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Have you ever wanted to save the world?

September 19, 2013

I grew up saving the world. True story. It began with the game Final Fantasy. Not just any Final Fantasy though. Not Final Fantay XXIXIXIX. No. Final Fantasy I (yes, that’s the number one). It was amazing.


I was in elementary/primary school. It all started a couple of months before summer holidays. Me and my friend Danny began a long journey to save the world. It involved protecting the world by making four orbs shiny and stopping some time traveling knight/EVIL ITSELF INCARNATE named Garland/CHAOS.

Back when there was no internet, no walkthroughs (that’s right, we didn’t have the ’84 page explorers handbook’, we were HARDCORE), being 9 years old, and having never played an RPG before it took us a considerably long time to get to the end. By the end of the summer (so four months later) we were there. Right about to travel back in time and save the world.

Then there was a power failure and it wiped the battery save of our game (thank you Nintendo and your incredibly reliable battery cartridge save features). I felt like I had let the world down.

But we didn’t give up. We didn’t surrender. We didn’t keep the lemons. We made lemonade and we started again. And now we knew. We knew what we needed to do. We knew where to go. We knew what would make for a much better party. Sorry Red Mage, you get ditched for the incredibly amazing and broken Black Belt/Master.

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It took us only two weeks to get back to where we were. And we were ready. And we won. We saved the world. We stopped the “makes-no-sense-time-paradox-evil-incarnate-bad guy”. It was great.

And while I don’t do much saving of the world anymore, I’m glad to be serving the true saviour of the world. Seems like a pretty sweet deal to me.


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