Experts name Final Fantasy VII death “gaming’s greatest moment”


12/12/11 – The unexpected death of a lead character in the 1997 Sony PlayStation game Final Fantasy VII has been crowned  “gaming’s greatest moment” in a global poll of experts for the world’s most popular games website, IGN (

The winning moment from Square Enix’s role playing game sees lead female character Aeris Gainsborough killed by the evil Sepiroth.  As players have invested significant time and energy in building her in-game ability, and following the story – the surprise loss of such a key character was singled out as gaming’s greatest moment by an international panel of games journalists.


IGN’s Top 10 Gaming Moments

1)Final Fantasy VII (1997)

2)Metal Gear Solid (1998)

3)Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)

4)Super Mario Bros (1985)

5)Resident Evil (1996)

6)Shadow of the Colossus (2005)

7)Metroid (1986)

8)Halo (2001)

9)Portal (2007)

10)Bioshock (2007)

Other moments in the top 10 include coming face-to-face with your first zombie in Capcom’s Resident Evil (1996) and finding out Samus Aran – the main character in Nintendo’s Metroid (1986) unmasks at the end to reveal she is a woman. The oldest game featured in the list is Infocom’s text adventure, Zork (1980) and the newest title is Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011).

Keza MacDonald, UK Games Editor,, said:

“Deaths happen all the time in video games, but none have been more emotionally affecting than the unexpected loss of Aeris in Final Fantasy VII – still revered almost fifteen years later as a milestone in gaming’s journey from kids’ entertainment to modern storytelling.

“It was an immense challenge to shrink the list of contenders into a top 100. Games can move us like any book, film or TV scene, and a growing number of people are waking up to their cultural importance."

IGN’s full Top 100 Gaming Moments feature is live at - with a video of each nominee.




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