November 8, 2005
Matt Demers - 01:20 EST
SINCE WHEN is shrimp a value-priced item, suitable for students on a
budget?!? I went shopping tonight to look for something to make for my dinner, and I was feeling remarkably
uninspired, but through inspection of all of the boneless meats, I discovered that shrimp was, bizarrely, of
the best value. I had a seafood dinner for $2.50! TWO FIFTY, I say!
Also, I was just thinking last night, and I firmly support the idea of planting a new holiday somewhere around
the beginning-to-middle of November; at least in Canada. The U.S. has Thanksgiving, but with our earlier version,
we have two and a half months without a break up here in the cold, not-so-snowy north. My school doesn't even
give a reading week in the fall, and I dare say BOO to that! Maybe I'll just take a week off on my own,
voluntarily... maybe starting, say, next Tuesday?
Hey- YOU try writing it better
Hidiho good buddy err...Andrew or that Matt guy,
I've been a long time reader but never written, but with your resent lack of
letters and something with to say that actually seem too protean to the topic
I thought I would. While the new screen shots of FF4 remake for GBA look
rather unimpressive from the fact they look mostly like the WSC version, there
where a few things that peaked my interests. Go back and look closer at the Red
Dragon heat ray attack one and what do you see. Yes you see a crew of Cecil,
Porom, Rosa, Rydia, and Yang fighting a Red Dragon in the Lunar Core getting
zapped by a heat ray attack with the white magic command open. Now I reiterate
Porom and Yang, neither of these should be here if it was the original. Seems
that they've added hot swapping of characters at the end of the game so you can
have odd parities of say Cecil, Polom, Porom, Edward, and Cid. This also would
seem to indicate that there are new weapons and armor, because Edward with
charm harp would just suck. Either way I think it's an interesting idea since it
give more versatility at the end, maybe you can even play as Golbez just
Evidently, they've had this party-select idea in mind for quite awhile now. I can't wait to see what the
new pieces of equipment are like, either... I'm 100% certain that they'll introduce new gear, because it would
be a bit unfair for Palom and Porom to be stuck with their Gaea robes and cutie-rods, or Edward to have to fight
behemoths with his old weaponry. Weaponry, indeed...
It would be very fun to control Golbez... perhaps in a bonus dungeon? He was a killer Sorcerer, after all... he
should know just about every Black spell in the books. Maybe more? What would his special attacks be like, if any?
It's so exciting, isn't it?
I have to say that I AM looking forward to this more than I was before. Remakes are much worthier when it is evident
that effort is being put into them, and it seems to be the case for this title. Hopefully we see more of the same
for Final Fantasy V and VI!
As for that virus sound effect yes, death to Square if they changed it. That
is my second favorite Sound effect in FF4, the first would be the Trap Door's
Disrupt attack sound.
That Matt Guy
Oh yes, that is a good one... it's the same sound effect as is used by Golbez's pet, Shadow... something like
"gobuhlkluh-neeeer!" with the "neeeer" part being highest in pitch. However, I think I prefer Virus better...
which has a remarkably similar pronunciation, but is much quicker and... something. COOL. That's the word.
On a completely unrelated note, onomatopoeia brings joy to my life!
Oh, yeah, and it would be very disappointing for either of those sounds to be altered in any way at all, it's true.
It would be the aural equivalent of removing the "Spoony Bard" comment that everyone loves so much. It can't happen!
Game Boy Advance lives on!
Yo Q and A guru how ya doing? me im sick. got a sinus infection. anywho i got questions for you.
since final fantasy IV is coming out in december. when do you think we will see news and a release date of V and VI?
I've been quite healthy lately, in fact, which is surprising when considering that everyone around me seems to be in
the abyss of illness. My immune system must be fully armed and ready to attack!
