In One Hundred Words or Less
September 15, 2005
Rebecca Rudeen - 14:48 EST
Is there anyone here
who's unimpressed that FFIV is coming out for GBA? As
someone who's still trying to struggle her way through FFIV on
the PSX, I am. (Did everyone get that or is my use of
abbreviations getting annoying?)
Now this important announcement: Apparently, Z-Force's threat of pouring Nair in
your shampoo bottles didn't take root (ha, ha) because I
didn't get too much to work with today. So here's my
version of the announcement: Send us letters or I will spend
my columns bemoaning the Japanese voice actors in FF7:AC
without having seen FF7:AC.
Onto your letters.
Cute, Furry, Expendable. Pick any two.
After just reading a local magazine which had there own thoughts on the worse mascot ever, my questions are;
Who is your favourite mascot, and who is your most hated mascot and who had the best and worse sayings?
(Sorry about the welcome but
i've just spent 3 hours watching "shudder" bad
Hopefully you were just bored
and didn't have to watch bad westerns for Film Appreciation
class or somesuch. (I've had to watch a few doozies in
both high school and college.)
of Magic Knight Rayearth has to be one of my favorite
mascots. He's small, white and portable and is able to
create useful things out of thin air--like flying boats and
egg-shaped hotels and first-aid kits. (If you read the
original manga that Magic Knight Rayearth is based on, Mokona
created a lot more. A whole lot more.) He's
also got a one-word vocabulary, unlike some other traveling
critters. (Puu!) The only downside is that he tends to
disappear in battle.
worst mascot, I'd have to say Nall from Lunar. I
survived five minutes of Lunar: SSS and found myself wanting
to get to a dentist FAST--his voice was so sweet it oozed
honey and butterflies. He wasn't that much better in
Lunar Legend, but the party-reviving feature was a sure plus.
The Next Big Thing? Sounds like a crappy
title for a reality show.
Howdy Current Q&A Contestant,
At Steven Z's suggestion, I've thought up of something I think might be innovative to RPGs: negative HP and MP. Or has another RPG already done that?
Jeremy, the Duke of Otterland
So, you're thinking about a
pretense of health/magic kind of thing, huh? That's
something I haven't seen myself. It'd be interesting,
though to see a character who kept on running (on adrenalin?)
when everyone else thought he was down for the count. Or
perhaps have an item that temporarily kept you going even when
you hit 0 HP or 0 MP when you're far away from the nearest
inn/revival spot and you're the only one left in the
party. The only thing that I think really comes close is
Earthbound with its rolling HP/PP counter where mere seconds
could mean the difference between life and death.
Recreational Gamers Unite.
What? MO-OOOOOM!!!!...oh wait,
So let's say I only pop into the gaming world on occasion
because I never have any money for games and it's just too
tempting and annoying. I hope to get a job soon. Would it be
totally idiotic at this point to purchase any of the current
consoles, in the aspect of RPGs? I realize there is a wealth
of back catalogue by this point, but I'd kind of like to play
FF12 or whatever when it comes out versus three hundred years
Being reluctant to spend huge
sums of money myself, I know where you're coming from.
At this point, I'd say that the only thing it'd be really
idiotic to get is the Game Boy Micro (which comes out in the
next few days, I believe) because I think the GBA SP is
much more superior even though it's got crappy choices in
color. If you want to, go ahead and buy that system, because
chances are you can trade in said system plus a couple of
games you're really tired of for a Brand Spanking New Next Gen
Console. They'll still be developing games for the Gamecube/GBA/XBox/PS2 for another couple of years, and
there's also a good deal of backwards compatibility mixed in
with the next-gen systems so you'll still most likely be able
to play FF12 (or FF7, even) on a PS3 without any trouble.
Good luck in the job
department. Hopefully you didn't major in journalism
like I did.
Hey Bucket (at least I hope this was sent soon enough for
Z-Force was giving out topic ideas, so I'll run with a couple
of those. Anyway, I liked the frist two
Xenosagas, much more than 'gears. I honestly hope they
finish the current story arc in Episode 3 though, they need to
move on, and I need to stop hearing people whine because
they're not Xenogears. What do you think?
