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No Shine Get 4 Me!
Wednesday, August 28, 2002

No, I do not have Super Mario Sunshine as the title suggests. You people must think I'm crazy, but let me explain first. I definitely want it. Unfortunately, time, money and health don't permit me to own this game. Time. I never reserved it. I also work a lot, and at home I'm either doing this, trying to get through Fire Emblem, or attempting to tweak that layout a little bit more. Money. I'm simply too broke. Two separate things to pay off, plus I practically NEED another hard drive. Health. "What the hell?" You think to yourself. You see, I have this motion sickness... problem. It happens when I play 3D games such as this one, and the GCN Zelda, and PSO... and others. I get nauseous and it's NOT GOOD. Fortunately, I can solve these problems by renting the game and getting some motion sickness pills when I have the time and money. Thankfully, said pills don't require a prescription in Canada. Whoo.

I got back to playing Fire Emblem last night, and well... the game raped me. Literally. Yeah well, it's my own fault for a) being distracted by IRC and b) not having played for two weeks. Those two factors could be why I didn't plan a strategy out well... AT ALL. Of course, it's not even an easy game to begin with. And I'm going to be stubborn and try to beat it with as few screwups as possible.

Less rambling from me, more letters from you. Yeah, you heard me.

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"I am interested in this."

Hey,

After reading the mail about PC RPG's vs Console rpg's (8/27) i decided to add some of my own comments. From my experiences yes PC RPG's do stick closer to the D&D roots than Console yet also they lack in some way. Neverwinter Nights for example, great game , good game play , good plot , but classes werent really balanced that well and the race/class selection was pretty limited... Now as we go to a popular Console RPG , lets say FFIX, though the play is more Cinematic rather than playing a "role" the characters are balanced soo there is no one super powered character that can totally destroy any monster ... what i have found is that i lose interest in the PC RPG's fast... and the Console RPG's usually have kept me interested enough to beat the game.... ( i believe only console rpg that i lost all interest in was FF8 but thats another debate) All in all what comes to pass is PC RPG's get old fast while Console RPG's tend to keep the player interested longer... Perhaps you should make a poll on this and see what results you get ... just a thought though... -Steve

I guess it depends on the person and their preference of gameplay and such. From what I know, characters in MMORPGs, depending on how D&D based the games are, are built from the ground up, rather than having predetermined skills that they'll learn throughout the game. Some people feel that because the characters are your own and not already written into the story like console RPGs, the plot is less involving and less 'there'. And because so many are D&D based, there's a lot of tedious things to do, as Parn once explained to me, which is pretty much a major reason some of us can't keep interest in them. Of course, this comes from a person who has lost interest in several console RPGs, including Legend of Legaia and FFVIII. Sadly, all it takes for some people to stay interested is pretty, pretty graphics.
 
Various subjects.. and yeah.

How's it going Liz,

*Gasp* the weekly topic actually changed j/k.

Well, what I'd like to here from TGS is about the Shining Force game, I'm just a sucker for a decent SRPG. I'd love to hear, although it wouldn't happen there, would be the entire Sakura Taisen series being released in the US, I've heard so much about the them from friends along with playing a bit of the 2 GBC ones.

After reading today's letters, I figured you might be able to use this. For all those dreaming to get into the video game industry, well actually just programmers and CG artists, there is a college that specializes in that, DigiPen Institute of Technology (www.digipen.edu). I hope to be transferring there next year.

Well, it looks like I'm not the only gamer trying to study Japanese for the culture. So far I've taken 2 semesters, but unfortunately the college I'm going to right now only offers 2. Well, at least I know some vocabulary and can read 90 kanji, just about 2910 to go to be at least somewhat literate.

Just finished Arc the Lad Collection a few weeks ago. I must say that Working Designs actually did a decent job with it and not go over the top with its jokes, and some people said they couldn't do it. They all have a bit of comedy, but 3 the most because it is more light hearted whereas 1 & 2 were more serious. Now to write my review when I have time between my 18 units at college.

That's about it for today, I'll just go and listen to my Escaflowne Movie soundtrack some before going to class.

Xeno

Well... if that rumored Shining Force game was to be confirmed, I think TGS would be the best place to do it, being less than a month away and all. Sakura Taisen... the whole series? Here? You're right, it's not gonna happen. While there is some Sakura Taisen game coming out here, it's not even one of the RPGs, which still don't have a huge market here, at least not big enough to bring the whole series over.

I've heard of Digipen... and I hope that info becomes useful for someone here. Now, if only someone could find me a correspondence Japanese course around my general area, that'd be great. I can only dream.

