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Platform PS, Win, PSN Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment Developer Square Product Development Division 1 Release Date 1997-09-07

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A life spent gaming while black

It’s brought me lots of memories, I remember years of video games without a single character of my skin tone. I remember loving light-skinned and slender bodies. I remember thinking "If only I could wake up one day and be Japanese, or at least white. White would be good enough." I didn't know better, all my favorite heroes were white or Japanese: Ash Ketchum, Hiro, Dexter, Mega Man. All the black people I saw were big-lipped, they died first, they were a part of jokes about rap, or they were the bad guys. I thought that being white meant a calming and peaceful life where I'd eventually get whisked away to adventure, and being black meant I would somehow between now and a couple years from now become a football player with no personal input, effort or say in my own life. I was young and...

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Final Fantasy: Record Keeper mobile game brings back characters from the past

Final Fantasy: Record Keeper, a new title in the long-running fantasy series, will feature protagonists and environments from past releases, Square Enix announced. The company is currently accepting pre-registration for the upcoming release, which will give those pre-registered users five Mythril at the game's launch. Record Keeper tells the story of a boy named Apprentice who is sent into the worlds of memories that have been sealed away within paintings. Apprentice will relive these memories from earlier Final Fantasy games, including Zanarkand, the big bridge and the Northern Cave. The game will also feature protagonists from earlier games including Final Fantasy 3's Luneth, Final Fantasy 7's Cloud Strife and Final Fantasy 9's Zidane Tribal, who can all be added to your party by...

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Square Enix is 'definitely interested' in bringing future Final Fantasy games to PC

Future releases in the Final Fantasy franchise could be coming to Windows PC, according to series producer Yoshinori Kitase who confirmed Square Enix is interested in developing for this platform. While the series has a long history of console releases, Kitase tells Eurogamer this could change in the future. "Let's not forget, when we developed the Final Fantasy 13 series, all three titles, at the early stages of development we were working on PC," Kitase said. "Then we had to port it to the consoles. As far as the technology is concerned, it would have been possible for us to make a PC version, but we decided against it for two reasons: we looked at the market situation and we didn't think it would be a good idea, and also it would have involved lots of complex issues like security....

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Blacksmith Man at Arms tackles Sephiroth's Sword

Tony Swatton, YouTube blacksmither of fantasy arms, has turned his skills to one of the most iconic of video game weapons; Sephiroth's Sword from Final Fantasy 7. In the new episode of Man at Arms, Swatton shows how he created a replica of the unfeasibly long Masamune. Working with an 84 inch blade, he spent an eight hour session at a grinder. "This is a big blade. Takes a lot of time to grind it," he explained. On the upside, he was able to make use of a highly specialized hammer, designed specifically for forging katanas. The sword handle was fashioned from an old chair leg, covered in stingray skin. In the end, the Man at Arms team was able to compare Sephiroth's Sword with earlier Final Fantasy creation, the Buster Blade, and, according to the show's traditions, to chop up some...

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New commercial shows how PS Vita TV can save television

A Japanese television commercial for the PlayStation Vita TV micro-console shows multiple generations of a family interacting through television. The commercial starts in 1964, with the introduction of a black-and-white TV to a Japanese home. It follows one child in particular as he grows up and starts a family, moving through the 80s and 90s and showing said family growing in turn. However, in the 2000s the family becomes increasingly disinterested in television with things like computers taking precedence. That changes when the family gets a PS Vita TV, allowing them to play games like Final Fantasy 7 and watch anime like Puella Magi Madoka Magica right from their respective Vitas. The PS Vita TV launched in Japan on Nov. 14. No Western release date has yet been announced.

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Final Fantasy 7 NES demake overhauled by modders

Modders on Romhacking.net revamped the NES demake of Final Fantasy 7 to create an experience that resembles "the original PS1 version more accurately." The unofficial port was originally released by ShenZhen Nanjing Technology in China. According to modder Lugia2009, the new port is "a complete overhaul" of the original game and improves its graphics, music and more. A complete list of changes is available through Romhacking.net. According to the mod's page, the demake took four years to create. The Final Fantasy 7 NES mod is available to download on Romhacking.net.

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Lightning and Snow showdown in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 cinematic

The opening cinematic for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 not only offers players a brief glimpse at the extravagant city of Yusnaan, it portrays the entire battle between Lightning and her former ally, Snow. In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13, protagonist Lightning must save the souls of humanity's remnants including the soul of her former nemesis, Caius Ballad. Speaking to Polygon, game design director Yuji Abe believes that in the latest installment, Lightning has become more vulnerable because she has lost a lot in her life and is "deeply affected by the great losses plaguing her past." Lightning's wardrobe for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 boasts 80 outfits, including a costume based on Yuna from Final Fantasy 10. Those who pre-order Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy...

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Final Fantasy 7 web series shut down over IP disputes

Final Fantasy 7: The Web Series, a live-action fan film campaigning on Kickstarter, has been taken off the crowdfunding website over "intellectual property disputes," according to its page. A takedown notice sent by Square Enix is available on the site, detailing the request for the removal of the Kickstarter page based on copyright infringement. We've contacted filmmaker Gionata Medeot for comment on the situation and will update with further information.

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Final Fantasy 7 now available on Steam

Final Fantasy 7 has finally launched on Steam after over two years of rumors suggesting it was on its way to the digital distribution platform. While the game was re-released to PC last year by Square Enix, it was only made available through the publisher's online store. The game is now available on Steam for $11.99, featuring partial controller support and 36 Steam achievements, and will require 3GB of hard drive space. Suggestions that the game would make its Steam appearance reared their head two years ago when it appeared on Valve's content description record listing all titles on its servers. In 2012, Final Fantasy 7 appeared in a Steam product description page.

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Master swordsmith creates Cloud's Buster sword from Final Fantasy 7

Man at Arms' Master swordsmith, Tony Swatton, recreated Cloud's Buster sword from Final Final Fantasy 7. The video above demonstrates Swatton in action as he discusses the hefty blade's creation process. According to the video's description, he uses high-speed belt grinders, scorching furnaces and pounding power hammers. At the end of the video, the weapon is used to obliterate full soda bottles, pinatas, watermelons and vases. The Swordsmith recently conducted a Reddit AMA where he talked about his favorite weapon to reproduce (Gimli's Axe and Raphael's Sais), how he got into his line of work and how he cut off his nose while polishing a piece of gothic armor. Swatton has created Finn's Golden Sword from Adventure Time, Sora's Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts, a Klingon Bat'leth, Plasma...

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North America
  • PlayStation
    • Released 09/07/1997
    • Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
    • Developer Square Product Development Division 1
  • Windows
    • Released 06/24/1998
    • Publisher Eidos Interactive
    • Developer Square Product Development Division 1
  • PlayStation Network
    • Released 06/02/2009
    • Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
    • Developer Square Product Development Division 1
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