Googleshng - April 17 '02- 2:00 Eastern Standard Time
It's 90 degrees outside today, and arachnids of unusual size are crawling
about. Just like Fallout! Except they aren't so big, they're spiders not scorpions, and I don't have a
And in other news, I had more mail requiring a personal reply today than ever before.
Greetings (The peacemen sing) Googleshng
Now do you have any mecha or mages in your set of minons? Need someone
who can blast a Dragon Slave when angry? Now I can use anything not bolted
into the ground as a weapon and even do nasty moves like the Pacifist Crush.
Now could you give me some fangirls since someone like me would have some
attractive female underlings with matching outfits. Now what's real scary is
someone did make TRC/Lord Brian yaoi. Is there any games on your computer
that you're playing or looking forward to?
You know, I think you might be watching a LITTLE too much Slayers these days. Thanks for making LB and
TRC scream though, I look forward to hearing it.
Anyway, the only game I'm currently looking forward to playing on THIS hunk of metal and plastic is WarCraft
Wild SaGa 72
Just a follow-up question for you.
You said you just started playing SaGa Frontier, but you didn't start
with the mage (who, I'm assuming, is Blue). Who then did you start with?
Oh, and just out of idle curiosity, what did you think of Wild ARMs 2? I
liked it enough, but none of my friends really enjoyed it. They just
suffered through it so they would never have to suffer through it again.
What's your opinion? And what about #1?
I played the robot, followed by Emelia, both of whom have a rather coherent set of goals and can skip
the magic stuff. Anyway, I greatly prefer the original WA to the second, because it has a somewhat less
I bow before thee my great King.
Thank you my loyal ruler,
---The Vigilant Sidekick
It takes a lot to creep ME out, or that url. I think I can also decree that this running gag has officially
been blown way out of proportion. I'm a big fan of both creeping me out and taking jokes to far though,
so you deserve a cookie!
Wow! Someone sticking up for the X-Box!
Ok, you've bashed and bashed the Xbox untill it's no
longer funny, and now I'd like to toss in my view for
as little as it's probably worth.
First, I'd like to say that despite the fact that I
own an Xbox at first I couldn't stand it. I hated
it's controller, made fun of it's size and looked for
any flaw I could find in it of Microsoft... Then I
actually got close to the sytem. I played some demos,
asked clerks at four different stores questions and
checked out magazine reviews and comments and such.
Then I actually started to like the Xbox, and then
bought one. I'll get to my mini review in a second,
but I'd first like to ask something.
What's it matter that it's not doing that well in
Japan? As far as I'm aware no American system has,
but some have managed to be fairly successfull in the
states. What's the difference between said systems
and the Xbox? Microsoft has far more than enough
money to support it for at least four years, leaving
developers ample time to make some quite impressive
games to take advantage of the technical super power
that the xbox is. Besides, the last time I check
(which I'll admit could have changed recently) the
Gamecube wasn't doing well in America, and the
Dreamcast all but flopped.
Now for the mini review, which I'll try to rap up
because this letter's to long as it is. As far as
horsepower goes, the Xbox is far stronger than the Ps2
or Gamecube, and supposedly easier to develope for,
meaning that, should the developers wish to, higher
quality games can be made at half the time and/or
frustration. Here's the lowdown on the games. DOA3:
Play it for a while then play DOA2 and you'll see the
graphic imprments immedietly. Not the best fighter,
but a dang fun and pretty one. Halo: Standard FPS
with better graphics and a bit more fun. Not a
marvle, but still cool. Blood Wake: Water effects
that put Splashdown to shame, along with nice looking
ships. A really fun water shooter. Jet Set Radio
Future: The only game I've seen that put cel shading
to good use, and a nice improvement over Jet Grind
Radio. Great graphics, nice music, and fun skating
action. Prject Gotham Racing: A prettier, arcade
based version of GT3 that rewards the player based on
how skillfully they drive. It has a high difficulty
level, but otherwise good in all other areas.
