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Googleshng - August 19 '04- 4:00 Eastern Standard Time

At the moment, there would seem to be a squirrel or something running around inside my ceiling. Quite the distracting sound that one.

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Drifting into a tangent...

"You'd think by now people would have come up with a better solution here. Possibly younger voice actors."

I have two words for you: Jake Lloyd. The little git from Star wars I. When you use younger actors, especially since VA tend to be less "go get em" from the parents than "real" actors, you get people who are petulant, annoying, and can't emote out of a wet paper bag. Not to mention having to deal with the child labor laws.

Not to mention two other things: Bart Simpson, and length of a series. Now, it's usually less important in video games, as the character typically isn't the same for years and years, but when it comes to cartoon VA, you don't dare get an actual child, as their voice will eventually change. The chick that does Bart Simpson's voice sounds fine, and her voice hasn't changed over the umpteen years the show's been on.

Googleshng:
Nancy Cartwright is darn talented, and you do have a point with the length bit, but I'm going to have to object to your first point. The fact that nearly all child actors suck is due to them being chosen based on how cute they look, not how talented they are (this holds true for adult actors too really, but it isn't as pronounced). If you're just doing voice casting, you can take that out of the equation and actually find some talented kids... or just keep grabbing the same 5 girls. I suppose there's something to be said for inertia with these things.

 
Fun with definitions!

It wasn't totally off-topic. It was insinuated that the role-playing game based on Freddy v. Jason v. Ash would astoundingly horrible. Like, not just 'X-Men Legends' horrible, but really bad.

Speaking of voice overs, am I the only one who thinks that with the way games are classified now, the original megaman games, if they had originally come out now, would be called 'Action-RPGs'?

Googleshng:
It's how games are marketted now, not classified, but yes. I always like to bring up the Mega Man series when people start debating where to draw the line between Action/RPGs and Action games. You've got a big world (for the time) you can explore without having to do things in a fixed order (which used to be an element of all RPGs), you have the whole elementally themed bosses schtick, you go around improving your character by finding new tools and weapons, and you have pretty complicated HP and MP meters to deal with. The only thing keeping them from being classified as Action/RPGs way back when really was that they aren't top-view.

So really, when it comes right down to it, the line between Action and Action/RPG is more or less completely arbitrary, particularly considering how many "RPG elements" have become standard for platformers over the years.

 
This letter would seem perfectly calm and rational if he turned off Caps Lock.

WOULD YOU BE SO KIND TO TELL ME WHAT EXACTLY THIS NEW FINAL FANTASY VII IS? I HAVE HEARD VARIOUS COMMENTS. IS IT A GAME GAME? A VIDEO? I HAVE BEEN TOLD MANY THINGS! WHAT EXACTLY IS THIS RELEASE COMING OUT IN JAPAN AUGST 31 2004? THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME JAMES LINNEAR

Googleshng:
When you stop and think about it, it really is weird that typing in all caps is considered so rude. In any case though, assuming you're refering to FF7: Advent Children, it's a computer generated movie, set after the game, for which we have quite a bit of coverage if you'd like to learn more.

 
I prefer to use the term ethnicity for this, reserving race for orcs and such.

hi, i don't know if your the right guy to ask about this, but I was wondering if you could discuss the issue of race in video games. I don't mean like aliens and non humans, but like whites, blacks, asians etc... Some questions I would like see discussed (again I'm not sure if your the right guy) are Why don't we see more minorities?, What effect does race have on the story and the way we see characters?, and Do you ever think there will be a major public outcry on why there are so little minorites in rpgs?.

Thanks, i was just wondering about this.

Googleshng:
Well, by and large this is an issue that doesn't exist. You're never going to see people screaming about a lack of ethnic diversity in videogames, because the people who do that screaming all live in America, and the vast majority of videogames are made in Japan. There's also the point to consider that very few games take place in the real world, and you can't really complain about a lack of people of, say, African decent when you don't have an Africa. Exceptions of course can be made for any games made in or set in this country, but they tend to be plenty representational as is.

The other side of the coin is that if someone DOES want to delve into the real life issues of racism, ethnic diversity, cultural differences, etc. in a sci-fi/fantasy setting, they're going to do so metaphorically. Instead of different ethnic groups, you're going to have different races. Elves, Espers, Beast Men, Cat Girls, Androids, Klingons, Realiens, whatever. Not only does it tend to make more sense in context, but it gives you the ability to make statements that would be too controversial otherwise. It's not the color of your skin, but the pointiness of your ears and all that.

 
TLA

On the subject of acronyms... The orbital elevator in Front Mission: Gun Hazard, around which a fair amount of the plot eventually centers, is called ATLAS. This, apparently, is an acronym for "Astro Tribune Laser Accumulate System."

Damn.
--Gideon Zhi

Googleshng:
That right there is a perfect example of the sort of thing I was randomly grumbling about. It's also RPG related! Could have used a question in there, but still, have a cookie or something.




The Last Laugh:

And that brings us to the close of another week here in Q&A land. I'll see all you folks again come Monday. In the meantime, have a good weekend.



Googleshng "Space Pirate Amazon Ninja Catgirl" @rpgamer.com

That's quite the amusing name, albiet for what will probably boil down to something we've all seen before.

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