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“The Legend of Final Fantasy VII” book giveaway By Wazi the pa on March 29, 2018 at 9:09 PM

Thanks to the fine folks at Third Editions, we’re giving away TWO hardcover copies of “The Legend of Final Fantasy VII“, which explores the genesis of the beloved title including its early stages of development, through to the creation itself.

Currently up on Kickstarter, Third Editions’ efforts extends throughout Final Fantasy VII‘s mythology (such as the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII) and looks at that content with a fine lens of original analysis.

Their signature work also covers other notable fan-favorite titles, and if they hit their €100,000 stretch goal, Third Editions will be able to start developing on a new book covering Yoko Taro’s work on the NieR and Drakengard series.

Head here to see Third Editions’ latest Kickstarter.

Sweepstakes Details:

How to Enter:

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  • Post what Final Fantasy VII means to you in the comments section below this article.

Prize:

Two (2) copies of The Legend of Final Fantasy VII provided by Third Editions.

Eligibility:

Any fan worldwide can enter the sweepstakes.

Giveaway Deadline:

Friday, April 6 2018 6:00 AM PST

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  • Calley

    Final Fantasy VII has been an important part of my life, it got me through some tough times in my teenage years. I used it to escape the depression of horrendous bullying, and it gave me an answer other than ending my life. Years later, my daughter was hugely into VII as a small girl so it became a mother/daughter shared love! She still can’t decide who’s cuter, Cloud, Rufus or Reno XD

  • Andy Bouchot

    Final Fantasy VII means the world to me, not only is it my favorite game, but it helped me through some difficult times. Thanks to this beautiful game, I learned English, and Tifa became a role model for me. I know, crazy, but she was so strong and honest, I couldn’t help myself to wish to be somewhat like her. The life stream is also a concept I hold dear to my heart, specially since I’ve lost dear people close to me. I love this game it’s given me so much and I hope more people play it and understand what it really means 🙂

  • Kirsty Dalzell

    Final Fantasy VII means a ton to me! I played it during some tough times in my life and it really helped me get through each moment with a smile on my face. I can replay it over and over without getting tired of it and I love each character as much as the other. It brings a lot of joy and light to my life and I am eternally grateful for everything it has given me. It will always be in my heart. <3

  • Cody Gravelle

    Final Fantasy VII is the game I constantly go back to every summer, without fail, because it is like a crystallized version of one of the best friendships I’ve ever had to this day. We ended up growing apart, but every time I boot it up I feel like I’m back in my friend’s closet of a room (youngest child), no AC, desperately trying to figure out how to beat Emerald Weapon. Good times.

  • FFVII has, and always will be, been a huge part of my life. It came out the same year my dad passed away. I was only 7 (what luck, right???), so I didn’t really understand what that meant. We’d play a lot of games together. He’s the one that started me on RPGs in the first place! Eventually my brother brought FFVII home one day and we would always play it together. I was immediately attached to Aerith since she was so kind and gentle; that was something I really needed at the time. Cloud was so cool. Cid and Barret would cuss and I thought it was funny.
    When the dreaded End Of Disc 1 happened, I felt loss again. It was so heartbreaking that I quit playing the game for a very long time. My brother and I tried everything we could to bring her back. I don’t even remember how we got the idea, but we stood in front of a clock in Kalm for hours expecting an item to drop to save the day. There were so many rumors back then… hard to keep track of them all. From then on, it wasn’t just a game. Cloud and I shared the same pain. The characters became people I called friends and would play the game any time I needed to be around them to enjoy their company. I would dream of being there with everyone, trying to find ways to fix it all and make everyone happy again.
    As I grew older, FFVII would become my crutch. Playing as Cloud and navigating such a horrible loss helped me make sense of my own. I thought that if he could do it, so could I. I pushed and pushed until I beat the game when I was 13 because I knew I needed to see things through. I needed Cloud to find closure as much as I needed to come to terms with my own. They weren’t separate goals in any way. I cried so much at the end. I realized that while someone is gone, they’ve never really left you. I can see my dad everywhere and feel like I haven’t lost him entirely. I didn’t feel so alone anymore.
    Now that I’m an adult, I play the game once a year. I don’t know how this tradition started, but I’ve kept it going for many years. I still get sucked in to the story and care for the characters so much. That journey is such an important part of who I am and I’m thankful it was made. I never expected to learn so much from a video game. I couldn’t picture myself without it! Everyone I know thinks of me when they see anything related to FFVII now. 🙂

  • (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡 ƃuɐoH

    Final Fantasy 7 was the game that got me into the final fantasy series. It was also the first game I ever beaten twice. It wasn’t my favorite Final Fantasy game (the title goes to FF8), but I had a lot of good memories with it, playing it with my brother, and talking about it with friends at school 🙂

  • Llamapunk

    My brother and I don’t talk much anymore, but back in the day, “renting Final Fantasy VII” was the one thing we could agree on. Maybe someday we will talk again? Maybe not. But we’ll always have that shared memory and experience, and for that I will be forever thankful.

  • Jesse Smith

    FFVII means so much to me. I grew up watching my dad play it when it first came out and I always thought it was the coolest thing. I was so stoked to play it when I had finally gotten my hands on a copy and loved every minute of it. I had played other FF games, but this one blew me away with its complex plot, gameplay with a lot of depth, and how relevant most of the characters felt with their backstories and goals. The badass music and tone compliment all of that greatly. Even with the branching compilation, I’m still wanting more and can’t wait to see if the remake satisfies my starving expectations!

  • Lee Young

    1997 was the year I turned 15. Radiohead’s Ok Computer was out. The Harry Potter series began (UK) and Final Fantasy VII was previewed in the official UK playstation magazine. It reminded me instantly of Mystic Quest, a game I had loved on the gameboy. I soon learned about the connection and so began a lifelong passion for RPG’s and Squaresoft games.
    I actually didn’t get to play it until almost 2 years later when I started 6th form college. I would ride home on my bike after my morning classes and grind out two and a half hours before riding the five mile return journey for my afternoon class.
    I fell in love with the story, the gameplay, the characters, and mostly the music.
    I was a grown man when I saw the remake announcement at E3 three years ago, and I wept like a child when I heard those opening chiming notes as Cloud’s big ole’ spikey ass head walked down that rainy midgar lane.
    This game has, at times, been everything to me. I am so excited to play the remake, and I do hope it is released during my lifetime. I would love to read a book like this as it looks like a true labor of love

  • Jack from Texas

    I discovered the game in 2011. I was a senior in high school and working to support me, my brother and my mom. Didn’t have money and had very little time to relax but when I did I would spend it saving midgar.

