Illuvial

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  1. I read about Dissidia in a 2007 issue of Game Informer, can't for the life of me remember what month it was in. I was intrigued, but despite being a fighting game fanatic and a Final Fantasy fan even at that age (was only 13) I wasn't really sold, and once reviews came out and weren't all that impressive in praise, I decided against picking it up. However, after scumming around for my Freshman year (we in 2009 now) and failing Algebra (yeah, I know) I ended up in summer school with one of my best friends, who would bring his PSP to school everyday just like I did. Only, while I was playing Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker, he had Dissidia. He let me play on his PSP during our break one day, and immediately upon playing my first match on his maxed out Kefka, I was absolutely hooked. Took a few months before I convinced my parents to snag it for me (I was 15 at this point) but once they did, I spent stupid amounts of hours playing it. I neglected almost every other PSP game I had, barely touched my consoles, and stayed up far past curfew just playing it in bed until my alarm clock would go off the next morning for school. Once at school, I'd spend every lunch period, study hall, and any other chance I could get playing against my friends that owned the game. We had a blast, and between collecting all the items and gear pieces, maxing out every character and all their abilities, and having our own small little tournaments among ourselves, we were hooked. However, being someone that followed the FGC, played Smash Bros Brawl competitively, and was an avid Smashboards user, I looked around for a competitive forum and community for Dissidia as well, to try and gain a leg up on my friends and learn all the top level secrets, builds and strats. That led me to discover Dissidiaforums, and I fell in love. I watched all the replays uploaded to the Youtube channel and individual replay threads, scoured every character board to peruse all the tech and MU discussions going on. I fell deeper into the rabbit hole than I already was. I didn't actually join the forums until a couple years later, however, and that was for Duodecim, not for the original Dissidia. Playing with my friends persisted all throughout high school, with me eventually getting a PS3 for myself in mid 2013 so I could play ad-hoc party and such. I 100% completed Duodecim as well, even though it was a far more painful process to go about than its predecessor. In the original Dissidia I mained Kefka and Squall, due to me liking Kefka's spell slinging playstyle (and being a huge VI fan) and me adoring Squall's combo heavy playstyle (despite hating VIII). My main in Duodecim changed a lot over the course of its lifespan. I started with Kefka and Squall, eventually switched over to Cloud and Tidus, then Laguna, then Bartz, Jecht, and more all until eventually resting upon Tidus and Bartz as my go to boys. I adore Dissidia as a franchise, and while Arcade looks... Well looks really rough and a little shoddy for competitive play... Looking at the frequent patch notes and engine overhauls SE has been doing on it, and seeing the gradual improvement of the game since its initial arcade release, I hold hope that there may be something to salvage by the time it makes its console debut. The sooner the better, because my PC can't rub PPSSPP comfortably and I really miss playing with folks from the forums, and exposing myself in tournaments seeing as I didn't understand high level play in Dissidia back then. I'm so much better now, just wish I could show it lol