Editorials for May 16, 2000  

  Dial-ups: Communist Plot  

[Additions for 5/18/2000] I've added a new section in the right column. If any of you have read Newsweek, it's equivalent to "The Last Word." Essentially, I'm going to rip off their title, and their idea, but apply it to RPGs. Basically, it's a column that I'll update weekly with where I think that the RPG companies, games, markets, or consumers are going. It's essentially an editorial of sorts, but more focused on the current state of things than on being some sort of debate-fodder. Hopefully other staffers will write some of their own, and those will go up there as well.

I hate dial-ups. But on the other hand, I love having summer be over, and no more work to do for classes. I actually had a nightmare last week that I had forgotten to do a paper for one of my classes, that sucked. But it's over, and I have more time to spend doing this stuff, which I'll need because dial-ups are SLOW!

So I've come up with two ideas as to things we're going to try for a bit of time, and see what you guys think of it. The first is that I've gotten lots of very positive feedback about comments on editorials. I think that I'll extend this by creating a section under new editorials in which I'll put editorials I wouldn't post otherwise, with helpful comments for everyone to see. I'll either allow you guys to send in editorials you think need help (and if they don't, I'll make comments as to why it *is* good), and if I get editorials that I think would be good to make comments about, I'll e-mail the author for permission to post it there.

The other thing that someone suggested, is that I give you guys a theme for updates, you know, something to inspire people to write, and to have people pool their thoughts on a topic. I'll find some fancy place to put these topics, but in the meantime, I'm just trying to get this dial-up-update up. So this week's topic is: "The religious imagery in playstation games has increased drastically with the advent of the Playstation. Agree or disagree with a reason why." If you guys think of good topics (not "which game do you like better" but actual things you want to know more about, just e-mail them in).

I have two reservations about doing all this. First of all, I am no authority on the subject of editorials, and I am by no means proof from grammar and spelling mistakes. Fortunately, I make all my grammar mistakes at very appropriate times so that they're halfway humourous and I can pawn them off to intentionality. I just don't want you all trying to justify English papers by saying that the editorial guy promoted use of humour or somesuch. Essentially, I want to help you guys out, and make the column more enjoyable, but I'm not the authority (on anything but timely bad-grammar and rambling).

Well, I have 50 e-mails in my inbox this week. Tons of it is feedback, which makes me incredibly happy. I'd like to thank those of you that took the time out to give me constructive comments. Even negative comments were framed in such a way as to make them helpful instead of hurtful. I believe that I've taken just about every comment that got e-mailed to me, so if there's anything you guys want to see, or don't for that matter, drop me an e-mail.

Ever had your mind go blank? I did. I think I'm going to start a list of stuff that I'm doing, crazy ideas I have, and crazy ideas I want to have. Hopefully then my mind won't keep going blank. I do have one more idea, but that has so little to do with the column, that I'll detail it later.

So in short, send in things you want me to critique, as well as normal eds. Quantity is coming in bulk, pardon my lack of replies as I settle down at home. Next week, there are gonna be some HUGE changes as I finalize some stuff and change things up a bit.

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    New Editorials
    Rebuttal to "Why you think you like FF6 the best." Barry Dancer 5/16/2000
    Change is Good Chief Ug 5/16/2000
    Final Fantasy is no longer Final Fantasy eX-finn 5/16/2000
    Square at the Ivory Gates: God and Angels in Squaresoft Titles Evan Jenkins 5/16/2000
    Pompousness [Pokémon TCG Spoilers] Geoffrey 'ePaulson 5/16/2000
    Rebuttal to "FF7 vs FF8" by Yuffie Janice Tanaka Kaeru 5/16/2000
    In tha year of tha Boomerang Mike Dore 5/16/2000
    Will On-Line Console RPGs Work? Depends... Matt Hayes 5/16/2000
    Graphics: Who needs them? Mike Wasson 5/16/2000
    Old-school RPGs? New RPGs? What's the difference? Nyoro, Frog of Darkness 5/16/2000
    FFVII... Has Squaresoft really sold out to the RPGamers? Nightshadow 5/16/2000
    Reply to: Ganondorf Dies and It all Seems Worth It Orpheus Tay 5/16/2000
    "Kubla Khan" and FF7: A Literary Analysis Raincrystal 5/16/2000
    Time limit, next RPG... Radrisol 5/16/2000
    Self-Depreciation -or- Dating: The Abridged Manual Sage Gaspar 5/16/2000
    Game Developers - They Do More Than They Have To Squall Fong Wong 5/16/2000