  • stevenm281

    To me, Final Fantasy VII is not only my favorite game, or my favorite Final Fantasy title, its the game that made me a gamer back when I was 10 years old, it is the game that made me fall in love with JRPGs, it’s a game I played over and over again with my best friend since childhood, we definitely could see ourselves through Cloud and Barret respectively, the characters of this universe are like family members now, and I cant wait to see them once again with the remake.

  • Vertyces

    I was first introduced to FFVII in 1998 when I was around 11. Me and my younger brother went over to our cousin’s house and he was playing it on his computer, I believe he was at the train graveyard after escaping from Don Corneo, and the first thing that hit us was the graphics and the track “Those Who Fight” from the random encounters in that area, and since it was the first time that 3D graphics has hit the PC, he didn’t have a 3D card installed, and at that time you needed something known as the 3dfx Voodoo graphics card, so he was running on software renderer and there were some slowdowns when the famous battle twill loaded in, but it still looked and ran great, and even though the music was in MIDI format, that was the first time I’ve ever fallen in love with music from a game just from the regular battle track.

    After that first encounter, we ran to the nearest game store as soon as we can and bought a copy, then when we first ran the installer, the music track “Prelude” played out in the background and that was our first introduction to Nobuo Uematsu’s great and epic music. We also requested our father to help us upgrade to a 3D card in order to get the best experience out of the game, we were sharing a computer at the time that our father had put together for us and we took turns to play the game while the other watched, eagerly waiting for our turn to play more. Then when we first ran the game and the Aerith scene played with “Bombing Mission” playing in the background, and then the famous pan out to show the mega steampunk-inspired city Midgar, and when the logo finally came on, we knew right there and then that we were about to embark on an adventure that we’ve never seen before.

    FFVII was my first ever JRPG, I love the story, music, environments and the characters. Yes, especially the characters! Their silhouettes were amazing, one look and you can instantly recognize who they are – Cloud’s small frame with that gigantic Buster Sword, big guy Barret with his mechanic gun arm, the vampire-esque Vincent with big, sharp claws and a gun, and the stuff toy Cait Sith.. Cloud in particular was my most favourite character even till now.. He’s “don’t care, don’t bother” attitude, and again that Buster Sword, swinging it around as if it was nothing and slicing enemies up with ease as well as that iconic Cross Slash limit break! I would draw fanart of him all the time in school and at home in my free time for years and years just because of how awesome he looks and behaves.

    I would say that FFVII means a lot to me as it gave me a lot of firsts, as I’ve demonstrated in my long paragraphs above, and it got me into the 3D art industry as the franchise progresses because of just how great the games look in hyper-realistic 3D. I was seriously impressed at how FFVII looked with the PS3 tech demo as well as with Advent Children, and have been patiently but excitedly waiting for a remake (which is happening! YES!!).

    I am currently a 3D artist focusing on realistic character and vehicle modeling (that Hardy Daytona man.. Just.. Wow..) who is also still trying to get into the games industry because that has always been my dream all along, to create game assets and to work at a games company in order to contribute to the creation of great games and I wouldn’t have been where I am now if it wasn’t for Final Fantasy VII..

  • Ray Cisneros

    My first JRPG game, I remember when i was 12 years old i was staying with my cousins and all my ps one games had scratches and there was this game that i refused to play because i prefered other type of games and it was FFVII, i played it for like 4 hours straight and when i returned to my house i played all night long, this game was fantastic for me at that age, the story, the characters, the music, the gameplay, the summons i mean everything was perfect, Cloud is my favorite protagonist of all time and i support Clerith btw, Aertih was my waifu in those early years. I remember going to my friend’s house to try to beat Emerald weapon that fight was for like an hour and a half and when we finally beat it we were so happy screaming all over the living room. FVII will alwasy have a special place in my life and i love the fact that my son likes it too.

  • mangusbrother

    Ff7 isn’t my favourite game or anything. If anything its one of my least liked but not cause of the game itself, rather cause of all the fanboys that are just obsessed with it and won’t hear anything negative about it.
    I recognise it was an important cornerstone for the ff series however, and even though some may say they milked it, I believe dirge of Cerberus, crisis core, advent children complete were so radically different and frankly amazing .

  • Kelvin Choo Kai Liang

    I wouldn’t say Final Fantasy VII is my favorite, but it’s definitely my first actual video game that I am obsessed. Greatest impact in my life. When I was 8 years old, I would kept watching my older cousin play it every time I visit him. I never get to play his game. All I could do is just watch and the only chance I get to touch his game was by helping my cousin grind levels. Later on, my cousin got fed up with Emerald and Ruby Weapons. So he just let me play and lose over and over again. But all that was good enough for me to daydream that I am Cloud carrying a Buster Sword (silly tiny small me). My childhood is shaped by FFVII into who I am today. Because of FFVII, I am into orchestra/instrumental music. Because of FFVII, my heart is opened up to the other worlds of Final Fantasy. Because of FFVII, my unrealistic dream is to work for Square Enix.

  • YaCoVv

    It was my first RPG!

  • Nick Kouskoulas

    It was my first Final Fantasy….my first love!!!!!
    The depth of the characters,the story,everything is unique in this title!!!!
    I just love it!!!!!

  • Nick Limon

    It’s the game that dared me to imagine a world greater than my own. A world that came with life with it’s own stories to tell, cultures to learn about, and history to uncover. The first game for me that truly felt lived in. Music was also moving. It’s a good game, y’all.