Here's the end, I'm done. Please note Google that I
am not ranting, I've been quite calm through this
entire letter, and that I'm also not a fanboy of any
system. I'm quite fond of Nintendo and Sony and do
indeed own their respectiv systems. I also appologize
for it's length, as you prefer editorials be sent to
their proper location. I just felt that you could use
the opinions of an Xbox owner who isn't an AOL lamer.
If you've read this, than I thank you for taking the
time to do so.
I actually don't even get pro-Xbox letters from incoherent freaks, so this letter really was an interesting
read. Still though, there's a few points that need bringing up here:
1) I'm hard pressed to name an American game console PERIOD, let alone a popular one. There really honestly
haven't been any since the 4-bit era, and I have a hard time counting those, since the market didn't really
exist back then, plus there was the whole "great crash", around which the word successful doesn't really
apply. I'm pretty sure anything that you could call popular here back then was just as popular in Japan
though for what it's worth. Nintendo and Namco made plenty of games for Atari's stuff I know.
2) Microsoft can back the X-Box with all the money and advertising they want to, but it won't do a darn
thing for them if they can't snag some Japanese developers, and the fact they're being outsold by dead
hardware there doesn't exactly help their chances of doing so. Things might be different if there were
any notable console developers based in the U.S., but the simple fact is, there aren't.
3) The Xbox is NOT easier to develop for than the GameCube. At least not in the opinion of any developer
I've seen interviewed on the matter, and I've seen plenty. It's easier to develop for than the PS2 I'm
sure though, because the PS2 is a dual-processor nightmare like the Saturn was. The PS2 is doing quite
nicely though, because it got a nice boon of initial hardware sales just due to the inertia of the PSX's
4) Your sales estimates for the Dreamcast and GameCube in the U.S. are grossly inaccurate. At one point,
the DC had a 30% market share here, and while I can't quote numbers for it, the GameCube seems to be doing
quite nicely for such a young system. Once it gets the Final Fantasy game and Resident Evil line it has
in the works it'll do just fine. Still, that's a moot point. The Dreamcast however is quite relevant to my second point..
It did quite nicely here in the U.S. but never really got anywhere in Japan, thus it died a premature
5) I really don't bash the Xbox very often at all. Dig through the archives and count if you don't believe
In the spirit of not bashing the Xbox, I'm keeping my hands off your mini-review there. If you have an
Xbox, and some games you like on it, good for you. None of those games happen to appeal to me, so I'm
not going to be buying one though, and nobody in Japan is buying them, so no games I want will likely
come out for it to change my mind. Still though, very nice to learn there is a fan of the sucker out there.
Greeting, Holy Slime,
My eternal thanks to the one known as bean for the idea of fixing my CD. I
would become a part time minion for you, were it not for you calling me a guy
when my name is typically a female one. This mixup brings back sad memories
of my youth, as I was raised in a colony of hermaphrodites. However, gender
seems fairly ambiguous here, so I shall not worry my bloated little head
about it. Setting this aside, I have spent more time of my worthless
existence thinking up more questions to bemuse and amuse.
Hey, I didn't call you a guy, some reader did. Besides, that's often used as a gender neutral term.
1) This has likely been asked before (forgive me Master!) but what game would
you most like to see released on Gameboy Advance? I shall then do my best to
deliver it, as I live only to serve.
I would like to see on the GBA, a huge slew of new, original, good games.
2) Surely you, ruler of the cosmos will know what the deal is with the
Carebear Cousins? None of them are bears, yet somehow they are related.... I
NEED TO KNOW! *bows* Forgive my shouting, I am not worthy to shout via large
Hmm... maybe there's a hideous managerie of Greater Care Beings who are brothers and have no particular
race, and they all picked a different animal to have a kid with, except the one who picked a bear ended
up having too darn many kids? Wait, no, I'm thinking my game there. Anyway though, here's a better question.
Was the movie Braveheart named after the lion one, or was that just a coincidence?
3) Is there any chance of seeing the first Mother game in the US?
