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General Discussion / Re: Stuff you LOVE, baby
« on: April 23, 2010, 12:13:20 am »
On some lighter notes...

Well inspired by Shee, I had my slurpee. It was awesome. It's kind of ironic that I love coke flavored slurpees, but I don't enjoy drinking the soda all that much.

Also in honor of Guru, I kind of jammed out to Gang Starr all day yesterday. I think I've decided that
Now Your Mine is my favorite track.

Lastly, I'm super hype for Super Street Fighter IV.

I'm not defending SE by any means, but to paint them as some evil company plotting to ruin fanboys' dreams is just silly.

Obviously, Square could've taken the high road and embraced the project, but they didn't. Does it suck? Absolutely. Big time, but Crimson Echoes was a huge project that was well known in a lot of circles. As soon as SE heard about it, they shut it down. They weren't looming in the shadows waiting for the right moment. CE was using Square's intellectual property without permission, and it was going to be distributed to the masses. Is it really a surprise that Square wanted to shut them down? It wasn't just a simple fan project. It was a rom hack. To even get the hack, most people would download the illegal rom of the original game. Square naturally saw this as a problem and shut it down. I think 90% of companies wouldn've done the same. If this was an original creation things might've been different, but it was a hack of a rom that in most cases (I'm talking about potential players here, not the creators of CE) would've been obtained illegally.

Now I'm not defending Square, as much as stating the obvious. I am going to defend the creators of CE though. They took time out of their own lives to create this project without getting anything in return. When a company throws a C & D at them, why should they try and fight it? Why should they waste more time, money, and effort? Not to mention the fact that their efforts may be futile. Again CE was made from a rom hack. People downloading CE were technically downloading a version of the original CT rom. CE was technically distributing an illegal copy of CT. Who knows how this would've turned out in court?

CE was a great project. I would've loved to have played it. I really enjoyed the youtube videos. It looked like an amazing game. That being said, it really bothers me when people feel they were entitled to it, or entitled for the CE team to fight for it. I hate when people act like it's so easy to stand up and fight a huge company, especially in these whacky circumstances. Trials cost time and money, even when you win.

General Discussion / Re: Video Game Discussion Thread
« on: April 22, 2010, 10:28:42 am »
The more I see of 3D Dot Game Heroes, the more interested I get (and the more I wish I had access to a PS3, lol)...It's good to be a nostalgia whore in the gaming world now it seems. Hooray!

Also, MvC3 is finally announced! How cool is that? I hope that some Breath of Fire characters make it in this go around...Although I was more a fan of CvSNK2 than MvC2...and I still don't even have TvC...and I want SSF4 too!

Wow. My thoughts exactly on everything. I was watching trailers for 3D Dot Game Heroes. It looks great. I'm going to be downloading that one. Old school game play with updated graphics=good times.

I'm a huge 2D fighting fan. I'm more excited about SSFIV than MvC3, but it's still great to see it announced. Hopefully MvC3 is a little more balanced though. KOF XIII is coming out. It looks to be vastly improved over XII, but you never know. Hopefully it does really well so we can get CvS3 in a couple of years.

Characters, Plot, and Themes / Re: Does Gaspar Age?
« on: April 21, 2010, 05:51:57 pm »
It's the HP/MP crystal. It keeps him young. Do I get a No Prize?

General Discussion / Re: Big Surprise From Square Enix?
« on: April 21, 2010, 03:16:41 pm »
I couldn't disagree more.  Although the original game remains one of the all time greats, as a storytelling device, it is still limited.  The characters are compelling, and the story can be expanded upon to create something truly special.  With the kind of production values S/E can put on a project, there is no reason to believe CT doesn't deserve a modern remake.  At this point, S/E would almost have to go this route if they intend to do anything with the franchise at all.  It's been 11 years since Chrono Cross, and the Chrono Trigger DS port doesn't really create the buzz needed to justify a true sequel.  But who is to say that a Chrono Trigger remake cannot be a sequel at the same time?  We are dealing with time-travel and alternate realities after all.

Put the game on the virtual console. Put Chrono Cross on the PSN. Then put out another Chrono game. It wouldn't be the first time Square came out with a sequel out of the blue. I personally don't need another remake. We've already had an SNES version, a PSX version, and a DS version. It's a game that still works. It doesn't need to be in 3D it works fine on the SNES engine. Why mess with something that's already considered one of the best RPGs of all time? I'm all for expanding the universe with a new story, but remaking a timeless classic? No thanks. I'd even take something like what they're doing with FF IV on the Wii.

General Discussion / Re: Big Surprise From Square Enix?
« on: April 21, 2010, 12:57:38 am »
Its the new Parasite Eve.

Or Chocobo Racing 2.

