October 4, 2004

Nerd Corner: Obscure RPG Histories

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at October 4, 2004 2:40 PM

Gawker Media (home of Wonkette) has opened several new blogs, including one with a video game focus: Kotaku. Wonkette remarks on the additions:

They are all like Fleshbot, in that they are substitutes for sex. They are not like Fleshbot in that they are not very good substitutes for sex.

I really have no defense against this, except that one takes what one can get. (Note that the link to Fleshbot is not safe for work.)

While I'm on the subject of video games: Tycho is free to dislike Star Ocean, but his suggestion that it and Tales of Symphonia are somehow examples of "the modern manias that have latched on to recent role-playing games", with respect to their real-time action/RPG combat engines, is just historically inaccurate. Tales and Star Ocean aren't jumping on any bandwagons; they were originators of this style of play with their respective first incarnations on the SNES. If Star Ocean 3 had had turn-based combat it would have been a huge disappointment for me—it would have been as big a departure as (apparently) FFXII is. In short, these two series have been doing this for three generations of consoles, and some of us enjoy it.

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Hear f#@&ing ye, man. Star Ocean 3 was huge fun, and the combat system was a big part of it. Normally Tycho hits the nail on the head, but I just shook my head when I read that.

Of course, for some strange reason I blitzed through the game, except my interest wandered off *right* before the end... I've got a save file just waiting for me to finish another floor or two of the final dungeon and thrash the boss, but somehow I already feel done. Odd.

Posted by: Lemming | October 4, 2004 9:42 PM
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