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Chapter XXIV: In Which Time is Insufficient
2008.04.25

Lusipurr - 17:25 GMT

Letters. Send them to me!

We may have a guest host next week; it is a surprise, so I am not going to say any more. However, you really should send letters. Then, I can forward them to our worthy guest-host. Do not let me down, people!

Where will I be next week? Holiday! Think of tropical beaches, beautiful vistas, exotic locales, and girls carrying drinks with little umbrellas on them. Have you got that marvelous picture in your head? Excellent. You now have conceived of exactly the opposite of where I will actually be.

I will now address your tiresome and annoying questions.





The Letters
Letters From France


Hello.

I thought I'd send in a letter just like that. So you are leaving QnA. That's one thing, but will you still be on the podcast? I always liked the podcast but I think you make a good addition to the panel. Also, what happened with your Chrono Trigger video-thingy? It's been a while since we've heard about it, so I was just wondering. Also, I have nothing else to say.

Unpetitmax

Lusipurr

Indeed, it is true that I am leaving Q&A. However, I am not leaving the site. I will continue on as Head of Interaction. You see, right now I am essentially doing two jobs for the site. I barely have time for one! When Autumn rolls around, I will be hard put to it.

As for the podcast, it is something I genuinely enjoy doing and I hope to remain a regular member of the group. However, this is a decision I have placed firmly in the hands of the podcast host, Sabin. Rather than telling him who is supposed to be on the podcast, I think it is better that he make such decisions himself. Of course, should he choose unwisely . . .

As for our video-based feature, we have run into a snag. I have a script. I am ready to film. However, the person in charge of filming and editing has quite simply disappeared. I have not seen him in months. I am not sure what the deal is, but I think it very unprofessional. Until someone else is found who is willing and capable of doing the shooting and editing, the project is sadly on hold.

It is such a pity, too. I imagine everyone would have enjoyed seeing me stomp around in a frozen waste wearing shorts and a pith helmet.



Real Emotion


Dear Lusipurr,

I just beat Crisis Core, and the whole game did a great job at evoking necessary emotions for the certain story sequences being portrayed. I felt sad when the game wanted me to and felt happy when the game wanted me too, I even almost cried at points. The good mix of pathos and music are really what I think makes a good game a great game.

So, my question is, has a game ever effected you with great emotion? If so, what about the game got to you? I still think music is the key factor in most cases. For example, there was a game called Legend of Dragoon that had only a mediocre storyline yet it had some awesome music at key moments that made an uninteresting story exciting. It was also the first rpg I played to be heavy on the electric guitar. Sorry for rambling.

Trevor

Lusipurr

Trevor, you have misused the word effected. This is a major annoyance to me, so we will pause the column for a brief lesson.

The words affect and effect seem similar. However, they are used in profoundly different ways. Affect means 'to have an influence upon' or 'to make a display of/to deliberately cultivate'. Effect, on the other hand, means 'the result of a cause' or 'to create'.

Hence: The game had an emotional effect.
And: He was affected with great emotion.

So, the question you want to ask is: "Has a game ever affected you with great emotion?" (Alternately, "Has great emotion ever been an effect of a game?" or "Has a game ever effected great emotion in you?" Your original sentence is wrong because you have made you the object of effected--unless you actually mean to ask if a game has ever caused me to exist, in which case the answer is yes.)

If it seems a little confusing, that is because it is a little confusing. This is, however, no excuse for failure to abide by the stringent rules of grammar which govern our glorious language! I am sure you will remedy such failings in future and will go on to do many great things. This site is useful as a helpful reference if you need it.

What was the question again? Oh yes, has a game ever affected me with great emotion?--I remember now! Yes, I can think of several key moments:

- Aerith's death in Final Fantasy VII
- Various scenes and the ending to Eternal Sonata
- Many of the memories in Lost Odyssey
- Certain Scenes in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
- The end of Final Fantasy IX
...et cetera.


In the circumstances mentioned above, the sound effects and music (or lack of it) played a key factor in the way the story was presented. I think this is a sign of an excellent production. When storyline, sound, and music come together in a way which fills the player with emotion, a success is taking place. The point of RPGs, more than any other genre, is to put the player in the persona of the characters. Therefore, when the player feels the emotion of the characters, the game is succeeding.

