Bowl of Cherries
June 9, 2006
MagRowan - 17:14 EST
HI, EVERYBODY! I have returned! Just can't seem to
get rid of me, eh? Not that y'all would want to, right? Right!
All the recent reminiscing here about watching and/or
playing RPGs with your family and friends has me
waxing nostalgic. Heck, I'm waxing so nostalgic, I'm
watching my bro play FFIX as I write this intro.
Okay, okay, technically that's not nostalgic, it's
contemporary. Still, I feel validated and relevant
all at once!
So yeay for memories past and present, and onto the
future and some fun letters!
But what if the grass is greener on THIS side of the fence?
Well, I really felt I had to read yesterday's Q&A
what with the inclusion of a honest-to-goodness Irish
Ninja and I had the urge to write my own letter after
Well thank you for writing in, fair reader! If you
liked yesterday's letter from the Irish Ninja, you
should check farther down, I believe we have another
letter from them.
To the point - I wasn't thinking so much about the
graphics of next-gen RPG's compared to this
generation but more that the last of this generation
just look so much better than what were seeing coming
into the next-gen. Basically, do you not feel looking
at the list of E3 games, that all of the best games
(JRPG's at least) are coming out for this generation
of hardware. We're getting Tales of the Abyss,
Persona 3, Devil Summoner, Ar Tonelico, Valkyrie
Profile: Silmeria, Rogue Galaxy, Disgaea 2 and any
others that i've likely missed. Alright, all the best
games are coming to PS2 then. Somehow the FFXIII
trailer with the girl prancing about on the train
just didn't get me as excited as any of these games.
I can't say that any of the newest promos have 'got me
going' graphics wise. The same thoughts have plagued
my brain about next-gen consoles. Why should I buy
such monster hardware (specs and money-wise) when all
they are turning out (so far) are games that look like
ones that I can already or soon get for the current
Take for instance Kameo for the 360. I'd argue that
games like KHII or the new Valkyrie profile additions
are on the same graphics level. But, there is
one thing the better graphics hardware will get you,
and that is more objects on the screen at the same
time. So large hoards of attacking enemies with
little to no stutter! Excellent! That will always be
Not that this is exactly shocking, you'd expect the
last games for any given platform to be some of the
best but with all the hype regarding next-gen RPG's,
these games, which look to be the best RPG's for the
PS2 since launch, are just being overlooked with all
Don't worry- with the prices for next-gens, and the
current line-ups, I think some people are coming to
appreciate their current consoles more.
And Secret of Mana, 2-player certainly was the best
thing, ever. Hopefully they'll revive this on the Wii
with the virtual console and WiFi capabilities. ^^
Multiplayer, non-online RPGing is great, but let me
amend your statement. "Hopefully they'll revive this
on the Wii with the virtual console and WiFi
capabilities..." without having to purchase several
GBAs or DSs to activate it. Though, it would be kind
of cool if you could use the DS Wireless to hook into
Wii games. Speaking of, there's a brief mention of
DS-Wii interaction in this
A quick reply to Redbeastmage. If you're willing to
wait until June 26, Titan Quest looks undeniably
Thanks for the letter ~ Pikey! Hopefully, in the
future of next gen there will be some games to match
some of your graphics expectations.
Paragraph structure. Dragon Force. George Carlin. Golf. Microsoft idiocy. Yes, this letter covers just about everything. Well, everything except for the Egyptian tourism industry.
Zdrast-ye Tovarisch Matt,
I must ask a serious, very serious, question prior to any further
ruminations on the world of RPGs. I know this is not necessarily your field
of expertise but I'm running low on options other than a call to Microsoft's
help center (and if you're a Mac user I'm in trouble). Lately my computer
has taken to having the entire toolbar frozen. The icons left of the clock
and right of the tabs indicating open windows seem to be unfrozen but cannot
be affected by anything I do, and everything aside from those icons is
completely immutable. This seems to start when I'm mucking about in My
Computer and feel like using the 'Folders' command, whereupon the My
Computers window frequently gives me an endless loading hourglass and the
toolbar refuses any input whatsoever. As the only solution is to turn the
machine off without shutting down, I feel resolving the situation promptly
is imperative. Ideas, please?
Frequently, you say, but not all the time? That's a little bit bizarre. Generally, no, I'm not an expert in this area of computerror, since I usually run crying to my nearest friend for help as soon as my OWN computer decides to barf on me.
