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Interview Meme from breyzyyin

If you want to take part, comment saying so and I'll ask five questions (otherwise, I'll assume you don't!). You can respond in your LJ or in the comments if you prefer!

1. The Villain Theme over at vgames_stamps has gotten me pretty curious! Which video game villains are your personal favorites?

This is going to be very long, loool.

Okay, the first villain that came to mind (if you could even call him a villain) would be Delita Hyral from Final Fantasy Tactics. Growing up in the shadow of his best friend, Ramza Beoulve, Delita never thought of being anything more than Ramza's retainer/advisor. However, when his sister was brutally murdered and when the corruption and the class differences became too obvious to him, he set out to change the world. I'm usually attracted to such Machiavellian antiheroes/villains because they're actually doing everything for the greater good. I would find myself agreeing somewhat with the "ends justifying the means" motto as well, although it's not an excuse for some of the atrocities that people undertake for their utopia. After manipulating everyone and losing almost everything he cared for (Ovelia, his sister, arguably Ramza...), he gets stabbed and dies/goes on to live a lonely life as king. I don't think he was ever truly happy after his sister was murdered by Algus/Argath.

Second, of course, would be Jowy Atreides from Suikoden II. Another "ends before the means" antihero/antagonist, Jowy is truly a sensitive, kind man who wishes to put everything right. He knows that it's impossible to beat Luca Blight head on, so he takes it upon himself to infiltrate Highland and change it from the inside... before realizing that he'd gone too far to turn back. He's not a bad guy, per se, but he's an antagonist because of the methods he undertook to achieve his goal of peace. Riou never had to do anything bad/"evil" because Jowy already did it for him. I think Jowy would have been a far more sympathetic and compelling protagonist to play as, heh. Fighing on the "bad" side and on a losing war would be interesting, especially with someone like him.

Other antagonists that I'm very fond of would be Jun Kurosu from Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Luc from Suikoden III and Magus from Chrono Trigger.

2. So...let's pretend I'm new to gaming (lolz!). I'm really curious about trying your Top 5 video game recommendations! What exactly would those be? :)

Which genre would you want? Okay, if you wanna try a JRPG, I'd definitely recommend the original Final Fantasy VII because it was the game that brought me into the world of gaming. It has a deep, intriguing storyline and the atmosphere in the game is exactly the sort that would fascinate you. The gameplay isn't too complicated, and it's really fun too. If you wanna try a visual novel-ish sort of game, Ace Attorney would be a good choice. 999's too serious for a newcomer, while Ace Attorney has a lighthearted atmosphere, lovable characters and a totally awesome storyline. If you wanna try a strategy RPG, I'd go with Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together. It has a pretty deep and involving storyline revolving around political intrigue with influences from real life events, and the gameplay is absolutely fantastic. Devil Survivor and Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 would be good choices too, because they're not too hard and they have the usual epic storylines and gameplay of the MegaTen games.

3. Let's talk characters! Out of all the various forms of media you've been exposed to (video games, movies, books, TV shows, anime/manga), is there a character you tend to relate the most with?

I don't think any particular character really does make me relate to him all that much though. I can think of several characters that fit my personality, but some of them don't fit in one way or another. Light Yagami from Death Note comes to mind. I can see myself trying to kill criminals if I ever have the Note (better choice than innocent people, right?), but he's a bit too methodical and perfectionistic as compared to me. Blue from Pokemon does seem to fit somewhat too. He's clearly jealous and wanting to beat Red at all costs, which I can see myself doing, and he's very competitive and antagonistic towards those he doesn't like. The thing is, I'm not as arrogant as he is, so that falls apart too. Hmmmm. I think I'll let you answer this question, f-list.

4. Taking into account varying philosophies, is there a "life philosophy" you tend to gravitate towards or do you prefer not thinking about stuff like that when it comes to life?

Hm. I don't actively have a life philosophy except to do my best at everything. Many times, it would translate to me pushing myself too hard and making myself stressed. My aunt's favorite motto, and one that she often repeats to me, is "Que Sera Sera"/"Whatever will be will be". She says that we don't exactly have to try to control everything, as most things are actually out of our control. When they are, we should just leave it to destiny. I would say that it's a "life philosophy" that I'm doing my best to follow, heh.

5. Do you have a favorite movie? If so, what is it?

Oh, I have too much to list. I like the Godfather trilogy, the Nolan Batman movies, Star Wars: The Original Trilogy, Silence of the Lambs, Dead Poets' Society... I don't think I can ever finish my list, but I don't have a favorite "favorite", per se. It depends on what I feel like watching at that moment.