  • Six Matrix

    Once upon a time…I bought FFVII on release day. Keep in mind, I’ve never played a Final Fantasy game before nor did I have any idea about the game, let alone the series. It was my deep dive into a world of fantasy! It was also the main reason I purchased a PlayStation console. And after a grueling 90 hours of gaming and grinding over the course of a year, I gave up… Fast forward around 10 years later, I finally continued and finished the story…on my PSP (Crisis Core: FFVII version). I’ve always held my fondness for the game, I may not have been the biggest fan of the franchise, but I’ve kept my longest promise and finished what I started. It must also be an addiction when I bought all the main entries, thought haven’t played most of them. And to this day, the Final Fantasy series remains as one of my top favorite franchises. The End…actually, Never End.

  • Galen Lee Daughdrill

    Final Fantasy VII has always been a hard subject to put into words for me because to simply credit it as the best RPG or Final Fantasy of all time doesn’t come close to truly emphasizing how huge this game was in my life. It was THE game that made me decide that I would forever be a gamer and it blew me away at the sheer size of the huge open world, bursting with awesome discoveries just waiting to be made. I remember the intriguing main villain Sephiroth, and the mystery him and Jenova bestowed upon me, as well as the evil, yet (fun) Shinra Corporation, who seemed to always be one step ahead of me in my pursuits. The characters were all so appealing, even those in your main party who battle with you, from Red XIII to the angelic Aeris, this game seemed to have it all. And at that time the world had not seen a game that looked this good, sounded this good (stellar soundtrack by Squaresoft,) and still manage to last as long. It took most people over 100 hours to beat and do all the quests, and for me, I became immersed and obsessed in the world of Midgar & Junon & Gold Saucer. Everything about this game hit the perfect chords for me and I still regard it as my favorite and most inspiring videogame experience of all time. Thank you Square Enix (Squaresoft)!!

  • Marshall Cross

    To me, FFVII set the bar high for all upcoming FF titles (or games in general). It was an extraordinary game at the time of its release and still is one of the critically most acclaimed games of all time. The story, so deep and unique, the characters, so memorable and cool, and the game itself, with mini games and the graphics – everything was so dramatic and epic.

    I especially adore the FF7 Advent Children movie as well! I always recommend it to every friend, doesn’t matter if they like games or not. It’s just so good!! It’s my favourite movie and I still watch it very often! I just love it 🙂

    Edit: FF7 is also the reason why I started collecting Play Arts Kai figures!

  • brains

    final fantasy 7 means to me, my childhood, waking up early even on school days just to get a few minutes in, my friend when i was lonely, what introduced me to the wonderful world of role playing games and their powerful and silly and beautiful stories. it kind of gave me acceptance when i felt like i had none, support when i felt abandoned. for a while, the only reason i didn’t quit life was because i wanted to stick around and see vii’s story through! i’d felt like i had worked so hard on my saved file – i couldn’t just leave it like this. summers when i was a teenager were rough, but i remember playing crisis core, starting out not liking zack but then having him grow on me bc damn this guy is put through HELL and he’s still so full of love and light and this strange, contagious optimism (he meets a sad end, but i still love that his life was one worth living). years later, i’m older, some things are easier, most aren’t. i’m thinking about whether life is worth sticking around for when i hear. 7’s getting a remake?! i get so excited i run out of my house. i feel like, i need to be around for this (i actually sat and prayed like @ god my dude keep me going at least long enough to play the remake and see that through lmao). it’s so funny and weird and wonderful how this game manages to find its way back to me whenever i need it the most. i think it’s been exactly that for so many others as well. i am so grateful for it

    (soz this got so long)

  • Saadia K

    When I was alone, the final fantasy characters became the only friends I knew. I went along on their journey in FF8. Later on I played 7 and was once again swept up into their story. I learned a lot from the characters and the stories. I laughed, I cried, I was fearful for them when they were in peril. Nobuo’s music was the best soundtrack to these games I started playing ff with. I have just finished first play through of ff15 and was crying till the end for what happened to each of the characters, even Ardyn. The final fantasy story writers are the best and they draw us into the lives of the characters who although are not real but stay on in people’s hearts forever. My life has been infinitely richer for having the final fantasy family in it and long may this continue. Oh and the advent children movie and other ‘extra’s’ are much welcome and along with the games, we have things like the Kings glaive movie that adds so much depth to the original stories, Final Fantasy forever!

  • Saadia K

    love it 🙂 kinda similar to my story

  • Robert Gomez

    In a nutshell, Final Fantasy VII mean redemption. Regardless of what the past might have held, your future is what you choose it to be. You can safely lower those emotional barriers and meet new friends, live your life and even fall in love. Hell you might even save the world. That’s what Final Fantasy VII means to me.

  • Stonespear

    Well it was the first game I’d ever bought a guide of before release. I was only 12 at the time, the magazine the guide it was in was bent, crumpled and broken well before the game finally made it here. That same summer my gran passed away just before my birthday, so it really helped to distract me and I imagine it also helped my parents to not have a miserable kid asking questions when they had a lot on their minds at that time.

  • tne1990

    How do I feel about FFVII well, to be
    honest its hard to put into words. And it seems like so many other
    people have already written experiences and feelings much like my own
    only far better worded than I can likely do. My story is far less
    interesting or touching. Still, it isn’t enough to say I love the game but it
    became so much to me. A middle child (someone out there knows what that means) living out in the middle of
    the country homeschooled and no friends. The quiet shy type, the
    nerdy type, sort of still am the black sheep of the family to be
    honest. This was my first FF (I realize I was late to the party.) And it wasn’t something dad approved of because of the
    ‘violence and cussing’ even though any other time it as invisible to
    him. Mom was always the one who helped me get and play games or
    animes while sort of leaving them in the dark to dad. (Thank you
    mom).

