Googleshng - January 17 '99- 1:30 Eastern Standard Time
Escaflowne rules. Super Bomberman rules.
Goldfish crackers, you guessed it, rule. I had a pretty cool day today,
and since I was watching all the Escaflowne I have, I heard the phrase
"Van-Sama!" about a hundred times... and it keeps getting funnier every time
I hear it! Anyway, I'm glad to discover that Brad didn't leave any dangerous
dangling threads, which makes for a better than usual Monday column. Speaking
of Brad, I haven't seen him in a while. I also haven't had a chance to talk
to Sharkey since doing that column, but then I don't ever talk to Sharkey
and the sublimenal messages on his page that only I can see told me he enjoyed
himself. FEAR ME. Ahem, uh, anyway, this week I think I'll have Paws guest
host this week. I'll have to dig up her adress and tell her so, unless she
reads this and sends something to the tune of woohoo! That'd spare me the effort.
FF4 spoilers... heh.
Hmmm, I've never written in before. But now I am! Because a game has
stumped me. And I can't find a walkthrough. Because the game is FFIV. You
can't find walkthroughs for that game! Ok, my problem is that I need the
Earth crystal to exchange for Rosa, right? Well, I found the town that the
crystal's in, but I can't get there. There's all this forest around it so I
can't land the Airship, and there is a river splitting it from any land that
I can go on. *sigh* I'm an idiot, I know, but I really can't find a
path...or a walkthrough.
On a completely different note, I have noticed something about the people
who write in about you gender. IN GENERAL (wouldn't want to generalize
here), if the person is male, they think you're female, and if they are
female they think that you're male. Hmmmmm, you seem to have many admirers!
(true to form, I am female and believe that you are male.)
Oh, and one last thing. There was a letter to Brad yesterday where the
person talks about beating Kefka with only Celes, Edgar and Setzer. Going
off of that idea of spending entirely too much time on RPG's, I've always
wanted to go through FFVII with all the characters named for negative
aspects of there personality. Like name Cloud: Puppet or Crazy, Tifa: Slut,
Aeris: Airhead or Ditz, Cait Sith: Useless, Vincent: Freak, and so on. Then
play through the game. Is it just me, or would that be so funny?
That's one of the funnest parts of the
game. You have to get out of your precious airship next to town and
(Gasp!) WALK north to a chochobo forest. There you will recieve the
coolest form of transportation in the game, a black chocobo! It flys
and can land in forests. Plus it has cool music!
ΚΚΚ I don't believe what Brad's saying about you being a female chicken in a monkey
suit, I just think you're a chick.
ΚΚΚ Anyways, my question is:
ΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚ What programming languages, if any, do the major RPG producers
(Squaresoft, Capcom, Konami) use to great these games we hold so dear to our hearts
.Κ I'm getting my degree in Computer Science and would like to know this stuff.
C++ is the language of choice. There's
probably some weirdos who make professional games in other languages,
but C++ is what you want on your resume. Trust me on this. Oh, and
if you really want to cause yourself pain, there's always machine
assembly. Speaking of which, you can count to 1023 on your fingers
if you count in binary! Try it! Well, less if you're missing fingers
or you're a purist like me who doesn't count thumbs as fingers. 8)
Shameless self promotion
Dear G-O-O-G-L-E-S-H-N-G, (i can spell!)
What is your web page URL? I lost all my bookmarks in a computer fart,
and I don't keep track of the GeoCities/AreaThing/####/ stuff. Could you
please tell me, because I've missed out on a good month of you page, and
I've been reading your page every update since all-the-way-back when you
updated everyday. Please answer!
P.S. You don't even have to post this thing, just reply. Thank you!
It's been a while since I posted that URL,
plus it's a Monday, so, hey, I have space to kill. It's
thanks to Geocities' URL shortcutting a while back. This month I
haven't been updating though what with not being home and all.
