Me Grimlock not kisser! Me Grimlock king!
Googleshng - January 24 '99- 1:30 Eastern Standard Time
The reason this is an early morning update
is that, well, when I signed on to read the weekend columns, I was met with
some interesting surpprises. A ton of news, pics and such for games I was
looking forward to, Brad's extra long column, and the fact that Paws is on
staff now. Appearently I'm RPGamer's recruiter now or something, people who
come in contact with me keep getting jobs. Disturbing. Anyway, I had so much
to catch up with I was too tired for a column.
<takes out handy pocketwatch, and
begins swinging it back and forth>
You will let me guest host... you
WILL let me guest host...
<L> Use that as a quickie, I
But seriously, show a little
appreciation for the person who did your sig pic. <whines> Lemme
<Grins> I will give you all
my Transformers stuff if you do.
Oh, and if you do add voice acting,
let me be a voice actor!!! <or else>
Susan <in annoying
For those of you who haven't figured it
out, this is the person who made the picture in my signiture. Anyway,
for making such a cool pic, I was planning to let you guest host
anyway, just didn't have your e-mail address handy. How about...
Resident Game Boy... 2!
all mighty googleshng type person,
i hear from your site that gba is as powerfull as the saturn!? is that even
possible? man thats crazy, which leads me to my real question, with all the
miniturization of stuff, couldnt a pocket system be made using mini disk
technology? i take this as possible because we play games on cds, and listen to
music on cds, and now we listen to mini-disk music, is there any rumors or has
anybody thought anything about this?
P.S. please print this i love rpgamer an i wanna play with them too! dont make me
pway aww by my wittle self........
Despite the disturbing PS, I printed it. 8)
Anyway, I didn't read all the little specs of the new Game Boy, but
I've heard it's at least 32-bit. The Saturn had 2 32-bit proccessors,
but it was a nightmare for programmers to get the most from that.
Anyway, really the only real restriction on the size of a system is
the stuff you stick into in. Look at the Dreamcast! It's not much
bigger than an original Gameboy, plus there's the "GD-Rom" drive and
a modem packed in there.
As far as a disk based hand held, well, there aren't any being made
to my knowledge, but someone probably has one in the works.
Final Fantasy 8 Fun
Okay, I just saw the single most bizarre thing I've ever seen in a Final
Fantasy game, and I just have to confirm I'm not completely mad. I'm on disk
2, and this happened right after the seen where everyone remembered going to
the same orphanage, and before the Grandia Garden battle. I was exploring
the world, and decided to see what Winhill was like. When I was almost
there, I entered a combat, except there was no enemy. After a few seconds,
something passed by the characters, left again, and the fight abruptly
stopped. Here's the crazy part: it looked like it was a UFO abducting a cow!
I know this sounds like a joke, but it's either the truth, something else
weird that I just didn't see right (it only happened once, and only for a
second,) or a complete and total hallucination on my part. Did you or anyone
else see this? Or am I simply mad?
Galbadia not Grandia. I'm not about to attest for your sanity,
but yeah, there's a few places around the world where that happens
and there's some minor little prize for finding them all. If you
really care what, go find a walkthrough. RPGamer has several I believe.
An interesting point
I've jsut got a few rants and raves to go on about here.
But first of all, i have to say, I don't have a girlfriend, but the girl i'm in
love with is MUCH better than Brad's. Heh heh heh. She likes MAGICAL DROP! And
that makes everything perfect. mwahaha
Anyway, on to the bitching.
1) Why do people complain about Squaresoft so much? In particular FF8? The ones
who are going on and on about it are mostly people who haven't even bothered
playing more than a few hours into the game. They btich about how much it sucks.
It's just DIFFERENT. It's not FF6 or FF4. I though FF6 was way too easy, hell I
killed Kefka in 2 rounds with just Celes. In fact, i went through the whole second
half of the game like that! Anyway, back to the point, FF8 is just different,
there's undoubtedly more feeling in it, and more character development. If you
want simplistic games with the old school feel, be my guest and play FF6 and such,
but don't bash FF8 just because you don't like it. It's great, different, but
great. And don't even start bitching about the GFs. They look cool, and that's all
that counts about them. I'd rather see a long animation sequence than spend my
time holding down a button and watching my guys pummel the shit out of the enemies.
I had to eventually read a book while playing FF6.
2) In touch with this, is old school/new games. Why do people complain so much
about this? There's lots of new games coming out which have the old school feel.
Too bad for you if they have more to them than 2 people learning spells and more
complicated systems. I don't understand people like this. They complain and
complain. The funniest thing is like "Squall is a fag. He's such a lame main
character." No he's not. I can relate to him. There are people like that in the
world, introverts, and sometimes it takes someone's love to bring them around.
