Form feet and legs!
Googleshng - January 25 '99- 1:30 Eastern Standard Time
Yippee! After three long arduous years my
game is finally comming together! Hmm... I never mentioned that here did I?
Well, for those of you who care, it's basically a tactical RPG... rather
than go into detail, I'll just say the map screen is kinda like Dragon Force
and combat is like a hybrid of FFT and Battletech. Anyway, over the last
couple of days we polished off the fiendish math engine, worked the last
few major bugs out of the graphics engine, and came up with a way of making
the requisite 7 trillion (I'm not kidding) poses for the anime style characters
without relying on polygons or drawing each individual sprite. Looks weird,
like flat shaded ray tracing if there could be such a thing.
Now that that's out of my system I feel I should mention that by "comming
together" I mean I'm finally confident I can probably get the Mac version
finished by the end of the year. Games take a LONG time to make when you've
got a small staff. Anyway, on with the letters.
Heh, me again. Looks like I have to complete the mess I started. For XA players
and other PSX utilities (like movie viewers) try
(No, I'm not sponsored by that site in any way.)
Get the thing called XAPlay, and have fun. You will be able to play musics from
quite a few games (Castlevania etc.) But above all, you can listen to the mystery
musics of Suikoden 2. Reminder: the file was called \CDROM\BGM.XA .
Oh mysterious one, have you the answer? What are all those unplayed musics in
Oh right, I meant to post some of those
file ripping utilities people send me URLs to yesterday but I fell
asleep. As for hidden sound files, heck, every game has those. Every
CD based game at any rate. Usually it's because they're desired at
some early designed phase, scrapped later, but since they're already
there and not hurting anything, they don't take them out. Translated
hidden songs are another matter... they're just weird. 8)
Hail Oh Mighty Googlyone,
I have a question regarding my laziness. I just can't bring myself to
actually GET UP and go to stores to get games anymore. It's just too much
hassle. But I don't wanna end up giving out my credit card number only to
find that someone's having a little shopping spree on my buck. So I was
wondering if you could tell me what a good place to order from over the
internet is? Y'know, the kind that won't take my money and run.
See that big button there on index? The one
that says We Shop At GAMESTOP on it? You might want to try that. 8)
While I have never personally bought anything online ever, I'm told
it's reputable from reliable sources. Then there's the whole affiliation
To rebuy, or not to rebuy?
I have the original Chrono Trigger for the Snes, and it is still my favorite game.
My question is if I should wait and see if Square will realese it's PSX version,
shell out 100$ CND for the import version, or is it not worth getting at all.
Mind you I just about know the whole game of by heart, own the players guide and
money is not a problem.
I now you can show me the way...
Money is not a problem? I beg to differ!
I'm about ready to do the math on how much blood I have to sell to
afford Lunar 2 when it finally arrives here. Anyway, as I understand
it, what you're basically asking is whether you should pay the full
price of a game for a bunch of anime clips. Well, actually if money
isn't an object for you that seems like a fairly good deal. As for
importing vs. waiting to see, I'd wait. If for no other reason than
the fact that sometimes the quality of agame increases marginally
when translated (for example FF7's weapons).
The Eternal Question
Although all the time I send one question, it's never posted. So
I'll try again, and again, and again, untill it's posted. I will not stop!
So, on to the question. Why isn't the Wizardry series posted on RPGamer?
Funny, first time I recall seeing you ask
this. Anyway, RPGamer's staff isn't that big. I think right now there's
about 15 of us or so. Anyway, as is we all have to much to do as far
as adding coverage for new and upcomming games at all times that nobody
on staff really has time to, say, go to yard sales, pick up the whole
Wizardry series, play them all through, write walkthroughs, hook the
NES to a computer and take some screens, scan the box art (if that's
even possible to find) and call the company who made it begging for
any original character sketches lying around. These days the companies
do a lot of that for us. Anyway, I believe that if you actually have
done all this, you can click the feedback link up there and send them
to the appropriate people, then we would cover them! 8) Alternatively,
you could apply for that new media job, but only if you can find the
This looks flamey..
Look dude,or girl,ah GEEZ,say your gender already!
I read the column everyday,and I'm always happy to see it on Friday.It's
not because Brad's cooler,it's because his column has more stuff in it.You
always do really short columns,without quickies,and you always ramble about
you being in a hurry or some other crap.I don't nkow nada about your
life,but you could at least try to put up something decent.And above all,you
don't work,and you don't go to school!COme on!Brad does both AND he has a
girl to satisfy.Since you agreed to do the job,do it well you know.
PS-Gice us a photo of yourself man!You can't be THAT ugly...;->
You might want to look always up in a dictionary.
