Square Portal is a dedicated news portal for a game developer and publisher, Square Enix. The site was founded as “Final Fantasy XIII-2 News” back in January 2011 when the game itself was announced. Since then Square Portal has continued to provide the latest news on popular games such as Lightning Returns, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy XV, Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, for example. Nowadays, Square Portal is no doubt one of the biggest and most popular fan-powered Square Enix news site in the world. We’re located to Finland. [A country in Scandinavia & Northern-Europe]
Square Portal also supports fans – people – by being a bully-free community where everyone can feel welcomed and safe. Our motto is “Don’t Spread Chaos, Be a Moogle” which means that we focus on being awesome and epic, instead of spreading negativity and turning a blind eye for bullying. We also recommend our readers to post thoughtful and well-reasoned comments on games. We hope that everyone can enjoy their time on our site and we’ll intervene bullying when we notice or get notified about it. Square Portal is for everyone. For Fans. For YOU.
At first, I’m really happy that you are here to find out information on Square Portal and the staff. Even though Square Portal is a huge news site, it is only run by one person, me – John. [EDITOR-IN-CHIEF] “We” are very different to other fansites, you can find from internet. But why? The site is being run by only one person who is probably part of the youngest generation of Final Fantasy and Square Enix fans.
That means I became a fan because of the most controversial Final Fantasy game, Final Fantasy XIII. It all happened back in 2006, when I was eleven and exploring the weird and interesting world of Youtube and accidentally found the announcement trailer of Final Fantasy XIII. I was immediately amazed by the music, graphics, gameplay and of course by the beautiful heroine, Lightning. Since then I’ve been following news about Final Fantasy and other Square Enix games.
When Final Fantasy XIII was finally released in 2010, it fulfilled all the exceptions of mine which were incredibly huge due to hype that I had built for years. It was beautiful, epic, interesting and entertaining. I thank Etro, that I wasn’t one of those people who got disappointed, became bitter and started to shout “Final Fantasy is dead”. It’s always sad when you don’t like the game but luckily in case of Final Fantasy – every title in the series is unique and different to others.
A few months after the release, I started to feel empty inside. The big wait was over and story of Final Fantasy XIII completed – the game which helped me to find myself, new friends and awesome memories. How to fill this emptiness and find myself as a human being?
The rumors of possible sequel started and I got all excited. It was happening, my favorite game was being continued and my emptiness was gone. Or was it? I still wanted to support and do something cool for the game that taught and gave me so much. Being inspired by RPGsite, Nova Crystallis and 15th Crystal, I decided to launch my own news site as a hobby. Final Fantasy XIII-2 News was born and the story of Square Portal was started.
I never expected my site turn out to be such a huge deal as it is now. I was even bullied for stanning and making news for Final Fantasy XIII but I never gave up. (Maybe that’s the secret to the success?) By being a victim, I’ve always tried to do my best to reduce the negativity and bullying on my site. That’s why the new anti-bullying campaign “Don’t Spread Chaos, Be a Moogle” was launched. I really hope you enjoy your time on my site and let other experience that too. Games are about having fun and getting entertained, after all!
I think in these two and half years, you have become used to my traditional April Fools with Gaga and other popstars, hah! I have to reveal that I actually like Gaga very much. She is very talented and her [teams'] artistic expression is beyond everyone else, and has got me into art. Nowadays, my dream is to be an artist (jobless!) and make games/music/movies/videos – to create something original with my own skills and vision – express myself. That’s why you guys get so many music videos from me!
And of course, games. I play them. A lot. Likely too much. Like Gaga, games have introduced different kinds of genres of art and music to me. They have also helped me through dark times and taught English. That’s why I write it so fluently even though I’m not an American or a Brit, today. Other game series I follow as much as Final Fantasy, is Halo. I love shooters as generic as it may sound. Anyhow, Halo manages to be the most interesting multiplayer and shooter experience on the market by providing great gameplay, story, music and art direction like Final Fantasy series does. I actually had a news site for Halo 4 but due to limits of time I needed to stop updating it!
This year will be an amazing year for us. New IPs, next-gen consoles and sequels of great games! My most anticipated game is Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. (Gosh! What a surprise, John!) I’m really looking forward to how they end the trilogy – the game series that plays such a big part of my identity. To not make this hype sound ridiculously enough, I have to add that the soundtrack of LR:FFXIII is my most anticipated music release of all time due to great soundtracks of two earlier games. I sure hope it will continue to provide an experimental and the game music defining composing that has been a trademark for thirteenth installment of Final Fantasy series since the beginning. Mitsuto Suzuki, Masashi Hamauzu and Naoshi Mizuta are GODS.
Interesting fact: Square Portal was originally planned to be Lightning Returns News. You may have noticed that because I’m still quite biased about Lightning and friends, and more dedicated to write news on it than other titles.
Back to reality. Now in Fall 2013, I’m preparing to study for the finals that are due to next month. That may cause some delays with the news but it’s only temporary and will help me to improve the site as well. Most importantly it will make applying in my school of dreams possible! I hope that this text provided interesting facts about me and made us more connected! Enjoy your time here and see you soon!