Return of the Lord and the Bird
David Looney and Brian Rogovitz - March 24th '02- 6:00 Eastern Standard Time|
LB: Sadly, I have returned for yet another one of these so called "Q&A"
columns. They should be called LBIBTTRC columns, because LordBrian Is Better
Than TRC. Enjoy the fun, kiddies, and remember: eating turkey is both fun
TRC: IF healthy means losing some limbs and organs in the process then by all means go ahead. Tired. Blade II rocks. Let's do this.
Hey there TRC,
Do you know what usually happens to mortal enemies in manga?
They fall in love.
What're the chances of that happening to you?
And another question, have you seen Metropolis?
I thought that was only in the fanfic type of manga. Anyway I seriously doubt
that because I hate him to the core of my being.
Yes I have seen Mertopolis, great movie. The fact there is no talking takes
some getting used to...
Wait you mean the anime? Then no. I only watch anime when someone else I
know gets it and says it is good. Saves me money, or downloading time.
You may have a point about mortal enemies in manga, but you fail to remember
that giant fighting robots and hot girls as far as the eye can see are also
common occurrences. So to answer your question, the chances are pretty damn
I have seen both the anime and the Fritz Lang silent film, and I gotta tell
you, both of them are pretty bad. The B&W movie might be a classic, but
nobody ever said that classics had to be good. The fact that the anime is
basically just a (heavily modified) remake means that the story is still
pretty lame. Plus, the characters look funky in the anime.
Now, I'm all for a good mini-game once in a while on the conditions that
said mini-game(s) are fun and optional. Now, take FFX for a moment, in order
to get your ultimate weapons, each character had an incredibly frustrating
mini-game to go through. I guess in the purest sense, these could be
considered "optional" because you don't need the ultimate weapons, but
c'mon, are you supposed to not get them or something? Now, do you wanna
spend an hour dodging 200 lightning bolts, or get a time of 0'00'00 in some
damned chocobo race? No way, screw that, that's not fun, that's frustrating.
And not to recently, in the media section, everyone was making a big deal
about what the Xenosaga mini-games were going to be... Anyway, my point is
mini-games should be fun and optional, but instead lately they're becoming
just a big of a focus as the gameplay. Maybe I'm too oldschool, I dunno, but
there's my opinion. You two kids play nice now.
Ever get the level 9 orbs in Secret of Mana? Minigames have been a part of
RPGs for a while ( the dinner party in FF6, hello) And most are optional. I
mean seriously, you can easily beat FFX without anyone's ultimate weapons
and without any of the other extra stuff you get from the minigames, that
for me is good enough. Making the ultimate weapons hard to get was a little
harsh yes, but atleast they earn the name ultimate weapon.
I dunno, I guess they should start selling those "ultimate" weapons in every
old weapons shop, so even those underprivileged citizens can protect their
families, right? There's a reason those things are hard to get, much like
there's a reason the government places restrictions on all but the most
common of firearms: so only the most worthy and deadly people can get them.
Note that aside from the one blitzball game in FFX, none of the sidequests
or minigames have any effect on the story (and even that one game really
doesn't effect the story, either). I disagree that the minigames have become
the focus. And yes, minigames have been in Final Fantasy games from the
beginning. Remember the airship number block thingy from FF1?
There WAS a Lord of the Rings RPG on Super Nintendo. I can't remember if it
was just The Fellowship of the Ring (Now that cheesy line from the movie is
stuck in my head) but you played as hobbits and it was up to 4 player
simultaneous. It seemed like a great idea, and it holds your attention for
about 10 minutes, but then the endless dungeons bored me and my friend into
I hope the new one is better done. Anyway, just thought you and some other
readers might find that interesting!
Yeah I knew of it, I just didn't remember if it was an rpg or just straight
action. I played a whole ten mins of it a long time ago, so you can forgive
me for not mentioning it. I remember reading in Nintendo Power O so long ago,
it was intended to be a trilogy, but it did so bad, they just made the first
one. That is why I fear for another LoTR games. Give me a P&P version damn
I thought that game was common knowledge, so I didn't bring it up. And since
we were talking about the new one anyway, it made little difference. And
:: glances around to make sure nobody's watching, then drops TRC's pants and
runs away, cackling with glee ::
More RPGamer Folks
I've got a couple of questions and a shameless plug for you tonight. First
things first, stuff for you to answer:
1) Are either of you looking forward to the GBA FFT port? I could see myself
buying it if there was player vs. player action added to this version, but
beating it on the GBA just to beat it again would be kinda pointless, ne?