    Anything and Everything Pertaining to Games
    A Character Analysis of Nanaki Brett Smith 4/26/2000
    Mad Lucas' First Treatise on RPGs Mad Lucas 4/26/2000
    Character Development in the Future Matthew Peck 4/26/2000
    Final Fantasy..RPGs..the fans..and the sequels.. Dai 4/19/2000
    More Crap About Final Fantasy 7 and It's Ending Jake Gus 4/19/2000
    Selphie's Role in FF8 Rob Janney 4/19/2000
    Scart, Gloves, and an FF7 Spoiler Tifa Worshipper 4/19/2000

    Companies and Console Systems
    SquareSoft Isn't Fooling Me Macaroni 4/26/2000
    Bias Against Nintendo Thomas Maluck 4/26/2000
    The Console War: Know Your Role CX 4/19/2000
    Enter the 8-Bit (Again) Endarire Elward 4/19/2000
    The Developer's End of the Console War OniNemo 4/19/2000

    RPGamers - What They Want, What They Love
    Why you think you like FF6 the best Luke Adams 4/19/2000

    Q&A Debates, and Other Miscellaneous Editorials
    Censorship Through Extortion Mitchell Gyde 4/26/2000
    Obscenity? You Don’t Know the Meaning of the Word Mitchell Gyde 4/26/2000
    Feedback for your begging Brett Smith 4/19/2000
    Out of Character? WHAT character? Cheryl Lachowicz 4/19/2000
    I don't believe I'm reading this tripe... Drew "Cutriss" Lanclos 4/19/2000
    Violence in Video Games Jonathan Keller 4/19/2000
    Pokemon is Mental Crack! Scarmiglion 4/9/2000
    Rebuttal to Scarmiglion David Sanders 4/19/2000

    Rebuttals, Response, and Anti-Editorials
    The Fear of the Online RPG Jason Dow 4/9/2000
    On the On-line Console RPG Debate... Hayden Dawson 4/19/2000
    Rebuttal to 'The Fear of the Online RPG' Joe "Tabris" Rinaldi 4/19/2000
    Another Elitist Bastard Letter Mephtik-X 4/9/2000
    In response to "Another Elitist Bastard Letter" by Mephtik-X DJ EuphoriKa 4/19/2000
    A Reply to Another Elitist Bastard Letter Jouni A Harjunmaa 4/19/2000
    The Problem with Modern Gamers 4/3/2000
    Rebuttal to's "The Problem with Modern Gamers" Jacob Fronczak 4/26/2000
    The Decline and Fall of the English Language Matthew Furrow 3/20/2000
    Why Bother? Matthew Furrow 4/19/2000
    The Importance of Correct Grammar Moux Cow Petau 4/3/2000
    Re: Decline and Fall of the English Language Red H. MacGuffin 3/23/2000
    Rebuttal for the decline and fall of the English language Tom Moore 3/23/2000
    Grammar:The Essence of Quality Writing Stephanie Waugh 4/26/2000

