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March 12, 2012, 04:49

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After more than a year, 29 episodes into the grand Negative World Podcast experiment, we still manage to get newcomers to volunteer! Host and editor Guillaume welcomes Anton (a.k.a. Scrawnton) and Joe (a.k.a. Ninsage) on the podcast for the very first time. Together, they talk about Tales of the Abyss, Kirby's Return to Dreamland, Resident Evil Revelations, StarCraft 2 and Serious Sam 3!

They then delves into topics such as special edition hardware, GBA connectivity and its link (get it?) with the Wii U, and party games. Anton waits until the very last second before hitting the homerun that wins the game.

As usual, the theme music comes from Negative World's owner and dictator, Zero. The music throughout the podcast is taken from Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles for the GameCube.

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Thanks to the thrice of you for something to listen to as the night came to a close. It was an enjoyable listen all around.

The music featured was well chosen. I rather adored Crystal Chronicles, with its music being one of the driving reasons. The game was an unexpected Valentine's Day gift from me mum when it released, which proved a surprise to be sure. I only played it solo, but even at that I was enthralled. Sadly, the same cannot be said with future installments from the series.

Oh, and after hearing about Tales of the Abyss, and given my already being on the proverbial fence about it, I went to order it from Amazon. But, it was sold out. In fact, every place was sold out. Looks like the comment about it being hard to find was more on point than one would imagine. Hopefully soon, however, it will be restocked.

As for special edition systems, I'm not super into such, as the only one I have is the NES GBA SP. There have been many other special editions that I kind of sort of would have liked to have had, but that only released in Japan. It's a shame such nifty wares never see the stateside light of day.


I love my micro, even if it doesn't get the attention it deserves. However, I kick myself whenever I play it or think about it for not getting the Mother 3 edition. I am not normally one for special editions, as I like consoles and such to be timeless (and having certain themes can date them too readily), but a special edition Mother system? Why oh why did I fail to act! Sure the only value it would have now is the fact that it would be mine, but I think for something Mother/EarthBound related, that would be more than enough.

Posted by 
 on: 03/13/12, 12:29   Edited:  03/13/12, 12:32
@NoName I'm glad I got someone I get tales of the abyss! It was hard to make te game sound fun without spoiling anything. I decided to keep my discussion on it completely spoiler free because I knew alot of people were on the fence and some were much further behind me.

And it's a good thing you are looking now. Keep lookin for the game, it is a hard to find game now and I'm predictin it will get one more shipment this month.

Posted by 
 on: 03/13/12, 13:54
@Scrawnton, Ahah! That's fine. It's still a very good song. Plus, you did a really good job for first timers. I was impressed & entertained.

Posted by 
 on: 03/13/12, 15:50
@Davoid thanks! I look forward to doing it again sometime!

Posted by 
 on: 03/13/12, 15:58

I picked it up today! My local GameStop (sorry Amazon) had it in-stock, surprisingly. As a huge fan of Symphonia, I look forward to giving this one a go. Thanks for the spoiler free encouragement!

Posted by 
 on: 03/13/12, 23:03
Given the rocky creation and then reaction to FFCC:The Crystal Bearers, does anyone think we'll get more entries in the series? Or is SquareEnix done supplying us with entries in that awesome franchise?

For the record: I understand it's quirky drawbacks, but I really enjoyed Crystal Bearers... and I still believe that, processing power aside, it's a more attractive experience than FF11, 12, 13 and 13-2..... just my opinion.

Posted by 
 on: 03/14/12, 02:24
@NinSage crystal bearers was a great game and I think it was cometely underrated.

Posted by 
 on: 03/14/12, 05:02
-Haha, "Platinum Medals." Sorry, Blast Corps, you're forever staying at "All Golds."
-You guys need to play more "J"RPGs.
-Donkey Kong Banana N64 controller is apparently rare. Hmm.

