Okay nerds strap in this is stupid.
One of the things I have been keeping myself busy with this winter (in addition to my writing, which is still going alright) has been working on an old project--one started somewhere in the 2012-2014 timeframe but never worked on seriously. And there are reasons why I never worked on it--the game engine I'm working with (BYOND) is good for demonstrations but not for end products, and I honestly do wish I could make this a real game.
Okay, look, if you didn't come to this site specifically to read this blog article, you probably won't understand it or care. In the fiction I'm currently posting on RoyalRoad.com, I had to make a few specific retcons due to a couple specific changes to magical canon that are quite frankly so absurdly minor that if I didn't go into such stupid depth in the first place nobody would ever notice.
Okay so... if you're a reader of my site you probably know by now that I am a writer and would-be game designer who has issues with changes that Overwatch has made. Now, I pay too much attention to my site statistics (read that as "effectively zero readership") to even joke about the people wanting to hear my opinions. On the flip side, I hope that anyone who does read this understands that it is an honest reaction, not one predicated on getting money or even attention for what I say.
Basically, my reaction is "No."
So far all of my comments on the remake have been downers. Congratulations: this one isn't. Mostly, I think, because the concerns I raised in the last couple blog posts have been laid to rest by more recent trailers. To me, the tone of the game really is a make or break issue; it would be very easy, if Square wasn't taking it fully seriously, for the game to end up a celebration of their abilities as a game studio, a story about a game they once made... and not its own story.
Many years ago I started writing a story set in a theoretical neural-interface MMO. Since I'm trying to do more writing, I am getting back into it, and I wanted to write a blog post that contains a summary of the exposition about that game.
I have wanted for a long time to write again. Unfortunately, I always stumble and fall, as happened last year with the National Novel Writing Month goal. I binge write and lose interest, and have never been able to set a good pace and keep to it. Hopefully that will change!
I think if I had to change just one thing about the remake, I've settled on what it would be. Certainly, some people object to it not being a turn-based role playing game in the classic style, but I could live with that. What I can't live with is the mischaracterization of all the characters I love into people they most definitely are not. Now granted, the game is not released yet, even the trailer says it's subject to change. It might be... unfair to judge the game based on how they choose, right now, to be seen. In official trailers. Maybe.
I have had nothing but bad things to say about the Final Fantasy VII remake since it was announced. There is a simple reason for that: the project is being treated as though the new game will be better than the old, when it takes many of the things that were good about the old game and scraps them. For contrast, I offer this suggestion, which I will codename "Nexus".
There is a thing you see a lot in anime where the protagonist is looking down and a woman pushes her face into his field of vision. This is aggressively theatrical; a physical representation of a metaphor where a woman being able and willing to save someone from depression, despair, isolation, and/or loneliness, who won't save themselves. As an introvert, I understand the appeal of this idea... in theory. In practice, it's stupid.