Googleshng - January 31 '99- 1:30 Eastern Standard Time
This is going to be the last column from a
remote location I'll be doing for a while I believe. Tomorrow (I think) I'll
be hopping on a plane and headed back home, bringing an end to this period of
quickiless grumbling. Ah, to have a space bar once more! Actually, I'm not
entirely happy with going home since it also means an end to my
ultra-productive programming session and constant anime watching (all of Gunbuster,
Slayers NEXT, Saber Marionettes R, and a movie or two this weekend).
Oh well, it all benefits you people, doesn't it. Let's go.
I guess if Whyte Tyger is going to start rumors, I'd better set them in
motion with facts.
First of all, Glenn isn't Glenn, it's "Grenn" and he's not Frog from Chrono
Trigger. This game takes place in the future, like after 2400 AD. Nor is
Leia really Ayla's kid or something, she's just a reference to Ayla's
character, but not actually related.
Second, about Magus. No, the two dimensions do not have one with Magus dead
and one with magus alive. No, he's not Alf. But, he IS in the game in
another form, as well as his henchmen Ozzie, Slash, and Flea (Vinegar, Soy
So, and Mayonay). It seems he died before he could find Schala, so he's
pissed. He was also not called "Magus" in the Japanese version of Chrono
Cross, he was just reffered to as the "Mao" (Warlock), his name that Ozzie
(Vinegar) gave him unknown. In this game, his name is revealed on his grave,
it's "Garai" (this is the name Ozzie gave him). This probably means
something in Japanese as well as Mao. Anyone who uses Grand Lion (Masamune)
would be controlled by him since his blood is on the sword. He also has his
own sword, Elranzer, which can counteract the effects of the Masamune. He is
NOT a playable character. For some reason, Garai and Grenn have a fighting
history in the game, but Grenn isn't the Glenn from Chrono Trigger.
I wonder how much of this will actually make it into the American
translation. Don't hold your breath though, knowing how good Final Fantasy 5
and 8's were (Adel is a man, man!)
I can't comment on this letter because I
didn't read it. Brad and I both are keeping ourselves in the dark
about CC until it comes out... so, uh, I guess importing it and asking
us about it is a bad idea. I guess I can print stuff like this here
but that's the most I'll do on the subject.
Brad wa baka desu
Hey, just like to point out that when brad uploaded the page, the "Ask Googleshng" mailto
thing points to him, not you. *shrugs* I wonder how many-a-mail are gonna end up with
Brad instead of you. Anyway...
Whataya think of FFIX? I saw some artwork from it, but I don't think it was right. Its
supposed to be Yoshitaka Amano working on it, and it looked like FFT. But hey, I won't
complain, because FFT had awesome art. Whats that artist's name again? Well anyway, I
like the more cartoony/exaggerated look better. Its just more expressive, know what I mean?
Its amplification through simplification. Well, thats all I have to say...
Yeah, not only is Brad probably getting
most of my mail today, it's probably filled with marrage proposals
from drooling fan boys since he used a female pronoun under the link.
Seems like punishment enough. Still, I'm short on letters today.
Anyway, about FF9. As much as I like FF8 with it's realistic and
expressive characters and unique setting, I'm about up for a nice
little naustalgia trip for the next game... as long as they don't
do something like use unoriginal game mechanics. Besides, 3 characters
just isn't enough.
I know you're probably going to get about a thousand letters about this,
The Y in Freed Y's name stands for Yamamoto, which is his last name.
No, I have absolutely no idea why they put that in. Maybe to
distinguish him from all the other Freeds out there? ^_^ They don't do
this with any of the other characters; Yoshino isn't "Yoshino Y," Khan
isn't "Khan M," Sierra isn't "Sierra M," and so on. No other character
with a listed last name (and you don't find most of them out until the
ending credits) gets their surname initial in their name.
