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Operation: Babe Hunt January 14, 2009
Past Updates: 01.07.09 | 12.17.08 | 12.09.08

Programmers, Do Your Job Mike 'JuMeSyn' Moehnke

Editorial Excerpt:

"I think everyone familiar with RPGs in any form is also familiar with the turn-based battle system. Its predominance has eroded in recent years but is still featured in games every year, and the only way not to encounter it is never to play anything but action-RPGs. Taking turns in and of itself does not bother me much, and I have no complaints with a well-executed battle system regardless of the format its developers chose to implement. Which brings me to my point: why, with the frequency of turn-based combat, do so few developers seem able to make player-controlled and enemy units take their turns consistently?"

Let's Go Green Michael 'Macstorm' Cunningham

Editorial Excerpt:

"I'm a fan of innovation, really, I am. I'm not asking for endless recycling of older battle systems or game engines, but when developers strike gold, one extra use of the golden engine shouldn't be out of the question."

From the Editor's Desk

Hello folks, and welcome to another week of RPGamer editorials! Sadly, I don't think I have any adventures to speak of this week. I mean, I always make it a point to try and have an adventure once a week, even if its something small. I think the only adventure I had was losing my DS charger and then finding it buried at the bottom of my purse. Purses are stupid and deceiving. Also, this weekend I have to go to my boyfriend's work staff party, and it is 'semi-formal'. Semi-formal clothes? Psst! Like I have those! I'm the girl who goes to work dressed in jeans and a geeky t-shirt. A dress? Nice skirt? Feh! Those aren't pants! Besides, I don't think anyone would want to see this curator in a dress.

Despite nearly losing my DS charger, having to dress in 'semi-formal' attire and my school still being on strike, I did get a nice surprise this week: tickets to see Jerry Springer: The Opera. Yes, it exists, is profane, and, yes, will be an amazing experience. Sadly, I'm not seeing the show until the end of the month, so here's hoping between now and then that I'll have another adventure to share with everyone.

Any ways, enough of the babble! Onward to the gaming front! What have I accomplished lately? I've been making steady progress in Persona 3: FES, as I've finally hit over 40 hours. This game has some really fantastic moments, and you have to love Junpei for being the comic relief, especially in "Operation Babe Hunt". I have a total crush on Junpei, what can I say? I have also been playing Rune Factory 2, and apparently, pregnancy takes nine days to happen! Thanks Rune Factory for teaching me the facts of life!

On the editorial front I have two submissions. One from JuMeSyn, and the other from Michael "Macstorm" Cunningham! JuMeSyn discusses good old fashioned turn-based combat systems and their inconsistency over the years, while Macstorm tackles the idea of RPGs going green. Goin' green? Sounds a bit odd when you think about it, but Mac's article is extremely convincing. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle? Can they really be such a bad thing for an RPG? Perhaps, perhaps not. Both articles tackle some interesting issues related to developers, so read and respond! I think these two pieces are worth the comments. As always, please submit. I look forward to having more interesting and thought-provoking pieces to share with everyone!

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