First of all, we’d like to thank the amazing yuricannes for working with us to create the featured image for this episode. I think you’ll agree that it’s an amazing piece of art, and you should definitely check out their work.
Our plan was to talk through the stuff which was announced at E3 for the Final Fantasy VII (2020). Which we handle pretty well, I think. We don’t talk about the things we got right, and the things we got wrong in our previous episode.
First up: the release date 03/03/2020
a few days before my birthday
Lulu mentions that Square-Enix might end up releasing a patch for FF XIV on the same day - forcing her to divide her attention between that and the FF VII Remake. Which lead me to discussing an idea I’ve had for ages: a research paper into whether there is a link between sick days and video game release dates.
Seguing lightly into taking time off of work to play video games vs taking time off to go to the pub, or flying to some foreign country. Essentially, all three of us fall into the camp of: do what ever it is that you do to relax
tl;dr: I installed Steam, Installed Proton, and played Ressy Evil Revelations 2. On Linux
The Lulu invents the title of the episode:
Comfy pants; video game
And we discuss just how big the FF VII is going to be. Seriously, two blue ray discs big. And that’s just Midgar
But how much extra content will they create in order to put across those two discs? Especially with the promise of 30+ hours for those two discs alone.
Perhaps the time between Cloud being saved by Zack and him arriving in Midgar could be included? We think that would be about 4 weeks because he was, essentially, a junkie
interestingly, the working title for this episode was Cloud Strife's 30 Day Detox Plan
Then I put forward the idea of FF VII being told using the unreliable narrator technique - since the game is almost completely told from Cloud’s point of view. Or maybe it could be told from Tifa’s point of view, seeing as she clearly cares about him and bigs him up in front of her Avalanche friends.
We then talk about how they could make the collapse of the plates in Sector 7 more visceral - without being all blood and gore. Perhaps SquEnix could even have NPCs discussing the fall of the plate and the destruction of the reactor as Cloud and his friends walk through the slums.
Lets take a moment to think about how Aeris tells Cloud that she has never seen the sky.
Then Lulu prompts us to discuss Tifa’s boobs. We keep it PG, but it’s a discussion about how they
for want of a better description
are more fitting to her frame, but that she also is wearing a sports bra - something which was alluded to when it was announced that Tifa would be slightly “restricted”.
Taking a moment to one side, let’s discuss the fact that Tifa is a fighter: she attacks with her fists and feet. She’s essentially FF VII’s answer to Zell - someone who wore 3⁄4 length shots and a t-shirt almost exclusively in FF VIII.
We’re not going to talk boobs in the show notes, so we’ll leave that to the pod.
I think this quote from Lulu sums up out feelings on the whole matter:
Then again, I don’t care. I’m a girl, and I don’t care. It’s people like Sarkeesian who care.
Then we talk about Cloud and his facial hair. Apparently, if you zoom all the way into Cloud’s promo head shot, you can see the stubbly whispy hairs you get when you haven’t quite shaved properly.
Which you can see in this tweet
click to go through the original and zoom in
I may have spent the majority of yesterday playing Resident Evil Revelations 2