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Jan. 8th, 2012 04:14 am (UTC)
Gah...Delita is an amazing antagonist, and I loved how you worded your reasoning for picking him here. I think you got the heart of his character down wonderfully.

And Jowy...Jowy's always been an incredible character to me, and I definitely think you described him really well too! :D Your villain choices were just awesome in general, truthfully! ♥ I always love reading your character thoughts and analysis. :)

Out of the games you've recommended that I've played (FFVII, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, and Ace Attorney)...I have to agree wholeheartedly, they're amazing games everyone should try to play at some point! We haven't played any of the SMT games before, but I actually just got Breyzy Persona 2: Innocent Sin for the PSP for Christmas...and it actually jumped to "next game one of us to play list" because of all of the awesome talk we've heard about that series in general. :) You recommend amazing games, my friend. :)

I really liked reading the rest of your answers as well...especially your "life philosophy" one--that's a pretty good one to try and follow, I think. ♥

Jan. 8th, 2012 04:30 am (UTC)
Isn't he? At the very heart of the matter, I think Delita and Jowy's more or less the same sort of character: The friend of the main character who is more willing to use extreme methods to achieve the same goal as Ramza/Riou.

Heh, thanks. Persona 2:Innocent Sin is an awesome game, and it has the best storyline in the whole series, but I'm not so sure it's a good game to start your foray into MegaTen. Oh well, you can try!

Do you want the five questions then?
Jan. 8th, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yep, both are very awesome characters in that respect! ♥

Hehe, I think the story is probably the main reason Breyzy said she wanted to try that game first (I had asked her which SMT game she'd possibly like as a present since I wasn't sure of what to get her and we'd both been curious about the series for awhile)...it really does sound amazing, and a few friends suggested that we give it a chance because of that. We shall give it a try and see from there--I have a feeling we'll probably be trying out several other SMT games afterwards, hehe. XD

Ah, that's okay! Knowing me, I'd probably just forget to respond to them if I don't post really quickly (I have a horrible habit of doing that with the Interview Meme for some reason, lolz 0_0;). Sides, I'm not too interesting and I ramble too much. XD Thank you though! :D I just like seeing the answers people come up with! *is weird* ♥
Jan. 8th, 2012 06:04 am (UTC)
Oh, I love Dead Poets' Society, too! I had the VCD... some time back... I wonder where it went? >.>

Anyway. Questions? :D
Jan. 16th, 2012 03:34 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the long wait! O Levels and JAE, yeah?

1. Which fictional/real life character/figure do you find yourself most like?
2. If you had a time machine, which time period would you go to? Why?
3. What sort of video games do you gravitate towards? Why?
4. What are your top five literary recommendations then?
5. Do you have a favorite movie? What is it?
Jan. 16th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes, I heard the results came out. I hope you did well! :)

(Will answer questions shortly. XD)
Jan. 16th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
I did well enough! 7 points raw, 3 points after deduction. I'll most probably be heading to VJC~~
Jan. 16th, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
Niiiiiiiice. Congrats!
Jan. 16th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you! 8D I hope JC life won't kill me... even if it most probably will. I'm planning on going to the Arts stream and taking History, Econs, Lit and Math, haha.
Jan. 16th, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
*whistle* That's pretty much my combination. Well, minus the history. What about your H1?

And you'll survive! I did. XD
Jan. 16th, 2012 04:06 pm (UTC)
Haha, I'm planning on taking 4 H2s. 8DDD

WELL. I'm kinda afraid that I'll get thrashed in VJ with all the Cedarians and the random people around there. 8((( Just study and hope for the best, I guess.
Jan. 16th, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
Eh, screw that. Seriously. I think all you can do is give it your best shot, and don't... I have this thing about people being like "They're from a better school!" - doesn't really matter, actually, in the end. Better secondary school or JC =/= better grades. Just try your best and you'll be fine!
Jan. 17th, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
Answered in my LJ, with a lot of flailing at #4. XD
Jan. 17th, 2012 01:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I just saw. 很好,我看得出来你会讲华语。 XDD

Do you have an MSN?
Jan. 17th, 2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
Yep! Shall I PM you my email?
Jan. 17th, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
Yep~ We can talk more there. 8DDD
Jan. 17th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
PMed! Occasionally MSN is a little weird about adding people, so let me know when you've added. >.>
Jan. 17th, 2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
Done! 8DDD
Jan. 8th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
Hai, hai. I'm up for questioning. o/
Jan. 16th, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
Okay, youuuuuu.

1. Let's say you're a lawyer. Would you allow ten guilty men and one innocent to be imprisoned or ten innocent men and one guilty person to escape scot free? Why?

