@ the author:
What the hell was the point of this article, anyway? I didn't need the opening chapter of FF7 recounted through someone's emo-glasses for me, and I certainly didn't need this guy pooh-poohing what was a beautiful, satisfying gaming experience for me and a lot of other players.
So please, english major, appreciate the city and its chapter for what it is: damn good writing and solid, beautiful design.
Uhhhh... he WAS appreciating it for what it was. He was going into the depths of emotion the whole place can bring out in the player. Even you went into detail there, and that's the exact same thing. He was just giving a flavor going with the theme that it starts off in a dark place, then went into detail as to just how WELL DONE that darkness was. How Midgar has such character as a city, that it makes you CARE about what's going on.
That's not emo, and it's the OPPOSITE of pooh-poohing. He started off writing in a way that I, in fact, got ticked off at too... I was like "What?! He's gonna insult Midgar?! I LOVED Midgar!" So I started reading... and it became a bait-and-switch. Rather than complaining, it praised, just displaying how much we as humans often tolerate emotional stories and come out feeling fulfilled and satisfied. It put into words WHY so many of us loved Midgar, just in a way we probably never thought about.
Sorry, but if you DON'T feel for a deep story like that, then you're missing out on the depths that life has to offer. He wrote thoughtfully enough that it's CLEAR (if you actually read) that he doesn't look at ALL of life that way. It was just the flavor he chose for this article, and one of many perspectives for Midgar. He didn't hate Midgar, he appreciated it in loving detail.
I found it to be enjoyable, and could relate to it fully by the end. My eyes even teared up. Every month or so, it seems like folks find new ways in which this game had a LOT of thought put into how it was paced and structured. It's why so many of us still love it after so long.
Thanks for the great read, Mr. Main. It really gave me one more layer to add to my ever-thick love of this game.
It may have started off like a complaint article, but... I see what you did thar.