The following is an episode of The Drawing Board focused on The Legacy of Final Fantasy VII Remake. The Drawing Board is a podcast and video series by With a Terrible Fate that highlights the unstructured conversations about video games from which our analytical content is derived. The Legacy of Final Fantasy VII Remake is a series that analyzes how and why the remake of Final Fantasy VII is a landmark innovation in both Final Fantasy and video-game storytelling more broadly.

Welcome to Episode 16 of The Drawing Board, a podcast and video series by With a Terrible Fate.

This episode is our second “Very Special Postmortem,” in which the analysts who’ve written articles for The Legacy of Final Fantasy VII Remake sit down for a free-wheeling conversation about what inspired their articles, how their views on those articles have changed since publication, and what they’d like to analyze next. As a special bonus, we’ve now added video and brought this conversation to YouTube, so you can watch all the video-call action between our analysts if you want (or, if you prefer the audio-only podcast experience, you can simply… play the video without watching it!).

Join Dan, Aaron, and Adam for a 94-minute exploration of:

If you have a perspective on these articles and would like to hear the analysts respond to them, simply reach out to us through Twitter, Facebook, or email (withaterriblefate [at], and we may shout you out in a later episode!

Enjoy the postmortem below, and look for more analyses of Final Fantasy VII Remake and other groundbreaking video-game stories coming soon.

Be aware: this video contains spoilers for Final Fantasy VII,  Final Fantasy VII Remake, Final Fantasy IX, and NieR.

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Aaron Suduiko

Aaron Suduiko - Founder and Chief Video Game Analyst

Aaron Suduiko is the founder of With a Terrible Fate and a philosopher of video-game storytelling. He specializes in the impact of player-avatar relations on game stories.  Learn more here.

Dan Hughes

Dan Hughes - Video Game Analyst

Dan Hughes has dabbled in everything from playwriting to religious studies to YouTube personas. He is the seriesrunner for With a Terrible Fate's "Now Loading... The Video Game Canon!"  Learn more here.

Adam Bierstedt

Adam Bierstedt - Video Game Analyst

Adam Bierstedt is an MA student studying Medieval Scandinavian literature and history. He focuses on the ways in which video-game systems—like lore, level design, and politics—influence our understanding of story.  Learn more here.

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