You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby

I am so happy!  More happy than when the UK won the Eurovision with Katrina and the Waves in 1997.  More happy than when I looked under the sofa for a hair brush and found a Cadbury’s Curly Wurly instead.  More happy than discovering that Ben and Jerry’s make Cherry Garcia in a frozen yoghurt version.

I’m happy because I will soon have the opportunity to play Chrono Trigger for the FIRST TIME EVER.  Yes, I realise it’s an RPG that was released a bazillion years ago on the SNES, but for myself – and many Brits – I never got the opportunity to play the game first time around, as it was never released over here.

You see, Chrono Trigger was one of the first computer games I ever got really excited about.  I would buy all and any magazines featuring previews of it.  I would count down the months, saving my pennies.  When it was announced it wasn’t coming out in the UK, I was gutted.  I couldn’t understand why the powers above would forsake me so.  So Americans could play it, but I couldn’t?  So I could play the god awful Demolition Man, but not a critically acclaimed title developed by Square’s “dream team”?

However, after many years (13, if you want to be grumpy about it), we’re finally graced with its wonder on the DS.  Well, sort of.  We still need to wait until early 2009 for its release (or late 2008 if you’re of the importing variety), but what’s a few months when you’ve waited half of your life, right?

I know some see the re-release of games on new platforms as a bit of a quick way for developers to make cash, but personally I think it’s a great way to introduce old classics to new generations.  And don’t be mistaken, Chrono Trigger IS a classic.

So don’t worry if I’m not around for New Years.  I’m officially booking all things resembling responsibility or a social life off in advance.  Screw gaming in moderation.  When Chrono Trigger hits the shelves, you won’t see me for dust.  After all, I’ve got a lot of lost time to make up for.







7 responses to “You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby”

  1. Barry avatar

    Im in the same frame of mind as you Kate, I cant wait until this finally gets released on our shores!

    Until then, theres quite a few outstanding RPGs to play on the DS at the moment to keep you occupied 🙂

  2. Zanveth avatar

    I do believe this is firmly on my “list of games to get” once I buy a DS in the upcoming weeks.

  3. Michael avatar

    Hmm, I wasn’t a SNES kid so wasn’t fussed about this BUT… it’s an RPG from Square. You know, old-school Square before they were called Squeenix, a name that sounds like a cleaning product. SQUARE, PEOPLE! Plus it has multiple endings. Mmm, multiple…

    Now, give me a DS and a copy of Panzer Dragoon Saga and I’ll be happy.

    Can you even get Curly Wurlys these days?

    You must have been crushed when it didn’t come over here.

  4. Skill avatar

    You played Demolition Man?! 😮

  5. Scott Cameron avatar
    Scott Cameron

    You’ve certainly got something special to look forward to if it’s your first time. 😀 The game isn’t necessarily long for an JRPG; it’s about perfect, so perhaps we will see at new years. 😉

  6. chobe avatar

    I remember seeing this game reviewed in Super Play when I was a nipper. I didn’t even really know what it was but they seemed to think it was the bollocks (although i think they preferred FFVI, also reviewed in the same issue).

    I’ve since played it about eight times (yeah, illegally but they can go bollocks for not releasing it in the first place).

    Best game evar, srsly. I envy you for getting to play it for the first time.

  7. Jake avatar

    Am very much looking forward to this myself – I think I downloaded a ROM of it when I was at uni… had a major period of downloading RPGs to play – it was back then that you could tell a Square RPG because you *always* started off in bed…

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