Joined: Jun 2008
March 27, 2012 04:48:21 AM
I think this is an important differentiation to make: If someone calls themselves a "huge FF Fan" but has only played ones released from around FFXIII's release... That's like a handful of games at most; not even a quarter of the whole series? At what point does it go from someone being a "FFXIII Fan" to an "FF Fan"? I would like
to say that you've played a majority of the main title games to be able to be able to accurately call yourself a fan of the series as a whole.
But if that's the case, there are nuances lost. I've played every main FF title since FFVII (let's ignore spinoffs for now). That's 6 games, not quite half. Under the description I proposed above, I wouldn't be classed an FF Fan. So I think that people should be more specific when talking about their fandom. I'm not an "old school FF fan" (that is from FFVI backwards), purely because I've never really had the chance to play any of them before, but that doesn't really make any difference to my enjoyment/knowledge/etc of the newer ones. Heck, you can't even really call FFVII "new school FF" any more. It's like FFI - FFVI are old school. FFVII - FFIX are mid school. FFX - FFXIII new school. (Now I feel old
). I think if people were more specific about how far their reach expands then it's far more difficult to dispute their "fan" levels.
It's difficult to even define how far you have to go to be considered a fan. Do you have to buy it, play it and have completed it? Is it okay to have rented it to completion? How about people who own it but have yet to finish? What about people that own every game on multiple platforms and have every piece of merch they can get their hands on? It's just too difficult to ever define one set of things you need to have before you're a fan. Some fans are 12 year olds. Some fans have no money to spend. I think fandom shouldn't depend on that.
IMO, if you have only played one or two games and loved them, that's great, but say that you're an "FFXIII fan" until you go and enjoy some more. If you only really love anything before FFVII say you're an "old school FF fan". If you haven't completed them all, that's fine; keep trying! You shouldn't be ashamed. You've got nothing to prove to anybody if you're having fun with what you're playing. It does really annoy me when people talk about how they're such a huge fan when they've not even *wanted* to check out the majority of games. The intention behind saying you love a series as a whole but not actually getting behind it to play most of them is very very clear (that is, people that have access to the newer games but don't actually play them... Actions and intentions should be differed here).
ANYWAY. It doesn't really matter. Play the games you love. Talk to people about the games you love. Value the opinion of people who you know have an opinion worth listening to. Encourage those that don't to become more knowledgeable on what they're talking about. Recommend your favourite FF to them if they've not played it fully, talk to them about why you love what you love and dislike what you dislike. Be courteous, but don't apologise for the way you are a fan for something you like. Be honest.
You guys should all know by now how far I go to show my fangirl-ness for the things I love *points to everything Uncharted*. I had never really played a shooter before. I suck at shooters. But just because I'm crap at the actual gameplay, doesn't change the fact that I know large chunks of the dialogue from UC2. And I think the fact that despite being crap at it, I pushed through Crushing to platinum the game, just shows how much bigger a fan of the game I am compared to someone who only chucked in 15 hours and had no difficulty with it. I believe that if your enthusiasm for something can't be contained, you're a fan.
(Sorry, I rambled) XD
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