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Googleshng - October 31 '02- 2:00 Eastern Standard Time
Happy halloween everyone. I saw something VERY SCARY on the table in
front of me today! A bottle of Pepsi Blue! I hadn't bought one either. The grocery store was forcing them
on people, and someone just dumped it on my table and not in a proper place for the disposal of hazardous
materials. Also, there was a last minute change in guest hosts here.
Zach: And a great huzzah at my second appearance in the Q&A realm. 'Tis I!
Zachary 'ASV' Lewis, great archive maintainer of reviews
department and resident game reviewer. Not much to say, so on with the
task at hand!
This question censored as it would awaken Horrors Man Was Not Meant To Know if printed.
Second, about this weekend hosting thing, why not take a few weeks to
see who's available to work on the weekends and put it up to popular vote
with that poll of yours? This is just a suggestion, so just consider the
idea, alright? It could be useful.
Well, because that would only work if I had a list of people I was trying to narrow down.
Third, where do you get the energy and ideas to write those rants?
They're pretty insightful if you know the subject material.
Well, I suppose I get the energy from digesting food, and the ideas from the fact that I'm a total nutcase.
Fourth, what is the weirdest rumor you ever heard on the internet
concerning RPGs? Don't count the Aeris Resurrection rumor!!
Two and three don't apply to me, so as to four, I'm not really sure. I've
heard some crazy things about a sequel to FFX lately that I hope are only a
I think the weirdest rumor I ever heard was that amoungst 3 extra-secret characters in Chrono Trigger
was the son of Crono and Lavos.
Finally, I want to add one more thing to that Cloud issue of FF7 I
spoke about last week. Cloud is not a clone of Sephiroth, he was born and
raised in Nibelheim. He got that idea from the trauma he faced with
Sephiroth along with the delusions he believed listening to Zack's stories
and assuming them as his own to suppress those traumatic memories. Oh, and
all those times with Hojo concerning Jenova. That is part of it too.
That's it. Good night.
I didn't catch any of the earlier stuff about Cloud, so I'll
skirt that one, too.
The more people talk about FF7's plot, the more tempted I am to reawaken everyone's repressed memories
from Wall Market.
In response to the guy commenting on reviews and the scores they give
- 50 is not considered average. Sure it may be the mathematical average of
100 and 0, but when it comes to "grading" something, 50 is below average.
Its why when you are in school, C is considered average. A "C" usually is in
the 70-80 grade range. A 50 is considered failing. So why would they give a
50 to an average game when they are basically just grading the game?
Reviewing a game and grading a paper are entirely different matters. Simply
because everyone in the world has always been taught that 70% is average,
doesn't make it necessarily so. And, at any rate, RPGamer uses a 1-10 system
for reviews that doesn't take nearly every aspect of a game into account,
which is where the final score deviates from the other scores in our
reviews. If a game is good in all but a few areas, then it might be a 7, if
it's all around just more-of-the-same and generic, then it's a 5.
Short form: RPGamer is not your teacher, so 5 is average, not terrible or even mediocre necessarily.
googleshng is female
googleshng is neither male nor female
googleshng is the current and second greatest rpg q&a
googleshng is disturbing
googleshng is female 5/7/00
googleshng is going to noncon?
Well, maybe not the second greatest part... but hey,
googlism.com thinks you're a girl!
But I think you're like Ranma... you know, Boy
sometimes and Girl other times...
But I think you're like Ranma... you know, Boy
sometimes and Girl other times...
That third one bugs me. I mean, don't get me wrong. If you ask me, there's at LEAST two people who have
done a better job here than me. Still, people always give Thor extra points based solely on his name.
Anyway though, when I first started doing Q&A here, every day 50 readers would insist that I was one gender
or the other, and which one came out ahead in the polls alternated every day. That was pretty weird.
WA3 and Fables
The quote is from Wild Arms 3. It is said by Malik in
research point 17 when he makes you fight the hound, cat, donkey, and
rooster he created.
Just because I can't remember, what story IS that from? It's on the tip of
Also, what do you think of the fact that it has so many connections that it
could be a prequel to the first one, but doesn't seem to be? I remember
playing WA2 and hoping it would be a prequel, and when I saw the names and
the slew of reference from WA1, my hopes were up again, but it seems to be
its own story. Would you rather it tied directly to the first or stay the
way it is?
I'm one of the few people that liked the first Wild ARMs that hasn't
bothered to even check on the availability of the third one it seems... As
to games in a series that have little or no connection between them, all you
have to do is look at how successful Final Fantasy has been to see that
having a tie-in to a predecessor doesn't hurt or help an RPG either way,
Ooooooohhhhhhhh yeah! I remember that story now! Something about 4 barnyard animals forming a travelling
band right? Obscure fairy tale made into a quick little special by Jim Henson and played constantly on
Nickelodeon back when it was actually a channel you could stand to watch regularly? I can't recall the
name of it though unfortunately.
Anyway, I assume that you either didn't mean to say prequel there, or there's a very odd plot point later
on in WA3 that I haven't hit yet, because WA3 quite clearly takes place in the same world as WA1 a good
number of years later. Theoretically WA2 fits neatly between them too, but seeing as it was translated
by a mentally handicapped garbage disposal I can't say how exactly. I'd really like to see a timeline
Got a few question for ya.