-Mario Party (1) was absolute awesome. I remember the day I bought it; it was snowing like a banshee, and we had planned on having "a Mario Party" at my house, where my buddies would come over, and we'd play. We kept stats for many weeks, and doing a new board each week. There were factions among us, and it was some of the most fun I've ever had with a game, outside of a game. One of our friends was trying to help one guy win, so he was just screwing us all over. Just..total fun. Simpler times.
-Dokapon Kindgom is super fun, but NOT for everyone. You gotta be into RPGs to dig it, but there is some really funny stuff in there..like when you beat someone, you can change their name, or turn their haircut into "poo." It goes on a Rock/Paper/Scissor format so its easy for everyone to play...but those who have played it before have a definite advantage, knowing what is coming up and the like.
-Wario Ware was unbelievable at the meetup. Gui was 100% right about what happened; the first night was "what is going on?!" with laughs between tears, and the second night -- when Abdooooo got there -- it was "lets win this bitch" while Dave was like "huh?" Totally weird, like Gui said.
-I greatly miss the days of in-person teamwork in a party setting. The LAN party story made me reminisce even though I didn't even really do that myself. I think I'm kind of jealous of that, but it stinks for me because I'm not a shooter guy. Maybe thats why I love Monster Hunter so much? The communication and teamwork in there is paramount. Heck, team sports as a whole are great. I miss real-life dodgeball, too, and thats just a few years ago. Videogame-wise, I was always somewhat better than my friends at specific games, so I never had the glory of winning..since I had folks team up on me quite often. I always stunk at GoldenEye though, a game played often. Couch co-op. Love it.

-Whoa! Shoutouts-a-plenty! Thanks for pluggin' the Review, Gui! Its now buried though, and yesterday's (last week's) news.

Good show, guys. Glad Joe/NinSage got to get in there. He's been watching from afar for quite some time! Joe, man, we gotta get some you-me-Lou action goin' sometime, maybe something N64? In the summer when Lou is done teaching, or whatever. It'll be a screeeam.


I just use a Rock Band mic.


What do you need to listen to / watch an m4a? I can't do lots of fancy schmantzy stuff.


Yikes. Stuff happens, man. Get on the next one?? I'd probably feel the same way as you do. Honest mistake though?

Posted by 
 on: 03/14/12, 05:24   Edited:  03/14/12, 05:29

Heck yes. The best FF related news I could possibly hear at this point would be a sequel to Crystal Bearers. Ah well.

Still, think the series is still alive? Or should I put those hopes to rest?

BTW, I know you said you're from the Pittsburgh area... but I feel as if your screenname references Scranton, no??


Yea, I didn't get a chance to share it on the podcast but my only other real "LAN party" experience was with Star Craft. So that wasn't a shooter. That was real good times but, I found that in an RTS, sometimes there are long lengths of downtime while people are just amassing their forces... and even when people launch attacks, reactions were usually more like "aw crap" when someone realizes a swarm of enemies just emerged from the fog. As opposed to something more up-tempo like Mario Party games or shooters were the reaction is usually more immediate and severe.... like "OH MY GOD!!! WHAT!? WHY?! NOOOOOOO!"..... etc. =)

And yes, I miss Lou so very much. We should find a co-op game to burn through in one sitting or something.

I also deeply, deeply love Monster Hunter because I am a sucker for co-op. Online versus in games? meh. Online co-op? I'M THERE!
Even RE Revelations has online co-op, so I'm enjoying that quite a bit.

So, yea, after my initial 9-month obsession with Monster Hunter I tend to go in waves where I don't touch it for 3 months and then I play it a lot for a month - rinse, repeat. I'll get in touch with you next time I enter that 4th month? =)

And thanks for encouraging me to be on the podcast. Gui was such a good host and Scrawnton was such a good talker that everything just flowed so nicely and constantly... not scary at all, only comfortable and fun - just as you said! Hope to do it again soon .... I already have some topic ideas bouncing around for the next one. Thanks again for nudging me in to it!

Posted by 
 on: 03/14/12, 17:33
@NinSage nah. My screen name is my nickname because my names Anton and I'm scrawny (not as much anymore)..... So... Scrawnton.

Posted by 
 on: 03/14/12, 18:10
Good episode, guys! I need to be back on sometime.

I own a few special edition systems myself -- I traded my launch 3DS in for the Zelda version, in part because it looks fantastic but also because mine had some scratches on the top screen from when it's closed. Fortunately I haven't seen the same issue with my new Zelda 3DS.

I've also got the Classic NES Series GameBoy Advance SP, which is designed to mimic the NES controller, as well as the pattern along the top of an NES console; a Big Boss Pack PSP (camouflage pattern); and the Super Mario 25th Anniversary DSi XL. I really like some of the special 3DSes coming out in Japan, but I expect most of them won't make it over here, like was the case with a multitude of special edition DS Lites. But I don't plan on buying another 3DS until the revision is released, so I'm okay with that.

Unfortunately I was never able to experience Four Swords Adventures to its fullest -- I've played through the game solo, but never with any other people. I'd love a sequel on Wii U taking advantage of the tablet technology. Unfortunately it seems unlikely that the system will support four tablets, but I'd love to see some kind of update to the series that I actually get a chance to play the way it's meant to be played.

