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GhaleonQ
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(10-08-2009, 11:27 PM)
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Well, not quite yet. This is an intimidating length, but less-is-more seems not to have panned out for Love-De-Lic. Please, stick with my word barrage if you池e a fan of the following things:

Team ICO痴 philosophical approach
Games that make fun of RPGs
Games that celebrate RPGs
The Last Express' "real-time world"
In-game customizable soundtracks
Japanese, American, or European adventure games
Earthbound 3's tone
Watercolor
Dragon Quest III as the archetypal video game
Games that make fun of video games
Games that make fun of you for playing them
展eird stuff in Super Mario RPG, Incredible Crisis, or Grasshopper Manufacture痴 work
Vanpool, Skip, and Punchline
Crying like a widdwe tyke
Games-as-art



Still with me? Aware that you池e treading ever closer to being pompous re: video games? Able to stomach a first-time reviewer who needs to return to his college coursework immediately? Let痴 go, then.



1: Introducing
NOTE: No spoilers. :NOTE

When we look away from the screen 1 day and realize that it痴 2030 and all those elitists and schemers who tried to denigrate our hobby have died and that, by God, we池e still around and so is Mario, I imagine we値l each feel like a child who痴 woken up on exam day, cheek affixed to page 3 of his textbook. The general public will have ceased its antagonism for straightforward interrogation. We, the video gaming masses, will notice our 堵ames-as-art homilies suddenly sound like defensive clamor. The thoughtful will demand serious answers of our console warriors, our Starcraft-wedding-cake patrons, and our podcast critics, and I suspect we値l meekly link them to a top 10 list.



Some among us recognize the barrenness of the form and thrive as tribes on the digital veldt. Like fur-faced cave dwellers or fur-faced hipsters, we use our prized possessions as emblems. A few don the tinfoil hat of Kojima fandom. Our Ueda and Miyamoto folk spend hours exhausting synonyms for 兎legance. There are those who stare, unblinking, at the PC痴 artistic glory years, while others join Ken Levine as he looks to the future (presumably fixed slightly above and to the right of the camera). Are you one who clings to 1-note indie games? Divert the energy spent knocking over Gamestop痴 magazine racks to construct meaning from your preferred ludological Lincoln logs! Flower won稚 be profound by itself, you know.

That senseless cheap shot taken, I confess I fly a banner of my own. Today, I知 uncertain whether this essay is Love-De-Lic痴 introduction or valediction. The new Tingle game won稚 leave Japan, the new Chibi-Robo is nearly a lost cause, and NeoGAF may claim 3/5 of Little King痴 Story痴 net sales. Though I知 religious and rationing curses for the years of political work ahead, I can spare a collective, 擢uck you, to those who致e ruined my fun. But what Skip, Vanpool, and Punchline produced was mostly 吐un, no? Excepting each company痴 spectacular debut, they contented themselves with mere heartfelt, startlingly detailed entertainment, and they have received their due reward. Kenichi Nishi, THE artist of our day, makes iPhone music generators. Taro Kudou, perhaps the most innovative designer in games, will toil in the Tingle mines until Japan rediscovers its imagination or IGN runs out of leotard gags. And Yoshiro Kimura, the indispensible humorist of the 3? http://www.n-sider.com/contentview.php?contentid=3918 The man lost his company and is clearly not well. He値l surely find himself institutionalized or Suda 51痴 understudy (i.e., soon-to-be-institutionalized).



Yet, even in proximity to each other, the men of Love-De-Lic couldn稚 help but drag games forward. Sans Nishi痴 control, U.F.O.: A Day In The Life outpaced The Legend Of Zelda: Majora痴 Mask by a year and outclassed its storytelling with serialization, silent acting, and black comedy. With little influence from Kimura, L.O.L.: Lack Of Love silenced the narrator and game designer in order to demonstrate how superfluous Spore and Flower would be a decade later. Together, however, gamers saw why they壇 abandoned the Super Nintendo-Playstation 1 Squaresoft gravy train, why they heralded the mainstream respect video games enjoy today, why th-
They failed? In Japan? They didn稚 get any games translated? And a game their masterwork decimates split international sales records that year like a Buster Sword through a wobbly analogy? So, English users have to read about Moon: Remix RPG Adventure, the greatest game yet made, on NeoGAF or 1 of these places?:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love-de-Lic (Read this before continuing.)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon:_Remix_RPG_Adventure (Simply read the gameplay section and then save the remainder of these links for later.)
http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/moon/index.html (I want to explain why this is art. If you find yourself confused in sections 3 or 5, read 典he Gameplay Of Moon.)
http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/lov.../lovedelic.htm
http://vgmdb.net/album/2100
http://www.rpgfan.com/soundtracks/moon/index.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanpool_(company)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skip_Ltd.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punchline_(company)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_King's_Story
http://lovedelicgames.wordpress.com
http://love-de-licious.livejournal.com
http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/psx/file/573238/50336
http://gamejikan.web.fc2.com/capture.../cap_moon.html
http://homepage2.nifty.com/bambixx/game/moon/cara.htm

What a shame.



2: Explaining
NOTE: Premise and 1st hour spoilers. :NOTE

Moon痴 yet another example of gaming metafiction surpassing its fiction. Imagine that you致e prepared, as you do for all great art, by changing into your coziest pajamas. Eating your salad bowl of sugar cereal, you watch the logos pass and immediately control a boy in his coziest pajamas, watching the same logos flicker into the living room.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVowC_qkKFQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCCNa7yFZ0Y (I strongly recommend you watch both before continuing.)
http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/psx/file/573238/50336 (Find 擢ake Moon Translation.)

Having played the Earthbound trilogy, you anticipate the gentle pastiche. A Bahamut Lagoon dragon and ominous synths prepare you another toothless parody of a histrionic genre. It痴 more elegant than most, of course. Each backstory screen diminishes more and more negative space until it fills the screen with 10-point characters. Boy, your avatar, admits defeat and skips through it. (Oh, if super-fan Wyrdwad hadn稚 lost the full Amano-esque portrait you glimpse in the menu!) You concede a bit more as you proceed. Love-De-Lic痴 trademark detail drops your guard, and you can enjoy the cloned character models and their hyper-detailed, ill-suited dialogue portraits. You begin to hear the droll narration in Gary Owens voice. Slimes and O-Mete? Those are like Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy, the wags! Truly, this game has proved itself the equal of Parodius, Space Quest, and Segagaga! As Boy nears 20 straight hours of in-game progress, his character reaches the highest level. He begins mincing the dragon, 9,999 hit points at a time, when his mother wakes to find him in a button-mashing stupor. Then, it痴 through the looking glass. Boy痴 new world looks awfully familiar. There痴 a recognizable hero terrorizing the locals, and this talk about dragons, devoured moonlight, and abducted princesses sounds suspiciously similar to the drivel you ignored earlier. The soggy cereal痴 gone warm in your lap, so you set distractions aside and try to recall any character detail. What was that 3rd vignette by the house? Is there a reason you were knocked back after putting on the 鏑egendary Equipment? As Boy ambles slowly from existence, you begin to worry about your own previous thoughtlessness. The concern痴 justified.



Fading fast, you investigate the castle. 滴ero seems hostile, not at all like the way YOU acted earlier. Hero doesn稚 speak, has no personality, and possesses no memories. The townspeople soon pay little heed to the Hero痴 quest. Although the shopkeeper expresses interest in Hero-branded merchandise, the baker initially disagrees before noting, 釘ut then again, what do I know about the tastes of the younger crowd these days? 徹h, Kuraudo! you think as you go watch Hero chase a dog. As the dog痴 other identity springs to your mind, you池e comforted by the familiar safety of irony. It痴 just a stupid parody game, so you follow Tao back to his home and hope for some Phantasy Star puns.