I know this "might" have been covered before, and
maybe even recently but I felt I should ask
nonetheless...When will Xenosaga come here in the
states? Has their been a change of plans and thus it
was decided that this game would not be coming over
here to the USA? Or is it due out maybe next
year...I'm really worried about this game NOT coming
I been playing Romancing Saga 3 recently and I wanted
to know if you have ever played this particular title
(Super Famicom). I thought the game was waaay ahead of
its time and it could have probably even rival that of
Chronotrigger, FF6, and Secret of Mana if it was
brought here in the states. There's A LOT of playable
characters here, maybe even rivaling that of Chrono
Here's another game for you that you may (or may not)
know about. Have you ever heard of this horror rpg
called Diable De LaPlace (I think that is how it is
spelled). It is a pretty interesting game, though
rather old (for the super famicom also). My money is
on the fact you never heard or play this game though.
I been on this old super famicom/SNES kick as of late,
realizing how I enjoy old school rpg a lot more than I
do most rpg nowadays (not taking away from the great
new rpg's out there). I "guess" the reason for this is
that there is so many rpgs out there, the thrill is
not there like it use to be. I mean back in the days,
when a Snes rpg came out, it was a big thing here in
the states. You only get maybe 2 or 3 great rpg a year
so if it was good, it was in actuality great! But now,
well the magic isn't there anymore. Even playing FFX,
which is by far one of the greatest, just didn't do it
for me as Chronotrigger did...the "last" time I did
feel great about playing a great rpg though is when I
play Xenogears, which is probably the reason I'm so
anxious on Xenosaga.
Oops, there I go ranting. "Maybe" it is because I'm
getting too old for these games, but for some reason I
highly doubt that...oh well, I guess I should end it
Roscoe, King of Jobco and Ruler of the Roscolian
Empire (Hey, I can be King and Emporer at the same
time, it's my world after all!)
'Insert some Goog's sex comment here'
I'd be amazed if Namco didn't release Xenosaga in NA, but as to the when,
your guess is as good as mine. Never played Romancing SaGa 3 or heard of
Diable... Haven't played any of the other SaGa games after FFLegend, for
that matter. If it has a cast list rivaling Chrono Cross', though, I'd have
serious doubts about picking it up any time soon.
Playing older RPGs is always kinda fun. I even caught myself wanting to
replay SMRPG the other day, just for kicks. I wasn't terribly impressed with
either Xenogears or FFX, though.
Last I checked, Xenosaga is still slated for North American release early next year.
As for Romancing SaGa 3, the whole SaGa series has always reminded me of that movie Twins, or the end of
Metal Gear Solid. You know, whenever Square makes a Final Fantasy game, they have this big wad of difficulty,
low-tech graphics, complex mechanics, non-linearity, and lack of plot, so they make a SaGa out of it.
Since the average person in North America has an irrationally obsessive love of all things Final Fantasy,
it's no small wonder we don't usually see the SaGas.
I want my mommy!
I've always liked Earthbound, or Mother 2 on the SNES. I've heard
that maybe Mother 3 would be put into consideration on the Ps2 since it
flopped on the N64. Am I dreaming, or am i crazy? AnywaY, I gotta go play
Kingdom Hearts now. That is such a great game.
It didn't flop, so much as didn't get finished before the N64 was deader
than a doornail. Which doesn't mean that we couldn't see it ported to the
GameCube. Seeing it on the PS2 is highly, incredibly unlikely since I'm
fairly sure that Nintendo owns the license to everything Mother related.
General rule of thumb: If it's in Smash Brothers, you're never going to see it on a non-Nintendo system.
Incidentally, that includes all the trophies in SSBM too. The odds of Mother 3 appearing on the Cube aren't
too bad though, as evident by the featuring rather prominently in the aforementioned game.
Forget 10-2, where's 10+2?
I've been concerned ever since the Square Strategy meeting was held a
couple weeks ago. Final Fantasy XII was originally planned, I
believe, to be released in Japan sometime in 2003, and yet as far as I know
it wasn't even mentioned at the strategy meeting. The reason this
concerns me is because several of the games (mainly Final Fantasy X-2) which
were covered at the meeting are also due to be released in 2003. I would
think that if Final Fantasy XII was in the works, it, too, would have been
mentioned. Is perhaps what we thought was going to be Final Fantasy XII
really either Final Fantasy X-2 or Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicle?
Or is Square just being sneaky about the next true Final Fantasy
installment, and will probably release a cluster bomb of information
about it when we least expect it. I guess the real question is are
they still making a "Final Fantasy XII"? I sincerely hope you know more
than I do about this...
Well... We can rest on our laurels that FFXII is still being made. I'd also
wager a guess that since Sakaguchi isn't involved as the director of it,
that it's using another development team whose progress went unmentioned
either because of delays or, as you pointed out, were planning to release a
large amount of information all at one time and seperate from the FFX-2
A game recycling the same engine and characters takes a lot less time to get out the door than a new one,
and Square doesn't generally throw out a lot of news on more than the next upcoming game. So you most
likely won't hear anything on 12 for a few months.