Show #108: Fourth Dimension Gaming

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In this episode Joel and I return to that overflowing font of humor: Ken Kutaragi and Square-Enix is insane

Opener: Final Fantasy 7 – Fight On (an OC Remix by CarboHydroM
Ender:
Final Fantasy XI – Selbina (the best sea shanty ever)

This show is about:


Eating Money


Printing Money


The PS3 (/Foreman Grill/Panini Maker)


Leaping Lizzy (hate her)

  • Jive Turkey

    Does the PS3 have any good games right now to justify buying it?
    Leaping LIzzy… i’d hit that.

  • kolibri

    Happy birthday Dave :) May you have a fantastic one.

  • RobotBastard

    I just have to wonder whether Kutaragi et al have ever seen these GIFs or macros.

  • Ian

    When are you guys going to do the very speical House podcast? Did you see the last one with the marrow extraction? It was brutal, though I would have cut the stuff with the dog for a longer scene with the kid pleading for the pain to end.

  • Anonymous

    Games to be released on th Wii this year. http://wii.ign.com/articles/784/784665p1.html While there are some interesting titles there are a few tech demos and also when it’s Donkey Kong going to get a normal game?

    Also as for Lair selling systems, while I think it’s a cool game there just isn’t buzz about Lair selling systems. Onto Ninja Gaiden I am hearing mix results….people are saying that it looks alright….but then again I haven’t had the chance so I’ll go with your word. I have heard that the new levels are going to be amazing thou.

    Onto the topic at hand.

    Final Fantasy games have a very soft spot for me, not as much as Zelda but I still enjoy most of the games in the series. Final Fantasy X (Which I call 10, not X) I have admit I like the story…..As for Ten-Two I think I would of like the game more had it not been mission based. Instead of trying to make Final Fantasy VII over and over I want more FF VI that’s still my favorite in the series even with that psycho Kefka.

    Also one thing about Final Fantasy that I’ve always loved the music in the series…and I really like the two pieces you played to start and close the show. I had the chance two years ago to see the orchestra performs of Dear Friends….and it was quite amazing.

  • RJ Bubel

    P.S. that was me above, and one last thing where is the Otogi post cast?

  • RJ Bubel

    Doh I mean Podcast….

  • Dustin

    My thoughts on FFVII through XII (if you two even care):

    VII: Yeah, this game was pretty good. Way too overhyped, though. The way some FF fans talk, you’d think it was the second coming of Christ. Also, I disliked Tifa quite a bit, mostly because she seemed to be all boobs and very little brain. Thank God that Advent Children made her into a respectable (and totally awesome) character.

    VIII: I think I must be one of the very few people in the world who actually ENJOYED the Junction System, though I will admit that Drawing could be annoying at times. Oh, and farming the items for the weapons really isn’t that difficult if you know the trick to it. I managed to create all the ultimate weapons in about 2 hours.

    IX: THANK YOU! I used to feel like I was in the minority for really liking IX, but more and more it seems like the people who DON’T like IX are just the vocal minority and the people who DO like it are, for the most part, awesome. Yes, using items to get skills was a good idea. And yes, the story went totally screwball at the ending. However, I believe Kuja is probably one of the best villains an RPG has ever had. Yeah, he has a REALLY AWKWARD fashion sense, but at least he had personality and a reason for being evil, unlike most RPG villains.

    X: Okay, I’ll come right out and say it. This is my favorite FF game. I’ll also admit that much of my love for it comes from the fact that Rikku is my favorite fictional character of all time, and she directly influenced my decision to become a creative writer (and, indirectly, a journalist). Plus, I kinda like turn-based battle systems, and X had a really good one. The blank-slate weapons? Um…not so fun. But at least there was plenty of visual variety with the weapons.

