New Dad Goggles: How Fatherhood Changed the Way I Experienced 'Final Fantasy VII'

New Dad Goggles: How Fatherhood Changed the Way I Experienced ‘Final Fantasy VII’


Welcome to “New Dad Goggles,” a semi-reoccurring column here.

People always ask the hypothetical, “If you could forget and re-experience any piece of media, what would you choose?” You obviously can’t do that, but the next best thing? Becoming a parent.

It’ll give you a whole new perspective on life — and the media you consume.

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For my younger self, 1997 was an objectively incredible year to be a gamer.

Between seminal titles like “GoldenEye 007” for the Nintendo 64, the literally perfect “Castlevania: Symphony of the Night” for the PlayStation, some small franchise called “Grand Theft Auto” (hope those guys make it!) and the criminally underrated “Fallout,” 1997 was a landmark year for video games and video game players.

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