part of me wants to live in a world where we can have different versions of video games, in the way we have different adaptations and productions of plays. and another wishes this were weird some self-reflexive meditation on what it even means to remake something that is, fairly or not, treated as a foundational text by so many folks (doubtlessly a lot of devs on the project).
there’s a quote from an essay by a writer, Susan Howe, “a film you love when you are young is never what you know you saw,” that i’ve been thinking about a lot in terms of the games i loved as a kid. if i really went back to FFIX and stuck with it past the 1st disc, would it be the epic i remember? or would it be a 40.5 hour commitment that i don’t know how to fit into my life anymore? i dunno, it’s been a long time! i want a FFVII remake that’s about that.
… and a more cynical part says maybe neither one of those is at the heart of this project, when “REMAKE” is bolted on like “DELUXE” or “SUPER” and “64” would have been 20 years ago.