Friday, January 9, 2009

Stupid Names XIII

First off, the NEWS. Square Enix finally launched the official site for Final Fantasy XIII. Check it out! There are the first available direct screenshots (as opposed to bootleg photos and magazine scans), some tasty music, and minimal info. For those of you who aren't aware, this FF will be published for the PS3 AND XBox 360... another huge blow to Sony, who could win The Biggest Loser for the rate at which they're losing PS3-exclusive titles to Microsoft.

Anyway, on to my concern: the names of the three title characters in the game are Lightning, Snow, and Vanille...

Now, I knew about Lightning already, but this is the first I'd heard of the others. I know that Square has a tradition of weird names that are essentially just pretty English words slapped together (Cloud Strife, Squall Leonhart, Rinoa Heartilly), but really Square? Lightning? Snow? I'm half-expecting the main baddie's name to be Tree! Square, you let me down. Yea, Final Fantasy games usually give you the option of changing the character names when you meet them, but nothing's worse than being confused in a conversation with friends about a Final Fantasy game because you renamed your characters Sally, Ned, and Leroy.

It's okay, Square. I still love you and everything you make.

2 comments:

Scott said...

I think 'Vanille' is the worst offender. I cannot take a character seriously when their name looks like a misspelled ice-cream flavour.

...oh, who am I kidding, I probably will. I still love you too, Square. You crazy fuckers.

david said...

yeah, when i came upon a 70+ inch tv in the sony building in ginza playing the most disgusting trailer for ffXIII conceivable on an endless loop in a room replete with plush leather sofas... yeah... not TOO concerned over the names.

cloud. strife.