Wow, Final Fantasy's Combat Really Is Based On Football

I've written before about how RPGs parallel football in many ways, and how the ebb and flow of an NFL game mirrors traditional turn-based combat.

So it was vindicating to see this great 1UP interview with Hiroyuki Ito, a veteran game designer and one of the engineers behind many of Square's Final Fantasy games, all the way back through the original. Speaking with Jeremy Parish, Ito said his designs for Final Fantasy's battle system were inspired by — believe it or not — NFL football.

1UP: You say you're a jack-of-all-trades, but what trade did you practice with Final Fantasy?

HI: I dealt mostly with the battle system.

1UP: So did you create the battle system, or work on balancing it...?

HI: I actually created the battle system, yes.

1UP: What was your inspiration for that?

HI: Basically, there's no one inspiration that I got that battle system from. It was just a logical process, where I thought, "How can I create an efficient battle system for a role-playing game?" That's the answer that I came to. At the root of it all, though, there's a basic kind of system that comes from professional sports...

1UP: Any particular sport that you had in mind?

HI: Yeah, the NFL. Football is probably the closest thing.

1UP: I guess I can see that, with the parties lining up on either side and taking turns...

HI: Yeah. A lot of it has to do with how in the NFL, the plays are pre-planned. Each side has a strategy. That's kind of the idea.

Go read the whole thing: it's a great interview! And Ito seems like a really interesting guy — I'd love to hear his thoughts on Tim Tebow.


    That's why I like NFL is that it requires stragety and skill to play.

      That too is why I've watched almost every game that's aired on on One HD this season.

        All 7 minutes of it lol

    I don't want to hear anyone's thoughts on Tim Tebow.

      Well tough shit.

      Timothy Richard Tebow (play /ˈtiːboʊ/; born August 14, 1987) is an American football quarterback for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Florida, winning the Heisman Trophy in 2007 and appearing on BCS National Championship-winning teams in the 2006 and 2008 seasons. After graduating, he was drafted by the Denver Broncos as the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. He is a dual threat quarterback, adept at both rushing and passing. With his unorthodox NFL quarterback skills and frequent demonstrations of religious devotion, many football players and observers have said that they "have never seen anything like it."[1][2][3][4]

      Tebow played quarterback for Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and was ranked among the top quarterback prospects in the nation as a high school senior.[5] He chose to attend the University of Florida, where he played for the Florida Gators football team. As a backup and situational quarterback,[6] Tebow helped the Gators win the national championship during the 2006 college football season. Tebow was the Gators' starting quarterback during the 2007 season when he became the first college sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy.[7]

      In 2008, Tebow led Florida to a 13–1 record and its second national championship in three years, and was named the offensive MVP of the national championship game. The Gators again went 13–1 in 2009, his senior year. At the conclusion of his college career, he held the Southeastern Conference's all-time records in both career passing efficiency and total rushing touchdowns, appearing second and tenth (respectively) in the NCAA record book in these categories.[8] He was selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos. He started the last three games of his rookie season and became the Broncos' full-time starting quarterback beginning in the 6th game of 2011. The team was 1–4 before he became the starter but began winning with him on the field, often coming from behind late in the 4th quarter until they won their first AFC West title and first playoff game since 2005.

      Tebow is known for sharing his Christian faith with fans and in clinics, hospitals, market places, schools, and orphanages.

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