Is It Me? Or The Game? Brittany's 7 Day Final Fantasy VIII Challenge - Destructoid

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I'm quite the gamer girl. I'm only 17, so the first game I ever played (or watched someone play) was Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast. That was really my introduction to gaming. But my actual taste in games goes way back to the '80s. This is because the first game I REALLY played was Final Fantasy X. I saw my aunt playing it once and I was immediately hooked. But then it occurred to me, "Wait...this is Final Fantasy TEN! There are nine more games just like this one?!?!" So I did my research, and now I own every main Final Fantasy game (besides 11 and 14 because MMO's suck) and a good deal of spinoffs. I guess you could say I'm a JRPG junkie, and one of the last people standing for this dying genre.

BUT, my gaming knowledge does not stop at slinging magic spells and slapping hulking enemies in the face with a fucking blitzball. I've tried my hand at it, but I'm not really a fan of the first person shooter. Third person shooters are where it's at. A personal favorite being the Uncharted series among others. I'm an extreme advocate for the JRPG, but WRPGs intrigue me. I've lost hours of my life to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and the Mass Effect series changed the way I look at video games.

Systems Owned: PS, PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP, DS, and too many gameboys to count.

Favorite Games: Most Final Fantasies (ABSOLUTELY EXCLUDING FINAL FANTASY 8 AND X-2), Uncharted Series, Mass Effect Series, Sonic before he fell off, obviously anything Mario, strangely Star Ocean, Skyrim, and various other titles.

Wishlist: The Last of Us, Far Cry 3, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, Dawnguard?

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*sigh* I've been thinking long and hard about this. Even games that everyone generally assumes to suck has SOME kind of fanbase. Granted, it's the minority. But where does that leave the majority?

Case in point: Final Fantasy VIII (I apologize in advance to anyone who gets offended by this...only not really)

Personally, I. Cannot. Stand. This. Game. BUT, there are some people that swear this game is actually good! Don't believe me? Go to any game site, and I do mean ANY, and you're sure to find that one outcast who has convinced themselves that Final Fantasy VIII is THE best of the ENTIRE series. (What a concept right?) Granted, I've played through the whole thing a grand total of one time, but I've made several attempts to play it once more, only to eventually abandon my playthrough because of lack of......any feeling other than irritation to be quite honest. (Usually revolving around D-District Prison)

Above: This is one floor in the D-District Prison. Which floor? I don't know...because all 12 floors look the exact fucking same!

But all of that changes now dammit. For some reason I can't pinpoint, (call it desperation, possibly for lack of anything better to do) I've decided to put myself through 7 days of hell. I'm going to force myself to play through the entirety of Final Fantasy VIII. Why? To see if I can convince myself to become part of the minority.

Throughout my time with the game, I will be blogging on the initial thoughts I had when I first played the game, and why my opinion has or has not changed after playing certain sections of it.

Call me crazy, but I welcome the challenge. If other people can look past the grating characters, nonscensical love story, contrived villains, absolutely piece of shit card game, and convoluted battle system, why can't I?

Pray for me. If you're into that sort of thing.
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