If a chocobo lays an egg every one and a half hours for three days, how
many eggs will the chocobo have after six months during a leap year?
|This question rocks.|
I just want to know what the difrences 1st party and 3rd party developers
- Yulius Leonard
A first party developer is the manufacturer of the game console. Zelda
64 is a first party game. Third party games are those made by other
companies, like Final Fantasy VII. There are also
"1.5 party" games, which is when a developer and a console manufacturer
actually team up, like Nintendo and Rare. Rare doesn't make games for
other systems, but it's separate from Nintendo. As for the second party... well, that's you
and me. The consumers. Fear us, the second party! Bow to our will, Square,
and release every Final Fantasy on a DVD disc for $5!|
|Is that a Moogle in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?|
I while ago i had always heard that you could use the pocketstation for
FF8. For chocobo breading or just building up levels. Now i don't hear
anything about it. Are they still planning on using the pocketstation for
FF8 or has that project been scrapped? Just a couple more questions. do
you know if there is going to be any chocobo breeding in FF8? And are any
moogles going to show up in FF8? cause the last time i saw one it was in
the summon for FF7 and the crappy game in the Golden saucer.
I'll answer the first two questions at once: You download data from FVIII
to he PocketStation, allowing you to play a nifty 'Monster Rancher lite'
Chocobo game, with everything from random events to battles with friends
to traversing 100s of maps. Keen. As for the moogle bit,
I've yet to play through Final Fantasy VIII -- I'm waiting until I can
read that silly thing called a "storyline" -- but I've heard Moogles
don't show up much at all, save for a spell animation. Poo. Or, Kupoo, I should say.|
|Letter of the Year|
o holy thundergod who smites richard simmons
i can't get the sketch bug to work. my game may be defective because the
bug's not there.
Your copy of Final Fantasy 6 is defective because its bug free. Right.|
oh i got a song for you. (plays to the armour hot dog
jingle) hot dogs, whats in a hot dog. you really ought to know what's in a
hot dog. rat lips, prozac, tiny bits of glass cow hooves, viagra, even
eyeballs from a bass in hot dogs, what's in a hot dog, you shouldn't of
asked me what's in a hot dog
I... uh... have to go. I left the oven on in my other pants, or something.|
|Blah blah music blah blah doesn't suck blah blah blah|
Not really a question, but...
After reading in a variety of places that Final Fantasy 8's soundtrack is
the game's most disappointing feature, I went and downloaded it to see if
it could actually be true that Nobuo Uematsu had run out of steam. Yet
having heard the music now, I'm wondering where all this displeasure is
Granted, there is one major reason to be disappointed with the music of
FF8, and that's the sound quality. Square has little excuse for taking a
step backwards from FFT and Xenogears in their flagship series, of all
places. A step up from FF7, yes; but it could have been better.
Disappointment with the soundtrack for this reason is justified.
What isn't justified is disappointment that it's not another FF6. Don't
get me wrong, FF6 has incredible music- but no one should expect any Final
Fantasy to be a resurrection of a previous one. I haven't played FF8 yet
but you can tell from screenshots alone that the game is more like FF7
than FF6 in that they have dispensed with the regal atmosphere of their
predecessors. FF7 and FF8 are in substantially more modern settings; thus
it simply wouldn't make sense to try to fit a FF6-style score to either of
the two. You're simply not going to have the orchestrations used in FF6,
and you're not going to have all the same thematic treatments. If we were
going to expect the audio elements to be rehash we may as well expect the
graphics to be rehashed too.
I also don't think that Uematsu's style has changed as much as some
would like to think. His music still relies on very simple, tonal
melodies as their bases. The music functions conventionally- this is why
his composition is still so appealing to our ears He still associates
themes with characters and other elements of the story, recapitulating
these themes very effectively. We'd better get used to the Dance sequence
music, since that theme comes back again and again in the soundtrack. If
anything, FF8's music is MORE like earlier Final Fantasies than FF7's.
However, I agree: "Eyes on Me" sucks.
Telling people that Uematsu's style hasn't changed much
really doesn't help the fact that Final Fantasy Tactics and Xenogears
sounded (IMO, and all that crap) a lot better than Final Fantasy 7.
And Xenogears is just as dark and even more tech-y, so saying that
Final Fantasy 7 wasn't more "modern" game doesn't help a damn thing.
Then there's the "But there were like 100 songs in FF7!" argument.
Well, who's fault was that? At some point during the design
of Final Fantasy 7 they went with lots of different, somewhat ununique
songs, as opposed to 40 or so easily identifiable (and oft remixed)
tunes throughout the game. So there.
And finally there is the "but he had so little time to compose!" argument,
in which people say he didn't have enough time to do Final Fantasy 7's
music. Right. Do they have one guy doing the FMV? And if that one
guy was overworked, did they just release lack-luster FMV? No!