    VII simply means a lot to me it sparked
    a love for something I had never really felt before and an interest
    in not only the Final Fantasy world but fantasy in general. I know my
    love for other FFs and JRPGs comes from the love of VII. Though in a
    way you could say it also led to me being reclusive in a way because
    of the fan art, fiction, Rps, cosplay, and other shenanigans but I
    was happy. Distracted from the ugliness of the real world. I spent
    way too much time on obsessing over even the simplest NPCs in the
    game. Today even as an adult I use that distraction, I use Final
    Fantasy as a sort of weird anti-drug I need to keep going when its hard.
    The stories are uplifting, tear-worthy, each one special with its own
    unique personal touches. Even if you don’t favor one over the other
    you find that the older you get and the more your mind expands the
    more you appreciate the others in the series. For a long time I
    couldn’t stop comparing other games to VII and oh what a silly childish mistake
    that was!

    In a way I’ve spent far too many hours
    laughing and crying with fictional characters. And while I have a
    fondness for all games and am unsure which is my ‘favorite’ VII
    surely stands out the most. Like a lot of people here it saved me
    from depression by helping me cast myself into another world. It
    still does. And its a bit ironic because since Dissidia NT (which I
    could screech about for hours based simply on nostalgia) came out
    I’ve been grinding through all of the FFs to refresh my mind and only
    adding to the love of them. VII isn’t perfect. I’m a critic and
    could talk all day about imperfections in any of my favorite series,
    but I find them all the more charming or laughable.

    Anyhow, I apologize this is so long and
    its honestly a jumbled mess of rambling at this point. Its honestly a
    repeat of what most people have said. And if i want anyone to actually read this I probably shouldn’t make it much longer! Or spend more time re-wording it for the 5th time. haha.

    So, I think what I love most about
    it is reading some of these comments and seeing how much
    love people have for the game and how its helped them, its more than I
    could put into words, so honestly thats what I think i love most about it.

    (edit; wow so sorry my formatting of this post went wonky, my pc is being a real piece of work lately…aaa)

  • Blake GeFellers

    Final Fantasy as a whole has been my favorite franchise for as long as I can remember.

    The series has always explored senstive subjects and allowed me to start thinking about things on a broader scale, and that is why I love it.

    From the first time playing VII, to the most recent – every time is like the first, and there’s a lot to be said about that. And then with Advent Children, my love of the VII franchise only grows. That movie fills me with so many emotions every single time I watch it, it’s almost embarrassing.

    Also, shout out to to the main theme. While VII isn’t my favorite, this theme is one of my all time favorite pieces of music ever assembled. I love it.

  • Paulo Sousa

    It was a compelling game for me, i first got into it, in a friends house, so we spend a couple afternoons, playing together, we are still friends today and that afternoons, are a beautifull reminder of our friendship, it became my main reason for liking rpgs, and games in general!!

  • Daniel Crouse

    What Final Fantasy VII means to me is my first exposure to video games as a form of art rather than just a way to pass time. It was my first JRPG, and the first time I had experienced a game with a compelling narrative that I cared about what happened next, rather than just how I was going to conquer the next level. To this day I still remember the first time I experienced a particular scene just after midnight on January 1st, 2000. I had to turn it off, I knew it was coming, but my friends told me it would be later in the game. I was actually depressed that day, and had to force myself to turn the game back on and power through the surreal feeling moment to continue the game.

  • Kim Valenzuela

    Final Fantasy VII was such a huge part of my childhood and even my growing up. I was 5 when we first got a PlayStation in the house. This was the game I watched my cousins play. After school I’d sit and watch them in living room, following the story as mush as I can (and as much as I can understand lol).

    It wasn’t for another few years before I actually got to play it myself. It had such a unique way of story-telling and it was probably what lead me to explore more RPGs. The FFVII characters are the first ones I felt attached to, to such a strong extent, and I always felt excited to learn more about them and more lore about the game. With each and every release of related content, I only grew fonder of it. I consumed the art, music, fan content and related games/content during my pre-teen to teenaged years. I’m in my 20s now and it’s still so exciting to meet new people who still love and miss it as much as I do. I’ve made so many lasting friendships because of a mutual love for this game and franchise.

  • pilien P

    I don’t speak english very well but i have to say few things.
    FFVII on PS1 was the only game i wasn’t allowed to play when i was a kid, and yet that didn’t stop me i moved have and earth to play the game. Everyone thought I’m crazy when i said i think Sephiroth isn’t the villain and there is more to the story. I couldn’t believe when Crisis Core came out, uhh i had to buy i PSP to play it no matter what. I was so glad to prove i was right and he is not pure evil.

    its been 10 years or more since i played Crisis core, and i can’t wait to see the game again. I’m waiting like i did for FFXV.

  • Greg Sanders

    Final Fantasy VII was really the definitive RPG of my childhood. It was the first Final Fantasy game that I purchased new, I was seven years old when the game released. While I had grown up with the SNES, I myself had never waited in line for a game before; Final Fantasy VII was the first game I was a part of the midnight launch for.

    It was the first gaming experience I shared with my dad. I still vividly remember waiting in line for its release, and being a part of that excitement was exhilarating and memorable. My father died shortly after the Final Fantasy VII Remake was announced, and I’ve not been able to even bring myself to pick up my playstation.

    Final Fantasy VII, to me, means those late night moments as I grew up, gaming with my dad and my family. Final Fantasy VII was my first steps into a hobby that I’m still passionate about, and excitedly share with my own daughter today.

  • Pablo Sanchez

    What I can say, to me FFVll is the more important IP in my life.

    For FFVll and Drakengard I keep writing stories myself.

    Is not exaggeration FFVll change my ly life.

  • Klauss Nightbringer

    FFVII was the second main-line FF title I was able to play. It was very different from the original FF on NES, but I remember spending hours playing it, enjoying the FMV cutscenes, engrossing story, and epic battle system. It is the game that RPGs are compared against even now.

  • MajoraMan28

    The golden age of my life, both as a person and as a gamer, was at the end of the 1990s.
    I think I speak for a lot of people who lived that era, when I say Final Fantasy VII was a revolutionary and timeless experience. And it was one of three masterpieces that marked that time period for me (alongside Super Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time). It was this very game that kept me not 100% with my Nintendo 64, and it was the RPG that impacted me the most.