General Discussion / Re: Video Game Discussion Thread
« on: April 21, 2010, 12:49:04 am »
It's harder to make more lighthearted games now because the only way to make them cost-effective is to put them on a handheld...I wish they'd gravitate back towards the Wii, myself...Make the genre less about the current FF-style of big story & pretty graphics...

Yeah. Other genres have seen things switch focus to a more retro style. I wish we could get the same from RPGS. 2D Fighters are back in full force. I never really liked 3D fighters and I'm glad things are shifting back thanks to games like SSFIV, Blaz Blue, KoF, TvC, MvC...etc. Old school platformers are even
making a comeback.

I'd love to see RPGs go the retro route. I mean SNES was really a golden age for RPGs. DS is doing a good job, but it'd be great to see Wii, 360, and PS3 get involved. I'd love to see some more RPGs with some classic looking 2D sprites. Graphics can still be visually impressive without being 3D.

General Discussion / Re: Stuff you LOVE, baby
« on: April 20, 2010, 02:59:34 pm »
Hip Hop lost a good one.

You just don't get tunes like that anymore.

Damn. Sad news. That song takes me back.

General Discussion / Re: Video Game Discussion Thread
« on: April 20, 2010, 10:46:23 am »
I'm currently replaying the Mother series, starting with the first game. I remember it being brutally hard, but it's really not that bad. You just have to do a lot of grinding.

Playing these games really makes me miss old school JRPGs. I don't want to sound like a geezer, but they really don't make them like they used to. I also think there needs to be more games that don't take things too seriously. The quircky humor in the Mother series is priceless.

General Discussion / Re: Mythology
« on: April 20, 2010, 10:41:21 am »
I figured this was on topic. Has anyone read Neil Gaiman's novel  American Gods? It's a great book with a unique take on mythology.

Without giving anything away, it's about ancient gods and mythological figures trying to survive in a country that doesn't have any native gods. When people moved to America they brought over their beliefs, but these became bastardized or forgotten over the years. It's interesting to see the American aspects of these gods. For instance one of the few reminants of Norse mythology in the U.S.A. are the names of the days of the week.

Anyway it's an amazing read and fantastic for mythology buffs. I was really enjoying figuring which characters were which gods...etc. They never explicitly state which god the main character is, but I have my guess. If you haven't read it, please do.

General Discussion / Re: Big Surprise From Square Enix?
« on: April 19, 2010, 10:02:34 pm »
Aren't they the same thing, though, really? A sequel is a continuation of a storyline in one direction; a prequel is a continuation in the other direction. Both of them expand upon, or make changes to, our interpretation of the original work. If CT is a "complete" work and doesn't need a sequel, then it wouldn't need a prequel either, for the exact same reasons. In a principle a prequel can be even risky an addition to a series, because it interferes with our background profiles on the characters; it can change the value of their actions in the original work by establishing concrete and/or alternate explanations. (In a time travel series, this imbalance isn't present, 'cause sequels can become de facto prequels.)

I'm listening to the courtyard theme from Game Boy's original Mortal Kombat as I write this, and you have no idea how much I want to overturn the desk and break pottery...

I simply mean that we don't need a re-telling of the original game. The story and gameplay still hold up. I'd hope that any edition to the Chrono series has a unique story to tell. While I love Trigger, and enjoyed Cross, I don't feel we need more of the same.


General Discussion / Re: Big Surprise From Square Enix?
« on: April 19, 2010, 07:05:25 pm »
I'm betting on a FFVII remake as I think that needs more of a remake than Chrono. It's quite clear that SE doesn't care about its fans or doing anything with the Chrono series, so I doubt this has anything to do with any new Chrono game.

FFVII doesn't need a remake either. It's already on the PSN. I'll agree it didn't age as well as Chrono Trigger, but it doesn't need to be remade.

That being said, you're absolutely right about the annoucement regarding FF. That's thier cash cow. The Chrono series is sadly dead.

General Discussion / Re: Big Surprise From Square Enix?
« on: April 19, 2010, 05:47:58 pm »
What Square Enix should do.

What Square Enix will probably actually do.

Not to get to off topic, but am I in the minority in that I don't want a Chrono Trigger remake? The game didn't age that badly, plus we have a DS version. I think it's just fine as is.

Now a sequel, prequel, or even just a game in the same universe? I'm all about that. Anything new from the Chrono verse would be nice.

General Discussion / Re: Stuff you LOVE, baby
« on: April 19, 2010, 05:34:02 pm »
Thanks mange...much appreciated.  Of course in vintage Shee fashion the callback got muffed up, but I felt that the 1st audiiton was turrible as well...soooooooooo we'll see I guess.

Slurpees cure all ails.

It's official. I'm getting a slurpee today.

Chrono / Gameplay Casual Discussion / Re: Your "Chrono" collection?
« on: April 19, 2010, 02:41:50 pm »
It's been a long time since anyone posted here, but I didn't see any info on the great shirts at

Check them out. Don't forget to look at the Chono stickers and buttons.

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