10 April 2006

We asked, HayZeus answers

The responses to our questions.

I'm surprised someone else thinks it would be a good idea for the Stingray to make a comeback...it was just wishful thinking on my part. In general, I see cars as a way to get from Point A to Point B. My apathy extends to nearly any other mechanical mode of transportation. But Corvettes, and specifically Corvette Stingrays, are the exception, because they exude beauty and power and grace.

I was actually kidding about the hitting-on question. The real answer is that I don't go to the sorts of places where hitting on occurs, and as soon as a guy starts giving me that smarmy grin that inevitably precedes an attempt at flirting, I immediately turn prickly and sarcastic.


Anonymous HayZeus said...

My apologies-I wasn't certain that you were kidding. Sometimes it's difficult to judge the intended tone of the written word. I decided that taking the question seriously would at worst result in some unintentional deadpan humor while treating the question as unserious when it was in earnest would be a greater sin. :)

Sorry I couldn't give you a better answer on the console RPG questions. They were fun but I never completely geeked out on either one of them.

As for the Stingray, it's easily my favorite incarnation of the Corvette.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Peel said...

Oh, I wasn't offended or anything. Your answer amused me greatly and confirmed my private opinion.

I just threw the RPG questions in because SNES9x has been the primary way I've avoided studying this semester. I am way behind the times with console RPGs and haven't played any made later than FF6.

Uh-oh, I think I just lost some geek cred.

11:23 AM  
Anonymous HayZeus said...

Something tells me that if some geekier-than-thou type saw you as less of a geek because you've only now gotten into old RPGs you wouldn't care one whit for their opinion anyway. Further, I don't seeing anything un-geeky about making an even-handed judgement on whether seeing all twelve-odd endings of Chrono Trigger is worth the considerable investment of time that it would take to see them all. ;)

2:24 PM  
Anonymous HayZeus said...

...Which is to say that geekiness isn't something defined by which RPGs one has played. Sorry, I inadvertantly posted before I finished my comment!

2:27 PM  
Anonymous geoff said...

am way behind the times with console RPGs and haven't played any made later than FF6.

FFVII and FFX are must-plays. FFVIII and FFIX are not bad. FFX-2 is awful. Really looking forward to the US release of FF12 (in about 6 months, hopefully).

2:57 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Peel said...

Ah, but it doesn't take that much time to see all the endings with the emulator, and indeed I have. I love emulators.

I'm really a nerd, anyway, not a geek; but many of my interests overlap with geeks'.

One of these days I'll have to do a blog post on the distinction between the two, and why I don't consider "nerd" an insult (quite the reverse, in fact; I get annoyed when I remark that I'm a nerd and some well-meaning but ill-informed person tries to "reassure" me that I'm not).

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Your favorite bartender said...

The Nerd, Geek, or Dork Test:


I was Pure Nerd. 95% Nerd, 26% Geek, 34% Dork.

To quote the test:
"A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure Nerd."

10:36 PM  
Anonymous geoff said...

69 % Nerd, 34% Geek, 47% Dork

Sigh. Must be the sci-fi & anime addictions.

12:31 AM  
Blogger Dave in Texas said...

I don't know what you people are talking about.

And that's comforting, somehow.

9:56 PM  
Blogger Retired Geezer said...

Here's my scores:

Pure Nerd
52 % Nerd, 21% Geek, 21% Dork

For The Record:
You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure Nerd.

12:38 AM  
Anonymous HayZeus said...

I scored 35% nerd, 65% geek, 32% dork earning me the title of pure geek. Just FYI.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Peel said...

No one will be surprised by this: 100% Nerd, 47% Geek, 47% Dork.

Go, me!

1:33 PM  
Anonymous JPatterson said...

Okay, I am more of a hard core console RPG fan, so my opinions may be a bit hard on the games. Overall opinion: the whole genre needs to grow up. I reserve specific gripes about the Final Fantasy series because they are considered the top of the heap.

Basically, FFVII was the last really good installment in the series. I played it again about 6 months ago and I had forgotten just how well the story is told. By one point in the game, you are pretty much certain that the main character is completely off his rocker.

FFVIII was pretty, but had a story that was thin as paper. I forced myself to finish it once, just because I spent $40 on the damn thing. I have played it once since then - because several people whose opinions I respect named it one of their favorites and I figured...maybe I missed something. I no longer respect their opinions, at least not in this genre of games.

FFIX was supposed to be Square's "return to old school," with the pointy hat black mages and such. What it demonstrated was that Square had no idea what made the NES and SNES era installments great. They managed to take all the fluff and window dressing out of the good old games and leave out the solid stuff. Still, this one is better than VIII, until you get near the end and the story simply becomes mired in its own complexity.

FFX is a step up, but only a step. For some reason, someone at Square decided that it was a grand idea to make certain side quests so frustrating that it became transparent that they were just padding the play time. As for the story (to me, a good RPG must be story driven), it could have been truly effective if they told it in about half the time. It was a 20 hour story stretched into 40 hours, with predictable results.

And, as stated above, FFX-2 is crap. No offense to Japanese, but they seem stuck currently in their version of our 1980s and this game got a whole big heaping shovel-full of it. If you try it at all, do so for the (background) music. For that matter, the music is also really good at points in FFX.

Haven't played FFXI because I don't do MMOGs. Something about paying a monthly fee on top of the hefty software price offends me.

Also looking forward to FFXII, though I wish Yasumi Matsuno had been able to complete it. I have nothing but respect for Final Fantasy Tactics (play this instead of FFVIII) and he is the main story guy in those.

What I'd like to see is an RPG combining Square's graphical imagination supporting a story written by a truly talented character-story writer. Joss Whedon comes to mind, though several fantasy writers would fit the bill, too (Terry Goodkind or George R. R. Martin, for instance).

Sorry to clutter your comments on my first visit. You're talking about one of my favorite topics, though. Great blog!

5:52 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Peel said...

Oh, feel free to comment away. I'd certainly like to know more about the games before I drop however much it is on them...especially since I've got only a PS1 and would have to buy a new system for some of them.

I think FFVI is my favorite out of the ones I've played, because not only is the story compelling, but the characters are nearly all interesting and likeable.

Thanks for stopping by. Sorry there isn't much going on at the moment - as it says in the post below, I'm at the end of my last semester, so haven't much spare time for the next couple weeks.

8:48 PM  
Anonymous JPatterson said...

Perfectly understandable. FFVI is certainly a great installment in the series, maybe the best one.

And it brings up another thought. I'd also like to see a genuine remake of some of the older games. Not simply repackaging the same game, graphics and all, into a PS1 package with cut-scenes added in, but an actual remake along the lines of how Peter Jackson just remade King Kong.

Ah well. We can dream, can't we?

2:47 PM  
Anonymous geoff said...

Playing Dragon Quest VIII at the moment - not too bad, but the alchemy thing is more annoying than fun, and you don't get new toys (weapons & armor) fast enough. Still, it'll hold me for another few weeks, getting me that much closer to FFXII.

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