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    Sorry for taking so long. We’re having a Christening on Sunday, so we’re kinda extra busy with preparations.

    Re: Romancing SaGa - it I answered right away, I’d say I didn’t, even though the ppportunity has come up twice, but once I just said know while the other I didn’t have the funds. But currently, it’s being built. I’m also done with Gerard and my current successor is a mercenary called Orion. Since I got friendly with the Dragon Lair brawlers, I always have one in my party now. Also, now that I’m done with the mind in Ludon, the game has opened up significantly and I don’t really know which way to go next.

    Re: KH - I remember actually digging the sub skill mechanic, as it made each Keyblade really feel unique and suit a different purpose. But then I guess that also means you’re more likely to just stick to favorites because it’s mlre comfortable. You get some, you lose some.

    Re: writing - discipline is good as long as you don’t kick yourself in the face for it. I haven’t written much this week, but then I’ve had the aforementioned preparations and I’m also looking for extra work, so it’s teally important to let yourself write a little less sometimes too
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    Yeah, I’ve noticed. The reason I let Therese die is actually exactly that - I couldn’t deal enough damage to the gel blob. Also, my magic facility thing is now operational and now everyone has magic. btw, what is this logic thing? Because it seems to be backwards. Lady says the higher the logic, the lower your spell power, but my court Mage has the highest logic, with Gerard being in second place - so that would mean the actual spellcastets are the worst suited for the job
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    Well, things have changed a little bit. After Leo’s death I recruited another ranger, and now Therese has just died and I replaced her with Emerald the Mage. So I have Gerard, Heavy Infantry, Kight Infantry, Ranger and Court Mage.
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    But you know what? Thank you for talking. And who knows what Nojima-san writes for the Remake anyway. Maybe this time he will really lean it towards the thing that I do not want at all. It would destroy Final Fantasy VII because it blasts a hole in one important aspect of the narrative when it comes to the relevance of certain aspects and Cloud and Aerith's relationship and how they value each other that by many people (e.g. "Tifa only instead of value both girls as the story shows" people) is just handwaved away with this whole "true Cloud" thing (which is one of the reasons why it is so important) as big as some of Kingdom Hearts' holes but we have to see. Maybe he will use the wrong words like Nier 2 but "means the right thing". Then it would still be okay. It is one of the only ways to enjoy stuff like Nier 2 for me anyway instead of thinking "and this is the sequel to what is almost as good as FFVII to me ..." The intention has priority and if that's fine even such a broken person like me can live with it. I hope at least. Let's just hope Sephiroth does not become a fatso.
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    I’d still argue it’d be harder for me to interpret them like that, with one being very jazzy and one very impressionistic, but that’s just me. I still think the music here is great.

    I managed to kill Kzinssie and now Gerard has his blinged out armor. Found the Cat and best an octopus in the canal, so the thieves guild will now help me,and now I’ve reached this town where they’re talking about some dudes from a Dragon’s Lair or something and I’m gonna investigate that
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    I never said that's not the case what you called splintering and weak(er) to Sephiroth; but it is important what is meant. I also said a part of Cloud is seperated. It is just that you treat it as another person while I say it is not and that it does not make sense to treat it like "you and me" instead of just "a guy getting inner echo warnings from his own repressed fragments" and that those "fragments" speak about Cloud like he is another person even though they are not can be clearly seen when Tifa talks to Cloud fragments that definitely belong to him an are no literal "own entities" while he is in the Lifestream so this even more emphasizes on it being written as tricky to understand without acknowledging the full context and logic.