I'm sure that calling up Microsoft couldn't be a bad idea, unless you can manage to look up the problem somehow online without a software spaz. I'm sure that they have dozens of representatives ready and waiting for you. They'll probably be more than happy to hear about your problem, since it's actually a real one and they're probably used to middle-aged yuppie ladies calling in asking what in the world "double click" means.
Otherwise, I'm sure that re-installing Windows would clear up the problem, though that might be a bit drastic. I always love having a beautiful, pristine, good-as-new computer to work with! The pain of backing up all of your essential files is sometimes worth that glorious feeling. In any event, best of luck with that!
And now - slightly less serious fare (if my computer stops working
altogether the serious fare will probably send me into a spiral of hate). I
can't really account for the completionist streak in me, just that when
games give me the ability to collect bonus content I really like seeing that
100% marker. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones was easy to collect all the
support conversations in; just enter the Tower of Valni and wait around. It
was much harder to do in the first English Fire Emblem. I had to gather a
few C level conversations for everybody prior to the 2-part final chapter
and collect everything that way. Oh, and if you're in the mood for a true
challenge try Hector Hard Mode in Fire Emblem. I'll save a truly
embarrassing story from my play of that mode for another day, but I
understand even one of the most challenging things I've ever played through
pales next to what Fire Emblem 5 in particular had to offer. To be feared
are the players who have managed its conquest.
Sounds exciting! I'm definitely going for the 100% on my first trip through The Sacred Stones, but I'm sure that I'll go bananas and attack my DS in frustration somewhere along the way. I figure that if I've already had to restart one chapter twice, things probably won't get much easier from hereon in. And you know what? I LOVE IT! HAHA!
Dragon Force 2 thoughts clearly appeal more to the people who have played 1
(as opposed to bidding and selling it on eBay endlessly). It is my
understanding that Dragon Force 1 was actually released on Sega's budget
remake line for the PS2 in Japan - but that Sony didn't want an English
version released. Is it true? I have no way of ascertaining. I do believe
DF2 warrants a rereleased version also.
Yes, yes, that sounds about correct. According to Wikipedia, Dragon Force was indeed remade for the Playstation 2 as a part of the "Sega Ages" series of re-releases, but it never made it across the great blue Pacific Ocean.
For anyone else wondering, since there are a lot of us, including myself, that never touched Sega systems, Dragon Force is one of the most highly-regarded Saturn RPGs. Dragon Force 2 hasn't even seen the North American light of day before, but if the re-release of the first didn't even make the translation cut, I just can't see anything more for its sequel. It's too bad, really.
I share your utopian vision of the "Way the World of RPGaming Should Be."
The Wii presents the opportunity to make it so. I must temper my enthusiasm
with the hard cold reality, however, that translating games of primary
interest to the readers of this site for the low prices Nintendo touts the
Wii as offering means little incentive to do so. Without making a random
guess I have no idea how much it would cost to translate, say, Treasure
Hunter G for the Super Famicom into English, but I doubt it would be made up
by the Wii downloading fee. And using fan ROM translations doesn't seem
Oh, I very highly doubt that any extra-old games will be localized in this day and age, because you're right: How would the effort be at all profitable for Nintendo at all? I'm interested to see, though, if Japanese games will still be available to North Americans for download. We could, in effect, play the original Final Fantasy II, III, and V... or better yet, Dragon Quest V and VI! Sure, we'd have to muck through the language, but wow... what an awesomely exciting (and legal!) opportunity!
Since I brought him into this site's subject matter, I must spread the
wisdom of Carlin to the masses! What a curse it must be, to be a bisexual.
Can you imagine wanting to f*** everyone you meet??? Ever watch golf on TV?
It's like watching flies f***!!! 'The greatest thing since sliced bread.'
So this is it, huh folks? The Great Wall of China. The f***ing pyramids,
for C*****ake! Even a lava lamp. To me, is greater than sliced bread.
'Please check around your immediate seating area, for any personal
belongings you might have brought on board.' Well - let's start with
'immediate seating area.' SEAT! It's a goddamn SEAT! Check around your
SEAT! 'For any personal belongings.' Well what other kind of belongings
are there? Public belongings? Do these people honestly think I'm going to
be traveling with a fountain I stole from the park? 'You might have brought
on board.' Well. I might have brought my arrow head collection. I
didn't... so I'm not going to look for it!!! I'm going to look for things I
brought on board!! Which would seem to increase the likelihood of my
finding something, wouldn't you say?