I'd be somewhat surprised if we didn't see both of them released by Christmas of next year, though with FIVE Final Fantasy
Titles slated for release now: IV, V, VI, III-DS, and XII-PS2... it might be an incredible feat to do it all in a year's
time. If Final Fantasy VI isn't out by then, I'm sure it won't be long afterwards: Maybe Spring 2007 would be a good
guess for the "latest likely release for the GBA", but I don't claim to have any real knowledge about this; I'm just
guessing, like anyone else would.
also is square-enix in your opinion done with remakes for the gba in your opinion? i still think after VI we will
see chronotrigger and secret of mana as the game company is testing to see how much money it can make off the IV-VI
before giving us more snes game remakes for the gba?
With these three, I can't really say. I would GUESS probably, though I suppose there is the off-chance that
they'll decide to remake Chrono Trigger as well. In all honesty, though, I doubt it... I personally see all of these
remakes as a way to build up some hype towards the release of FFXII, finally, late next year, and CT wouldn't really
be a part of that. I could, of course, be wrong.
also do you think nintendo will let us see mother 1+2 stateside as well as 3?
I'll take what I can get, thanks! All bets are off with this franchise... we've been led on too many times
before, and my trust in Nintendo has been shaken over it. I suspect that if Mother 3 actually does get released,
and does quite well, that Mother 1+2 might be a likely prospect for North America, so yes (a VERY CONDITIONAL YES!!)
and finally we square and nintendo making up do you think we will see super mario rpg before the gba system is retired?
i hope we see it as well as mother 1+2 and 3 as well as chronotrigger and secret of mana.
Super Mario RPG? Go play Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, if you haven't already, and you'll see why they don't need to
remake the original... you'll be too hungry to play the sequel, which happens to be coming out in just a few weeks!
and finally my last question
since taito is owned by square-enix do you think we will see lufia 1 and 2 for the gba?
With so many Final Fantasy games being released in the next year or two, I'm not sure that Square Enix would
have any desire to publish other titles that could potentially compete against its main franchises for sales.
True, I'm not a business expert, but I really doubt we'll see much in the way of Lufia for quite some time at the
very least, unfortunately.
Thanks for your collection of questions, anyway! You've been a real PAINE.
HAHAHA... Paine... sounds like "pain".
The good, the bad, and the ugly
Have you played the Dragon Quest VIII demo? I think it's pretty good.
Um, who do you think you're talking to?
Have I? Of course I have! I'm the Dragon Quest freak o' the world, or at least, of Guelph. I agree with you 100%; the
demo was an incredible tease. Looking into the distance, you can see mountains and waterfalls that look like pretty
backdrops, when in fact they aren't backdrops at all; you just have to walk far enough to see them up close for yourself.
You feel SO free while you're playing. The world is so big and open, and includes so many little details here and there,
that taking a trip in-game really does feel like taking a stroll through a gorgeous park on a sunny day. I can't wait
to play the real thing!
In a recent column, you (or a reader) reminded me of The 7th Saga. I
didn't play it when it came out but many of my friends did. And none of
them liked it enough than to give more than rental or two. So, only a
few years ago I started playing it at the protest of my friend who owned
it, but didn't like it very much. I think it sucks but somehow, I felt
the need to finish it. Maybe it was because it was so hard... I don't
know. But it is the worst RPG that I've ever finished.
The worst RPG that I ever finished... what a good question! I commend you, because while thinking back, all of
the games that I call "worst" that I can think of off the top of my head are games that I never did actually finish.
In the end, I guess I'd have to go with Final Fantasy Legend III (an early SaGa title, for all of you people out there
that like jumping on top of Q&A hosts to correct them). It was unmemorable and boring, mostly, and while I did finally
finish the game, it was with a sigh of relief.
Just while writing that, though, I remembered Quest 64. I rented that one and played it all the way through in three
days. THQ had a huge potential with that title, given the sparseness of RPGs for the Nintendo 64, and what did they
do with it? Almost nothing, that's what; the game's only saving grace was its music, some of which was actually quite good.
