Chris Martin - November 4th '01- 2:00 Eastern Standard Time|
Running a tetch behind as usual, I'm sorry to say. Let's ditch the pleasantries and dive right in.
Toys from the east
Chesh, here's my questions,
1. I see you guys always get your hands on cool Japanese merchandise, i.e.
the slimes in the current DW contest. Where are you getting it? I looked
all over the net....alright, for about five minutes, but I couldn't find
2. Catalack or G.I. Jogger?
3. Wasn't the White Mage/Wizard in Final Fantasy a guy?
As for my favorite RPG character, since I'm in a Dragon Warrior mood, mine
is the Prince of Cannock, from Dragon Warrior 2. He wore goggles, and could
was the first person to cast Stepguard, which would be very handy in real
life. What more do you want?
There are more than a few websites on the net where you can purchase stuff like this. Generally, you'd find them on your basic anime/game collectable site. Sometimes, as a "news-source" website, companies send us little freebies. Sadly, Mike has been known to keep the good stuff like games, props, and harem girls.
Catalack all the way. And, frankly, I could have been a LOT happier without knowing that, thanks.
If only FFIV had voice acting. "You spoony bard!" as delivered by Sean Connery
Up and at em' ATOM ANT!..err--CAT!!
Well, since asked (though I really had to think about this), I'd
probably say Justin from Grandia is one of the highest atop my list of
favorite characters. Nothing like that "endless search for adventure
making friends every step of the way while discovering what's right in
the hearts of all and sometimes thinks with his extremities" attitude to
put a spring in my RPG playing step. Now for a couple of questions..
1. We all know FFX is coming out in February (or was it January?). Are
there any other good looking RPGs in sight after that release that would
catch the eye? (Besides Shenmue 2, I mean)
2. As long as we're on the subject of FFX, how do you feel about the
voice acting aspect of it? Personally, I'm a bit excited to see how
they'd handle it, but I'm also weary on hearing any bad parts, but I
heard on videogames.com that the quality of acting ranges between
Shenmue and Metal Gear Solid. I haven't heard much on Shenmue (no
Dreamcast) but IMO Metal Gear Solid has the best voice acting I've heard
in a videogame ever.
3. Would mixing Dr. Pepper, Sprite, and Pepsi be dangerous?
4. I know how you feel about the whole X-Box / Gamecube thing, but I may
as well ask an established RPG player as yourself this [even though you
do seem to play other games, namely DDR (which I noticed in your Mr.
Wonderful comment), the best "other" catagory game in existence].
Anyway, my question is this : I don't really see any projected RPG
releases for CG yet. If you were planning to buy it (I dunno if you
are), would this be a factor?
5. There's a part of our store that's easily shopliftable. (not saying
it's name or location tho. :p) Should we put a camera back there, or
save money by having a very angry, burly guy just sit back there?
Well, I drift off topic. Hope you have a good week. Hopefully I'll
squander what I have and keep saving for that GC I want (Super Smash
Bros. Melee WILL be mine!)
Formerly Rei. That was a wierd time for him.
It's January, but a later release wouldn't be the most unexpected thing in the world. If you missed out on Grandia II the first time around, you can snatch it up around the same time as FFX for the PS2. Evergrace II as well (aka "Forever Kingdom")
With regards to the voice acting in FFX, I just hope Square does a better job than the did with Xenogears. It has the potential to be really awesome, but one annoying voice or bad actor can drive an otherwise decent job down into the pits of stank. (See: Escaflowne)
Only if you plan on drinking it...
Note: I only played DDR once and I sucked. (Big frikkin' surprise) The music, however, rocks the casbah (??? - Ed) and so, I
download buy it. And the RPG factor would be a pretty big one on if I would shell out the $$$ for a console. The N64 could have done with some more RPGs.
A camera would help (Even a fake camera might even help do the trick...) If posting someone back there isn't feasable, just make sure you have someone make spot checks whenever you know someone is back there. You might run into a grubby ten-year-old stuffing something into his backpack that he bought on the five finger discount. Punish him with reeds.
As Stan Lee would say, "Yamauchi VERSUS Gates!" The match you're dying to see! NUFF SAID!"
Reboot+Aikido+PC Game Knowledgec+Biting Sarcasm=one hell of a Q&A.