Instead, your heart痴 broken for the first of a dozen times. (Stick with the 擢ake Moon Translation and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzhtF...426F4EC09E6ABB . The audio improves later, and you値l learn to love the girl crying, 徹baa-chan!) You meet 1 of video games great NPC痴, a lumpy, blind lady named Granny. She speaks in reconstituted, breathy French. When she inhales deeply or stretches, her whole body follows through. She makes cookies for you every morning, and she loves nature even though her vision and vigor have left her. You値l learn a handful of minutia like these during the weeks Boy cares for her, but here, she tends to him first. 展ho痴 there? Is someone there? Oh, Tao, don稚 bark like that! Could this be Zieg? Are you Zieg? Ohhh My sweet little Zieg, you致e finally come home Where HAVE you been all this time? Please don稚 leave your granny alone like that again AhhI knew something good would happen today! Well, then, come here, come here! Let痴 hear all about it! *She gets exhausted and goes to her rocking chair.* 典he people of the town all said you died, Zieg. But Well, I always believed in youthat my little grandchild would return home humnumnum Zieg? Welcome baaahumnumnum Seems that Granny fell asleep! 套humnumnum Zieg Welcome back You finally came homehumnumnum Near death, you collapse in her passed grandson痴 bed and dream deeply. The peculiar woman there concludes, 泥o you know? What the most important thing is, here in Moon World? That would be Love. As Granny dresses the invisible boy in the familiar hat, jacket, gloves, and shoes, you realize you already learned that.

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3: Analyzing
NOTE: Major Soul Catching and Love Catching spoilers. :NOTE

I知 sure you致e tired of my innovative 渡arrate what occurs onscreen analytical style, but the game rests on its transitory initial mood. Moon isn稚 simply the lost Earthbound game, graceful fiction in a palatable nostalgia shell. It痴 come to bury the RPG as it praises it. Nearly every game Nishi, Kudou, and Kimura produced comes from a God-blessed universe where the American/European and Japanese adventure game fused and took its rightful place atop the artistic hierarchy. The armies, guns, fists, and swords marking every other genre make destruction pleasurable, setting them against the upbuilding discourse Love-De-Lic observes in the graphic adventure.



In Moon, the JRPG blatantly violates the inherent communal tranquility of the adventure game world. Boy likely spends the next day exploring the castle and town of Love-De-Gard, making small talk and purchases. As he returns to Granny痴 house, he witnesses 1 of many murders (as the game calls them). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKKwf...426F4EC09E6ABB It痴, well, funny. You remember it from Fake Moon, Sly the slime electrocutes amusingly, and Hero obliviously pushes onward. You値l see Hero kick in people痴 doors and rob them, and you値l chuckle at RPG conventions. As Hero gets stronger, however, he kills more effectively and with greater savagery. He roasts a tribe痴 fish god alive, and he rends right through an elephantine enemy. He puts arrows through dogs and lays low a whole household of humanoids. At times, you値l watch him crow as 鏑evel Up! appears above his helm. Simpler RPG parodies have abstracted 鍍he grind before but Moon presses the point until discomfort. Boy spends most of his time interacting in populous places, so he scarcely sees Hero. Boy simply happens upon the destruction Hero wreaks when he ventures into 電ungeons. The aftermath would be eerie but for the more profound shame that occurs when Boy does encounter Hero. A fallen slime, the adoration of the villagers, Hero痴 supposed ability to move boulders, and an encounter at a peculiarly American-looking house all reinforce the notion that what痴 occurred was preordained mere hours ago. Boy isn稚 merely in Moon. He痴 atoning for his playthrough by witnessing it firsthand.

The player must watch all of this. Though there are many secrets and dedicated tasks to miss, every player learns that the JRPG model possesses a distancing, ugly core. Moon: Remix RPG Adventure痴 characters, dialogue, and mechanics subtly denigrate Japan for making destructive gameplay the norm during the NES-Master System era. (I shouldn稚 claim that every second of Moon is austere mockery. A hobo named 敵ase is a hostile old man who collects stuff of no value. He even makes wild claims about his identity that are familiar to fans of a certain game developer. Oh, and he essentially concludes them with, 釘ut I知 poor now. Was part of Square痴 old Nintendo contract utter contempt for the competition?) The argument isn稚 heady, so the solutions are appropriately simple. Boy comes across animal corpses by happenstance or effort, at which time he identifies them in his bestiary. The bestiary describes how the creature passed its life. Even those who play poorly or on a superficial level can grasp the means of progress. Boy must absolve himself by putting the animal痴 souls to rest. A soul痴 presence may depend on Moon痴 simulated days and weeks, on a peculiar habit, or on the player痴 dexterous thumbs. A caught soul returns to its body and a U.F.O. takes it into space, whereupon Boy is rewarded with Love. As Boy gains more Love, he can exist in Moon longer without resting. I致e taken a reverent tone throughout this piece, so let me relate that the 52 puzzles are not profound and aren稚 designed to be so. They are the principal means to ease travel, community, and puzzle-solving, so they池e appropriately lighthearted. Reanimate the corpses of 笛imi and 釘onzo (animals, mind you!), so they can reunite Animal Sacrifice for a swansong. Resemble carrion, so the vulture-like creature circles down from the sky. At the American-style home, you can only catch the Mister Value (yes, it痴 a tray of McDonald痴 food) if you have 500 neka, plus tax. I favor 摘ternal Dog God, who is related to Tao somehow. Every location Tao frequents yields nothing, so the exasperated player resorts to tracking his movements. At the dead of night, Tao runs out of the house into the middle of the woods. Boy stalks him, only to realize that Tao痴 simply relieving himself. And, lo, from the ether, Eternal Dog God sniffs Tao痴 urine pool! The presence of scatological jokes isn稚 what marks soul catching, however. The process is so wearisome. Each new location reveals a handful of warm bodies Hero dispatched in seconds. Boy toils for at least 10 minutes to save each animal痴 soul, which builds to an incremental disgust as the player reaches his 15th or 20th hour. Your wonder when introduced to Rabanastre or a Suikoden castle is exactly inverted here. Hero has already exhausted the locale痴 possibilities, so Boy must bear the consequences. The cataclysm of the sidescrolling shooter, the turn-based tactics game, and the Japanese role-playing game are salved by the Western adventure game.