They spend a gajillamillion dollars buying workstations and hired
60,000 people to do the CG. If Uematsu was actually unable
to handle the workload, hiring someone to help out would have
been easy. They could have had Uematsu do all the main
themes, and then someone else handle things like Wall Market's
theme. Which is one of Thor's Good Ideas (tm) and is copyrighted
Thor, 1999. So no stealing, Square!
The point of all this is that there's not really an excuse. Final
Fantasy 7 and 8's music sound the way they do because someone
wanted it that way, just like they wanted you-know-who
to die in Final Fantasy 7. Square is happy with that style
of music, even if a good deal of us aren't, so like it or not,
that's the direction the Final Fantasy series has moved in.
Hey, does this count as my rant? I'm way too sleepy to be making
arguments; disregard all of that.
|When mothers attack|
my mommy took my playstation away and told me to go get some sun. I
told her my snowy white complexion was genetic, but she didn't buy it.
Maybe that's because your parents are black.|
|Ever try an' think of a title but couldn't? Yeah, same here.|
I was reading your column, and you mentioned Suikoden. I'd never
heard of it, but I thought I'd give it a try. It kicks ass!
Unfortunately, much to my distress, it's about three years old, and I
can't find it anywhere! I'm at the part where you go up against Milich on
the rental game. Is there very much left to do after that? I just wanna
know if I should spend time searching God's green earth for a copy or just
rent it until I beat it.
You're around halfway through, if I remember correctly. Whether it's worth a buy
is really up to you. Keep in mind that Suikoden is only around twenty
hours long, so it's only a good idea not to "rent 'n win" if you're into
obliterating the game; playing through again, getting every character
Also, on the RPGamer preview of Suikoden II, it
says that you get to play as the empire. But in the new Official
Playstation Magazine, it made it sound like a remix of the origional.
Which is true? God, I like that game. Lots of characters to use. |
The game takes place a three years after Suikoden. You don't play
as the empire from Suikoden (which would suck, I think), instead
the game takes place north of Lake Toran, so expect lots of, uh,
new... stuff. (Oh, and the game isn't a remix, either.)|
And finally, can you explain the difference between FMV and FMA
for me? In one OPM, they had a sort of dictionary section that defines
them, but says that FMA is commonly mistaken to be FMV.
Full Motion Animation is a pre-rendered movie, like what you saw in
Final Fantasy VIII. Full Motion Video is actual film footage, like
the delightfully spooky introduction of Resident Evil 1. Most everyone
-- myself included -- uses the two interchangeably, because it's a pretty
widespread term, and "FMV" will just get you a few blank stares and
a life full of heartbreak.|
P.S. Please either post some of this (especially about Suikoden) If you
don't, I'll have to send my sister Deslxdiltkdxod (translated as Girl with
many consonants in her name) to take you down to the newly-opened Eighth
Circle of Hell, where you'll be cuddled by the teletubbies (especially the
gay one), serenaded repeatedly by Hanson singing "MMMMBOP!", and be
foreced to dance the Macarena for the rest of eternity. Thank you, have a
nice day :-)
- Xarliquixsicstyl the Unpronouncible, Demon Lord of the Firey Pit of Blood and Pain, Texas
You know, the Eight Circle of Hell sounds almost exactly like Mike's bedroom. Not that I've ever
seen his bedroom, or anything.
...what do you mean "how did I get this job"?
I just did, OK? Lay off.
(Final Fantasy VII Spoilers)
Here's the answer to the "Safer Sephiroth" question. And it *DOES*
have to do with Judaism. In Hebrew the word "Sefer" means book, and
"Sefirot" means aspects of God. In specific, the HOLY aspects of God (10
of 'em). Therefore, Sefer Sefirot (Safer Sephiroth) means book of the 10
holy aspects of God.
That's just the literal translation, the actual meaning of this goes
far deeper into Jewish Mysticism (Kabbalah). So if you're under 40,
unmarried, female, Jewish, and don't know the Talmud by heart, you're not
supposed to study this stuff.
Basically, Kabbalists, believe that God has
10 aspects. Go here
http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~elsegal/Sefirot/Sefirot.html to see what the
10 aspects of God are. Anyway, the point is that Kabbalah has lots to do
with Rabbis having these mystical experiences/visions where they see God's
throne. God is surrounded by angels. Seeing Sephiroth as a one-winged
angel could be perceived as a mystical experience. But hey, I'm no
scholar of Kabbalah, I just take a course in it.
Although the people at Square probably just made a translation error, the
word "safer" does have a meaning in Judaism. "safer" means house in
hebrew. You see, bait-safer means house of books, or library. safer-torah
means house of the torah (torah: big Jewish scroll, equal to Christian
bible), meaning either the case that the torah is kept in, or in some
obscurity the synagogue (church, temple).