Yep... I heard that one, too. Good old offensive Georgie. Please, all bisexual people, golfers, people affiliated with airports, bisexual golfers, bisexual people affiliated with airports, people affiliated with airports who also play golf, and people affiliated with airports who golf and happen to be bisexual: Take that last bit with a grain of salt, please. Sorry. Thanks.
Now now, JuMe... let's get back on track. What else do you have to say?
I violated a few fundamental rules of paragraphs there - but oh well. I
recited all that from memory. (Non-Carlin fans may run screaming now).
Okay - back to genuine RPG talk. Golden Sun 3 should have been announced in
some form a long time ago and wasn't. Whyyyy? The premise was quite clear
and since Alex had gotten very little screen time his motivations could have
been damn near anything. Has Camelot been occupied only with Nintendo
sports titles since making those games?
Oh, I don't know, but I don't understand it either. Do you remember what representatives said after Golden Sun 2 was released, too? Representatives kind of bluntly stated that "there weren't any other Golden Sun games in the works." While this doesn't really indicate that the series is over with, I remember reading those comments and getting the impression that developing the game had been a painful ordeal or something. I could definitely be wrong, but Golden Sun really caught fire as soon as it was released and made the GBA into an even bigger must-have system. It was far from my favourite game of all time, but there's no way that a sequel wouldn't experience great success. Since I thought that the end really set things up naturally for another sequel, I was surprised to hear that not one was in the works. You never know, though; things could change at a later date!
Skies of Arcadia is a great title. I know since you don't own either of the
systems it appeared on you're understandably hesitant to track it down. But
if ever you do own a DC or a GC, grab it. And where's THAT sequel? I
suppose a little work online would find for me what Overworks has been up to
lately but dinner is about to be served.
On that note, SOCK guesses: #220: c. #221: d. I hate pavement primer that
gets onto my clothes and WON'T COME OFF.
Good luck getting that out, though I hope you weren't wearing anything you're particularly fond of.
As for Skies of Arcadia, it's not really clear. There was talk about a sequel awhile back, and I remember people talking excitedly about the possibility. For whatever reason, though, it seems like the project, if there ever was one, is in limbo at the very least. Hopefully, based on the success of the original, we'll see a comeback in the months and years to come.
Thanks for your letter, and have a good weekend.
What are Pokémon? Why, they're WII little creatures, of course!
Anwho Hi Matt and or MagWoren (Not a typing mistake
just my horendous lisp!
No worries 'bout the lisp. As I say to my friends, I
don't care what you call me, just so long as it's not
My question be from the land of pokemon in the asking
of have you seen the recently released video of
Pokemon for the Wii. Having not the resources (or
the broardband) to doenload it I wonder if it will be
a TRUE pokemon RPG with ALL of the pokemon available
somehow instead of a gloryfied colleseum
battles that the Gamecube versions offered up! As it
has been stated that it will have connectivity with
Pearl and such maybe both the Wii version
and the DS version will have different pokemon akin
to Blue and Reds different pokemon (Sandshrew and
Ekans). I pray they won't make people use there
DS's for a pokedex as that would be most cruel (But
The trailer, unfortunately, only shows some coliseum
style battles between a couple of pokemon trainers,
with 2-on-2 pokemon formation, so I don't know how
hopeful it is for the Wii title to be more like the
titles of the GB generation.
Possibly, the connectivity with the DS will just allow
a person to transfer captured pokemon to and from the
Wii game to the DS game, but more details are needed
for that type of speculation!
article, as I mentioned above, has some talk of DS as a usable controller for the Wii.
220: (A) Hast thou any proof, for if not then be gone
scurvy cur, lest my sword cleave your head from yon
shoulders (Nice addition no?).
And the beat goes on. Bainick, I feel like going
SWIMMING somewhere right now. Isn't that random and
strange? I don't understand myself.
Oh and i've given up on Ouro's points due to
ineptness for daytime soapies and the fact I spent an
hour getting it wrong yesterday!
Never give up! You never know how many people are
getting the questions right or wrong, and we won't
know until it's over, unless Matt feels like divulging
said information. Keep up the good work, Bainick!
