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Ask Veronica, Veronica Henry - October 30th- Really Early - CST

Well, it's the end of another hectic week in the academic world. Quarterly grades have come out and I'm safe from my mother's guillotine once again. Yes, that means I'll still be around to torture you or humor you, depending on the perspective you have.

While Brad is bumping elbows with the Japanese and riding smokeless camels in Egypt (all while wearing the exact same set of clothes every day. Hope he has a hefty supply of Right Guard...) I'm back in the U.S.A, living it up and enjoying the fact that I've never been outside of the country once to the fullest. Yeah, it's absolutely wonderful... < /sarcasm >

Hey, and in the spirit of Halloween..(okay, bad spirit and bad example...) I need you guys to do me a favor. Our very own Ryan Amos needs help with a project he's doing for school. If you could, please take time to fill out this quick survey. It deals with high school students and internet usage. He, and I, would really appreciate it. ^_^

Speaking of Halloween, because it's a holiday semi-recognized by the country I'm holding a contest that has absolutely nothing to do with Halloween. Appropriate, no?

Q & A Triple Triad Design Contest

That's right. Triple Triad. Entrants must design two Triple Triad cards of Brad and myself. Any medium or style is permitted, and creativity is a definate plus!
Judging will be based on quality, originality, and creativity.
All entries are due by November 4th. The winner will be announced on Saturday's Q & A, and will have a guest spot on the following Saturday's column. (November 13th.)
If you need reference pictures, here is a collage of all of my scanned photographs.
Oh yeah, and here are two of that other guy... ^_^ 1 - 2

Good luck, godspeed, and on to Q & A mayhem.


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Finally going to beat it this weekend!

Hey God! How'd you know that?
One question: why are you people so excited about the PS2? The RPGs
announced on that piece of crap are either utterly terrifying, or they're
not even remotely original, and the only possible RPG title lined up on
that thing (possibly) is Final Fantasy IX, and Square may or may not screw
that one beyond repair too. The Dreamcast has more and better titles,
Grandia II, Eternal Arcadia, Evolution, Evolution 2, Langrisser Millenium,
just to name a few, to PS2's. . .two RPG titles. Oh, my, how exciting! Two
titles!

Yours Truly,
Chris Maguire,
The Dancing Blind Man With An Assualt Rifle.

Veronica:
Now, I'm just going to go out on a limb here and say that you've probably been a long time Sega supporter. That's fine. However, in all of your consideration of this question, did you really think?

Sega has greatly suffered under the glory of the PlayStation and Nintendo 64 for a very long time now, with the PlayStation being the true dominator. It's library of RPGs and wide developer support put the Saturn to shame, as did its technology. Thus Sony remained in the spotlight, and is still there.

You are right that the Dreamcast is fierce competition for the PlayStation. It has cleaned the dark stigma off of Sega's name considerably. Its RPGs can give the PlayStation a run for its money. However, the PlayStation 2 can give the Dreamcast a run for its money much more easily.

Sony has offered so much over Sega in terms of a quality gaming library and third-party support for the past few years that they have a wide market of supporters, many more than Sega ever had. (The 32x fiasco wasn't exactly a great help, either.) With the announcement of the PlayStation 2, Sony supporters have much to look forward to because of Sony's good reputation. It's true that not many RPGs have been announced for the Playstation 2, but the release of the system is still a ways off. Patience is a virtue that we'll have to live by.

You know, I didn't know you had access to a PlayStation 2, or anyone did for that matter. If you don't, you certainly must be God to know whether a game is good or bad without even playing 5 minutes of it. :)

 
From the Home Office in Wahoo, Nebraska...
Twenty Signs you've been playing a little too much Final Fantasy 8

1. You find yourself crouched ontop of your desk, during a boss battle, screaming at your television, "Lion Heart, goddammit! LION HEART!"

2. When Squall fails to pull off the Lionheart, you incessantly call him impotent for the next five minutes.

3. Your room looks like a disaster area because you were at 249 boosting, and hit it during the red X.

4. You join FMV's Anonynomous.

5. You end your sentences with "...ya know?"

6. Your friends respond by smacking you and screaming one word answers.

7.You find yourself chanting, "Renzokuken... Renzokuken" when Squall reaches limit.

