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    LORE – Square Lore in a Minute!


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    Caddicarus is here with your Square Lore!

    Written by Jared Rosen:

    Voiced by Caddicarus:

    Animated by Jeremey:


    In 1986, Waseda graduate Masashi Miyamoto founded Square as a software division of his dad’s electric power company, but didn’t commit many resources to actually making games until a part-time employee named Hironobu Sakaguchi created The Death Trap and The Death Trap 2 for Zilog Z80-based home computers. Their success forced Square away from electric power and into the console games market, where they began porting and developing a series of highly unsuccessful games that threatened to sink the company forever. Sakaguchi, now a full time employee after Square became independent, took three other employees with him and decided to create a game based on the success of Enix’s Dragon Quest – which, if it failed, would make him give up game development forever. He called the title his “Final Fantasy.” The game sold 400,000 copies. Hot on the heels of their success, the company established Final Fantasy as their main franchise and went on to a series of highly successful releases including Chrono Trigger, Xenogears, and Secret of Mana – up until the 2001 release of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, which was such a massive failure (despite Steve Buscemi being eaten by a ghost worm) that it threatened to tear apart a pending merger with former inspiration and current competitor Enix. Enix only agreed to the deal after Sony stepped in to purchase a portion of Square, making it financially stable long enough for Final Fantasy X and Kingdom Hearts to make back all the money lost on Spirits, and in 2003 Square-Enix was officially formed. Six years later the company acquired Eidos Interactive, a move that wound up saving them after Final Fantasy began to lag, and now produces Tomb Raider, Hitman, Thief, and Deus Ex – all of which are good, but none of which are Kingdom Hearts 3. Give us Kingdom Hearts 3. Hey. Square-Enix. GIVE US KINGDOM HEARTS 3.

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