Balancing the Books
||June 1, 2005
Ah, Wednesday. The day any mishaps, delays, or other weirdnesses during the week get dealt with.
Who's been talking about voice acting?
Since the current topic fad is Voice Acting, and how good/bad it is, what
about Kingdom Hearts?
I thought that game had some incredible acting to it, but no one seems to
mention it. Also, interestingly enough, it had VA's normal people have heard
of, not just us anime watching freaks. =P
Also, on that note: I heard recently that Hollywood Actors may not be able
to lend their voices to games anymore, due to the SAG not sure if they'll
sign some contract...If that doesn't go through, what do you think it'll
mean for Kingdom Hearts II? I guess they could find sound alikes, but I'd
prefer the originals....
And to reply to Andrew's comment from the other day, Sora was played by
Haley Joel Osment, who is a teenager, not another Thirtysomething, lol.
I wouldn't worry there, for several reasons, the biggest being that I'm fairly sure all the voice work
for KH2 has already been recorded by this point.
To start, let me just make note of the comment you made about the (I
believe) More Friends concert: the one about the "overly loud FF7
fan(s)". If you were referring to the man who kept screaming out
"Sephiroth" near the end of the performance, I must regretfully inform
you that the person in question was actually my uncle. Before you
ask, yes, he was drunk. I deeply apologize for this. I don't claim
to know the man. However, he bought us the tickets, so I won't
complain too loudly.
On to an actual question, I'd like to know your opinion of the
upcoming (in Japan, at least) Grandia III. The graphics look
beautiful, as the developers commented that they would. However, with
the emphasis on graphics, do you truly feel that they will use it as
means to complement the grandeur of the game's size? Grandia Xtreme's
battle system was an enjoyable piece, in my opinion, though the world
and story (and characters, and music...) were a bit lacking. I'm
hoping the third of the series returns to the original feeling of
adventure tied to the first game.
At the moment, I'm still a bit peeved at the delay of Atelier Iris:
Eternal Mana, given that I was hoping it would provide me with
something to entertain myself over the first part of the summer. I
notice the official site still hasn't mentioned that delay, though
your site was quick to announce it. You guys wouldn't happen to have
any extra inside knowledge, would you?
No, I was refering to the Dear Friends concert in Connecticut, where I don't particularly recall
any screaming of Sephiroth per se, but a fair deal of general cheering and applause at inappropriate
The only insight I can give you about Atelier Iris being delayed is that 98% of all release dates are
made up on the fly with no real basis, and almost always get pushed back at one point or another. Personally,
I just make it a point to ignore them completely until they're a week away.
As for Grandia 3... well, I'm really not a fan of the series, and I didn't even think the first one
really delivered the feel of exploring some great big interesting world. "Wow... on the other side of
the jungle is... another jungle!" So... I'm probably not the best one to ask there.
After getting all of these RPGs strewn about my room,
most of them unplayed and the rest of them played a
third of the way through, I ask you, how do you stay
the course and keep playing games even after your head
starts spinning, your eyes start to glaze over, and
both your legs fall asleep? Do you have any foods,
drinks, games, or activities which can help me stay
motivated on RPGs?
Moderation is what I'd go with. I can understand the urge to keep buying games when you're still playing
the ones you have. Eventually you'll have time for'em, and if you wait they get harder to find. Don't
feel obligated to play'em though. On the exceptionally rare occassion where I have two new RPGs, I'll
play one then and there, while the other goes on a shelf, to get to after I finish the first one and
feel like starting another RPG. Then usually, if I'm not obligated to rush through a game (like, say,
because I'm getting tons of questions about it) I'll take my sweet time playing it, while also spending
plenty of time on various other interests.
Another option would be to learn to discriminate, and not buy any games that don't have you rabidly
drooling in anticipation months before you get them.
Not in my job description...
In the Earth Level of the Star Ocean (Till the End of Time)(PS2) game I'm stuck at Airyglyph Aqueducts (After escapingfrom the dungeon with the red-head lady & Cliff)
Fayt, Cliff & the red-head just fought this HUGE brown beast in its icy chambers...though when I try to go across to see if there's a door or another exit, I fall through the ice! And to top it all off, before this...you fall through 2 ict slides...I can get up the first (which has a chamber with just a white, slimy monster & an empty chest) BUT I CAN'T GET UP THE FIRST SLIDE! so i'm stuck and i'm confussed...HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!!
If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times. When you have a question like this, don't ask me,
check a walkthrough.
Little late to be griping about this, no?
Well, I hope I'm doing this right... I'm kind of new
to RPGamer. I used to visit it in years past, then I
stopped. But then I randomly have started visiting
Anyways, I was just wondering what your opinion is on
the Final Fantasy 3 (not FF6 of course) remake that is
scheduled for the Nintendo DS.
I know I'm not the only one that sees something wrong
with this. I mean, there's the perfectly good GBA and
the perfectly good PSP that are way better platforms
for releasing this game onto. What the heck are you
gonna do with a second screen in FF3? Show a map of
the dungeon? Ooooooh, big fricking deal.
And seeing as how a DS is one of the last things
related to gaming that I'm planning to buy, the
release of this remake really pisses me off. I've been
looking forward to a remake of FF3 for a long time.
But to put it on the DS?! What is Square Enix
Anyway, I've come to the conclusion that Square Enix
has decided that making profits are no longer their
concern. Of course, I don't know how well the DS has
been selling in Japan, so maybe that's influencing
their decision. But still! I hope that by some act of
whatever deity above, they change their minds and make
it for something worth purchasing.
So yeah, I was just wondering what you thought of the
FF3 remake being made for the Nintendo DS.
Heck if I know. It'd make much more sense to do it on the GBA, unless or course they're feeling bored
and gimmicky for some reason. Like, actually using the touch screen, or wanting to update it with polygonal
graphics. That's not really their style though.
The Last Laugh:
So in D&D, I end up making an elven fighter I actually like, and in Heroes, I make a nigh-invulnerable
freak who becomes comatose literally the very second combat starts... which is totally in keeping with
the character concept. Anyway though, enjoy the weekend.
Googleshng "Oh hey, it's June!" @rpgamer.com
I should tell my family what I'd like for my birthday or something.