Besides, I can't do Slime World with a track ball, I had a hard enough
time drawing Mordikai on Kirby's Dream Course's name registery.
Using pics as names is cool.
I happened to stumple across the alleged
"pronunciation" of Xenogears in a waz file from some
"paws" person at Rpgamer today. This being pronounced
it Zeenogears, then said they didn't see how it could
be done any other way. Gee, this paws must have
flunked first grade English to not be able to form any
other sound from those letters. In the Parasite Eve
preview of Xenogears, it is pronounced Zenogears many
times repeatedly (seeing as this was made by
Squaresoft themselves, it would be undoubtedly
correct). Also, in an old Squaresoft promotional video
for the Japanese release of the game that most of you
Americans wouldn't have seen, it is pronounced
Zenogears. In addition to this, the Japanese
pronunciation of Xenogears (using the characters on
the Japanese cover, or Perfect Works) is Zanogias. The
Japanese have a character for Zee, and would have used
it if it were to be pronounced Zeenogears, but they
didn't. Using all of these solid facts, it should be
concluded that Xenogears is pronounced Zenogears, and
Well, I hate to be the one to break this
to you, but Squaresoft isn't perfect. They got it wrong. In fact,
you yourself admit that they screwed up because they spell it Zan
and pronounce it Zen. 8) Seriously though, Xeno is greek, and therefore
you should pronounce it in the greek fashion, "Zeeno". Like Zebra,
not like Zen. If you want to pronounce it in a Japanese accent like
the demo does, go ahead. Don't go saying Paws got it wrong though.
Anyway, I don't want to hear any more on this subject because I've
been getting arouund a letter a day saying Paws did it "wrong". If
it was actually wrong, I'd be getting at LEAST 10 a day. You people
are vigilant, I'll give you that. 8)
Christianity? In games?
To Google or Sharkey:
Out of curiosity, why do RPGs never show Christianity in video games? I've
been a HUGE RPG fan ever since Dragon Warrior, but I've also been a Christian
since ten. I've played several RPGs and never once ('cept, if memory serves,
Terranigma, but even then, it wasn't really a big topic) have I seen
Christianity in any RPGs.
Thanks for the time.
Well, this is several days to late for Sharkey
to answer, but unless you REALLY SPECIFICALLY mean Christianity, well,
there are PLENTY. First of all, almost every tactical RPG out there
is brimming with Christianity (FFT for example). In addition to that,
just pulling a name off the top of my head, how about... XENOGEARS!
If that's not Christianity, what is? Heck, Balthasar, Gaspar, and
Melchior are in CT also. Really, most RPGs I can think of have the
whole Christian thing going. I still love the churchs in the original
Phantasy Star, and hey, that was out here before Dragon Warrior. 8)
Hey, so you are a transformer fan. Your column's title yesterday was "I
still funtion" by Megatron in the Transformers The Movie. He says it when
Starscream throws him out of the ship in space. What do you think of the
Suikoden games? I really like them alot. I missed the 1rst one and just
recently played through it. I'd suggest it to any rpgfan(whoops I mean
rpgamer)who missed this old PSX RPG. What do you feel is the next big RPG
besides Chrono Cross?
I haven't played Suikoden 2, largely due
to being broke. As for the first one, well, maybe some of this is
because I was playing a horribly scratched copy, but I didn't care
for it that much. It was surprisingly short first of all, and, well,
what's the point in having 108 characters when you're just using a
party of 6? Most of them are just plain boring anyway. Don't get me
wrong, it's a decent game, just not my taste. I hear good things about
2 though. As for upcomming RPGs, well, there's a lot I'm looking
forward to but the one that I feel like mentioning is Koudelka.
I love stuff set in the 1800s. Plus it's basically Resident Evil
meets H.P. Lovecraft with tactical RPG style combat, all made by
ex-Square employees! Anyway, after FF8 and Grandia, I could REALLY
go for a nice dark game.