At a few thousand words, however, we can transcend superficialities. Moon is a blueprint, not a diatribe or a parody. Soul catching advances the easy critique and the easy laugh: it痴 a clever game that makes Boy wash his hands before catching the soul patrolling the bathroom and video games certainly are pandering, delusional timewasters. Love catching guards the rhetorical flank: 展ho cares? They池e just games. The weeaboos and teabaggers who think this way may casually solve the aforementioned brainteasers, but they must bend to Moon痴 ultimate design. The inhabitants of Love-De-Gard are troubled people. Let me underline that: the characters are people, not flags or plot contrivances or lockboxes for precious items. They live something like lives, different each day and each week. Though Jordan Mechner limited The Last Express similar gameplay impeccably, he unknowingly limited the potency of his themes. Robert Cath and the supporting cast are purposely mercenary in their interactions. Every player action, then, is akin to managing political constituencies, not consoling aggrieved friends. The player never cares about August as an idea personified nor Milo as a character and, indeed, Mechner never directs the player to do so. No amount of Cath痴 harassment or questions will prevent Mechner from orchestrating his characters around Paths A or B. The train passengers reciprocate: Anna won稚 learn from Cath unless the plot dictates it, and Tatyana痴 course is as fixed as any Kingdom Hearts NPC痴. Measure The Last Express active world against Moon痴, Fallout痴 apocalyptic world against U.F.O.痴, and SimCity痴 life-simulation against L.O.L.痴, and the comparison becomes clear. The West痴 games may innovate spectacularly, but they池e soulless and purposeless at the essential level. Since I知 not a trolling blogger anxious for any opportunity to throw garbage Peter Molyneux痴 way, let me briefly describe my favorite bit of Love-De-Lic痴 assertion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVkQw173Li0 (I apologize. This is 1 of only a couple scripted events, though you can fail it. This is also 1 of only 2 times where the girl playing has no idea what she痴 doing. I actually cut minutes from this, and the drama and humor are still compromised.) An introduction for the unfamiliar: Mamas is the housewife of the 50痴-era American family. She痴 initially materialistic and dependent on appliances. Daia is the daughter, and she loves/loves to battle with her pet Perogon. Her birthday party, featured here, is as Perogon-obsessed as many kids were at Pok駑on痴 zenith. Papas is a famed comics artist, the creator of 撤latina Surfer, 店-Man, and 鉄cawn. See, he has a horrible case of writer痴 block. He hasn稚 invented any new characters in a long time, and, desperate, he痴 beginning to 殿ppropriate other cultures. If Boy looks at his drawing board, he痴 learning to draw Japanese, shounen-like characters. His prototype character looks like Goku from Dragon Ball. After Daia has opened her birthday present (a massive stuffed Perogon), a familiar clanking noise occurs outside. As Daia sprints to save her beloved pet, you recall that the house was the backdrop for 1 of Hero痴 Fake Moon battles. Perogon痴 death is fated because of your actions. If you try to make like Crono and offer a JRPG hero痴 sacrifice, you waste time and Hero slays Perogon. If you look for weapons or special items or power-ups, you exhaust your time and Perogon is murdered. If you adhere to Moon痴 principles, however, you値l apply altruistic adventure game thinking. The only thing Hero wants at this moment is to perpetuate his delusions of power. Perogon is simply an entry in a quest log. Thus, Boy must give him the battle that occurred in Fake Moon. If you recall, Perogon developed both inexplicable JRPG conventions: duplicating a false self and catching fire. Boy rips open the back of the Perogon doll and waddles obliviously out the door. Hero is momentarily confused, but Perogon痴 growl gives him away. You run Boy to the fireplace, who storms out aflame and would be killed but for the doll痴 stuffing. Hero, ever proud, walks away victorious. Suddenly, Papas has a burst of imagination! He sets to work on Hero-Man, which must surely be the tale of a virtuous invisible boy against a thoughtless world!





The West doesn稚 understand.

You壇 rightly object, of course. Removed from context, the Battle Of American House is but a Luigi痴 Mansion puzzle in which the family was mere plot point. If this is emblematic of the game痴 soul catching, Moon痴 a creative failure. Would a series of such condensed incidents create a critical failure, however? With apologies to Anthony Gallegos and Alice Liang, could those who complained about the 菟urposeless villager interaction in Little King痴 Story care about a realistic digital citizenry? Has the podcaster who decries the 7+ hour game soured on diets devoid of setpieces, cookies, and flashing lights? I suspect those who fill silence with iPhone games won稚 appreciate a game marked by them. Nevertheless, Moon demands that you learn to play differently. Each character痴 feelings and behavior are dictated by the hour, the day, the week, and Boy痴 total time in the world. Characters don稚 wait expectantly for Boy痴 appearance, nor are their schedules explicit. The only way to learn their behavior, their quirks, and their hidden wishes is to spend time in their presence, approach them with an item from Boy痴 inventory, or speak with them. Those who play for short-term thrills are turned back at every instance. Burrn痴 the bluntest example. He痴 your average music store geek and a novice guitarist, and he doesn稚 take kindly to those who flip through his business record collection. The 菟urpose of Boy痴 interaction is to correctly name a series of tunes Burrn plays. He only spins 3 seconds of each, so the player who approaches him for his Love Points and without a MoonDisc collection will fail each test. If Boy repeatedly shows up to Burrn Hall and purchases his records, Burrn痴 hostility gives way to neediness. Burrn only relates to people through shared taste in music, so others are bored by him. When someone does attempt to befriend him, Burrn quickly realizes that the would-be pal knows less than he does, so he scolds the person into flight. Boy痴 continued interest in him and his music negates Burrn痴 petulance. Meanwhile, you値l naturally learn the music through play. When Boy correctly answers Burrn痴 questions, he claims his place as Burrn痴 杜usic friend, and Burrn begins looking for new sorts of companions. An opportunistic player certainly won稚 unlock the game痴 more involved relationships. The guard Fred痴 secret wish is as loud as a checkered leotard. On certain days, he constantly yawns, his decorates his room with rock memorabilia, and he sports a superb moustache. A dullard would barge into Fred痴 room at night, set up camp in the castle痴 largest room, or mash the X button in the adjoining hallway. Moon doesn稚 gratify devotees to those sorts of RPGs. If you talk to Fred and his associates, you learn that he痴 very self-conscious. If you spend your days around Fred, you値l find that he watches Ibirii, the other guard, to ensure he heads to the bar at night. Thus, if you致e learned Ibirii痴 lifestyle and hide out of sight, you can witness Fred痴 metamorphosis to rock god: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xD26_...426F4EC09E6ABB



Consider Noji. Noji is the prince of a land of toys who痴 on a fact-finding mission in Love-De-Gard. He constantly comments that 塗e doesn稚 belong here. Unless you池e illiterate or the very notion of anagrams causes you dizziness, you grasp the parody. I値l pause here. Come now, a quick scan of the game痴 credits reveals that Taro Kudou designed its events, Kazuyuki Kurashima did all of the monster designs, and Kenichi Nishi and Akira Ueda designed the maps! (Yoshiro Kimura was doing battle systems for Romancing Saga 3 at the time.)

_______?______________!_______

I don稚 know that the last bit is copyright infringement, but Boy only witnesses Mario pop out of the car if he waits at dawn for Noji痴 Rube Goldberg alarm. Whereas Geno is a mighty warrior from the stars, Noji needs to learn what Love-De-Gard痴 kids do for fun. Geno speaks with the cadence and vocabulary of a nobleman. Noji sounds like Ralph Wiggum. Again, players presume that Moon is like Itoi痴 games or the Mario RPGs themselves, so we laugh at the absurd version of everyone痴 favorite doll demigod. Instead, Love-De-Lic made Noji 1/2 of their game痴 longest quest. It unites all of Love-De-Gard: find a lady痴 wedding ring, show it to her estranged, mushroom-addicted husband, heal an injured tribesman, restore a man痴 restaurant, resurrect the tribe痴 fish god. Each quest may demand the time and persistence to learn much about the character痴 life. After a few hours play, Boy unlocks a fishing hole that sometimes turns up Gamestations. Noji痴 anticlimactic thanks hints at unfinished business. While Noji awaits his father痴 return, a different father hopes for his own reunion. You値l likely have learned that Ibirii clumsily flies toy airplanes on Days Of The Sun. If drunk, he値l relate that his son promised on the day Ibirii and his wife divorced that he壇 join him for a toy plane crash course. Every Day Of The Sun, Ibirii exhibits his atrophied talent on the balcony in case his son wants to see him again. These are no idle tales of NPC woe. The player who pities Ibirii may come visit him on that day. Ibirii puts on a brave face and concentrates a bit more on his technique. If Boy cares enough to visit 7 days later, he値l merit sincere thanks tinged with regret. However, if Boy demonstrates his sincere kindness with a 3rd consecutive pep talk, Noji notices the dad痴 distress and helps him soar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPFvn...426F4EC09E6ABB He痴 the toy prince, you know. Unfortunately, Ibirii痴 a lonesome sort and Noji exudes cheerful obliviousness (Couple his face and set Ralph Wiggum痴 voice on a loop: 的樽 WAITING FOR DADDY!!), so Ibirii imagines that he痴 been abandoned in this country. Each time you speak with Ibirii, he can barely conceal the joy fatherhood would bring him. Those concerned with speedruns can abandon the pair to unhealthy fantasy. Those who致e endured the trials with them can see it through. Noji wasn稚 abandoned, of course, as a later hologram of his father announces. Conversations reveal that Noji痴 worried about Ibirii痴 wellbeing, so you can deduce that he wants to sneak away when Ibirii痴 not on patrol. If you池e present, you池e rewarded. May I remind you that Noji should be a simple sight gag? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIZ0h...426F4EC09E6ABB