Almost had a chance to play Arc myself, last month... watching the end of the first one though, a few things weren't right. If only I could remember what thy were... an overpowered character perhaps? I tried to play Arc 2, then ended up going out to some movie which probably was more deserving of my time anyway. I still don't have this great interest in the AtL collection... especially since I have a ton of other games to play.

 
All eys on Square... of course.

Hello,

In looking at the list for TGS, here's what I'm interested in: (My choices are all pretty obvious if you know me).

1) Atlus' offerings, particularly Shin Megami Tensei NINE. I'm a series fanboy so I have to clamor for information there.

2) Sega's offerings, particularly Virtua Fighter Quest. I know Shen Mue was supposed to be the Virtua Fighter RPG, but I'm curious what direction VFQ is going in.

3) Square's offerings on the Nintendo consoles. Hey, like everybody else, I'm curious too. It was a big shock to many of us that Square's developing for Nintendo once again and thus my curiosity's piqued.

However, such heavy speculation from the public has Square on the proverbial hot seat, I can imagine. With all eyes on them, if their GCN and GBA offerings aren't stellar, it may not be pretty. Then again, pressure like that is probably old hat to them, but still...

Cheers,
Neal (aka Blademaster Dezo)

What? No Persona?

Ah yes, Square. It's been a while since they had a whole collection of games on the release calendar, perhaps because they just didn't want to unveil them anytime soon. Indeed, I'm sure there's a fair amount of pressure for them to deliver games that meet up to fans' expectations, and this being Square, I bet those expectations are high. However, since Square has been quiet about their plans until recently, they've probably been putting a lot of planning and effort into the games for longer than some of us think. But I highly doubt that Square would go to these lengths to develop for Nintendo again, and then make crappy games.

 
More Japanese goods.

I thought I'd write in about sake! Not any real reason....just thinkin. While I've never actually had any because my dad says it tastes like lighter fluid and won't let me spend $5 to get some, the little sets you drink it with are so cool. The little handle-less cups and pitchers...streamlined. Guess i'll have to buy a set and drink...tea...or Coke....or something.....
....and your dad knows what lighter fluid tastes like? I don't want to know what he does for a living, or what his other habits are. Anyway, I tried sake this past E3... and it tasted like a stronger beer, with piss in it. ....Now now, before I get flamed, it could have been the brand, or such, or the fact that I'm not really a beer or hard liquor fan. I love my girly drinks - you know the ones, Smirnoff Ice, various coolers... yeah, I'm a wuss, but for good reason. I'm very lightweight.
 
As if there wasn't enough Metroid goodness coming our way...

Started as a short story... Moved to an annoyingly long story...
Now I have the chapters divided into subchapters, neatly organized in OmniOutliner. I have a timeline, origins of Pirates, Mother Brain, Metroid, and Samus Aran, all written out. 3 chains of events, Pirates/Mother, Metroid, Samus Aran, simultaneously occurring. All caused by one event. Why oh why did it get so complex... Sure is fun though: I play games for... research... heh... yeah... research.

-Marcus

Ooh, you have a Mac? Last I recall there was no OmniOutliner for the PC... I bet you'll get OS X 10.2 before us, too... er uh wait, what was this letter about again? Oh yes, Metroid fanfic. I'm glad to hear it's coming along well, the timelines and origins make it sound all the more interesting. Just promise me it's better than the subpar-and-below-crap on fanfiction.net. Please.
 
Questions? Am I supposed to answer those?

I heard that the Dragon ball z game coming out on PS2 would be a RPG. Is this true? Do you know when it is getting released? Also please update me when you get more info on final fantasy 10's Rikku and Yuna versions. One more question, was there a sequel to SNES's Earthbound for the N64? Was it released in the US? Much love till next time,

Rpgplayer00

I'm sorry, I tend to block out anything that contains the word DBZ. I think it's like, a trauma effect or something. yeah... that's it. *coughs* Chances are, the next bit of information we'll be hearing about the FFX sidestories will be at Tokyo Game Show next month, so be sure to be watching our news on Sept. 20 and a few days after. I'm sure many people will be, as plenty of RPG will be there.

Ah yes, Mother 3, a sore subject for many. As Earthbound is part of the Mother series, Mother 3 would logically have been a sequel. Unfortunately, development was canned and the game, which was to be for the N64, was never completed. There's been a few scant rumors about yet another Mother game in development, but nothing even close to being confirmed.

 
Closing Thoughts

Sitting in a doctor's office and waiting for said doctor for about 30 minutes (or was it more?) is no fun. It can put you to sleep, too. Now, it's time for me to scrounge up some food and get ready for a night of... journal code fixing. Yes, people. This... is my life. BTW, check out the topic and rejoice, because I finally updated it. Yay me.

~ Liz, spending Tokyo Nights wondering how soon she can rent Super Mario Sunshine. Don't ask. (letters@rpgfan.com)



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