Shit, I remember playing the original Final Fantasy game on the NES in a Best Buy or a Wal-Mart (can't remember which for sure). Eventually moved onto part 4 (2 in the US) and was hooked all the way to part 9. After 9, I stopped giving a shit, only because I got bored with Video Games right about the time PS2 came out. I guess I just lost all interest for whatever reason. Maybe someday I'll get back into them again, and get me a PS2, just to try out part 10 and X2. I did play a little bit of the MMORPG FF11, which was a lotta fun. Really cool graphics too.
I've not seen much of 12, with the exception of the Zelda-like battle system, it didn't seem like it was really any different from any other FF game. Though I could be completely wrong there.