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INTRODUCTION

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It’s hard to believe that Final Fantasy is now 25 years old. From humble beginnings it has grown to span a vast number of games and beyond, and has a uniquely wide-reaching fan base as a result. It’s difficult to represent every type of Final Fantasy fan, but we’ve had a damn good go at doing so in the pages of this digital magazine. Some fans are old-school, and prefer the 2D titles. Others point to the PS1 and PS2 as a golden age, while another group finds those games slow and would rather stick with the incredible spectacle of recent entries. Perhaps you’ve only played FFXIII and its sequel, or perhaps you’re one of the fans who lost interest after the PS1 days. Many of our writers have similar relationships to the series. Whatever piece of FF is ‘yours’, we hope you find something in here for you. If you’re not a fan, we hope you can learn why we care and perhaps be tempted to check the series out for yourself. This project was created by fans spanning a number of countries, communities, backgrounds and ages. We’ve tried to represent everybody. It’s a collaborative effort where people have been able to write about the things they love about Final Fantasy - a way to underline just how special the last 25 years have been. It’s nowhere near exhaustive, but we feel it hits all the important bases - and every subject covered in here comes from a writer who feels strongly about the subject or game of their choosing. This is a tribute to the creators and fans of Final Fantasy as well as to all the incredible times the series and its fan base has given to so many over the years. It’s also a note; this community is alive, special, and worth participating in. Recent years have given voice to a sense of worry and apathy within this particular community, but in creating this what we’ve seen above all is high hopes for the future. From the upcoming Lightning Returns to dreams of a FFVII remake, the enigma of Versus right through to hopes for a return to the values of FFIX, there’s a lot of love packed in these pages. That in itself is a testament to this series. Happy Birthday, Final Fantasy. Thanks for reading. 2

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