Those Who Fight
Join hosts Erin and Allen as they take an in-depth book club style approach to revisiting Final Fantasy VII - it's legacy and impact on not just the medium of games, but on mass culture at large.
info_outline Chapter 20 - Final (Fantasy Remake) Thoughts 05/25/2020
Chapter 20 - Final (Fantasy Remake) Thoughts Erin and Allen and good friend Josh Hinke return for a spoilerific episode covering their final thoughts on Final Fantasy VII Remake. Conversation delves into the wild changes made, their implications for the series going forward, and the fascinating yet uncertain future for the franchise as a whole. Follow Josh on Twitter: @joshywa9 Outro Theme by
info_outline Chapter 19: You Can (Not) Remake (SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE) 04/23/2020
Chapter 19: You Can (Not) Remake (SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE) We’re joined by good friend and games journo to take a big, extra-long episode look at the FF7 Remake. Josh provides an FF7 skeptic’s perspective to our normal patter and we talk about our initial impressions of the game’s faithfulness, the gigantic shoes it tries (and frequently succeeds) at filling, and our collective feelings on the franchise as a whole.
info_outline Chapter 18: Afraid to Go On 04/10/2020
Chapter 18: Afraid to Go On Join us for our goodbye to Disc One, and a temporary hiatus as we enter REMAKE WEEKEND. It’s 4/10/2020 and we’re very excited to tear into FF7R, but not before we deal with the most iconic scene in the original game - the events in the forgotten capital of the Ancients. We discuss our doomsday prep for the upcoming video game marathon weekend, how tamales for Easter are way better than ham, and we try to do our best to add some levity to what is, inevitably, a heavy episode.
info_outline Chapter 17: Shake It, Take It, or Leave It 03/31/2020
Chapter 17: Shake It, Take It, or Leave It Venture into the forest temple with us as Allen and Erin discuss the FF7 cast’s Animal Crossing fursonas, what makes a good villain, yet more Kabbalastic musing, and how we as humans try to explain suffering. Also a stuffed animal makes a noble sacrifice.
info_outline Chapter 11: Wishing Against Fate 01/16/2020
Chapter 11: Wishing Against Fate Hosts Allen and Erin spend the day in Cosmo Canyon, learning about planet science and the nature of the Lifestream - the metaphysical heart of Final Fantasy VII. Erin gives us a very brief introduction to the heretical teachings of Gnosticism and how it relates to many of our favorite pop culture artifacts, we kill a whole-ass boss with just a Phoenix Down, and we get decidedly serious talking about the unique pains of losing a parent. Intro: , acoustic guitar version by Daisuke Minamizawa Outro: piano cover by TPR
info_outline Chapter 7: Ancients and Et-Cetra 10/14/2019
Chapter 7: Ancients and Et-Cetra Our 7th episode digests the second half of the very large plot-burger that is the Nibelheim flashback, where we learn who or what the Ancients are and why the human species is lazy and terrible. Allen and Erin also discuss Northern California’s minor crisis of the week: a planned rolling blackout by our local power company in the height of wildfire season. Speaking of fire, whoops Nibelheim is on fire.
info_outline Chapter 5: Hardy-Daytona Chophouse of Horrors 09/17/2019
Chapter 5: Hardy-Daytona Chophouse of Horrors Join us for the boss fight hell that is the end of Shinra headquarters in this, the fifth episode of Those Who Fight - a podcast about the divisive late 90’s blockbuster that was, and is, Final Fantasy VII. Allen and Erin discuss the new FF7R Tokyo Game Show footage and meeting Rufus Shinra, who isn’t a boring fascist like his dad - he’s like, a COOL fascist with a pet panther and a helicopter that might be a robot? We were confused on that one. We also get into the deep lore of Carl’s Jr burgers, talk about how video game graphics age gracefully, steal a motorcycle, and say goodbye for now to the city of Midgar. Intro: by Patti Rudisill Outro: by Vincent Moretto
info_outline Chapter 4: Shinra Power Company Employee Orientation 09/06/2019
Chapter 4: Shinra Power Company Employee Orientation A bookclub style podcast about Final Fantasy VII.