I do have one other question: Have you or anyone who know actually
played a lot of or even finished Hoshigami? No game in the history of
gaming let me down more. I was *really* looking forward to it and it was
just crazy. It seemed like story/etc could have been fine but the
battles were insanely hard and must've required insane leveling (from
the few I did). Plus, leveling up (unless I'm missing something) was
something that could NOT be done in any way other than extremely
Woo, extremely tedious battling? That sounds like the original Final Fantasy! Anyone remember saving up for the
armour sold in Melmond? I sure did... boy, I must have been bored.
I'm sorry your experience was so terrible, but not every game is going to be amazing, unfortunately. There's always
a worst/most disappointing/slimiest/chewiest item in any set of things, whether that set is a set of games-played,
movies-watched or steaks-eaten. Anyway, I can't share in your woe, because I didn't play the game myself, nor any
of my friends. Based on these
reviews, though, you don't appear to be alone.
I want to know from everyone out there. Has your Playstation 2 created a big circular ring onyour C.D. that your playing
when a game has frozen. ( I now do not own Dynasty Warriors 5, at least I have a back-up system to play my shiny new KOEI
game, Makai Kingdom).
Uhhh... that doesn't seem normal. It certainly hasn't happened to me, anyway, though my PS2 has had a curious habit
of having disc-read errors in recent times. It is obvious that Sony's motto isn't "built to last", at any rate.
Anyway I looked at your replys Matt and I noticed I made a big mistake as I meant Star Ocean 3 not Suikoden 3
( as Suikoden 3 never made it past North America). There is a huge difference I know. Silly Me.
Silly indeed. And no, there is no other Star Ocean past the third, though many forget about the yet-untranslated
Star Ocean: Blue Sphere that was released in Japan a few years back for the Game Boy Color. The LOST SEQUEL!
*insert mysterious music*
Secondly I forgot one inportant game that to me contains the greatest soundtrack in a non RPG game. That is Donkey Kong
Country 2. Where else can you have so aptly themed music for each area. With a vast difference of styles. Umm where did
I put my SNES?
So my questions for you are what are your favourite 5 non RPG games for the soundtrack alone (Mine being Donkey
Kong Conutry 2, Super Mario World, Theme Hospital, Bubsy 1, and Banjo Kazooie. and if you could have a game croosover
what would it be. Mine would be a Nintendo vs Sega, Smash Brothers Style. Finally I could have my revenge on those
Oh, the Donkey Kong Country games DO have spectacular music. Not only that, but they are some of the best platformers
that have ever been made. Bramble Scramble's music... I could just close my eyes and listen to it to relax... ahhhhh...
Why are you asking me where you put your SNES? I didn't take it. Maybe you should check your pockets; I'm always
leaving receipts, packets of gum, or random consoles there accidentally, and none of those do particularly well
in the washing machine.
Thanks as always A very sore Bainick.
P.S. From sport
My FIVE favourite? In order? Man, I don't know... why do you people put me through this sorting game? GRAGH.
Well, I think that you're probably right... Donkey Kong Countries 2 + 3 are extremely good, musically, but otherwise,
I think Square Enix owns the show: Final Fantasy IX has one of the best soundtracks in the history of RPGaming, and
Final Fantasy X is not too far behind. Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter has wonderful music as well. On a COMPLETELY
different note, though, I just thought of Tetrisphere for the Nintendo 64, and Mega Man X5, both of which I adore for
their musical qualities. How do I condense?!
First Place: Final Fantasy IX
Second Place: Final Fantasy X
Third Place: Tetrisphere
Fourth Place: Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter
Fifth Place: Donkey Kong Country...thrrrreeeetwooothreeee. Three it is; the mysterious underwater music of Donkey Kong
Country 3 is just too awesome to let the game fall out of the top five.
There you go! I hope your day has been made!
