Hey guys! I have no idea where else to place this, so I thought I'd put it here.
As I mentioned in darkmage's "Final Fantasy VI Improvement" thread, I was introducing some younger kids to the FF series. I really wanted to sell the PS1 era FFs to the kids, but my explanations basically consisted of, "This is awesome and it is a milestone game NOW LET'S PLAY IT." At the same time, I was noticing the back of the PS1 FF boxes really suck.
I mean, seriously, FFIX doesn't even have a bulletpoint features list. It just has a quote saying, "THIS IS THE BEST FF EVER OMG IT'S BY SQUARE BUY IT NOW.
There's more to this story, however. I heard about the improvements made to FFVIII when they ported it to Windows, and I wanted to play it solely for those changes. However, the prices were outrageous, so I opted for piracy. When I went to the torrent site to download it, I found that the uploader even went the extra mile to write his own little story teaser. I really enjoyed it, so I saved it in a .TXT file.
I decided I'd rewrite the jewel case "backsides" for the three PS1 Final Fantasies with my own personal flair. However, I noticed that the other games up until XII had really sucky "box backsides," so I decided to include them all, from I to X-2. I must say I'm pleased with the results.
Unfortunately, when it came time to finally read the text to the kids, their fear of being scorned by their father due his attitude towards JRPGs won out over my innocent little experiment. This basically sat around on my hard drive until I chose to upload it as an attachment here.
Have some "making of" notes, since I give that out like candy.
I had 5 base goals for each set of "teaser text."
1. A snappy tagline.
2. Draw the "customer" into the story without giving too much away.
3. Make it compatible with every version of the game released. I made an exception for FFIII, which I solely based off the DS version.
4. At least four "bulletpoints of interest" and utilize any quotations that would help it "sell."
5. A sense of self-inclusion for the "customer." This one was really important to me.
-For Final Fantasy I, IV, and VI, I based my text off the backs of their original US release boxes. No sense reinventing the wheel, after all.
-For Final Fantasy IX, X, and X-2, I based my text off the backs of their original European release cases.
-For FFVIII, I combined the European release's case with the text I found on the torrent download page. I'm really pleased with how the merge turned out.
-I REALLY wanted to "sell" FFVII to the kids, so I put a bit more effort into it than others. I used the "teaser text" found on Warmech.net, the European case, the US case, the PC boxes, and made sure to include all of their bulletpoints and quotes. I hope my love for this game shows!
Please enjoy, or trash it and walk away, or something
so long as you read it!