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Googleshng - May 10 '04- 4:00 Eastern Standard Time

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Aw, that is so nice, what happened to Chris Ackerman! Chris, Xenochick, best of luck!

Now, as to the difficulty of Kingdom Hearts, I think it all depends on how far you're willing to go into the extra bosses. And your skill with button presses. At my last playing, I could thump Sephiroth without getting hit, albeit that rarely happened. Kurt Zisa is a cheating SOG, and I'm lucky to have beaten him at all. But, yeah, the main quest is kinda easy once you get the basic mechanics down. Then again, they say it's tougher if you forsake magic, and concentrate on one of the other two attributes, and I was sword, no magic. So I had more difficulty where magic was needed. My brother John got to dance his way past almost everyone with his 78 MP. Little punk... Any who, do you know if Square has said anything about the difficulty of the upcoming sequels? Because games seem to be getting easier in general. Of course there are exceptions, though.

Googleshng:
I haven't heard a thing about the mechanics of KH sequelry, but here's hoping they give it a good overhaul. There can't a lot of strategy involved in my opinion when pressing the attack button makes you walk over to the nearest monster, jump to the proper height if neccessary, and take a swing at it, whether you have to hit a button to defend or not.

 
Following up on other stuff.

Hey Google,

Just a quick comment. Yesterday someone was complaining that La Pucelle was a drastic step backwords from Disgaea, and the company should have learned from their mistakes. I feel it is my duty to point out that La Pucelle was released first in Japan, and Disgaea is in fact the newer game. Therefore, they did learn from their mistakes. It is only due to our misfortune of living on the wrong side of the planet that we get them in the reverse order.

Eggman

Googleshng:
Yes. I would have assumed I pre-empted such grumblings when I reminded people about this on Thursday. I'd be upset if people didn't prefer Disgaea of the two. That would suggest they weren't making promise, but were instead running a fun concept into the ground.

 
Speaking of nipping things in the bud...

Hey, google! I was just screwing around on the ol' interweb, and I saw some pictures for something called Chrono Trigger Ressurection. Is this game a real thing, or is this somethin' that a fan is doing? I need to know, as these pictures are convincing enough to make me think that I should've crapped myself when I saw them. I am Chrono Trigger, you see, and need as much as I can get. Wow, I sound like some kinda junkie. Ah well, time to go and take some intravenous FF6...
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Googleshng:
Ah yes, this. Evidently, a bunch of fans with entirely too much time on their hands decided to take a GameCube dev kit and recreate various scenes from Chrono Trigger in 3D. Good for them, but now I'm going to have to spend the next year explaining to people that this is just some crazy fans' doing. Darn nice looking though.

 
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Darn it, the one day I find something I want to reply to in Andrew's Column, and the next few days are Googleshng. An odd turn of events, as ususally this happens the other way around!

Anyway, Half-Life was not nearly the "defining FPS of the last 6+ years" as much as its sibling "Counter Strike", and to a lesser extent, its opponentz "Unreal Tournament" and Quake 3 were. By Unreal Tournament, I don't mean the pansy 2003 and 2004 editions, either.

The Final Fantasy: Dear Friends concert is today, Monday 2004/05/10. Hopefully, the fact that the concert tickets sold out rather quickly will convince Square-Enix, and other companies, that having more video game music concerts in North America is a good idea. I personally would love to attend one that isn't 3000+km across the continent... preferably within driving distance to save on Hotel costs.

I do find it surprising that Square-Enix decided to hold the concert near the time E3 is in session, as E3 isn't open to the general public. It's almost as if they wanted the gaming press to review it or something... I fully expect to see a CD of the concert sometime in the next few months.

Oh, and for those of you who think I'm Canadian from the measurements and date format in the previous paragraphs, you're wrong. I live in Michigan, USA.

Powerlord
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Googleshng:
Well, from what I gather, said concert had no trouble at all selling tickets, but I'm not sure how good of a precident that sets when it's taking place right next to E3. Doesn't take a lot to sell tickets when your core fan base is sitting right next to you. Here's hoping we see people taking slightly bigger risks in the future though. Like, say, Yasunori Mitsuda putting on a concert in New York some time.




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The problem with liking instrumental music is you can't quote the lyrics at people.



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