Fight to the Death, sorta
David Looney and Brian Rogovitz - March 23rd '02- 2:00 Eastern Standard Time|
Yes it was just supposed to be just me, TRC, but while on IRC bemoaning my lack of letters LordBrian suggested he should co-host with me. Although he is my mortal enemy and we will fight to the death one day, I thought it might be an interesting idea. So let's get this columntype thing started
Jadam Stikes Back!
Hey you crazy, Wakko, Turkey.
What would you consider an ideal class for a main character (and possibly
main villian too)
Also, do you forsee a Lord of the Rings or Time Machine RPG, like they did
for Mr. Potter?
Generally main characters are fighters, since you are stuck with them for
most of the game and spend some portions of the game just using them. SO I
think that works, I would love to see a white mage main villain, just to see
LotR is the prototype for the fantasy genre, so it would make a damn good
RPG. I would rather a tabletop one for it though, cause then you could play
as ents and stuff. As for Time Machine, dear god I hope not, wasn't the
movie bad enough? Games based on movies are almost always 2 times as bad as
the movie. And in the case of Potter is lends itself to an rpg, because of
the magical setting. Books, IMHO, make good templates for RPGs.
Though you didn't ask me, I shall respond as if you did. The obvious ideal
class for a main character is an immortal. It works great in all situations
except for those battles where you HAVE to lose to move the story along. Man
I hate those battles. And the ultimate class for the villain was already
done in FF5: Mother Nature. Down with Mother Nature, go Big Business!
Microsoft wants to turn you into zombies and feed on your brains!
Er, moving on...I foresee a LotR RPG, but not a Time Machine one. It just
wouldn't make any sense to spend the amount of time necessary to make an RPG
for such a crappy license. Of course, if I never saw another movie -> game
conversion again I couldn't be happier.
(Hee hee...white mage villain. You pansy.)
El Barto esta aqui
Greetings, he who goes good with gravy and mashed potatoes,
In lieu of my rambling incoherently today, you get random coherence!
1) You're a pimp, Edwina is one of your girls. Get to work...
2) Since I recently got to play some of Final Fantasy on the
WonderSwan Color, I must say that I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope it gets ported
to the GBA and released in the US! The game is so much better now that, as
one person described it, it's almost a religious experience!
3) Since Sony owns Verant (the makers of EverQuest), and has a partial but
significant stake in Square, I think that many people's fears about cheating
in FFXI are greater than they should be, and hopefully are baseless. So,
assuming Square gets help in making the game world safe from cheaters, what
are your thoughts on the game?
4) If Kingdom Hearts and Xenosaga come out on the same day,
which one should I play first?
Good with Gravy:
1) That would make me more money right? That's a good question, when is
Rockstar gonna come out with a Pimpin game? I mean we have GTA and SOE
already, why not go all the way?
2) Man your religion must suck then. Seriously though, I would think they
are gonna rerelease them on the GBA, cause well, why not?
3) As long as the guys that localized FFT, and the guys who did the reprint
of FFT are keep far far away from FF11 then I think I might play it once or
twice. ORPGs just aren't my thing. Massive or not.
4) GTA3! O wait.. Well from what I hear, Xenosaga's battles are hard. So I
would go with Kingdom Hearts, just because of how trippy it looks.
Good with Fava Beans:
1) I sure am. Thank you for noticing.
2) Sure, they may rererelease those game on the GBA, but there's still no
guarantee that they'll be translated (or retranslated). But seriously, FF1
blows, upgraded or not. I'd much rather see FF4 on the GBA than any of the
3) As far as I'm concerned, the idea of cheating doesn't factor into my
opinion of the game at the moment. I'm going under the assumption that there
will be none, so as to give the game the best possible light. That said, the
best possible light is pretty damn dim at the moment. If rampant cheating
DOES end up happening, well, the light will go out altogether.
4) The question is meaningless to me, since I will not be getting Kingdom
Hearts. I like trippy -- but I don't see this game as trippy. I see it as a
stupid idea that never should have happened. So, Xenosaga all the way.
Hey Brian and David whoisdoingQ&Atonightaswell,
As you (should) know, E3 is just around the corner, so I was wondering what
you're hoping to see over there. Personally, I can't wait to get my mitts on
Zelda and Mario, but there are sure to be tons of other playworthy
This isn't RPG-related, but what the hell. Did you guys see Resident Evil,
and if so, what did you think of it? I was rather impressed, though I must
admit that I walked in expecting absolute crap. I was happily proven wrong
(or just lucky to be in that frame of mind).
I am looking forward to the big 3 cube games, FF12 and NWN. Let's hope this
is the last E3 we see it at.
I have yet to see RE, though I have heard there are reason to see it, none I
can say in this column though....
What I want to see at E3 is Squares plans for the GBA and Cube nicely
fleshed out, screens and all. No more of these rumors and speculations. I
also want to see a subbed-only version of Xenosaga. And yes, the triple
whammy of the Mario-Zelda-Samus triforce of almost-better-than-sex goodness
on good ol' Cubey.
