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Cheshire Catalyst - December 2nd '00- 12:00 Eastern Standard Time

The weekend rears its ugly head once again. And, according to prophecy, I have returned to dispense my invaluable knowledge upon ye. Bow! Bow I say.

Final Fantasy IX continues to keep me happy. Kuja is kinda cool, despite being a little pretty. He's not Quatre Winner pretty, though. He's wayyy beyond that, kiddies. He far surpasses the pretty-levels of Quatre, Kaoru, and Chaotzu. He's what scientists call "uberpretty". He makes Richard Simmons look like John-freaking-Wayne.

Baldur's Gate 2 is also much much fun. My main character, Christopher the Paladin, routinely kicks the snot out of everything around him. Sadly, he's not very pretty. Blast you, Kuja! One day, I shall be the most pretty of all!

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This is the flu setting in people. Learn to live with it.

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I would kill for some Robitussin.
Several questions for the cat.

Hiyahiyahiyahiya Catalyst! I have some questions for you once again............

1) Have you played Harvest Moon: Back to Nature yet? It rules....I can't put it down......next thing I know, I'll be running back and forth, plucking vegetables from my neighbor's garden and putting them in the mailbox if I don't take it easy with this game.
CC:I haven't really played any of the Harvest Moon Games. But the fact that someone made an RPG about farming cool, gives me faith in humanity.

2) So far my list of Dreamcast games I plan to buy when I get the system are Jet Grind Radio, Shenmue, Sonic Adventure, Skies of Arcadia, Ecco: Defender of the Future, Space Channel 5, and maybe Grandia 2. Any more suggestions as to how I should enhance this list?
CC: That looks like a pretty complete list to me. I hear Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 is a lot of fun.

3) Wow. The PS2 is an even bigger hit than I imagined. Even in my own little Eastern Tennessee hometown, people are buying them like hotcakes. Strange enough.
CC:They have electricity on Tennessee? O_o

4) WORLD.............SHAAAAAKING!!!!!!!!!! (Sorry, couldn't resist XD)
CC: STAR SERIOUS LASAHHHH!! I can't believe you made me do that...

5) You can cast magic spells just like in FFIX in real life. Really. Or at least it will fill like lighting shooting from your body. See, just take some Pop Rocks, put them in a can of Coke..............
CC:What an amazing coincidence! I once cast "Firaga" using only a lighter and some hairspray...

6) When will PSX games stop being released?
CC:Never! Sony won't ever stop making PlayStation games! What's wrong with you, woman?! You've made my PSX cry with your doomsaying. A pox on thee!

7) About how much longer of a lifespan do you think the Dreamcast has?
CC:The Dreamcast is still a new system. I'd say it has at least 3 good years ahead of itself.

8) I was looking through some anime videos at a local retailer when I came across an anime called "Bubblegum Crisis." But quite frankly, the description had nothing to do with bubblegum. What gives???
CC:Bubblegum Crisis is about 4 women in high-powered battle suits who fight the Genom Corporation in a futuristic Tokyo. "Bubblegum" could refer to the fact that the heroines are all young, just leaving their teens, women. Bubblegum Crisis 2040 is good too, I hear. Maybe even better than the original. 8)

Erm, I guess that's it. Print this letter, and I'll play Harvest moon for two hours straight! Well, okay, I'll do that anyway, but........

-Rinoa the "Whopper in the Milkduds" Resistance Fighter

 
Quina Quorrupts Memory Quards

Dear Cat,

I recently lost my save games of final fantasy 9 *big whine* after I changed my colors to the famed "Classic Mode". (Everyone loves the bluuuuuuue!) When I went to load my addiction the next morning, lo and behold the file was corrupted. Two of my friends have had the same problem, their game corrupts after they change to classic mode. Have you had this problem?

--Prisma, The insane halfelven sorcerer

Cheshire Catalyst:
The clerk at EB told me the same thing when I bought my copy of FF9. "This game like to corrupt gamesaves," he sez. Anyone else out there having this problem? I've yet to encounter a corrupted file, but just to be safe, I created 2 savegames on my memory card. That's all I can really recommend that you can do.

