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For all those who can't sleep at night without their
Q&AK column, I'm Brian Glick, and I'm temporarily hosting this
madhouse until Andrew "inanimate" Kaufmann returns from...well, wherever
the heck he is. For the moment, please email questions directly to me. I
reserve the right to publish and edit all emails and reply to them in a
condescending, opinionated, and/or wacky manner.
Brian, I'm dying to know! Please tell me about the literally hundreds of
replies you received in response to the question of the origin of the
term "gil", that appeared in yesterday's
I was overflowed by responses to yesterday's question which asked "Where
did the term 'gil' come from?". I'd like to thank everyone that wrote to
me with guesses and information. Here's a short summary of what I
discovered, and linked together:
Final Fantasy VII and Tactics weren't the first games
to truly use the term "gil", as I had suspected. The term has actually
been in use ever since the very first Final Fantasy, in Japan. The
Romanization of the currency in the games is "giru," which can then be
translated into English as "gil".
From there, however, it isn't clear why the translators
for the games changed "gil" to "GP", or Gold Pieces. The most likely
reason is because the translators did not wish to confuse the North
American market with a term unfamiliar to us. (Like we'd really be
scratching our heads, unable to proceed further in the game until we
found out what it meant.) Gold is commonly used as a method of trade and
exchange in medieval atmospheres, so that would obviously be the best
choice to use if one were to change the name from "gil" to something
But...is there another reason why "gold" was chosen?
Unaware or not to the translators, "gil" actually appears in the English
dictionary (sometimes under "gild" or "gilt"). It is defined as a "thin
layer of gold". "Gilded" means to cover an object in a layer of gold.
The translators may not have known it at the time, but "gil" and "gold"
actually have a lot more in common than one would expect!
Another popular theory I received involves Final
Fantasy IV, the first Final Fantasy for the Super Nintendo. The
character most of us know as Edward was known as "Gilbert" in Japan,
symbolizing the wealth of his kingdom. The theory is that his name was
shortened and used as a symbol for the currency in the latest games.
However, since the currency has always been known as "gil" in the
Japanese versions of the games, this theory is now debunked. =)
I went to a movie theatre the other evening and I saw the new X-Files
logo on a poster. And I thought to myself. Damn, that really looks like
Xenogears "X". Do you think there is a possible trademark infringement
Does the X logos look similar or did I smoke something funny for
I do believe there's some sort of conspiracy going on here. Shrouded in
mystery is the time when the movie, and the game, first began production.
Who inspired who? Will we ever know... the
Me and someone else have a bet going where I think there'll be Lufia 3
doesn't. I could swear that I saw somethin' about Lufia 3 on RPGamer,
tell me if I'm right or if he's right? Thanks.
It looks like you win this bet. About a month ago we posted a news story about an upcoming release of
Lufia III for the Playstation. Looks like it'll be released some time in
early 1999. All news releases are available under the "News and
Information" link, and then the "News Archives" link. I'm personally
looking quite forward to the next Lufia game; I love the series, and it's
a high item on my to-do list to put some Lufia coverage up on RPGamer
Hey....Umm.....I don't want to be mean or anything, just don't get angry
I ask this....Remember, it's JUST a question. You seem kind of obsessed
with Andrew Kaufmann's "good looks".....and well.....which way is the
swinging down there, if you know what I mean. Are you *ahem* gay, or is
just kind of a joke between you and Kaufmann?
I think it's time I came out of the closet. You see, I'm straight,
but...Andrew Kaufmann has been paying me to improve his image in this
column while he's been gone. My comments were meant solely to try to
increase his popularity with the ladies and were not meant to be taken as
my own personal feelings towards Andy's skills of attraction. In fact, I
know that Andrew can't even hold a candle to my sensitivity,
conversational skills, and adorably cute curly hair; the three true
things that women look for in a man.
(Sorry, Andrew, your last check bounced.)