2. Which fictional character are you most like? Why?

3. So, let's talk personality types. Do you believe in them? How have they influenced your life?

4. Do you have a favorite book? What is it?

5. Mirror, mirror, what do you think of me?
Jan. 8th, 2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
Jowy is one of the main reasons I've wanted to play Suikoden II for the longest time. I keep on hoping they'll release a Playstation Network version, since the actual price of that game is unbelievable... I know there's always the ROM option, if all else fails.

I admittedly love to hate Delita. I think because he does seem more realistic than most jrpg villains, and all of his actions just... He does invoke much stronger feelings than any stock Dark Lord-esque character does in one direction or another.
Jan. 16th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I wanna play Suikoden II once again. Honestly, he seems like a more moral and sensitive version of Denam on the Law Route (fitting that you have Tactics Ogre as your icon).

Haha, well, he genuinely believes in what he's doing. That's something I can respect. And besides, he truly has the strength of will and the ruthlessness to forge a new world order that Ramza, despite all his heroism, cannot.
Jan. 11th, 2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
Haha this meme again xD I'd like questions too if you don't mind :)

I'm almost done Persona 2, I think :D *at the last dungeon* but now that school has started again, I don't have as much time to play games anymore, so I'm probably going to take my time with that from now on. xD ...also I got unexpectedly sidetracked by another faster-paced, shiny new game which you also might like. :3 It's called Fate/EXTRA (takes place in a sort of parallel universe to the more well-known Fate/Stay Night, which I may or may not check out someday. My attraction to this particular game mostly came from the recent anime Fate/ZERO, which was unexpectedly excellent :D) and is an RPG for the PSP. It feels sort of like a mishmash of Persona, SMT, and Devil Survivor or TWEWY? I think? xD You'll understand if and when you actually play it lol. I haven't finished it yet, but it's got some really fascinating philosophical themes going on and you get to learn about some awesome legendary/historical figures as well. :3 Imagine an SMT game where the summons have actual personalities :D

Hmm, I can see why that particular philosophy would be useful for you, but for me, even though I do believe in fate/destiny in a sense, I also believe that we have the choice to influence this fate with our choices in life. Ultimately, we carve our own destiny, is what I believe, I guess. xD
Jan. 16th, 2012 03:54 pm (UTC)

1. Let's say you're a lawyer. Would you allow ten guilty men and one innocent to be imprisoned or ten innocent men and one guilty person to escape scot free? Why?

2. It's fun to be bad. Which villain do you think you're most like then?

3. Stars, stars, do you believe in astrology/fengshui/new age stuff? How relevant has it been for your life?

4. Let's say I'm new at gaming. Which are the five games that you'd definitely recommend to me?

5. Mirror, mirror, what do you think of me?

I'll definitely look out for Fate/EXTRA, although I doubt that I'll have much time to play games with college starting up soon. Yeah, I guess I do believe that we carve our own destiny, but there are certain elements out there that influence them, don't you think so?
Jan. 19th, 2012 08:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, college definitely cuts down on gaming time xD; but the good thing with this particular game at least is that it's pretty fast-paced, so it actually doesn't eat up that much of your time to complete each stage.

I agree that there are elements influencing our lives, but they don't completely dictate them. Ultimately, the decisions on how to live and at least how to react to certain situations, lie with us. :)

Oh, I just posted the answers to your questions btw. :D
Jan. 15th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
QUESTIONS!!! Please hahahaha!
Jan. 16th, 2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
1. Let's say you're a Pokemon trainer. Which Pokemon would be most similar to your personality? Why?

2. Mirror, mirror, what do you think of me?

3. Let's say I'm new to gaming. Which are the five games that you'd recommend to me?

4. If you had a time machine, which time period would you go to? Why?

5. What do you think of personality types and how have they affected your life?
Jan. 16th, 2012 09:33 am (UTC)
Ooh! I would love questions for fun. :D

You gave such wonderful answers, most people never go in depth with the five question meme. It's fun to read through.

I find myself in that dilemma too, not having any one character that I relate to fully. I always feel that characters that we tend to be drawn to (or even passionately despise) have some characteristics that we see in ourselves or wish that we had.
Jan. 16th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
1. Let's say you're a Pokemon trainer. Which Pokemon would be most similar to your personality? Why?

2. Mirror, mirror, what do you think of me?

3. Let's say you're a lawyer. Would you allow ten guilty men and one innocent to be imprisoned or ten innocent men and one guilty person to escape scot free? Why?

4. Is morality relative or absolute? Why?

5. What sort of qualities should your ideal boyfriend/man have?

Haha, thank you. I'm in that dilemma too. I can never truly identify with one character because the way I perceive myself is always changing. That's why I think it's easier for people to tell me who I'm like and not decide for myself.
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