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Googleshng - October 25 '04- 4:00 Eastern Standard Time

Here's a conversation I end up having with people pretty darn often: Them: "So and so plays a female character in this here MMORPG but is a guy in real life! That's really sick and screwed up and deceptive!"
Me: "So are you really a dark elf who can raise the dead in real life then?"

You'd think that'd get the point across, but for some reason I usually have to follow up with half an hour of further explanation.

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hey google , i was wondering if you could give me a website that has all the Shin Megami Tensei games in order of the series. Unless of course you happen to know.


Well, we have a list of, I believe, every game in the series right here. Release dates are listed for all of them, I hope, so putting them in order shouldn't take long. I'd do so for you, but I have more letters to get to here, and a Q&A timetable to fix up.

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Helloooooooooooooo nurse,

       I have decided to go the route of oldish-newish school and acquire some older RPGs for the PSX.  Koudelka is first on my list, so that I can play Shadow Hearts and SHC.  But then there are also things like the Suikoden and Lunar series.  I have made up a list of games I'm thinking of, and was wondering if you could either emend or add to my list:

Anything by Atlus

Anything by Working Designs

Anything by Square Enix


Suikoden, Saiyuki, Vandal Hearts, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, etc. (is Koei the company responsible for these?)

Beyond the Beyond (what IS so bad about it?)


Legend of Legaia

Legend of Dragoon

If you could add anything to my list, that would be appreciated.  Thanx.

                                 The Pezman

Well, there's some stuff I'd be inclined to take OFF that list, but I don't think you're missing anything, no. As for Beyond the Beyond, well, I don't really understand how so many people can love Golden Sun and hate BtB. GS has a more interesting system of combat, but otherwise, they're pretty much the same thing.


See, I think FF9 is more than a little underrated. Now sure, as a game without context, it's pretty boring. I did kinda like the weapon-skill learning system, and that chocobo hunting game was notoriously addictive, but the main reason I think it's worth noting is that it's a kind of interactive retrospective look back at Final Fantasy up until that point.

For those of you who watch Kevin Smith movies, lemme give you an analogy. It's a lot like the Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back of the Final Fantasy series. Now I wasn't a big fan of the movie in of itself, but it, like Final Fantasy 9, had references to every movie (game) preceeding it in the series, and it hits on a nostalgic nerve without having to literally remake the games they want to refer to, which is becoming an oh-so-tiresome practice nowadays. And I think Square did a pretty good job of that.

As for a question, here's kind of a deep-metaphysical-in-a-video-game-sense query: With the recent success Square-Enix has had making breakoff games, do you think they should drop the Final Fantasy series and focus that creative talent into new, refreshing things, or continue to put out (hopefully) quality games in the Final Fantasy series?

 -I Eat Time

I absolutely refuse to discuss the relative strengths and weaknesses of various FF games on the grounds that it always starts a shouting match, but yes, FF9 is something of a videogame equivolent of a clip show.

As for SE not making Final Fantasy games, that would be quite stupid of them. Look at how well any non-FF game they release does compared to the FF series. They pretty much sell purely on the name recognition.

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Hmm... things seem to be in something of a slump around here this weekend. I'll have to find some way to fix that tomorrow.

Googleshng "Slumpity!"

Slump-ity. As opposed to slum-pity, pity for slums.

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