Googleshng - May 8 '01- 2:00 Eastern Standard Time|
It occurred to me today that TWO unorthodox TRPGs are getting sequels
made set in 1920s Paris. What the heck are the odds of THAT? Shadow Hearts and Sakura Wars 3 for the
In other news, this here is the last week before my haphazzard trip across the country, stuffing Pocky
down my gullet, watching anime, beta testing Big Eyes, Small Mouth, and going to meetings with bigwigs
like Vic Ireland. Not to mention seeing and playing games that won't be out for a year. I say this not
to make you jealous however, but to set up... FLASHBACK "MONTH"
Just as I was looking for someone to run Q&A while CC and I head for Anime Central, various hosts of Q&A
past popped out of the woodwork asking if they could guest host some time. So after Thursday, when I'll
have IceSeraphim with me one last time, or someone else depending on the speed at which the game someone
is sending IS arrives, I will be giving way to Brad, followed by Gin. Then I'll pop back in for some Q&A
live from E3, and finally, there will be a few more flashback days, ideally containing JD, Ronnie, and
Thor... despite the fact that he has no stable means of popping in to do it. Of course for that to work,
you'd have to send Thor some letters now for him to answer and
throw into a column over the next couple weeks. So, do that, and send me some too, and we'll see if we
can pull this off with the minimum of wacky hijinks.
One last thing before I really get rolling. I tend to wait until right before I do Monday's column to
read everything Chesh throws up, so I miss my chance to address the issues of the weekend in a timely
manner. First, regarding MS, I didn't say the X-Box was doomed, just that at this particular momment
there's nothing that interests me about it. Key word this point, E3's just around the corner, so that
might change. Also, over the weekend someone said the GBA couldn't handle 3D graphics. This person was
seriously misinformed. While I doubt you're going to see anything like an RTS on the thing, it's perfectly
capable of handling polygonal graphics, and is doing so. The same person also compared the SNES to the
32x, which is rather silly considering that the 32x was an addon to the Genesis, which fell short of the
SNES in a few other respects. Bottom line: The GBA is head and shoulders above the WSC when it comes to
tech specs. Now on with the column! ... as soon as this brownout stops. Ah, there we go.
Here's an odd one.
How come no one ever talks about Earth Bound (SNES) anymore?? It has
to be one of the top 10 BEST RPSs ever made, but except for a failed
sequal (it looked crappy anyways) and Ness's cameo in Super Smash
Brothers (N64), There has never been a follow up to the game!!! Whats
wrong with everyone??!! In what other RPG can you: name all the
characters, name your favorite food, name your dog, get assistance from
an intergalatic fly, and still be able to hang out with a funky jazz
Say fuzzy pickles!!!!
Why don't people talk about Earthbound much? Well, because it's an obscure old RPG on a dead console that
wasn't even that well known when it was current. People don't talk much about Arcana, Albert Odessey,
or Sword of Vermillion either. As for the aborted sequel though, here's hoping it resurfaces on the
GameCube. I'd definately like to see more of that unique brand of insanity.
oh great google
i have sinned, i have not been to rpgamer in a while but i just ddecided to
get on randomly recently, and i saw that they are making another xenogears
game, but i am a bit in the dark on the matter so will ya fill me in on the
whole xeno scoop? And what good games have been out recently on ps1 and ps2?
If u answer this i will not poor salt on you.
p.s. how did i go from a plea to a threat?
OK, a couple years back, the team who made Xenogears, like so many others, left Square to work
independantly. So they formed a little company called Monolithsoft, and, well, dropped out of the
public eye completely. Then later they popped back in, teaming up with Namco and announcing Xenosaga,
which, unless the universe is just a cruel sick joke, is a prequel to Xenogears. Additionally, Square
Namco and Enix all bought shares of each other's stocks, allowing the Xenogears team to use all the names
and other copyrighted elements in saga. And there was great rejoicing. Yay.
first off id like to thank you and everyone else who said Arcadia
was worthwhile. it is very much so in fact it is the best game ive played
since ff7. on that note you said that it was the best game youve played in
six years so........ what is your favorite rpg you seem to have good
taste(mine is ff7: sentimental value :p ).
In no particular order, some RPGs I really love include SoA, Phantasy Star, FF6, and Xenogears. Some TRPGs
I love include all of them... except maybe VH2.
1.anywho first question, in skies of Arcadia should i save all my captains
stripes until i gain my second ship (i heard you gain 2000 hp for them on
it compared to 1000 on little jack). i was worried that it might be nessary
in order to defeat certain bosses or some such. if so how many? id like to
save as many as possible for the other ship while using all of my resources
to their utmost.
Technically it's more like the 6th ship if you count all the various little crummy lifeboats and such
you don't get to use, but yes, I'd recommend saving all your Captain's Stripes for the big D. You might
need to use one to get through the dessert, but trust me, you'll need every edge available at the end.
2.any tips in general for Arcadia (no spoilers please ...... not that i
think an experienced gamer like yourself would :p) .
Fina's last special is very very good. Get it ASAP. Then Vyse's.
3.what is a good rpg on dreamcast besides evolution1&2, Arcadia, grandia2,
silver. i own all of these, but im always on the lookout for another.
Off the top of my head, there's also PSO and Shenmue, although they're technically Action/RPGs.
4.lastly i read about a selector i checked it out here are my
results........# 1 Krelian # 2 Citan # 3 Miang # 4 Emerelda # 5 Grahf # 6 ID
# 7 Ramsus # 8 Maria # 9 Billy # 10 Dominia # 11 Hammer # 12 Chu-Chu # 13
Fei/Lacan/Kim # 14 Jesse # 15 Kelvena # 16 Rico # 17 Seraphita # 18 The
Gazelle Ministry # 19 Elly/Sophia # 20 Margie # 21 Tolone # 22 Bart # 23
Sigurd # 24 Emperor Cain. thats right everyone LAUGH at me..........i am :)
.thanks a lot i like your site goolge and cheshire.
Whenever I take a test like that, I always get all the demons gods and nerds... AND nerdy demonic gods!
Hey, Google! I've been reading your column for months. I love your style!
And I'd really like to get to know you and be your best friend. So if you'd
please give me your name, address, and -DON'T DO IT! HE'LL KILL YOU THE
FIRST CHANCE HE GETS!- Shut up, Gus! Heh heh... just ignore him. I really
like you and -DON'T BE FOOLED! HE ATE THAT RUSSIAN GUY LAST YEAR!- Quiet! So
could we meet sometime? I have a nice cabin in the Colorado mountains! -HE'S
MAD! MAD, I TELL YOU!-
A lot of people have been asking if they could come stalk me at E3. Unless you're carrying around a GBC with
Mythri in it, the answer is no. Not that I don't want random strangers walking up to me or anything, it's
just that I'm ducking out early on the day the general public is allowed in. So if you really want to
come stalk me, you'll have to do it at Anime Central this weekend. I'll be the non-descript nerd watching