A few helpings of bitterness
Hey rpgamers! I wonder if I am the only one out there that is scared of re-releases or remakes of old games,
especially when the originals were so amazing. This message goes out to everyone waiting for Wild Arms : AlterCode F.
I really hope that they haven't changed too many things about the game. Last time I checked, updated graphics and
extended storyline is usually a bad idea. The original WildArms was so amazing, a well balanced game and it ranks in
my best of all time listing. I am scared that the new release wiil tarnish the image of the original PS version with
2D field travel and "amazing" 3D polygon graphics for battles.
Certainly not! I'm petrified. I'm just one of the naive ones who didn't play the originals, so in this case,
I'm just not sure what I'd be missing in the first place. Ignorance is bliss; that's why you're never supposed to
read the book BEFORE you see the movie.
I half-disagree with you, though: Graphics need to be updated every now and then, or else no one will buy the game,
so unfortunately, remakes are going to have to go through a graphical upgrade, and that shouldn't matter too much IF
they preserve the storyline, which is where I half-agree with you: I don't think I'd be too impressed at all if someone
were to change my favourite RPG's plot even slightly.
This commentary is based on what I have seen so far in the screenshots and the multiple posts on the internet I have
read, although a lot of those people don't know what they are talking about. It looks ok from a graphics point of view,
but I'm worried about the new characters that have been introduced and the parts of the story they added. The original
was pretty much air tight with the story focused on the three original characters and did this nicely. The problem with
the "new game" coming out shortly, is that the added features will most certainly screw up the chemistry of the whole game.
However I hope, nay I pray that it is just as good as the original, or maybe the developers will destroy it like everything
else RPG they touch. I know, I know I'm getting carried away, damn it, it always happens when I talk about RPGs. I guess
I'm just pissed at all the button mashing zombies that grew a brain and destroyed the RPG industry, why the hell did they
have to americanize it. Couldn't they just translate it and leave it alone. Now, I don't want to take anything away from
the developers that are actually trying to put out a quality product, maybe all they need is a bit of guidance, it would
probably be better for them if they asked us what we wanted to play.
Now now... try not to look at it so cynically. Yes, it is possible that things won't be as good, but it's also
possible that they'll do a really good job. Maybe the game will be spectacular... we can't really pass a fair judgment
until we play it, can we?
Also, this isn't a matter of "americanization"...it's simply gamers all across the globe hungering for eye candy made
available by new technologies. After all, it's not as if remakes are a US-only phenomenon; indeed, most of them
start in Japan.
Whatever, let's get to my question. I wonder if Tri-ace, I think, ever thought of hiring, or did hire any of
the producers or designers from StarOcean a second story (The one with Claude and company) and if they did what
the hell were they thinking when they made Radiata Stories. What a waste of my time and there time and there money.
Logically if your going to spend a couple million on a video game shouldn't you make it better than it is? Now for
my real question. Is there a laps of talent in the videogame industry or is there something going on that we don't
I think this would resume my views about what the hell is going on; When baking a cake it is better to follow
P.S. Sorry if you are trying to make sence of what I wrote its been a while since I wrote in English.
My goodness! One thing is certain: You're certainly passionate about your games. I think you should go for
a walk and clear your mind. Take a few deep breaths of some fresh air, and perhaps run yourself a nice bath.
I guess that's another one for the NO column as far as Radiata Stories goes, but I think that the YES side is still
winning out. It's too late, though, since my mom's big Christmas shopping trip was last weekend. I suspect that if
that is a present I'm getting, it's already been purchased. Of course, there's always Santa Claus, but I can't be
100% sure he can be trusted... he's pretty old; senility has got to be on the way one of these years. I guess if wake
up next Halloween to find presents under our pumpkins, we'll know something's up.
The fetch quests haven't defeated me yet!
