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GI Show – Final Fantasy XV, Adr1ft, GI Game Club Finale

We're sorry that the podcast is late, but we wanted to record the show later than usual so that we can cover a couple of the week's biggest nuggets of gaming news. This week Ben Hanson is joined by the great Andy McNamara, Jeff Cork, and Joe Juba for a fun show. We cover the gigantic event held unveiling news about Final Fantasy XV, why Adr1ft is one of the best VR launch titles, and what it looks like when Nintendo makes a social-media service on the iPhone. The back half of the show has Joe Juba, Ben Reeves, and Ben Hanson return to the world of Final Fantasy VII to discuss the game's ending and to announce our next choice for GI Game Club.

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes, or listen to episode 293 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your emails to [email protected] for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

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To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the timestamps below… 

1:55 – Covering the new Final Fantasy XV news
22:00 – VR's launch and Adr1ft
41:00 – Kronos and the other Oculus launch games
1:10:50 – Nintendo's iOS and Android Miitomo
1:15:05 – Listener emails
1:22:00 – Stardew Valley vs. Harvest Moon
1:36:20 – Discussing Final Fantasy VII's final disc

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Get Ready For Our Last Game Club Discussion On Final Fantasy VII

A few months ago, we started the Game Informer Game Club where we play games and talk about them with our (awesome) community. The inaugural game has been Final Fantasy VII,
and we’ve already had three discussions about the game. Now we’re gearing up to bring the Final Fantasy VII discussion to a close with one last session that covers the end of the game and all the side content.

Mark your calendars, because the next GI Game Club session is
happening on March 31, which is when we will air the final segment on the Game Informer
Show podcast. If you still need to catch up on our discussions, you can watch part one here, part two here, and part three here.

As with previous discussions, we have a few conversation topics to think about as you play through the game with us:

  • What are your thoughts about FF VII's soundtrack? Which specific tracks stand out?
  • What are your biggest unanswered questions with the story?
  • What were your favorite strategies for taking out the weapons and Sephiroth?
  • Did you have any favorite little side stories or places to visit at the end of the game?
  • What does the “500 years later” sequence at the end of the game mean? What is humanity’s fate?
  • What were your favorite enemies?
  • Has playing through this game changed your mind on the amount of praise the game gets? Is it just backlash because of its popularity at the time?
  • Is Final Fantasy VII in your top three Final Fantasy games? Why or why not?
  • What type of game do you think would work best for the next GI Game Club game? 

Of course, you can use these questions as a starting point; we’re
interesting in hearing any of your insights, questions, and
observations. Send your comments to [email protected], and we might address them directly during our discussion.

Thanks for being a part of this! The GI Game Club wouldn’t exist without your enthusiasm and participation!

For an archive of our last live chat, head to
page 2.


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Share Your Final Fantasy VII Insights In Our Second Game Club Live Chat

Update: The discussion is now over, but you can read our archived conversation on page two. Also come back in three weeks for the next talk.

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A few weeks back, we announced our inaugural outing for the GI Game Club: a playthrough of the classic JRPG, Final Fantasy VII. We’ve been playing right along with you, and now you can watch or listen to the Game Informer show
for our second full discussion about the game. Ben Hanson, Joe
Juba, and I all sat down for a lengthy conversation where we discussed the content of the first disc and fielded emails you sent our way.

To help further your involvement in the discussion,
we’ve planned a text-based live chat for today, February 26, from 3pm to 4pm CST. Like in the podcast, we’ll be discussing everything in the game that happens after you leave Midgar and up through the end of Disc One. We like you to come and share what you think!

If you’ve been playing along with us, or if Final Fantasy VII is just
one of your favorite games, we hope you’ll join us. We’ll post a link
to the live chat shortly before 3pm on Friday. 

Hope to see you there!

If you can’t make it to this conversation,
we’ll continue to discuss Final Fantasy VII in the coming weeks. If you missed the last live chat, check out our archive of the conversation here, and to join
in next time, play through the end of Disc 2, which takes you up to your return to Midgar. We’ll discuss
that section of the game on March 17 and 18.


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Share Your Final Fantasy VII Insights In Our Second Game Club Live Chat

A few weeks back, we announced our inaugural outing for the GI Game Club: a playthrough of the classic JRPG, Final Fantasy VII. We’ve been playing right along with you, and later today you can watch or listen to the Game Informer show
for our second full discussion about the game. Ben Hanson, Joe
Juba, and I all sat down for a lengthy conversation where we discussed the content of the first disc and fielded emails you sent our way.  

To help further your involvement in the discussion,
we’ve planned a text-based live chat for Friday, February 26, from 3pm to 4pm CST. Like in the podcast, we’ll be discussing everything in the game that happens after you leave Midgar and up through the end of Disc One. We like you to come and share what you think!

If you’ve been playing along with us, or if Final Fantasy VII is just
one of your favorite games, we hope you’ll join us. We’ll post a link
to the live chat shortly before 3pm on Friday. 

Hope to see you there!

