The Oracle, Brad Lohr - March 25 '00
Ooops. I don't know how, but last night, I totally forgot about writing this. So here
I am, doing it later in the day.. and probably messing up my chance of doing a decent one later on. Doh. I hate that.
Anyhow, not a lot going on.. just busy weekend.. but I got my tax return. Yay. And Front Mission 3, (though I haven't
played it yet.. ) .. anyhow.. I'd better get going with it.. here we go!
Help on FF8 for PC.. answers!
This is for Jason, the guy that wrote in yesterday about FF8 PC.
The FMV's will work perfectly as long as your system can play videos
simply because they are pre-rendered and saved into a video format. Your
video card doesn't have to do anything but send them to the monitor, no
rendering on its own or anything.
As for the rest of the game, all that stuff is rendered on the fly, so
his problem is either with the video card or his software. He should do
1) Goto http://www.microsoft.com/directx and get the latest version of
DirectX. (Which is 7.0a)
2) Goto his video card manufacturer's website and grab the most recent
drivers if he doesn't have them already.
3) Set his desktop color depth to 16-bit instead of 32-bit. I've noticed
that some software is dependent upon the desktop color depth goes apeshit
when you set it to 32-bit. For example, Quake 2 won't run in OpenGL mode
if your desktop is set higher than 16-bit. (Besides, who's going to need
more than 16 million colors anyways? -wink-)
3) Lastly, and this is the option that involves actually spending money,
get a new video card. The Voodoo3 2000 and NVIDIA Riva TNT2 chipset
cards are at or below $100 now with 16MB of RAM on the board, those are
more than adequate for FF8.
Hope that helps some.
Well, there it is, for anyone with that problem..
Me, glutton for punishment? Probably.
I seem to remember guys whining some time ago about lack of girls who like
RPGs. You know what? I think the very idea that girls don't do RPGs is
pure bull. I was brought into the rpgaming world by girls and I've even
managed to recruit a few others over to The Dark Side. My college roommate
buys RPGs by the dozen. If anything, I had a lot of trouble finding GUYS
who like RPGS until maybe the release of FF7. *eyes roll* (explain to me,
o wise one, the thrill guys find in being CLOUD, of all people) I think
that a lot of chicks out there secretly appreciate a good scifi/fantasy
story as well as a nice long rpg. Of course, its "unfeminine" for the
shallower, ditzy bunch to play that much nintendo but look carefully- I
think a lot of smarter girls (hint: ones who read a lot) probably appreciate
rpgaming and if guys would just poke beneath the surface they'd find someone
who shares their interests.
Well, guys start really getting into these games around the ages of .. hrm.. I'd say 13 or so.
At that point in life, girls aren't even really that much fun to be around. They aren't quite into the whole dating/liking
thing yet, and well, young teenage girls are very annoying. It's just a fact of life. Not that teenage guys aren't annoying,
but when all your friends are other teenage guys, you're already at your limit as to how much annoyance you can take.
That having been said, these guys form groups, and really only talk about that kind of stuff to other guys who are
the same way. RPGirls don't strike me as the fervently outgoing type, and RPGuys really aren't very outgoing either,
so these two seperate groups really have very little chance of interacting, except on chance occasions.
Now in college, guys who play lots of video games are considered more 'childish'. Therefore, it becomes more of a secret
hobby, something you don't just tell every girl you meet. As for girls, it's 'unfeminine' and so they don't really
talk about it. Hell, one of my best friends, Kevin, loved FF2a, and so did I, but we never really knew that
we enjoyed the same games until we'd known eachother for at least a couple months.
My mind is really in bad shape, so this may seem disjointed. (seem?) .. anyhow, but ditzy girls suck. I don't care
how good a girl looks, if she doesn't have the brains to maintain a decent conversation, all she's good for is
decoration. And I don't spend my time with wallpaper. Guys who only look for girls with looks are just asking for
the bottom of the intellectual barrel. Not that all good looking girls are unintelligent, but lots of the ones who
are good looking tend to rely on that more than their heads to get them through life, and well, even the sharpest
intelligence dulls over time without use...
SO2 questions abound..!
I just started playing SO2 a couple of weeks ago, and it's a really
cool game, but people are talking about how you can get emotional points
between characters, etc. My questions:
Be nice and answer my questions or I'll sic my English teacher on
- Since there are obviously males and females involved, and points are
supposedly accumulated between all characters in the game, how can you
control the male/female pairings at the end of the game?? I mean, what
happens if Claude has a higher point rating towards Ashton than anyone
else?? (or maybe I don't even want to know....)
Actually, what happens is that each person is tested against who they match up the most with, and well, after
a certain amount of jerry-rigging, and finding out which pair likes eachother best, an ending is determined. I'm not exactly
sure if you can have a male/male ending.. though I think I remember it being possiblle. Different endings are also attainable
if Rena likes Claude more than Claude likes Rena, or the other way around.
- Is there any way to SEE the point standings? I would like to know how
much people "like" each other, since I am trying to fix up Claude and
Celine, but have little clue as to how much more encouragement they
No, there isn't, at least, at the time i was playign the game, nobody knew how. With the books, you can set
someone's level to a specific point, so you could just make each person equal, then do something to make Celine like Claude
more than anyone else.. but other than that, I'm not sure.
- Talents. I know you have to practice a WHOLE lot to become talented at
something. Do certain talents come easier to characters than others?? To
this day, I haven't been able to get anyone to learn "Love of Animals",
"Sixth Sense", or "Originality".