    Yes, Cloud would have likely "not done stuff mask Cloud did", I will always agree with that. But that does not make him another Cloud. That is why I told you there is a big big big big BIG neccessity in differentiating between "literal and metaphorical differences of self". There is always a great difference between talking about "personality" as a mere character structure and as a "self". I would never ever do stuff I did 20 years ago. Psyche change is not Death and Birth.
    When Cloud while being temporarily repressed through his own mental weakness and inner desire replaces a facette of his being with another one, then it is still his being. What you are trying to argue is the Theseus Ship paradox on a psychological basis. "Is x still x when component 1-n is replaced/missing?" and the answer is yes. That is just pseudo-philosophy that actually has answers in life. Just as an apple is an apple no matter how much you eat from it or if you randomly decide to glue something on it. That can be answered with "Apple: State ..." And that is the same with us. "Oh, you are not yourself". No. Wrong. It is impossible.
    You brought up a timeline guy. The timeline guy is not me. Why? Because despite the same origin, the same chronology trunk, he through a split (let's just say crap like timesplits are possible) has a seperate self, a seperate instance to perceive reality. He is exactly what I said before: A clone. Of course in his case he would be a clone through other means and have already changed but a clone nonetheless. Not me.
    And this is exactly why it is so important for me to differentiate these things. The woman Encina, she shares rooms with her friends in her brain. They are not her. They have their own selves. Why? Because they have their own perceptional instance. It is "not her just being forced by her body to be different" which would result in it still being her but just metaphorically different. No, it is really someone else and she experiences that. That is also why I made it very clear "btw. of course Cloud speaks to Cloud" so nobody can actually say "WAIT! You forgot!" No, believe me, I do not forget. I made it very clear this is not the kind of talk that two people have. And that this is supported by the rest of the story where Cloud actually has to live through things and not "backseat experience" because it does not make any sense in the narrative. You are aware that Cloud has a spiritual connection with Aerith and that what he associates with her is his Promised Land? Does not make sense either if he was just "the third wheel" hiding behind a driver that you want to be killed after the Mideel incident.

    Anyway, I assure you, with my neurotical disorder you have done more harm to me now than you felt when you reluctantly went back to the conversation that I for my own mental health wanted to deflect with my Kingdom Hearts comment. If you do want to know what that means, ask Psychotic. I have no problem with him telling a teeny bit about me if your question is now "wtf is going on with him right now". Maybe you now at least can kind of understand that I do not do the conversation and ad infinitum discussion stuff out of mere joy and assholery and that I suffer a lot more from this than the mere roll-eyes discussion partner that only thinks "omg this arrogant asshole again". That does not mean nobody should ever discuss with me but let's just say when we have both already let it die down, then let's leave it at that. Especially if both instances already say stuff like "I have no intention to talk further about this" (you) or "this is getting bad for me through my disorder" (me), especially as I can tell you, if it does not help me to bring up more and more points that are of almost fundamental nature and it does not contribute to my person saying "huh, okay, never thought about that and that it really would destroy the purpose of that other thing" then it only gets me more frustrated. I do not do these discussions where I seem obnoxious to people because it is my will. It is an urge on a scale that reaches far into disorder territory steming from an even worse time for me. Well, at least the disorder helps me a lot when gathering information.

    Thanks for your time.
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    I wished you would not have continued this discussion with a neurotically disturbed person so I have to apologize to you in advance that I have to fall back into this pattern which I have to use to close this. And about "don't really care about Cloud's condition" - you actually started it once I posted a list of what is misunderstood.

    The "Self" is not a matter of opinion. This is just one of the modern day tries of humanity to be pseudo-philosophical and pseudo-psychological. There are the dynamics of personality. The instance to perceive reality is the ego, which can be flat out equated with the consciousness. If the organism develops an association to itself to differentiate "there is the external source and the internal source, there is the others and there is ... this ... that is not the others ... the internal source which is located exactly where information is registered ... self" the feeling of individialism is established. What the existence of an entity as individual "self" is is NOT open to debate, I repeat, it is NOT open to debate.

    What is not the person:
    The person is not the body. The body is just a host.
    The person is not the memories. The memories merely shape the character and thus the person but the person does not "die" by getting rid of those memories, nor does a potential clone getting a replica of those memories become that person.
    The person is not just a personality structure. This goes hand in hand with the memory thing. While to the character build of course we also say "personality" and the sum of traits of course is what we are used to recognize by people as there is nothing to focus on when there is a potential blank slate, the existence of the self in an on itself is something that functions as a basic layer before all that. It can and will never be replaced. Every self is its own entity.

    You always can answer these things with a thought experiment: What can I remove and replace. You can do that with a body. You can do that with memories and character traits. But you cannot do that with someone's own awareness of themselves. I do not, I repeat, not become a literal other being by forgetting or learning. I do not live for only one moment. This is as pseudo-philosophical as it gets. A person does not die the moment it gets amnesia and does not get magically ressurected one that is over. When I die and a perfect clone with my memories is created, I do not live again just because that clone is a perfect replica of me with my memory. That guy has his own sense of self.