Matt aka Slimey:
Thanks for the one lined farewell for SOCK yesterday. And I still think the logo thing is cute ^_^
I think you have me talked into Dragon Quest VIII. Its only fair, since I talked you into Atelier Iris. So, I will be
buying it when I can afford it. Which will be about three weeks. Let's hope I can still find one then...or I'll have
to go to other sources.
You're most welcome!
Hopefully your experience with Dragon Quest VIII turns out to be a little better than the love-hate relationship
I'm currently having with Atelier Iris. The game is so good in some ways, but infuriates me in so many others.
With a little bit more care, it could have been a masterpiece for me; that said, others seem to have really enjoyed it.
Obviously, I used this week's cookie recipe as an opportunity to take out some frustrations on the game, but it's
not without its merits (the game, not the cookie).
And I have to ask your opinion on this. Why is it that right after I finished writing about how I *can't* play a game,
I ended up picking up Final Fantasy VI again? (Also, your fault).
Well, it's not my doing as much as it is Square's. I don't know of many people who don't think Final Fantasy VI
is just an incredible game. In fact, I don't know if I know anyone who does. I have some friends (more than one)
who refuse to play it on the basis that "they just wouldn't be able to get past the graphics". To those people, I
just shake my head in laughing disbelief.
Trying to follow up my previous FFX "bad ending" rant
with a equally compelling "good ending" rave seems to
have left me at a loss for ideas.
Very few ending really stick out for me but the one
that sticks out as one of the most fun to play all the
way through, even counting the many side quests, would
be FF6. The range of characters and skills brought to
the mix, the customization of magic from Espers, and
of course Kefka all add to one of the most re-played
games I own.
Thinking about FF6 led me to ask this pointless
question: What area in a game do you enjoy the most?
For me it would have to be the Veldt. Gau has always
been one of my favorite characters and the fact that
you can run into any monster party there made it less
boring place for me to casually learn
spells/rages/lores and in fact I would spend lots of
time with Gau/Gogo/Relm/Strago and taunt the monsters
with their own skills. So much fun.
Anyway that's all for this time and next time I'll try
to have better questions.
Thanks for the opinion! I've had MANY people e-mailing me throwing in their support for Final Fantasy VI when it
comes to great endings, and I'd have to agree. Not only does it specifically address every character, it does so in
a memorable way. I even know the ending's background music by heart, and I can't say that about very many other games.
Now, Gau is one of my LEAST favourite characters in the game, but that's only because he isn't quite as versatile as
some other people are. I would have liked it if he came with an option to "shut down" instead of going into berserker-
mode after impersonating his favourite monster. Vincent of FFVII possesses this same shortcoming.
My favourite area in Final Fantasy VI is certainly
the floating continent. It's just... SO cool... and SO difficult... and SO dramatic all at once, it gave me shivers
the first time I played it through (and the second, third, and fourth times as well).
Mmmm... Windows Calculator
Okay, so I got those two questions horribly, horribly wrong. I am ashamed.
But, thankfully, I own both FFVI and a globe, so the answers are E for #38
and, I believe, C for #39.
And for the legally required RPG-related question, did you manage to finish
both Claude and Rena's stories in SO2, plus Level 225 in each and beat
Indalecio Limiter Off? Don't let my image of you as an incredibly hardcore
gamer/math head down. By the way, what is the square root of 5630?
"It's not 2!"
It's not really legally required, but if you want your letter to be posted, it should probably have at least
a loose connection to the topic of RPGs.
Anyway, I'm not that psychotic. Star Ocean 2 was a decent enough game despite a few flaws, but I'm not interested
in spending an extra hundred hours pumping my people to ridiculous strengths. My brother, on the other hand,
did get all of his characters to Level 255, and proudly showed me one weekend a couple of years back when I came
home for a visit. Of course, he is also a bit- you know- well, I shouldn't say that on here.
Also, the square root of 5630 is approximately 75.0333259292162791, if you round it off to the nearest ten-quadrillionth.
I've had more people e-mail me about Final Fantasy VI than anything else today, which seems peculiar to me.