Actually, I COULD see that happening. Every other RPG developer is rereleasing all their old stuff...
4) Is it only me and my poor coordination, or is it really difficult to move
Aya in Parasite Eve 2?
I have exhausted my puny brain by chrurning up these questions. I shall now
retreat in my hovel and think of more questions to send to please you. *exits
No, Parasite Eve 2 has pretty much the most horrific control scheme ever in battles. It's one of the
many factors that lead to it being one of the worst games I've ever played.
More random questions!
1. You have white hair? Long or short? Natural or dyed? O_o
I have pretty much every weird hair gene there is. Everyone in my family has too much hair in some way
or another. My cousin for example has fur on his feet like a hob- er, "halfling" (stupid lawyers). All
males in my family start going bald at age 18 or so. Then getting to the flukes that seem to apply solely
to me, half the hair on my head is brown, the other half is bright red, and it's been going white on me
since I was about 17. Oh, and I was born with it all black, then went blond until I was about 12. Oh,
and since you ask, I tend to keep it rather short, since the whole family fur thing keeps it thick and
thus heavy. Weird no?
2. What do you think of the anime side of Adult Swim on Cartoon Network
now? I like Yu Yu Hakusho, and Pilot Candidate is....well, odd, but it has
a cat person, and that makes it all fine with me. Yet another Gundam, but
that's ok. Cowboy Bepop, I saw it all long before it came on CN. (Thank
you, Netflix) The rest is all stuff that's been played before. I don't
have a chance to check out the non-anime side of AS, so I can't comment on
I think it's a darn shame I don't get the Cartoon Network.
3. Quote on main page from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night's Game Over
Yup! Tildes for everyone who got that. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
4. Did I hear correctly? Arc on Friday? Can this be true?
Seems that way.
5. "The other thing I'm forgetting" ? Remember it yet?
Thanks. Ye have great wisdom, but I do not wish to be your minion, unlike
many of those other people.
Oh, and thanks for the Nadesico opening song quote the other day. Made my
day for no other reason
than I recognized it.
Probably Arc, since it's coming out and all.
And now some more serious questions
The letter yesteday by the disgruntled (you can quote me on that, too!) GIA employee was pretty long, so I did a word count on it, excluding your responses and the quoted parts. It came out to 729 words. Now, is that a big waste of time or what? I mean, by the time he finished writing that letter, he could've re-designed a whole new website. Of course, that sounds sort of hypocritcal from the guy who spent 10 minutes copying and pasting the entire letter into Microsoft Word. Oh well. Sue me.
Yeah, I really don't see why he was foaming at the mouth so much defending a dead website from the slanderous
statements I didn't even make, but I suppose a site you worked on for that long shutting down can make
a person a bit touchy.
I got a few questions of my own. I mean, it's not like I spent all my time on that stupid word count. ...Okay, I did.
1) You guys at RPGamer work for free?
Yeah. I thought that was common knowledge. I mean, if I got PAID for doing this, I probably wouldn't have
leaky holes in my roof, and I'd definitely own a lot more games.
2) With the confirmation that FFXI is going to be online, aren't you worried about what might happen online? (Hacking, you know.) At the moment, like TSG noted, the PSO servers are pretty much ruled by the hackers and the GameSharkers, which might put FFXI in a bad light if the servers aren't properly maintained.
I'm not worried about that at all, because I have no interest in FF11. It's pretty inevitable though.
3) Rumors of old games being ported to the GBA has me excited; what chances do you think Tales of Phantasia has of making the cut?
See above comments about a Mother remake. 'Tis the season...
4) A Star Wars RPG?! Oh my goddess! I'm pretty excited about that. Then again, I was pretty excited about Star Wars: Episode II and then the news came out that N Sync was going to make a cameo. Lesson? When it rains, it floods the entire earth.
Well, until I get some better questions,
(And believe me, I will! I will! Muhaha...okay.)
... OK, I think it's really time someone sat George Lucas down and had a little chat with him. It's also
about time for Sam and Max 2, but that's another story.