30 years of Final Fantasy: a cult of devotion, and the music still soars

International Convention Centre, Sydney
The Distant World philharmonic orchestra is celebrating three decades of the classic game with a rousing and nostalgic world tour

Circa 1987, a small Japanese software company called Square decided to make one last video game. On the verge of bankruptcy, it believed its time was almost up so named it with that in mind: Final Fantasy.

Fast-forward 30 years and the board at what is now Square-Enix likely erupts into laughter when recalling the story over Friday drinks. Final Fantasy has become the company’s longest-running and most revered creation, a series so beloved that even its music has transcended the game as a standalone force of nostalgia.

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Google ducks $1.27bn bill for back taxes in France

Court ruling comes after six-year fight with French tax authority over taxes due for years 2005 to 2010, and could have big implications for other US tech firms

A French court handed Google’s parent company, Alphabet, a reprieve from a 1.11bn-euro ($1.27bn) tax bill on Wednesday in a major victory for the tech giant.

The decision comes after six years of fighting with the French tax authority over back taxes it claims are due from the tech firm for the years 2005 to 2010.

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