I must note that the simplest test is also the most tenderhearted. You値l likely adore Granny more than many games protagonists. I can approximate the bond Boy builds with Granny as that of a parent痴 and child痴. At game痴 beginning, she gives you life. By taking her grandson痴 favorite clothes, you develop your identity. Your earliest actions are limited in scope and power, so you must run home often for your own comfort and survival. As Boy grows stronger and independent, Granny痴 home is less vital than convenient. Nonetheless, you appreciate the cookies and mattress. The day Boy earns his own home, however, Granny痴 struck down by a curse. Hero killed an animal outside her home and the soul has haunted her for vengeance. She mumbles something about her readiness, and she concedes that it痴 terminal. She and Boy exchange words frankly, as old folks do, and she entrusts Tao to Boy. 典each him! That charge is acceptable for the Tao in Captain Rainbow. The Tao in Giftpia is a rather obedient pooch. Moon痴 Tao strikes me as the most horrid beast ever allied with a video game hero. It is stupid. It is disobedient. It is greedy. Start from video 24 if you want the full story. Bring Tao a bone and give it a command. If it does perform, you laud it and you can move to the next tier of commands. If it doesn稚 follow commands, you must scold it to preserve your progress and try again. No one warned me that Tao wants Granny to die a tortuous death or that it has some kind of cognitive disorder. Boy can only shovel bone after bone into Tao痴 insatiable maw as Granny writhes pained in bed. Tao痴 spiteful bark taunted my waning will. Granny痴 house is completely superfluous once Boy receives his own, it seems, and Granny痴 house is tucked conveniently away from mandatory areas. She produces no ghost, and Tao doesn稚 maul you in rage. If Granny hasn稚 endeared herself to you, you may abandon her at no cost. I taught Tao to sit and to lie down. I even taught it to call. I demonstrated altruistic action and perseverant care for the grandmother who adopted me as her own, and I earned this scene (Mind you, this girl has done the quest as early as possible, thereby spending as little time with Granny as possible. And yet Watch until 4:58, too.): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UR1n...426F4EC09E6ABB Granny痴 regained strength lets her cherish the outdoors again. For me, each conversation in the open air was its own emotional payoff. All of these intricate or wearying quests glorify how games make us feel while castigating the ways they typically make us feel it. If Western games normalized thoughtless play, those from Japan can resist it.

(For those of you who believe I知 praising Love-De-Lic too highly, let me mention something from the Moon Official Book. They originally planned that Granny would be faking her blindness. She would have misidentified Boy to have a companion to abate her aloneness. This is roughly as bad an idea as Ebenezer Scrooge discovering a pair of discarded crutches in the back room before finding Tiny Tim痴 run off with the fattened goose. They aren稚 messiahs.)

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4: Appreciating
NOTE: Spoiler for character appearances, but only the photo album reveals plot details. :NOTE

May we step away from the industry-upending design for a moment? I won稚 spent much time on aesthetics, both because they池e best witnessed firsthand and I致e alluded to them often enough in the piece. Those who like the music should check the SketchesOfMoondays Youtube account. Those of you who want to find screenshots of every major event, animal, and locale may go here: http://s902.photobucket.com/albums/a...chesOfMoondays Most of the colors draw from a dark palette. Many of the backgrounds aren稚 innovative or strikingly designed, as befits a middling RPG like Fake Moon. The most intriguing (all by the lead designer of Contact and Sakura Note) are the plot-related ones, so stick to the 00 album for now. Kazuyuki Kurashima moderated his character designs to match the wistful environment (fans of them should enjoy Endonesia痴). They don稚 have the concentrated insanity of U.F.O.: A Day In The Life痴 or the Tingle games, nor are they tweaked archetypes, as Little King痴 Story痴 are. Players or playthrough devotees will find the designs primed for a skewed RPG.

Those who want jokes spoiled can check the updated Wikipedia entry. My favorite RPG parodies? Baker the baker, Lady Techno, Femi, the Eco-Club痴 professional feminist (L.O.L. and Park Patrol make me think twice, but there must have been 1 of us conservatives on staff), Robi (who is absolutely not Chrono Trigger痴 Robo). My favorite visual gags? I hadn稚 seen an inventory joke since The Secret Of Monkey Island, and then Curio the creepy, self-aggrandizing shopkeeper opened an after-dark store. The only items you can buy are a magnifying glass(?), a white dress(!), a flower (aw), and chloroform. None of them turn out to be sinister and none of them are related. Also, note the character art. All of the Moon people are clay models, the Technopolis robots and the American-esque family are 3-d computer models, and everyone else is in 2-d. Oh, except for the 3-d Grand Nippon isolationist Grandpa, who openly despises the American family as he accidentally appropriates their language and mannerisms. Jokes!



For all of the industry痴 embarrassing juvenility, we can稚 accuse its leaders of conceit, of disdain for the people who make their livelihoods possible. From Korean MMO wage slaves to Miyamoto痴 incredulously constant joy, our industry is one pleasantly devoid of sociopaths. Our designer idols like us. I don稚 know this tale as well as those who experienced it, but the official Moon soundtrack strikes me as 1 of the standout examples of player appreciation. The subset-of-a-subset who clamored for a proper release saw the development house fall before the album was printed. A near-decade of rights wrangling hadn稚 diluted the affection Nishi and company felt for the community. I値l let someone who knows better explain what they did: http://www.rpgfan.com/soundtracks/moon/index.html

I致e attempted to avoid GAME REVIEW TEMPLATE 1-A throughout, but I need to emphasize the soundtrack痴 enormity. Yes, there痴 interstitial music, and the preludes and postludes are (excellent) traditional fare. And, yes, you COULD choose to play the rest in awful, imposing silence. Claim your first MoonDisc, however, and you値l realize how impoverished current audio design is. 15 artists, 36 extra tracks, and a 10-slot playlist let you control the game痴 mood. If your trek is particularly wistful, cue the cellos. If casting a line reminds you of a 4-on-the-floor dance club date, put it on repeat. All of these tracks are fully formed. They don稚 loop. All of them are full pieces in divergent styles: romantic classical, classical classical, medieval classical, tribal, pop, classic rock, glitch, free jazz, koto, ragtime, chiptune, blues-folk (like, Hungarian folk, not American), funk, trance, calypso, and house. Any fans of The Neverhood or Skullmonkeys reading? Flip to Day Of The Space Festival for a country-fied 典he Worm Graveyard or 鄭dder Electro for a sitar-and-backbeat orchestration of 1 of Moon痴 minigames. For God痴 sake, the 兎pic special song that hits the top of the charts (and the one that rolls over the credits) is a toy piano, bell, and electric bass-driven song with nonsense words for lyrics! What must they do to spur interest? Tired of reading paeans to 的nquiry - Cornered or 典erra痴 Theme? Well, your top 5 certainly won稚 match anyone else痴, which means your playthrough and your neighbor痴 will be uniquely shaped. To spark interest, here are my favorite, er, 15. That痴 traditional, no?