If you can’t make it to this conversation,
we’ll continue to discuss Final Fantasy VII in the coming weeks. If you missed the last live chat, check out our archive of the conversation here, and to join
in next time, play through the end of Disc 2, which takes you up to your return to Midgar. We’ll discuss
that section of the game on March 17 and 18.

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GI Show – Far Cry Primal, Garden Warfare 2, FF VII Game Club

This week on The Game Informer Show we get primal and silly. Game Informer's Ben Hanson is joined by Jeff Cork, Kyle Hilliard, and Javy Gwaltney to break down the week's biggest releases. We talk about the surprising Far Cry Primal, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2's accessible shooting, the ingenuity of Superhot, and the success of The Flame in the Flood. For the final segment, we return to the GI Game Club to discuss the classic Final Fantasy VII's 1st disc in its entirety. Joe Juba and Ben Reeves join us for that segment, and we want to thank everyone from the community that emailed in thoughts and questions about the game.

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes, or listen to episode 286 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your emails to [email protected] for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

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To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the timestamps below…

1:50 – The Walking Dead: Michonne
4:20 – Far Cry Primal
12:50 – Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
22:30 – The Flame in the Flood
27:40 – Superhot
34:15 – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
41:50 – Emails sent to [email protected]
1:02:20 – Discussing Final Fantasy VII's first disc

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Our First Final Fantasy VII Game Club Chat Is Complete

UPDATE:

Today's live chat has concluded. Thanks for joining us, everyone! We hope to see you next time. We'll be discussing the rest of Final Fantasy VII's disc one content on February 25 and 26. See you then!

Original Story:

A few weeks back, we announced our inaugural outing for the GI Game Club: a playthrough of the classic JRPG, Final Fantasy VII. We’ve been playing right along with you, and later today you can watch or listen to the Game Informer show for our first full discussion about the game. Tim Turi, Ben Hanson, Joe Juba, and I sat down for a lengthy conversation where we discussed the game and fielded emails you sent to us on the topic in recent weeks. 

That said, we also want to involve you directly in the discussion, so we’ve planned a text live chat for Friday, February 12, from 3pm to 4pm Central time. Like in the podcast, we’ll be discussing the first several hours of Final Fantasy VII, up to the point in the story where the characters depart Midgar.  And we want you to share what you think!

If you’ve been playing along with us, or if Final Fantasy VII is just one of your favorite games, we hope you’ll join us. We’ll post a link to the live chat shortly before 3pm on Friday. 

Hope to see you there!

And don’t worry. If you can’t make it to this first conversation, we’ll continue to discuss Final Fantasy VII in the coming weeks. To join in next time, play through the end of Disc 1, which takes you up to the end of the City of the Ancients sequence of the story. We’ll discuss that section of the game on February 25 and 26.

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Share Your Final Fantasy VII Insights In Our Game Club Live Chat

A few weeks back, we announced our inaugural outing for the GI Game Club: a playthrough of the classic JRPG, Final Fantasy VII. We’ve been playing right along with you, and later today you can watch or listen to the Game Informer show for our first full discussion about the game. Tim Turi, Ben Hanson, Joe Juba, and I sat down for a lengthy conversation where we discussed the game and fielded emails you sent to us on the topic in recent weeks. 

That said, we also want to involve you directly in the discussion, so we’ve planned a text live chat for Friday, February 12, from 3pm to 4pm Central time. Like in the podcast, we’ll be discussing the first several hours of Final Fantasy VII, up to the point in the story where the characters depart Midgar.  And we want you to share what you think!

If you’ve been playing along with us, or if Final Fantasy VII is just one of your favorite games, we hope you’ll join us. We’ll post a link to the live chat shortly before 3pm on Friday. 

Hope to see you there!

And don’t worry. If you can’t make it to this first conversation, we’ll continue to discuss Final Fantasy VII in the coming weeks. To join in next time, play through the end of Disc 1, which takes you up to the end of the City of the Ancients sequence of the story. We’ll discuss that section of the game on February 25 and 26.

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GI Show – Firewatch, XCOM 2 Tips, Final Fantasy VII Game Club

Welcome to a fun new episode of The Game Informer Show. On this week's show, we're missing a Tim Turi for the first segment so Ben Hanson is joined by Jeff Cork, Jeff Marchiafava, and Dan Tack to talk about the week's biggest releases. We cover the pros and cons of Firewatch's scenic narrative, Dan Tack's pro strategies for XCOM 2, Marchiafava explains why everybody's talking about Unravel's Yarny, and much more. Also, stay tuned for the final segment where Ben Hanson, Tim Turi, Joe Juba, and Matt Miller kick off the GI Game Club by discussing the classic Final Fantasy VII in great detail up through the end of Midgar.

Are you playing Final Fantasy VII along with us for our Game Club? Join in our live GI Game Club discussion of FF7 and share your thoughts on Friday, February 12 from 3pm to 4pm Central Time in this live forum

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes, or listen to episode 286 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your emails to [email protected] for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

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To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the timestamps below…

4:40 – Our Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens impressions
9:45 – Firewatch
24:15 – Blizzard's Overwatch
28:05 – Dan Tack's XCOM 2 advice
38:50 – Unravel
41:45 – Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon's expansion
45:10 – Community emails
1:06:55 – GI Game Club discussion on Final Fantasy VII up through Midgar
2:12:30 – Dumb crap

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Play Final Fantasy VII With Us In Our New Game Club

Update: Winners have been selected! Check your "Conversations" inbox on this website to see if you won! If not, we encourage you to play along with us anyway! 