This brings up a great question for next week: what are your favourite emotional moments in games? Happy, sad, or frustrating; what games have truly filled you with emotion? Write in and tell me all about it!



The Place is the Thing


Fair Evening to You Good Lusipurr,

It pleases me to know that the Reinbach family still commands some respect. It lost a great deal of its standing when my cousin, Billy Bob Reinbach XII ran off to the Not-So-Holy Kingdom of Harmonia to begin an illegal gopher smuggling ring.

But I digress. As I am writing to a QA column, I come bearing a question. What, in your opinion would make the ideal RPG setting? In answering this I am not requiring you to have actually played or liked a game in such a setting. I am asking what sort of setting would you like to see if it is done correctly. Will you choose a traditional medieval setting? Or perhaps a science fiction setting? Perhaps you like the modern day or a western setting? Or perhaps you would like something else altogether.

Personally I would pick a setting that hasn't been done before for the shear novelty of it. Imagine an RPG taking place in Africa where you take the role of a member of the !Kung tribe. Has there ever been an RPG that takes place in Mesoamerica? I think not. The possibilities could be fantastic.

Regards,

S. Reinbach IV

Lusipurr

Those horrible Harmonians and their gophers. When will their meddling cease?

If I was going to pick an RPG setting for the sake of sheer novelty, I would choose the reign of Henry VIII of England. The player would have to navigate through political intrigue and subterfugre--in addition to very difficult strategy maps!

Conjecture aside, my favourite setting is the Final Fantasy-esque medieval+steampunk nonsense which you see going on in games like Final Fantasy IV, VI, IX, and XII. Everyone is using swords and armor, but there are flying ships, giant engines, machines, guns, and a whole host of other anachronistic devices. Of course, there is also magic--another key requirement. This is not to say that I dislike all other settings. Rather, I only mean to say that for my part, these games have the sort of setting I enjoy. Of them, I think Final Fantasy IX is perhaps the best-realised. This setting is also employed in the Suikoden series with which you may be familiar. Final Fantasy Tactics is more true to the medieval setting with less of the steampunk stuff. It is probably the closest thing to my conjectural setting above.

What about you, dear readers? What sort of setting would you pick for your ideal RPG?



Crystal Bearers


Lusipurr,

Hey, any news on FFCC: Crystal Bearers? I've been looking around for info but all the news about it seems to be from Spring 07.

- Dobs407

Lusipurr

I am happy to say that there is some recent news on the Crystal Bearers front. Recently, through interviews and references to the project, Square Enix confirmed that the game is still in development, though there is no release date at this time. I suspect we will hear more about it after The Little King is released via Wii-Ware.

That was a nice easy question! Time to move on.



JuMeSyn at Last


Lusipurr,

Hotmail apparently is artificially shortening my messages, so I cannot ramble. Quick thought: which Breath of Fire is the worst? I would write more were it certain to reach you.

JuMeSyn

Lusipurr

This may be the world's only short JuMeSyn letter. Take a screen-shot, people.

JuMeSyn poses a difficult question. In my opinion, Breath of Fire started out average and went downhill from there. So, I suppose you could say that the most recent game is the worst. When the next BoF game is released, that game will be the worst.

Of course this is not a very fair assessment of the series, seeing as I have only played a few hours of Breath of Fire and Breath of Fire II. So, I will throw this one to the readers.

Which Breath of Fire game is the worst, and why? The person who makes the most sound argument will have their decision enshrined forever here on RPGamer. This is your chance to be the ARBITER OF GAMING JUSTICE. Write in today!



Closing Thoughts

The letter bag is empty again. Send letters so your guest host will have something to answer!

I now have a week's holiday before I go back to University for the duration of Summer. At least the class load will be lighter, though the prospect of a four-hour-long class every weekday evening fills me with dread. Alas. I will have my laptop to keep me company--and, in a couple of the courses, my fiancée.

I purchased a few games this week. As a result, the sidebar has been updated. I now have too many games, and I am doing the worst possible thing with them--trying to play them all at once. The result is no progress in any game. Worse yet, some of these games are games which I have finished already. I cannot decide what to play!

This means I will almost certainly end up playing Final Fantasy XI instead.

Pip pip!


Lusipurr is on holiday.

May Summer never end!

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