One thing Kyle and I are constantly aware of in regards to the Marathon is that time is always creeping up on us. The Marathon’s chronological nature means that one day, we’ll catch up to the next game on the list only to discover that Something Has Gone Wrong. Something that would have worked on release no longer works today. Final Fantasy III DS lost its MogNet features to the Nintendo DS WiFi shutdown. Bravely Default’s unique demo allows only 30 plays a system. And if our shitty PSP TV Out cables drop dead or transform into snakes to physically throttle us, it would only be in line with their previous behaviour. But nothing is more vulnerable than server-driven smartphone games. Not only is every online server doomed to die before too long a life, but smartphone games often exist on no other platform. If Kyle and I were to rely on a Steam copy of Lightning Returns, we would still be able to turn to a hard copy if Lightning Returns were removed from Steam. But by the time Kyle and I get to Final Fantasy Dimensions’ slot in our playlist, just after the FFType-0, the game may no longer exist!
As a result, I made a point to get to all of the “vulnerable” games ahead of time, to get down my thoughts into the original Marathon journal blog as soon as possible. We’ve already lost a few games entirely! There was Tetra Master online, Ivalice-universe Flash game Dive II Hunt, and also Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade. Thankfully, I got to play Airborne Brigade just a few months before shutdown.