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And the Fans Rejoiced: Kingdom Hearts 3 Announcement

10 Jun

If you’ve heard of Final Fantasy Versus XIII or Kingdom Hearts, I’m sure you know what was just announced today (or yesterday if you’re on the East Coast) at E3.

Final Fantasy Versus XIII is now Final Fantasy XV, completely with an attempted title drop in the trailer. Kingdom Hearts 3, a little over ten years after the first game and seven years after Kingdom Hearts 2, is slated to drop in 2015.

I can’t express my emotions about Final Fantasy XV. I’m excited and I can’t wait to see what comes from the game, but nothing will really compare to my feelings about the information about Kingdom Hearts 3.

When I first started playing video games, I would watch my older brother hack away at Final Fantasy VII on the PC, but I was never allowed to play. Then I just happened to see a trailer for a new, crazy sounding game that was coming out on the PlayStation 2, and I thought, well, I might as well check it out.

Kingdom Hearts was the first video game I ever played, beat, leveled up in, and finished everything in (yeah I kicked Sephiroth’s ass). I’ve been playing it for ten years this December. Not only has that game been in my life for almost half of my life, but it has influenced the way I have grown as a creative person. Although I will always laugh and call myself a sheep for playing (almost) every single Kingdom Hearts game in existence (I couldn’t do coded and couldn’t get Dream Drop Distance), the sheer magnitude of creativity these games inspired, not just from me but from so many people around the world, is astounding.

If you’re looking around and your dash/twitter feed/facebook … (feed? I think it’s a feed?) is being filled with people screaming about the Kingdom Hearts sequel, don’t roll your eyes and push it away. Check it out. I promise you’ll enjoy it.

That is just my two cents on the upcoming game and why I’ve spent the last three hours freaking out about it. But, as mentioned in other posts, I am a business major, and even I have something to point out in this conference. Sony managed to take everything that has been announced by Microsoft and turn it on its head and promote their amazing product with their marketing campaign and THAT, my friends, are some amazing marketing.

Check it out.

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Assassin’s Creed Meets Parkour in Real Life

20 Sep

If you’re a fan of video games, if you’re a fan of parkour, or if you’re a fan of watching people run up and down walls while having epic music playing in the background, than this is definitely the video for you.

I actually hope you really watched it, because if you didn’t, then that kind of makes me upset. What are you doing, creeping my page and not watching awesome videos that show up. Shame on you.

While I think that the video itself is amazing, the film major side of me actually loved this video more. It’s the behind the scenes of how they shot it. They mention how the filmmaker had to contact a friend of his to create an accurate costume, how they did that amazing beginning shot, and how realistic they tried to make it, complete with people staring at the camera and the actor with suspicious looks.

I almost wish I were more of an Assassin Creed fan so I could enjoy this video, but all I can say is I commend this filmmaker for following through with this. It’s awesome to me as someone who enjoys video games, to see the avatar actually running around on the street, but to have a connection with that character must be a fantastic experience.

Square Enix, have you no shame?

19 Sep

If you haven’t heard yet, Square Enix has recently announced that Kingdom Hearts, Chain of Memories, and 358/2 Days is getting remixed for the Playstation 3!

On the one hand, I am beyond excited. The 10 year anniversary for the North American release just passed, and my own ten year anniversary for this game series is coming up in December (Christmas. I know. So surprising). To see the game that got me into gaming, got me really into analyzing stories not just in their media but as tales themselves, in HD glory is such a treat! The feelings of betrayal, loyalty, and sacrifice that come from this game are just a fabulous, and it is a tale that should be told. The Disney aspect doesn’t lose any points compared to the Square characters; in fact, they almost enhance them, so to see them in HD will make me scream like a five year old and roll around like a three year old.

In that order.

I don’t think it’s healthy to love a game this much.

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