15: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZdZITDH_go Simone (MoonDisc Version) I hate jazz. I fear jazz. I fear the lack of rules, the lack of boundaries. It痴 a fence! No, it痴 soft. The shapes, the chaos! Okay, I couldn稚 think of anything to say for a genre I dislike and The League Of Gentlemen doesn稚 reference jazz. This is just really cool.
14: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qhly-8MwHfE Bubble Star (MoonDisc Version) Is this called glitch? Can someone who regularly uses the term 杜icrohouse tell me, because the sensations it creates for me are 都inking in water or 吐loating in space, and I like them. Appropriate name, that.
13: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFLChNehPNU Promise (Dream Version) (MoonDisc Version) I can稚 separate this one from the game. It痴 the game痴 main motif, and this version plays whenever you recharge your action limit. The 1st half draws you to rest with the Moon Queen痴 loving words, and the 2nd fortifies you for continued adventure. It does exactly what it should audially.
12: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIyD3YjXcBA Moon Fish - Prologue (MoonDisc Version) I won稚 claim this is some Mendelssohn-level quartet, but all of you 典hunder Plains fans, stop here. I actually think this is the one that best suits the game, so it was my default song. Each layer slips on top of the other just so, and before you know it, you池e gripping your controller and haven稚 blinked since the track began.
11: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_Ddb3zZYzQ I'm Waiting For The Night (MoonDisc Version) What if Cocteau Twins frontwoman was a tiny Japanese lady? This!
10: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glBaawIt2AY Moon Castle (MoonDisc Version) Wait, you池e telling me they used a harpsichord? In a castle track?! It痴 not groundbreaking, though it does lend regality to decidedly un-regal occurrences, has a great 8-bit mix in 擢ake Moon, andI知 a sucker for the harpsichord.
9: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOZH2WxT4tg Madam Car Crash (MoonDisc Version) This will probably be 1 of your favorites. The funk is Gitaroo-Man good. It avoids wank-strumming, keeps introducing new sequences, and just ROCKS. Now, if only the game had 1 sequence where it fit!
8: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25RulLDSJWM Water Scene (MoonDisc Version) I know NeoGAF loves its David Wise. This is just beneath the Aquatic Ambience/Arctic Abyss-tier of cold, ambient songs. It includes accordion, choir, harp, guitar, electronic strings, and various water sounds, but it never trips into the new age genre. It doesn稚 aim for treacly sentiment or climax after climax. It just immerses you in what痴 there.
7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnt-e9iK1Ks Moonlit Jongara Road (MoonDisc Version) Look, I知 a 22-year old Wisconsinite. I don稚 know about Japanese folk music. I知 not sure if this is a dunce strumming away or a modern minor miracle. I was watching this Chikuzan Takahashi guy conjure masterful stuff on a shamisen a little while ago, and that was definitely better than this track. I just know it痴 perpetually catchy.
6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiVygvRvX7c Please, Give Me The Power Of God (MoonDisc Version) Speaking of old Japan, is it possible for this to make me nostalgic though I知 neither 60 nor Japanese? In either case, the record needle imperfections, simple folk rhythm, and sing-along harmonies make this perfect. You could bring this to a campfire tomorrow and get everyone clapping by the 2nd verse.
5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol1J1k7hElY From The Flower Trilogy - Faint Murmur Of The Flowers (MoonDisc Version) Yoko Shimomura, is that you? You only hear this the 1st time the Boy meets 塗is granny, and I spent the rest of the game waiting for the opportunity to hear the time signature shift and Legend Of Mana-era Shimomura composition again.
4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY_KHJuRo3Q The Highest Level Yeah, this is as good as nearly any NES-era JRPG痴 overworld theme. Should I mention, then, that you壇 hear this MAYBE 3 times (not 3 instances, 3 TIMES) at the very beginning of the game? And that, after finishing the game once, you値l never be able to listen to it without its tragic undertones becoming more prominent in the blipping mix? Nah. Better just enjoy it while you can.
3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drykZCS2004 Song Of Silver Tsumugi Threads (MoonDisc Version) This will probably be your favorite. This is 1 of the only pieces with a radical MoonDisc arrangement, and it is PHENOMENAL. You don稚 get this sort of melancholic beauty, neither overbearing nor self-involved, in every game痴 soundtrack. Be thankful you haven稚 heard this backing shoujo anime excerpts on Youtube for the past 3 years.
2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H0BijzQHSg Warp Wet Woods (MoonDisc Version) The 1st half: modern Animal Collective. The 2nd half: The Chills, My Bloody Valentine at its most pop, or Britpop that isn稚 annoying. If the band that wrote this for Moon came to the States, I壇 buy out the room.
1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDG7-cqiLP0 Blue (MoonDisc Version) Okay, new rule: no using chiptunes or synths in your godawful indie game unless they池e at least this awesome. It痴 5 harmonic hooks, offbeat percussion, and no filler. I love it! Just listen (with the volume heightened).

Moon joins a sparsely populated class of games that marry aesthetics, interaction, and scripting into meaningful play. May we thin the ranks a bit more? I experience art to witness the artist control his themes, not exercise his craft. If I want a novel, I知 searching for an -evskii, -ich, and -ov. 2 hours is better spent with Robert Bresson than Quentin Tarantino. Thus, I知 hurt when I play intellectually muddy games like Bioshock, where the game痴 殿rgument had disappeared even before the disastrous finale. Moon: Remix RPG Adventure hones the preceding hours pathos into an astonishing setpiece finale. When I argue that this is the greatest game yet made, I raise the game痴 didactic bookends as plank 1.

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5: Enthusing
NOTE: These are spoilers for the entire game, essentially. :NOTE



First, if I致e misrepresented the game to this point as uplifting, forgive me. The game rebukes Western thoughtlessness and Eastern destructive stagnation, but Moon damns the player foremost. By journey痴 midpoint, Boy has clearly defined his quest. A dragon has swallowed the moonlight and captured the Moon Queen as it did in Fake Moon. The consequences will soon be calamitous, so Boy must find the means to redeem the world. As he restores the spirits of Love-De-Gard痴 inhabitants, he collects rocket ship materials to save the world outright. King Love-De-Gard plans his kingdom痴 premiere spaceflight to help Boy destroy Dragon. Ever the hero, Boy blindly pushes onward with his own glorious quest. The townspeople praise you, your Love approaches the highest level, and the Moon Queen痴 page, Mutsujiroo, lauds how many animal souls you致e saved. Boy isn稚 even bothered when he discovers the nature of the world. The above picture presents the most recent hypothesis. Real Moon is a disc-like world suspended between an upper and lower plane. If this is a dream world, you reason, then it痴 simply a video game. If Love-De-Gard is a genuine reality, Boy has collected a 田hip (akin to prophetic scrolls) that has declared him the person who will preserve Moon from annihilation. Near game痴 end, however, Moon erodes that confidence.



Nearly no one understands the white-feathered arrow. Boy finds it buried in Tao痴 underground cache, but Granny and the rest of the townsfolk can稚 discern its meaning. It has no use, and the official strategy guide doesn稚 describe its purpose. It baffles every person but Minister. Though not a dishonorable or malevolent man, the query makes him gaze at Boy while remaining as still as a hunted deer. His private notes or Ibirii痴 very public drunken ramblings reveal that the Minister detests King Love-De-Gard痴 soft headedness. The King concerns himself more with fantastical solutions (see: above) than applicable policies. Minister decided to create a hero himself. None of that is of much import until Boy discovers the final prophetic chip. Minister had the game痴 scientist create mail of unmatched power. The person that enters the armor will destroy any enemy. Immediately, the player must reflect on the implications of 2 omnipotent powers. If Boy will save the world and Hero can defeat any foe, what occurs if they meet? Boy, unarmed, fragile, and transparent, makes for a pathetic warrior, which dilutes the player痴 confidence in the moon mission. Boy is no hero. The 2nd portion of the chip makes that clear. The armor痴 cost is dear. It痴 cursed armor, erasing the wearer痴 memory, thoughts, and emotions. For this reason, the scientist designed its activation to be contingent on choice. Minister, following the chip痴 designs, shot a white arrow into the castle town. Fans of Ookami or the Kuzuryuu myth will recall that the family whose roof the arrow hit had to put forth a sacrifice. Minister, of course, called the person a 滴ero. Boy sealed Hero痴 fate when he voluntarily donned the 鏑egendary Armor in Fake Moon. You and Boy are responsible for destroying this person痴 past life, turning him into a thoughtless killing machine, having him eradicate whole species, and generally sabotaging the world of Love-De-Gard. If Tao could find the arrow and mistake it for a bone, whose life did you destroy? Which character remains unseen? Who wears the Legendary Armor? You 徒illed Granny痴 grandson. Boy痴 figurative place in the world, that of Granny痴 grandson, of the world痴 savior, of the atoner for Hero痴 misdeeds, of the game痴 protagonist, becomes disturbingly literal. Your actions mattered. The Dragon awaits you. The spaceship launches. Video games greatest ending commences.