Sure, I'm playing it through right now too, and I've brought it up in the contest a couple of times, but for me
personally, there's something about this time of year. It might sound stupid, but the first night I ever played
the game, it was a crisp October evening, and I distinctly remember having to sell chocolate bars for a school
fundraiser before starting to play (I was in Grade 8, and we had to raise money for our year-end field trip).
Anyway, I just associate the sights and smells of the fall season with the game, now.
Maybe that's a hint that this series has had a major impact on my life. Too major?? Never!
Looking at yesterday's questions, most of you were able to hit the first one on the head. The answer is
e) Green Cherry, though this is something that I had forgotten all about until I battled him last weekend.
How could I!? Oh well; 10 points to the right-answerers.~
#39 required a little bit more legwork on your part. Some of you guessed Sapporo, Japan, but that's actually
the furthest north, though all of the options are within a couple of degrees of latitude from each other.
The CORRECT answer is again e) Madrid, Spain, for 15 points.
Finally, Flamethrower crosses the 100-line to become the newest tilde-obtainer, after a close call yesterday.
Here it is, freshly typed:
Do that four more times, and you've got yourself a co-hosting position, if there are any left. For those of you
who are worried that you'll never make it, don't worry: There will be other opportunities, and inflation in the future
will guarantee that you'll always be in the game; trust me on this one.
Question #40: (10 points)
Follow me!--> Which of the following espers comes does not grant a stat-bonus if equipped at a level-up?
Question #41: (15 points)
Which is not a symbol of an element from the Periodic Table?Things to work for (the SOCK item shop!):
100 points: Tilde (infinite number remaining!)
500 points: Guest-co-host Opportunity #1 (5 remaining!)
700 points: The Final Fantasy 1 "Official" Crazed-Chipmunk-Hold-your-Ears Soundtrack (5 remaining!)
1000 points: The Mattie's Mom Cookie Recipe Compilation (5 remaining!)
Keep sending me your thoughts, your opinions, and your questions! You might just get featured in the next edition of
***Matt scowls at snotty-nosed children
I fully support the idea of having 27-hour days... my sleep schedule seems to have been
built around such a world.
Nov. 7 - Matt
Nov. 5 - Cast
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Nov. 3 - Matt
About the Host
Matt's Next Unhealthy Addiction
Another Unhealthy Addiction
Matt's Top 3 Current Games:
1. Makai Kingdom
2. Warioware: Twisted!
3. Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana
Matt's Top 3 RPG Desires:
1. Dragon Quest VIII
2. Final Fantasy III
3. Mario & Luigi: PiT
A PC Game for Christmas?
Cookie o' the Week:Mattie's Atelier Iris Cookies
Get ready in advance for these by lacing up your best hiking shoes. Dr. Scholl's cushions help
-1 piece of Spoiled Meat
-1 cup of Bread Crumbs
-1 stack of magic paper
-1 Metal Pole
-1 stalk of Tall Magi Grass
-2 helpings of brown sugar
Go into the nearest forest and kill a wolf to find the meat and a badge. Walk east until you reach the first
town you get to and exchange the badge with a random shopkeeper for the Magic Paper. Scout the area for Tall Magi
Grass; if you don't find any, walk away and come back again and again until some happens to appear, and take a stalk.
If in your walking back and forth, you happen upon a werecat, beg it for some Berry Mousse and take that two towns
over to exchange for a metal pole. If they aren't sold out of it, buy brown sugar from the local store; if they are,
travel back to the FIRST town and purchase it there, but talk to the girl in the bakery before you go six different
times until she reveals her recipe for bread crumbs. Buy a few dinner rolls from her and use them to synthesize
bread crumbs; then buy THOSE. Now, you have all of the ingredients! Throw them all together, and they'll change
remarkably in appearance into something delicious, prompting a humourous bit of banter between your allies.
4. Arros Raikou