Sharkey has, rather impolitely, called me out on a terrible character flaw. Right to my face! But it’s true. I have a horrible, terrible, no good, rotten weakness for making stupid puns and pun-like jokes. I’ve been living in denial all these years…. even though my name is in the back of a couple of ancient Xanth books as a pun contributor.
Look, I’m sorry. I was young and stupid and lived in Texas. I didn’t know from “culture” back then.
Anyway, now that I’m working on the US version of Pokémon Pearl, I realize that I’m in my punny element. (It’s super effective against good taste!) It’s a game about collecting hundreds of monsters and personalizing them all, which includes assigning them a name, the space for which has been bumped up from five characters in the Japanese version to ten characters in the US. And herein lies my downfall. I will be catching ’em all. But not to complete my pokédex, oh no. No, my obsessive compulsion stems from a desire to come up with as many ridiculously pun-laden names as possible. My hard-hitting starter Turtwig is now Slamfibian. And my electricity-powered Shinx is now Denba, which is shameless if you know the Japanese word for electricity and realize how much a Shinx looks like Kimba. Yes, I’m making bilingual puns with a language I don’t fully understand. Yes, I realize that means I don’t deserve a happy life.
I am getting one anyway, though, because Mega Man ZX Advent looks like it recaptures everything good about MMZX but fixes up all the problems. The map, for instance, is actually quite good. And the ability to become your enemies (rather than simply mimic their abilities) is delectably Jungian. I think. Anyway, it looks good.
Star Force, on the other hand, looks merely decent. But back on the first hand, our Infaune interview got off to a rocky start but turned out to be absolutely great, so you’ll see that sometime or another. A few weeks from now, I’d guess.
Finally, the producer of the current Mega Man games has Zero’s hair and, as Ray noted, dresses like a Battle Network character. A track jacket over a shiny, metallic, padded shirt? Good lord.
Tragically, I was not able to ask him about the picture I posted the other day; it was difficult enough to talk to him about the games over the noise of all the trapeze artists. And here you people thought the term “media circus” was just an expression.