Hello again and welcome to Flashback Sunday! This week I will be talking about Furbies, those fabulous little furry dudes from the 1990′s. I will also be reviewing Final Fantasy VII ( the best FF game. Yep, I went there.). So let’s get the ball rolling.
The Furby toy was released in 1998 by Tiger Electronics, then was later adopted by Hasbro. The toy resembles some kind of owl-mouse -bird hybrid, complete with a voice and blinking eyes. Everyone who was anyone had one of these babies, they were such a hot item that a lot of people had multiple Furbies. There were also Furby Babies, a smaller version of the orginal Furby, released a year or two after the first Furby wave. Another type of Furby released were the “Furby Friends”, Furbies that looked like famous characters such as Gizmo from Gremlins and Yoda from Star Wars.
Interestingly enough, Furbies had their own language called “Furbish”. They were programmed with the language, and made to speak English slowly over time as they grew up and learned from their child owners. They could also speak with one another via infrared sensors located in the dark spot between their eyes. They seemed almost intelligent, and that is probably what made them a must have for kids of that time. They reincarnated the Furbies in the mid 2000′s and again this year. I work at a retail store and I actually saw one in the toys department. I think they are coming back, and you know what? I’m totally getting one.
The life of my first, most loved Furby was a short and sad one. I had it for a month or two, bought tons of accessories for it including a special Furby backpack, and then that fateful day came about. I was playing in an orchard with my cousins and brother, Furby in the backpack on my back, having a fun time. I was running from my brother when, as if in slow motion, he grabbed the backpack and pulled me back which strangely gave the Furby “Shaken Furby Syndrome”. It couldn’t talk anymore and just blinked and opened it’s mouth over and over again. It was a sad day, and while I tried to replace it with other Furbies, the void was never filled. That is why I must get one this year, in order to keep the memory alive! Ok, I might be going a little overboard here, but that story is true and I want a Furby.
So on to the Final Fantasy VII (FF7) review. You ready for this?
So Final Fantasy VII was released in 1997 for the PlayStation. The games is super popular and is typically the fan-favorite of most Final Fantasy fans.
The player follows Cloud Strife, the infamous boy with the spiky blonde hair, as he ventures through the world of Midgar trying to stop the Shinra Electric Company and his arch enemy Sephiroth. Cloud meets friends and loses buddies along the way, all while finding himself and learning about who he really is. The game may seem old and outdated by today’s standards, but this games was, and still is, one of the best games ever made.
FF7 was the first serious game I ever played. At the time, the graphics were top of the line. Final Fantasy VII was the first game in it’s series to use 3D graphics and fully rendered backgrounds. It delves deep into it’s own RPG elements, making it a true JPRG and one of the only ones I will play. Ever.
I mean come on, check out those stunning graphics! People today still rave about this game and we all know hoe much everyone would like to see Square Enix do an HD remake of it. The music of FF7 was very memorable. A lot of people use the super recognizable “victory theme” as their text message tone and other songs from the game as ringtones on their cell phones. Going back, the gameplay is hard to get used to now as it hasn’t aged very well. But for me, who stayed home from school “sick” to play this game, it’s still classically smooth. Final Fantasy VII is available on the PS3 now, so if you haven’t played it yet get to it! You are so missing out! I give the game a 10/10 for being plain ol’ awesome.
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