possibly uphold the legacy of the series: Yoko effing Taro.