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There's ghousts in that ould mansioun!
Googleshng - October 14 '02- 2:00 Eastern Standard Time
CC taking the summer off is all well and good. His definition of summer
being longer than most, that's OK too. When he gets back, says he'll be around that weekend, and then
disappears, that's a problem. Of course, as the weekend is over, it isn't a problem you should be concerned
about just now, so on with the letters!
Now that I've finally gotten around to playing FFX (So I'm poor and just got
a PS2. Stop laughing!), I have to wonder, how come Square sometimes uses
character designers other than Amano for FF games? Not that I have anything
against guys with 2-foot-tall cowlicks or ladies in belt dresses without
left eyes, but I miss those albino anorexics.
Oh, and whatever happened to the games for guest hosts thing?
"I love the smell of paint..."
The only Square game for which Amano has done character designs since FF6 was FF9, the nostalgia-fest.
I can't really say whether Square got sick of working with Amano or vice versa, but I do know that he
has an awful lot of other things to keep him busy. For example, watching Hitomi's pendant, and piloting
Gunbuster! So the FF series will most likely continue to feature character designs by "Punks Only" Nomura
for quite some time.
As for the whole Games for Guest Hosts bit, eventually it hit a point where the current host dropped off
the face of the earth. I'd start a new chain of it, but I'd have to have some way of picking a random
reader to get a free game to kick things off. Maybe I'll have a contest or something down the line. In
the meantime, staff guest hosts it is.
Dead Links Office
The other day, I remembered a funny picture that I saw on RPGamer back in the days when Brad Lohr was hosting. It was a picture of a Mr. T action figure with some fruit behind it. I wanted to see it again, so I checked the archives and came up with this: http://www.rpgamer.com/ask/oracle/ora091799.html. However, the picture is missing! Do you still have it at RPGamer, and if so, could you restore the link or repost it? Thanks!
OK, here's the thing. Most Q&A hosts keep silly pics in the same directory as their columns. Brad on the
other hand kept his in a special dir in the main RPGamer directory. The problem is, years later, seeing
this, and other such dirs floating around, a good number of people on staff got it into their heads that
RPGamer had a policy of letting employees have as much free web space as they want in little dirs like
this. So when drives started filling up from people who only worked here a week filling the server with
pictures of their cats and such, the whole lot of these directories were deleted, without checks being
made as to whether any of them (like Brad's) actually contained things that belonged on the site.
So, in summary, that and various other silly little pics have been deleted. Of course, a decent percentage
of silly pics in Brad's columns were made by me, so if you want to see that borg-Quigon picture again
some time, that can be arranged.
Three Odd Questions
I have a couple questions (mostly-non RPG related) for
1) Don't get angry at me, but I have no idea why the
phrase "spoony bard" is funny. I generally think of
myself as an intelligent guy, and I can't make heads
or tails of this. Is it funny because it's nonsense?
Does everyone here really enjoy cookware? Enlighten
Angry? That'd be an odd reaction there. Especially from me. Anyway, the humor of spoony bard is pretty
much just that that's a really odd choice of words to use when someone just more or less got your daughter
2) How come the loading bars in nearly every CD-based
game I've seen fill at variable speeds. Usually, they
will jump to about 4/5 full in the first couple
seconds and then creep ever so slowly towards the end.
Shouldn't the system read the data at a uniform rate?
Yes it should, and presumably it does. So I suppose the blame falls upon programmers not wanting to take
the time to accurately portray the percentage which has been loaded. Or heck! Maybe PSX memory cards are
set up like 8-tracks and the reader has to hop around at the end!
3) I haven't played videogames in about two months
and I noticed that I'm getting rusty? Is it worth it
to let my school life suffer in order to gain back my
Thanks for everything, old pal...
That's a pretty screwed up sense of priorities there. I mean, this isn't the 80s. Losing video game reflexes
won't hurt your ability to finish modern games. So I'd stick with the school stuff, although if you really
care and get some free time, half an hour with something like Fantasy Zone or Mega Man 1 will fix your
reflexes right quick.
Alright, I'm having some trouble in Wild ARMS 2, it seems I need a voice
recorder, but I can't get it.
I've done everything I could think of, and, worst of all, I can't back
track, I'm stuck in the last section of the alchemic plant. A friend of
mine forked over a guide, but it just said, "...so you need to get the voice
recorded to open the door." After searching for a while, I found an item in
a LOOKED room. Since that's the only item in the area I can't leave, I'm
guessing that's what I need.
Now, how do I open the bloody door? I can't kick it, I don't have Brad, a
duplicator doesn't seem to work, and none of my other tools seem to work,
there are no computers or switches around, and I've cleared out every room
of enemies several times. Dammit, it's gonna be soemthing simple I missed
too, but I can't find it.
Ah yes, I recall that little area. What you have to do is go check out doors until you get a message
about possibly being able to listen in, then just bring up the menu, and hit call. Obviously, you have
to do a lot with listening in on conversations like this here, but you should be able to figure the
I was trying to find one of those archived lists of RPGamer's choice of the Best RPGs. Though I wasn't able to find any link to such a page. Did they completely delete these lists from the site or did they just get by my sight?
I assume you're refering to our awards for the best games of 2000 and 2001, not the more recent feature
on the most anticipated games of the rest of this year (since there's a big honkin' link to it in the
sidebar on the left there). I could have sworn there was a link to past features hiding somewhere around
here, but I can't find it either. In any case, Staff 2001,
2000's. There you go.