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Jeff got fired...

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GameSpot (and CNET) just lost their credibility. And Eidos won't be able to count on me to buy their games anymore. **** them.

Why voice-overs are killing RPGs

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Not litterally. RPGs are still selling very well today. But I've noticed that today's RPGs are less rich and plentiful of dialogues since voice-overs became mandatory for a game to be "accepted".

Go back in the pre-Final Fantasy X era and take a look at the narrative of RPGs. Take for example Final Fantasy VIII, which had a hell of a lot of dialogues (and monologues). The staff behind the game could cram an infinite amount of text if they so desired. Reading doesn't take long, and nobody cares if the story is interesting. It's just like reading a book. All Final Fantasies were like that (especially VI, VII, VIII and IX). Lots of interesting text to read, which would make the story rich.

Now compare these to today's RPGs, in which there are voice-overs. Scenario writers can't let their mind run free and write plenty of dialogues. They've got to gauge the right amount of dialogues needed so the game doesn't feel empty, but not to much. Why? Because now they've gotta hire and pay voice-actors (which costs quite a lot). Not only that, but if the dialogues are too long, the game will get tiresome real fast. Take a scene from any RPG that would require between 5 and 10 minutes of reading. Take all of the text and add voice-overs. It'll take a lot longer to cover the same amount of information brought forward by reading, and the player would get tired. In the end, game company can't afford to write stories and dialogues as rich as before.

Of course, voice-overs have their advantages. Games are now more movie-like, and actors bring the characters to life. But that doesn't mean pre-voice-overs characters were lifeless. More dialogues and information is what a story and character needs. I'm not saying today's RPG characters are lifeless. Final Fantays XII has great, interesting and living characters. But it's not the same as before. Just compare the amount of information contained in FFVI, VII, VIII and IX to X, X-2 and XII. There's quite a difference in the amount of content. Also, when there are no voices, a character's personality will be forged only by his/her dialogues, whereas with an actor behind the character, the personality is kinda forced.

If voice was something crucial to the development of a characters, then books wouldn't have a purpose. But we know this isn't true. Everybody knows nothing will surpass the richness books offer. RPGs nowadays are like movies, but I prefer when they were like books. I prefer having a lot of interesting text to read than having to simply watch a cutscene that might have irritating voices. I could read for over 10 minutes-long and not be bothered at all, but not-so-much with cutscenes with voices. What's your opinion?

I've bought a PS3!!!

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I did it. I've finally did it. The unthinkable. I have bought a Playstation 3. On the 11th of August, precisely. I've also bought Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Resistance and an extra controller. All of this for CAN$875.00. I've taken the 60Gb model, as I wanted the PSone and PS2 chip. This means I'll be able to play Heavenly Sword and Metal Gear Solid 4 and all these other great games on day one of their release!

Mega Man X: done!

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I've finally done Mega Man X! Actually, it's my very first time beating it. I had never really taken the time to do it properly. Now I can get started on Mega Man X2.

Mega Man Speedrunathon

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I have started a series of Speed Runs in Mega Man X. I intend on doing the whole game, a speed run being a whole stage complete with the boss. After Mega Man X, I am planning to do X2 and X3. After these, I might do other games. I'll see to that when the time comes.

Completing my collection

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    I'm adding all of my games into my collection. It's quite tiresome, as I have a lot of them. I'm also giving them a score and adding tags. I have done the worst though: having to go through finding the games I don't play anymore which are stuffed in a box in a hellhole of a corner somewhere in my house. Whew. I'll add the rest later.

Very first blog!

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    This is my very first blog. I'm now a GameSpot Total Access Member! Yeehaa! Yup, I've ditched my previous account (and all of its badges) just so I could change my username. I know, kinda crazy huh, but I didn't have that many badges anyway.

P.S. Oh, and the Light Ice skin is mondo!