I haven’t done this in a while, but you can bet that when I start to resort to the 100 theme challenge and the 30 day gaming topic…um, thingy for blog post topics, I’m running out of ideas. You’re welcome for the honesty. Ahem, today’s 30 day video game topic is #9, the saddest game scene. There are several scenes that have made me rather…misty in the past, but I think there are two main ones that need mentioning. Yes, I’m kind of cheating, but who’s going to put a stop to my reign of rule-breaking terror? No one. So there.
The first one I’d like to talk about is a certain scene from Illusion of Gaia on the SNES. This particular section of the game gets to me every single time, without fail. Kind of like episode 42 of Hoshi no Kaabii. If you’d like that translated, what that boils down to is, yes, I cried during an episode of the Kirby anime. And The Lion King, but we all know that movie’s sad. I’m deep like that. But, I digress. Anyway, what happens in Illusion of Gaia is Will has a dream. His friends and he are traveling on this ship after he beats the boss of the Incan Ruins or what have you, and he falls asleep, only to dream that he is back home. He goes downstairs to spot his deceased mother (okay, while we’re on the topic of sad events related to mothers, I cried during Super Mario Galaxy, as well). When you talk to her, all she does is ask him if he believes the comet approaching their planet is good or bad. I know it’s a rather silly thing to weep over, but the music is very sad in this scene, and it just…gets to me, you know. Every time. Sniff, snort.
And yet, while that scene wins for the sheer number of times it has made me sob, this next scene is actually far sadder, but it contains major spoilers for those who have yet to finish Final Fantasy X. Proceed at your own risk.
Now, a bit of back story is required for this one to make sense. And even then, it won’t, because some bits of FFX were baffling. The game opens with a young man named Tidus who lives in the city of Zanarkand, until a monster named Sin comes. Tidus wakes up 1,000 years in the future, long after Zanarkand has been destroyed. He ends up meeting a summoner named Yuna and travels with her and her guardians as she goes on a quest to temporarily defeat Sin (as it always comes back some time after it is killed). As you may expect, a relationship blossoms between Tidus and Yuna, but Tidus comes upon a most disturbing discovery. He is fake. Apparently he is simply something that has been dreamt up by the Fayth. (Am I losing you? Just bear with me.) Okay, so I still don’t know how that works, but the Fayth have something to do with the Aeons summoners use to fight Sin, and Zanarkand, including Tidus, a former resident of the place, are merely dreams mistaken for real people. Yeah…
Well, the characters figure out a way to defeat Sin permanently, but if this happens, there will be no use for the Fayth anymore, which means they will stop dreaming. And you know what that means, doesn’t it? At the end of the game, at first only the player and Tidus know that this is the end. No more dreaming Fayth means no more Tidus. While he manages to keep a happy face about it, bless his soul, I did not. I started to bawl my head off, especially when Yuna tries to hug him, but is unable because he has already started to fade away. I can’t listen to Suteki Da Ne anymore, either. It makes me cry so hardcore. And so that, dear readers, is my saddest game scene. Now I need a tissue.
A Duck with Leaky Peepers
I somehow already wrote this post in the past without realizing until now, so for a slightly different version, you can find the original post from June 13, 2014 over at the Duck of Indeed. That’s awkward….