I have never played any of the
games in question so I'm not sure what to think. From
what I've heard, once Square backed out of the project,
everything fell apart, which is why you've got all this
"based on" stuff.
I like the guy who was complaining about stories being ripped
off, but it's kind of true. Even Final Fantasy's
legendary status originated from a rip-off (FF1 was a rip-off
of Dragon Quest, the big difference was the length of the story and the gameplay improvements).
Anyway, I'm hoping that FF12 does take itself somewhat more seriously, but I also kind of wonder what
you think of it. How does FF12 look likes it's shaping
up to you?
Well, I guess that's really all from me today. As to the
subject of this e-mail? Mokona from Tsubasa Chronicle is a scary little sucker, makes me fear the minds
who thought her up even more.
Graphically, it looks all nice
and shiny. I'm concerned about the whole tone this game
is getting, because from one of the screenshots I've seen it
makes me feel that there's some sort of party game-esque thing
going on. However, it might be a long time before we
hear anything else of it other than the names and the faces of
the player characters because of all the stuff Squeenix is
doing nowadays in regards to FF7.
you think Mokona Modoki from Tsubasa Chronicle is scary...you
haven't seen the original Mokona.
Coming to a TV near you this holiday
season...if you don't do school, stay in milk, and drink
Question for you - which of
the next-gen consoles is going to find its way next to
your TV, and why? Also, why were the others not
Dear Anonymous Person Type
Playstation 3 because of the
whole backwards compatibility with the previous two systems,
my massive backlog, and the hope that I'll have the money for
it by then.
The only thing that
Xbox has that I remotely like is Dance Dance Revolution
Ultramix, and the rest doesn't appeal to me--it seems like
it's the first-person shooter console. I do want to hear
more about the Revolution's downloading capabilities before I
make a decision, because it would be interesting to be able to
play Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 64 alternately
while making "Man, I remember when..." quips.
Patience, my friend, patience...
Now I bought my PSP with the knowledge of how buddy buddy
most rpg makers are with Sony. I figured sqeenix or NIS would
have a UMD ready to be spun in my PSP real fast. Now we all
realize that isnt the case, is ther any light at the end of
the tunnel. When is the first RPG coming out? How many should
we have by christmas? Whats the best looking one down the
tunnel? Help a desperate sony fanboy have faith again.
Dear Anonymous Person Type
Thing Who Isn't The Same Person Who Wrote The Above Letter,
RPGamer Radar shows that Kingdom of Paradise, the English translation of Tenchi no Mon, has a release date in November
to get your pencils moving on making your list to Santa.
Ys: The Ark of Napishtim also has yet to be released if you're
hankering for some action, and if you've got a taste for cute
there's Popolocrois which just recently came out. The
PSP is still a fairly new system, and it's a multipurpose one
at that, so I'm sure that UMD movies and anime are going to
far outweigh UMD games for at least a little while
If you're old enough to remember the Game Boy first coming out,
it was a top seller despite only four games being out at
launch time. So you can wait.
is the general consensus of Square Enix's delay of Advent Children?
They had to of known what would happen if they delayed the
I'd rather see a company do it
right rather than do it fast. They're delaying it for
some reason, hopefully not just to cast the English voice
actors (crossing my fingers for the Last Order OAV to be
included!) The sad truth is, piracy is often inevitable,
especially since much of the fanbase does not want to pay a
whole lot of money for a 1 1/2 hour anime movie even if it is
all nice and shiny. Then again, there's also the whole
trust issue, because there has hardly been any talk from Sony
that there will BE a Japanese language track with subtitles. Either way, I do intend to see it through honest means.
then what happened?
While Fenway Park is
a great place for a ballgame, it's a TERRIBLE place to hold a
job fair. Oh, my complexion...Anyhoo, the only way to
remedy a column filled with short and non substantial letters
is to write longer and more substantial ones. So please
do. Remember what I warned you about, and how that may
not necessarily be a good thing.
Watch for a Really
Big and Wonderful Surprise* tomorrow. Because I said so.
Rebecca Rudeen likes surprises as long as she knows about them in advance
*Surprise may or may not be Really Big and Wonderful.
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