    X-2: This game was such a disappointment, mostly because the previews got me so pumped for it. Rikku is practically a main character? Woohoo! They brought back the job system? Awesome! You can change jobs on the fly in a flashy magical-girl-esque sequence? Cool! Then I played it and saw that you actually play as Rikku for the first mission, and I thought to myself, “Square made this game just for me, to show its appreciation for my dedication to their company.” Then I played it for another hour and was cursing the scriptwriters for completely ruining the experience. To be fair, the battle system is arguably one of the top 5 greatest RPG battle systems of all time. Even the random battles could be incredibly fun. Unfortunately, I was really looking forward to seeing more character development from the original cast, and I didn’t get that. In FFX Rikku played a fairly important role and, despite her outward silliness, had some intelligent lines throughout the game. In X-2 she was shoved into the role of dumb-blonde comic relief. Yuna didn’t fare a whole lot better, as her IQ was inexplicably dropped by a good 20 points. One wonders how people can be so callous toward their original creation that they’re perfectly willing to insult it with the sequel.

    XI: Never played it. Never will play it. Moving along…

    XII: It had the completely opposite problem of X-2. There was a great story, but the battle system was really boring. Plus, the summons were, for the vast majority of the time, utterly useless. This was probably because summoning them depleted an entire MP bar. In a game where the ability to use Cure magic is of the utmost importance, anything that takes away that ability better be damn worth it. The summons were not at all worth it. I still liked the game, though. It’s nice to know Square-Enix still employs decent scriptwriters.

    Anyway, despite the fact that I seem to like VIII and X much more than you two do, I really enjoyed the podcast. Even though you were bashing one of my favorite games, I didn’t feel offended because you actually gave good reasons for not liking it. Thanks for that. Logic, sadly, is not the preferred debate tool for most message board posters.

  • w34a2

    “I disliked Tifa quite a bit, mostly because she seemed to be all boobs and very little brain.”

    and people wonder what is wrong with modern day gamers.,.,

  • Anonymous

    “and people wonder what is wrong with modern day gamers.,.,”

    I’m not entirely sure I follow you. If you’re saying I am an example of what is wrong with modern day gamers because I think most of Tifa’s appeal is supposed to come from her appearance, then I’d like to ask you why I shouldn’t think that when both the general FF fan community and the script of FFVII suggests that I’m justified in my opinion. I’m not saying that Tifa is a bad character, because I can see that people can and do have good reasons for liking her. Her character design just rubbed me the wrong way. I dunno, maybe my dislike for the original Tifa is partially due to how insulted I was by Lara Croft. *shrug*

    If you’re simply stating that the problem with modern day gamers is that they prefer large breasts over personality, and Tifa is a result of that, then ignore everything I said. ^_^

  • Dustin

    And, like the space-case I am, I forgot to fill out the name and e-mail address columns. *sigh*

    So, yeah, that previous comment was me.

  • Dude, an RPG character inspired you to be a writer? I know I am a jerk, but srsly? Because RPGs pretty much always have really generic, totally cliched writing and horrrrrrrrrrrrrible dialogue.

  • Dustin

    “Dude, an RPG character inspired you to be a writer? I know I am a jerk, but srsly? Because RPGs pretty much always have really generic, totally cliched writing and horrrrrrrrrrrrrible dialogue.”

    Yes, that’s true sometimes. I’ve played enough RPGs to realize that. However, my bookcase is stuffed full of many different fiction books that I’ve read long before I touched my first RPG; those books, I suppose, are what planted the seed (so to speak). I guess you could say that FFX’s influence merely sped up the process…but it’s kind of complicated to explain in this sort of setting, so I won’t bother. Besides, I never expected anyone except my close friends to understand, anyway. ^_^;

  • w3a2

    “If you?re simply stating that the problem with modern day gamers is that they prefer large breasts over personality, and Tifa is a result of that, then ignore everything I said. ^_^”

    I am stating the EXACT OPPOSITE of that. LARGE BOOBS ARE AWESOME, PERSONALITY IS FOR LOSERS