Hell, i'm like that. It's like all people want are these old school non-developed
games where they can hold down the button and win. You probably have access to
older games. Go sit in your closets and play them. I just don't get it. I don't
mind those sometimes, but they aren't the BEST. It's a horrid dispute. It's almost
as bad as the linear/non-linear one. Hell, go find some people and play D&D or
Shadowrun if you're going to complain so much about it. Just don't PLAY the games
and don't COMPLAIN about them. It kind if makes you look like an idiot, don't you
Anyway, I'm off to play through FF8 again because it's a good game and I like too
see a game that can affect my mood.
Maybe then I'll pick up my turbo controller and have a quick run through FF6,
laughing at how uninteresting the characters are.
Till' next time I feel like getting flamed by rabid old schoolers...
-The Shoe "TSUBABABABA"
P.S. Don't ask why I'm writing from kittymail.com, it's a long painstakingly evil
If you're like me,you probably just skimmed
that at best. He makes some interesting points though. I too am bothered
by people who fly off the handle comparing FF games. I personally
don't get many letters on the subject, so let me just thank you all
for that. Anyway, whenever a new Final Fantasy game comes out everyone
starts rioting in the street. This character looks stupid, I hate
these mechanics, this is the greatest game ever made, FF4 is better than
FF6, and so on and so on. People don't do that with other games.
Not once did I ever see a full scale riot over the differences in
Phantasy Star 3 vs. Persona. They have plenty of differences to squabble
over. Different character designers, different ways of cramming multiple
plots and final parties into a single game, different battle systems,
different music styles... nobody mentions them though. Why? Because
They're totally unrelated games. If you like stuff about one, you'll
play it, if you don't, you'll ignore it's existance. People don't
do this with the FF games though, because they feel that they are
related in some way. Sure, they're made by a lot of the same people
and share common imagery, but that's it. If you like FF4, nobody's
forcing you to play FF7. It's a completely unrelated game. Just ignore
it if the materia system makes your skin crawl. Personally, I enjoy
just about all the FF games.
Another thing, don't go calling any RPG really hard or easy. For every
game you found supremely challenging, there's almost definately a
whole bunch of people who beat it with their eyes closed. I mean,
I beat Grandia without ever taking a point of damage, but some people
find it unbelievably hard. It all goes by how you play.
Brad really screwed up talking about Xenogears, so here's a 5 page correction.
-Half of Google's mail
I'll make this brief to make up for that last
essay. Hey, didn't I tell you people I watch for Brad's mistakes? 8)
OK, here's how it goes, the quick way.
-Fei's soul is reincarnated as Lacan.
-Lacan dies, but he somehow manages to become a possessing entity.
-Since Lacan DID die after all, he still gets to get reincarnated,
so we eventually get Fei.
-Grahf is still floating around, making deals with Miang and whatnot,
eventually decides to track his old soul down.
-Grahf messes with Fei's head, resulting in Id (and let's not forget
the whole Fei's mom becomes Miang business in there too).
-Fei's dad (Wiseman) gives Fei some therapy, and sends him to a
happy rural village where his traumatic childhood and MPD shouldn't
give him too much trouble.
-At some point that isn't really specified, Grahf, being the possessing
entity he is, possesses Fei's dad. My personal guess is that this
comes AFTER the nice friendly Wiseman scenes.
There you go. A nice little summary of the whole Fei/Grahf thing.
If you STILL aren't satisfied, take it to www.zenogias.com because
I don't want to deal with the issue anymore. 8)
Fine, I suppose I HAVE to print ONE...
Hey Google, welcome back :)
I honestly hate to bring up the whole relationship razzle dazzle to
hassle you with, but I feel that I should put in my 2 cents. I don't
want to sound like an embittered old man, but I feel that this whole
subject is something that no amount of banter will solve. If you're
getting advice from RPG columns, that's the first sign that you have
trouble with relationships. I will now follow up that comment with some
As long as RPGamers keep viewing themselves as some form of a
microcosm of society, and set themselves apart, that is how they'll be
viewed. I'd have to agree with Brad in the sense that a couple people
from every 100 will do something. You don't see all equestrians sitting
around and saying they can't talk about their horse riding. If all of
you folks would just realize that it's a facet of your personality, not
the sum, then maybe we wouldn't have to pretend to care about advice we
get on an RPG site.
-Joshua Maciel (Joshua.Maciel@trincoll.edu)
OK, it seems in Brad's busy weekend this
whole RPG playing girl debate broke out. I agree with this person.
I don't want to touch the issue. Anything as thorny as gender equality
or getting dates or whatever all these letters with girl in their
title are about (I was falling asleep as I read them OK? Actually,
they cover both) is the sort of thing that'll pollute my mailbox for
a week or more, preventing the real questions from getting the attention
they deserve. If you really care, here is my wonderful idea:
Anyone who wants to have a big public debate from now on, get an
IRC program, connect to esper.net, and join #RPGamer at 11 Eastern/8 Pacific.
I mean, that's what the channel was originally created for after all.
Just be warned I'm trying to kill 2 birds with one stone here. The
channel regulars usually have bawdy conversation around that time
but since there's more of you then there are of them, you can drown
them out and put some enlightening conversation back in. Besides, the
whole RPGamer staff is in there fairly often. Oh, and before you ask: