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It’s a simple composition; arpeggiated chords that go up and down, over and over again. But “Prelude” from Final Fantasy I sits alongside Super Mario Bros’ World 1–1” and The Legend of Zelda’s “Overworld” as one of the most iconic pieces of music in video game history. …

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Having recently been furloughed from work, I’ve decided to ease back into writing by discussing some of my favourite video games, and the classics that I’ll now have plenty of time to play. The first is Final Fantasy VII, spurred by its recent remake for the PlayStation 4 — which takes the unconventional route of stretching out the first four hours of the original game into a whole new game. This seems like a bad idea, for a whole host of reasons, but to get a clearer picture I decided to buy the original while it was on sale.

I’d always been put off playing FFVII because of its graphics. The fifth generation of consoles (PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Sega Saturn) came out at the awkward midway point between the polished two-dimensional games of the 16-bit era and the output of later consoles that quickly grew more visually sophisticated. A game like Spyro the Dragon still retains a certain degree of charm, though it’s more often than not a reminder of the ugly compromises developers had to make in rendering three-dimensional environments and characters in a low resolution. …

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WARNING: The following contains vague spoilers for Neon Genesis Evangelion.

It was shortly after I’d had surgery on my knee that I first watched an episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion. My leg was in a brace, and I wasn’t allowed to bend it for about six weeks. I could barely walk, let alone leave my flat. I’d had an accident where I’d gone for a jog in the rain and fallen on some loose, upturned paving stones. I sat on the street for an hour waiting for an ambulance to arrive, and ended up having over sixteen stitches.

It was the end result of a stupid set of decisions I’d made that day. But I hadn’t been in the best frame of mind when I was making them. …

Sam Gray

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