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|Translation is the good?|
I'm surprised that more people haven't commented on the translation
of FF9. Especially after the offensively horrible translations of
FFT, FF7, FF5, and parts of FF8. I would think that more people
would be happy to finally have a well translated Final Fantasy. What
are your thoughts on the matter?
I'm not going to start this message with an introduction... unless you
to consider this first line as one... in which case I've just defeated my
entire purpose... but I digress.
I wonder if other people are experiencing this odd sense of being totally out of place while being up-to-date. I've recently acquired a PlayStation 2, Zelda: Majora's Mask, Final Fantasy IX, and Valkyrie Profile, among others and in addition to the library of nearly 1000 games I already have... so what am I doing in the precious spare time I have? Either I'm chatting on IRC or playing games like Dragon Warrior I&II and Pokemon Silver. Whichever way I go, I'm likely to be listening to the same music and comedy that I've been enjoying for months now.
How out-of-date am I? I've yet to finish the first disc of FF7, but I've got five of the six FF games for PSX (not Tactics, and I don't want it either).
I haven't included a real question, have I? My bad. Here goes:
1) Do you own/have you seen Transformers: The Movie on DVD? If yes, what's your opinion?
10) Do you bother with the current lines of Transformers toys?
11) This might have been asked before, but I've not been paying attention: What is your favorite style of music? This applies both to games and otherwise.
100) Which recently-released movies (either in theaters or home videos) have you particularly enjoyed?
101) Previous question, this time ending in "despised?"
110) Have you heard of/listened to/watched the comedy of British comic Eddie Izzard? Or am I the only American fan of his humour?
111) Finally, an actual game-related question: In what order do you recommend finishing the following binary-numbered PlayStation RPGs (which I only list because I own them):
00001 Alundra 2
00010 Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
00011 Brave Fencer Musashi
00100 Breath of Fire III
00101 Chocobo's Dungeon 2
00110 Chrono Cross
00111 Discworld II: Mortality Bytes!
01000 Final Fantasy VII
01001 Final Fantasy VIII
01010 Final Fantasy IX
01011 Front Mission 3
01101 Jade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu
01110 Legend of Mana
01111 Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete
10000 Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete
10001 Parasite Eve
10010 SaGa Frontier
10011 SaGa Frontier 2
10100 Shadow Madness
10101 Star Ocean: The Second Story
10111 Tales of Destiny
11000 Valkyrie Profile
--Jax "That which doesn't kill me is likely to really damn hurt." Mandrake
Yesterday someone asked how to make pets gain in Legend of Mana, which, by
the way, is a frickin awesome game. To get your pet to gain experience, you have to share the stuff you pick up. Do this by equipping anything with the "Fertility Goddess" Mystic Power in it, which can be infused by tempering in an Ear of Wheat in your armor. Or, since this is a bit of work, the ForbbidenRing that Daena gives you at the end of the "Wisdom of Geaus" quest.
Oh, and someone also mentioned Salamander being changed to Amarant in the American FFIX and Salamander seeming inappropriate. Amarant just has a whole "fire" and "red" thing going on. Lani calls the beatnik assassin "Red" (obviously for the red hair), he introduces himself as "The Flaming Amarant" and "Amarant" is a type of herb that produces a red dye and is a mythological flower that never dies.
Now, my question about the apathetic ninja/monk is: does the game give any excuse for why Amarant and Eiko have the same last name? Is there some ATE i missed or something?
Thanks and Happy New Year/Century/Millenium!
Christoph, the last Groove Knight, master of the Funk
Here's a few questions for you:
1.) I never got to play Lunar 1 when it came out, but everyone is saying Lunar 2 is good, so I was wondering if I would be missing out on anything in the second game by not playing the first?
2.) In Final Fantasy IX, there are two abilities that are confusing me.
What do "Healer" and "Reflect-Null" do?
3.) Not RPG related, but who is your favorite character in Super Smash Bros?
I usually use Link.
4.) Which game did you like more, Chrono Trigger or Chrono Cross?
