When I found the Web-Page dedicated to CR's discontinuation in 2007, and I near screamed "YES" with utter joy only to find out that it had been killed. As fresh new member to the CT:R forums, I participated in petitions and letters to Square; stupid and pointless...yes I see that now.
Anyway; we're not here to talk about Square's stupidity (I do not blame the game creators), but about Zeenbor; the guy that had started with the ambition and idea of re-making one of the most successful JRPGs of it's time, and one of the most cherished today.
Interview with Zeenbor
Going back to my story, as I was searching the net for the Ressurection project and relived my shame for Square once again, I found this article that interviewed Zeenbor. His story in a nutshell was:
Zeenbor: CT is awesome; I wanna make it 3D. *Finds help*
Zeenbor: Shit...not much help, and I think I need to learn more before I attempt this. *Joins DC Studios*
Zeenbor: Alright I think it's time for a challenge! *Goes back to CT: Resurrection Project for development on 6th generation consoles and recruits new members*
Zeenbor: *Launches website and gets 1 million unique hits* WOAH DUDE! That's pretty awesome. *Recruits more members*
Zeenbor: ...Wtf? Cease and Desist? Is this a joke? *Confirms that the letter isn't a joke and sheds a manly tear*
The article goes on and talks about how in the end, he used Chrono Trigger as his motivation to broaden his skills. Sure the C&D bummed him and a lot of fans out, but he gained a lot from the experience.
At that point this got me thinking about an article I read earlier:
The Complete Guide To Not Giving A ****
And then I remembered what my developer friend told me:
"Most people sit around and are like, "Wah wah wah I wish I had done more stuff." No. Not me good sir. When I want something I go straight at it as fast as I can. When I die I want to be able to safely say I went for all my dreams and have no regrets."
And my conclusion is this:
Follow your dreams, and **** everything else, just like Zeenbor did. Nowhere did he mention worrying about legal issues or anything else like that. This website, dedicated to learning how to develop games, is made for people who have an interest or a dream of becoming a game developer. We can all be the best we can be; potential beyond that we dream of can be reached if you have a solid conviction of becoming a game developer by any means, whether you're in charge of character development, artwork, or programming, if you let nothing stand in your way.
Of course there are smarter approaches to Zeenbor's story, but had he really cared about the Cease and Desist beforehand, perhaps he wouldn't have learned to do what he did, in the way that he did, which in my opinion, was one of the best learning experiences for him. Now he's planning other projects with members of the CT:R team (don't know the details on that), and with the experience of the sad outcome of his last project. Do I think he's got a good chance of being successful? Absolutely.
If you're one of those people that play games a lot and come to these forums seeking help, then study for a while, then stopped, and started again, then stopped immediately after, and continued the cycle of procrastination and somehow found yourself back on these forums maybe looking more important than you really are (Me), then get your head out of your ass and make a game; the world awaits your vision and creativity.