Anyone who knows me knows that I'm an old-school video game junkie. I don't care how purdy the 3D graphics or CD quality sound is on some of these newer, "next generation" systems - they just ain't as fun as some of the older games. I haven't played most of my newer games since the first time I beat them, but I play the original Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy games quite often (pretty much every time I go home for the weekend), as well as other old-school classics that never really seemed to catch on with the newer systems, such as Geurilla War, Ninja Gaiden, Bionic Commando, as well as countless others that I'm too lazy to name right now.
That being the case, I'd like to share with you one of my favorite links, and one that I nearly forgot about until just recently. It's an online comic strip, featuring the characters from Final Fantasy (yes, the original one). Now, with the exception of Final Fantasy VII, FF1 has to be my favorite in the series. Even as much as I enjoyed FF7, I have beaten the original FF many times more than I have with any of it's younger siblings. Unlike most RPG's of today, you get to choose who you want the main characters to be. Also, the game can have a much different feel depending on who you choose for your initial party. I guarantee a party of all Fighters or all Red Mages or all Black Mages will be much different than playing with the min/maxed group of Fighter, Black Belt, White Mage, and Black Mage that we've all come to know and love.
Anyway, this comic, aptly named "8 bit theatre
", features these charmingly old-school characters in all of their NES glory, complete with backgrounds ripped straight out of the game. In fact, the word bubbles are more technologically advanced than many of the entire frames. heh. Another good point is that, while it is based on the game "Final Fantasy", you can enjoy the hell out if the comic even if you've never played the game. There are a few occasional in-jokes, but with each of the two dimentional characters and their one dimentional personalities, it's easy to follow along with even if you know nothing about the Final Fantasy universe. Also, unlike the typical four-panel comic, "8 bit theatre
" gives you just over a dozen panels per episode. A refreshing change of pace, indeed. That, and unlike most web comics, this one is actually quite humorous. ^_^
My favorite part about it probably has to be the fact that it's a continuing saga. Unlike most comics that give you a completely seperate story each time you look at one, each of these starts off at the end of the previous one. Sometimes it takes four or five "issues" to really complete an event, such as a battle or a trip to a town. Not to worry though - it took him fifty or so episodes just to get through the first few minutes of gameplay. ::chuckles::
Anyway, it's an old link that most of you prolly have already seen a hundred times before, but I'm posting it here on request for someone else who I just found out last night has never heard of it. Hope y'all enjoy!