JD - August 9 '99- 3:30 pm EST|
I think I must first give my fond farewell to Ryan as well as some Ramen and rubber gloves. It just won't
be the same here without him. As he said yesterday on the 08-08-99
Q&A column that was his last day as host, at least for a while.
And slowly his responsibilities here at RPGamer will be diminishing
as he persues other opportunities in the real world. He was one of
the few staffers here at RPGamer that was totally devoted to his work,
and wasn't bogged down with the politics of working at the largest RPG site in the
world. Well ok he missed a few Q&A's but he did his other works
here at RPGamer to his best. My hats off to you Ryan. We'll miss seeing
On a videogame related note, Dreamcast - FF8 release
is exactly one month away. This has got to be the biggest videogame
hoopla to hit us in recent memory. FF 8 and Dreamcast all in one
week. Thousand Arms and Suikoden 2, 2 weeks before and after the
"big" week. What a time to be a videogamer, eh?
What? No Christina Aguilera pic? I can hear the disappointed
growls. ;) You see this is what happened. Apparently a few letters
came to our attention, here at RPGamer. Calling me sexist of all
things! Ladies didn't that Newt Gingrich and Richard Simmons picture,
hit the spot? If it hasn't here's one more to satisfy your insatiabilities.
Heeh-heh. Ok Just Kidding!
In all seriousness, I have always paid close attention to you readers.
No I'm not devoid of taking reader suggestions into consideration,
no matter how small that group is. So I ask all you readers, in
particular the female group, for feedback on this, before I make
my final consideration. Do you want male/female pictures to stop? Do you female readers
want male pictures, if so who (shrugs) :) (kidding). You decide. I'll be here to read 'em.
do you know somewhere on the internet I could find
.bmp or .jpg or something for the bromides of the Lunar Silver Star
Story Complete game? (and what a huge name that is...)
I got Lunar: SSSC a few days ago...and all I have to say is it's
one of the best RPG's i've played in a long time. Was the first
one i've played where I talked to the characters. ;) No, like when
Jessica speaks for the first time at that Lann village, after the
movie scene I said..."I'm gonna like this girl" and I did cause
she always spoke her mind, etc, etc. But anyways, I got just a couple
1.) Do you know of any upcoming RPG's where they will talk though
the whole game, so you don't have to read what they say. Cause when
they talked in Lunar: SSSC I actually heard emotion in their voices
and it brought me closer to them. And if not do you think that's
something they will eventually do in RPG's (well, all videogames)
so that you don't have to read every little thing?
2.) What is this Lunar 2: Eternal Blue's relation with Lunar: SSSC.
Is it a remake also or a whole new game? I've looked at it on your
site but I wasn't able to decipher those types of questions from
Thanks for your time.
1. Voice acting has been one of the less treaded paths in the rpg
world, sadly, other than Turbo Duo rpg's that had a ton of voice
actors. To my knowledge only Lunar 2 and perhaps Thousand Arms will
be featuring voice throughout the game.
2. Well the game is set 1000 years after Lunar SSSC. It will be
a remake of the Lunar 2 - Eternal Blue that was released 4 years
ago for the Sega CD.
1. do you know if any RPG's with the good old fashioned graphics
are comin out? Im really tired of all these new RPG's with terrible
3D graphics, if youre not gonna use good graphics (ie FF7/8,any
PC RPG,etc) than stck with the hand drawn stuff (ie: Lufia1/2, FF1-6,
FFT etc) im really tired of watching giant pixels move around the
screen (ie xenogears,ocean 2) just give me the old fasioned 3/4
overview hand rendered art, its really much more appealing, at least
that way i can tell a dog from a rock.
2. Im also wondering where the good old-fashionded characters went
to, whats up with all these new retarded characters (ie cloud in
FF7) i could go for some more games like FF2 (USA) via the lets
go change into a paladin and charge around the world, throw in the
death of the twins, and you have the best plot (except maybe FF3
(USA) in console RPG's i think you guys are great thanks for keepin
up the good work, ohh yeah
3. does anyone know how much later PSX2 is comin out then Dreamcast?
and do you know what companies are bound to Sony and Sega? (will
squaresoft stilll only make games for sony) and are there any RPG's
lined up for the the new sony system? well thanks again, you rock!
