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Googleshng - May 24 '00- 1:30 Eastern Daylight Time

I really wanted to get this column up on time, but this week is just conspiring against me. For example, last night someone had something really really important to tell me, said to wait 5 minutes, so I did, said he was almost done, so I waited 5 more minutes, and so on until it was 2 AM! Then just when I was about to start writing this, my mom came in with Perfect Dark. MUST BE STRONG! MUST BE STRONG! So now I have to sit here and write a column with a game I've been waiting 2 years for sitting RIGHT THERE in shrink wrap. Tomorrow's Thursday though, and I never get a Thursday column up late as you know. Oh, and there's a special surprise at the end of today's, enjoy!

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Greetings omni...potent slime entity
And Paws (funny, I've got a friend on ICQ who's name is Pawz, and he has a friend named Paws, seriously)

Even though I've sent many letters in and none of them have gotten posted I figure I might as well keep on trying. Anyway, since you asked for FF questions, here's one: I've been playing FF6 (my very favorite for many reasons) for a long time now (on an emulator no less), and I've done everything there is to do except assault Kefka's Tower. About two-thirds of my party are lvl 99, the others are in their 40's and some know very little magic (the people never used, like Strago). What I'm asking is this, should I pack up and head for the tower and worry about leveling and learning in there? Or should I just go ahead and get better levels and learn more magic before attempting?

Oh, also I've been wondering about Strago. It wasnt until I beat FF7 that I realized how handy enemy skills can be. Do you know of a good place where I can send Strago to learn some Lore? And how should I go about doing it? Thanks alot for your advice ^_^

Your most self-serving, rebellious, and all together avant-garde RPG'er, Phoenix ^_^

"I am! A man! Of the sea!"

Googleshng:
Emulation is bad, m'kay? That being said, the end of FF6 REALLY isn't all that hard. You can hadle winning right now. If however, you really want to go overboard, here's what you do: First, go down to that dessert which I seem to recall is in the southwest and kill Cactrots to learn every spell real fast. Then go to the northest, there's a forest full of dinosaurs which very very rarely give you economizers. Finally, head to the veldt, where you can more or less pick up every single blue spell for Strago, and get all of Gau's rages.

FF7 question?!?
Yo Googleslime (No, that greeting was not intended to be an insult!),

Let me get the question aside;
WHERE THE HECK IS VINCENT!?
... Sorry for the outburst, but if I don't find him soon, I'll be forced to sell those guns so I can buy more HP Plus materia!

Okay, now I would like your permission to put you in an RPG I plan to program one day.

I'm totally serious here. I'm going to make several FF6-like games a year or so from now, and you are cool enough to be a hidden character in one of them. I'm not talking about one those easy-to-find, "let's walk through a hallway to get a character with God-like powers" hidden characters, either. I mean, you'll have God-like powers, but you will be a challenge to get. The party will have to find a hidden underground castle, battle hideous enemies, battle an even more hideous boss, then fight in a duel with you to prove they're worthy of having you in the group.

Don't worry about your gender. You'd be that slime form of yours that you use in Slime World when you make an announcement (Slime Worlds 10 and 55):).

So, how 'bout it, Goog? Please? Just tell me what weapon you'd like to use, and you're in!

Let's see... Uh... ::checks notes:: I guess that's it.

Sabin "Feline lord of Sabins worldwide!" XIII... You got the "Chu Chu Rocket" song stuck in my head... I owe ya one.

Googleshng:
Always spiffy when people put in their own <BR> tags. Anyway, Vincent is in the Shinra Mansion. You can get him at pretty much any point in the game you want, although it's a bit of a pain. For more information, check our 5 billion FF7 walkthroughs. 8) Now then, what weapon would I use in an RPG? Well, I suppose depending on setting, that would be a scythe, a katana, a chainsaw, or a sawed off shotgun... or whirling blades if I were a robot. 8)

Anime and FM3
Greetings, Google:

As someone who has seen the first season of Slayers, I must ask you a few things. I have all 8 tapes myself and:

A) I have the dubbed versions, and two things I've noticed, Lina's voice sounds very nice and Gourry sounds like Brock from the Pokemon cartoon. Am I a bad person for owning the dubbed versions?

2) I have only seen through episode 7, but I can't motivate myself to see the rest of them. Can you provide some sort of motivation?

D) Have you ever visited the Organized Chaos website? You can find it at http://www.crosswinds.net/~rinichan/ . It has cool Slayers pics!! And they have funny comments on them too!!

&) On FM3, for a funny little e-mail, try e-mailing SQUARE@0730. Or, during the Emma missions (I'm on the Alisa ones), Ryogo can e-mail either HODAKA@0700 or LUO@0899.

