Ich habe deciced, um diese Einleitung auf unterbrochenes Deutsch zu schreiben, weil
es scheint, da§ allen IGN sites Babblefish kŸrzlich, also mich darstellte, warum
Bezeichnet gutes mit Buchstaben. Haben Sie Spa§. Bye.
|Gameplay Vs Filler?|
Yesterday Moogle Propaganda mentioned that with each FF game, there's less
gameplay and more FMV. But as I recall, it took me the same amount of
time to beat FF6 as it did to beat the first disc of FF7. Hmm.. and also
half the time to beat FF6 was spent to beat FF4, approximately. Lastly,
it took me even longer to beat FFT than FF7.
Gameplay doesn't equal time spent on the game. The half an hour "Lifestream"
sequence in Final Fantasy 7 certainly took a while, you weren't doing anything
more than hitting "X". Or, if you had already played Final Fantasy 7, setting
the control on AutoFire and grabbing a sandwhich. (As for Final Fantasy Tactics...
well, that took everyone I know a good while to beat. Mostly due to hard battles
and hours wasted trying to decode the translation.)|
|What do you mean this isn't RPG related? FF6 was Steampunk. Kinda.|
What exactly is steampunk? I never heard the term..
Steampunk is a type of story usually set in a world where electricity was
either never invented, or just really didn't catch on. Maybe in that world,
no one was stupid enough to fly a kite in a thunderstorm. Who knows.
The setting is usually Victorian, though this isn't a rule.
Imagine giant steam powered war machines, analog computers and gloom.
Lots and lots of gloom. The most famous Steampunk book is The Difference
Engine, written by Cyberpunk godfather William Gibson and Bruce Sterling.
I can't think of one damn thing to say to add a sense of closure to this
question. Moving on. <grin>
|A.... plethora of questions. (Oh, how I hate that word.)|
Hello, God of Thunder and Chunder,
Now, not to sound rude, but how did you get your position at
RPGamer? I mean, I love to read your Q&A column, but I want a break
into the gaming industry somehow. But, since I don't live in Cali, I
don't know of any sites based around Ohio, state of mass boredom. So, any
suggestions, as it's something that I'd like to do.
Yeah. Do something productive but enjoyable. That way, you won't get
bored with the project, like 99% of webmasters do, and after a few
months you'll probably have quite a following. I started with, believe
it or not, the homepage to an IRC channel. I added an editorial/column/thingy, which grew
in popularity, and before you know it we were scoring 300+ hits a day.
I'm not bragging, because compared to RPGamer that's pathetic, but
it goes to show that with a little hard work you can build a lovely
fanbase -- and get noticed someday.|
I recently read that Final Fantasy V was a legal ROM for emulators? Is
that true, as this was the only borderline ROM I had on computer. I don't
want to go to jail! I'm too feminine (long hair, oval face) looking and
I'd be bought by some big guy for a carton of cigarettes...so, this is
There's really no chance of jailtime. Last time I checked, even with
the new anti-piracy laws, you're only in serious trouble if you
distribute. Taping most sports games is illegal, but when's the last time
someone you knew was bagged by the feds 'cause he missed the Packers
game and wanted to know if he should shout "Go Packers!" or cry himself
to a beery sleep?
Well, on the final note, you didn't by chance use "Wrath" on
wcw/nWo:Revenge, did you? I don't have a GameShark and I want to know if
it's worth the money to get one extra wrestler. Well, that's about all I
can think of, so I won't clog your mailbox further.