Indeed! With only 4 chances this week, too, there really isn't that much opportunity for anyone to gain much of an insurmountable lead. I'll let you know if we have a winner next Tuesday; otherwise, this side contest shall continue onward until we do have one!
Just don't fast-forward through THIS letter, at least.
Don't even get me started on people who just hit x x x
x x x skipping text. My loser friend would scroll
through text as fast as he could and then get stuck,
finally he would call me and ask me where he should go
next. How the hell should I remember, I beat that
game years ago, but hey, what are you gonna do, some
people are just dumb.
Of course. Some people just don't have the patience, but I argue that those should be the people that are bigger fans of shorter-attention-span-requiring games, like sports games or racers. Not that there's anything WRONG with those genres, of course.
I once made the mistake of inviting a friend (not one of my "usual" gaming friends) over to see an RPG, though I can't remember exactly which one it was; it could have been Final Fantasy VII, but for some reason, I don't think it was. In any event, he was one of those people that evidently didn't care about anything that anyone had to say, so it was also the last time I invited him to play. :P
Here's a fond memory I have related to RPG's
concerning two player RPG's, Final Fantasy 6 on the
PSX to be exact. My friend and I both owned copies of
the game. Somehow my friend managed to turn on the
two player function without his knowledge, maybe he
was tired, maybe the menu screwed up on him, who
knows. But the next time he loaded his game he had
the weirdest error. He could start the game fine,
wonder around the world map fine, but once he got into
a battle he could choose an action with his first
character, but the game kinda jammed on the second.
He could still run away, but that was it. Hmm.
Eventually he bought my copy convinced it was a disc
error, when he still failed in his attempts to play he
was convinced it was a corrupt file. I think it took
him like a year to finally figure out he had the
second character switched to the second player
controller. Ahhh Good Times.
Ugh, what an unfortunate disaster of a port. Since the Playstation was theoretically a more powerful system than the Super Nintendo, you'd think that with a little bit of effort, they could have had the game run smoothly and fantastically, but with new errors, horrible load times, and gruesomely manipulated music, this excuse for a re-release made me want to cry. Hopefully we see better for the Game Boy Advance by the end of this year!
Well this is Question and Answer, so I guess I should
stop rambling and out with a question.
Hmmmm, who would win in a fight, Robocop or the
Likewise, who would win in a fight, Spider-man or The
Ring, meaning that if Spider-man watched the video
from the movie the ring, would he succomb to it's
curse.....I think that's enough out of me
Terminator, all the way. Since they always show the sequel on TV, I had never seen the original until last year, when they decided to air it on TMN or some similar station while I was at home with the family. Have you ever seen the Terminator in skeletal form near the end of that movie? Jeez. With that claymation-style frame-by-frame movement, I think Robocop would just explode in either fear or humour (or some strange combination of both).
Remember the story about my printer in first-year that gave me a heart? I don't remember if I ever told that one... but read this anyway!
Here are my feelings on the PSP versus the DS: I
firmly believe that the DS - not only the developers,
but the MACHINE ITSELF - loves you. It loves you, it
loves me; it loves us all.
Ah! I'm so happy to know that it loves us!
Affectionate hardware is so hard to come by these
days... Yes, I'm looking at you my lagging PS2...
And it proves its love
for us by providing not just one, but SEVERAL
interesting twists on handheld gaming: the
microphone, the touch screen, the FREE wireless play
(and all that it implies), and even the dual screens
It proves its love further by providing, in addition
to the unavoidable gimmicky games that force
themselves to make uninspired use of the system's
features, remarkable and innovative games that make
full and intuitive use of the variety that such a
system provides. I'm thinking of games like Trauma
Center, or Animal Crossing (mostly for the wireless),
or Mario Kart (again, for the wireless), or Lost in
Blue, or Warioware Touched, or even Phoenix Wright.
Hell, even Brain Age.
I have to say, the DS is worth it just for Mario Kart
with Wireless support. I don't know how many evenings
I have sat challenging people (and mostly losing):
friends, strangers, dip wads that hop off before the
Oh, and as if that weren't enough, the damn thing is
backward compatible. No matter what that jackass
from Microsoft had to say on the subject, backward
compatibility = awesome. And if you have the good
sense to let people play their old games on your new
system, or to keep your old system alive and viable
for those who never had a GBA (like me, for example),
then that puts you far ahead of the game. That's not
only a smart business practice, it's a damn nice
thing to do for gamers, especially those of us who
missed out on the GBA.
