Tag: Final Fantasy

Stand By Me: Love & Vulnerability in ‘Final Fantasy XV’

Final Fantasy XV centers around love between men. If you’ve played the game, this is not a contentious statement. It’s been almost a year since the release of the latest installment in the Final Fantasy franchise, and after playing it, I would argue it’s…

Conversations From the ‘Final Fantasy XV’ Locker Room

Several months before Final Fantasy XV was released, I saw the arguments beginning: how could a video game franchise with such a long history of including women as playable characters release a game with a main cast of four men? I empathized with the outrage: women…

The Right to Exist: Transition & Affirmation in ‘Final Fantasy IX’

[Trigger warning: mentions of gender dysphoria and transmisogyny.] I was in the middle of finishing Final Fantasy IX because XV’s coming up when I realized that my playthrough was decidedly more impactful than a mere way to dredge up hype. I knew I loved the game back in…

Part of Your World: Through the Years of Exclusivity in RPGs

In my initial contact with role-playing games, the genre held a kind of “mystique” that transcended the on-screen material and established, for me, a tangible allurement; both to that of the games themselves and the people who spoke about them. The narrative and gameplay…

‘Final Fantasy XV’ Sends an Important Message About Toxic Masculinity

Last Wednesday’s Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV event revealed that Final Fantasy XV will finally come out later this year — ten years after being originally announced back in 2006. It is a game that is well-known both among fans and non-fans of the series…

Gaming While Grieving: Side Quests & Grinding Through the Healing Process

I should preface this return to writing for FemHype by saying I’ve missed this so much. And sorry I’ve been gone! I posted two stories when the site first started, and while in the middle of working on my third, found out my father…