2) Same question but for Lost Kingdoms/Rune on the Cube. Personally, I think
it doesn't look half bad for the first RPG on our favorite semi-cubical
Lastly, I just need to plug 'Points of View' in hopes
of luring new people into our clutches. Midterms and Spring Break have dried
up my flow of postable material and not updating on time is starting to bug
Zachary 'ASV' Lewis
Head of Guides:
1) as long as it is re-localized I should like it more. This would give
square a chance to re-balance the game, and maybe add another class. IF they
did that then I would get it. WEll being able to play it while on long trips
seems to be everyone's impedes for buying the RPGs. So it would be worth it
2) Don't own a cube right now, and don't look at the RPGs for it. I am not
buying a cube for its rpgs.
Plug Away my friend, plug away.
New Media Grunt Supreme:
1) I am most definitely looking forward to playing FFT on the GBA. And
honestly, I couldn't care less if it's just a straight port. I will buy
ports and enjoy them, to the great disbelief of a lot of people. To those
people who only want new games and don't see the good in old ones, I say
2) You say Rune doesn't look half bad for the first RPG for the Cube, and I
say it doesn't look half like an RPG. Not every game that has cards and
numbers is an RPG, despite what the developers try to tell you. And much
like the other, Square-based Kingdom game, I have no desire to play this one
Undead Demon Action!
Hey there teearecee and the Lord.
Since music is my "job" around here, I should ask the standard musical
1) Do you listen to game (any, just not RPG music) outside of when
playing games? I know a lot of people (read: parents), who think it's
pretty sad. If you do, do you have a favorite soundtrack or arranged
2) What do you think of live game music performances?
3) Do you have a favorite composer and why?
I think that's it. Everyone, check by the music section some time,
and take a listen to what of the excellent musicians have to offer!
Gotta go, here comes the snowplow.
Scar, the musically inclined graphics programmer
1) Yeah I do sometimes, I really like the mega man music and Castlevania
music. I have a remixed Dracula battle mp3 on my computer I love. I don't
really buy the soundtracks or even download them, because I don't like them
for the most part. I only like instrumental music occasionally, and I'd
rather listen to something like Bach then game music.
2) If it is with instruments then cool, if by keyboard then eh. I hate
techno shows for that very reason.
3) Nope, because I Don't know any. ~runs from Rico~
Z) RUN! Snowplows take off 1 full life!
1) Parents also think all music not made before 1970 is pretty sad too, so
what's your point? But actually, I don't listen to any "normal" music
either, choosing to stick to game related tune-age. Why? Because it makes me
feel superior to everyone who doesn't feel the way I do. They just don't
2) I think it would be better if I actually got to attend such events, but
being confined to such an intellectually inferior country renders this
impossible. For now, though, I just dream of the day when I can finally snap
the leash holding me back from being with my intellectual equals and listen
to game music for as long as I want without being ridiculed by the masses.
Damn you, troglodytic masses!
3) I like Mitsuda, and I like Uematsu, and (watch carefully how I beg for
flames) I HATE SAKURABA.
Since I sent the Turk a Q yesterday..tossing a Q your way today, in the
interest of fairness.
An interesting question was tossed up, and I'm sending it your way. Why do
a good number of people dislike FFVIII so much? I personally enjoy it.
Squall rocks :)
I don't hate it, it just didn't grab me for some reason. I was talking to
one of my friends after beating FFX and we decided out of all the other FFs
8 would benefit best from voice acting. Mainly since it would let you get to
know squall better instead of just... whatever. That and I'm sorry, he
dissed Quistis. What kind of person resists her?
Hey, hey, hey! No responding to my letter! Anyhoo, people don't like FF8
because it requires too much thinking on their part. Puzzling out the
horribly complicated story, compounded with the bizarrely complex draw and
junction systems, and finally topping it all off with the unfathomably
intricate Triple Triad card game...well, it's no wonder people hate
it -- it's too hard! They also don't like Squall because, unlike most RPG
lead characters, he's somewhat realistic. Think about your life and tell me
you don't know anyone who isn't dark and cynical and just doesn't care, like
Squall. Maybe you should start with yourself.
Letter After LB went to sleep 1
I find myself once more questioning a certain RPG problem... in Persona 2, is there an easier way to move the order of your characters than in the heat of battle, which takes a million years to fix?
Maybe. I don't know, I only played part of persona 1. So I wouldn't know. How about finding out and writing a guide for RPGamer? Since we don't have one. ( Whoring my section out? You better beleive it. RPGUIDES!!! )
Letter after LB went to sleep II
*Peeks out of Box again* Heeeeey!
I need some Food in here! I'm Huuuuungry!
That aside: Why is it that ZOE: Fist of Mars ends up Shamelessly ripping off the Super Robot Wars series and STILL ends up being a damn good game? And what do people see in Golden Sun?
~throws some food into the box~
There you go. As for ZOE ripping off SRW I wouldn't know, since I haven't seen either. But I do know they both invovle giant robots beating the stuffing out of each other, and can anyone person really take credit for that? If so can I have his address? I want to kick his ass.
Golden Sun is apparently a good game. I wouldn't know I can never find it when I go to buy it. WHat I do know is that it is made by the same people who made Shining Force which is a big double A+ in my book.