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Googleshng - January 7 '03- 2:00 Eastern Standard Time

The odds of me having a source of income dramatically increased this morning. Hooray for nepotism! Actually, I probably shouldn't be praising the reason I've been unable to find employment for the past several years, but I'll have to reserve judgement for another week.

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Cordial greetings.

Several people wrote in to complain about the "could care less" vs. "couldn't care less" issue. Unfortunately, all of the nitpickers overlooked a small issue that refutes their argument. Try saying "I couldn't care less" and "I could care less" out loud. Note the stress on "couldn't" in the former and "care" in the latter. As MIT scientist Steven Pinker pointed out to me a while ago, that prosodic variation, which most people hardly notice, indicates *sarcasm* in "I could care less," which in turn indicates that the intended meaning is actually the opposite of the literal meaning. "I couldn't care less" and "I could care less" are thus both just as correct, and people really ought not to get riled over anyone's preference for one or the other.

Googleshng:
As sarcasm goes though, that expression is really weak. You're much better off with something like "Like I care!" or "Ooh! Fascinating!"

Now, on to questions. Have you seen the anime Fruits Basket? If so, is it worth watching past the sixth episode? What about Urusei Yatsura?

Googleshng:
I've never seen any FB personally. UY is pretty standard Rumiko Takahashi fare though. There's a whole lot of it, it covers a wide range of weird stuff, and the characters look just like the characters in all her other stuff.

Is Suikoden 3 worth paying full price for, or should I wait a few months?

Googleshng:
Well, the general concensus seems to be that Suikoden 3 isn't as good as the first two, and any system of combat where half your party is always under the control of bad AI gets a thumbs down from me, so I'd say wait.

Is it still possible to find Dragon Warrior 7 anywhere offline?

Googleshng:
I would imagine so. I stopped buying games offline some time ago myself.

Does being a slime have its advantages?

Googleshng:
Again, I would imagine so. I mean, they're tiny, and areodynamic enough to likely evade beartraps...

Were you tempted to name your Wild ARMs 3 party after Trigun characters? I know I was.

-Hobbes31415, a big fan of Slime World

Googleshng:
I might have been if there were better parallels. I mean, Virginia could kinda work as Meryl, but what then?

 
I sure hope Brian here has some peril sensitive sunglasses...

Hi Googleshng, this is Brian Nelson from Sioux Falls, SD. I've been an avid fan of RPGamer for years, and have been a roleplaying fanatic for as long as I can remember. Recently I went on an emailing frenzy in an attempt to get some information on programming role-playing games. So far, however, I've gotten no responses, and I'm really becoming frustrated. Basically, I am interested in writing storylines and designing RPG's for a masive conglomerate like Squaresoft. I've looked into places like Digipen IT in Redmond, Washington, but I'm not really sure if a school like that would be right for me, considering I want to write dialogue more than I want to write source code. Do you have any ideas or connections within the business that you could send my way? Any and all information you can find would be most appreciated!! Thank you so much for your time.

Sincerely,
Brian

Googleshng:
Hate to have to break this to you, but you are never going to be hired by Square, or any other major developer, to write stories for RPGs. The industry just flat out doesn't work that way. If you want to write the story for an RPG, you're pretty much going to have to form your own little dev team. Doing that isn't all that hard though, and taking some classes in game design would probably be a good start. I should probably also point out that a good 70% of the people reading this share your mindset of "I have a great idea for the story for an RPG, but don't want to do any of the actual work involved."

Oh yes, I should probably also note that if you don't care about making a profit, there's plenty of freely available RPG making programs out there that don't really require any programming on your part, and if you really just have the story, we aren't exactly up to our necks in fantasy novelists.

 
Odd logic.

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH oh yeah so i found this on your site.

http://www.kekkai.org/google/rants/115.shtml

"I mean, my breasts are already far too big for my own good."

Therefore, you either are male and have a really weird large-breast disorder, or you are FEMALE!

Oh yeah, could you tell me if Panzer Dragoon Saga is REALLY that good?

-cloudstrife

Googleshng:
I don't know. I'd imagine even moderately sized breasts would look rather wrong on a guy. Especially if it was some scrawny little rail-thin nerd.

Oh, and surprisingly enough, PDS actually is really that good. Slap FF-style ATB on Skies of Arcadia's airship battles, and that's the normal system of combat. Fun stuff.

 
Believe it or not, I'm printing this to address the question.

Google,
Hello, I thought it might be nice to drop you a line and tell you what I think of you. I've been a longtime reader of RPGamer.com, but often limited my visits to once every 2 to 3 weeks. Recently, I noticed that the Fan art section had been updated (the first time in God knows know long.) To my surprise, I also saw that the Q&A section contained new letters EVERY DAY! Even IGN and their silly pay servers don't update more then 2 or 3 times a week. For the last week or so, visiting RPGamer has become a regular routine. In fact, I've been going out of my way to click your banner adds (our of fear of my new favorite site becoming another IGN) Today I decided that (lucky for you) I liked your sense of humor, and more importantly, found that you were bothered by quite a few of the same things that really manage to darken my day. (i.e. The topic of your latest Rant)
So anyway, keep up the great work. Taking care of two departments is quite a task, (A fan art update!) and I happened to see that you were looking for a replacement for the Fan art section. After a fleeting dream of working for my favorite game site, I realized that more then likely there was someone more qualified then me applying, and there was probably no hope. Not to mention that for the next 6 months, I don't meet the 18 year old age requirement. Just in case I lose my mind and actually apply, I was wondering how firm you are on the age requirement. There's no sense in me wasting either of our time by sending an application if I'm ineligible. Thanks Google.

Nathan Schley

Googleshng:
To reiterate for those who who just skipped over all that praise (thanks by the way):
Is the absolute lower limit on age to work at RPGamer 18? No. Technically speaking, you can get a job here if you're 16 or 17 with parental permission. Of course, on the other side of the coin, by the end of the week, I expect to have roughly 200 applications to sift through here, so if anyone is still debating whether or not they should apply, I'd say hold off and apply next time we have a hiring so your odds are better than 0.5%

 
Why you shouldn't send quickies from work.

googleshng,..what is an al-bhed?

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Googleshng:
First of all, I laughed my head off when I saw this. Anyway though, the Al-Bhed are the minority of FF10's population who don't shun technology and run around with guns and robots and such. Oh, and incidentally, yes, the second part of that WAS huge and red in the original e-mail.



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Hey Google,
What exactly constitutes a bad English translation for an RPG? Quotes like "How goes it?" Just wondering...
-Otterland

What's wrong with saying "How goes it?" I say that all the time. A bad translation would be one that results in bad spelling, grammar, or a confusion of meaning. I would also include anything where they just take the dry generic script created by direct translation, getting english words from the original Japanese wrong (which happens a LOT), and making poor attempts at humor.

The Last Laugh:

OK, so yesterday I post a link to a rant in which I go on and on about how annoying it is when people hunt me down via various chat programs. After this, a record number of people tracked me down via these chat programs to express their agreement with what I said.

The irony is staggering.

Googleshng "Not that I mind of course." @rpgamer.com

I encourage random stalkings. It's just the random persecutions that bug me.

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