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PlayStation Official Magazine (UK) - - FAVOURITE THINGS -

What’s your favourite PlayS­ta­tion game of all time, on any sys­tem? That’s a very dif­fi­cult ques­tion. I’ve played many games since join­ing the game in­dus­try, and I ended up get­ting re­ally into some games even though I was just plan­ning to check them out for busi­ness. Re­call­ing my school days when I was purely en­thu­si­as­tic about a game it­self, the first Ridge Racer was my favourite game that I played the most back on PlayS­ta­tion. I didn’t pay much at­ten­tion to the Namco logo on the game, but it might have in­spired me to un­know­ingly to en­ter this com­pany.

What PlayS­ta­tion series most af­fected you? My mem­ory is too vague for a de­tailed an­swer to this ques­tion, but I pre­sume the Dragon Quest series. It’s a mas­ter­piece that’s af­fected gamers of my gen­er­a­tion for long time. In­deed, I was sur­prised that many peo­ple I know bought the new­est ti­tle [Dragon Quest XI] even though they’re in their 40s. At the time it must have been dif­fi­cult to pro­pose fus­ing the tra­di­tional and the new to­gether when that series be­gan devel­op­ment, which was to­tally fresh. The Dragon Quest series has a very long his­tory and still af­fects old and new play­ers, which is re­ally a great ref­er­ence to me.

What game or series most in­flu­ences you? My very first game was not re­leased on PlayS­ta­tion, but Vir­tua Fighter has been a big in­flu­ence for me. I never ex­pected that my­self in my 40s could use the knowl­edge gained dur­ing my teenage years. Ac­tu­ally, I don’t think I’ve ever told any­one at work that I love Vir­tua Fighter.

Which PlayS­ta­tion game or series or de­vel­oper changed the in­dus­try? It’s a sim­i­lar an­swer to #2, but I pre­sume Fi­nal Fan­tasy VII was the trig­ger for th­ese now-in-their-40s peo­ple to buy PlayS­ta­tion at that time, even while they didn’t have much money. I be­lieve the Fi­nal Fan­tasy series is still lead­ing the lat­est visual tech­nol­ogy on PlayS­ta­tion.

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