1. Well there aren't going to be much in the style of old fashioned
rpgs. FF Anthology, Lunar 2, Suikoden 2, GrowLanser and Tales of Phantasia
remake come to mind. Only the three former mentioned, have been announced for US release. As the more powerful 3d based systems are released, it's
pretty much imminent that 3D polygon RPGs will becoming even more
dominant. It'll be interesting to see whether or not GameArts switches
Lunar 3 to some sort of a 3D style.
2. It's called evolution of a genre.
3. PSX 2 is supposedly going to be released in the US, a year after
Dreamcast US launch. Sony has the big three: Square, Enix, GameArts.
Sega has GameArts.
Since I have noticed on your latest update a minor little error
regarding this game, I thought I would correct it. I own Baldur's
Gate for the PC, and it is NOT an Online Game. Ultima Online is
designed to run Online and that is the only way you can use it.
Baldurs Gate is a somewhat linear CRPG with an option for multiplayer
capability via the internet. Now, if they are totally redoing the
game for Dreamcast(which I doubt since it is also going to be coming
out as a DVD game), then it MIGHT be an Online Game, but then it
wouldn't really be Baldur's Gate. Basically, think of Fallout and
Fallout 2, but with other people having the ability to control the
people who tag along with the Main Character.
Thanks for the word up on that. As many of you know I dislike PC
rpgs and under no circumstances will I waste my time reading info
about them. (Generally speaking of course)
YAAAYYY! JD! You're back! Whoopee!
1) What's with all the crap about Canadians and beer? It's senseless!
(hmm...then again, the accusations are probably made by people who
played the Lunar Drinking Game one too many times...) We have no
right to talk.
2) Xenogears dubbing. (shudder). I just realized something the other
day! (I think?) Considering what Square has brought us since the
birth of the PSX, I wouldn't be surprised if they left the same
anime from the Japanese version of Xenogears. If the original scenes
had been dubbed for Japanese, that would explain why it is so off
for English. Please tell me if this is a reasonable conclusion,
PLEEEASE oh, omnipotent one?
3) About all this music stuff! Personally, I've never heard of YS
until I read your column (May God strike me down with a big fat
lightning bolt), but heard mounds of praise from everyone I've spoken
with, for the music. If it's really that good, other game companies
should take it as an example. I mean, what fun is it to sit in front
of a TV screen for hours on end, listening to crappy music? I mean,
when the music in ANYTHING is good, such as movies, TV shows, and
the like, they get better ratings and more tickets sold at the box
office. Of course, there has to be a good storyline, but music sets
the moods. It's more important than we give it credit for! (hehe.
Just HAD to get that out.)
4) If you're going to be putting pictures of Christina Aguilera
(?) up, could you find some of cute guys (like yourself...<:-))
and post them? We girls need something to look at too!
5) Would it be worth it to grovel at my parents feet like a dog
asking them to buy me DC? I tell ya, 7 smackeroos a week isn't nearly
6) Star Ocean DOES get some story after the 4 fields are done. Not
7) Wow. This is a LONG sucker, ain't it? Do I sound remotely like
a 13 year-old? God help us all.
-Kali "Motormouth" Donovan
1. The whole beer thing is more senseless ranting brought to you by reader opinions.
2. I'm not sure about this one. Anyone know? I just chalked it up
to the usual Square "bad follow through" in the translating
3. Most YS music fans, and game music fans in general buy the soundtrack
albums so they can listen to it in the car, cd player, and so on.
4. Hah. Speaking of posting pictures of staffers our Zac (PC Coverage)
asked me to post a picture of his as soon as he gets it scanned.
I guess he needs me to "hook him up."
5. Depends...If you like Arcade and sports games, DC has no comparison.
The first batch of DC games Evolution, Black Matrix, and Seventh
Cross are above average RPGs. So if it's RPGs you want, go with
FF8, Thousand Arms, Suikoden 2, Grandia, FFA.
