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Final Fantasy Creator Sakaguchi Lands Lifetime Achievement Award

Regardless of how far the franchise has fallen, this award is still well-deserved.

The creator of the legendary role-playing franchise, Final Fantasy, will receive a lifetime achievement award at the 15th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, which will be held on March 4 in San Francisco.

Hironobu Sakaguchi was director of planning and development at Square Company, Ltd. and he helped create the landmark RPG. For those who don't know, the original title was called "Final Fantasy" because Sakaguchi planned to leave the industry if the project proved unsuccessful. If it failed, Square would go under and that would be that. But obviously, that's not what happened. Said GDC events general manager Meggan Scavio:

"Final Fantasy helped pave the way for game stories that dealt with death, regret and character development in a mature and significant way, and we’re proud to honor Sakaguchi-san as a true leader in the space, and an inspired game developer."

When Sakaguchi accepts his reward, try and blot out the likes of Lightning Returns and just attempt to remember the greatness that once was. And don't forget that there was a time in the first PlayStation generation when Squaresoft absolutely could not go wrong. Everything they touched turned to gold and that even included a side-scrolling arcade-style shooter (Einhander).

For the sake of this nostalgia trip, we'll conveniently gloss over Ehrgeiz. ;)

Tags: final fantasy, hironobu sakaguchi, gdc lifetime achievement

2/3/2015 9:12:25 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (3 posts)

Wednesday, February 04, 2015 @ 5:55:43 AM

Brought an invisible tear to my eye. Sometimes I wonder how the Gurus of Final Fantasy (excluding Toriyama of course) feel about the way final fantasy is being represented now. It was once a line of good vs evil with tons thrown into the middle. Now its...well I don't even know.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015 @ 9:17:25 AM

Lolz, I enjoyed Ehrgeiz. But then again I was full of "little kid hype" when I played the demo so I bought it years later when I could for nostalgia purposes...

In any situation, Hironobu is among the likes of a select few People in the industry that inspired me to want to be a part of it myself. He greatly deserves it, because if not for him, I'm positive I'd never have appreciated great video game storytelling as a kid.

Last edited by Sol on 2/4/2015 9:17:48 AM

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015 @ 4:49:11 PM

no i think thats great he should be recognised even though the FF series has gone way down hill for a great many years

happy gaming

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