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I'm partial to the concept of reincarnation. Not that I
relish the thought that my recently digested Big Mac may be
the processed remains of my great grandfather Milton Reid,
but there is a wonderful sense of justice served with this
system. Your bad karma in this life finds judgment in the
next, whereas the good in you merits benefits. Mother Teresa
returns to the earth as a Pegasus, Jim Carrey as a
Chimpanzee, Bill Gates as an I-Mac, and Adolph Hitler
writhes along as a lowly, despised maggot. In addition to a
Dantean retribution/reward cycle, reincarnation can bring
much mirth, as Douglas Adams fans will testify.
There exists much support for reincarnation: Deja Vu,
strange dreams, hypnosis, and many other inexplicables have
confounded the pragmatist, and converted the naysayers. I
have found that a calm acceptance of reincarnation can bring
many benefits. Some strange habits you posses or notice can
finally be explained. If you feel the incurable urge to
subject everyone to your rule, sport a lengthy nasal
appendage (proboscis for short), and spout militant French
but you live in Idaho, you may carry Napoleon's soul within
you (if so, little hint--don't invade Russia this time). The
next time you're called a pig at the dinner table, they may
have only missed the mark by one life, and keep in mind that
our rulers can't help being deceitful and selfish, they are
only exhibiting vestiges of the snakes, amoebas, and
barracudas they inhabited long ago. When you run to class or
the bus, entertain the fetching thought that you may have
thundered across primordial jungles as a Tyrannosaurus Rex,
or, when on the beach, realize the waves you cower from
would not even have sprinkled your former leviathan bulk as
your flukes cleaved the deep and your eerie whale song
reverberated the frigid ocean currents.
Now these romantic musings may bring a smile to your
lips, but I tell you, as of late, this reincarnation theory
has only paled my skin like a chalk bath. As I've said, your
current behavior may reveal your past livelihood. With this
in mind, imagine my horror as I opened my eyes from a
disturbingly bright, cheerful, and fluffy dream with these
dreadful words reeking my waking breath:
Hey Mr.Guru, got a question for ya! Why hasn't anyone
picked up that Wild Arms has some great RPG music? I found
the music so different from the usual RPG, it was a welcome
change. Y'know that "whistly type, western yet still
fantasy" music(Is that a real music genre?). Listen to the
"Boomerang Flash" music, it sounds so cool and
inspirational! I doubt there is, but would there happen to
be a Wild Arms soundtrack?
Good news Moogle Charm--you're wrong! There is a Wild
Arms soundtrack. Read a review at www.soundtrackcentral.com,
and even compose your own reaction (I'm sure it will be
positive) if you have the inclination. Soundtrack Central is
a site for sore eyes (har har har--couldn't resist) if you
desperately seek information on game scores. This sterling
site even has links to places you can import RPG CDs, one of
which is Game
Music Online (pricey but competent). I checked
for your Wild ARMs CD there, but it's out of stock :( Don't
lose hope, my friend, maybe the other on-line stores have
it. Good luck in your search.
Hi, somebody mentioned getting soundtracks for FF's
yesterday in their letter, and I was just wondering where I
could get one for FFVI, I've been looking for one for a
while, cause I really like the sound in that game. Wouldn't
happen to know where I could find one do ya? I am curious to
know if there is anyway of getting sheet music to the Final
Fantasy series. Especially FFVI, my favorite by the way.
Or any other RPG, such as Chrono Trigger, Seiken Densetsu,
the Breath of Fire series, et cetera. I would be very
grateful. And is there a way to get Final Fantasy Complete
Works without having to actually fly out to Japan, even
though I would love too, to get it? On another topic, I just
received my copy of Final Fantasy-Japan Illustrations. I
went through the book, having my breath taken away. I just
love Yoshitaka Amano's work. What about you? Do you enjoy
his art at all? Well, I hope you post my letter, that would
make me ever so happy!
The same sites mentioned in Moogle Charm's letter
response will point you in the right direction for your
soundtrack needs. I also like Amano's artistry, although
sometimes they seem kind of pasty to me. I particularly
enjoy a a couple pieces he did on Cyan (one of my favorite
RPG characters, by the way).
Anyway, how are all you people getting RPG soundtracks? I
found the Chrono Trigger soundtrack at a local used CD
store, but as far as I know, you can't buy them outside of
Japan. So, are you ordering them online, or do you get them
in Japan? If you are getting them online, please give me an
address, because I'm interested in getting more (I love the
Chrono Trigger one, you see). By the way, where are you in
Xenogears? I'm at the last boss, but I can't beat him
because my gear parts are inferior and I can't find any
enemies that give me any significant amount of cash. If you
do wind up beating it, please tell us how (by the way, I've
never, ever been this stuck on a RPG like this. Usually, I
have no problems. What a blow to the ego!).
All these letters wondering where to purchase
soundtracks have prompted me to include a "Sites of
Interest" section on my column (at the bottom) where you can
zoom over to Soundtrack Central, Game Music Online and other
places I've mentioned.
I am still early on in the first disc in Xenogears.
