Top Gun

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  1. I'm not a big RPG player, but I feel as though many of the games labeled as "RPGs," including the majority of the JRPG sub-genre, don't really fit. For me, the key lies in those first two letters; role-playing. When I think of the original D&D archetype all of these games are based on, it's not just about rolling a D20 in an encounter or leveling skills on your character sheet, it's about actually fleshing out a character and putting something of yourself into them. Look at the great BioWare titles like Star Wars: KOTOR and Mass Effect, where you decide most of how your character interacts with the world around them, even down to their gender and relationship preferences; that's pretty much the definition of taking a role and making it your own. Then compare it to something like Chrono Trigger: even though it's a beloved classic that I enjoy very much myself, there's little to nothing I can do to affect how Crono behaves as a character, and the overall story is extremely linear. Those are two extremely different philosophies of game design, and I think that labeling them both as "role-playing" is something of a disservice.

    So then what should we call games like the mainline Final Fantasies as an alternate? Hmm..."stat-based battling adventure games"? Okay no that's pretty terrible, but you get the idea.


  2. ...and ESPECIALLY couldn't figure out that barrel in Carnival Night Zone for many more, like a lot of people.

    That barrel. So much rage. Sooooo much rage.

    For me it's been FFVI, despite several attempts. It's the only FF title I've ever played, and I keep getting to the point where I've finished everything besides Kefka's Tower, but I'm just reluctant to bring on the annoying-enemy-encounters-every-five-steps that I know is waiting there. Plus I want to get the best possible gear for my team, and that requires GameFAQs, but I don't really feel like sitting with my GBA in front of a computer. (Doesn't help that I also overwrote my savefile a few times like a total idiot.) So I just keep derping about on the Veldt, filling out everyone's magic list and getting those last few Rages, biding my time.


  3. God help us all.

    The banner additions are interesting, I'm immensely happy over the Soda Popper change, and the Short Circuit is apparently now a killing machine that's probably going to get re-nerfed somehow. There are also some interesting new bulletin board graphics that were added to Dustbowl, Badwater, and 2Fort...seems like it might be some sort of tie-in to the comic events.

    You know I don't think I've played a non-MVM round in weeks. That needs to change.