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Old-school fans of the original Final Fantasy games got to lay their hands on the recently released Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters for smartphones and the PC (hopefully to consoles soon). So far, the first 3 entries of the series: Final Fantasy I, II, and III have become available since the last 28th of July.

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Remastering nostalgia

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Remasters is one of the many ways that a video gaming company can continue to immortalize their popular franchises and ensure that their fans get to play them on a more modern engine.

It has become a standard practice for many game developers to port their older games onto newer platforms and it may require little to huge rework, so, might as well kick it up a notch and upgrade the whole thing with better graphics and other quality of life improvements.

Not to be confused with remakes where the whole game is rebuilt from the ground up. Remasters are simply taking the same old structure and sometimes the whole programming code to a newer engine for better gameplay results. Remakes are like building a sculpture from scratch while remasters are taking the old structure and repainting it.

Why the hate

While fans of the hit popular JRPG have been extremely excited for the release of Pixel Remasters, it was a complete letdown for them when they found out that the font used for the games was swapped for a much more terrible one; many fans expressing their dismay over the ugly font.

Apparently, not all remasters are met with positive receptions. Things like these are proof that you simply cannot take too much away from the original. But what exactly makes the Pixel Remaster’s font so weird, especially for the long-time fans of the series?

One of the very first things many fans pointed out is the odd spacing between letters which makes it a bit hard to read from a distance. For fans of the original JRPG, the game is very uncomfortable to look at. It’s too basic, a bit small, and in a true-JRPG fashion, it doesn’t quite fit the whole aesthetics of the game.

The ugly font looks like Arial Narrow, which isn’t technically a bad font. However, the font doesn’t necessarily mix well with the whole theme of the game. It’s like having a cup of coffee for dinner; it’s a terrible combination.

Mods always save the day

It wasn’t long until a fan tried to fix this jarring problem. A Twitter user by the name of Patera Quetzal is one of the many fans who criticized the terrible font choice by Square Enix.

Apart from completely swapping a better font that suits the game, he also made sure that everything was aligned accordingly on-screen; solving all the odd spacing of glyphs, numbers, and other in-game characters. In his tweet, he said that the font he used for the mod was inspired by yet another popular JRPG called Earthbound.

Furthermore, Quetzal also takes it a step further by releasing a version of the mod with the font working extremely compatible regardless of the language. The font file supports the following languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese.

Another mod has saved the day, to say the least. Quetzal did an excellent job preserving the same-old experience that many fans of the series remember to this day. If there’s anything that video game companies learned from these shenanigans, it is the fact that they need to be more careful with the pre-established nostalgia and treat it with care.