“Someone please get the guys who made cartridge games a cigarette and a blindfold” proclaimed a magazine ad, emblazoned with one of Final Fantasy VII’s impressive panoramas. The better future was not only arriving, it was executing the past. As Cloud leapt off a train in FF7’s opening cutscene, he was leaping into the future of gaming. In this moment, it seamlessly transitioned from video to play. The line between interactivity and film was blurred into non-existence.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bvge7v/dated-visuals-made-the-environmentalism-of-final-fantasy-vii-come-alive