http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/psx/file/573238/50336 (Skip to "Ending Translation.")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU33c...426F4EC09E6ABB
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UwpN...426F4EC09E6ABB
(I知 sure the Little King痴 Story fans are smiling. If the girl annoys you for some reason, stay with it. No one could 渡arrate better for English-only people. Oh, and the ending absolutely wrecks her.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJpp_...426F4EC09E6ABB
(0:00-1:19) The moon isn稚 a dystopian fortress or a final dungeon. Rather, it痴 the purest expression of your actions on Love-De-Gard. If you didn稚 cultivate love among the populace, your 塗eroism is found wanting. If you refused to serve your fellow creatures, they haven稚 resurrected on the moon. What you see in the video is a perfect playthrough. Kindhearted Mutsujiroo greets you with the warmth only possible in a vibrant, altruistic community. This is the world where the JRPG, the first-person shooter, and the hack-and-slash never existed.
(1:20-4:05) This story has no villains. The Moon Queen is the seer of the moon utopia, and Dragon is its protector. Real Moon痴 moonlight disappeared long before their arrival, bound behind the door. Moon and Love-De-Gard were never in danger of being annihilated, only of becoming a 砺isiting dream. Boy must open the door to restore the moon痴 radiance. The deaths of Moon Queen and Dragon will reveal Hero痴 and Boy痴 fates, but they are currently uncertain.
(4;06-8:30) You go to fulfill your destiny by opening the door. Youfailed? You played the game the correct way! You saved 100% of the animal痴 souls! Your Love is at the highest level! YOU ARE THE HERO!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1oon...426F4EC09E6ABB
(I知 not sure what痴 best. If you want to read along, pause at 6:30 and then start the whole thing over when I tell you. Perhaps you should watch it once completely with the translation, though?)

Game over. Boy played incorrectly or poorly or slowly, and he let the utopia be razed in minutes. 25 hours of dedication and careful stewardship couldn稚 withstand 3 O-mete spells. Boy pitted his philosophy and manner of interaction against Hero痴, and destruction prevailed. The thoughtless game will always capture the marketplace. The amount of people you murdered in Grand Theft Auto will always matter less than how many stars appear on the HUD. As Dragon says, 滴aven稚 we already reached the point of no return?! We are too late It痴 too late

So, as gamers do, you continue. You aim to find the flag you didn稚 activate, the loot you didn稚 pick up, the 101% save file. You値l restart until you see the correct outcome. You値l make Boy痴 love level conquer Hero痴. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIuKx...6ABB&index=133

If that痴 the case, Moon: Remix RPG Adventure taught you nothing. It was simply a meaningless game like a lot of other meaningless games. When your foot is on Hero痴 throat by whatever nonsensical solution you planned, Moon would be sent to the drawer. Like all of the other alphabetized, unplayed games in your collection, it would become a fleeting dream. Finish video 125, if you haven稚!

I致e thought carefully about why the industry disappointed me this generation, but what eloquence could match that ending? The tech geeks and juvenile creatives who lead this industry have driven consumers to the extremities. 1 fringe delights in the perpetual world. Hardcore gamers are nothing if not Kierkegaardian aesthetes, sucking the marrow from every last property, fiending for the next sequel, expansion, or downloadable content to perpetuate their digital fantasies. If the developers simply produce enough content (and enough loot drops, overdrives, and brutal kills to maintain the idea that it痴 fulfilling), players can exist in their preferred virtual world for perpetuity! Reflective thought in lieu of this month痴 map pack could dull the game痴 luster, after all. The other pole痴 just as dependent on the Internet age. Video games are now 田ontent, something to be shoehorned into a mobile phone, Facebook page, or movie campaign. A torrent of 1-note, 1-hour games tailored for Twitter trends and message board hype have created incessant demands for our attention, but devalued the video game more than the $5.00 price points suggest. I know friends who致e deleted more games (that is, unique play experiences) than I致e ever owned.

Moon: Remix RPG Adventure suggests that video games aren稚 doomed to be dopamine treadmills or temporary distractions. It demonstrates a new play philosophy: 徹pen the door. The ending portrays a reality in which a video game isn稚 bound between a disc痴 lacquered layers. Every player shelves his Gamestation, opens his door, and incorporates Moon痴 lessons into his own life. A character on a disc mustn稚 die there any more than 1 must on a page or on film or after the curtain drops, and the sole reason they do is because developers and gamers prefer it that way. Society treasures Kurosawa痴 典o Live and Sibelius Violin Concerto because we draw on them long after their discs stop spinning. Moon spurs reflection and prompts action just like that true art does. No podcast chatter or GDC roundtable has yet produced as powerful and as simple an ethic: 鏑ove more than levels. A form that produces such lovely thoughts as those, I believe, can 1 day stand among the timeless ones. Gamers, all of us, stand beside Yoshida and Doctor Hagerstein on the sinful sphere we call home. As we pause, breathless, before the glowing door, we must each decide whether this industry痴 杜ash-the-shoulder-buttons-for-manual-decapitation, ME-I知-a-L辰ie, let痴-squeeze-in-some-team-deathmatch philosophy continues or if we致e learned Moon痴 lesson.

Continue?
->Yes
No

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Even the blithest toy piano can稚 sweeten the ending痴 post facto subtext. Snot-nosed and red-eyed, you watch the game lightheartedly literalize its message. King Love-De-Gard and Minister eye the Japanese Diet, Hero-Man and Kris become household names, and Florence and Wanda rebuild their relationship. Would that there were such a gaming paradise. The game痴 final image is meant to be equally humorous. A retail shelf is marked, 鉄orry. As per a written request by the makers, we are no longer selling the video game 閃oon.樗 Of course, the game means to represent a world in which players needn稚 play tripe like Fake Moon (and in which they are terrified of being trapped and murdered in it, for that matter). Yet, that isn稚 our world. Moon sold modestly, successive games died on store shelves, and Love-De-Lic痴 output scarcely appears in the collective gaming consciousness. Love-De-Lic split into 3 factions, all of which produced excellent, artistically restrained games after their primary efforts. Kenichi Nishi now refuses to make real games post-Captain Rainbow, Taro Kudou would be busking without the Zelda name slapped on his games covers, and Yoshiro Kimura, 1 insolvent company later, makes critical successes (read: commercial disasters) for Marvelous. What irony: by gamers mandate, no retailer sells games like Moon anymore.

Despite commercial apathy and critical neglect, the game痴 message holds. It doesn稚 matter that, in 2009, language still stymies its worldwide acceptance. It痴 not of much consequence whether Blizzard has a larger Wikipedia entry or if Valve sold more Companion Cubes than Moon sold copies. Art and its pursuit sustain those minor tribes who grouse about kid痴 playthings. Those who will foster games into respectability have memories inflected by the influence of their forebears. Both know that the art that matters rouses you, admonishes you, braces you. Art痴 made all of them evangelize in conversation and overdevelop message board posts, too. Art stretches morsels of enjoyment into hours of fond reflection, and when you come upon a feast, why, you値l remember it for a lifetime. Super Mario is fleeting. Moon痴 light can never be swallowed up.



滴ave you found love? Sometime, someplace, may we meet again. Now, turn off the game, for heaven痴 sake!

GhaleonQ
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(10-08-2009, 11:33 PM)
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I sincerely appreciate those who gave effort to read this, and I hope that the essay deserved it. I知 willing to converse about this at any time, so you may ask questions immediately, watch the playthrough first and post thoughts by the weekend, or hunt the game down and bump this 6 months from now. This was a bit risky, but I do hope people produce their own thoughts on the game. It痴 just a hope, though. I only have 3 expectations I expect fulfilled.

