May 27, 2006
Josh - 5:18 EST
Well, in preparation for this internship this summer, I've had a million things to do. One of the strangest would be that of buying my first wedding present to someone. It's an odd sensation to actually realize that your friends are up and getting married. Now I have to look for rings on the girls' hands whom I hit on! Argh, that's an extra step that I'm sure to forget here and there.
However, I did end up giving that girl a call, and had two simply awesome dates. I won't see her for another 10 weeks until I return, but...eh...que sera, sera. Here's hoping, though :)
Enough reminiscence! Letters!
Hey, I'm asking the questions here!
Hi there Ouro or Matt, or Matt's co-hosts
First off I finished my Shadow Hearts/Koudelka binge
yesterday morning, so while I'm puking Emigre
manuscript and Harmonixer chunks it feels good to
force your way through an entire series of games and
it makes the stories more enjoyable as well as making
combat easier to grasp, my next one shall be either
the Tales of games I have access to or the Suikoden
But right now I'm taking a trip back in time to the
ancestor of one of my favorite games, while it's fun
seeing how the battle systems and such evolved from
the earlier games it's bit disgusting hearing random
Can you guess which game I'm currently slogging
And which series should I binge on next?
Ugh, making me think...I should have you hanged!
The ancestor...with random singing. Uh...crap. I'm going to have to guess either Wild ARMs or Grandia, though I honestly have no idea. I blame you and your vagueness!
Series binge? If you can find 'em, I'd play through Lunar 1&2. And if I'm wrong about Wild ARMs, I'd go for those as well (though 2 wasn't that great). I guarantee you'll love them!
Its Singh righting from the UK again. Thanks for your honest opinions in my
last email. I see from the lastest "ask matt", you seem to have a "FFVII
for the PC" loyalist quite upset. As you might be aware in the gaming
community PC gamers have more luxuries compared to console gamers. I mean
in terms of Game modifiocation released by dedicated fans and FFVII is no
exemption. As you mentioned in my last email, that you also bought a pc
port for FFVII and hopefully you still have it.
I am here to tell you all fine gamers whom were disappointed with FF7 for
the pc port (Firstly I wasn't, my parents never bought me a playstaion so no
comparison available). Well no longer, there are patches out there which
replace the midi files with the music files from the PSX release and I have
to agree with Matt, they definetley sound much better.
If you go to this forum you can find all the ingrediants for a fun couple of
days with revisiting the FF7 game. http://forums.qhimm.com. You can also get
patches to pay at FF7 at a higher resolition say at 1280 X 960, increase the
game difficulty from the start, change the scene texts, etc...
However it doesn't stop there, a very dedicated fan, has released a Field
model Conversion mod. for FF7 to more realistic models, called the reunion
patch. I hope Matt can show you the very cool screenshots to show how much
work has gone into this patch.
Its no PS3 remake of FF7, buts its bloody good, after playing it myself. If
anyone does have the FF7 pc port, go here for a list for some patches to
update your game http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=4351.0, and then
download the reunion file to play the game where "CLOUD HAS HANDS!!" and
some excellent music.
Yeah, I agree. PCs do have the options of being able to modify source code in order to enhance features, which can be useful, but it's also -way- after the fact. That site you are linking to began in 1999, and it doesn't look like those big patches were released until some years later. Final Fantasy VII came out for PSX in 1997, and in May, 1998 for PC. That's at least 2 years after the initial release, and while these patches are nice, I'd have beaten the game 4 times by the time that rolled around.
Looking at the screens, it does look like a lot of work went into it, and the character models look much better (although, the polygons looked better compared to the PSX -anyway-). However, the pre-rendered backgrounds still look like crap. I'm not much of a fan of console-style RPGs on the computer anyway. Just a slight pet peeve of mine.
Hello Q&A Master,
Long time reader first time poster....er
What if Sony's PS3 price is nothing more that a ruse.
Here me out..
*dons conspiracy theory tinfoil hat*
What if Sony announced the incredibly high price so
everyone will talk about. Remember how much everyone
ripped the the Wii when its officail name was finally
Who was it that said "Bad Publicity is better than No
Publicity" Im not really sure but I think he was
Anyway as the price stands MS doesnt even have to drop
the price of the 360 when the PS3 launches its already
a lot cheaper. But what if shortly before launch,
maybe even after MS says they wont drop the price of
the 360, Sony comes out and says "Ya know, your right
$600 is crazy, so we are really gonna charge $450" or
something like that still expensive yes but at only 50
dollars more the the 360 people may decide its worth
*removes conspiracy theory tinfoil hat*
Now that said I think the price will be $500 and $600
but stranger things have happened.
