Sunday, 1 November 2015

Video Game Character of the Month - November 2015 - Tidus - Final Fantasy X

Video Game Character of the Month
November 2015
Final Fantasy X

No, please don't... Just don't do it, please... Don't laugh!!!
And now for a bit of info on, well actually nobody really speaks his name:

He represents the sun (the Okinawan word for sun is Tiida)...
...and yet his element is water
He was originally a rude plumber...
...and then an undead person...
...but is actually is a Blitzball Star
He played for the Zanarkand Abes and, later, the Besaid Aurochs
He is 17 years old...
... but, technically, 1000 years old...
... and a dream construct
He is from Zanarkand 
He is Guardian for Yuna
He is Yuna's love interest...
...although also seems to be involved with Rikku and Lulu
He hates his father, Jecht, which is based off of ancient histories tendency for bad relationships between father and son
His name is never spoken in-game and only written once (due to the player being able to change it
Because of this, no one really knows how to pronounce his name (not counting pronunciation from spin offs and crossovers however)
The symbol he wears both represents a fishing hook and an amalgation of the letters T (for Tidus) and J (for Jecht)
He is very lively
He likes to *shudders* laugh

Origin of Tidus:
In a way of connecting the player and the character, the game's scenario writer Kazushige Nojima wanted the main protagonist to come to a new world much like the player had and, so, be able to learn about the world at the same pace as the protagonist. Tidus' character went through a few changes over the course of development and was an undead character until Nojima watched a movie with the same idea (this theme was later given to the secondary character of Auron). Tidus was also a rude plumber who was part of delinquent gang (... yeah, I'm not sure why either) but this was changed to sports star so as to make him a stronger protagonist. Tidus was designed by Tetsuya Nomura and is themed around the sun and sea while also being made to stand out against the rest of the characters.

Evolution of Tidus:

Throughout Final Fantasy X, Tidus becomes more selfless and less childish as he is forced to confront his troubled past and his hatred for his father. Furthermore, his character development and relationship with Yuna have been almost universally praised. Without giving away too many spoilers, he also disappears a bit, maybe, and then reappears, maybe, throughout the end of X and X-2. In the spin-offs, he has become a Warrior of Cosmos, fought through different Record Realms, met up with Wakka on Destiny Islands (and subsequently disappeared... again) and defeated enemies with the power of song!


Final Fantasy X: released (Japan) on 19th July, 2001/(North America) on 17th December, 2001/(Australia) on 17th May, 2002/(Europe) on May 24, 2002 on the PlayStation 2
Final Fantasy X International: released (Japan) on 31 January, 2002 on the PlayStation 2
Final Fantasy X-2: released (Japan) on 13th March, 2003/(North America) on 18th November, 2003/(Australia) on 19th February, 2004/(Europe) on 20th February, 2004 on the PlayStation 2
Final Fantasy X-2 International + Final Mission: released (Japan) on 19th February, 2004 on the PlayStation 2
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster: released on (Japan) on 26th December, 2013/(North America) on 18th March, 2014/(Australia) on 20th March, 2014/(Europe) on 21st March, 2014 on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita/(North America) on 12 May, 2015/(Japan/Australia) on 14 May, 2015/(Europe) on 15th May, 2015 on the PlayStation 4
Kingdom Hearts: released (Japan) on 28th, 2002/(North America) on 16th September, 2002/(Europe) on 15th November, 2002/(Australia) on 22nd November, 2002 on PlayStation 2
Kingdom Hearts Final Mix: released (Japan) on 26th December, 2002 on PlayStation 2
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix: released (Japan) on 14th March, 2013/(North America) on 10th September, 2013/(Australia) on 12 September, 2013/(Europe) on 13th September, 2013 on PlayStation 3
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories: released (Japan) on 11th November, 2004/(North America) on 7th December, 2004/(Europe) on 6th May, 2005 on the Game Boy Advance
Kingdom Hearts: Re: Chain of Memories: released (Japan) on 29th March, 2007/(North America) on 6th May, 2005 on the PlayStation 2
Kingdom Hearts II: released (Japan) on 22nd December, 2005/(North America) on 28th March, 2006/(Australia) on 28th September, 2006/(Europe) on 29th September, 2006 on the PlayStation 2
Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix: released (Japan) on 29th March, 2007 on PlayStation 2
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix: released (Japan) on 2nd October, 2014/(North America) on 2nd December, 2014/(Australia) on 4th December, 2014/(Europe) on 5th December, 2014 on PlayStation 3
Kingdom Hearts Coded: released (Japan) on 18th November, 2008 on the NTT docomo
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded: released (Japan) on 7th October, 2010/(North America) on 11th January, 2011/(Australia) on 13th January, 2011/(Europe) on 14th January, 2011 on the Nintendo DS
Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Special: released (Japan) on 22nd December, 2004 on the PlayStation 2
Dissidia Final Fantasy: released (Japan) on 18th December, 2008/(North America) on 25th August, 2009/(Australia) on 3rd September, 2009/(Europe) 4th September, 2009 on the PSP
Dissidia Final Fantasy Universal Tuning:
Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy: released (Japan) on 3rd March, 2011/(North America) on 22nd March, 2011/(Europe/Australia) on 25th March, 2011
Final Fantasy XIV: released (World Wide) on 30th September, 2010 on PC
Final Fantasy Tactics S: released (Japan) on 28th May, 2013 on iOS and Android
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: released (Japan) on 16th February, 2012/(North America) on 3rd July, 2012/(Australia) on 5th July, 2012/(Europe) on 6th July, 2012 on the Nintendo 3DS/(World Wide) on 13th December, 2012 on iOS
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call: released (Japan) on 24th April, 2014/(North America) on 16th September, 2014/(Europe) on 19th September, 2014 on the Nintendo 3DS
Pictlogica Final Fantasy: released (Japan) on 21st October, 2013 on iOS and Android
Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade: released (Japan) on 6th January, 2012/(North America) on 14th December, 2012 on iOS, Android and Mobile Devices
Final Fantasy Artniks: released (Japan) on 30th November, 2012
Final Fantasy All the Bravest: released (World Wide) on 17th January, 2013 on iOS/(Japan) on 11th April, 2013/(North America) on 12th September, 2013 on Android
Final Fantasy Record Keeper: released (Japan) on 24th September, 2014/(World Wide except Japan) on 26th March, 2015 on iOS/(Japan) on 24th September, 2014/(World Wide except Japan) on 26th March, 2015 on Android
Final Fantasy Explorers: released (Japan) on 18th December, 2014/(North America) on 26th January, 2016/(Europe) on 29th January, 2016 on Nintendo 3DS
Final Fantasy World Wide Words: released (Japan) on 16th September, 2014 on Android/(Japan) on 22nd September, 2014 on iOS
Final Fantasy Portal App: released (Japan) on 4th February, 2015 on Mobile Devices
Final Fantasy Portal App with Triple Triad Mini-Game: released (Japan) on 1st April, 2015/(in English) on 19th August, 2015 on Mobile Devices
Puzzle & Dragons Final Fantasy Collaboration: released (North America) from the 2nd to the 15th November, 2015 on iOS

That's all on the Blitzball star that is Tidus and, as long as we can stop him from laughing, he should be able to pass into the legends. As always, if I have missed anything or made a mistake, please don't hesitate to comment! Also, if you have a suggestion for a future winner of the award, then please comment as well!

Goodbye for now, Harry


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