    This game symbolizes, to me, the time I spent with stories I loved, with the people that were part of my family together. It is a symbol of a very happy time of my life, one that I miss so dearly today.
    And, with its story that focuses on the value of life and the meaning of death, this game resonated with me from a narrative standpoint, eventually becoming one of the reference points to judge any game that came after it. Needless to say, it is one of my all-time favorite games, certainly the best Final Fantasy game in my eyes.
    And as such, it’s obvious how this book is of interest to me. Analysis of the development history, as well as analysis of the lore of the original game, is a must me.

    On a side note, I’m not sure how you can keep up with the Facebook likes and relating them to the Disqus accounts, so I’ll let you know my FB is Alan Favoretto.

  • Redfrank1879

    Final Fantasy is my childhood.
    Spent hours playing and watching my older sister play it for hours.

    I’d love to gift this to her!

  • Vertyces

    I was first introduced to FFVII in 1998 when I was around 11. Me and my younger brother went over to our cousin’s house and he was playing it on his computer, I believe he was at the train graveyard after escaping from Don Corneo, and the first thing that hit me was the graphics and
    the track “Those Who Fight” from the random encounters in that area, and since it was the first time that 3D graphics has hit the PC, he didn’t have a 3D card installed, and at that time you needed something known as the 3dfx Voodoo graphics card, so he was running on software renderer and there were some slowdowns when the famous battle twill loaded in, but it still looked and ran great, and even though the music was in MIDI format, that was the first time I’ve ever fallen in love with music from a game just from the regular battle track.

    After that first encounter, we ran to the nearest game store as soon as we can and bought
    a copy, then when we first ran the installer, the music track “Prelude” played out in the background and that was my first introduction to Nobuo Uematsu’s great and epic music. We also requested our father to help us upgrade to a 3D card in order to get the best experience out of the game, we were sharing a computer at the time that our father had put together for us and we took turns to play the game while the other watched, eagerly waiting for our turn to play more. Then when we first ran the game and the Aerith scene played with “Bombing Mission” playing in the background, and then the famous pan out to show the mega steampunk-inspired city Midgar, and when the logo finally came on, we knew right there and then that we were about to embark on an adventure that we’ve never seen before.

    FFVII was my first ever JRPG, I love the story, music, environments and the characters. Yes, especially the characters! Their silhouettes were amazing, one look and you can instantly recognize who they are – Cloud’s small frame with that gigantic Buster Sword, big guy Barret with his mechanic gun arm, the vampire-esque Vincent with big, sharp claws and a gun, and the stuff toy Cait Sith.. Cloud in particular was my most favourite character even till now.. He’s “don’t care, don’t bother” attitude, and again that Buster Sword, swinging it around as if it was nothing and slicing enemies up with ease as well as that iconic Cross Slash limit break! I would draw fanart of him all the time in school and at home in my free time for years and years just because of how awesome he looks and behaves.

    I would say that FFVII means a lot to me as it gave me a lot of firsts, as I’ve demonstrated in my long paragraphs above, and it got me into the 3D art industry as the franchise progresses because of just how great the games look in hyper-realistic 3D. I was seriously impressed at how FFVII looked with the PS3 tech demo as well as with Advent Children, and have been patiently but excitedly waiting for a remake (which is happening! YES!!).

    I am currently a 3D artist focusing on realistic character and vehicle modeling (that Hardy Daytona
    man.. Just.. Wow..) who is also still trying to get into the games industry because that has always been my dream all along, to create game assets and to work at a games company in order to contribute to the creation of great games and I wouldn’t have been where I am now if it wasn’t for Final Fantasy VII.

  • Haidø |KH3

    The first time I knew about FFVII was after experiencing FFX on PS2. I became more interested in Final Fantasy series because of it. Whenever I see another FF I get excited to look into it. One day my big brother back in 2006 played a movie called FFVII Advent Children. It was the main reason I loved FFVII. I never knew about FFVII on PS1, but after watching the movie. Characters got me hooked, and music, too! Cloud represents my personality in many ways, he is my favorite of all time. As I experienced FFVII and Crisis Core, I loved the story even more. To express how I feel in words, it’s hard for me, but that unique feeling is there. Truly wonderful masterpiece, can’t wait for the Remake!

  • tangentsam

    Final Fantasy means everything to me as it massively symbolises the the relationship with me and my sister which started when I was probably about 8 years old, my friend had bought Final Fantasy 7 on Playstation, and neither of us had any idea how to play this game, until my sister got her hands on it. She began to progress the story and it proceeded to blow both me and my friends minds watching her play this game, right up until *that *fateful moment, which reduced us to tears. I still remind her today of what it means to me, although she’s not quite the gamer she was back then, I hold this moment dear to my heart, as she set me on my gaming journey.

  • I’m not entirely sure it is possible to sum up what it means to me. FFVII was the first game I ordered with the Prima guide; even got a free shirt! I distinctly remember going to the local store and picking it up with my mom. I read instruction booklet on the twenty minute drive home and when we arrived I was immediately thrown into a world of wonder, love, loss, and redemption. It was a warm day and without air conditioning it was normally dreadfully hot and humid. I didn’t care as I was lost to a world of materia, Weapons, and chocobos. In the twenty years since, I have played and replayed the game on every device it’s been released on. Like a warm comforting blanket on a frozen winter day or a cool glass of refreshing iced tea on a midsummer evening, Final Fantast VII has been more than a game; it’s been a companion and friend through maybe own life of love, loss, and redemption. Hearing the first chimes as the title screen appears is like greeting an old friend. To me, Final Fantasy VII isn’t a game… it’s my story.

  • mya faith

    I started playing Final Fantasy games 10 years ago, I don’t know what it was, but I guess stories of gods, war, monsters, and magic, is all is so fascinating to me. It’s like a temporary escape from reality. My first game was FFVII, and then I moved onto 12, and 10, and eventually played them all. It was probably the best decision I ever made. I care so much about lore and characters, it’s always been apart of me. The music inspired me to become a pianist/composer, and such amazing storytelling has lead me to write my own as well! So if I had to narrow it down, I think FFVII to me is the beginning to an era in my life where I could learn to fully appreciate not only the mechanics of a game, but what an in depth and unique story can do in bringing millions of people together. And that makes me feel incredibly happy.

