Game Trivia

During the final boss of the game, there is one spell you can Draw from it: Apocalypse. However, there is no time between battles to junction it, so its ability to be Drawn is very unusual.

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There are a couple of dummied-out spells in this game (Percent and Catastrophe) that were to be exclusive to Selphie's Slots ability. Some data remains present for these spells, though it's not complete: for example, the animations for these use Fire's animations by default. Percent is used to drop the foes' HP to critical levels, and Catastrophe deals heavy non-elemental damage to all foes. You can still obtain these via cheating devices.

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There is a soundtrack named "Raid on Dollet" that is used in the game's demo, but not in the actual game, even though it's on the actual disc.

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The Quistis card is the only character card in the game whose picture faces to the right.

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Apart from the shots of Rinoa in the field and Squall dueling with Seifer, all the shots shown in the opening sequence are clips from FMV sequences to appear later in the game.

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Development began during the English localization process of Final Fantasy VII.

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This game earned more than 50 million US dollars just 13 weeks after its release.

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Hironobu Sakaguchi was working on the feature film Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within during production of Final Fantasy VIII. He therefore left the task of directing the game to Yoshinori Kitase while Sakaguchi acted as the executive producer.

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Programmer Kentarow Yasui came up with and implemented the idea of the Triple Triad card game.

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The game cost just under $30 million dollars to make among a team of 180 people.

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The game's full-motion video sequences were made by a team of 35 people with the cutscenes running about an hour in total.

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The general idea for the game's atmosphere and setting was to be "bright and fresh." A significant contrast from the darker settings of Final Fantasy VII, the team felt that this was an appropriate change for Final Fantasy VIII.

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Yoshinori Kitase wanted to give the game a more foreign atmosphere. To achieve this, designs were used that were inspired by Ancient Egyptian and Greek architecture, Paris, France, and an idealized futuristic European society. The game's characters were also designed to have European appearances.

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Squall was the first character created for the cast of Final Fantasy VIII. The scar across his face was designed to give him greater significance and make it clear that he was the main character.

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Scenario writer Kazushige Nojima wrote the backstory for Squall. The scar on his face was added before the character's scenario was written.

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The fur lining on Squall's jacket was designed by Tetsuya Nomura as a challenge to see how accurately the full-motion video team could animate it.

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Nobuo Uematsu tried to base the music off the emotional content of the story, commenting: "I think it will be a shame if we won't be able to cry as we play our own game."

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The game's theme song "Eyes on Me" was performed by Chinese singer Faye Wong.

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This game makes a cameo appearance in the 2000 film version of Charlie's Angels.

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Faye Wong was selected to sing the song Eyes on Me because Nobuo Uematsu felt her voice and mood seemed to match his image of the song exactly.

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Famous Quotes

Quistis: I'm not asking you to say anything. I just want you listen.
Squall: Then go talk to a wall.

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Squall Leonheart: Someday you're bound to lose everything. Everybody around you will be gone. Then what are you left with? Nothing. Nobody... it's so miserable. And inevitable. It's so hard to recover from something like that. I never want to deal with that again. I can't. Even if it means being alone...

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Squall Leonheart: Why do people depend on each other? In the end you're on your own. I'm fine by myself now. I have all the skills I need to survive. I'm not a child anymore... that's a lie. I don't know anything. I'm confused. I don't want to depend on anyone. How can I do that? Someone tell me... someone? So I'll end up depending on others after all...

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Squall Leonheart: Right and wrong are not what separate us and our enemies. It's our different standpoints, our perspectives that separate us. Both sides blame one another. There's no good or bad side. Just two sides holding different views.

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Seifer: This is great... I have a Chicken-wuss and a guy who just reached puberty in my squad...

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Rinoa Heartilly: I guess... I'm getting scared. Sometimes... when I'm with all of you... I... feel like we're on the same wavelength... you know? But when the battles start happening, it's different. Everyone's tempo seems to pick up and... ...I get left behind. I try to catch up, but it's no use... How far is everyone going? I can't hear anyone... once I catch up, I wonder... is everyone safe? Will they welcome me with open arms? ...Is everyone ok? Will we all make it back together?

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Quistis Trepe: You know, the boys often choke on this test when I come with them. I guess my charm makes them nervous.

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Rinoa: Hey, you're the best looking guy here. You wanna dance with me?

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Squall Leonheart: I had a dream, too. It wasn't pleasant, though... I dreamt I was a moron...

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Squall Leonheart: Reality isn't so kind. Everything doesn't work out the way you want it to. That's why... as long as you donít get your hopes up, you can take anything... you feel less pain.

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Squall Leonheart: Will they... will they talk about me this way if I die, too? Squall was this and that, using past tense, saying whatever they want? So this is what death is all about... not for me. I won't have it!

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Squall Leonheart: The true... goal of SeeD... is to spread... seeds all over the world... flowers... fill the world with flowers.

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Squall Leonheart: I hate having nothing to do. It gets me thinking too much.