    New Editorials
    Editorial: Squaresoft getting back to what made Final Fantasy good. Aaron Brunner 5/7/2000
    On Fanfiction: Wish Fulfilment, Missing the Point, and Finding the Balance Azusa Kuraino 5/7/2000
    I may be the only one left... Arvind Vashisht 5/7/2000
    In response to many responses to my editorial Anon Ymous 5/7/2000
    Why FFVII-VIII And SquareSoft DOSN'T Suck Ben Gilboa 5/7/2000
    It's Not Pandering If... Brett Smith 5/7/2000
    Why their aren't true FF sequals CBurt85 5/7/2000
    In Defense Of Squaresoft Chris Galli 5/7/2000
    A Letter to My Love Cheryl Lachowicz 5/7/2000
    FF6 is fun fun silly willy for me! Not wakk wakk wakk Dimastines 5/7/2000
    Just a fool throwin comments around Dark Holy 5/7/2000
    rebuttal to Joe Rinaldi's rebuttal to Jason Dow's The Fear of the ONLINE RPG Dan 'Frogerk' Slotten 5/7/2000
    Ganondorf dies, and it all seems worth it. Four Finger Wu 5/7/2000
    Selphie- (side note) False Prophet Maduin 5/7/2000
    The basis to most RPGs. Aaron Brunner 5/7/2000
    Why Ghaleon is the Greatest of all RPG Antagonists Howard Kleinman 5/7/2000
    Why can't a game just be good Jason Birdwell 5/7/2000
    Character development not necessary? I beg to differ! Jason Connor 5/7/2000
    Reply on the "Bias against Nintendo" Jamez East 5/7/2000
    Is Square becoming a copycat? Jon Gibson 5/7/2000
    Rebuttal to David Sanders to Scarmiglion... Interpretation Sauron 5/7/2000
    Hail to the Square God! Katherine Tierney 5/7/2000
    Fear Through Ignorance Lara Sköld 5/7/2000
    Aftermath Mark "Intrasonic" Gross 5/7/2000
    "I have a theory" Macabre 5/7/2000
    See it here folks! A man who can predict the future of Aidyn Chronicles! Noble Duncanson 5/7/2000
    My sincerest apologies go out to this man... Poe22222 5/7/2000
    Ratings Would Be Fine-- If "They" Meant What They Said Raincrystal 5/7/2000
    In response to "Why you think you like FF6 the best" by Luke Adams Richard Snyder 5/7/2000
    shut your hole Luke Adams!!!!! SHADOW ASSASIN 5/7/2000
    "He's like a brother to me," and Why Those Words Don't Have Any Meaning Sage Gaspar 5/7/2000
    How SRPG's kick Traditional RPG's a**es Steve Metzger 5/7/2000
    Squaresoft is we have a problem? Tabris 5/7/2000
    FF8 vs. FF7.... Yuffie Janice Tanaka 5/7/2000

    Kiah's Update
    One Man To Have The Power of Many Bill Campbell 5/2/2000
    Rebuttal to: Why you think you like FF6 Edrees Hatef 5/2/2000
    In Response to: "Grammar..." Mark.R.Yohalem 5/2/2000
    Grammar SageGaspar 5/2/2000
    Why I Think Googleshng Is Female Raincrystal 5/2/2000
    Role Playing? Character Development? You take the term "RPG" too seriously, friend. Roger Romer 5/2/2000
    You're Kidding, Right, Square? Please Tell Me You're Kidding. Whitney Reynolds 5/2/2000
    "He's Like a Brother To Me" Geronimo 5/2/2000
    It is all in the Execution: A Rebuttal to Intrasonic's Editorial Chad Harger 5/2/2000
    How SRPG's kick Traditional RPG's a**es Steve Metzger 5/2/2000
    Square Deserves Better Fans Poe22222 5/2/2000
    More about Final Fantasy VIII Jacob Horner 5/2/2000

    Well, that was quite possibly the longest I've ever spent doing this, ever. So please, PLEASE send me feedback. I was not out for blood, and I'm trying to give you guys an idea of what I usually do for this job. If you like it, if you don't like it, if you like the comments I made this week, tell me, please, I'm just an e-mail away...

    For anyone who possibly felt hurt or dejected by my comments, I'm sorry. There were a few less-than-nice ones... Overall, I am ECSTATIC with the amount that editorials have increased. I have you guys to thank, for sending me wonderful character and plot analysis, along with miscellaneous tidbits about everything that have made my two months working here fun.

    I'm very open to suggestion, please just let me know. I've honestly gotten about 4 non-flame feedback letters, which isn't that much ;) I want you to flood my mailbox, please! :)

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