8. You've perfected a little "Lion Heart celebration" dance.

9. You still ponder why Esthar just let you have the Ragnarok.

10. The Queen of Cards runs when she sees you whip out your deck.

11. You scream and bitch "Why doesn't he just pull out his Gunblade and take the damn thing!?" when you lose a card game (and subsequently your Squall card.)

12. Eden does so much damage that the game crashes.

13. You have real estate on The Island Closest to Hell.

14. The game erases the "Game Over" screen to make room for more saved games.

15. Squall falls over giggling when Seifer shows up.

16. Selfie falls over giggling when Seifer shows up.

17. Instead of "New Game" and "Continue", the choices are, "Haven't you Played Enough?" and "Please Shoot Me."

18. You manipulate code to defeat monsters.

19. The Attack command is replaced with the Win command.

20. When Final Fantasy 9 comes out, you're already on level 90.

Veronica:
Can you believe I'm guilty of # 1, 5, 6, and 7?

 
Shakespearean Pokémon. Yeah, it scares me too.
Act III, Scene I
Pikachu enters
PIKACHU

To see another RPG on yet another console: if it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. You all hath disgraced us, and cost Nintendo half a million; laughed at our losses against Tamagotchis, mocked at our titles on the Game Boy Color and N64, scorned our home, Pokémon Island, thwarted our licensing deals, cooled our trainers, heated our enemies at Sony; and what's your reason? I am a Pokémon. Hath not a Pokémon experience points? hath not a Pokémon maximum HP, agility, sprite dimensions, plot development, party micromanagement, turn-based battle-system? fed with the Pokémon food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same potions and medicines, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a SeeD is? If you prick us, do we not pixelate? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not faint after several turns in battle? and if you wrong us, shall we not turn against you, regardless of your badges? If we are like other RPG characters in the rest, we will resemble them in that. If a Pokémon wrongs a Gebler, what is his humility? Revenge. If a Mysidian casts Comet a Pokémon, what should his sufferance be by Squaresoft's example? Why, revenge. The villany you teach us, we will execute (Pokémon...Use your Meteo attack!...Go!), and it shall go harder than a Geodude in the deepest levels of Mount Moon.

Submitted by Cutriss@null.net

Veronica:
You know... if you can understand all of the Old English within the letter (hey, if it hurts too much to read, don't. I understand. ^_^) Mr. Pokémon has a very good point. It's true that the franchise may be a bit overplayed, but Pokémon is just like the Final Fantasy series, except your Illumina sword is replaced by the Ice Beam attack. Well said, Mr. Pokémon...
Now get back in the ball or no Full Restore for you!

 
Clive Barker? Oh...just Clive. M'kay...
  Can you help me in Suikoden 2?  I need to know where I can find Clive.  I heard that you meet him in Muse first and then in South Window.  Well, I never saw him in Muse and now its too late to go back.  I'm on my way to Rockaxe and Muse has been destroyed.  Can I still get him?  Thanks.

Veronica:
Sorry, you missed your "Window" of opportunity.

 
 


Veronica's Final Thoughts (at random.):


No blue-thwapping. Less pointless unhumorous jokes. Where has the real Veronica gone, you may ask? She's right here, writing with more sense in her head.

...or at least trying. :)

Q & A mail has really died off on my weekend shift, and I think I know why. Don't send me the reasons, because I'm a smart girl with MAD critical thinking SKILLZ. I've been reading the mail and know what's going on and what you the readers want. You guys are who we work for, and if you're not happy, things have to change so that you are happy.
(Within reason. If you're definition of happiness is world destruction, you're out of luck.)

So, here I am. I'm trying to change little by little, and I'm asking for a second chance. Perhaps I haven't been giving my all to the column. If that's what you want...

...then I'm here to try. That's all I can do.

Take care and be prepared for Halloween mayhem! >:)
(Someone has got do something creative for it... might as well be... erhm...someone...)


Veronica "I'd make a swell Edea card for Halloween. Now if I could only find a plastic surgeon..." Henry

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