Backwards compatibility is what keeps me coming back
for systems. You say I can still play my massive
library of older games when I buy your new stuff? I'm
I am sad though that the DS is not GBC or GB (old
school game boys) compatible. Also, it doesn't hook
up to the GameCube like the GBA. *Sigh* Guess you
can't have it all. But at least it does play GBAs,
cause then I can boast having a lot of RPGs that can
play on the DS.
The DS loves us, and it wants us to love it.
But I get no such sense of love from the PSP. So far
as I can tell, the PSP does precious little to
advance handheld gaming, apart from having remarkable
graphics and a control stick. Both of which are
wonderful, absolutely (though that control stick
could use a little work, I feel). Oh, and it also
has that free WiFi multiplayer feature...man, that's
awesome no matter how you look at it.
From what I can tell, the PSP's gimmick is that it is
supposed to be your everything portable. Everything
you could ever want it to do, Sony wants it to do for
you. Heck, I bet if they could swing it, Sony would
attach a smoothie maker to it.
The trouble with the PSP is it's too busy trying to
do things that other gadgets already do. I have an
iPod. If it were a video iPod (it is not), I would
have precious little reason to get a PSP. Such as it
is, ALREADY have precious little reason to get a PSP,
because I've yet to see a single game for the system
(except maybe Liberty City Stories, which is ported
to the PS2 now anyway) that would pique my interest
even remotely well enough to warrant the ridiculous
$250 price. Oh, and in order to take advantage of
many of the system's features, you need a Memory
stick, which you'll pay even more for.
There's only maybe two games I'm yearning for on the
PSP, Me and My Katamari and Lumines (both Puzzle
games), but neither makes the $250 price tag
appealing. Even a couple of the newer RPGs are
looking nice for it, but nothing short of gold plating
or a price drop will get me a PSP at current market
And a word about its ability to play UMD movies: No.
I rebuke you, PSP, for your gimmicky movie-playing
ability. For charging DVD-area prices for your odd
(but growing) selection of movies, to be watched on a
tiny little handheld screen. I'm not even sure if
those movies can be played on something that ISN'T
the PSP (like a PC, for example). But if you can't,
that makes it even MORE ridiculous, unless your
entire movie collection is based off your PSP, and
you're totally OK with that.
For your edification, UMD disks can only be played on
the PSP. So, nope, no watching those movies in a PC
or another player.
In addition to being a proprietary format, another
thing that has always irked me about the UMD movies is
the fact that Sony outright said that they were mostly
concerned with translating 'guy movies' to UMD because
their audience for the PSP was guys. Ouch, burned...
They did eventually add two of my favorite movies to
the UMD library, Labyrinth and Dark
Crystal, so I guess they can't be all bad.
Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is this:
strictly from a game system standpoint, the DS wins
out. It's innovative, it's really two systems in
one, and it has a number of great games that actually
make use of that innovation. The PSP is just a
gadget that happens to play some seriously pretty
games. Both are remarkable in the sense that their
technology is incredible: we are playing what are
essentially Playstation 1-quality games on machines
that fit in our pockets. But, as handhelds, the DS
loves you, and the PSP loves your money.
Both seem to be pretty lacking in the RPG department
right now. But the DS has an immediate advantage,
because the GBA has the best lineup of RPGs of any
handheld system to date, and owning a DS gives you
immediate access to that library.
And if you play other genres beyond RPGs, I would
argue that the DS has a larger library of lovable
As far as the future goes, I'd say the DS has the
advantage again, because the touch screen and all its
other features would, if properly used, make for much
more interesting RPG experiences than anything the
more straightforward PSP could cook up.
Of course, I'm speaking purely hypothetically, as I
have very little awareness of what titles are coming
up for either system, except that the DS has FFIII
and a Harvest Moon title coming up. What I mean to
suggest is that the POTENTIAL for RPG greatness is
much, much higher for the DS.
Assuming they don't screw it up. Because the worst
thing about the DS is how easy it is to turn its
awesome features into a gimmick, and crap up your
game. I hope that developers don't feel the need to
make the touch screen or microphone integral to their
games, JUST BECAUSE IT'S THERE. If you can't think
of a good use for it, DON'T USE IT! We don't need to
be popping out the stylus every thirty seconds to
enjoy a game.
