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What I Learned From Fujin - The Cover Story
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Tue, Jan. 25th, 2005 02:59 pm
What I Learned From Fujin

I know several of you who read this log have played Final Fantasy VIII, but I know more of you have not, so I think a bit of explaination is in order before I write this entry. Fujin was a character made distinct and memorable by the fact that she spoke with great force, shouting a single word that would encompass what she wished to communicate ("RAGE!", "NEGATIVE", "WIMP!", etc). Remarkably, given this restriction, she proved to be one of the most effective characters I have ever come across in terms of openness and clarity of communication by eliminating the hemming and hawing that most characters, and people, in my experience, tend to do when trying to express themselves. There was no diplomacy, no concern over hurt feelings, no sugar coating. There was also no biting, no meaningless assault, nothing beyond what was required to provide the relevant information. In the entire 30-some-odd hours of preclimatic gameplay, she had 39 words of dialog. By utterly destroying anything worthy of the name Grammar, Fujin stands among the most expressive non-PC characters in the series, and represents what I hope to achieve someday: maximum flow of information with minimum language.


And yes, I get the irony here.

Current Mood: contemplative contemplative
Current Music: David Massengill - The Return

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