For some time, members of the Game Informer staff have wanted to organize a game club so that the entire Game Informer community could play something alongside one another. We're pleased to officially announce the GI Game Club. The goal is to not just play a classic – in this case the PlayStation JRPG phenomenon Final Fantasy VII – but to also examine certain aspects of games and present our findings for discussion on the podcast and website. Our Game Club can't exist without you, the GI Show listeners/viewers, playing in tandem with us and writing in your comments and insight. To help kickstart the GI Game Club, we're starting off by giving away 20 codes for FF VII on PlayStation 4 and PC.

We chose Final Fantasy for several important reasons. First and most importantly, it's one of the most groundbreaking RPGs ever created, and for many of us it cemented our love for the genre. Secondly, Square Enix is in the process of creating the long-awaited Final Fantasy VII remake, which had been a thing of myth and rumor for many years leading up to its official reveal during Sony's E3 2015 press conference. Lastly, now is a perfect opportunity for those of us who haven't completed the game in years and those of use who have always meant to play it to join up and have some fun dissecting it. Together with the GI community, we aim to examine how FF VII stands the test of time, innovates on the genre as of its release in 1997, and how it might influence our excitement for the FF VII Remake. Even better, the PC and PS4 versions of FF VII include features like switching random battles off and increasing speed to smooth off the edges of the grind in case you need them to keep up.

Our first Game Club discussion will air on episode 284 of the GI Show Podcast (Thursday, February 4), which gives us all two weeks to play up until the same point in the game. For the first "chapter" of our discussion, we should aim to team up with Avalanche and fight our way out of Midgar. Once you hit the open world, save and put down the controller (if you can). We'll follow up with subsequent discussions about the latter sections of the game in the coming weeks.

Be sure to keep a notepad handy to record any observations, criticisms, or questions you think could spark discussion during the Game Club segment of the GI Show. For the first GI Show Game Club session, consider the following discussion topics and questions, but also feel free to share your own insights and perspectives. If you can, recruit some friends to join in on the conversation, and discuss the game together.

 

  • The developers go out of their way to layer in a fiction about the history and lore of Midgar in the opening hours. What are some of most imaginative aspects of the setting?
  • The reactor assault is often cited as one of the most iconic and memorable opening gameplay sequences ever. Why?
  • Do you care about the members of Avalanche?
  • What are your thoughts on the surprising cross-dressing Cloud sequence? If you’re replaying after many years away, does it feel different now than when you first played the game?
  • Final Fantasy VII combines pre-rendered backgrounds and 3D character models. What’s the visual effect as a player? In the context of a 1997 RPG, what advantages did this process provide to the developer?

 

Email your thoughts/questions to [email protected] with the subject headline "Game Club: Final Fantasy". Remember, the GI Show Game Club can't succeed without your participation! For more information about our ongoing Game Club, read our introduction post.

We'll be giving away Final Fantasy VII codes in the comments below. To qualify, post your favorite FF VII memory or a detailed reason why you want to play it and we'll send 20 lucky GI community members a Direct Message on this website with a free download code while supplies last!

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Come Join The GI Game Club

Sometimes we all want to delve deeper and discuss together what makes a game truly memorable. Why is it fun? In what ways did a particular game innovate when it first released? How did the design dovetail with the storytelling? We’re asking you to join us as we take a closer look at games through the GI Game Club. We're beginning with Final Fantasy VII.

With each game, we’ll be announcing our selection a few weeks before our initial discussion, so that you have a chance to dig in and explore what it has to offer. If you tackled the game a long time ago, you should have time for a replay. We’ll post initial discussion topics and questions for you to consider and talk about with your friends. In the weeks that follow, we’ll have a dedicated podcast segment in which we’ll discuss the game in detail. When possible, we may even have special guests on to join in the discussion. Equally important, we’ll ask for your thoughts and questions via email, and use those to help inform our podcast discussion.

In the days following the podcast, we’ll extend the conversation to all of you, with a dedicated live chat on the Game Informer website, moderated and facilitated by one or more of our editors. If you’re really excited about discussing the game, you can even write a dedicated blog entry and send it our way, and we’ll try to include your essay or opinion in our discussion.

Game Club doesn’t need to live exclusively here on the Game Informer website. We invite you to extend the conversation to your own local Game Club groups, and let us know what you and your friends talked about. What were the best parts of the game? On what did you disagree? How was the game different, depending on whether you were replaying it, or playing it for the very first time?

To get started, we’ll be tackling the role-playing classic, Final Fantasy VII. Square’s fondly remembered game is a lengthy one, so we’ll be breaking the discussion down into separate conversations throughout the coming weeks. You can read an introduction to Final Fantasy VII, and explore our initial discussion topics by clicking right here

To send us questions, comments, blog links, or other ideas related to the GI Game Club, drop an email to [email protected]. We hope you join the discussion!

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