Just my 2 gil...
Surprisingly, I posed this theory too at one point. And on one hand, it would be a great idea. The publicity alone would cause some people to realize, "Hey, maybe Sony isn't that bad," but the problem is very, very apparent. The technology required to produce the Ps3 is quite expensive compared to other next-gen machines, and therefore, Sony has to price their machine accordingly. Honestly, Sony's pricing isn't unfair. Considering the power and specs behind the PS3, the pricing is quite reasonable. Whether I'm going to buy it though...that's another story.
I own both FFVII versions (psx and pc), and I'm fairly sure I never had
problems with the PC version. Actually, since my computer was very advanced
at the time of the game's release, it ran smoothly and the music sounds WAY
better than the PSX version. But...I guess that was exchanged for some
different dialogue (was the translation team different or something?).
Anyways, I'll definitely be purchasing a Wii first, and will attempt to get
a ps3 through illegal means...but I sure as hell will never even look
towards the xbox 360. Everybody I know with an xbox has failed to entertain
me with it for longer than...never! I've seriously never laid eyes on such
a shoddy game collection in my life. Not only that, but the bulky
controller sucks (yes, I know you can get a slim one...but that's extra
money I'm not willing to spend), most of the games worth playing are on
multiple systems, many of the Microsoft games are eventually released for
the PC, and the 'xbox exclusive' games are nothing special, but somehow gain
huge popularity simply because they're so...well...easy. Why is Halo so
popular? Because of it's ridiculously easy campaign, learning curve, and
most of all, online setup (ever noticed how sometimes you'll hear CHILDREN
on their headsets)? Sure, these are all nice things, but the game's CONCEPT
is so old (see Doom and Wolfenstein 3D) that it loses its appeal after a
good thirty minutes, and brings nothing new to the table.
And now for the most unforgivable offense Microsoft has committed...
THEY RUINED THE PERFECTLY GOOD RAREWARE!!!!
Doesn't anybody remember how every game they released on the SNES and N64
was flawless? Let me count the Rare games on the Xbox...of the TWO, one was
a Luigi's Mansion rip off and the other was a remake of Conker's Bad Fur
Day. It's good to see the creativity flowing.
Yikes...this is turning into a scary rant! Sorry, but Xbox 360 will never
have a chance with me. I'd sooner pay 1000 dollars for a ps3 than 10
dollars for an Xbox 360. Microsoft has done nothing for any genre, and
instead has sucked away gamers into feeling more 'mature.' Did I mention
they totally !@#%ed Rare in the bad place?
Yeah, I'm sad to see Mistwalker and even Square-Enix piddle some games onto
the 360. Though I'm a very devoted follower of SE, I will not tread that
ground. I'm starting to go in circles, so I'll finish up.
Did you get a chance to mess with Persona 3 at E3 (ha)? That's one of the
titles I'm most excited about, and am curious to learn anything about it.
Have you played Persona 2: Eternal Punishment?
Sorry for crapping on the Xbox all you fans...NOT!
I'll never purchase an Xbox/360 either, solely because the games for that system are a) nothing worth purchasing a whole system, b) on the other platforms as well, and c) nothing about the console impresses me.
But, I'll have to say something in defense of Halo
*puts his RPG rantings on hold for a sec*
The Halo games are very WELL-DONE. If you're going to base creativity on the fact that it is a first-person shooter, then of course you're going to come up with nothing. The story is intruiging, the combat is extremely stream-lined, and unless you are playing on Easy/Normal, you cannot run into battle willy-nilly and expect to come out alive, unlike Wolfenstein 3D. As for hearing children on the headsets, I've heard 8 year-olds playing World of Warcraft, and that game isn't the simplest game to play (well...it's simple to play -poorly-, but I digress). The Halo games are fun, plain and simple.
But back on topic. I keep forgetting that Rare exists, frankly. Oops. Maybe once the Wii comes out they'll return and give us DKC4. The whole Mistwalker thing is saddening, but hey, maybe some decent RPGs will come out for Xbox 360...and maybe it will eventually warrant a purchase! Who knows?
Persona 2 = fun. Sadly, I did not go to E3, but from what I saw of Persona 3, I'm looking forward to it.
Thanks for writing in!
Dad's visiting, so I'm off to get some bonding time in. See you guys tomorrow!!
***Josh is going to have an...'interesting' night.
I may be traumatized....but oh well.
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About the Host
Josh's Top 3 Distractions:
1. Guild Wars: Factions
3. Plotting to take over this site
RPGs I'm currently playing:
1. Grandia III
2. Xenosaga II
3. Romancing SaGa
4. Radiata Stories
5. Wild Arms: ACF