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This is some cringy shit but hold on tight.

1 Name: Anonymous 2018-09-29 11:19
They were initially just something to pass the time because I was 3 years old, playing Centipede on Atari. Got an NES at 4 or so and played shit like SMB and whatnot with my mom. One day my mom took me to a video rental store and we rented Dragon Warrior. Though I didn't know it then, thinking back, the discovery of jRPGs changed me.

I would play DW but not know what to do or where to go because I couldn't understand the symbols on the screen. I quickly learned to read. At 6 years old, in 1st grade, I was the only kid with no reading issues.

Got an SNES some years later and rented Final Fantasy 2. FF2 was the game that hooked me; I learned to enjoy story-telling and music. Chrono Trigger furthered this enjoyment. Got a Sega a bit later and games like Phantasy Star and Sword of Vermillion were played. Gameboy games like Final Fantasy Adventure also filled my time.

As a teen I got a PS and played games like FF7, FF8, etc., to fill the urge for Final Fantasy. I equated Squaresoft with what I wanted. Eventually I played Final Fantasy Tactics and the story and music enthralled me. I craved more and happened upon a game called Xenogears by Squaresoft. It was Xenogears that made me understand why I played games. I no longer played them just because I was escaping the reality of a poor upbringing. I played them because I had fallen in love with Fantasy; I played them because I had fallen in love with story-telling.

To this day I still play games and read fantasy. Video games taught me how to read, how to appreciate story-telling, how to appreciate orchestral music, and very likely saved me from fucking up as a kid. To this day I still chase that magic, even in VGM.

"Music is a mysterious thing. Sometimes it makes people remember things they do not expect. Many thoughts, feelings, memories... things almost forgotten... Regardless of whether the listener desires to remember or not."

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