An Ode to Final Fantasy IX

I played Final Fantasy IX for the first time nearly twenty years ago.

My brother and I were brand new to the world of RPGs, christened on the classic NES and SNES Final Fantasies only by means of a ZSNES emulator and a floppy disc. Together we had bugged my dad to take us to the local Blockbuster and rent us one of these titanic games — he relented, and…