  • Carson Hazlett

    Final Fantasy VII is what introduced me into Final Fantasy and the JRPG genre but it did so much more than that. I didn’t really have any friends when I was young except for two and both of my parents were quite distant. During grade 6 I thought I finally had 2 good friends but they ended up never speaking to me again. My parents got a divorce that same year and my grandfather had passed away. It was the absolutle worst part of my life. But one day my dad brought me to his friends house and I was told to play with his son. The sons name was Ford and the first thing he did when I got there was pull out his original PlayStation and put in Final Fantasy VII. Playing through the game had a huge impact on myself and my life and that’s all thanks to Cloud. His story and struggles made me feel connected to him and he pulled me out of that terrible part of my life. All because of that I plan to name my first born son Cloud and I want to play through Final Fantasy VII with him. I’m extremely grateful to Final Fantasy VII for pulling me out of the worst part of my life. Thank you for taking the time to read this

  • Athena

    FFVII is my first love. Before FFVII I had no idea what video game is, my concept of game was still Super Mario that my dad played with me when I was very little. My friend introduced me FFVII and showed me the cutscene of Aerith killed by Sephiroth, my mind simply blown away (sorry Aerith I didn’t know you too much to feel sad…I was just stared in awe how cool Sephiroth looked-_-…).

    Anyway, FFVII rocked my idea of what video game is. I fall in love with games completely and now working as a game artist. FFVII was the beginning of everything what I am now and Sephiroth is still my “husbando NO.1” XD

  • Carter Revell

    Final Fantasy is what really got me into rpgs both wrpgs and jrpgs. I probably wouldn’t be who I am today without FF.

  • OnyxSkies

    FFVII was my first Final Fantasy. It single handedly got me into RPGs and quite honestly, fantasy as a genre. It is a landmark moment in my life.

  • Connor Merritt

    FFVII is the greatest game of all time. Everything about it, my favourite part though is, the opening sequence. Square do such a good job with the opening sequence of most of FFs. VII was my first FF, it’s why the JRPG genre is my favourite.

  • Eric D

    FFVII meant that I didn’t go to class for three days and I honestly almost cried when Aeris died. Honestly my favorite game that I completed in its entirety even after all these years. Hyped for the remake too.

  • Sauron Sent Me Nudes

    For me, FFVII was the first rpg I ever experienced back when I was a kid. I instantly loved the game, his gameplay, the catchy Bombing Mission Theme that fitted perfectly with the opening cinematic (which I still find insane, and is for me the greatest opening cinematic for a game still to this day) and of course, Cloud Strife, the best among the best (nope i’m not a fanboy.)
    But it wasn’t until later in the game that I understood how much the game was going to impact me, through the main storyline, those of all the characters. Stories about friendship, love, death, heroism, betrayal. Stories about questioning yourself, finding your purpose in this crazy world and a life that can seem meaningless, sometimes. In a nutshell, a story about what being human can mean.
    And even now, this game continues to inspire me, when I am having tough times. Cloud in particular and his struggles to find himself, to keep fighting even when he doesn’t believe in his capabilities, and so on.
    Of course a lot of other games talk about these problems, but to my eyes none, even in the FF franchise, come close to the perfection of this one. Concerning the story and characters but also the music (Nobuo Uematsu <3), the materia system, well… everything !
    To me, FFVII means a great part of all the good memories I had as a kid, also some of the worst (we all know what I am talking about) but principally it is the game that opened my eyes to the rpg world (and not only the japanese ones). And, 18 years after discovering it, is still the greatest of them all.
    Final Fantasy VII is Life !
    (Sorry for the mistakes, english is not my native language. ^^)

  • Daniel Simms

    Final Fantasy vii wasn’t just the first final fantasy title I played but the first Jrpg I’d ever played and single handedly sparked a lifelong love of not only the greatest franchise ever but an amazing genre as a whole. This game also sets a great benchmark for other games to aspire to which just enhances the genre when it comes to aiming for greatness.

  • Lester

    FF7 is my childhood, the start to the love of JRPGs and RPGs. The start of my love for game music.

  • Souldes

    FF VII was the very first JRPG that I got to play and after a childhood full of Sonic and Castlevania (Yes, didn’t start with Nintendo!) it just got me so hooked and I’m glad I could play it as a child because it helped me realize that there are people with strange or unknown stories out there and all they mostly need is a little help and/or appreciation. As I look across my dearest friends these days I realize that I got my favourite FF Characters in my real life party too and they will all help me stop meteor or Sepiroth or just the next personal crisis that hits me or my wife… Love you all and please discover FF VII before the Remake to get the nostalgic feeling of a game that is around for a long time and has deep meaningful impact on many lives!

  • Kchri

    Final Fantasy VII was the third FF game that I was exposed to (the first ones being VI and then the original, in that order) and, consequently enough, these are my top three (VII placing first). I remember distinctly my first brush with it in the Winter of ’97 when I was playing the demo (didn’t own a PS at the time) and running around as a tiny polygonal figure in those rendered backgrounds, a dark reactor environment. It had me interested and I found myself intrigued in the whole thing, thinking about it later both in wonder and anticipation for more after I had played.

    Anyways, my love for the game and its story, characters, lore, and the whole Compendium has grown a lot since then. It is one of my two favorite video games of ALL TIME (alongside Sonic the Hedgehog). Many amazing games compete with it in my mind but nothing trumps it. Its awesome world that is a blend of both cyber-sci-fi to its outer areas of high fantasy is an interesting one and is fleshed out like no other. It makes players like me long to revisit it time and again. Particularly speaking (and on a bit of a personal note), I feel I really identify with the cool and sometimes quirky Cloud. We both can be weird at times, are skinny and have blonde spiky hair, are former military, lost our best friends, and are leaders that are sometimes underestimated but can come through in a pinch.

    In short, I don’t know how to convey it exactly but I am pretty much obsessed with this game and its universe. I love introducing it to others that may be interested and have not yet experienced it. The creativity and engineering by the game designers and the work involved to create such a masterpiece is an inspiration to me.

