What is the mailbag? Replacement for the
It is! Q&A is
no more. The mailbag seems a much more
appropriate name given the frequent lack of
questions and answers. Plus we've got moogles
If so, maybe i can ask questions? I like
Have you ever sold some stuff from your gaming collection
to pay for other things? Maybe new computers or heat in
the winter time. Whatever you needed!
You are more than
welcome to ask questions!
I have sold some stuff from my gaming collection
to pay for other things. However it's generally
selling that stuff to buy more gaming products
of some kind. I tend to do some random purchases
so sometimes I've got some games I don't
particularly want to keep around which makes
deciding to sell them a lot easier.
What is your favourite gaming trilogy?
That would be a
tough call, but with the general sequel focused
mindset of the industry these days it's
sometimes hard to find a series that hasn't
grown beyond three games. Heck we even have
three Valhalla Knights games for some
reason! Then again it is often easy to split up
a large serious into subsets, often trilogies.
For non-RPGs I would have to say the original Halo
trilogy, slightly edging the Marathon
Trilogy. My favorite set of shooters, I
spent way more time playing those games,
especially Halo 2 online, than anything
else. As for RPGs, I don't think I can choose
anything but the Mass Effect trilogy.
Ignoring any issues the ending have, there is an
incredible time to be had with those games with
the obvious benefit of chooses carrying from one
game to the next. In a very narrow second are
the trilogy of SaGa games on GameBoy,
losing out only because the third one wasn't
great until it was remade on DS.
Is there an RPG that could use a prequel
that has never received one?
I would say Final
Fantasy VI. Its ending doesn't leave room
for a sequel, but a lot about the back story
leaves room for a prequel. There are even
multiple different story elements that could be
tackled. You could explore the origin of the
Returners and their leader. You could delve into
Shadow's past. Heck you could even do a
light-hearted origin story for Gogo. There are
many avenues they could take! Make it so Square
Mechs, mecha, giant robots. Last game
played revolving around them?
That would have to
be either Armored Core V or Armored
Core: For Answer. Though I'm generally not
very good at the series, I've picked up random
entries at times and had a pretty good time just
messing around with the customization options.
Hopefully at some point I'll actually be pretty
good at one of them. Anyway, For Answer
seemed to be an especially good addition to the
More things should be like the Deluxe
Vault Hunter Edition of Borderlands 2 and include
bobbleheads as a goodie. Agree or disagree?
Bobbleheads are great! I'd really love to see
more interesting components to collectors
editions. Way too many of them come with a
sub-par art-book and not much else. As much as I
didn't want to deal with Square Enix's online
store, the pocket watch in that Lightning
Returns collectors edition was very
Notable bobbleheads in gaming other
than Fallout? Can you collect them in real life?
I can't really
think of one of than Fallout and Borderlands
2. Have there even been any others? I'm
not sure how realistic a collection of
gaming bobbleheads would be.
How would you go about creating a
horror RPG? Setting? Main character? Final boss?
A horror RPG?
That's a tough one. I'm not sure! That type of
game usual deals with limited resources and the
ability to level up and gain new powers may
counteract that. Going to have to think more on
what video game food do you wish was real?
Mole rat meat from
Those are questions. Now, rants or other commentaries will
come again when I'm sufficiently bored. You be warned!
My flame shields
have been set to maximum capacity!
Why Not Zoidberg?
Huzzah!! Question time!
What is your favorite SNES RPG?
That would have to
be Final Fantasy VI. There's a
number of close seconds such as Secret of
Mana, Chrono Trigger, and Illusion
of Gaia, but they can't quite top the
king. I'm still holding out hope for a nice
update of Final Fantasy VI akin to the
DS version of Final Fantasy IV, as I'd
love a new way to play this classic.
Favorite Western RPG?
That's a tough
question. My go to answer would be Baldur's
Gate 2, but in the years since that came
out I've played a large variety of interesting
Western RPGs. The answer will mostly just be a
BioWare game anyway, so I'm just going to stick
to Baldur's Gate 2. A brilliant Dungeons
and Dragons based RPG, it has become a
revered classic. There's tons of dungeons to
explore, a great story, deep mechanics, and even
some brilliant voice acting which wasn't always
common at the time. If you've never played it,
Would you know what to do with yourself if a Japanese
developer could so closely approximate a Western style RPG
that you couldn't tell the difference between the two?
I'd probably be
pretty bored. Variety is the spice of life and
I'm happier with RPGs from the different regions
providing very different experiences. So I guess
what I'd do with myself is make my own RPGs at
that point? Maybe I'm misunderstanding the
Can I ask questions every week?
You can ask
questions as often as you like! I may not get to
them as quickly, but that's OK. Ask away!
Favorite video game trope found in an RPG?
Story choicecs. No
other genre does them as well as RPGs, so they
are naturally at home there. There's plenty of
non-RPGs that do decent enough things with them,
but nothing outside of RPGs can handle anything
on the level of say, Mass Effect, with
your choices resonated through all three games
in the trilogy.
Well that sure is
an onslaught of tweets!
What on Earth is a Sengoku Basara?
I'm all for customization of
difficulty/playstyle. No doubt Bravely
Default and Disgaea 2 have some of
the best options out there, as they're some of
the few that go beyond a simple difficulty
option. Balancing multiple difficulties well can
be challenging, but when pulled off correctly it
makes a game enjoyable for players of all
different skill levels. Take Fire Emblem
awakening for example. The difficulty options
were a big reason that game was more appealing
than any previous entry before it. Disgaea
D2 is a bit more interesting because it
really allows you closely fine tune your
experience. Both games are quite good and I'm
hope more follow in their footsteps.
As for rules for playing a game? I've never
really used a ruleset per say, though I do
occasionally do things to taylor the experience
of a game more towards me. For example I ignored
many side quests and ran from fights in Final
Fantasy XIII-2 to make sure the battles
never got too easy. The idea certainly intrigues
me though, as it can add a new layer to old
games. I will have to try and come up with
something for Final Fantasy VI!
Here's some hot topics I've seen around
- What do you think of the new Sonic Boom
cartoon and game combo?
- Still no Dragon Quest VII 3DS for the West?
- Will we hear about new BioWare projects beyond Dragon
Age: Inquisition soon?
See you next week!
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