It's not as much as having to practice, as there's just a percentage chance that they'll learn each talent by
using a skill requiring that talent. Love of animals only comes from using the skill that calls animals to bring you
items (oh boy, it's been a while since I played SO2...) .. and Originality comes from using The "Customtize' skill.
-heart of ice
*** Xenogears Spoilers ***
Hello Brad. Did you know that if you try really hard you can actually defeat
Hammer on Xenogears and if you do you get A really good item. He has 48,000
hp. That's almost as much as the last bosses hp. It took me many tries to
until I realized A exactly how it worked. At first I thought you where
timed, but you're not. It's how often you hit him. I found the best party to
use was Fei, Citan, and Maria. They do more damage than anyone. Here is the
most effective way to do it. as soon as the battle starts put everyone in
boost mode. Don't worry you wont run out of fuel.Have Fei enter Id mode.
Don't let anyone except Fei attack for the like 2 to 3 rounds,but slowly
have the others attack to build up to level 3 to get infinty mode.When
Hammer has finished enhancing himself That's when the boost really matters.
When he turns red you'll be able to get 2 or 3 attacks on him before he
explodes. Pray that you other guys enter into infinity mode. If they do you
should have no problem winning. I hope that was of help to you man.
When you nail him, Hammer drops an item (it's some card.. ) anyway, when you have it, (you may have
to equip it) .. you get more rare items at the end of battles. A -very- cool item.
More FF8PC advice
There are several issues I've discovered with the PC port of Final Fantasy VIII. First, and most obvious, the menus look
like snot on wet cement. According to EA's "support" page, this is due to the fact that the menus are drawn using 8-bit
paletted textures, a feature that is only supported, to my knowledge, by 3dfx graphics cards, meaning we nVidia users get
crappy looking menus.
Next is the fonts. They look bad. Really bad. You can, however, improve them slightly by running the FF8Config applet (Start
> Programs > Squaresoft > Final Fantasy VIII > FF8Config) and selecting "High Resolution Fonts" (or something to that
effect) near the bottom of the dialog.
And while you're there, I'd recommend disabling every eyecandy feature listed for the World Map. The reason being, on my
Celeron 400/nVidia Riva TNT2 the World Map CRAWLS with those options enabled. It runs moderately well if you run it in
Lastly, the game locks up about avery 15 minutes. From my experience, this only happens to Aureal Vortex II users (Diamond
Monster Sound 3D II MX300) and is due to the fact that the reference drivers blow. Switching to the Diamond drivers on the
CD helped a lot for me.
One last tip: On the world map you may want to press B8 to switch to the bird's-eye view. It runs a lot quicker (but isn't
available while in the Ragnorak, unfortunately).
Hope this helps,
Definitely helpful.. I've heard from many people about the nastiness of the overworld map especially. Thanks Naz.
Magic in TO
Heyla, Oracle of Lohr.
I'm playing through my own copy of Tactics Ogre, but I'm having some
problems. It's a Super Famicom version of the game, and I can't make out
all of the Japanese, so I can't use the Tutorial, so I figured I'd ask you.
My question is, how do you put magic on people in this game? I've got a
fire spell and a wizard to use it, but I can't put it on him.
Thanx in advance
Don't know if it's exactly the same as in the PSX version (what I have), but it should be
the menu choice to the right of 'Item Equip' in the 'Edit your party members choices bar'.
A little Front Mission
*** Possible Front Mission Spoilers ***
You rock. I always enjoy reading your column every week. With the release
of FM3rd, I thought it appropriate to inform the masses of Squaresofts
greatest Tactics series.
American gamers where fortunate enough to be graced with the release of the
5th game in the series, Front Mission Third (yes.. it's Third, not 3, the
original Japanese title includes the words "Front Mission Third" below the
main title). The Front Mission (FM) series is my favorite game series of
all time. The story rocks (if you can read Japanese), the gameplay rocks,
those big-ass mechs rock too. In fact, the game play from the beloved Final
Fantasy Tactics was lifted strait from the SNES Front Mission game.
The games in the series are Front Mission, Front Mission: Gun Hazard, Front
Mission Second, Front Mission Alternative, and of course Front Mission
Third. What is awesome about this series is that the games are truly in a
series... as in each game after the first IS a true sequel (or prequels).
Unfortunately, only a few people have the luxury of playing all 5 games, and
understanding them. Several times in Front Mission 3rd references are made
to Huffman Island (FM1), or the Peoples Republic of Alordesh (FM2nd). Also
made mention are the JDF's attempt at assault, or attacking. Such as the
OCU Orbital Lift Project references from Front Mission: Gun Hazard, and the
A.O.C. Terrorist Attacks from Front Mission Alternative.
Here is a timeline
of events in the series. Sure, the
Characters change from game to game, since when does Square keep a set of
Characters... but the setting and the world remain the same, and the overall
SCOPE of the series is one long continuous story.
It is too bad that most gamers will not be able to experience the FULL Front
Mission story. However, you can read about it on several web sites. Nate
Stout has a great Front Mission resource site at
for those interested in the history of the
previous games, check this site out.
Anyway, I thought I would give this information to anyone who is interested
in the best Square game SERIES.
Heh.. I actually haven't started playing FM3 yet.. (been busy).. but I've seen pieces of it, and
it looks good.