: Arnold's Press Pause and Rewind: June 10th

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Arnold's Press Pause and Rewind: June 10th

Don't listen to him! FFVII is still coming

This week may have been a little grueling to those Final Fantasy VII fans who have been eagerly anticipating the re-make of the game for the PlayStation 3. Tetsuya Nomura went on record to bluntly state that the remake of Final Fantasy VII will not be coming, despite various claims that have leaked out from personnel close to Square-Enix (SE). Some weeks ago I had mentioned that the pieces are also fitting, as SE seems to be laying down the foundation for the remake of FFVII by releasing a number of FFVII prequels in order to keep the game fresh in our minds. They say there's one more 20th anniversary Final Fantasy announcement remaining before the end of the year, and that makes you think.

Most importantly, if there's one thing I could tell you is that you shouldn't listen to Tetsuya Nomura. Why? Well, this is the same man who first told us that Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children will just be a 30 minute film, a montage of sorts. He then told us it'd be 60 minutes. The final movie ended up being 1 hour and 25 minutes. Then he told us that there will be no revised version of Kingdom Hearts 2 (a 'Final Mix'), because they had included absolutely everything in the original. That wasn't true. Kingdom Hearts 2 would later see a re-release that featured a ton of extra content, and a movie that is believed to indicate Kingdom Hearts 3.

As you can see, the guy is known to deny frequently. So why would he deny the existence of the Final Fantasy VII remake? In order to protect Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core and Final Fantasy VII: Before Crisis both for the PSP. You don't want to announce the release of such a high profile game before the other games related to it are out - you'll end up hurting their sales. People will end up forgetting about the two prequels and the hype of the main game will overshadow them. So it makes sense that SE would possibly announce the remake at the end of the year, it'd give the two prequels a considerable amount of sales time, meanwhile still maintaining momentum.

Resistance is Futile

So yesterday's news from the Church of England wanting to sue Sony for a scene in Resistance where dozens of aliens get shot up in a cathedral made me laugh. If Sony where to film a movie in that cathedral, then they'd need to ask for permission. But they're re-creating a virtual rendition of the church, which makes it no different than a writer describing that very same scene in a book. Does a writer come under fire if he were to write something to that nature? No. Videogames are a virtual art-form of storytelling (in most cases), and Resistance is no different than most sci-fi books out there.

Considering how crazy some governments are, I have no expectations if this case goes to trial. By all means, I sure as hell hope that the Church loses and this case is never brought up again. The potential danger behind this case is that I pray it doesn't pick up any more media attention than it already has, and that pompous jerkoffs like Jack Thompson stay away from it. I wonder when videogames will finally stop catching hell? If we're really that anal about violence and the footage we expose our children to, how about we take a look at newspapers and news on the television.

6/10/2007 Arnold Katayev

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