In any case, what do you think about PSO being on Gamecube, PC, and
possibly other platforms? Is this the beginning of some kind of new wave
PC-Console interconnectivity? I mean, I remember hearing horror stories
about DC owners going online and getting flayed alive in the PC Quake 3
pool. So, what say ye?
In addition, am I the only one who sees/fears a pile of PC shovelware
dumped onto the X-Box and perhaps spilling over to other consoles? Dumping
PC games straight onto consoles does those most likely great games no
justice, doing neither consoleites or developers any good. Deer Hunter X,
anyone? By the same token, I would feel nothing but pity if, say, Halo
needs patches on release. Perhaps these worlds SHOULD stay separate.
The world of PC gaming and Console gaming have, for years, remained two very seperate animals. Now, Bill Gates, like an insane scientist, plans on genetically grafting these two creatures into one horrifying Frankenstein. With luck, the beast he creates will be his own undoing. The bitter taste of irony...
PC games and Console games are different. The have to be. The interfaces are just too damn different. With a PC, you're up against the screen, hunched over the keyboard. It's this connection the user has with the system that makes first person shooters so popular on the PC. You can feel like you're in the game. The same goes for your strategy-simulations. The versatility of the keyboard and mouse allow the user a much deeper level of control than if he/she/it used the standard control paddle.
On the other hand, some games are better suited for consoles. Driving games, action games, adventure games, and the descendants thereof are better played on a console WITH a control pad. When you play a Playstation or Dreamcast, you're usually five odd feet away from the screen. This creates an entirely different environment. That, and I'd rather use a controller than a keyboard to play Street Fighter. These two mediums need to be kept (I can't believe I'm using this asenine phrase.) seperate but equal. Two different markets, two different systems, two different mediums.
Oh, and the compliments are always welcome. ;)
Cat of death? Moi?
Greetings, Cat of Death.
1. My favorite video game hero of all time would have to be Citan, with Lucca coming in a close second. Gotta love the smart characters. My favorite villain
is still the always-quotable Ultros. My favorite comic relief character is the also-always-quotable Nall (who wins over Ruby since random character reviving
is much nicer than an occasional extra couple of weak attacks).
2. Regarding yesterday's column, there is a much easier way to beat Dario without the black plate. Simply make sure your party has as many red attack
Elements as they can carry, make sure all three characters have good speed stats (i.e. don't bring the cave girl), and then take turns using one weak attack
and two medium attacks followed by an Element. Dario counters red with an attack that doesn't hurt you, so as long as you keep casting red spells, he will
never get in a hit.
3. What are the chances of Lunar 3 and/or Xenosaga coming to Gamecube?
4. Is there any way to hook up my Dreamcast to my school's network? I don't want to pay for an ISP just for Phantasy Star Online.
5. Which came first: the chicken, or Dick Clark?
Hobbes31415, Great Sage Equal to Heaven
1. (In Maitre'd voice) Ah! Joo haff made an exzellent choice, monsieur. Quite the tahste for ze Ahr Pee Ghee charactahers.
2. Good strategy. Sounds like it could work.
3. Very VERY small.
4. Umm, I doubt it. I imagine the school's server would notice all the extra bandwith being taken up by your playing. I'm assuming you have permission, here. If you don't, you could be looking at getting in an insane amount of trouble. ;)
5. Dick Clark is the immortal destroyer. He is the "Miang" of our world. Scary!
Wild and Crazy
Hi, Me. 'Sup? Just walking down the road, nice to bump into ya'. Watch out for the dawgs though! Ah, fav. RPG char. of all time? Ness. Yes,
weird, but funny. anyway, more Q's:
1. When you were talking about Dario, when you said "tonnes' i thought you said "tomatoes" end result:Dario is a mean, mean man. It doesn't
help that he uses tomatoes of black magic. Tomatoes of Black Magic? Er...Um...Yeah...Sure... Actually, that reminded me of a horrible NES (Or
was it SNES?) Game. Spike McFang and the Killer Tomatoes. That game was... stupid. Very much so. ever played it?
2. Do you occasionally curse your lungs out at your video game system? I do. And I keep having to get lung transplants.
3. OK, DWVII looks to be cool, but I dunno If I should get it. Should I shell up the cash?
4. I... have seen some weird things, but come ON. A WASP NEST in a PS2!? That actually happened to a friend of mine...Opinion?
