Somehow this Game Developers Conference week has seemed much busier than in past years, and I’ve hardly been able to keep up with… well, with everything. Like posting here. I guess it’s because I actually try to socialize these days at events instead of just going home of an evening. I’m one of those people who finds that being at parties is tiring, uncomfortable, time-consuming, and really just a chore all around… but these days it’s the only way I ever get to talk to all the great people I used to work with on a daily basis. Diasporas are the worst.
Meanwhile, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance takes me back to before I even knew those people. It launched about a month after I began working at 1UP, and I was too poor and busy at the time to buy and play it… so despite loving its predecessor deeply, I was only able to briefly borrow the site’s library copy. “Briefly” because it wasn’t nearly as compelling as I had hoped — not a bad game, but ultimately just kind of… boring. Clearly you folks don’t share my opinion, though, as FFTA made GameSpite Quarterly 6‘s reader-voted “most underappreciated games of all time” list! So here you go.