Evil Wall – A Real Life Video Game Boss From Final Fantasy IV

Real life video game boss Evil Wall Final Fantasy 4

I’ve been gaming since the age of five or so, and in that time I’ve fought plenty of nasty bosses. For gamers like me, difficult bosses are a unique anomaly. We hate getting stuck at them, yet, defeating an especially brutal boss is extremely satisfying. Some hair pullingly difficult honorary mentions are:

But out of all the difficult bosses I’ve ever faced, one stands out to me above all the rest. It was an evil wall that went by the name name… Evil Wall (fitting). This boss (literally) took me months, maybe years, to beat. I found myself putting the game (Final Fantasy 4) away for months at a time, only to eventually return, ready to keep leveling up so I could try again.

Eventually I did overcome the Evil Wall. I remember screaming in excitement with my little brother Samuel when it happened. It was a monumental moment in our gaming lives.

It’s been years since I defeated Evil Wall, but as I look back, I realize that there are a few significant life lessons that can be drawn from my time in that boss battle. I have come to realize that most people have to face an “Evil Wall” that is much scarier than the one Final Fantasy 4 has to offer.

Our Evil Wall

There were a few reasons that Evil Wall was such a difficult boss. For starters, it blocked your passage forward, so there was no way to avoid fighting it. If Evil Wall was in front of you, you weren’t going any further on your journey until you took it down.

I’ve found a strikingly similar “roadblock” in real life too. For me, it’s things like gaming and TV shows. Not just any type of gaming or TV show, though. I’m talking about the type of gaming or TV watching that:

  • Takes a grip on your life and starts to be all that you can think about.
  • Demands that you make time everyday for your game or show.
  • Leaves the music from the game or show in your head for hours.
  • Helps you to escape the worries and stresses of life.

“Isn’t that a bit dramatic? Does that really happen?” you might ask.

Well, I know for a fact that this can happen because it has happened to me plenty of times. I like plenty of games, plenty of movies, and really like a few TV shows. There’s nothing (necessarily) wrong with that. The problem comes when you let those hobbies become too big of a focus in your life. As we learned in a previous Gamerfaith post, we can change our lives by changing our focus. There has to be a balance. Here are a few things from my life that have fallen out of balance at some point in time:

  • Minecraft
  • Doctor Who
  • Lost
  • Final Fantasy
  • My animation hobby

Does that make Minecraft evil? No! There are plenty of good things about Minecraft. For example, my little brother lives out of state, so gaming is a great way to still be able to hang out. We have spent hours laughing together and building creative things in Minecraft. In addition to that, my girlfriend likes the game, so it’s a great way to spend time with her.

  • It’s not violent
  • It’s not sexually explicit
  • It doesn’t involve foul language

Minecraft only becomes an “Evil Wall” when it falls out of place on my priority list. When a game, movie, or any other hobby becomes a way to escape the stress of this life, there’s a good chance that it has become an “Evil Wall.” When you can’t go without your hobby for an extended period of time, there’s a good chance that it has become an “Evil Wall.” When you can’t wait to get home from work so you can relax and spend hours unwinding with your hobby… You get the idea.

That’s because, many times, when we use a hobby (whether it’s games, sports, or fishing) to escape from the troubles of this life (even if we do it unintentionally) the hobby is probably blocking us from the real cure, which is a relationship with the Almighty God of the Universe.

If you don’t stop the Evil Wall, you may halt the progress in your quest to: Love God and love others.

Matthew 22: 36-40 (ESV)

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Put the TV remote down, turn off Netflix, power down the game console, shut off your laptop, and open up The Bible. If you let your “Evil Wall” go too far you’re in big trouble, and here’s why…

StonGaze

No that’s not a typo, that’s really what the attack is called.

As you fought the Evil Wall, it would gradually move closer and closer to your team of allies. As it approached, it would use an attack called StonGaze.

Basically, StonGaze turned you and your allies into stone statues. This slowed you down as the Evil Wall inched closer and closer to your team.

Our hobbies can do the same thing to us. One moment they can be completely harmless, but the next minute we find ourselves slowing down in our mission. We find ourselves distracted from our relationship with God. Slowly, our lives seem to fall out of alignment.

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away

-Casting Crowns

Keep your eyes on the Kingdom. We aren’t meant to be potatoes that do nothing but work a job and watch Cake Boss. We have a mission!

After Jesus’ resurrection, he gave these instructions to His disciples in Matthew 28:

Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Crush

Initially Evil Wall doesn’t seem like much of a threat. It doesn’t hit too hard, it uses StonGaze which doesn’t initially cause much harm, and it slowly approaches your team. Why worry about something that seems generally harmless right? Wrong.

It didn’t matter how easy it seemed, or how strong you were when Evil Wall got close enough to your party. Once it reached you, it used a devastating attack called “Crush.”

“Crush” instantly “KO’d” a party member. At this point, the battle was much more difficult to win. The moral of this story: Don’t let an Evil Wall hang around for very long. Take them down right away before they crush you. Then get on with your real life mission.

Don’t know where to start on your real life mission? Well, here’s a quest from me! You can make a significant difference in the name of Jesus by accepting it. Just click the link below!

New Quest Available!

When you’re done with that, feel free to check out this article about questing and EXP!

So, Gamerfaith Warriors, what are you waiting for? Tear down this wall!

Love you guys, and praying for you!

-Caleb

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5 Comments

  • bloodcrow777 says:

    Great analogy Caleb, I especially liked the part about “Our hobbies can do the same thing to us. One moment they can be completely harmless, but the next minute we find ourselves slowing down in our mission. We find ourselves distracted from our relationship with God. Slowly, our lives seem to fall out of alignment.”

    At first I thought this post would be more fitting to use say pornography as an example, because it’s a wall that hinders your walk with God. It’s a compulsive addiction that will stall out growth in all aspects of your life, but I think the way you used it here was probably more relevant when it comes to the wall come closer to you slowly taking away all your time, but really I guess you could still call pornography an “evil wall”. Anyways, great post Caleb, and great gaming references!

    • Caleb Nisley says:

      Thank you sir! I’m glad that you took the time to read this, and that it meant something to you 🙂 Yeah, pornography can be a giant evil wall for sure! In many ways, it is something that slowly sneaks up on you too. You have to watch your thoughts and your heart, before it gets even worse.

      I have been struggling with keeping my focus lately. Work is tiring, and it can be easy to loose track of the things that matter. If you’re like me, when you don’t watch yourself, before you know it you’re a vegetable that does nothing but watch Netflix and play Terraria in your time outside of work. I think it’s a common struggle for a lot of people, so I decided to write about it. God can build something good out of bad situations.

      Love you man! Praying for you!

  • bloodcrow777 says:

    I agree, can makes all things work to his will and his purposes one way or another.

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  • sbo says:

    That’s good game and I enjoy so much.

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