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Harry Potter and the Vacuum of Largeness
Googleshng - May 20 '04- 4:00 Eastern Standard Time
I don't watch TV as a general rule, but I don't shut it off right after
whatever console is hooked to it either. So I see a lot of commercials. Commercials for the third Harry
Potter movie for instance, reminding me I still have to track the third book down one of these days. In
any case, I was just now confronted by an infomercial for some miracle breast enlargement device. Normally,
that wouldn't be anything to write home about, as that's standard fare for trashy pre-dawn infomercials,
except that it's a HOT PINK VACUUM PUMP. Actually, that's going a bit too far. There's no spiffy vacuum
motor involved here, just a plastic cup with a straw attached to it. Aside from all the obvious problems
with the logic here, I have a problem with people charging $200 for something I could make myself from
common kitchen items in about 5 seconds.
Still not nearly as stupid as the self-straining pasta pot though.
More on Save Points
If I remember correctly, Chrono Cross also had an explanation for the
save points... Eyes of Fate or what have you. And eventually they
worked their way into the storyline in Chronopolis I think. Or
somewhere. I dunno.
p.s. Still enjoying your GBA? I have another I don't use anymore if
you want it.
I'm not inclined to give Chrono Cross credit for explaining anything. Somewhere around halfway through
the plot seems to turn into a collection of footnotes they meant to expand into actual plot scenes but
never got around to it. It might have been mentioned in there somewhere though, between someone ransacking
over the world in the span of like 15 minutes and the speech about planets being unfertilized universe
Now that I think of it, Chrono Cross has ISSUES.
As for the GBA, that's a tempting offer. For some inexplicable reason, I'm a depository for disused Game
Boys. I bought an original Game Boy way back when. Someone gave me an SGB on a total whim, someone else
gave me theirs when they were purging their old game collections, my GBA was an act of random generousity,
as was my GBA Player. I have half a mind to start collecting these things until I reach the point where
I have one system for each game I own.
I hate misquoting things...
Hey Goog? I believe you meant the *midnight* bomber what bombs at midnight.
And now, to give myself an actual reason to send this in other than my
nerdly indignation, is it just me, or have RPGs lost a LOT in terms of plot
or pacing in recent years? It seems like every game I play recently either
has no plot worth speaking of or insane amounts of plot with the gameplay
practically non-existant. The FF series' plotlines have done nothing but
disappoint me since 8; Xenosaga is completely unplayable, but a damn good
movie; Grandia 2 - great battles, horrible plot; just like Mario and Luigi.
I could go on, but I think you see my idea. Is there any team of good
writers AND developers working together anymore? I really hope you can
point me towards a game that proves me wrong.
Of course, from what I've heard so far, I might just be in some serious need
of Disgaea and La Pucelle.
And last but not least, what's your impression of the Golden Sun series? I
have 2, and it just seems to do nothing but irritate me every time I pop in
into the SP.
Hooray! My first ever multi part question! Now all I need is a tilde...
Trade you 6 ampersands for one? &&&&&&
Shame on me for misquoting The Tick! And shame on the world in general for not letting me watch reruns!
Anyway though, I can't think of any point in history when there was a noticable band of well paced, well
written storylines in RPGs. What there has been lately though is a derth of games where you'll have really
long "plot points" where nothing actually happens. Take FF10 for example. Pretty much every time you
finish walking down a path you get held up by someone telling you "10 years ago, when Yuna's father walked
down this road, he accidently stepped on a daisy by the side of the road. If you look closely, you'll
see that the stem is still bent." Xenosaga is similar that way. This is the sort of information that
should only be gained from talking to random townsfolk if at all. Save the game-halting voice acted high-res model
cutscenes for when cities are getting wiped off the map and important characters are dying.
As for the Golden Sun games, I find them to be pretty, but hard to get into.
Oh, and no tildes until you place a quote.
Although I was disappointed to hear about what they're doing with FF7
now (a prequel on a cell phone?) there are a few that look good to me.
Full Metal Alchemist, for one, is an excellent anime, and will hopefully
be an excellent game, too. However, I'm a little worried from seeing words
like "Americanized" in the articles I've read concerning the PS2 game, and
the fact that it will be on Cartoon Network in October. I think it would be
hard to have FMA as a game (and the anime itself) that passes the North
American rules for content, since there are a lot of mature themes, and they
may edit out some of the goodness of FMA as well.
Anything else that I've heard about the game looks good, though, and the
screenshots are promising.
Fable for the Xbox also looks pretty sweet. Being able to choose your
path like that reminds me of Knights of the Old Republic, which I love,
except it sounds much more complicated for Fable. Like it's more than just
choosing the appropriate sentences to say to your companions, and whether or
not you should try to get money from that poor alien you just saved.
When my armies arise and the wicked are vanquished, cell phones with any usage besides talking to people
will be the first to fall. We hates the keitaises! Hates them!
FMA I think I covered as well as I could earlier this week, not much more to say there, and that brings
us to Fable. Not meaning to sound too jaded, but when I take what I know about Peter Molyneux's approach to game
design, the way people are inclined to heap ludicrous degrees of praise on any game he's working on, and
what I've seen/read about the sucker, I can say with a fair ammount of confidence that Fable won't be
a tenth of what people seem to be expecting. I don't mean to slight the guy mind you, I'm a big fan of
his. It's just that we're talking about someone who can develop Populous With A Tamagochi Added and have
people say it's an earthshattering breakthrough which will change the face of the world forever.
Not to say that Black and White with dungeon crawling in place of the Populous gameplay would be a bad
thing mind you, I'm just saying people need to remember not to get swept up in hype.