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I was wondering if you guys had heard anything new or interesting about
Earthbound 64. I was a big fan of the original (SNES) game and I wondered
if you shared that opinion. Anyway... Do you know anything about it?
-- CX (His name is short for CabbitXtreme, but he doesn't use it)
Originally intended as a 64DD release game, Earthbound 64 has changed, a lot.
Now a 256 megabit cart, Earthbound 64 will probably lose some of its particularly
nifty features, like the "real" day/night cycle which kept time to the 64DD's
internal clock. As for my thoughts on Earthbound, I only got to play it for
a few minutes, but it seemed decent, except for the graphics. I'm really
looking forward to EB64. Not to sound like a (as I oh-so-tastefully call them)
graphics whore, but has anyone seen the spooky forest? It's insanely good.
The grass is always greener on the other side. Of the world.
Well, I've only been reading the section for a little while now, but I
seem to be attracted to your wacky humor (very similar to mine I might
add). Anywho, my question is, what is your stance on importing games?
Should gamers wait for the official release or spend more money than I can
count on a game they can't even read?
Though I can't speak for everyone (and if I could, they'd be too busy
chanting "Thor rules!" to bother answering your question), I can give
ya my stance: Only if there's no chance of a translation. Now that
RPGs are growing more and more story focused, a lot of the experience
is lost when you're playing with a basic understanding of Japanese,
or a bare bones walkthrough.
Also, have you ever played Soul
Blazer for SNES. It has to be one of the best and wackiest 1st Gen games
I've ever played...ohh yeah, beat Xenogears already so we can ask
questions about it! I guess that is all that's on my mind right now, but
I'm sure I'll find more stuff later, thanks.
-- Dark Wizard
Soul Blazer ruled. Gotta love how almost everyone thought they needed that
sword to beat the Mantis, even though you couldn't get the blasted thing
until after you beat him. :D
You can go ahead and ask Xenogears questions, I'll just need to summon an Elder
God or two to help me out with 'em. It's really no trouble, except for the blood.
(Do you have any idea how hard it is to clean blood out of a Q&A column?)
Fun with pikchurez
With all the talk of the supposed character "Grey" being made to look
like Brad Pitt in the Final Fantasy Movie, has no one noticed that the
old man in the released clip looks a lot like the late Peter Cushing?
Peter Cushing, better known as "that weird old guy from Top Secret" and "that
weird old guy from Star Wars" looks like Charles? Gee, I dunno. I can't remember
what Peter Cushing looks like... hey! Here's a picture which directly compares
the two so all Ask Thor readers can form their own conclusions. Fancy finding
a thing like that!
Well, if you wanna get technical...
OK, here's the deal. In Final Fantasy VII, experience you receive is
fully distributed among the characters that participated in the battle.
Everyone else (and I mean everyone, including those you haven't collected
yet) gains 1/3 of the experience. Ever notice how, you're playing with
Cloud, Aeris and Barret for the entire first disc, then you lose Aeris.
You put, say, Red XIII in your party and say, "Hey, waitaminute! Why's he
on Level 40? I haven't used him at all!" That's why.
Whereas in Xenogears, characters start on predetermined levels. Makes a
little more sense, but shouldn't Emeralda have started on Level, oh, say
Ayup, that's the technical answer. I don't believe Princess Artemis was
wondering how they gain levels, so much as why. She wanted
some sort of logical, storyline-based explanation, and there simply is
none. Kind of like "Why did anyone like the Spice Girls, ever?" We may never know.
The greatest mystery the world has ever known!
When I get days off school, and I check the RPGamer website, you
always seem to update by around 12:00pm, how do you do that? Don't you
Nope, no school. (I'm 18; there's plenty of time for tedium later.) You're right
about the time, though. I always update noon or earlier. I never could stand
sites which, say, print the "February 16" update on February 16 -- at 8:00pm.
My way, you can send me a letter before bed and see it in print by the time
you get back from work or school.
And this way, my friends can catch the column before work/college/raping, pillaging
and plundering nearby tribes. (So I know a few vikings, big deal.)