    I love to own origin paraphernalia of my absolute favorite video games (that are so very novel in their inception) so collecting books like this with their information (and, likely, concept art) seems like it would be a must to me.

    I am eagerly awaiting the FFVII Remake on PS4!

  • Patrick Hearn

    I was young. Fifth grade, if I remember correctly. After much begging, my mother picked me up from school and took me to the store to buy a Playstation and Final Fantasy VII. It was my first foray in the series, and my first taste of Sony. Guard Scorpion killed me so many times before I figured out when to attack it, but it taught me to respect boss fight mechanics. From the moment I met Aeris, I was hooked—and Final Fantasy has held a place in my game collection ever since. Even now, I spend most of my time playing FFXIV.

  • Brian Farey

    Final Fantasy VII was (and IS) the game that changed my perception of videogame. I started to study a videogame, analyze every technical aspect of it. My name, today, is associated with brand “Final Fantasy” thanks to it. I can say my life is totally changed when my cousin borrowed me his strange multicd videogame with a strange blonde avatar.

  • Kitsunelaine

    FFVII is my favourite game of all time. It truly feels like a journey with characters and moments that you just can’t help but cheer on.

  • Erik Retana

    Few games keep you hooked like a ff, but the seven certainly do much more than that, sometimes it leaves you wanting more and more 🙂

  • Red Mage

    Final Fantasy VII was the game that truly brought me and my cousins closer together. We were distant due to family drama, yet it was the one thing that all three of us had in common besides the blood in our veins. The fondest memory I have was when we would all wait for the others to finish each disk, then continue on at the same point, even to the point of paranoia that the others had moved on.

    To me, Final Fantasy VII represents the bonds that my cousins and I forged while growing up, knowing that we will always have each other’s backs when the times get tough, and to never give up even if it feels like we were underleveled for the encounters ahead.

  • What does it mean to me?

    It’s hard to answer that. The first RPG I played, the gateway to JRPGs in general, my introduction to Nobuo Uematsu, own it on 3 consoles. Biggest thing it means to me was that its the first game I cried at.

    Since then, I can judge how good a JRPG is story is by how it hits me emotionally. The death of Aerith, The sacrifice of Cid’s Dream, Barret losing his home and family, I can go on and on but I don’t want to spoil anything else. My first multi disc PS1 game that I still own. My first PSN JRPG purchase just cause I want it portable. I even purchased it on PS4 just cause I wanted that special PS4 theme with Aeriths theme music for my menu.

    What Final Fantasy VII means to me is an introduction to a journey of a character who at the beginning cared for nothing but by the end… cared for everything.

  • Rafael de Sousa

    FFVII was the game that i replayed the most. I remember my first time playing, it was at my friend’s house. We were following a walkthrough in a magazine (no internet at that time), trying to defeat the weapons and get the best chocobo. This game brings to me a lot of nostalgia.

  • Chelsea

    FFVII may not have been my favorite, but it’s one of the ones that has had the most impact on me as a person. I still remember seeing Cloud in Kingdom Hearts II, and wanting to learn more about him and Sephiroth. That eventually led to me trying out Dirge of Cerberus, and I eventually played everything related to FFVII that came over to the US. I even watched the synopsis videos on both versions of Advent Children, just to get more depth to the story. Most of the party members and other characters are likeable or very memorable, and the story always had me invested and wanting to know more. Seeing all of the content and updates on the remake excites me every time, and I can’t wait to see how the remake transforms the wonderful game that I played when I was younger and still go back to and play now. Being able to learn more about this wonderful game and the lore behind it would be a dream come true, and I would love to study more about the story that I have yet to see.

  • Haku

    Final Fantasy VII was my first game ever and an important part of why I love jrpgs now. I just remember caring so much about the characters and the struggles they faced. And I still do, I’ve probably replayed it who knows how many times and each time, It’s like a reunion with friends who I’m about to embark on an adventure with again. It will always have a special #1 place in my heart.

  • play celeste

    It’s the game that got me into not only Final Fantasy, but the RPG genre as a whole. I was introduced to FF characters when I was young through Kingdom Hearts, which lead to me picking up Final Fantasy VII. I was instantly captivated by the intricate characters and deep world building, which opened me up to a whole world of other games and a deep passion which continues today, 13 years later. For that the game will always hold the closest place to my heart. Whether you like it or not, I think it’s a game that deserves respect from any RPG fan for how it pushed JRPGs into the spotlight for a western audience. Bring on the remake!

  • Leo

    FFVII helped me a lot throughout the roughness of my childhood in ways that has shaped me into the person I am now. I lost a lot and was living in very unfortunate situations, but the one game that kept me going and gave me happiness in my life was the story of VII and the cast of characters. I used to play it all night long while the rest of my family slept, completely enveloped in the world and mysteries of the plot, but the most important thing about VII to me was the message it gave me and the way it helped me in dealing with loss and loneliness. VII is an incredible rpg with a great cast, a wonderful story and it’s incredibly fun even to this day, but to me it’s personally special, and my all time favorite game, because it was there for me in times of need and still is now that I’m an adult looking forward to seeing it again. One of the best games I’ve ever had the privilege to experience.

  • Brandon

    T was my first Final Fantasy! It really helped me realize that I enjoy games as narrative experiences, as well as solidified my liking for JRPGs. I’m so glad I got to play it!

    I followed y’all on Twitter ages ago, haha.

  • Benjamin Breuer

    Final Fantasy VII not only introduced me to the Final Fantasy series and to RPGs beyond Pokemon, it actually introduced me to the idea of story-driven games. Prior to playing FFVII, all the games I had played kept their plots and characters relatively simple, with gameplay entirely as the focus, so playing FFVII for the first time provided me with my first real experience with a video game narrative, and I really found myself growing attached to the game’s world and especially its characters (Tifa is still my favourite video game character to this day). It certainly helped that FFVII’s battle system was really fun, but above all else, I have a strong connection to FFVII for it providing such a groundbreaking experience in my gaming life with its story and characters, and that connection will continue to stick with me for a long time.