~MagusAkaAlex "A Green Dragon draws near! Command?"

Googleshng:
Yes. You are a very bad person for owning dubbed Slayers. It's not that Lisa Ortiz is untalented, just very miscast. Let me put it this way. This is Lina's Japanese voice actress. See what I mean? Anyway, moving on HODAKA@0700 is the address for getting the cool Xenogears picture, thanks for sending that in.

Xenogears question?!? (OK, it's getting old, I'll stop)
Googleshng,

I enjoy your column immensely along with my friends Raven and GnomoDiablo, we love RPGAMER. I have a question about Xenogears. I have been playing for about 24 hours and I am at the part where you are in d quadrant of nortune. I was jsut wondering(along with Raven) if the little restaurant in the HQ(where the infirmary is) actually does anything to your stats permanently? I haven't been able to figure it ou, and I am wondering if it is worth the time of staying in d quadrant to find out. Could you please tell me?

Oh yeah what kind of average on levels is there for this point of the game? I am around 45. Should I stay and get level ups in the sewer or just continue the story line?

Thanks,

Vladimir the Wretched

Googleshng:
No, the restaurant does not have any permanent effects on your stats, the double speed thing is pretty spiffy though. As for levels, unless you actually run from fights, you should be fine. Death blows are important however. I recall that as being a good point to make sure you have every deathblow you're on a high enough level to get. At level 45, I think you might be able to get all the 6 AP ones.

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Hi Google,

My sister was at the anime expo, but I didn't get a chance to tell her to look for you beforehand : (

I got Vagrant Story, interesting play mechanics, great graphics (except for the up-close pixelization), and a battle system that penalizes you for just pounding on the attack button! (as in, you would die. a lot.)

But that's all intro stuff. The main point of this letter is the current poll. I'm in the group that would play it and not care. But there's an option missing; I would play it and care. I would care to be given a game in which all the story parts can be resolved without having to confront some Big Bad Thing intent on destroying the world, or even just your little corner of it. Granted, an RPG without battles would be rather boring, but it is possible for the heroes to go on a quest that provides them with development and gives the player a feeling that it was worth it without having to save the world from the BBT. After all, I've seen quite a few complaints that Ultimecia seems tacked on to FF8. If you look deeper, her actions form a lot of the overall plot, but had she been removed, it still could have been a very satisfying experience seeing Squall and Rinoa develop a relationship while confronting some less world-threatening force, maybe culminating in their wedding or something. Let the gamer (and fanfic writers) speculate on how the final battle was fought, after the credits roll. You lose the epic scale, but do RPGs really need that?

Of course, a lot of people would look at such a game as they would at a hero cop movie where the hero wears a uniform, follows procedure, and arrests all the villains instead of strewing their body parts all over L.A., but oh well, I can hope...

Bart (I need to make another mad lib)

Googleshng:
I agree more or less. A lot of people sent stuff in about that poll. It's actually not an academic question. I've played a few RPGs that don't end with killing the big evil source of all misery. There's still plenty of major battles in them, just that the end of the game isn't one of them. I mean, not EVERY threat to the world can be solved by killing one guy/monster/evil incarnate, can it?

Surprise!
Hey there!

It's me, chesh. WHere have I been? Eh, sick + midterms + lots of other stuff adds up to no fun. I've included a Front Mission 3 shot. Hope you enjoy.
As to the guy who wrote in asking if it was a coincidence that the "Cheshire Catalyst" that wrote those articles was me, sorry no. I'm far to busy creating silly pictures, playing septerra core, studying calculus, or sending in my "stories" to penthouse.
Goog, have you ever seen/heard of an anime called "Blue Submarine #6?" Why do I ask? Because Cartoon Network will add this show, along with Tenchi Muyo, to its Toonami lineup in the near future. Toonami will also start broadcasting the dubbed Sailormoon S and Super S, along with 77 new episodes of Dragonball Z soon too.

And that's all I have to say. I'll try to keep this daily again, but with the finals pinch, who knows!

Cheshire Catalyst

Googleshng:
Blue Submarine #6? Never heard of it. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Tenchi a bit too risque for American TV? Then there's Escaflowne on Fox... did someone go and murder censors, or do I have to hide under a rock now? Anyway, good to have you back.

Quickies

I just looked at the clock. It's 6. No time for quickies.

Really sorry about that.

The Last Laugh:


ACK! I have NO idea how this took so long! It is NOT my week! A bunch of people caught that this week's quote was from the intro of Vagrant Story. Here's tildes: ~~~~

Good to have you back C.C.


Googleshng "Can't resist!" @rpgamer.com
There, now I can play Perfect Dark!

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