1. Buy Little King痴 Story. It痴 now $30.00, it痴 the best Wii game there is, and it痴 Love-De-Lic痴 last shot in America.

2. People shouldn稚 be afraid to dismiss sacred cows. We needn稚 settle for shlock based on modest expectations given that this exists.

3. At least 6 of Love-De-Lic痴 games merit this level of attention.

Moon: Remix RPG Adventure is 1, of course, and it痴 my favorite. When we look away from the scrblah blah blah Every playlist ends with versions of the opening and ending without player commentary, for an optimal experience. Search for some music here, by the way: http://www.youtube.com/user/Sketches...E9FF4DF38AEFF5
http://www.youtube.com/user/Sketches...426F4EC09E6ABB

U.F.O.: A Day In The Life is their 2nd game and my 3rd favorite. Taro Kudou was the lead designer instead of Nishi, and it shows. This is among the most brilliant concepts in video games. You池e in a Rear Window-like apartment complex, but you needn稚 spy from your window. You池e an alien, so you池e invisible, you can warp to any room of the building, and you can time travel. You池e looking for your alien allies who致e crash-landed on Earth. They池e all invisible, so you can only guess where they are by observing visual or audial cues in the room. By spiriting them back to your mothership, you prevent them from interfering with the apartment dwellers lives. This leads to Groundhog痴 Day-type alternate histories. You wouldn稚 expect a game like this to comment on happiness in the 21st century, but this was made by Love-De-Lic. For those of you looking for the 1-minute pitch, it痴 Pok駑on Snap meets The Legend Of Zelda: Majora痴 Mask with Grim Fandango痴 mix of humor and pathos and No More Heroes style. It also includes the moment at which I laughed harder than I have for any video game. It痴 dependent on buildup, context, and redirection, so I cannot spoil it. It is fairly far into the game and it occurs in Room #102. Except for the premise and opening, this is all pantomimed. Watch it, please!
http://www.youtube.com/user/Sketches...8EDBBD54634F3F

L.O.L.: Lack Of Love is their 3rd and final game as Love-De-Lic and my 6th favorite. Kenichi Nishi takes the helm again. Essentially, this is Spore before Spore, but made by premier talent. You take an evolving beast from egg tosomething else, all the while uncovering what the Lack Of Love project is. It痴 a game about environmentalism, and I believe it may be most readers favorite. Moon is incredibly verbose and complicated. U.F.O. removed all dialogue, allowing for a pure 1-to-1 relationship with a deep gameplay system. This game removes the narrator and tutorial. Your controls shift constantly, but they池e always intuitive and minimalist. This makes the game rather short. You finish the game by retaining a pristine Love-De-Lic mindset. Also, you gain a dedicated urinate button. EVERYTHING is pantomimed. Watch it, please!
http://www.youtube.com/user/Sketches...B1DC07DE02DB02

Giftpia is Skip痴 1st game and my 5th favorite, directed by Kenichi Nishi. It痴 a less self-serious Moon. If you thought my essay was claptrap, try watching this rather hilarious one (NTSC-UK has a English walkthrough). It痴 Moon for the masses. It has a smaller customizable soundtrack, it has a cohesive village, and it examines hope and the essence of maturity. It most captures Moon痴 heart.
http://www.youtube.com/user/Sketches...1CADC4AF5E0006

Endonesia is Vanpool痴 1st game and my 2nd favorite, directed by Taro Kudou. It痴 a less self-serious Moon. Itu reimagines the adventure game. You are your entire inventory, and you can only gain new abilities by applying existing ones to the distant isle to which you致e been transported (There is no English walkthrough). It has a constant soundtrack that regularly drops or adds sounds to the mix, it has phenomenal adventure game puzzles, it best embodies the 兎ntrancing, peculiar world people credit to the 1st 2 Monkey Islands and the Mysts but which I致e never felt, and it and it examines the difference between hope, fantasy, and delusion. It most captures Moon痴 puzzles.
http://www.youtube.com/user/Sketches...D30C2A672A33F1

Chulip is Punchline痴 1st game and my 4th favorite, directed by Yoshiro Kimura. It痴 a less self-serious Moon. It eliminates the minigames and puzzles for a pristine communal experience. It has a set soundtrack, unrelenting gameplay predicaments, and it examines the seriousness of love. It most captures Moon痴 sense of humor.
http://www.youtube.com/user/Sketches...EC272AC81FB453

I recommend every one. Thank you, all!

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Feep
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(10-08-2009, 11:38 PM)
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So, what you're saying is, I should play Little King's Story?
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(10-08-2009, 11:40 PM)
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What was the rest of your thread title?
Malio
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(10-08-2009, 11:43 PM)
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I'm going to need more details about this to make a play decision.
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Originally Posted by Jaded Alyx

What was the rest of your thread title?

"the pinnacle of games-as-art." A mod's changing it.
Magypsy23
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(10-08-2009, 11:46 PM)
I gotta stop postponing buying a copy of Moon.
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So what you're saying is the game is basically a lot like Doom?
Odrion
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(10-08-2009, 11:50 PM)
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Woah, never knew this game existed. Why isn't there a translation?
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Originally Posted by Odrion

Woah, never knew this game existed. Why isn't there a translation?

Originally Posted by robut

So what you're saying is the game is basically a lot like Doom?

Originally Posted by Malio

I'm going to need more details about this to make a play decision.

More seriously, no one knows. ASCII was fine financially, and Wikipedia says: Although the game was apparently featured prominently at E3 in 1997 with plans to release the game the following year, ASCII decided not to release Moon outside Japan.[1][2] The game was advertised shortly afterward for a US release in GamePro magazine[3], but was never published by another company.
LocoMrPollock
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Where can i buy it? And what system is it for? Is it in english?

Sorry if it's all been answered above, but I don't have time to read the entire post, yet.
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Originally Posted by LocoMrPollock

Where can i buy it? And what system is it for? Is it in english?

Sorry if it's all been answered above, but I don't have time to read the entire post, yet.

Playstation 1, Japan-only, with English and easily-Google-Translatable Japanese walkthroughs available. Himeyashop.com will special order things for you. Also, there are illegal ways if all else fails (and it may). Amazon.co.jp has copies, but I've forgotten if they do international shipping. A playthrough's right above you if you just want to watch a perfect run.
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I think I hate you for making me want to play a game only available in Japanese... :( I hate playing a game and having to look at a FAQ every time I run into some text. Fuck.
Scribble
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(10-09-2009, 12:19 AM)
Thank you, GhaleonQ. Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you. I really appreciate this.

I've been wanting to learn more about this game *for ever* (And the other LDL games). Do not let this thread die!
JoshuaJSlone
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(10-09-2009, 12:21 AM)
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Over the years I've occasionally heard good things about this game. Then I'd keep getting excited about a DS release and disappointed each time I remembered it was an FPS with a similar title.
Red Scarlet
(10-09-2009, 12:22 AM)
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Weird.

And that's as long as a thread title can be.
GhaleonQ
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(10-09-2009, 12:27 AM)
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Originally Posted by Red Scarlet

Weird.

And that's as long as a thread title can be.

As you can tell, I previewed every post before posting, and I tailored it to the character limit it allowed me! CURSES! If you're shortenng it, could you put a period after "made"?

I'm delaying thanks in case this topic dies. It's gasping already (by page views, not posts, even). *sniff*
Firehead
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(10-09-2009, 12:31 AM)
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Originally Posted by GhaleonQ

I'm delaying thanks in case this topic dies. It's gasping already (by page views, not posts, even). *sniff*

No worries! I've fallen in love with this game, thanks to you. I need this game.
iceatcs
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(10-09-2009, 12:32 AM)
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I have been look at it in some JRPG research but found out only in Japan. ♠

But one day if I'm learning Japanese, this game will be on my list.
Drkirby
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(10-09-2009, 12:33 AM)
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Uhhhh..... Sometimes less is more when it comes to giving information. I am trying to read what you are saying, but a bunch of it just isn't coherent.