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Squall Leonheart: No argument there. Trite, and dull as hell, though.

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Kiros: I'd say you're about a -3 on the manliness scale.

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Rinoa Heartilly: You're still a teenager. Why don't you act like one for a change?

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Squall: ...Whatever.

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Squall Leonhart: Right and wrong are not what separate us and our enemies. It's our different standpoints, our perspectives that separate us. Both sides blame one another. There's no good or bad side. Just two sides holding different views.

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Seifer: Shut your damn mouth, chicken-wuss!

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Squall Leonheart: I don't mind fighting the sorceress. It's unavoidable as long as I'm a SeeD member. What? As long as I'm a SeeD member? What if I quit? Quit... then what? What do I have left? Don't even want to think about it. Just stop thinking...

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Squall Leonheart: Did I say something terrible? Women... I don't understand them.

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Squall Leonheart: I feel like a helpless puppet being manipulated in some major scheme.

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Squall Leonheart: It feels great to have friends who believe in you, and adults you can rely on.

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Squall Leonheart: Forget it. I don't want friends who won't be around tomorrow.

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Squall Leonheart: Everybody, this is Squall. How's everyone doing? You're all probably too tired to even stand up after all the fighting. But I want everyone to listen to me... we still have a chance to win, and I need your help. This is going to be our final battle. We're going to attack them before they come in again. To do that, we're going to head straight into their Garden. So I want everyone to prepare for a major collision. Take care of all the junior classmen. Irvine, Quistis, Zell, and Selphie will lead the attack into their Garden. As for everyone else, please support them if you can. SeeD was formed to fight the sorceress, at least, that's what I heard. And Garden was created to train SeeDs. So this battle is Garden's destiny and also our destiny. It's a grueling battle, and I'm sure you guys are all exhausted. But I don't want to have any regrets. I don't want anyone to look back and regret this day. So just this once, I want you guys to give everything you've got! For yourselves, and for me!

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Squall Leonheart: What do you think? To tell you the truthÖ I worry too much about what others think of me. I hate that side of meÖ thatís why I didnít want anyone to get to know me. I wanted to hide that side of myself. I hate it. Squall is an unfriendly introverted guy. It made it easy for me when people perceived me that way. Thatís a secret between you and me. Got that?

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Squall Leonheart: Rinoa... even if you end up as the world's enemy, I'll... I'll be your knight.

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Rinoa Heartilly: Act on my decision? That's your duty? Oh, what an easy life it must be, just to follow orders...

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Rinoa Heartilly: Do you actually have fun acting so callous towards your comrades?

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Rinoa Heartilly: But now... Squall, you're the one who gives me the most comfort. Comfort and happiness... And annoyance and disappointment, too!

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Rinoa Heartilly: I don't want the future. I want the present to stand still. I just want to stay here with you...

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Ultimecia:
Reflect on your... Childhood...
Your sensation... Your words... Your emotions...
Time... It will not wait...
No matter... ...how hard you hold on. It escapes you...
And...

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Squall: The true...goal of SeeD... To spread... seeds all over the world... ...Flower... Fill the world with flowers.

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Squall Leonheart: I don't want to carry someone else's burden.

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Squall Leonheart: Everything will be fine now... because I'm not alone. If I call out... they will answer.

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Squall: (I dreamt I was a moron...)

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Quistis Trepe: Squall, it's not like everyone can get by on their own, you know?

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Quistis Trepe: Even after becoming an instructor, I couldn't stop thinking about Squall. I thought it was... love. I had to hide my feelings because I was an instructor, but I've come to realize it wasn't. It was my childhood feelings as a big sister that lingered...

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Quistis Trepe: She might wake up with a kiss from the prince.

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Quistis Trepe: Hello, this is Quistis Trepe. I've been quite busy with my SeeD duties. How's everybody doing with their studies and training? For all those working towards becoming a SeeD and everyone else, just remember, have fun.

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Squall: I hate having nothing to do. It gets me thinking too much.

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Seifer: This is great... I have a Chicken-wuss and a guy who just reached puberty in my squad...

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Ultimecia: I am Ultimecia. Time shall compress... All existence denied.

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Ultimecia: ...SeeD... SeeD......SeeD...... SeeD, SeeD, SeeD! Kurse all SeeDs. Swarming like lokusts akross generations.

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"I dreamt I was a moron..."
Ė Squall

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Connection to Other Media

Galbadian Soldiers Biggs and Wedge are references to two characters from Star Wars, Biggs Darklighter and Wedge Antilles. They have appeared in some form in nearly every Squaresoft game since Final Fantasy VI.

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During the 2004 summer Olympic Games, the U.S.A. synchronized swimming team (Alison Bartosik and Anna Kozlova) performed to two songs from Final Fantasy VIII: "Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec" and "Liberi Fatali". Their performance won a bronze medal.

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Not only are Biggs and Wedge present, but fellow Star Wars character Admiral Piett is referenced with Piette, an NPC aboard the Lunar Base.

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