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Cortney Stone - August 15 '03- 11:08 Central Standard Time

Alethea: It's me again...Cortney Stone from News and Editorials, also known as Alethea. Only four letters today, but that's OK. I suppose I could fill this up with a lengthy run-on rambling commentary, but I believe that is unnecessary. On to the letters...and be on the lookout for a special guest appearance by my significant other.

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Growing Old Together

CS,

So what is like being married, getting a Masters, and then basically doing volunteer work on a game site predominately populated with high school kids?

Alethea:
Well, I don't have my Masters yet, but I will in a couple of years. Tuesday will be my first day of classes in grad school at Oklahoma State University, where I'll be studying Applied History and Women's History.

As for marriage, it's great. I married a guy who loves video games, which is both good and bad. The good part is that we share a common interest; the bad part is that we sometimes fight over the PS2.

As for working here, I don't mind the younger kids one bit. Before heading off to grad school, I worked as a high school substitute teacher, which was really strange because I was only 4 or 5 years older than some of the students. I get along really well with teenagers for some reason, probably because I don't act like an old fogie or an authoritarian with them.

I never seriously considered the possibility I'd "grow out" of RPGs or games in general, but as my 20th birthday is in a manner days, I cannot help but sort of wonder. Then, I see staffers such as yourself and John Hummel (of Gameforms) who continue to not only play games well into their 20s and 30s, but also spend a lot of time debating on and updating game websites in their free time.

I suppose the other question I'm getting at here is this: what is RPGamer to you? And do you think you'd still do it five years from now, if given the chance?

-Red Raven

Alethea:
Chances are, in five years, I'll still be here, unless my job as a professor at a university (my goal in life) takes up too much of my time and I can't work here regularly. I intend to stay at RPGamer as long as I can. To me, RPGamer is a creative outlet and a way to combine self-expression and my passion for RPGs.

As for outgrowing RPGs...that's impossible! (Happy Birthday in advance, by the way) You know who got me into RPGs in the first place? My grandmother. No kidding. She got into video games in the mid-1980s on an Atari system (which she probably got at a garage sale...she was a notorious garage sale scavenger). Grandma later moved on to the NES, and later the SNES, all the while teaching me how to hold a controller and "beat the booger" (her euphemism for defeating a boss). By the time I was a teenager, I was heavily into video games, and we regularly traded games and game hints. I'll never outgrow video games. There is absolutely no reason why video games should be for kids. Many of the issues in games are quite mature, and adults can benefit from random slaughter every now and then too. If we put our minds to it, we can beat the stereotype that video games are just for kids.

 
"CS" Stands for Computer Science and Copper-plated Septuagint

Hello CS,

So Goog is Jake Alley then? If so, I'm really dense considering I've looked at his webpage for years... Wait, I AM dense so that shouldn't bother me at all...

So, for a real question then, what is your opinion of MMORPGs, namely the upcoming FFXI?

Vrumugun

Alethea:
I am not at liberty to comment on Googleshng's true identity. As for MMORPGs, I think they are really cool in general, but too expensive for my graduate student budget. I mean, I'd have to put down $50 for the game, then pay $10 a month to play it. Plus, I'd have to upgrade my PC to meet the specifications, or I'd have to get the extra equipment for my PS2 to play an online game. I'd rather buy the game and play it for free whenever I wanted it without the extra stuff. Of course, if money wasn't an issue for me, I'd probably be an MMORPG addict. The concept of hundreds of other people playing a game together and simultaneously immersing themselves in a world of make-believe fascinates me. It's like everyone escapes reality to go to the same place and become totally different people. It's an amazing sociological phenomenon. FFXI looks great, sounds great, and it might even give EverCrack a run for its money. Do I want to play it? Yes. Can I? No. Will I someday? Maybe.

 
Use Trivia! Amaze Your Friends! Dazzle Your Foes!

Yesterday, someone posed a question regarding the copyright dates in Kingdom Hearts, mainly "Final Fantasy chars, copyright 1990, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002." The date 1990 is for Final Fantasy III, as that is where moogles made their debut. The other dates were correctly accounted for.

~Desh

Alethea:
And there you have it, folks: a small but crucial piece of Final Fantasy trivia. Thanks for the clear and concise explanation, Desh. I figured that the 1990 date had to do with the advent of moogles, but I wasn't 100% sure. You'd think Andrew Long, of all people, would know these things. Perhaps he just had a case of temporary Alzheimer's...he is getting on in years, you know.



Quickies

what makes harvest moon so addicting?

Alethea: Morphine, probably. And cows.

Phil:
The "crops" that you can grow, which can really add to your favorite brownie recipe.


Last Words:

Alethea: I'd like to thank everyone who wrote in today, and I'd also like to thank Andrew Duff for letting me host the column in his absence. Keep the letters coming!

Oh, and from the Department of Video Game Lookalikes...take a look at this.

The Magical Feminist Wonder
Cortney "Complutensian Polyglot!" Stone - Alethea@rpgamer.com


A potato that looks like Mr. Saturn...BOING!

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