Final Fantasy 7. That's all I really need to say isn't it? The game that changed gaming and gamers, myself included. Before FF7, the closest I ever came to playing an RPG was Zelda. In itself Zelda was great, but RPG's were mostly lost on me. I wanted more in the way of graphics, and finally got my wish with FF7. Having never played a Final Fantasy game before, everything was new to me: The way characters interacted and behaved, the battle system, and how you traveled across this whimisical world were all new to me. It was beyond incredible and I enjoyed every hour of it.

With the release of Advent Children, all the memories and feelings have once again been stirred with no complaints (well, Heather has a few concerning Cloud...). If you can get your hands on a copy (all the stores around us sold out), do it.

Along with the beautiful CG work there is a great 'making of' on the second disc, as well as trailers for FF7 related games (including 'Dirge of Cerebus').

Will there be an FF7 remake for the PS3? Rumors are currently pointing toward yes (no doubt, in response to the release of Advent Children in the states). Some sources are confirming that the Tech Demo of FF7 is more than a demo, and in fact will be a full blown remake. I'm sure many things will be revealed at E3 this year.

Hippo, Tortise and Foxes

My Mom sent me some really cute photos awhile back of a hippo and tortise, and there is an interesting story behind them:

The baby hippopotamus (nicknamed "Owen") survived the tsunami waves on the Kenyan coast, and formed a strong bond with a giant male century-old tortoise.

Owen, who weighs about 650 pounds, was swept down Sabaki River into the Indian Ocean, then forced back to shore when tsunami waves struck the Kenyan coast on December 26. Wildlife rangers rescued him, but the hippo was traumatized (having lost it's mother during the tsunami). Fortunately the baby hippo met a tortoise in a Mombassa animal facility, and they established a strong bond.

They swim, eat and sleep together.

The hippo follows the tortoise exactly the way it would follow its mother.

If somebody approaches the tortoise, the hippo tries to protect it, as if the tortise were it's biological mother.

Awww.... Aren't animals wonderful? ^_^

On an unrelated note, I drew some interesting foxes the other day! They are tentatively slotted for a specific client's project, but if that doesn't work out I plan to use them for something else more personal because I'm really happy with them *^^*.

Here's a small example:

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