Why is it that in FF8 and 9 that you never get exp after a boss? That
was like my favorite part of beating them back in the old days, because
you felt so rewarded. And if you don't know the answer, could you just
make one up? thanks.
Yo Goog, hopefully covered with letters... And CN, whatever that stands
I've got some kind of real question... Goog, what are your top three favorite Q & A hosts, yourself excluded? Mine would have to be Thor Antrim, Brad Lohr, and Joshua Reid... Probably not in that order... You answer too, CN. And Goog is allowed for your answers.
Sir G of Oogle:
Women in RPGs. Many people think that they're more liberated than in ther game genres, but I'm not so sure. Even in the most recent RPGs, you'd be hard pressed to find an independent woman who's not viewed as a bitch, not called "cold as ice" and whose primary role ISN'T that of a love interest. On that same note, in your search you would probably find yourself bombarded by sweet, ditzy, caring, clingy, annoying types -- much more than is absolutely needed, I'd say.
Example: FF7. Tifa, Yuffie, and Aeris are all out of the running, because they all fit into some of those descriptive words above. Scarlet? A bitch, obviously, but may be the closest thing to an independant woman in the game (which is sad). Jessie? Well, she's got potential -- but in the end she just falls all over herself slobbering over Cloud. One can just imagine her wringing her hands -- "I don't know what to do. I'm ever so shy and timid. Help me."
Your thoughts, Google?
--Nisty, who personally thinks Samus is the best female VG character out there
Got another real question for ya... Although I don't think it has any particular bearing on the game itself, every so often, after I nearly kill a bad guy in VP, I get this "Special Technique Charged" or something (it's not there long enough for me to read it)... I can hit up or down to cancel, or X, O, Square or Triangle to do a killer attack with one of my characters. OK, it's awesome and stuff (I was particularly impressed with Freya's)... but does using one of the attacks or skipping it do anything? No, no, let me rephrase that... is there any reason why you would skip using this?
I'm still at the beginning of the game... just picked it up for X-Mas, along with FF9 and Baldur's Gate 2. I think I'm set on my RPGs for awhile. :D
Oh, by the way... would you mind easing up on the Everquest bashing? I'm an EQ player, and as much as I love the game, I'm nothing like the "typical EQ player" you seem to have an idea of... nor are any of the other EQ players I know. But I'm ranting now.
After recieving Final Fantasy IX for Christmas, I have been faithfully spending my days of vacation in the world of Gaia. I have found FFIX to be an awesome game, with many surprises and plot twists. But, once again, Square has used the most tired plot device in all of RPG-dom to fuel an important aspect of this game.
That's right, you know what I mean.
The patsy villain.
This one goes way back, beginning with (I believe) FFIV or maybe even FFIIjp.
While the idea of the true evil forces controlling a more huiman "host" worked a few times, it now seems that this idea is one of the FF series main cliches these days. I mean, look at the history:
FFIV- Zeromus turns up at the end of the game after you've fought Golbez as the "Main villian" for the whole rest of the game.
FFVI- After battling Emperor Gesthal for almost half the game, Kefka reveals himself as your true target.
FFVII- The evil Shinra Corporation, your main enemy, is toppled by Sephiroth, the truely evil force.
FFVIII- Edea and Galbadia kindly bow out to allow Ultimecia to be your final challenge
FFIX- Queen Brahne and Alexandria are manipulated by Kuja, and then destroyed.
As you can see, along with Cid and chocobos, this weak plot device has also apparently become a Final Fantasy mainstay. Now, don't get me wrong, FFIX is currently the highlight of my holiday season. In my book, it ranks with FFVI and FFT as best Final Fantasies in terms of environment and likeability. But, today's RPG market is more competitive than it has ever been. If Square hopes to maintain it's market dominance, it's going to have to invest in new thinking when it comes to the overall plot of it's games. Plot twists that worked 5 years ago don't have the same affect on today's audiences.
As per Mistress Nightshadow's request, questions, and lots of them :
1- Mistress Nightshadow is Sailor Pluto?