    And to ultimately close this: Watch the video "How it's like to live with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DiD)". The person Encina will 100% show you what an entity itself is and that she is only one of those people. She is not the others and she will never be. Cloud does not suffer from Dissociative Identity Disorder. And the "true Cloud" which you seem to imply as being a second literal person that knows Aerith is not "co-conscious" (not in the way you seem to think as another guy) just so it fits your description of still knowing her. You have to be aware of the implications of your own words and how they do not make sense. 1) It means that we run around with an entity that they want to die which is not the case (I will leave out the explanation here how alters normally do not get destroyed anyway, how it is normally impossible to get DiD when older, et cetera, especially with the latter one being handwaveable away through fiction), that 2) Cloud absolutely and without a doubt feels all that connection to Aerith (both in FFVII and VIIAC) and he cannot feel that connection if it was not him - you imply that it is still possible if he was co-conscious but someone that is co-conscious is still their own entity (as can be proven with the Encina video) and thus even while experiencing life situations still would not be "the entity that rightfully lived through the situation, became friends with somebody, etc." (in the Encina video she says one of her alters had a date - now if Encina is co-concious that does not make Encina have a date with that person, she simply witnesses) so of course I have to absolutely argue against the point that there are two literal Cloud because the entire logic of the story speaks against it. Pardon the comparison but what you say is about as logical as when the streamer SevenS1ns in DoC said "Hojo is a cyber clone, its not the real Hojo", when Hojo himself flat out said that he virtualized himself and the logic of the story is "I do not want to die, I want to become a god" instead of "I do not want to die, I want to become a god - so what do I do? I create a clone of myself that becomes a god instead and then I die". Those things are so fundamental I think even if you do not want to understand why I disagree with you you can see with that example why and how I feel when reading what you write. Cloud is the master of his illusions.
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    Honestly, it's not like it feels anyone is copying anyone here. It's more like it's very clear these two have similar sources of inspiration (80s hard rock, classical music), and you can tell these two also worked together and are, at least in professional terms, good friends.
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    Like I said, don’t get me wrong - it’s an amazing soundtrack and it really makes me feel something I have t felt in a while.
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    Can I just say, Kenji Ito’s music is really great, even though it reminds me of Uematsu’s SNES days a little too much. Not that I don’t like that sound, because I do, but their style is so similar that if you told me any of his stuff was actually Uematsu’s, I’d believe you
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My Top 100's Lost but not Forgotten: Dragon Quest VII

by Wolf Kanno on 10-26-2018 at 05:42 AM

I feel like the year 2001 was an odd year in gaming. One of the first time where you really felt like the end of an era and the beginning of a new one was coming. Sony was gearing up to release the successor to the smash hit PlayStation and if you looked around the gaming scene, it seemed like every company was jumping ship to get on board what the PS2 could do. Square had released their PS1 swan song FFIX even though they would still support the PS1 with

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by Wolf Kanno on 03-27-2018 at 10:53 PM
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One of my all time favorite publishers in the 90s for video games was Working Designs. It was a company that actually tried to get a lot of cool JRPGs released in the West long before the actual JRPG boom in the last years of the decade. I've already spoken about their most high profile title they ever worked on, Lunar: The Silver Star Story,

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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Final Fantasy III

by Wolf Kanno on 03-07-2018 at 08:10 PM
Blah blah blah Top 100 blah blah blah too many good games to list. Blah blah blah, games that weren't good enough for my list but still excellent nonetheless.

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Of the Classic series within Final Fantasy, FFIII was the last one for me to play, partly cause I didn't emulate very often and partly because I had hoped SE would come to their senses and re-release this title.

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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: I am Setsuna

by Wolf Kanno on 02-23-2018 at 06:38 AM
So I did my Top 100 last year, and this year, I'm focusing on a few entries that didn't make the cut for one reason or another. I'll start off by saying that most of the games mentioned in this blog series are all worth playing, they simply just haven't enraptured me enough to place them on my List. I started with Demon's Souls, and i have about 24 more entries to go. I know I said it would be like four or five, but giving myself some time to think about it made me realize how many great games I

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My Top 100's Lost but not Forgotten: Demon's Souls

by Wolf Kanno on 01-22-2018 at 03:23 AM
So as many people know, last year I did my Top 100 Games list, but as usual, there were a lot of games I loved that just didn't make the mark for one reason or another. I didn't really want to make a thread about it though, and figured the Blog would suit it better because there is likely only five or six games I wish to highlight here. I also feel annoyed I never use the Blog feature as much since it feels like a better platform for these types of discussions. In addition to these blogs, I do plan

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