Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Feb 2013 11:04 UTC
Games "On January 31st, 1997, Final Fantasy VII was released to the Japanese public. This single game both revolutionized and raised the bar of Japanese style console role playing games. It success was so staggering, it placed Squaresoft firmly on top the the the genre, displacing the Dragon Quest series created by the rival Enix company. The story of how this game came to be has a story more expansive than the game itself. It starts, as most stories do, with it's prequel." An insanely detailed - although missing certain parts, here and there - look at Final Fantasy VII's engine. As in, 211 pages detailed. You might want to grab a coffee.
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Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Mon 4th Feb 2013 12:13 UTC
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In case anyone is put off by the page count, it's really only about 6 pages of back story and then followed by 200+ pages of technical manuals which are really only interesting to anyone thinking of getting into game development or have a particular geeky curiosity in such things (weirdly, there's also the odd Lorem Ipsum floating about where they've overlooked a topic).

I think the first few pages are definitely worth a read though, even if you're not interested in this game specifically, because there's some history about the politics between the different companies at that time:

Nintendo went behind Sony and asked Phillips for assistance, as they also could license CD-ROM
technology. When Sony found out that Nintendo was going to someone else, (and a foreign one at
that!), it was the last straw and pulled their technology. They also convinced Phillips, Matsushita,
NEC, and Pioneer not to license any optical drive technology to Nintendo either.

I knew the reason why Sony created their own console but up until now I always thought Nintendo chose the cartridge system over CD. However if this is true and Sony deliberately sabotaged Nintendo's attempts at gaining a deal with another 3rd party - forcing Nintendo to release a substandard product, then this just makes me hate Sony even more than I do already.

Edited 2013-02-04 12:15 UTC

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RE: Comment by Laurence
by delta0.delta0 on Mon 4th Feb 2013 12:39 in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
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The CD-i add on was a flop, Nintendo broke its deal with Sony and jumped into bed with Phillips, but some how Sony was to blame...

If Nintendo hadn't done what it did, there wouldn't have been a playstation so I am kind of glad they broke the deal / pissed off Sony.

Nintendo selected the cartridge as it thought it superior / more rugged. Nintendo tends to aim its consoles at the younger market.

look at the wii with its gimped dvd's, I guess Sony were to blame for them selecting that format as well.

What about the current wii-u again Sony blocking them from adding a bluray player ?

Edited 2013-02-04 12:40 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by Kochise on Mon 4th Feb 2013 13:08 in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
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Nintendo selected the cartridge as it thought it superior / more rugged.

Plu-h'ease ! I do not recount how many times I had to give the NES connector a blow job before getting it hard and steady for a round...


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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Mon 4th Feb 2013 13:53 in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
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Did you actually read any of the bit I quoted or the article it came from?

It categorically states why Nintendo ended up with cartridges on the N64 and they Nintendo broke their deal with Sony (see article for that explanation).

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