If you can believe it, Final Fantasy X was released 20 years ago today in Japan. When I think of games 20 years ago, I still think we’re talking about the 16-bit, maybe early 3D era of our beloved pasttime – yer Final Fantasy VIIs and VIIIs, perhaps. But X? Get outta here. Not possible.
Apart from its 20th anniversary making me feel intensely old and decrepit, though, it also means that it’s been two whole decades since the birth of that laughing scene. You know the one. Tidus’ forced and slightly crazed “HA, HA, HA, HA, HAAAAAAA” has been engraved into my subconscious ever since I first clapped ears on it, and it’s probably one of the most (in)famous moments of the entire game. It’s bad, brilliant and bonkers all at the same time, and I wanted to take a moment to celebrate this heartiest of gaming occasions. Here’s to you, Tidus and Yuna’s baffling bellows. May your excrutiating exclaimations echo throughout time for many more years to come.