If there is one thing I certainly hate in the world of video games, it's the fans of a certain platform who feel it's necessary to make their favorite platform out to be far superior than it's competitor. Folks, this is a useless debate. I've seen several thousand flame wars dating back to the Sega Genesis vs. the Super Nintendo, and when the smoke cleared, it didn't amount to a damn thing. The Genesis fans still love and worship their Segas, and the Nintendo fans still praise their SNESs. So why even bother even having this debate.
Well, before I start going off on a bit of a tangent, I'd like to point out that I think that defending your prefered platform is not a bad thing. I fully realize that not everyone can go multi-platform like I can, so if you love your Saturn/N64/PSX, hey, more power to you, but that's not an invitation to make the fans of the other platforms feel like a jackass. Now on with the good stuff.
I really do respect the opinion that the Saturn wasn't a flop, because it wasn't..however why did you feel that you had to label most Playstation games as "FMV Crapola?" I own over 40 Playstation games, and the only one that even would come close to being label as FMV anything, would be Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger, which is still a very good game. I find it very hard to believe that you can sit there and label most PSX titles with such a brand, when there are such Saturn exclusives as Quarterback Attack, and Double Switch, which *are* FMV Crapola. Of course, we could always sit down and have a rousing game of Corpse Killer as well. (Luckily, fans, Digital Pictures, the company responsible for these putrid games, went outta business a long time ago.) And I'm not going to make excuses for the Playstation, there are some real stinkers out there for it too, but I can't help but feel insulted when I have a library of over 40 titles, and you label it as "FMV Crapola." Sure, there is some crap out there, but the Saturn has it's crap too. Every platform has it's crap. So let's leave the crap where it belongs, okay?
Secondly, you bring up the debate of Panzer Dragoon Saga against Final Fantasy VII. Well, you're certainly welcome to your opinion that Panzer Saga is better than FFVII, but I feel it is my duty to point out that if it wasn't for FFVII, you might not be playing Panzer Saga in English at the moment. FFVII is the most revolutionary RPG of our time, and the doors it has opened up for RPGers *everywhere* is nothing less than a miracle. FFVII has caused the release of RPGs here in North America like nothing I've ever seen before. FFVII's success is why we RPGers have had so many new games to play in 1998, and 1999. Of course, if would find it hard to believe that someone so down on FMV would be pushing Panzer Saga so hard. Yes, it's a wonderful game, but putting it against FFVII just shouldn't be so. You see, RPG debates shouldn't be like Fighting Game debates.."Which is better?" I'm sure we've all witnessed a few rounds of the infamous Street Fighter vs. Mortal Kombat debate, and it was pretty heated there for a while. However, why do we, RPG fans, feel the need to lower ourselves to that level by pitting two stellar games like FFVII and Panzer Saga against each other? Can we not just play them both for what they are? RPG fans are supposed to be smarter and think more than the typical fighting and sports games debates, why don't we start acting like it?
I think it's great that you love your Saturn. Hell, I love mine. Is the Saturn inferior? No, not at all. Is the Saturn better? No, not in the slightest. There is no "better" platform. All platforms have strengths and weaknesses, and they all have their line ups of crap, and must have games. That doesn't make any system better than the other. I just think it proves that nothing is perfect. You play what you want, I'll play what I want, everyone'll play what they want, and the world will be happy...theoretically.
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