Video Game Quotes: Final Fantasy IX

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Blind pursuit of power is a meaningless vice

– Amarant, Final Fantasy IX

It can be easy to focus on your goal, only to miss the point of why you are pursuing the goal to begin with. The word “power” in this quote could easily be substituted for “money,” “fame,” “prestige,” or even “knowledge.” Yes, it is important to be focused, but intention is essential to achieving the results you want.

If the reason why you are striving for something is forgotten, then it is time to stop and take a look at what you really want to accomplish. Don’t let yourself fall into a routine, mindlessly trudging forward, without asking yourself “is this what I really want?”

Getting Back On Track

So what do you do if you find yourself heading down the wrong path? Should you keep going, or speed up? All too often, we choose responses that only make our situation worse.

C.S. Lewis said this: “If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road, and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.”

Now, it takes a fair amount of humility to admit you are wrong, and even more humility to make a change, but your progress in life may very well depend on it.

If you catch yourself heading aimlessly in life, take a moment to stop and find yourself again and then get clear on your purpose. I know how frustrating it can be when you want to see results from all your hard work, but without focus and direction, hard work is meaningless.

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Video Game Quotes Final Fantasy VI On Hope

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First things first. For once I feel hopeful!

– Edgar Roni Figaro, Final Fantasy VI

Final Fantasy VI is one of my all time favorite video games. The story, the music, the game play, and all of the characters – everything about this game is outstanding.

The story follows quite a dramatic arc, filled with fun and adventure, but some very terrible things happen in the course of the game. Tales of love that was lost, depression, powerlessness, separation, and even the near destruction of the world.

But at it’s heart, Final Fantasy VI is about hope. About finding meaning in the face of extreme adversity. About finding your purpose and living life with intention.

Maybe you are feeling a bit lost or hopeless. Edgar’s quote gives us a hint for how to get back on track:

First things first.

When life feels overwhelming or we have a hard time finding hope, focus on what you can do, right in front of you. Make sure you eat well, sleep well, and spend time with those you love.

Don’t worry about every detail, but focus on the one thing you can do right now to make your situation a little better. Take action each day, even if what you can do seems small or insignificant, it adds up.

Seeing results will give you hope. But even if you cannot see results right away, don’t give up. If video games can teach us anything, it’s the ability to persist in the face of challenge – and overcome.

You got this.

– Jon

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Podcast EP 34: Arnie Roth & Final Fantasy: A New World

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Arnie Roth is an American Grammy Award-winning conductor, composer, and record producer, best known for conducting numerous concerts for video game music. He is also a classically trained violinist and a member of the Grammy Award-winning music group Mannheim Steamroller. Roth is also the principal conductor and music director of the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, Play! A Video Game Symphony, and several Final Fantasy concerts including Distant Worlds and Final Fantasy A New World.


SPECIAL GIVEAWAY – Win a pair of tickets to the January 23, 2016 Miami, Florida performance of Final Fantasy: A New World – CLICK HERE TO ENTER! (Contest ends 1/19/16). 


 

Join us as we talk about:

  • Arnie’s involvement with the music of the Final Fantasy.
  • What is unique about the music of Final Fantasy, and Final Fantasy A New World.
  • Some of the amazing ways that fans express their passion for the music and the games themselves.
  • The magic behind translating the music of Final Fantasy into full orchestral performances.
  • What Arnie has learned in his own life through being a part of directing and performing music from Final Fantasy games.
  • …and much more!

Learn more about Final Fantasy: A New World by going here: http://ffnewworld.com/

Video Game Quotes: Final Fantasy VII on Strength

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Strength without determination means nothing…and determination without strength is equally useless.

– Godo Kisaragi (Yuffie’s Father), Final Fantasy VII

What have you quit? Where have you given up? Did you allow your dreams to die, or did others choke them?

Often, those who win (at life, in video games) simply keep trying longer than others who quit. Failure is only final when give up.

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Video Game Quotes: Final Fantasy VII On Communication

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Words aren’t the only way to tell someone how you feel.

– Tifa Lockheart, Final Fantasy VII

I recently started yet another play though of Final Fantasy VII (on my Playstation 3 via the Playstation Network) – and this quote jumped out at me near the start of the game. 

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Video Game Quotes: Final Fantasy X On Love

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Stay with me until the end.

Not until the end, always.

Always then.

Tidus & Yuna, Final Fantasy X

Yup. I’m a bit of a sappy romantic. I’ll admit it, I have cried more than once while playing video games. Final Fantasy VII started it, but Final Fantasy VIII and Final Fantasy X really did it for me. The music, the story, and the atmosphere all work together in an amazing way. But I don’t want to say much more about games today, I want to talk about my wife of 12 years.

It’s hard to believe that it has already been 12 years. Then again, it is hard to remember a time before her and I were together.

In video games, “escort missions” are the worst. You usually play as a hero who is loaded up with weapons, tasked with defending a helpless computer-controlled NPC (Non-Playable Character). The AI is typically pretty bad, with the character you are responsible for protecting running right into trouble.

Just to be clear, my marriage has been nothing like that. My wife is one of the strongest women I know. I am so proud of her and her hard work as a wife, mother, student, and employee.

She’s pretty incredible.

I love you babe.

An Expert Shares How to Really Listen to Music and Change Your Life

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As I continue to explore the intersection of life, leadership, and video games, I would be terribly remiss if I did not speak about a key component and source of joy in my life: music.

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Podcast EP 09 – Level Up In Real Life

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Episode 09 features more important life lessons from video games – the concept of leveling up.

The Importance of Leveling Up

Originating in role playing games, the idea of leveling up has become ubiquitous across all genres of video games. The is idea is that time, effort, and successes within games help us grow and progress, often represented by a level number.

 

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Boost Your Productivity with a Final Fantasy Inspired Coffee Elixir

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The Elixir in the Final Fantasy Game Series is an extremely valuable and rare item, that in most cases completely restores your health and magic points. It would be great if something like this existed in reality – imagine the benefits it could have in productivity! I can only imagine that a product like this would not be FDA approved, nor would it be recommended for daily use.

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How Video Games Can Help Us Lead Change. I’m Even Using This Method to Get Out of Debt!

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Debit: Two cars, a house, student loans, Best Buy and two Macy’s credit cards. My wife and I had just accepted the fact that these monthly payments would continue as far as we could see into the future.

Until we were presented with a thought process that challenged us to change our ways. But change is really hard, even when we really, really want to make it happen. Change is needed for … Continue reading