I'm so ashamed. I'm scared of going anywhere because I don't
know where the next save is and I only have a brief amount
of time, so I beat up on some guys for experience and combo
training. The Xenogears Waltkthroughs and Boss FAQs on this
site and the message boards can help you. I'm sure your
fellow RPG enthusiasts will lend a philanthropic cyber
OK, I have the FFVII OST and the reunion tracks. I hafta
say, the orchestral version of Aeris' Theme is now one of my
favorite pieces of symphonic music, and I consider myself
rather experienced in symphonic music (I used to be a music
major at FSU, till I came to my senses. Now I'm a EE, is
that better or worse?) But what's this about a hidden track
on Reunion Tracks? I've never found it, how do you get
Scan backwards from the beginning of the CD. Presto!
Jason, Listen Up!
Anyway, I read Jason Daniels' Xenogears problem in
Duneman Isle. I already finished Xenogears after a whopping
50+ hours and I encountered the exact same problem as him. I
almost wanted to wail in agony after encountering that bug.
But it seemed that once I exited from Dunemans Isle, I got
into my gears (just press L2 + R2 on the world map) and was
able to get into the Yggdrasil by pressing X. I had to stand
right in the center of the Yggdrasil and after a few tries,
I managed to get in, Thank God!!
Joshua: Thanks Kevin! It's nice to know my readers
are so helpful!
I recently starting playing through FF VII again, and for
some reason or another, Cloud refuses to learn his Level 3
limit break. I'm on disc 3 now, and he STILL hasn't gotten
Meteorain. This makes no sense, since he got his first Level
2 limit about halfway through disc 1, and he's certainly
killed 80 enemies since then. However, I have a theory. I
can't remember when, but some time in disc 2, I discovered
that you can mimic your own limit breaks. So, I was in a
battle, and I had Cloud mimic himself doing Climhazzard a
few times. Do you have any idea if this screws up that
characters' ability to learn limit breaks? I did the same
thing with Cid's Dragon limit break, and he hasn't gotten
his level 3, either. I really don't want to have to start
all over again because of this, but what's the point in
continuing if Cloud/Cid will never be able to get
Joshua: I have never heard of this granddaddy
fluke, but bugorama seems to be the verdict on this one,
especially since Cloud and Cid suffer from the same
symptoms. If you have really killed the right amount of
creatures (remember, Cloud or Cid have to strike the killing
blow to make it work) then I don't know what to say. Has
anyone else encountered this problem, and do you have a
remedy? Until then, I discourage anyone from mimicking their
own limit breaks.
I was recently plundering through the many depths of
RPGamer. When I stumbled upon Final Fantasy Mystic Quest .
. . and I thought of a Question!
Is FFMQ known as an actually FF game in Japan as well? Or
is it like FFA and FFL . . . where it was given the Final
Fantasy in front of it to help it sell and is actually
another game entirely or belongs to another series? Oh
PLEASE RPGuru, answer my question and PLEASE post this
letter :) Thanks.
-Nasir from Lagoon, The greatest Epic game of all!
Joshua: I've been very mean to Mystic in the past,
so I thought I'd entertain this question. FFMQ was designed
primarily for the U.S. market to boost respectively
(compared to Japan) meager FF sales. FFMQ designers intended
the game, with watered down content (I'd call it hosed down
myself) and a cheaper price tag, to be a stepping stone or
gateway to the more complicated FF games. Unfortunately, we
were expecting another FFI and FFII and were sorely
disappointed. The project backfired, needless to say.
The RPGuru "Quote Whiz" Award
Goes To . . .
Neostorm and David
Raine. Neostorm sent the first e-mail, but was a tad
vague, while David Raine (who was a close second) gave a
better explanation. Here it is:
"Thou art such a pain in the in the..." was uttered by
Sabin (SPEAKER) in FFVI (FFIII US) (ORIGIN) when commenting
on Cyan's lack of machining skills during the fight at the
Imperial Base outside Doma Castle (CONTEXT).
Congratulations y'all! If you want to have your quoting
prowess recognized in the next Guru you have to fulfill the
The FIRST e-mailer who recognizes and states the
1. ORIGIN (game)
2. SPEAKER (who, what says it)
3. CONTEXT (what's going on)
I labeled David's quote for an example. I know it's hard
to list everything, but you must prove you are worthy.
I saved some letters for next column, because I ran out
of time with which to answer them. I have a Shakespeare
paper due in eight hours! Panic is setting in!
My sincere apologies to offended West Virginians. My
comments were just a bit of "you're my neighbor, gotta pick
on you" syndrome. I didn't mean any harm. Anyway, it serves
you right for withdrawing from your mother state. You are
welcome to make fun of this Southwest Virginian if you'd
SITES OF INTEREST
Central--Soundtrack reviews and more!
Online--Purchase soundtracks here!
FFIV and FFV PSX FMVs here.
than simple fanfiction, it's a crossover that goes beyond
even videogames to famous literature such as Le Morte
D'Arthur, R&G are Dead, etc."
By the way, R& G Are Dead is one of the most
skillfully written wordplays I've ever had the pleasure of
-Joshua, typing furiously.