 
Yesterday, we danced for love! But tonight, we dance for democracy!!

Howdy CC,

I'm another one of those long time readers but first time writers. Anywho, a few questions and comments from the depths of my mind:

1) How come you don't make witty pictures for the column any more?

2) Haha! Not only do we get Escaflowne on YTV here in Canada, we get Gundam Wing as well (even if it is slaughtered)!

3) In a quickie you answered with "It's just a flesh wound!" when it should be "'Tis just a flesh wound!" (Sorry, but that movie deserves more than a wrong quote).

4) In FF9 do the enemies level up with you, as per FF8? (I don't own it yet, and my PS1 is about 2000 km (1250 miles I believe (Hey! Parenthesis in parenthesis in parenthesis!)) away from me)

Thanks for answering my questions! And make more witty pictures!

~Monion~
I have an Easy-Bake Tilde Oven! See: ~~~~

Cheshire Catalyst:
1.)Now I'm too busy answering questions. Basically, I just got too busy and fell out of the loop. I was going to do one for today, but I couldn't find a picture of Queen Brahne and Quina together for the caption, "helllo... come close.... we will not eat you.... we are friends... NOW! BEGIN THE EAT ATTACK FATGIRLS!!!"
2.)We get Gundam Wing thanks to Cartoon Network. They used to show the uncut version, but that was replaced by Tenchi.
3.)Everyone loves Monty Python movies. I like Mel Brooks, myself. "Blazing Saddles" is one of the funniest movies ever created.
4.)Enemies don't level up with you in FF9. And that's a good thing.
And by the way, that's not a tilde, mate.
~
Now THAT'S a tilde.

 
The first Fan-Cheshire!

Hey Catalytic Cat

I noticed the other day that you didn't appear to have any fanart. So, being the generous person that I am, I went to create some. But then I rememberd that........................................................I dont have any art skills what-so-ever. But, armed with the knowledge that fan+art=fanart, I set out with my trusty copy of ms paint to make some. Having created some, I now send it to you.

So, Enjoy, and remember, its the thought that counts.

-Althalus

Cheshire Catalyst:

A very cool picture. :) Who knows? If enough of you send in fan art, I may have to open a "Fan-Cheshires" section. Sky's the limit, kiddos.

 
 
Quickies

Oh My God!!! You know of the freezing cold dark and gloomy busrides home from band competions!! You are also a saxaphone player. My good friend, you are an official band nerd. Welcome to the club.
Tell me if I should steal my brother's birthday present of FFIX and play it before he gets his hands on it. Thanks.

-infectant-

Yes, high school band scarred me for life. Some people really got into it though. They got really excited about marching, but I digress. Kick your brother and take the game.

"The time has come," the Walrus said, "to talk of many things."
"Of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings."
"And why the sea is boiling hot, and whether pigs have wings"

The Cat only grinned when it saw Alice. It looked good- natured, she thought: still it had VERY long claws and a great many teeth, so she felt that it ought to be treated with respect.
"Cheshire Puss," she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider. "Come, it's pleased so far," thought Alice, and she went on. "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don't much care where--" said Alice.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.
"--so long as I get SOMEWHERE," Alice added as an explanation.
"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

Yellow, red, green, blue, black, white... this Time they're all mine! BWA HA HA HA!!!

~Happosai
"Express Delivery to the north pole!"

That pattern of colors seems oddly familiar.

Hey Ches,
Question? Who is your favorite music composer? Mine has to be Yasunori Mitsuda. He is the best! Chrono Trigger has an awesome soundtrack so does Chrono Cross and of course the best soundtrack ever Xenogears! That is definitly the best of all! Am I right??
The Music Lover,
Sean

Yasunori may be my favorite too. Xenogears, for what it's worth, had seriously awesome music. Whenever I walk into a room, I demand that people play, "Grahf, Emperor of Darkness".

The Last Laugh:


I'm still sick.
On a wonderful note, Radrisol returns! Here's the latest comic.

Well, hope ya'll enjoyed the column! I'm gonna sit back and watch some "Serial Experiments: Lain" for a bit. See ya'll tomorrow!


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First person to call me "Cheshire Puss" dies...

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