5. I sort of think RPGers are getting to be a not-so-obscure group. This is good, companies recognize us, but we're now gonna get more ****
1. I'm pleased to say that I missed that game.
2. I don't really do that often. However, recently, I managed a rather nasty outburst during a game of Sonic Adventure 2 (Stupid Knuckles. Stupid Acid. Stupid water level in the last part. Grrr.)
3. Go for it.
4. A family of affluent white people moved into your friend's PS2? That can't be good.
5. Isn't it nice to be part of a larger demographic? Granted, we're not as big as the one who likes Jerry Bruckheimer movies, but you have to start somewhere.
The golden pipes of Working Designs
Um...No not Frog! I just love his theme! Uh...Kefka! No! Um...Damn!
Actually, my favorite RPG character is Shadow from FFVI! He's too cool with
Interceptor attacking occationally. Anyway, uh...a co-worker asked me a
question the other day... Monday...and I thought about it and couldn't answer
so I thought... What would be the best way to answer his question...And then
I thought of you! Okay okay I'll shut up and just ask the stupid question.
Who sings the songs in Lunar: TSSSC and Lunar: EBC? he asked about whether
she was the same person who sang Cornet's songs in Rhapsody. I found
Cornet's singer easily but I'm too lazy to fight Ghaleon again and my EB is
at the end of the Epilogue so I can't find out the info for that one either.
Anyway, If you could help me out...if you ever come to the Babbages at
Century III Mall in Pittsburgh PA I'll give you a discount! Okay, I can't do
Jamie "Um...how about if I sell you a subscription to Game Informer and then
you can get discounts?" Harper >8^()
Gonna pass on the subscription, but thanks anyway. I'm not sure about Lunar 2, but Jenny Stiegile belts out the tuneage for the first Lunar game. Hope that helps.
It's a MAN, baby.
That should be a poll. Was the white mage from FF1 female or not? I
mean, since Nintendo Power Strategy Guide named it JED and that's my
name, and I'm a guy, so I always assumed male. Of course this is the same
strategy guide that lied to us about the defense value of Gold rings, so I
guess it can't be trusted in all things.
Side note: We all know you couldn't beat that game without it. Anyone
claiming otherwise is a dirty lying clown. I still have the copy I
borrowed from my friend in 2nd grade. Everytime I look at it I go "I
should really return this someday"
And I'm probably all alone on this, but best character goes to Mary from
Tales of Destiny. No one is more amusing to watch in the background as
the rest of the party discusses how to best save the world. If you've
played the game, then you know what I'm talking about. Otherwise it's
just too hard to explain.
2nd place is WarMech from FF1. Was there ever a more nervous, sweaty time
than hiking across that bridge in the Sky Castle knowing KNOWING that
WarMech was waiting to cut you to shreds. This was pre-phoenix down for
you young 'uns, once your white wizard went down you were toast.
But you did have 99 heal potions. Mmmmmmmm.
-Jed, not the female white mage from Nintendo Power
Well, crap. Looks like the white mage really IS a man after all. I have that strategy guide, and it was pretty awesome. Granted, I broke tradition and had my characters evolved at "Castle Ordeal" before battling Kary, fiend of fire. Warmech was also a mean, mean thing. So..close...to...Tiamat.
Ah ah ah! It's "Game Person"
Some questions for ya:
1: Do you think Nintendo will ever release an AV connector for the GBA? Even
though I think they won't (I can see them saying "It's a PORTABLE system!"),
I really think its logical. GBA games are visually stunning, and from all
the posts I read in various forums, and from my experience, the GBA is NOT a
comfortable machine to play. I know my left hand gets numb after a 1/2 hr or
so. Looking at the TV with my GBA as a controller, eliminatiing the need to
tilt it for light, would make it 100% more comfortable to use.
2: Do you think the GBA should have been backlit? For me, the answer is
undoubtedly YES. From what I've read, the battery life may have been more
than halved (down from 10-15 to 3-4 hours or so), but I also know that it IS
possible to include such a feature with an on-off switch, so people can
choose where they want to go (battery life vs lighting). As for me, I bought
the outlet adaptor, so battery life isn't an issue, and i would love to be
able to play my GBA more comfortably (i.e. facing directly towards my face,
instead of being tilted every which way).
Thanks for being part of such a great site, keep up the good work!
starry wishes kirby
I seem to recall having an AV connector for my GBC. Lighting has also been a constant issue with the GBC. Some backlighting would help. I imangine Nintendo will continue to make a crapload of accessories for the thing just as they did for the original Game Boy.