NoName said:
However, I kick myself whenever I play it or think about it for not getting the Mother 3 edition. I am not normally one for special editions, as I like consoles and such to be timeless (and having certain themes can date them too readily), but a special edition Mother system? Why oh why did I fail to act! Sure the only value it would have now is the fact that it would be mine, but I think for something Mother/EarthBound related, that would be more than enough.

I too really wish I had the Mother 3 GB Micro. I got a Micro shortly after they came out and I really like it, but that Mother 3 one is sexy. I didn't get around to playing Mother 3 until after Brawl came out, by which time Mother 3 had already been out for two years and the Micro bundle was pretty tough to come by for a reasonable price.

Posted by 
 on: 03/14/12, 20:06   Edited:  03/14/12, 20:07

That makes you even more like Michael Cera, right?


I have also not experienced any of the "top screen scratching" on my 3DS. Not sure if I'm just lucky or it is yet more evidence of my fastidious nature.

I do remember when that GBA came out. It was somewhat popular with the people around me and I remember thinking "wow... that's actually pretty awesome looking." But still, it was before I was bit by the SE bug. Any DSi XL is like a gift from the heavens, but that Mario one is especially nice. And obviously I love the Zelda 3DS

The PSP is ok... a bit busy for my tastes. But having played the demo for MGS3, the emphasis on camo certainly fits the design.

Posted by 
 on: 03/14/12, 21:45
@NinSage Well I'm a big MGS fan, and my launch PSP was showing its age when Peace Walker released, so I bit the bullet on the special edition bundle. I probably wouldn't have bought it if it wasn't an MGS tie-in, but I have no regrets.

As for the DSi XL, my wife bought it for me for Christmas after my DSi was stolen. I was interested in getting an XL anyway, but getting the Mario one was awesome.

Posted by 
 on: 03/14/12, 21:50
Mr_Mustache said:
What do you need to listen to / watch an m4a? I can't do lots of fancy schmantzy stuff.

I use my ipod and subscribe to the Enhanced NW podcast, and that is how I enjoy the m4a file in all its glory.

There are probably other ways to enjoy m4a's as well.

Posted by 
 on: 03/14/12, 23:20

Where are you again? You're not in the Rochester area anymore? Maybe if you know you'll be coming up sometime? Hmm.


Maybe the Mrs_'ll have to do it.

Posted by 
 on: 03/15/12, 00:36

I downloaded the m4a file just now to see what you meant by "in all its glory," and now I see what you mean. I didn't even know there were captioned pictures streaming throughout the podcast! However, I managed to listen to/view the file 100% rotten Apple free. Thanks Linux!


It really was a nifty special edition. I'm glad I at least bought the game new. So, at least I have the game box to display with my other Mother/EB stuff. Though, that still isn't enough of a consolation. I mean, look:

It even came with a Franklin Badge!

Posted by 
 on: 03/15/12, 01:16   Edited:  03/15/12, 01:18
@NoName what distro do you use? Are you completely MS-free?

Posted by 
 on: 03/15/12, 02:10

Buffalo, NY.

We'll pick a day sometime this summer. Hopefully my degree will be complete by then and I'll change my screenname to Dr.NinSage =D

Posted by 
 on: 03/15/12, 02:38

Hi, Davoid. I've been completely MS/Apple free since 2008. As far as my distro is concerned, Ubuntu is my preference and I adore it (however commonplace a Linux OS it may be). I am currently running a rock solid version of 10.04 LTS, and can honestly say I have never had one issue/crash/etc. Though, I stick with the more stable LTS versions, to lessen the in-between (experimental) version hiccups. However, I am very, very, very worried about the next LTS version releasing next month, version 12.04 LTS, as it introduces (or, rather, carries over from 11.04/11.10) a new shell - one that limits customization and makes things even more Apple like. Bleh. However, it's not all bad, but I won't upgrade until I know for absolute sure that I can have my bottom panel/bar (as currently, there's no option for such), and I have to have my bottom panel!! If it's bad news, then I'll stick with 10.04 (which is supported until 4/2013), or try out another distro, perhaps Linux Mint, or plain old Debian. I probably blabbered on more than necessary, but I like to be specific.

Posted by 
 on: 03/15/12, 04:16

Glad you got the m4a experience! And that is one awesome looking Micro. Ah, I still need to play Mother 3...

Posted by 
 on: 03/15/12, 04:40
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