|September 22, 2005 |
- XX:XX PM EST
Great job to Matt for
handling three days of nonstop questioning fun. And now,
it's my turn.
Basically, the past
few days have been taken up by a variety of activities, which
consisted of live action role playing (I am a member of NERO
International,) doing research for my first professional
feature article (w00t!) and recovering from a nasty cold
acquired at said LARP. So I sit here, wrapped up in my
cozy cloud-covered (the fluffy kind, not the spiky-assed kind,
although that might not be bad either ^^) fleece robe with the
broken zipper, and wonder what kind of questions you guys are
going to throw at me.
In other news, go Red
Sox. Please, DON'T SUCK.
If Square bought Taito, would Bub and
Bob be riding Chocobos?
Hi i got a question for you bucket. since Final Fantasy IV
will be out soon do you think nintendo will make V and VI or
do you think IV is enough? also do you think if they
continue we will see final fantasy mystic quest or secret of
mana or chronotrigger?
also do you think breath of fire will be ported to the psp
and if square-enix buys taito do you think will see new
lufia games for the new systems as well as 1 and 2?
Yes, Nintendo SHOULD port V and
VI to the GBA. I've played both of them for PSX, and the
one thing that really bothers me in VI rather than V is the
load time for the battles. (For some reason, I'm OK with
the scene transition of the one in V, but VI just rubs me the
wrong way.) I've never played Mystic Quest, but it seems
like the sort of thing they could port over as well because of
the GBA having a reputation of a kiddie console.
been talk of a new Mana title on the DS, but whether it's a
port of a previous Mana title or a whole new title is yet to
be determined. Personally, I think that Secret of Mana
and Seiken Densetsu 3 are fine just the way they are and
should be ported with a minimum of changes, if any.
PSP is still a new system, so if you keep crossing those
fingers maybe there'll be some good news in the future.
As for the Squeenixto question, all that depends on whether or
not they decide that these games would have a chance if they
If it has nothing to do with yogurt, then why the hell is it called Yogurting?!
I never thought I'd see myself actually sending a question
in, but well, I hope it helps keep the contest afloat. So,
here I go:
My first question is more about how the website works than
about RPGs, namely: in how far is it possible for us
viewers to collaborate with the team's work, for
example, by submitting information about RPGs we find out
about? For instance, I consider myself more of an
mmorpgamer, and tend to keep an eye on the Korean market,
where online games are very popular. Even if you do need a
Korean passport to play most of these great titles (Mabinogi,
Tantra Online, Maple Story, not forgetting Ragnarök
Online and Yogurting... oh, Yogurting...) I think they
deserve a mention in the website. On your bio you said
you'd been playing Maple Story, so I hope you'll get my
meaning. At least Korean games keep getting localized in
Japan, which I hope increases the possibilities of us
getting to play them eventually...
I am sure that Rage would be more than happy to hear
any news from you on the
Korean front (I'm assuming you read/speak Korean?) since that's where a lot of MMORPGs are coming
from lately. In fact, drop him a line and tell him what
you know. I used to send him screenshots for FairyLand a
lot when I was getting into the American version of the game,
and I know how much he always appreciates them. In fact,
I can hear him begging for screenshots from here.
Question number two is one of that broader "which is
your favorite [insert random category] and why" type
of question: Which is your favorite MMORPG and why? I'd
say Ragnarök Online in my case, but that's just because
it's the first game I played. After quitting I've had
trouble finding another game with a similar
player-friendly atmosphere. At the moment I'm playing
Guild Wars (mainly because you have to pay no fees) and
find that it's too combat oriented, the only player
interaction is of the "Selling orange
dye!"/"Who wants to do the cooperative
mission?" type, as support-oriented monk I miss being
able to heal non-party-members if I found anyone in
trouble (although the game does a great job of keeping my
hands full just trying to keep my party alive xD).
Right now I'd have to say my
favorite MMORPG is a tie between FairyLand and MapleStory.
FairyLand gave you an opportunity to do so much, like make
your own weapons, armor, and potions. The battles were
turn-based like in Final Fantasy, with plenty of random
encounters. I was also impressed by the friendliness of
the players. MapleStory, on the other hand, has TONS of
action, the party and fighting systems are radically
different, people can be real idiots and there's hardly any
time to catch a breath between battles.
You pay to play FairyLand.
MapleStory is free. Guess which one I play?
Anyway, I'm hunting for a fun, original, player-interaction based
game, I think the Korean Yogurting may be the answer:
playing as a cute school-boy in a gakuen-gone-crazy anime
environment (the jungle in the conservatory, the haunted
library, the brain-washed-student filled corridors) might
just be "it" for me (you even get to choose your
character's blood-type! the introductory video alone was
enough to get me into anime fanboy overdrive xD).
For those not in the know: the
Japanese word "gakuen" translates to "private
school" or "academy." And boy, does this game sound interesting. If you can read Korean, check out their homepage.
And finally a game-related question: I've been following
the .hack saga for quite a while, played all the games,
watched the anime, etc, and now it seems they're finally
bringing an online version of "The World" (I
like to pronounce it in the creepy Japanese way: Za Wa-do).