6. Wee, guess I have a lot to look forward to. 2nd field.
7. Hell yes. :)
I read the letters yeah, and i write them like a charm but only
when i really feel the need but when i read a letter and i say "DAMN
STRAIGHT" to myself too many time i know i have to voice my opinion
on the subject.
It's all this stuff surfacing on how FF7 really wasn't so good.
Well DUH of course it wasn't. This is evidence of something even
more big and evil. It's the 50-75 percent of this nation that is
easily hypnotized by simple peer pressure. Think about it. When
N64 came out don't you know why everyone who like PSX despised N64
fans so much? Cause most of the N64 fans were following the crowd
and buying what was supposed to be the HOT NEW thing. Now it's happening
to psx fans. Sure Square rules but we as fans have the right to
be hypocritical and turn our heads to them if they start dishing
out crap (wich is what they have been doing lately EG. parasite
eve and FF7 wich wasn't on par with the quality expected out of
them). I think that a lot of the inexperienced gamers and newbies
are victims to this form of hypnotization.
Lately i've been greatly offended by the number of people saying
they didn't want to buy Dreamcast because Saturn was so bad or just
said that Dreamcast sucks without giving a reason. Then when i try
to prove them wrong they don't listen. Listen now, sure saturn wasn't
soooo good but think about why. It's still selling better than N64
in japan because all the awesome games stayed there. It had plenty
of great games though, they weren't brought here and those responsible
for making such a failure were fired so there're really no more
problems. .....gee i'm sorry i guess i started trailing off........anyhow
the main message here is yeah psx2 will probably rule and all but
Dreamcast is coming out first and a lot of gamers aren't poor.....buy
both. Trust me, even if everything after the launch lineup sucks
(wich will not happen at all) it'll still be a good buy.
Sadly the incredible RPGs for the Saturn like, Sakura Taisen
and Tengai Makyo Far East of Eden: Apocalypse, and Langrisser were
never translated for the US. Then when Panzer Dragoon Saga was finally
released it was done in such liminted fashion. Then Shining Force
3 Part 2 and 3 were never translated either. Sega rocks, if you
know where to look.
of the Day
I need your opinion on something. Are filoviruses simply mutated
rhabdoviruses or paramyxoviruses? I do know that they more closely
resemble rhabdoviruses, but...since they are all negative-stranded
families, and are nonsegmented, I was wondering if you could clarify
this. Also, I was wondering. What would rhabdoviruses be classified
as? Filoviruses are viral hemorrhagic fevers, but what would rabies
cause? Hydrophobia...yes...Loss of muscular cordination...yes...Violent
behavior...yes (Which, oddly enough, is somewhat similar to the
final stages of Ebola, in which the infected person has violent
seizures and sprays infected body fluids everywhere), but what is
it CALLED? I mean, when a rhabdovirus goes through extreme amplification,
there surely must be a name for the symptoms. What is it!?! Okay.
Thanks for the...help...
This is either funny in a morbid idiotic sense, or just plain wack.
I haven't decided yet.
A little more salt and pepper and you got yourself a square meal? No, you
got yourself a Working Designs meal!! Bwa ha ha!! Oh man, what funny joke!!
just don't quit your day job.
Newt Gingrich is sex. Raawrrr.
that silver hair doesn't get you, I don't know what will.
Don't sneeze on the keyboard, it makes an icky mess. Love,
|You said Canada
was cool I don't like you anymore.
my feelings. ;)
||We can't win
an Idiot of the Day Award AND get laxative coated cookies? You're mean!!!!
-The idiot you likes laxative coated cookies
i was thinking today (it started to hurt after awhile) about some things.....yes
things of a very special nature. Things i tell you. That one FF game for gameboy
that was like Zelda was cool.......yes, cool.
too much, you'll burn those brain cells to oblivion.
How about dating advice for us girls?
Don't drink too much beer.
I really have been running out of something to say at
this part of the column. I'm not sure why that has been, as of late. So
JD send me your letters and win an Idiot of
the day award or laxative coated cookies take your pick...Pride or Regulation
Zac thinks I'm a TroubleMaker.