As for the RE movie...well, you have to go into the movie with a certain
mindset. If you go in expecting another crappy video game movie, you will be
pleasantly surprised (especially with the amount of...er...screentime Leeloo
gets). If you go in looking for quality cinema, then save your $7, as you
will be greatly disappointed.
Tell me something: Why do I always end up restarting when I'm 3/4ths of the
way through a game?Most recent victim of this: FFX. In addition: What RPG
are you looking forward to that's being close to release? Me, I've got a
3-way Tie 'tween Arc, IWD2, and Breath of Fire 2.
Head of Guides:
Hey how did you get out of your box?
~stuffs Dragoon back in his box~
are supposed to be writing me FAQs... don't make me get the poking stick.
I have no idea why you restart RPGs, I have enough trouble finishing the
ones I start, much less starting them over.
Well if NWN comes out this
year, I say that, if not, then FF11 I guess. I'm not really looking forward
to any rpg releases. I always wait for stuff to come out before I decide if
I want to buy it.
New Media Grunt Supreme:
I assume you start your games over because you have a fear of commitment.
You are afraid that if you finish the game, then you will have no choice but
to get married to it, have children, and ultimately be forced to do laundry,
wash dishes, and cook dinner by your extremely independent, fatheaded and
feminist game of a wife. Learn to stand up for yourself, man!
Looking at the spiffy new Upcoming list, I would have said Arc...last year.
My interest has since dissipated, leaving Tactics Ogre to move into its
place on my most anticipated list.
Those who come out of the woodwork
Remember me? Anyway, my question is about Yoshitaka Amano. Besides the Final
Fantasy games, what other games has he done concept art for? Also, do you
know where I could get ahold of any of his other works?
Mega.. wait no... and I go with what LB said earlier "probally". I would say
give his website or Ebay a shot.
Actually, I said "probably," because I can actually spell. I said "probably"
because I wanted to look all smart when I could answer this properly. Amano
has also done artwork for Kartia and the (sadly, Japanese-only) serial RPG,
El Dorado Gate.
TRC and LB:
Question: when Grandia Xtreme is getting there and if it's worth getting.
The other question is How does subbing work?
1) I don't know and I fear a game with Xtreme in the title ( see also
Extreme or EXtreme)
2) My Enemy can answer that for me.
1) If by "there" you mean here, and if by "here" you mean North America, it
looks like the date is set sometime in October at the moment. That is, of
course, subject to change.
2) It is good to see you know your limitations, TRC. Again, I have to assume
you mean subbing "anime." Anime subbing is (if the group at all cares about
quality), usually a long and time-consuming process. First, the episode must
be found (either by downloading, recording, or ripping) and translated. This
translation is both timed (making sure the subs line up properly with what
is currently being spoken) and edited (changing the translation "Engrish"
into nice-sounding, error-free English -- or whatever language it was
translated into), not necessarily in that order. After this is done, the
script may be "styled" in order to make the subs look nice (changing the
fonts, adding additional subtitle effects, etc.). Finally, the whole episode
is encoded into its final form, which is downloaded and seen by anime fans
Talking to Ourselves I
To my mortal enemy,
I hope you enjoy your brief control of Q&A, because I can guarantee that
Chesh won't be happy when he escapes from wherever you locked him away.
Speaking of new indices, how do you like the recent changes to the front
page? Good enough to frame and hang on the wall, or so bad you wouldn't even
wipe your butt with it?
And...for lack of anything better to write, visit Guides, Guides, Guides!
And now excuse my while I slip back to my fortress of solitude to plan your
ultimate and horribly painful demise.
WE are writing to ourselves, aren't we so cool.
I didn't lock Chesh away, I
just slipped the Hand some money and they took care of him.
New front page is squished, and I don't like the black/blacker text for
interaction. The CSS is keen though.
I knew it, you would try to help me, but no... noo. you had to
link to media. I shall see you at dawn, and we will settle this once and for
Talking to Ourselves II
To my bitter rival,
There can be only one, who is the victor: Cloud or Freud, Loto or Chrono, Me
Also, how long have you worked here and what have you gotten? Since we don't
get paid and all.
soon... so very soon your tyranny will end
Cloud (Freud is a moron, Cloud's just messed up), Crono (because Loto sounds
dorkier than Erdrick, believe it or not), and, obviously, me. Why, you ask?
Because I am a Lord, and you are just a stupid bird.
I have been slaving away uploading media for just about a year and a month
now, and I'm still going strong. Well, strong in the sense that I'm still
doing it, at any rate. Over the course of my work here, I have acquired the
following: one (1) box of really good chocolates, one (1) nifty Lain
wallscroll, one (1) eternally-promised Evangelion wallscroll, and one (1)
also eternally-promised package of something called "shapes"...I think those
are made up, though. I would one day like to be able to eat square, and Lain
wants to get some hot side-by-side action going with Rei. Ah well, someday.
You keep saying soon, and yet I'm still here. When will you decide to back
up your empty threats?