Okay, here's yet another of those opinion pieces that sure should have been published like million years ago, when the topic was still even borderline relevant. Kingdom Hearts.
Even seeing KH makes me worried. Reading about KH makes me even more worried.
Why? Wrong Disney, that's what's the problem. Wrong Disney.
Every time I see the game, I keep thinking of Disney animated movies. Now, I'm yet another random ignorant European. Disney stuff is big here, really big. But one should make it abundantly clear that it's not the animated movies that are so cool. It's the comics.
Let's see: In FF7, Cid was smoking all the time. Wikipedia says he got a frigging straw instead. Oo! Disney being kid-friendly. Can't smoke in a kiddie game, right? Er... one of the funniest random inconsequential jokes in the Finnish Donald Duck mag was a random poster on the background in one of the comics: "Tar your lungs with style!" Want more proof? Almost every bad guy has a stump of cigars in mouth. Not to even mention the police, dammit.
It's just my observation that the games seem to draw too much of inspiration from the movies and not quite enough inspiration from the comics. Or that's how the whole deal seemed to me when I looked at the materials. There's a great deal more material in the comics. Heck, there's tons of great material for a RPG in the Carl Barks stories.
In closing, um... I don't really have a good point, aside of the fact that I hereby declare that I won't be buying KH games until they have the trash dragon as a summon. =)