Welcome to the second episode of WIYF. On Episode 1, we asked you what your favourite Zelda games were. While I'm too lazy to take a final tally, it was pretty much a dead heat between Majora's Mask and Wind Waker. That surprised me, since it's typically Ocarina of Time and Link to the Past on other websites. But we're TAY! Nothing mainstream about the lot of us.

As the logical follow-up to Zelda (a series nearly everyone regards dearly and knows their favourite of), we're going to take a look at what your favourite Final Fantasy games are. I'll accept any game with "Final Fantasy" in the name, from FF4 to Mystic Quest to [Duodecim Octagon Final Countdown 45.179773 1/2 Days] (or whatever).

For me personally, it's the most loved/hated Final Fantasy game: FF7. I never really listened to the love/hate - if you asked the internet during the early 00's, FF7 was the best thing since sliced bread... I remember tripping over FF7 fan fiction, Newgrounds videos, fan art, all kinds of stuff. But all that love (from a fanbase that, even I concede, acted like a pack of self-entitled twats) came an apparently greater amount of hate - by the late 00's, FF7 was the worst game in the series, the "easy mode" of traditional FF designed to lure dudebros to Square... Or something.

Why is FF7 my favourite, you ask? Well, to be completely cliche, it was my first RPG. My brother and I were given $50 each to spend at Toys R Us just before Christmas '00 - I bought a deck of Pokemon Cards, the Pokemon G/S strategy guide, and every JamPack demo disc the Toys R Us had for 97c or less. My brother, on the other hand, went with Link's Awakening DX and some game he pulled out of the $20 bargain bin - a Greatest Hits copy of FF7. Neither of us (I was 10, he was 8) knew what it was, but my brother figured that, since it had a bigger box, it was a better game. Flawed logic, sure... But he was right.

Because the PS1 was at our dad's house and we only saw him once every two weeks, FF7 sat sealed beside the PS1. A few months later, we cracked it open and had a go at it... And we had no fucking idea what we were playing. To two kids who, at the time, were obsessed with Pokemon, Crash Bandicoot, NHL '99 and Mega Man Legends, playing FF7 felt like we'd accidentally opened Microsoft Excel. The menu-driven combat was way more complex than what Pokemon had, and the objectives were not clear [to two kids who sped through the dialogue boxes]. It sat again for a few months.

I forget how it happened, but we started playing again. My brother actually understood how it played this time, and, like was typical back then, I watched him play. He couldn't read as well as me, so I explained all the dialogue as he sped through it - sometimes I read it aloud, and that pissed him off. To two kids who had never been exposed to anime or high fantasy or anything with a deep plot (our dad watched 80's action movies while we'd watch Disney movies and YTV at our mom's), FF7 was fucking incredible. It was this epic tale of planetary conservation and ultimate evils, and the stakes were high as a kite. We played through the whole game - I shit you not - up to about Aeris Dies without realizing materia was a thing. It wasn't until about a year after we started playing it that we discovered GameFAQs, and everything just got even cooler. O.o

Anyway. To sum up a very long story, my brother and I eagerly anticipated every other weekend. Just to get a few hours with FF7 was enough to keep us excited for every time we went to our dad's. I could analyze all the little aspects of FF7 and tell you what makes it great, but that would be ignoring what really makes it special to me - every time we played it, it was an event. It was like finding out who shot JR or who killed Laura Palmer twice a month. While other FF games (Tactics and FF5 come to mind) would still garner tons of praise from me, I played those way later in life - and in a different emotional state - than Final Fantasy 7.

10-year-old PyramidHeadcrab was a kid who was constantly being suspended from school and constantly being put on new pills to treat his "ADD". He had no friends at or outside of school, his parents were divorced, and both of his homes were very low-income. FF7, bless the guys at Square, was one of the most important landmarks of my early life.