Aside from this month, I always have Quickies. As for my columns, I
never bothered to compare the length, but I'm pretty sure they're
roughly the same as Brad's, and I print enough letters to get all the
major issues covered so they aren't lacking. If you really want longer
columns (and nobody else seems to be demanding that) I could easily
print some garbage letters every day or prattle on and on like an
egomaniac, but I'm pretty sure most people like things kept short and
to the point. As for missing Quickies a lot this month, I'm on vacation.
I am visiting relatives this month who all share this computer, have
schoolwork to do, program, and pay by the minute on local phone calls.
Therefore, I think you can see why I don't always have time for Quickies.
OK, I was mean, here's some of the aforementioned
This is more of the type for fan fic. Anyhow, I think you'll like it. I
call it 'Brad's Apocalypse':
I shuddered a moment as the ground shook beneath my feet. The continuous
tremors caused me to reach out against the wall as I walked my way down the
dark hallway, painted with the blackness of midnight. The house was
shrinking... that was all I could think. The house was growing small and
Was I dreaming? No, this wasn't a dream. In a dream, I wouldn't be
able to feel the roof closing in over me. Despite the tremors, I continued
to run down the hallway. Just in time, before the house closed in over me,
I escaped into my front yard to greet my terrified neighbors. We all
gripped hands together in the strong earthquakes and looked at the sky
above. What was causing this sudden disaster? All I could think was I was
sleeping, then the house started to shake. On my way out, the walls closed
in. What I didn't expect to come after that was to see a large floating
country appear in the air. Who would be standing on top of it? None other
then my arch-nemesis, the evil Magic Emperor Brad Lohr!
I cursed his name in anger as I watched him lock his deathray eyes on
each house, shrinking it until there was nothing left. Then he hovered
above my street. As the island ceased movement, the tremors stopped. But I
couldn't waste time. He was destroying each house in my neighborhood! I
said to myself, "Xenochick's time to shine!"
I ran to my garage and pulled out my flying motorbike. I started up the
engine and launched myself from a ramp into the air. I could hear
distressed mothers and frightened children calling out, "Save us, Xenochick!
Save us from the evil works of Brad Lohr!"
I nodded to the families, then turned my gaze on the country, was Brad
sat on the peak of a mountain, destroying everything he set his eyes on. I
could see the pink laser shooting from his retinas, as his assistant gnome
Googleshng sat beside him, clapping its hands together in glee at the crisis
on the ground. Brad only stopped when I leaped off my flying motor bike and
onto his platform.
"Damn you, Brad!" I shouted. "Why do you insist on hurting innocent
"I can't stop this!" he laughed at me with his yellow, inhuman eyes.
Googleshng laughed with him as it ate a small animal lying in its short,
deformed hands. "This is the end of the world. The Apocalypse! All will be
"You may not be able to stop this, but I can!" I said as I pulled my
gunblade from my back. Brad cackled as he lifted his golden monkey head
staff. As he clutched the staff in his hands, the monkey's eyes began to
glow a luminescent red. We both grunted and lunged at each other. Metal
clashed metal. Sparks flew in front of my face.
"How about a little coup de grace?" Brad cackled. He spun his staff in
the air as the monkey shot lighting across the platform. As I dodged the
bolts, I could see Googleshng jumping up and down excitedly.
"You're forgetting one thing, Brad," I growled.
"What's that?" Brad asked, ready to fall down laughing once more.
"I have Knights of the Round." I said as I spun my gunblade behind my
back. Thousands of ghost-knights ran out and surrounded Brad, attacking
him. When they were finished, he lay in a crippled mess on the platform.
Crippled, but still alive. I looked upon his sorry figure and sighed. "Too
bad you had to be such an ass."
I pulled my gunblade and decapitated him. I knew he wouldn't stay down
forever. In a matter of moments, he would grow a new head as he always did.
In the short amount of time I had, I looked upon Googleshng. Googleshng
coward away from me next to Brad's empty throne.
"You're a waste of MP." I said. "You'll only be my eternal slave."
After casting stop on Googleshng, I went to the control panel beside
Brad's throne and tapped in a command. I could hear Brad groaning. His
head was growing back!
In a split second, I had the command typed and Googleshng in my backpack
before Brad jumped back to his feet and lunged at me.
"I don't have time for losers like you." I said. "Have fun in Dimension
"No!" Brad screamed. I leaped from the island with Googleshng in my
backpack as the island was ejected from this universe and thrown into the
unforgiving, ravenous Dimension 0. As I climbed to my knees after hitting
the ground, I was swarmed with fans.
"Xenochick! Xenochick! Xenochick!"
I heard thousands of people chanting my name. I could've rejoiced with
them, but I had to start planning. I had a servant, and Brad was gone for
now. But the day until his returned was only near.
See? I could stick in something like that
every day, but it's really really long and off topic. 8)