Guys! A huge announcement was made at E3 today. It was the biggest thing I've heard for many, many years. While looking through videos and trying to catch up on all the news that I've missed from E3 so far, I got a fair share of exciting visuals and some interesting follow-ups on games like Metal Gear Solid, Assassin's Creed, Tomb Raider, and Fallout. You know...things like that. And then I stumbled upon a video on Facebook that revealed probably some of the biggest news, at least for me and a few...thousand others, I've heard since I was a teen!

That's right, Final Fantasy VII is officially being remade for the PS4! The narrative teases it's fans. The visuals are stunning and exciting, and the video contains lots of great images recognizable to fans. And it ends on a note that left many squealing with joy. Honestly, I stared in awe with my body covered in goosebumps while tears threatened to fall from my eyes. Yes...I'm THAT much of a fan over Final Fantasy VII. Honestly, the game changed my life. If it weren't for that franchise, I most likely never would've been inspired to write my own novels and bring my characters to life. So, it's a big deal to me.
While no release date was given at the end of the trailer, I do have my own speculation. I'm going to say it's safe to predict a 2017 release, just in time for the 20th anniversary. As soon as the tech demo released for the PS3 all those years ago, people have been demanding a remake. I had my own hopes that they were already at work on one and would be releasing it on the next gen PS4. Looks like my gaming dreams have come true, and I'm in 7th Heaven right now! I can't wait to hear more news, and you can bet your Gil that I'm going to get the biggest and fanciest collector's edition I can find! Let's just hope that with the timeline ahead, Square can make things right with this remake and bring back old fans along with the new. For now, I'm excited with this teaser. I'll be keeping tabs on this!
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A. R. Crebs is the writer and illustrator of "The Esoteric Design" series. Lover of sci-fi and fantasy. Videogame enthusiast. Badass cookie baker. Crazy good at cricket sound effects.
 
 
This post was originally written February 15, 2015 right before the release of Disbanding Hope. I've been meaning to start up a blog, but I keep sitting on the fence. I decided that this is as good a time to start. May as well jump in! For future blogs, I plan on writing about things that interest me: videogames, movies, books, nerdy things, motivation, anything I find relevant to my life journey that may entertain you. This first entry is more of a motivational piece. I wrote it on a night where I was feeling particularly discouraged. Sometimes, we all encounter self-doubt. Other times, we just feel bummed. My goals in life are not just to entertain but to motivate and inspire. Since this entry has already inspired others when posted on my other sites, I decided this would be a good one to start with. Thanks for stopping by! 

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You know what? I had to take a break today. Lately, as very few of you know, life has suddenly thrown some bricks at my face. And yes, I've been thoroughly stressed. I've been stressed about the release of my book. I'm just as anxious as many of you are for me to get it finished and published. But also, life has made some unexpected turns. And though right now some of these bricks seem to be large problems, I know that they are being flung at me for a purpose. 

It is February. It has been a year since I quit a job that made me miserable and physically sick. I say that I am stressed, but I am not stressed like I was before I quit my job. The past year has certainly been a life-changing year. I've made friends, lots of them. We all have similar interests...and this is relatively new to me. I have made unbelievable connections, and I am doing what I've always wanted to do. So, even though life has suddenly thrown in some wild turns to my roller-coaster, I find I have to keep reminding myself that a year ago, my perception was entirely different. And while I'm frustrated with myself for not finishing my personal work sooner, and feeling irritated with typical life events, I know that it is all for the better. I know that I will keep climbing that ladder. There are so many rungs before I'm at the top. And for now, I'm taking each one step-by-step. I'm living my dreams. Life may be difficult now, but I can only see that it has the potential to be better. And though this may sound like I'm only talking about myself, I'm talking about many others. 

We cannot give up on what we want in our lives. We have to keep pushing forward, driving, digging, pushing, pulling, climbing. Whatever it may be, however we are traveling through life, if you set your goals and remember to do what it is you feel is right, you will see that it is possible. Seriously, a year ago I was afraid not one person would read my book. I was afraid people would hate my characters. Now, as I see the response, receive my messages, and see how excited people are for the sequel, I know that I made the right choice to continue following my dreams. Everyone has the potential. I want them to realize that. I want people to understand that you can do what you want. It requires lots of time and patience. Yes, you'll be frustrated. Yes, you'll have your doubts. And yes, you will sometimes hate yourself and feel like a failure. Just...keep...going. 

I'm not far in life, and I'm nowhere near where I want to be, but I'm so damn glad I took that scary step and decided to live for myself for a change. Life has hit me with worse. I have always managed to climb out on top. It's been gritty, it's been ugly, but I'm here. It's easy to say I have regrets, but I also remember that each step brought me here. So, even though times may seem rough, and life may seem to be swallowing you whole, remember that there is always a way. Sometimes it requires tough decisions. Many times it requires sacrifice. And always...ALWAYS...it requires hard work. I want to not just entertain, but I want to inspire. I want everyone to strive for their goals and dreams. Why? Because we have so much fun doing it. And there simply isn't enough fun in this world when everyone is too afraid to try. So...let's kick some ass!


A. R. Crebs is the writer and illustrator of "The Esoteric Design" series. Lover of sci-fi and fantasy. Videogame enthusiast. Badass cookie baker. Crazy good at cricket sound effects.