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A while ago I wrote a blog post on Princess Mononoke – a strong influence on my WIP God Slayer. Read it here. Today’s post is about my biggest inspiration on story telling.

I was transferring music from my old desktop to my laptop and found some music tracks from the computer game Final Fantasy VII. While I listened to them it brought back a whole world of memories and emotions. Final Fantasy was my early inspiration. The amount of hours I spent on those games as a kid is shocking, but I don’t believe it was a waste.

Final Fantasy VII was the first one I played and will always be my favourite. For me it was always more than a game. I was absorbed into the lives of the characters. They were people I admired but most of all they were people. They told lies, kept secrets, had regrets, had loved and lost and did so throughout the game. The twists and turns in the story made me laugh and cry, shocked me and excited me. The same went for FF IX and X (I never played VIII).

The Final Fantasy series was my early inspiration for storytelling. Some of my monsters and characters were originally modelled on those from the franchise.

It wasn’t always the best model for plot, as random things happened purely for the gameplay. But I love the imagination, the characters, the sheer scale and vastness of the world and epicenes of the story and scenes. I will always love those games and for me, the modern FF games (I’m looking at you XII and XIII) will never be a patch on the old ones.

One track, a minute and a half long brought back the memories of the characters story. I hope I never forget.

What were your early inspirations?