  • Matt Wolfson

    My cousin used to come to my house once a year growing up. He’s stay about 2 weeks with us. He always brought games to play, he introduced us to the final fantasy series. First final fantasy 6, then final fantasy 4. When I finally got a PlayStation he introduced us to final fantasy 7. It was always great when he play. My first exposure to the game was when he showed me the players guide. He asked me to choose which character would be mine. I chose Cid, He’s still my favorite. I loved the visuals of the game. I could spend hours watching it. When I got my own PlayStation it was one of the very first PlayStation games I got. After all this time I still enjoy it, even though it was the game that launched the series more towards sci-fi than fantasy. A trend it’s never been able to shake. This game was part of my teen years. Something that made things better back then.

  • Fathoni Akbar

    FFVII was my first game with 100% complete all quest and mission. I enjoy this FF series so much because of golden chocobo and knight of round! i really looking forward for the remake version, i hope they give some surprise, like for example maybe you can choose 2 endings either aerith alive or dead. 😉

  • Karl André Pedersen

    FFVII holds a special place in my heart, as it was the beginning of a lot of things for me. When I first played it, it was always with a group of 4-6 people around me, and because I was the most proficient in English (I’m Danish) at the time, I essentially narrated the game for everyone else, so they knew what was going on. Even when FFVIII and FFIX came out, I always played them with friends by my side, as we experienced the wonders of those games together.

    FFVII was also what got me into console gaming. The year I first played it, I wished for and got a PlayStation 1 with FFVII for Christmas. I played it so much, I literally burned out my at the time 14″ TV playing it over and over again, putting in hundreds of hours, grinding hundreds of millions of gil all while trying to get Aeris/Aerith back….

    FFVII was also what got me into the games industry. Initially I desperately wanted to join Square Soft (now Square Enix) in Japan to work on the franchise, but as I don’t speak Japanese and have no actual development skills, I ended up elsewhere in the industry. It was, however, the awe inspiring FFVII that got me here, and I will always be grateful for that.

  • ☀️ Sun

    Final Fantasy VII was the very first PlayStation game I played with my brother. It was given to us from our aunt, and we were both only in elementary school at the time. But despite being so young, there was always something that resonated with us strongly about the game on an emotional level. We actually understood the characters and the story well, and we built attachments to the characters too. And honestly, who could forget such an amazing soundtrack? FFVII holds so much nostalgic value to me not only because it was the first RPG I ever played, but because it was an experience I got to share with my brother; we honestly bond through games, and FFVII was the whole start of this for us, and also our love for games in general.

  • Adrian Vultra

    IT IS OK TO MOVE ON. That is one of the many morals that FFVII has taught me. Aerith dying was a huge moment in video game history, but all of Cloud’s friends were there for/with him. I held that close to me because i have also lost someone who was dear to me when i was in high school but i got through with the help of my friends. That’s what i took from this game when i was younger but i recently replayed the game and am also grabbing some geo-related morals from the game, like save the planet kind of stuff. It’s really cool that you can still play this game and take something different from it every time!

  • Chibi

    While I’ve never touched Final Fantasy VII, I have seen glimpses of it from my older sister playing it, as well as heard from other fans’ perspectives of the game. I admit I’ve never touched DoC or any other games that relates to VII, but I have seen the movie. While it is good to see Square Enix expanding on the world of Final Fantasy VII for the fans due to the popularity, there lies the hidden lesson from within just like any other series.

    This one is that despite all the horrors a person faces in their life, no matter how hard the struggle it is to move forward, one must be able to look inside and persevere in order to move forward with their own life. That is what I see with this particular series.

  • Orchestrion Nutjob

    FFVII means a big expansive world with flaws and with gems. A great soundtrack, a great materia system, good locales. It felt like an adventure, a real one. An adventure I wouldn’t mind rediscovering again.

  • my first final fantasy and the first video game that moved me, from beginning to end, with its music, story and characters.

  • Loz Hawnt

    Final Fantasy VII was the first FF i ever played that spun my love for this series. I played FFVII on a demo disk.. you know the numbered ones that used to come with the playstation mag?
    I loved everything about it, and still holds a huge place in my heart today.

  • Taki

    I’m 30 years old and have been a long time fan of final fantasy, and FFVII will always remain my favorite. I had the pleasure of playing it on the PS1 and I can remember how extremely impressed Little Me was by that game compared to any other I had played around that time. I was blown away by the artwork and the story, and it made me cry several times – even after many playthroughs. I’m still occasionally listening to the AMAZING soundtrack from that game, down to one-winged angel giving me the chills and aerith’s theme leaving me swaying on my chair.

    When they first announced the remake, I was psyched to see my favorite come back on my current generation with the best technology they could use. I expect there to be a lot of changes, but changes are good. I have played the original enough, including the remaster on the PS4, to welcome a different view of how FFVII will be.

  • 도깨비 @ INDEX III

    Ever since I was a kid, I’ve looked at the Final Fantasy series in wonder. Final Fantasy 6 held a special place in my heart as I grew up and really gave me my first taste of the series I’d grow to love. From the first time I heard Kefka’s classic laugh, down to the epic final fight of Final Fantasy 15, I’ve been loving this series. As I grew up, FFVII specifically became instantly one of the most beloved. It made me gain a strong connection with my sister as we played it together and eventually followed the series into Crisis Core and eagerly await the remake. The amazing sound tracks stick with me to this day, and I’ll always follow the series. No matter what direction it takes. Zack’s memories and his influence upon Cloud still give me chills, and still shapes the person I aim to be.

  • Wazi the pa

    The giveaway is now over! Thanks to all participants for partaking and sharing your FFVII memories. We will announce the two winners sometime next week.

  • Wazi the pa

    UPDATE: Congratulations to users “Vertyces” and “t1ckles”, you are our two winners for the giveaway!

    Thank you to all entries for submitting your comments and stories. We spent a good amount of time reading each one and we found a lot of them very heart-warming. It was tough narrowing our choices down to two, but it had to be done.

    Thank you everyone for partaking this giveaway! Hopefully we can do more in the future!