Man, what a beautiful video, you are describing myself with Ys Series too! I started playing Falcom Games in 2012 with Ys I and II Chronicles for the PSP, the next day I started Ys I, I got other PSN Card and got Oath In Felghana lol. After playing Ys I and II, I just go and look for other Falcom Games!
That's a wonderful and very personal video Ryudo. Thank you very much for sharing. I also feel that the Ys series is something that really led me down the path I'm currently on with Falcom games in general as well as well as many other hobbies such as MSX, PC-88/98. It's just a powerful series that is just so very timeless and influential for me.
When I think about it, I first learned about Ys back on SNES, with Wanderer's From Ys, however I never actually got a chance to play it. It wasn't until I saw a trailer for Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim that I was blown away and wanted to know more about the series. That one game led to me playing all of the Ys games I could get my hands on, introduced me to other Romhacking projects from Aeon Genesis (Since they had Ys IV) and NW's Plight of the Fantranslator where he was working on Ys I & II Complete, and eventually Oath in Felghana.
Both Aeon Genesis (Gideon Zhi's team) and Plight of the Fantranslator opened new doors to other series. Aeon Genesis eventually led to the translation of the Cave Story (Doukutsu Monogatari) which I loved and created a tribute website and community for that I ran for many years, which made me learn how to do website and graphic design (I sucked when I was first starting out) and NW's site let to the Xak III translation, which had me quite curious about what Xak I & II were all about, so after much research I eventually met the original MSX translator for Xak I and he and I are still good friends today. It was also through him that I became interested in MSX computers. I had a brief introduction with them with Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake via emulation, but it wasn't until Xak that I really became active with that scene. My love for Falcom eventually led me to want to collect and play some of the original Falcom games and the Ys series on real hardware and to collect the original games so I could experience them all the same way that someone living in Japan during that time could have experienced them.
And my respect for Romhackers has ultimately led to my wanting to work with a Romhacking team on new projects and has very recently resulted in the creation of a new Romhacking community.
And while this is a bit unrelated to Ys / Falcom, my love for two other of my favorite series also led to other important events in my life. The Genso Suikoden series is what originally led me to working with forum communities and with a translator on a project who would later become my wife. And the Panzer Dragoon series + visiting my wife's family in Japan is what allowed me to eventually be at an event where I got to meet and take a picture with Yukio Futatsugi , one of my all time favorite Japanese game developers responsible for creating Panzer Dragoon, Phantom Dust and Crimson Dragon.
Video games have definitely shaped my life and have made me pretty much everything I am today and the Ys/Falcom series is a huge part of all of it.
Last Edit: Apr 6, 2015 11:11:34 GMT -5 by SkyeWelse
Hey I finally watched this. Had it opened in a tab for a few days. I enjoyed it; great video. My personal story is strikingly similar, though it happened years earlier.
As a child in the 8 bit days my cousin who I very much looked up to told me I wouldn't like games like Zelda. I took that to hart and stayed clear of them until the last couple years of the 16 bit era. At that time my Mom worked at a mom and pop video rental store. Anyone remember those? So when they had old videos, games, etc we could usually get a deal. We would also have first pick of sales before they got put out for the general public. Well this completely unknown game to me was going to be on sale the next day. It hadn't been rented much and they were letting it go for cheap. My family was pretty poor at that point in my life so cheap games like this were my bread and butter. I had the choice between this game and a couple others that were more my cup of tea but something about this game made me go for it.
I'm sure you've guessed it but the game in question was Ys III Wanderers from Ys. After this game opened my eyes I went back and started playing the Zelda's and Final Fantasy's. It was like getting a new system because all of a sudden this whole new library was opened up to me.
I just have to say wow! First, where the heck did you get that awesome T-shirt?! Man, you really represent, I just love that damn T-shirt! Second, you are the man, and your video is brave and deserves recognition, it's the way allot of us feel about the series, and your passion for it is as strong as mine I am exactly like you, I also loved the music from the TG16 and Chronicles version, they are my favorite!
I first fell in love with Ys when I saw the TG16 cdrom version for the very first time when that system was BRAND NEW. I saw it at a Radio Shack being demoed and the first thing I remember feeling was I had friggin chills! I couldn't believe what I was seeing, and hearing. When I first saw the game I witnessed the scene just after Adol beats Darm tower, man I was totally hooked after that!
I wanted you to know that there are people like me out there that appreciate people like you and your love for the series and just like you the series opened my eyes up to many other games and titles I would have rather just overlooked. I made it my mission to play and collect all the Ys games as they brought a light into my life in an otherwise dark and sad world I was in at the time.
I remember the day I finally got Ys IV for the TG16. To actually hold the game in my hands and actually play it after so many years not being able to do so because it was in Japanese and hard to obtain at the time, and what an amazing day it was when I found the english patch for the TG16 version of Ys IV Ys IV wasn't my favorite but was one that I still NEEDED to play and for so long simply couldn't because it was out of reach for a teenager in the 90's
After watching your video it just made me think of all the times the Ys series and especially the original TG16 version (I played to death) changed my life. The game(s) opened up my imagination and set me free in ways I didn't expect, Ys was there when I needed it most and I will never forget that. I still love all the Ys games to this day, and I hope to show my children these games some day
I have made a re-arrangement to the music for Ys Complete (XSEED Version) and included my favorite tracks from the TG16 version and a few from Chronicles in there, it may be exactly what you are looking for if you feel like giving it a try Here's the link: Ys Complete Music Arrangement by rEd2k
If you like it let me know what you think, and stay awesome Ryudo
im from denmark. and played Ys when i was a kid. i was so intrigued by the game but dint get it. couldnt get any whare as i didnt know english. when i started collecting my goal was to get Ys for sega master system and i have never gotten it. but i have 8 other verion of Ys book 1 now (if i remembered them all).
this game is my medicin, i can alwas play Ys. when im in the hospital i play Ys on my honey moon i completed Ys on pc engine. with my husband cheering along.
Ys is made me considder getting a tatto again (イ-ス off caurse).
i will make a video like this.
im learning japanese for this game. its is the perfect game to me.
Unlike many others whose first RPG was Zelda, mine was either Ys on the Sega Master System or Wonder Boy in Monster Land on the same system. I don't remember which one of those I played first, just that I played both when I was around 5-7 years old when I met a friend who owned that system ( I had Nintendo myself ). We never got all that far in Ys as neither were good at English and the game was not all that self-explainatory, but we'd try regardless.
I will never forget the simple yet extremely effective effect of going up on the mountains and seeing the trees get smaller when on the top. It's an effect of sorts that I replicated in RPG Maker MV.
Fast forward until I was 17 and met ye olde Seldane, and we got into talking about this RPG about a red haired guy and a large tower ,and I was like "That sounds like this game I played as a kid! But I don't remember any tower, just a palace on a mountain!" - "Oh, that's the same game I'm talking about!".
Fun little world.
For me, there's never really been any game that's been any kind of eye opener like that you describe. No game that's really made me question "What else is out there?" since I am someone that's always been playing the old games. But the closest two example, to come to something, like that, is Kaze Kiri for PC Engine that made me just back then, and even still, utterly impressed with just how much freedom you have with the controls despite it just being two buttons and a D-Pad pretty much, and Usagi Yojimbo on C64, a game that does things that modern games fail at. And that's not to mention both Alien and Aliens on C64 as well. Very impressive games.