Is there an English version of this?
GhaleonQ
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(10-09-2009, 12:33 AM)
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Originally Posted by Firehead

No worries! I've fallen in love with this game, thanks to you. I need this game.

Just so I can measure, how long does it take to read?

Hooray! They can't see this, right? So, if I thank you later, I won't get punished for superfluous posting?
GhaleonQ
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(10-09-2009, 12:36 AM)
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Originally Posted by Drkirby

Uhhhh..... Sometimes less is more when it comes to giving information. I am trying to read what you are saying, but a bunch of it just isn't coherent.

Is there an English version of this?

Are you watching the videos? What parts?

And, yeah, just read the RPGFan or Hardcore Gaming 101 links above. As I said, no one cared when they just alluded to its awesomeness, so I really analyzed the gameplay and story. It's just tough to tell people what's occuring in the scenes, the premise, the gameplay, AND describe why it's incredibly complex and rewarding. I reread it a couple of times, and it's certainly "coherent."

Sorry if that put you off, though.
wrowa
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(10-09-2009, 12:36 AM)
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I always wanted to play this game so badly :| It's such a pain that there isn't any fan translation out there or in development.
RevenantKioku
PEINS PEINS PEINS PEINS PEINS PEINS PEINS PEINS PEINS PEINS PEINS PEINS oh god i am drowning in them
(10-09-2009, 12:36 AM)
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Dude, I just noticed your PM. I feel like an ass, sorry.
This game has been on my want list for a loooong time but it is so. damn. expensive.
GhaleonQ
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(10-09-2009, 12:39 AM)
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Originally Posted by RevenantKioku

Dude, I just noticed your PM. I feel like an ass, sorry.
This game has been on my want list for a loooong time but it is so. damn. expensive.

No worries! Like I said, I was the jerk asking you for favors. I just substituted another example instead. Seriously, don't even pretend to fret.

I just paid $150.00 for a perfect, non-PS1 Books crappy case version for a good (VERY good) friend. Yeah. People should try to play or watch it however they can. I posted the playthroughs in case people have no other option.
RevenantKioku
PEINS PEINS PEINS PEINS PEINS PEINS PEINS PEINS PEINS PEINS PEINS PEINS oh god i am drowning in them
(10-09-2009, 12:48 AM)
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Trust me, I'm not pretending. :D
But this just makes me want to get the game even more. Maybe after I finish my $40 copy of Linda^3
Firehead
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(10-09-2009, 12:52 AM)
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Originally Posted by GhaleonQ

Just so I can measure, how long does it take to read?

Hooray! They can't see this, right? So, if I thank you later, I won't get punished for superfluous posting?

Heh, I haven't even finished reading a quarter of it ( Sorry ): ), I've been on the Wiki and watching these few gameplay videos here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8j...tro_videogames
That said; however, I am going to finish reading the rest of your posts and continue trying to find a proper place to purchase it.
Scribble
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(10-09-2009, 12:53 AM)
From bits and pieces I've read on this game, I got the impression that Moon was just Harvest Moon without the farming, or a fetch-quest RPG without the battles. Wasn't expecting the NPCs to be this interesting. And I admit, the thing that attracted me to the game was the fact that it celebrated/made fun of RPGs.

It's a pity that I can't experience it. But I think I'll play Chulip, Little King's Story and maybe L.O.L if I can ever get hold of it.
JEKKI
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(10-09-2009, 12:54 AM)
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Originally Posted by Jaded Alyx

What was the rest of your thread title?

it was t-t-t-t-t-T-UNIT!!
wolfmat
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(10-09-2009, 12:56 AM)
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veldt? Did you mean "Feld"?

Are you from South Africa?
GhaleonQ
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(10-09-2009, 01:01 AM)
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Originally Posted by wmat

veldt? Did you mean "Feld"?

Are you from South Africa?

I'm pretty sure any term used in a Final Fantasy game isn't uncommon, right?
GhaleonQ
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(10-09-2009, 01:42 AM)
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Anyone looking for videos can find them in the last post! I spent a ton of time downloading/stealing videos from Nico Nico Douga so people could watch them on a site that doesn't require registration, download limits, or slow loading.
Tetsuo9
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(10-09-2009, 02:14 AM)
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This looks so interesting to me but I have failed every single time to enjoy playing imports RPGs with only a walkthrough. If this ever gets a translation, I will play it for sure.
Jangaroo
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(10-09-2009, 02:16 AM)
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I'll say this again just like I did in the Little Kings Story thread, every game that has managed to make it overseas by these folks are golden. It's a bit of a shame that Chulip didn't get as much of a reception over in NA.
SnakeXs
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(10-09-2009, 02:18 AM)
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OP =

GhaleonQ
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(10-09-2009, 02:41 AM)
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Originally Posted by SnakeXs

OP =

In...In a good way? Neutral way? BAD WAY?!
Waikis
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(10-09-2009, 02:49 AM)
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Tim Rogers, is that you?
SnakeXs
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(10-09-2009, 02:51 AM)
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Originally Posted by GhaleonQ

In...In a good way? Neutral way? BAD WAY?!

I can't even digest it all, so in a HOLY SHIT SO MUCH INFO THAT'S DEDICATION HOLMES way.
GhaleonQ
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(10-09-2009, 02:53 AM)
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Originally Posted by SnakeXs

I can't even digest it all, so in a HOLY SHIT SO MUCH INFO THAT'S DEDICATION HOLMES way.

Fair enough! I wrote it in Word, and it's much easier to read if you put the window to about half the screen (paper-width). I got a headache trying to read it across the widescreen, if that helps. Thanks for giving it a shot, at least. I appreciate it.

Originally Posted by Waikis

Tim Rogers, is that you?

It's in Japanese, of course, it's super-complex, and it's fairly lengthy, so it was either pretension or me rotely explaining events. Sorry!
Shiggie
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(10-09-2009, 02:59 AM)
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Visually reminds me of Contact. Which is a great thing.
GhaleonQ
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(10-09-2009, 03:01 AM)
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Originally Posted by Shiggie

Visually reminds me of Contact. Which is a great thing.

It's easy to miss in that block post, but the map designer for these games is the director of Contact 1, 2 (when it comes), and Sakura Note. This is where he learned his craft!
firehawk12
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(10-09-2009, 03:14 AM)
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Based on the effort of the post, I feel like I need to check this out even though I don't even know how to do it. :lol

Really though, it does seem like a shame that this was never brought over. It feels like there are some novel concepts that probably would have been great over a decade ago.
SabinFigaro
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(10-09-2009, 03:25 AM)
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With Prince Alexander being your avatar, I somehow feel that I can trust you.
Willenium
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(10-09-2009, 03:26 AM)
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there is literally no way i'm going to read all of those words.

and Moon was already released on DS in America:
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GhaleonQ
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(10-09-2009, 03:28 AM)
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Originally Posted by SabinFigaro

With Prince Alexander being your avatar, I somehow feel that I can trust you.

I would repay the compliment, but everyone loves Final Fantasy VI, right? Still, *thumbs up*.

By the way, NO copies on Ebay or Japanese Ebay. Himeyashop is the only import shop that will special order it, and you could get it for less money if you don't mind its condition or version. The videos are up there. Otherwise, it's up to you.
GhaleonQ
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(10-09-2009, 03:30 AM)
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Originally Posted by Willenium

there is literally no way i'm going to read all of those words.

1. Buy Little King's Story, instead.

2. Try parts 1, 2, and 5?

3. Thanks for trying. I promised I wouldn't get uptight because I intended it to be definitive. I really do appreciate people glancing at this. Thanks.

Originally Posted by Willenium

and Moon was already released on DS in America:

WORDPLAY!
Kikujiro
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(10-09-2009, 03:39 AM)
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GhaleonQ, I applaud you sir, it was a very interesting read, we need more Topics like this.
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