- The Watcher on the Pole
I'm sticking with my original |guess answer: It was
a mistranslation of "Seraph Sephiroth". The fact that Safer means
something is probably just a coincidink. A Seraph is a powerful
Angel, and if Sephy couldn't be classified as such at the end of
Final Fantasy 7, I don't know what could. (Except Tifa...)
|Chocobo Backlash: Fear the Chicken|
Thor, I just visited your website, and you have one freaky hand. :)
It didn't get on PSMonline due to normality, heh heh.|
What I'm writing about though, is how could you have let that guy say that
VII had a decreased chocobo emphasis? Square is very far from dropping the
chocobo, in fact it is becoming more popular. In IV and VI it was mere
transportation or item storage (love them fat chocobo!), but in VII you
can also breed 'em, race 'em, feed'em, and fight them in battle. And in
Tactics, yeah they caused bugs, but they could be riden and used in battle
for the first time. An now we have Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon 2 already
out in Japan, with those uber-cute super deformed chocobos! Chocobos
- Arpad Korossy
Ayup, Chocobos thrive these days -- they just aren't quite the same
in Final Fantasy VIII. Like I said, Square seems to lust for "newness".
(CMD/2 wasn't a Final Fantasy game, so I didn't bring it up, much
like Neve Campbell isn't a Final Fantasy game, so I didn't bring her
Hey whats up Thor...
About those chocobos: true they weren't exactly around from FF1, but FF2j
is pretty close to the beginning, don't you think? Not only can you catch
one and ride around on it, you also carry one around in your inventory for
a while, until the too cute little thing actually rescues you. Choco's
rule, there should be more of 'em around.
To quote the late, great Johnny Carson, "I did not know that". It
looks like Chocobos will have a long and healthy life in the Final
Fantasy series... they're just going to have to get used to the
nasty side-effects of a little thing called evolution.|
On a side note, the FF7 instruction book was a complete waste of
perfectly good trees. It didn't give any useful information at all. FF3
was the ultimate instruction book... all other rpg's should copy it: spell
lists, ability lists, etc... useful stuff.
anway later,mighty hammer guy
Yeah, really. Do yourself a favor and flip through your copy of the
Final Fantasy VII instruction booklet, guys. See all those pages filled
with nothing but (spoiler-ish) FMV? Couldn't they have printed something...
oh, I don't know -- useful there? Sheesh. Talk about style over substance.
It has just been brought to my attention that Johnny Carson isn't dead, which
leaves me to believe he has now joined the ranks of the deadites. Flee!
Dear Thor, (No offense, but the worst superhero ever created shares your
name. Spiderman could take him any day!)
Hey, man. Don't make me sic Beta Ray Bill on your arse. :D|
You know, when your parents told you that playing video games was
anti-social, they were kinda right (especially with RPGs). I don't know
how many times I blew off my friends to play Zelda, Xenogears, or
something else. Just today, I made up some lame excuse so I could play
some more Tenchu. Man, I'm a real lazy bastard.
No, you're just a budding serial killer. Soon you'll have a collection
of toes duct-taped to your back, a rusty butter knife ever-ready to
slice human flesh, and a
basement full of Yuffie posters. You disgust me.
|Wondering if that dress makes your thighs look fat?|
(Thor is better than Drew because Drew rhymes with "poo"!)
(Now I think this is one of the best games since FF3. O_o)
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|Quickies that satisfy|
The first time you wrote "Thor & Antrim" and the second you wrote "Thor &
Answer" and "Question & answer" with "question" italisized.
Which did you mean to do, antrim or answer?
Simple, I didn't write yesterdays column. I mean, look at the title: "Mondays
rule"? That is just so unlike me. <blink>
So, I think a girl I know is a succubus. How, without having her steal my
soul, can I prove this? I mean, if she goes through the actions before the
soul stealing, I'm okay with it, but she's lazy at times.
- Terry Rader
Just send her over here.
Don't ask any questions, just do it. I'll have your answer for you by tomorrow.
Either that, or I'll never be heard from again. Because I might, um, quit
RPGamer and become a monk. Brother Antrim. That's it. Yeah...
What happenned to all the Thor Hacks? I haven't seen any updates since
posted your enigma of a picture on your column.
I'm slowly saving enough to warrant another update. I've like, 15 right now,
so I'll probably update on Thursday.
You didn't put SoM in the second part of the poll? You people at RPGamer
That we do! Well, except Amber and Lorelai, of course. However, take a second
look at that poll. The lists are alphabetical, and there wasn't enough room
for the S's. Look for Part 3 in a week, or so.
Where do babies come from?
- Pregnant Woman
Sadly, my little experement with that accursed Succubus. Now I'm tied down,
man; pity me.
This is a long column.
Tomorrow will be a short column.
Know the difference.
And now I slumber.
- Thor "Sunlight hurts" Antrim
Hopefully, I'll have fond dreams of my lady fair. Unless she steals my soul before I get to sleep.