Noel & Merriment 2014: Jon

Noel & Merriment



Q1: What is your favorite or some favorite music songs in video games?

A1: Too many to name. Let’s assume all rhythm games are out of the question for this one. Songs from any Square series (Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger/Cross and Kingdom Hearts in particular) are also way too easy. As are Zelda, Mario, Mega Man and all Rare games. You could create giant playlists from any of these games and I think it’s a little unfair to name any of them. Most songs by Noriyuki Iwadare are masterpieces. If you don’t know who he is, he did the music for the Lunar series and the Ace Attorney series. No surprise there that both of those soundtracks are chock full of great moments. But if I had to pick one song to highlight, it would be the opening song to Wild Arms. If any song really fits the nature of the game before you even have a chance to play it, it’s that one. I’m pretty sure the composer was aiming for the spaghetti western motif here, because the whistling definitely recalls the famous theme from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly by Ennio Morricone. You pop it in, and you instantly know this is a game with a western theme.

Honorable mentions go to: Sorrow/Long Day (Eretzvaju/Evil Zone), Whispering of the Trees (Legend of Dragoon),


Q2: How do you feel about mobile phone games?

A2: If you’re trying to compare them to a console or PC game, stop. They’re apples and oranges. However, mobile games can be done extremely well. I wouldn’t want to play a full RPG on my phone, or a FPS (trust me, I’ve tried both) but games that are meant to be pick up and play work really well. Anything by Kairosoft is a winner in my book, and equally addictive to boot.

Q3: Considering it’s Holiday Season and many people have family Traditions, do you have any Video Game Traditions that you visit yearly?

A3: I normally play through Final Fantasy VII every year and try to beat the game with a different party or with different restrictions. I pretty much know the game like the back of my hand. But I’ve done it the last five or six years and I think it’s time to find a new one. One year it ended up being BT, a friend of ours, and myself using a cheat disc to really see how much we could break the game. I think it ended up with us killing most of the first disc bosses in like two hits.

Q4: Who are the biggest influences for you to play video games (why did you get into playing them)?

A4: Probably my dad and my cousin. I grew up on the Sega Genesis and Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac Man and other games. But my favorite was Pitfall 3D even though I sucked at it. I got into playing them because it was a fun activity to do with friends, and there are a lot of childhood memories in the N64/Playstation era, specifically with GoldenEye and Super Smash Bros.

Q5: What is your guilty pleasure game(s)?

A5: I don’t really have a game that I would consider a guilty pleasure, but if I did, it would be Final Fantasy Mystic Quest. It was delightfully easy and the story is paper thin, but I loved the soundtrack.


Q6: What is ONS Gaming to you?

A6: To me, ONS Gaming is a way to keep my writing skills somewhat sharp but also give me the opportunity to write about something I have a great passion about. While I would like to work on the site full time and have it be something that I could leave a 9-5 job for, I also realize that given the pure amount of video game related commentators/reviewers it might not happen. I also have other interests outside of video games, so unless we’re expanding to include those hobbies, I’d prefer to not give them up. That said, if the opportunity presented itself, I’d take it in a heartbeat. It would mean spending more time with my best buddy in the whole world, and I don’t think that’s something you could put a price tag on.



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