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23 March 2015 @ 01:07 pm
FF15 - Cid, Cidney, Cindy, Whatever  
Square-Enix really seems to like jerking my (our?) chain =P

Squenix: Guess what, the party in FF15 is going to be all male, and they're gonna go on a bros only road trip!
Me: Gah, really?!?
Squenix: But for the first time ever there will be a female Cid!
Me: Really? That's kinda cool!
Squenix: And this is what she'll look like!
Me: Gah, really?!?

My source for this news was kind of roundabout. I hadn't even realized that a FF15 demo was out (nor the attached Final Fantasy Type-0 game) and stumbled across it via a Polygon article (via the GIA twitter account) where they asked some fashion experts to comment on Cid's outfits throughout the entire Final Fantasy series, which is also where i first found out about the new Cid's very questionable appearance:
http://www.polygon.com/features/2015/3/20/8265139/final-fantasy-cid-fashion

So it seems, based on the limited, subject-to-change info that we have right now, that the "female Cid" will actually be named either "Cindy" or "Cidney", depending on your locale, and will have a father named "Cid".

On the one hand that seems like cheating a little. Maybe they're trying to appease reactionary gamers (i.e. members of GrumbleGortle) by having a "real" Cid they can point to and claim they haven't actually changed anything, but it seems to me that if you're going to even think about having a female Cid then just do it.
 
 
 
Khedronkhedron on March 23rd, 2015 08:28 pm (UTC)
I ... uh ... what?

Steuardsteuard on March 23rd, 2015 11:57 pm (UTC)
Reading through that whole article on the Cid characters' styles through the years was fun (even though I hardly know the games at all). But the commentators' reactions to this latest female Cid picture were just priceless.

I'm deeply grateful that there's very little overlap between my friends and GG supporters, by the way. (I have rarely felt so furious at a group of people, for so long, as I did after a kinda-friend and semi-hero of mine said she was bowing out of gaming because of GG.)
Kirinkirinn on March 24th, 2015 08:35 pm (UTC)
I really doubt Square gives a flying leap about GooberGrump. They *might* somewhat care about treading carefully on series trademark cameos, since everything in FF changes so much in each iteration they're the only thing tying it together that fans can hang on to. But mostly I suspect it's just that there's still a lot of middle-aged Japanese dudes who are often pretty sexist designing things.