- Terry Rader, scared of being some big guy's "bitch"
Hey, aren't we all. And no, it's not worth it -- just for Wrath. I haven't
even seen Wrath do much since Nash ruined his winning streak. But if you
still want a GameShark, by all means...|
|Mr. Stock. Get it? Like, Mr. Spock! Or even Mr. Socko! Haha! Kill me.|
I think the man was refering to the Very bad aliasing noise in the sample
for Celes's voice. Have you ever tried listening to the song on a high
quality system (as in not on a TV?) because if you have you will notice
some very interesting sounds on the loop that I'm sure was some sort of
idiosycracy of the SPC sound chip. If you don't hear it and want to
enhance the noise to where it's really really noticable, just record it
onto your computer and feed the wave file into an MP3 encoder. That's the
stuff. I'd send the MP3, but it's about 1.2 Mb, so I doubt you want that
in your inbox. :)
Interesting. I'm going to take a stab at it and guess no, then. Square's probably
too busy to correct a problem which can't be detected on a standard TV.
All that time they spend pretending there's a bad connection on the phone
everytime someone asks them to translate the collection, an' all|
Hey, why is it that some people complain about having "£@&%#Û/%Û"
type swearing in a game, instead of writing out clearly the powerful
I see it in another way. I'm not against having strong language in any way
(I come from a vulgar country), but I would hate to see Cid, for example,
just ranting out four-letter words all the time. Why? It's all about how
you view things.
Whenever Cid says, "@Û/&Û/&%#"!!!!", I prefer not to think of it as "This
is censored by the Moral Guardians", but as "This here is something so
vile that you could not possibly even try to imagine it. Trust us." I
think it's a lot more powerful in the end, seeing lots of "&@/&%Û%"/&Û!"
as opposed to lots of f-words.
So do you agree with this?
Hehe, no. Funny argument, though. Lets see, something so vile even
I could not possibly try to imagine it... oh God, Cid was shouting
"Richard Simmons!" all that time? I never knew.|
I know nothing about the Nekei (sp?) Index
in Japan, but since the EA/Square merger,
you can easily track Square's US fortunes
by monitoring EA's stock symbol: ERTS.
If you monitor stocks through MSN.COM's
customer home page, set up the stock
symbol, and click on it, press releases
from EA are posted...and when recent
Square titles were given US releases,
Square's news releases were posted to
EA's stock symbol.
I'm sure there's a more direct way to track
Squares Nekei symbol, but I'm not aware of
Anson has the answer!
Deep in the bowels of RPGamer, there's an interview with Horomichi Tanaka
(http://www.rpgamer.com/people/tanak/interv/tanaka.html), the Executive
Director of Square Co, Ltd. About halfway through the interview, he notes
that Square USA is wholly owned by Square, but that Square Co, Ltd _is_ a
public offering. So, you can't buy stock in Square USA, but can buy stock
in the Japanese parent company... at least as of the interview, nearly two
I tried looking for Square USA, in the off-chance that it had gone public
since then, but much like Arakin and yourself, couldn't find anything.
As for the Japanese company (Square Co, Ltd), I eventually (very
eventually) worked my way to Yahoo! Japan, and managed to find information
So, the stock now sells for about 3000 Yen (not quite $25) a share.
- Anson (The guy who's still waiting for Q*Bert 64)
Groovy. And hey, again, aren't we all?|
|"Does this hurt?"|
I just wanted to comment on the new design. I really don't have
anything against it, except for the Quickies. They make my eyes turn
flips and confuse my brain. It makes my head hurt, Thor! They're
confusing a lot. I like the old-style better. It was just
more...Thor-ish. If you revert, I'll throw in a box of underwear only
worn *once* by Mrs. Hatcher. If you want to know where they came
from...Dangit, I have to get'em outta my house some bloody how...Aw,
come on, just for a day even! Revert!!
And just when I finally got used to the redesign, too. I've actually received
several complaints about the Quickies. The only problem I can see is questions
and answers are placed next to each other, instead of one above the other.
Time for a little poll, I guess: Do you like the old style "//" Quickies,
or the new "mini letter" format? Discuss. |
I made a rather interesting discovery recently while messing around with
an .xa file player. On disk two of Final Fantasy VII, there are 5 html
files in the 'movies' folder. Each is 3 bytes in size, and creates a blank
page with a blank source. There are no such files on disk one or three.