But even if I should be happy that the saga is going to be
continued, the fact that it has taken them so short to
bring out a new sequel makes me suspicious, should we
expect a FFX-2 kind of game, meaning, one made with 90%
recycled material? Because the gameplay of the PS2 games
was kind of... simple (the fact that I, with my
"legendary" hand-eye coordination, managed
to beat all four of them with their "action RPG
battle system" is proof enough), and I doubt a
menu-based spell system is compatible with real-time
battles. Anyway, I checked the new website out and it
somehow seems they have left Mistral out of the game (she
was my favorite character *sigh*) and replaced her with
Syugo and Rena from the manga (which I hated; I usually
tend to like cuteness for cuteness's sake, but
"Legend of the Twilight" went a bit too far when
it comes to lacking a plot and still pretending there's
Hmm, long e-mail *check*, questions *check*, mindless
rambling *check*, that's about it, right? ^_^
Lots of luck in the contest, I'll keep voting for you,
Bucket (the repeated references to Clamp did it for me),
even if you don't make it to the next week, be sure I'll
keep clicking on the blank space where your name should be
until my vote gets counted somehow!
Hugs, Angelic Monkey
I have to admit that the .hack
series is not one of my areas of expertise even though I'm a
major anime fan and all. Then again, Bandai could only
be releasing the online .hack game due to the influence of a
major Western fanbase, while back in the East the .hack
phenomenon is all but a distant memory with the last game and
OAVs released way back in early 2003. I'm sure that
they'll be pulling new material out of their hats especially
if they want to make an online game because those constantly
I'm not sure "tech support"
was in the job description but here we go...
Is it possible to play Might & Magic 6 on an XP?
I have tried a lot of things. I have NvidiaGeForce2
and my autorun feature won't load up my CD of the game on my
XP. I have tried changing the 32 bit to 16 bit,
checked my CD drive if working properly and tried to slow
down my computer, BUT NOTHING.
I know this a longshot, but can anybody help me there (as
seeing that 3DO is out of business...!) or has anyone
experienced the same phenomena? It works on an Me
operating system, but not XP.
What if I used a slower, older driver (my current driver is
184.108.40.206 which seems to be the latest one for XP)? But
if I use a slower driver, will it be compatible with an XP
I appreciate any help you can give, or if you cannot, can
you point me to somebody else who can?
Thanks a bunch for your time. Thank you.
Sincerely, the "green" one, lostmartian/searchosaurus
Things I'd suggest trying:
1. Click Start - Help and
Support. Click on "Find Compatible Hardware and
Software for XP," click on "See Also" and then
click on the Program Compatibility Wizard.
2. Pull up the icon, right
click and select "Properties," click the
Compatibility tab and change the settings there (M&M must
be installed on your hard drive for this to work; otherwise
you'll have to do this every time you've got the CD in.)
3. Have you tried doing the
install directly from the CD-ROM?
4. Have you tried Google?
(The search engine, NOT the slime.)
If this doesn't work, then
there's nothing more I can think of for the moment as I
haven't really had this problem. Perhaps someone else
could come up with something.
"Wow, an LTWFTW."--Strong Bad
To the Q&A
Contestant (hopefully Bucket)
The threat by Z-Force has me on the fritz so I thought this
might as well be a good opportunity to send my first
letter to RPGamer Q&A. I've been reading those
Q&As for a few years now and they are still great as ever.
Especially with the contest, you can see the different
personalities of contestants trying to vie for the
Okay, now onto the question. What is your favorite anime
that was turned into a game, or maybe the other way around?
I'm going with FMA because it was interesting, and FMA2 came
with those two bonus episodes that was a great plus.
As for what Z-Force said about a Xenosaga anime, there is
one. I'm not that sure about the successfulness though
(my info was from Newtype Mags). Thanks for hearing me
Heh, guess you really like your
hair then. ^^ Thanks for the little nudge to the writers,
Z-kun. It's not anime,
and it's not an RPG, but for the game-to-TV show side, I was a
big fan of Earthworm Jim when it ran on Kids' WB back when I
was in grammar school. On the TV show-to-game front,
when I was in Japan I discovered an interesting version of
Bust-A-Move, one of my favorite puzzle games ever, with the
Azumanga Daioh characters.
Xenosaga anime was 12 episodes long and it has yet to be
licensed in America. Here's a link to their page on Anime News Network.
While waxing nostalgic and waxing poetic are great, waxing
anything else is rather painful.
To whoever gets this:
Ever play Warsong? Not many people have, I find. A tactical
rpg gem for the Genesis, it was and is (so
far) the only game in the long-running Langrisser series to
make it to our fair shores. I played it when I was like 10,
and absolutely loved it. Who knew that little men charging
at each other could be so fun? And the music! Ye Gods, the
music.../em waxes nostalgic...
I was still rather young when
the Genesis came out, so I didn't really care about the system
except for the fact that it had Sonic the Hedgehog and the
better Aladdin game on it.