Gimmicks are bad, but you know someone, somewhere out
there is going to do it. Hopefully, it will be
limited to the inexperienced developers and not our
beloved major developers. Though blowing up balloons
with the mic in Mario Kart is boarder-line gimmicky.
I also wish they'd stop coming up with cutesy-clever
uses for the letters "DS" in their game titles.
Lunar: Dragon Song? Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow?
Just stop it!
Actually, just stop making Lunar games altogether;
they weren't all that great to begin with.
Heh, I still have not had the dubious honor of playing
any of the Lunar games, though one of the ports for
the PSX is sitting on my shelf staring at me, so no
worries about ducking me.
Thanks for the letter, hon!
Mwahahaha... that's me! The CONSTRUCTOR, with an O.
As much as I hate to let go of first place, I've decided that I'd like to go ahead and trade in my points for a co-host position. The loot's nice (Arc the Lad is rather tempting), but co-hosting isn't something I can get to do anywhere else, whereas if I want loot there's always Ebay, right?
Ohohoho, others are gonna be maaaaad at you! For some strange reason, three different contestants held off until TODAY to trade their points in for co-hosting positions, but there was only one left, and you beat out Xlash by less than two hours. Prepare, all! Erika will join us in once again in... probably a couple of weeks' time!
Everyone is in the competition for a different reason, but there are all sorts of prizes, big and small, up for grabs, and I'm more than happy to give it all away. There's word on the street that we might see a PAL title on the SOCK shelf sometime in the future, too... the point is, though, that if you work at it, I think there is an awesome chance that you could have something nice sent your way. It's the least I can do for loyal readers. ^_^
Meanwhile you know how you said in a recent column that until not long ago your were working on an RPG of your own? Is it just me or is SOCK itself is starting to look like an RPG what with all the new items and, in particular, the status ailments (I'm particularly impressed by by the "Dark" status; that's wonderfully evil.)? Hmmm... This would, of course, make all us competitors characters (or pawns perhaps...) within said RPG. And naturally that would leave you as the evil overlord plotting our collective demise......
So here are tonight's SOCK answers:
a) Hast thou any proof?
Bonus Question #3
j) The Legend of Zelda (I remember seeing this and your comment that they seemed rather unhappy with their jobs. Heh-heh.)
Well, of course! I have to channel my creativity somewhere, even if it is through random day-to-day trivia. I can't wait for things to heat up once more spells and items get fired back and forth. Uwaaaahhahaha! <3
Does anyone have any other ideas for the competition? Let me know if you think of anything ultra-diabolical, and you never know... you might see your idea incorporated into my twisted game one day!
Warning: Many spoilers for various games prevalent. Proceed with caution!
I've been reading everyone's letters about favorite
RPG moments so I thought I might contribute. Like
Bigwook (6/08/06) I have several, but I'll try to
keep a couple of them relatively short.
Worry not! Run on as long as you like, neither Matt
nor I would have the heart to cut you off, especially
1) In Dragon Quest VIII, when the Argonian King is
describing Princess Medea to Prince Charmless in an
attempt to motivate him. Jessica's reaction to the
whole "Va-Va-Voom" moment is classic, especially if
you talked to a lot of people in Alexandria ( i.e.
the little girl who doesn't understand the term) and
Port Prospect (Jessica's often described as "a
You know, I really should pick up a copy of DQ VIII
one of these days. I keep hearing good things about
the game somewhere, though I don't remember where.
2) I don't know if you've ever played Tales of
Symphonia, but the final battle is fantastic. Not
only is it fun, but if you actually listen carefully
when the boss has lost half his HP, you'll here him
and Lloyd argue. I think that combined with the
action-oriented battle system made the small moment
very memorable to me. It's like telling the story
through battle, something that I haven't often seen
I have played a bit of ToS, but I have not completed
it yet. I rented it once to see how I liked it, and
decided to pick it up recently. Now I'll have to move
it up on my backlog list, just so I can hear the
I do, however, love how Colette always leaves holes in
the walls in her shape everywhere she goes. Nothing
like leaving a lasting impression on your journey to
being the Chosen One.
3) The "Yuna's Sending" moment from FFX really is
superb. It's just such a simple and elegant scene, I
can watch it over and over again in the theater.
