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Chris Martin - April 26th '02- 2:00 Eastern Standard Time

Damn it all to hell! Just when I think the song has left the public conciousness forever, P.O.D's "Youth of a Nation" has to come on the radio and ruin my day.

Tomorrows Spider-Man day, and it better be good. Granted, it's based on one of the most popular comic book characters of all time, so it should be good, right? Then again, it's directed by James Cameron, so that's ample reason to worry.

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Hiya Chesh,

Recently the prices of some GBA RPGs here in Canada has been confusing me. Here's an example:

BOF II sells for around $29.99 is the U.S. and sells for $39.99 in Canada. But, Tactics Ogre Gaiden is advertised to sell for $39.99 is the U.S (in a few days) but $59.99 in Canada.

For Canada, that's a $20 difference in the price of one new game versus another. Isn't that unusual? Why does the price of one game change by a factor of 1.33 coming across the border, while another increases by a factor of 1.5? Is there some reason these prices are out of whack?


Alan Greenspan:

The world of videogame prices is a lot like the fantasy world of Twin Dolls, Hentai animé extraordinaire, where women turn into werewolves if you don't sexually gratify them properly. It is a world were things are, but they are also not. The dog will go to his master, unless it rains. Then, it will crawl under the porch and roll over on the dead fish. The dog is the gold standard; the dead fish is that whore Andrea Mitchell. Games get exported like hotcakes, and sometimes local retailers like to slather on a little extra Aunt Jemima, if you know what I mean. (Which you DON'T!) Cut the rates by .25%!
How you like that? Where's my damn check, Martin? I'm going home and do lines of cocaine off of the erect member of a Chippendale's dancer.

CC: I'm starting to miss having Megaman as my financial consultant. Point is, game companies monkey with the prices sometimes. [Naive]I wouldn't be surprised if retailers sometimes padded a little something extra onto what they call "the exchange rate!"



In a quickie today, a game called Baldur's Gate, was mentioned. I am interested in it, but I'm afraid I don't know anything about it. I was wondering if you could tell me what it's about, etc?

Ok. Here's my last question. I've been playing Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete for the first time. (Yeah, I know, it's been out for forever, and NOW I'm playing it. It's my brother's game, what can I say?) Anyways, I've gone through the Cave of Trials to get to the magical city of Vane, gone to the Magic Guild, and done the story there. Now, I've left Vane, and am going through to the Nanza Barrier. I'm currently at level 15, and the monsters are HARD. I'm not a big fan of leveling up, but I have been trying. Since this is the first time I'm playing this game, I was wondering what level I should be at for the Nanza Barrier? Should I spend a few hours leveling up, so I won't have to worry about it later on? Oh, and please try not to have any spoilers. Thanks! =) If my questions don't make it to the site, could you please reply anyways? Thank you very much.


"Denton Clark"

Cheshire Catalyst:
Baldur's Gate is a PC RPG developed by Bioware based around 2nd edition Dungeons and Dragons rules. The game is very different from your standard console game, allowing you to build virtually any kind of character you want and, while having a linear plot, being very open ended and filled lots of sub-quests.

If you like D&D, then you'll love Baldur's Gate. Even if you don't play D&D, it's still an awesome game.

You should maybe consider leveling you characters up a bit. (Level 17-18) The random battles in Lunar are more difficult than your standard Console RPG, and repeated X-mashing may not just get you through. With patience, comes rewards.


Where are my pants?

Rolled up and thrown in the corner of your room. Would it kill you to hang stuff up, sometimes? I just pressed them!


I know you don't do the column tommorrow, but I actually knew the quote, so I have to e-mail you anyways. I think it's from Ultimate Spider-man, and I think the king pin says it.


Miguel gets the ~ because he was first. Them's the rules.

Dear Master of All Things That Are Goo-Like.........

You think you're so smart giving us all your little quotes!! Well, I present you with a challenge. Tell me where the following quote comes from and you'll get a special prize:

Heat beam eye blast?..............HEAT BEAM EYE BLAST!!!

Confused yet?

Dex, Dark Cleric

GUH! Mine own weapon, turned against me! Curse you, Gadget!

...Ok, I'll cheat and go look it up.
Turns out it comes from that Jackie Chan adventures show. I won't dis Jackie, but Jet Li could kick his ass fifty ways from Sunday, and all Jackie would be able to do is fall down repeatedly in a humorous fashion.

Yeah, I think that's from Ultimate Spiderman.. or was it Peter Parker Spiderma-- AHHH! *is thrown off the bridge*


Ok, you made me laugh, so you get a "(" or something. The only reason I was especially amused by this was the fact that they just introduced Gwen Stacy in the Ultimate Spiderman book, and we uh... kinda know what happens to her.

The Last Laugh:

That'll have to be it for tonight. I still have some work to do for class before I hit the sack.

Chris "The poet is in command of his fantasy, while it is exactly the mark of the neurotic that he is possessed by his fantasy." Martin

It's obscure, so it's worth triple points.

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