Also, I don't think nearly enough people have played Arc the
Lad II. The Working Designs remake should be ranked up there
with Crono Trigger, FFVI, and the rest of the rpg
"canon" of games-everyone-should-play-before-they-die, but it isn't.
The game's an absolute classic, from start to finish, and nobody cares. Though recent Arc games have
been subpar, Arc II heralds back to the golden days of the
SNES, which may not sound like a ringing endorsement for a
Playstation game, even though in this case it is. So my
question to you is: Why? Arc II (although you almost have to
couple it with Arc I for storyline purposes) is nearly
perfect, in my insignificant opinion. Why doesn't it get
mentioned in the same breath as those mighty games of yore?
Did it simply not reach enough of the gaming populace? Or am
I just giving it too much credit?
And while I'm here, one last question. What rpg series do
you think have been corrupted the most by sequels? The Arc
games took a slight downturn with Twilight of the Spirits
and then completely lost the plot with End of Darkness.
Suikoden IV is a damn shame. And I believe there is a
special place in Hell reserved for the people responsible
for what is happening to Shining Force. Any others? Maybe I
just answered my own question.
None of the Arc the Lad games
before the PS2 games never got a wide release, as they were
only released in a set that was fairly expensive in and of
itself for the time, which is probably why you've got those
complaints about why so many people haven't played it.
(The set itself, you can't even find lately. Last I saw
it, it was $45 or so, USED.) As much as I want to say
"cross your fingers for a GBA port" even that sounds
Personally I think that even
with all its great games, the Final Fantasy series has really
cheapened itself over the years and is more about "ooh,
sparkly" than "ooh, plot twist." I guess
we really need to re-introduce the Tidus and Yuna fans to
Cecil, Rosa, Bartz, Locke, Terra and whoever else I can think
of at the moment.
"For the revolution of the world!"
According to this link
Nintendo is indeed going to release a controller expansion
that is shaped like a conventional controller and works by
plugging the main controller into it. This makes it so that
motion sensor control will be optional for
those developers who prefer not to use it. This should be
reassuring to people who are worried that the Revolution won't
be able to play multiplatform games, or people (like me) who
are itching to download and
play classic NES and SNES games. The interesting part is that
when the main controller is plugged into this expansion, the
motion sensor is still active, so it's possible that you can
play a game conventionally and have motion sensor at the same
time. So not only can the Revolution play multiplatform games,
but Revolution versions of multiplatform games have the
potential to have extra features than their Playstation 3 and
Xbox 360 versions.
But while I can see how this controller can revolutionize the
first-person shooter and puzzle genres, I'm not sure what it
can do for RPG's. My prediction is that most Revolution RPG's
will use the motion sensor capabilities for minigames and
puzzle solving, kind of like how some DS games use the touch
screen solely for minigames or puzzle solving. That is, unless
it is a first-person RPG like Elder Scrolls, and especially
Anyway, here's my question. Nintendo has had their controller
innovations stolen from them before (control stick and rumble
pak anyone?), even when they have them patented. Do you think
this will happen again, if not in the next generation, then
maybe in the future?
The link sure looks
interesting, only I wish they included a picture of said
standard controller, considering all we've seen is a joystick
much like the analog sticks on the PS controllers.
Still, I hope something like that is still in
development. However, they do say that if you turn the
controller 90 degrees you get something that's vaguely the
shape of an original NES controller, so I guess this plug-in
enhancement includes all those other fancy buttons you need 57
fingers to use effectively (seems that way for me sometimes.)
I'm a bit wary as there are sometimes problems with wireless
controllers and interference, and what's gonna happen when the
batteries run down? "Why isn't Mario jumping...oh
controller design is a revolutionary (pun intended folks)
first for the Nintendo, and I'm surprised that no one has
jumped on the bandwagon yet, so it's up to the future to see
what's in store for new innovations.
Hey I was wondering if there has been any news about lunar 3
lately? and also Is Lunar dragon song a good game to buy or
should I save my money?
From my understanding, Lunar:
DS may just BE Lunar 3. As for a recommendation from
your friendly neighborhood Bucket, I'll direct you to RPGamer's
official preview which makes Lunar: DS sound so good it
might even win over this Lunar-phobe.
off into the sunset.
Anyways, as for my
topic for tomorrow, I'd like to enquire as to the weird habits
of readers when playing RPG's or other video games--like little superstitions or
rituals. The weirder, the better. For example,
when I was little, I had this blue plastic heart-shaped bangle
that I had to wear every time I played or I'd have bad luck
forever. Now that I'm older, I must play FF7 when no one
else is in the house, for the sole reason of avoiding
questions ("Is there violence in this game? What
about murder and...") from my mom. And so on, and
If it sounds weird to
you, then it probably is. If it sounds normal to you,
write in, use a pseudonym if you're shy, and tell me.
Auntie Bucket will listen.
With that, let's
trade these issues for some tissues. Gokigenyou.
don't get very close to Rebecca
Rudeen as she still may be contagious.
Time to get hopped up on
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