Oh, and I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought of the Happy Happy
Cult when I heard the song "Blue." It's all part of an evil plot to
take over the world, I tell you! (looks around nervously) Well, okay,
Ciara, known also to some as MasaMune
There you go. An answer to a Suikoden 2
question posted by me. What? It only counts if I answer the question
Alright I finished FFVIII finally (b/c of college delays) and I have two
1) Is there a specific scene where they address the parentage of Squall?
2) Do they ever address headmaster NORG's final mutation form?
As far as the Squall/Laguna thing goes,
no, they never address that specifically. It's one of those things
you have to piece together like the Relm/Shadow thing. The NORG
business, well, they do say that his race gets to look however it
wants after hitting a certain age, so there you go.
How many times must I say this?
Hey there Googleshng.
First off, Brad referred to you as 'she' without the matching masculine
pronoun... He's slipping. Hopefully, you don't get too many "You're a
girl! You're a girl!" letters (or, more likely, "u r a grl! GRL!")
Anyway, on to the question. I was browsing through fanarts recently, and
I noticed there were an awful lot of Aeris & Sephiroth being together
sort of things. And I was just wondering, did I MISS something? Was
there ever any time when any sort of Aeris-Sephiroth connection was
formed in the game, other than his sword going through her torso? Not
that I remember, and it's bugging me. I don't like things going over my
head. though that's happening a lot in recent Square games (FF7,
Xenogears). That's another question. Do you prefer in medias res plots
or plots that are interesting without reling on a big mystery of why
things are happening? I guess that's it.
Actually, most people who have the frame
of mind to actually think Brad knows my gender today failed to notice
that he messed up the mailto so he has to deal with them. As for the
connection with Aeris and Sephiroth, well, they ARE the most important
characters in the game. Plus they have that whole opposite thing going
with Sephy wanting to nuke the world and become a god while Aeris does
the whole selfless martyr deal. That and people like them. 8)
As for plots, well, I do like the whole big confusing mystery that
all comes together towards the end kind of plot (just about anything
by Roger Zelazny, Xenogears) but I've seen plenty of great plotlines
that keep things straightforward too. It really boils down to writing
style in the end honestly... that and originallity.
3 in a row?
Hey Google! Happy Monday! <cackles> Oh! Who has no school today? Me! Me!
I just wanted to write in because I was wondering if anyone else felt the
same way I do. When I saw that Final Fantasy IX-XI had been announced, I was
thoroughly unimpressed, even a little depressed. Of course, having not even
the slightest clue what the games are like or even about, I can't exactly
complain about the games themselves. But I realized that the reason I wasn't
excited was most likely that I was scared. For the past God-knows-how long,
Squaresoft has been giving us doses of one of our most beloved RPG's at
intervals. Assuming things for a minute, I would say that it has taken so
long to put out the past Final Fantasies, because, aside from the natural
length of time it takes to put out a game, they wanted to make their flagship
series the best that it could be. Now, however, it seems like they've
realized that their games make a whole ton of money. And here's what's
possibly running through their heads:
"Holy sh*t! If we made *that* much money with Final Fantasy VIII, imagine
what could happen if we tripled it!"
I'm not saying that Square doesn't have the ability to develop three
high-quality games at the same time; that will have to be put up for debate
after the games are released. I guess that my point is that I really hope to
God that they *can*. I don't want to see the series' reputation go completely
downhill just because Square decided to cash in.
...or maybe I'm just scared at the mere notion of a Final Fantasy 11 :)
Well, let's see. FF9 has been in
development for quite a while, and it looks pretty good, so there's
nothing to worry about there. FF10 I know very little about, and 11
is appearently going to be an online RPG. Well, considering how absolutely
huge Squaresoft, and the FF team specifically are, I can see them
making 2 quality games and an online RPG pretty close together. Still,
what I like about Square is their innovation, and it seems kind of
weird to release that many games with, I assume, totally unique
mechanics all at once basically. Especially since the first few games
on a new piece of hardware tend to be lower in quality than games
for an established system.