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Why 'Final Fantasy VII' Endures 20 Years After Its Release

Why 'Final Fantasy VII' Endures 20 Years After Its Release

On the 20th anniversary of the U.S. release of 'Final Fantasy VII,' HowStuffWorks explains what makes the game a classic.


Author's Note: 10 Myths About Gaming Cheats

Playing games to completion, finding all the hidden goodies and leveling your characters up as high as they can go can be time consuming (sometimes life consuming) tasks. And fake secrets can be maddening, derailing time wasters on your path to success. I'm just glad "porntipsguzzardo" was a real "Sim City" cheat code, or most of my early simulated cities would have gone bankrupt in minutes. At some point I learned how to build slowly and achieve steady growth, but building a huge, crazy city as fast as possible is its own sort of fun.

And although I never played "Final Fantasy VII" (an omission I intend to rectify due to my research), I can relate to trying to save Aeris. Character deaths are very upsetting. In "Sims 3" when Mortimer eventually died, I reloaded a saved game several times to try to save him, and when I realized it was impossible, I turned off aging for all characters because I just couldn't handle it. And that game doesn't have a story arc that gets you attached to its characters.

Playing by the rules might feel more virtuous, but sometimes quick rewards or cheats to get you past a level where you're stuck are necessary to preserve sanity or enhance fun. Just beware the myths, research any cheats you find and definitely question the ones from articles posted on April 1st. The cake isn't the only lie in the world of video games.

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