SQUARE is one of the most successful games developers in the world. Our
"Final Fantasy" series of role playing games has sold over 10 million
copies worldwide and our role play game "Chrono Trigger" has rapidly
reached sales of 2 million copies.
Notice it says "and our role play game Chrono Trigger.." and not "our
series of Chrono Trigger role playing games" or something to that
extent... the ad doesnt mention at all that CHrono Trigger is a series,
but infact states that it is a single game... just thought i'd point that
What you have witnessed was one of the most confusing and huge typos in the
history of, uh, me. The story is so jumbled, I've decided to sort the facts
out into a little list:
- Thor reads; decides to print letter. Original letter contained the
SQUARE is one of the most successful games
developers in the world. Our "Final Fantasy" series of role
playing games has sold over 10 million copies worldwide and
the first title in the recently released "Chrono Trigger"
series has rapidly reached sales of 2 million copies.
- Thor types up response. Original response copied and "fiddled" with the clip,
poorly attempting to prove a point.
- Thor decides that it's wordy and redundant and rewrites his response, this time
only quoting one line instead of trying to spoof the clip.
- Sadly, Thor is a blundering oaf and accidently "fiddled" with the letter's
clip, not the response's.
- Lorelai say Thor no get cookies today. Thor sad.
Lufia II debate(!).
This is an answer to Fnorder's question about Arek the Absolute(or at
least my personal oppinion about the whole matter.)
(Lufia II spoilers! FEAR!)
Ahh, you rule. If only everyone acted as if their theories weren't fact. Ya know,
world would be a much better place if we all gave me lots of money. Oh,
and admitted our theories were personal opinion. That too.
In the opening to Lufia II, you find Erim talking to this big evil guy
called Arek the Absolute. You get the normal impression that he is the
Big Bad Guy and will try to take over the world and do other stereotypical
Evil Bad Guy things like that(whatever happened to the days of Rubicant?)
What I wondered was why he talked to Duel Blade. He asked of Duel Blade
had the answers. The answers to what? After you beat Daos in the end of
the game, Erim says that everything weas ordered by Arek, but she never
says why. Here's what I thought everything meant.
The Sinistrals were Gods and Goddesses, plain and simple. We all know
that Arek had Duel Blade, a magical blade that would make a ringing sound.
The question he was asking was along the lines of "are Humans capable of
shaping their own lives?" Remember, Duel Blade was a weapon for Gods,
Goddesses, and such. When a man/woman capable of wielding Duel Blade was
born, the Duel Blade would ring, signaling the birth of one who could
defeat the Sinistrals. The evil Sinistrals are sent to stop and destroy
that person(remember when Maxim, Dekar, and Guy killed Gades. Iris said
that if Maxim died, peace would return. That points to the fact that the
Sinistrals are capable of defeating people. Maxim did not die, so the
fight continued, showing that there were people, or at least a person,
capable of fighting the Sinistrals.) Maxim and his friends kill Daos(Lord
of Terror), Erim(Mistress of Death), Gades(Lord of Destruction), and
Amon(Lord of Chaos). In a last attempt to kill th! e hero spiritually and
physically, Daos tries to smash Doom Island into the city where Jeros
lived. He(Daos) failed and died. So the Sinistrals leave to
The symbolic meaning to the end is that people have the ability to choose
his or her own destiny and control his or her own life. The Sinistrals,
or dieties, are no longer needed and leave.
-- James Thorne
I saw that letter asking stuff about Lufia II and Arek The Absolute in
particular. If you check out the Lufia III link on this very page it says
that "Arek the Absolute will be back for one final battle". Hmmm, this
seems to indicate that he WILL be back in Lufia III. also Daos when asked
by Maxim about Arek describes Arek as "The one abouve us all" or something
like that. If youve ever read Forottem realms books I think Arek is sort
of in the same position Ao is in compared to the gods of forgotten realms.
Sort of a god of the gods. Thats about as clear an answer as anybody but
the developers for Lufia III could give. I hope is helps that guy out.
