Everyone must have a their ways of relaxing from work, destress. Most gamers escape reality and by indulging in various games especially MMORPGs. Anime fans have anime and perhaps, manga.

This may be a repeated topic but I want to write on the things that have fascinated me since birth.

Ghost in the Shell – The idea of accessing the “internet” directly via plugs behind one’s neck is cool. People can replace their senses with machinery for superhuman reflexes. My interest in Batou soared after watching the visually impressive trailer of the second movie, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence. I thank Mamoru Oshii for bringing us this provocative world of Japan in 2029.

Final Fantasy – Each episode in the FF series contains a world of mystery and adventure. The apocalyptic world after Kefka played around with the three statues in the floating continent in FF6 shocked me. The sudden death of Aerith under Sephiroth’s Masamune in FF7 saddens me. I’m moved by Squall’s love for Rinoa in FF8, the scene where he goes out in space to rescue her. Nobuo Uematsu has done a great job with the soundtrack. The Final Fantasy Prelude music that appeared in most games was most enchanting.

Final Fantasy 11 online – I have the game right now but not a good machine to play it well. I’m saving up for one now and I can’t wait to explore this new world in 3D, form hunting parties with Americans or Japanese, complete various missions. Tempting… Damn you SquareEnix for always providing entertainment on a new level.

Lineage 2 – This mass multiplayer online role playing game has been to me, the most absorbing game I’ve ever played. I’ve participated in a raid of the Queen Ant at her lair. About 50-60 Japanese and a few english-speaking players. It was quite enjoyable teaming up with people from far away to kill a boss monster. I love Lineage 2 too but too bad the Final Fantasy series has already captured my heart years before Lineage existed.

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