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A random gaming moment

I've been playing Breath of Fire III on the train lately.  It's been fun playing a classic RPG.  I mean, I get to push over rocks and kick trees and blow up walls for hidden treasure, turn into a dragon, go fishing, go on epic worldwide hide-and-seek games, and every single NPC I visit in every single town says something different according to what's happening in the story!

But there's also hilariously stupid stuff, like, for example, an Australian dolphin.  (Skip the first three and a half minutes, that's just setup).

'For those players that don't speak Australian' - I just about died laughing.

I really want to play Breath of Fire VI already, has that become vapourware or something?


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Jun. 29th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
...what? lol.

Way to interrupt the gameflow, btw XD
Jun. 30th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
LOL! Do they have to fight it in the end? *laments the fact she doesn't have a PSP*
Jun. 30th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
They do indeed. Although I felt kind of bad beating up a pink dolphin, even if it did have a crazy weird body and speak awful outback Australian. XD
Jul. 1st, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
*snorts* I have an inordinate love of ridiculous national stereotypes. I keep on waiting for the day that I meet someone who thinks I end every sentence with an "eh" or ask about my hockey obsession.

Instead I keep on meeting Americans who actually know that Ottawa is the capital not Toronto. Damn stupid smart Yanks. Can't they at least conform to their stereotypes?

Thanks for sharing. I needed a laugh.
Jul. 1st, 2010 08:58 am (UTC)
Ha ha, you mean, you're not obsessed with hockey? *gasps* XD

I should introduce you to my American relatives in the deep south! They seriously asked me what language we speak in Australia. And also whether we have beans, and what month it was down there.

I wish they were joking. In some regions, the overwhelming accuracy of the stereotype is the scariest part.
Jul. 1st, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
...well, maybe a little obsessed. I did kind of play it in high school, but I *was* a bad player. I only get really obsessive during the Olympics and if my local team is in the playoffs.

They sound very different from my American relatives, but then again, they read massive quantities of history that show things from the perspective of different countries. It's kind of scary when they we talk about the 1812 border wars between the Canadian colonies and the USA, and they start arguing the point of the view of the Mexicans. I didn't think the Mexicans *had* an opinion.

Then again, they're half-Canadian. So it's obviously our good influence. -_^

For the most part, the 'ignorant' Americans aren't at fault. The education system and news in some states seems to be ridiculously locally based. It's hard to have an international perspective when you're never exposed to it and it is hardly encouraged when all the foreigners you meet are like "Oh, you stupid Yanks."
Jul. 2nd, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, I hear you. Everything comes down to educational opportunities in the end. It's amazing how wide the disparity is, though! Perhaps it's one of those critical mass issues - if you get enough of a population in an area with a more international focus on news and education, it entices the others around them to take an interest. And if you're in an area where it's the opposite...

It's by no means a solely American issue, either. Lately I've been really worried at how all of the news and schooling here is taking a more and more local slant. But I'm hoping the internet will make that sort of insularity and ignorance of the outside world a thing of the past. (Or at least very difficult to maintain).

...We've gone on a fun tangent. I was mostly just amused at a Japanese game set in a fictional world containing an Australian dolphin that they then provided a translation for. I wonder if it was Kansai-dialect originally.
Jul. 3rd, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
Agreed, plenty of other countries have this issue. Canada has a decent bit of Western European and American history, but it's shocking how little Middle Eastern, African and Indian history we learn. At the same time I think if one tries to be too broad with how much is taught, you lose all the interesting little things; after all, the hope is that students will *want* to learn more. They bombed this in my high school class. We learned so many date and names that I ended up sleeping through the bulk of it and was relieved to get my advanced mathematics one.

Yeah, definitely a tangent. I guess it shows we're not solely fanfic-geeks?
Jul. 4th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
We learnt a fair bit Asian and European history, as well as countries in the immediate surrounding area (East Timor, Papa New Guinea, Indonesia etc). But we also seemed to skim over Middle Eastern, African and Indian history, I wonder why that is? South American was quite neglected too. Perhaps the focus is on geographical closeness and trade partners, which makes sense I suppose.

And agreed - drumming dates into heads is the quickest way to instil a hate of history. It took me a long time to get over that. Teach the important dates, sure, but do you need high school students to memorise what day the event happened? Looking back two hundreds years, isn't the year enough? I don't understand why teachers persist in doing this. Understanding the chain of events rather than their exact timing seems more important.

A geek in one spectrum is often a geek in many spectrums! :D I wonder if it's just a personality type, in the end.
Jul. 4th, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)
Well both my parents are retired teachers, and according to them the people who decide the curriculum and other major educational issues in our province are not teachers. Maybe it's the same over there?

I totally understand. I was only rescued by my mother. She used to give me historical fiction books growing up and she and the rest of her family would argue about historical events over the dinner table. It inspired me to take some actually good college classes. That being said, I still have some massive gaps in my history.

My theory is that a geek has to have a somewhat obsessive personality type. Meaning once we get interested in something, we like to explore every aspect of it. I imagine a few hundred years ago, we'd make good scholars... except for the fact that we're female because then we'd be too busy having babies and taking care of the manly menfolk. (I'm assuming you are female are - forgive me if you're not.)
Jul. 4th, 2010 08:32 am (UTC)

(So much for Rule 34 of the internet! You assume correctly.)
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