It is a very lovely and, dare I say, moving scene. My
uncle was the first to encounter the Sending cut
scene, and he had to back up to his last save and show
everyone it. Even just hearing the song track for the
scene brings it to mind for me.
Oh, and can I talk about my least favorite moment?
I'm sure I'm not alone in absolutely abhorring
the "love scene" at the lake in FFX; you know the
one, where Tidus and Yuna drift underwater for like
five minutes of tedium. Gah! That couldn't be over
soon enough to suit me.
That, my friend, is what we call a 'popcorn moment'.
A point in a game or movie where it is appropriate to
go refill snacks/drinks because nothing of importance
happens for several minutes. Think of it as the 7th
Hey- try having your dad walk in from doing big, manly farmwork outside just as you get to that movie sequence! Don't tell me it's abhorrable until your parents start looking at you funny for playing mushy games. I've only been more embarrassed once, and that happened when family members and friends overheard Yuna "Na-na-na!"-ing as a Songstress in
It wasn't until later that it
actually became somewhat enjoyable. A few months ago
I was talking to my girlfriend's brother about the
game and I brought up how much I hated that scene.
Well, my girlfriend was curious about it so her
brother played the movie in the game's theater. When
it was over, my girlfriend said something about
Yuna's panties being wet and I started laughing my
ass off. Oh, sexual innuendo is funny.
Nice. Sometimes all it takes is a new mind set to get
you through a once tedious game or section of game. I
know some people who were irritated with FFX just
because of Tidus's character. I showed them a cut
scene from Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal, where
Ratchet (who is voiced by the same actor that voices
Tidus) dances around doing a cheesy 'risque' dance
going Um chicka, um chicka, um chicka... Now
they have no problem with Tidus, cause all they see is
him doing the same routine.
Anyway, keep up the great work!
~ The Irish Ninja
I'll pass on your regards to Matt. Thanks for the letter!
PHEW! That went well, didn't it? MagRowan, thanks for yet another fantastic job! I swear that if something ever happened to me, you could do very well to fill my shoes.
What, poetry? Again? Come on, you're killing me.
~Welcome to this spot
I never know what to say
So I write haiku~
***Answers to June 7th's Questions***
#220. a) Hast thou any proof? - 340 points (a question that hearkens back to Dragon Warrior 1; it's a quote from a townsperson in Brecconary)
#221. d) Thwomp - 275/550 for JokingChimer (thanks for the submission! Thwomps never appear as combatable foes in the original Mario RPG)
Bonus: j) The Legend of Zelda - 1 Star
***Today's New Questions***
Reader-Submitted #222: According to the instruction manual, if the secret
love between Cid and Yuffie ever came to fruition and
produced a love child what are the possibilities for
that childs blood type? (300 points)
a) A, AB
b) B, AB
c) A, B, AB, O
e) A, B, AB
MagRowan's #223: Blue mimics are a pain to beat when not properly
equiped or leveled, but blue chests hold the best treasures. How can you tell a Blue Mimic from a real
a) The top bands are slightly thicker than those on a real chest
b) The mimic has a slightly more yellow tint in its coloring
c) The mimic will follow you when you get close while the chest remains stationary.
d) Mimics have no light reflection lines on their lid
e) There is no reliable way to tell the difference between blue chests and mimics.
Yikes! Tough questions, these are.
Only one more day remains in the SOCK bonus challenge! There is a link hidden somewhere in this column that will bring you to a secret question, and the person who has accumulated the most stars after this column will be granted Ouro's 2,094 points! If there is a tie, though, the extra questions will continue into next week, where someone will win by sudden death- as soon as someone is alone in the lead, they will be granted the pointage! Goooood luck!
Oh, and a message to CAP. For some reason, I don't think you're getting my e-mail messages!! I've been asking you about items for the last week or week and a half, so check your Spam folders to make sure my replies aren't being eaten up. I need to know what items you want! Thank you!
