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January 6th, 2012

01/06- 12:00PM EST

Welcome to the first Q&A of 2012! 2011 was a good year for RPGs, and hopefully 2012 will follow suit. I finished out the year by completing Dark Souls and just got the review for that up yesterday! What games did all of you finish last year? Nobody sent any guesses for the Zelda challenge over the holidays, so I'm going to provide a new hint to make things a bit easier. The hint is: Wind Waker is number two on the list. Now you only need to guess three spots! Good luck.

Anyway, I just wanted to take a moment to talk about the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) that everyone's been talking about. Don't worry, I'm not going to get political! I'm just going to provide, as requested by a reader, a quick overview.

What is it?
From Wikipedia (they describe it better than I could):

"The originally proposed bill would allow the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, to seek court orders against websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. Depending on who requests the court orders, the actions could include barring online advertising networks and payment facilitators such as PayPal from doing business with the allegedly infringing website, barring search engines from linking to such sites, and requiring Internet service providers to block access to such sites. The bill would make unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content a crime, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison for 10 pieces of music or movies within six months. The bill also gives immunity to Internet services that voluntarily take action against websites dedicated to infringement, while making liable for damages any copyright holder who knowingly misrepresents that a website is dedicated to infringement."

Why does it matter to people not pirating things?
I think the big worry here is that a lot of creative elements that use copyrighted material could be at risk, such as "Let's Play" video series, the many custom videos on YouTube made with clips from people's favorite shows/games/etc. That's at least in terms of the game community's worries. There's of course worries about censorship, infringement of free speech etc. I encourage people to research more and come up with your own opinions. The full wikipedia article can be found here. I hope this has proved informative.

Now then, on to the letters!

The Letters
Ultimate Final Fantasy

@AskWheels Describe your all-star Final Fantasy. What battle system, music/art, etc. would you use from current games or ideal dev staff?



Ah what a fine query. Let's start with music. For the music I'd go with a tag team of Nobuo Uematsu and Hitoshi Sakimoto. I'd want this all-star game to take place in Ivalice, so we'd need Sakimoto to compose similar themes, and Uematsu would handle new versions of the classic Final Fantasy tunes. Art style would stick to the themes and styles of the Ivalice games. Battle system would go for a hybrid of Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy VI. Characters would have unique abilities and be able to learn magic, and the combat itself would closely resemble that of XII.  Yasumi Matsuno would be heavily involved, as would Hiroyuki Ito. Finally, the maestro Kawazu would serve as producer and throw in some crazy ideas as needed. As for the actual dev team, I'd want that to be handled by Eidos Montreal. I'd like to hear what your all-star Final Fantasy would be, and that of you, good readers!

Choices Choices...

@AskWheels Ok. So aliens annihilate the earth. You can escape via spaceship to safety but you can only take one song from the all-time greatest vg OST ever, the music of Chrono Cross - which song do you preserve for the future?



That is an incredibly difficult question. Would I go with the battle system? Probably not, as I find that can be a tad annoying after awhile. Do I go with the amazing opening theme? No I think that's too typical an answer. I'm going to have to go with the world map thing that harkens back to Chrono Trigger, Fields of Time. This is the song I'm talking about. Really, that's almost an impossible task. How can someone choose only one? What monster would force such a choice?!?!?

Found Buried in the Inbox

What is you favorite Kirby ability, wheels!



That is a good question! I haven't played too many Kirby games, but I've played enough to make that a difficult question to answer! I'm going to have to cheat a bit and say Samus Kirby's abilities from Smash Bros are pretty rad. Kirby with that suit on just looks so cool! One I wish existed, would have to be Black Mage Kirby. I once met the artist of VG Cats at a convention and he drew a picture of that for me. get on that Nintendo!

                                            Mage Kirby

Connection Challenge Time
 link Tag: The Assassination Game to Sailor Moon: Another Story


The Assassination Game starred Linda Hamilton -> Linda Hamilton starred in the movie Terminator -> The Terminator TV show aired on Fox -> The Sailor Moon anime aired on the Fox Kids network in Australia -> Sailor Moon: Another Story is based on the same property as the anime

I should have better connection challenges - I blame the lack of Turner Classic Movies in recent months.  Still, linking Uforia to Seventh Cross Evolution ought to be fun.



This one ended up being shockingly easy: Uforia was distributed by Universal Pictures -> Both Universal Pictures and NEC were backers of the now defunct HD-DVD disc format -> NEC published Seventh Cross Evolution in Japan.

That's it for this week, get those Zelda guesses in!

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