Gaming's capacity to bring people together can, quite literally, move people to tears.
Final Fantasy XIV’s latest expansion, Shadowbringers, has been on my mind ever since I finished it. Part of that is because underneath its tale of magic and heroes, I can’t help but find reflections of my reality.
During a talk at PAX West in Seattle, those behind Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers' visual, Takeo Suzuki, and narrative direction, Natsuko Ishikawa, spoke about what it took to bring the acclaimed story to life. Once they begun detailing Ishikawa's work writing the series' quests prior to Shadowbringers, the full extent of her contribution was realised.
She admitted to writing most all the main story quests in Shadowbringers as well as the Level 80 Dark Knight quest. So, you know, she's the one to blame for giving it such a rich narrative and making it so emotionally-charged.
Overwhelmed by the audience's support and subsequent standing ovation, Ishikawa was brought to tears in a heartwarming moment.
She humbly reminded the audience Bandri Oda had also helped her out but, for god's sakes, give her a permanent position as head writer all the time already.
Final Fantasy is more than a game, more than a multimedia entertainment monolith. It's also one of the most glamorous and fashion-forward forces on God's green Earth. And that's partly thanks to the work of visionaries like Testsuya Nomura and Yoshitaka Amano, designers who've helped shape Final Fantasy's visual style since the franchise began. But while discussions have long reigned about the best game in the series, the conversation has failed to address the single most important question looming over Final Fantasy. Who is the most stylish character of them all?