2- Does the hammer and "Save the Queen" (both items) serve any purpose in FF IX?
3- Quick comment: Freya is a giant rat, do you really want to see her face? and Amarant can do 9999 damage every throw if you give him power throw, pretty damn good I tought.
4- if one of you has played BoF 4, how long is the game and where in the freakin' ocean is the dragon (sea serpent).
5- Any news on the Ard the Lad release in this side of the world?
6- Was Vanguard Bandit ever released?
7- In FF IX, where's the "Magical Fingertip"?
8- The Cartoon Network is going to show "Outlaw Star" you lucky Americans, to bad it's probably gonna be edited.
9- Anyone you know play Tourneko and did they say it was good? I haven't even seen it at rental stores.
10- Who's CN anyways?
11- Why does Vivi's most powerful spell kill my entire party when I use it?
12- I read in the FFIX walkthrough (after I beat it) that if you get to Hades(?) and beat him in less than 12 hours, you get a sword called excalibur II? Think that's even possible?
13- Back to BoF4, I was playing earlier and there's this guy called Rider and I hit him for 17 hit points, then he healed for 20 000 at the end of the round, Any comments?
14- Are you going to post those 12 quotes(?) that we need to enter the contest?
15- What are yours and CN's pick for best and worst Rpg of 2000? Mine are :
-Worst : Saga Frontier 2 (I think it was released in 2000) -Best : Now that I think of it, no Rpg's really stick out this year. The only game I played lately that stuck with me is Grandia, but that was released in 1999.
16- Back when the N64 was released, the Super Nintendo had the best games out there, but I can count the good N64 games on one hand. Now, the Psx has great games, but most of the psx 2 games released up to now suck, even the so-called Rpg's. What are the odds that the same thing that happened with the N64 will happen again and that by some crazy turn of events the X-box gets all the good games?
Well, that's all the questions I can think up, was trying for the most questions in one letter record, but I don't know what it is, so screw it. If ppl listen and flood your in-box with letters, good reading and answering to you both.
Are slimes carbon or silicon based?
CN: It is not up to you to question your enemy! You must fight these powerful and
cunning foes to the death! For they are a crafty lot, who know the secrets of
warfare and fight like ten men! So go brave knight, go! Fight for your honor,
your kingdom and your life!
Google: Carbon. Long weak carbon chains.
|Translation: "I was just kidding when I said Google forced me to do a column with no forewarning. I'm not actually mad, and you shouldn't be either." There. That's all taken care of now.|
The Last Laugh:
CN: Tut tut. Well, I know most of you didn't ask for me by name in the letters, and I didn't get any questions asking for my life story. Oh well. I hope you decide to find out who the dude behind the letters is next week. A fine bunch of letters, and I hope that you loved me, as much as I loved all of you! (I'm aware how uncomfortable it is to tell anyone that you love them. Try it on someone at school, if they don't run from you, there...uh...different.) But remember! Its okay to love ice cream, but NOT okay to love Lunar 2. The mean kids will laugh. Even though I do. Also, I'm giving a shout out to Liz, I think the world of you girl!
Have a great day everyone, and don't forget to stop and play 15 hours of Lunar 2 straight.
C "The dude of Groove" N
Google: Well, that was fun... took a while though... it is now 5:30 and well below freezing. Anyway, a couple quick notes before I hide from the cold under a mountain of blankets and cats. C.C. is en route back to college, so Chimerasame will be filling in this weekend. Play nice. Meanwhile, I'm going to watch all of Slayers Try, finish FF9, and uh... something else... involving family and friends or something.
Oh, and since I just realized that both Christmas and New Year's are on weekends this year, I miss out on another holiday column. Oh well, play nice with Chim, don't shatter anyone's eardrums, and I'll see you all next millenium! (Seeing as THIS New Year's is the actual end of the millenium, so now all us sticklers get to party harder than you people who flipped out last year... except sticklers don't party very hard as a general rule)
Googleshng "Last column of the year" @rpgamer.com
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