Double groovy. You know, Lufia 1/2 is next on my "To Win" list. After
Xenogears. And Zelda 64. And then Lunar: SSSC. Wait, make that
Xenogears, Zelda 64, Final Fantasy VIII and then, when its released, Lunar: SSSC. Heh heh.
Unfit for Print
Hey Thor get a life you suck. You wouldnt know an rpg if it hit you in the
ass!! What do you know about rpgs obviously not a damn thing. Thor I
should have your job you idiot You Suck!!!!!!
I agree, Z.C. would make a far better Q&A guy than me--if someone were to sharpen
the end of a vacuum cleaner to a fine point, sneak up behind me, jam the tube into
my ear and suck out every last bit of brains from my head. Even then, it'd be a close
tie, but I think Z.C. would beat me in the end. I think. But, that's
not all! Z.C. send in this additional letter a minute later:
I dare you to put my letter on here
And this brings us to today's moral: Begging to have your letter printed never, ever
works. (Unless it's used as an UfP example, naturally.) Neither does daring, which is what some people say instead of "begging"
for unknown reasons.
Quickies for the whole family
Let it be known that all FF4-6j FMV "oddities", such as Butz' white hair or Edgar's
strange resemblance to David Bowie in Labrynth are due to the fact that Square is
staying true to Amano's original concepts.
Imp Mayhem wanted to know about copying files from one PlayStation Memory Card to
another. Just slide your old card, and a new spare in the machine; make sure there
are no games in it, and turn the system on. You'll see a nice little audio CD
player/memory card manager program. Joy!
New Anime Thor hacks are in. Today's features include LunatiC's adorable
Pokethor concept, and a (sadly unnamed) RPGamer's
funky idea. I like it, an' all, but what about
And finally, Bowser said: "Bwa ha ha! I know your secret! You watch the Teletubbies! Bwa ha ha!"
Yeah, well, at least I don't date 'em. What's that, Bow? "Just friends"?
Yeah, right. I suppose "just friends" explains the purple felt stuck to your fly!
My formal apologies for the previous paragraph of nightmare fuel.
A couple of girls wrote in to let me know that conversations focused around Tifa's
breasts don't offend them. I didn't think it offended all but the most prudish of
gals, but I do know my firends're sick of it. Not offended, just tired.
Though honestly, I wrote that blip on Monday more or less to torture 90% of my
readers, rather than actually help anyone. It was Monday, I'm allowed to be evil.)
And now for something completely different.
I had a dream. In my dream, I was walking along a campground (one I visit often
in my dreams), when a girl -- never got a good look at her face, though I knew
she was a pal -- leapt from behind a tree and thrust a couple of magazines in
my hands. I glanced down at the cover, and realized they were the new issues
of EGM and Expert Gamer.
EGM's cover looked rather like the Shiva summon from Final Fantasy
VII pulling the Master Sword from a stone, with blue/white light flooding everywhere.
It was beautiful, but Expert Gamer's cover won my interest, not because of cover
art, but because of a small logo and a bit of text in the lower lefthand corner:
"Special Feature: Ask Thor!" Sure enough, Expert Gamer was running a feature which
printed the top ten Ask Thor letters.
While EGM didn't mention a feature of this sort on its cover -- EGM is too big for
that; they listed only important games, or so my dream-logic told me -- sure enough,
clear as day, under the index: "Thor Antrim: Memorable Quotes".
Then, I was contacted by Alex (the RPGamer guy, ya know?). He told me that Mike was
going to do an RPGamer feature on Ask Thor as well, a combination of quotes and
something else, maybe a list of files mentioned in Ask Thor.
I marveled at my sudden fame, but before I could gloat too much, it hit me. I had
spent so long reading about the column, I had totally forgotten to update Ask Thor.
And now (as my dream-logic told me), it was at least after 5pm -- a good
seven hours late.
Then I woke up.
Read into it what you will. I just know someone's going to write in a letter
claiming that according to Freud, I'm "obviously attracted to Leonardo DiCaprio".
- Thor "Dream a little dream of me" Antrim
I loved that one issue of Sandman with all the "Sandman" songs, but they forgot Enter Sandman!