SOCK's Item List
*You may obtain these items upon reaching the listed point benchmarks!*
2,000 points: Your choice of Fire Spell (1 left) or Point Halver (1 left)
3,500 points: Your choice of Blizzard Spell (2 left) or Sneak Glove (1 left)
5,000 points: Your choice of Esuna Spell (2 left) or Dark Converter (1 left)
7,000 points: Your choice of Mithril Armor (3 left) or Damage Deflector (3 left)
10,000 points: Your choice of Ultra Sneak Glove (1 left) or Confuse Spell (2 left)
14,000 points: Your choice of Blizzara Spell (2 left) or Annoying Curse (2 left)
19,000 points: Your choice of Rename Card (2 left) or Vanish Spell (2 left)
Click Here For Item Descriptions and Contest Rules!
SOCK's Prize Shop
*You may SPEND points here in order to obtain any of the following prizes- new ones may appear at any time*
2,000 points: Matt's Mom's Cookie Compilation- 6 fantastic recipes right out of Matt's mom's amazing
kitchen! Yours, upon request. (5 left)
4,000 points: Intro Paragraph Cameo- If you feel like having a piece of Q&A all to yourself for a day,
but you're not up for answering a bunch of questions, this option might be just for you! Say the word, and the
Intro Paragraph is yours to do whatever you want with for a day. (5 left)
15,000 points: Nintendo Wii Canvas Carrying Bag- It's simple and white, with blue print, and two drawstrings; I picked this up while waiting in the nigh-infinitely long line to play Nintendo's new console at E3 2006. If you'd like it, I'll mail it to you free of charge! (1 left)
15,000 points: Pokémon 10th Anniversary game case- Not as special as it sounds, but useful for carrying up to 4 DS games or 2 DS games and 2 Game Boy Advance games. Translucent plastic with a silver Pikachu and print on the front. (1 left)
15,000 points: Bonus Cohost Opportunity- I like giving these out because I don't have to pay for shipping. (3 left)
20,000 points: Cohost Opportunity #4- It might sound like a lot, but it'll be here before you know it.
Your next chance to reign over Q&A with yours truly. (5 left)
22,000 points: Slime Keychain Dangler- Fresh from the Square Enix booth at E3 2006, this cute little guy can be yours. (1 left)
22,000 points: Slime Snail Keychain Dangler- Anyone remember Slime Snails from Dragon Warrior III? I managed to snag one of these, too. Strut with Dragon Quest pride!! (1 left)
25,000 points: Full Host Opportunity #1- This is it. Write your own Q&A section, without having me
interrupt, break in, or steal your sunshine. Be RPGamer's new idol for a day! (1 left)
30,000 points: Nintendo DS Lite Carrying Case- This won't quite fit old-model DS handhelds, but it's lightweight and flashy. White and black with an extra zippered pocket for carrying games, and a hook to attach to clothes, backpacks, or whatnot. I received this at Nintendo's Pre-E3 Media Briefing. (1 left)
30,000 points: Your choice of Megaman X4, X5, or X6 for the PSX. If you're into the Megaman series
as much as I am, and you don't own any of these, I don't need them any more, now that I have purchased the
collection. You can take your pick, and I'll send it to you in the mail with a handwritten note of congratulations
from myself. They aren't RPGs, for sure, but I'm working on it for the future. (Sorry, NTSC-format only) (3 left)
50,000 points: Suikoden for the PSX. Play the game that started off the entire series! Josh was generous enough to donate this exciting prize, so it would be cool to send this to a good and loving home. (Sorry, NTSC-format only) (1 left)
100,000 points: Arc the Lad Collection, for the PSX. Donated by ~Sean~~, so thank him! This collection contains four RPGs from an often-overlooked series. If you can get to 100,000 first, you can call this your own. (Sorry, NTSC-format only) (1 left)
That wraps it up for my four days this week, but don't stop now! Ouro will be taking over tomorrow for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday's columns, and he's got plenty of fun in-store, especially with a recently-unveiled game of his own!
From myself to all of you, I wish you a fantastic weekend. I'll be back on Tuesday!
***Matt has another busy weekend in store himself!
*yawn* I hate the fact that my professor, Herb, is wanting me to come into campus to chat TWICE a week now. It's so annoying to have to worry about always getting something done, just because I feel the need to impress him. Ooh... wait. Perhaps that's the point. Hmm.
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About the Host
Matt's Top 3 Current Games:
1. The New Super Mario Brothers
2. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
3. Radiata Stories
Matt's Top 3 Gaming Desires:
1. Disgaea II
2. Final Fantasy III
3. Xenosaga: Episode III
SOCK's Top 25:
5. Alan Tse
13. TV's Adam