final fantasy vii

I came across this gem of an article over at College News. They compiled a humorous and entertaining list of seven things that gamers are likely to have learned when they were younger, playing Final Fantasy VII. So as not to ruin the impact of the list, I’ll just re-post one here so you get an idea:

5.Genetic engineering is either really bad or totally awesome

On one hand, Final Fantasy VII clearly shows that genetic engineering can be pretty badass. Sephiroth is created from the cells of a genocidal alien and he quickly becomes the poster boy of the Shinra army, a talented, powerful soldier without peer. On the other hand, Sephiroth also exhibits mental instability as a result of the gene therapy. He flips out halfway through the game, murders an entire town, stabs the president and then tries to annihilate the planet by crashing a meteor into it.

Oddly enough, they never show this as a potential side effect in Gattaca.

Lesson Learned

In the not-so-distant future, when the doctor asks if you want to pay to infuse your unborn baby with genes that could make them smarter, faster and stronger than a normal human being, remember what Final Fantasy VII taught you: Your genetically enhanced offspring could grow up to be a brilliant scholar and prodigious athlete, with wealth and fame as theirs for the taking. At the same time, they could also lock himself in their room upon hitting puberty, develop a Messiah complex and stab you to death in your sleep.

Read the rest of the article for more funny. There’s a couple uses of ‘rough’ language, so be warned, if you aren’t into that sort of thing. It isn’t too bad, though.

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