Anyone have any ideas as to what they might be for? |
Since the filenames are "GdummyX.htm", I'm going to take a wild
guess and say they were placed there for some sort of obscure programming
reason. Hey, when deadlines are looming and you can't get anything to
work, sometimes you get real inventive.
P.S. I finished FF2j last night, thereby finishing the entire FF series.
Just thought I'd share my joy with the RPGamer community!
- Sean "SSS" Daugherty
Bravo! Er, wait. What about Final Fantasy VIII?|
|Unfit for Print|
In this corner, incomprehensible reader #1:|
I got to thinkin' if any male reader out ther can say that they made it to
the age of 15 without ever seeing, or wishing to see porn, then their a
damn liar. [What about the Hanson brothers? -- Thor] And Idont think
of smuttiness as any more offensive than the
cold hearted violence seen everyday on tv, cause when you see pornos whos
the victim? NOBODY THATS WHO, YOU WHINY SELF RIGHTEOUS HOMO PHOBIC OVER
RELIGIOUS TYPES!!!!!!!!!! OOH IM A GOD FEARING CHRISTIAN IM BETTER THAN
YOU, TINKY WINKY IS GAY AND EVIL, ROCK MUSIC IS EVIL, GAYS ARE EVIL,
ANYONE WHO DOESNT SEND ME MONEY IS EVIL !!!!!! GET OFF IT YOU OVER
- EdGE morpheus, the 9 bladed knife
And in this corner, incomprehensible reader #2:|
MAY I ASK WHAT THE $%^$@$!#@$^&^& ARE YOU DOING POSTING PORN SITES??????
???????? IT SAYS RPGAMER NOT PORNGAMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU
PEOPLE ARE SICK ITS ALLREADY ALL OVER THE NOW YOU HAVE ADVERTISE IT EVEN
MORE!!!!???? WHY THE *&^^%^%#$&U^*() CANT YOU FIND SOMETHING BETTER TO DO
WITH THE SITE!!! LIKE TELL MORE ABOUT RPGS!!!!!
PS:IT WILL BE A SAD DAY FOR YOU SICK PEOPLE IF I EVER BECOME EXPERT
Yeah, baby. I ph34r.
The moral of todays UfP is to never become outraged at the opposition in
a debate, because the twits are equally divided among both sides -- believe
it or not, these two are the only letters I received which argued for/against
the Zelda.com link. Oh, and capslock=bad. But I think we covered that one
before, heh heh.
|Wondering where babies come from?|
(Give him a mint cookie and your chances of being printed are raised 7.25%)
(I saw it -- "MAD SKILLZ" -- right with my own eyes. I thought it was hilarious, but you have to admit... that was as out of place as a Clinton joke.)
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|Quickies that satisfy|
March 10th's my birthday. I wanna hear a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY! from you, the
great Thor. NOW.
Sure thing! Happy birthday, demanding person who forgot to include his/her name
so I could wish him or her a happy birthday... :D
i went to a catholic school. trust me. those girls aren't repressed...
Yeow, heh heh.
Schivoni = Schiavone. Kavorkian = Kevorkian. Ha!
Oh come on, names are really hard to remember and set off a spellchecker
even when spelled right! Cut me some slack, jack. Ahh well, nice hearing from
you again, bro.
Dreamcast or PSX2?
- Ami Q3
Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the president?
Yeah. I even have proof!
Thanks to everyone who offered to proofread the column. The offer was made in jest, I
fear. It'd be too much a task to arrange, since I update anywhere from 6:00am to
12:00pm, California time.
I'm finally starting to have a lot of fun with Xenogears. The battles are
hard -- as hard as I'd like! -- and the plot is starting to finally unfold.
I only wish I didn't know so many bits and pieces of the story. Spoilers
Look for a delicious rant tomorrow, my first in a few weeks. (Counting my
vacation, of course.) Since everyone agreed with me last time, I hope to
do my best to get everyone to disagree with me tomorrow.
- Thor "Not So Repressed Catholic Schoolgirl" Antrim