12:02 pm - Mon, Sep 29, 2014
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Just thought I’d mention I pre-ordered the Limited Edition version of GGXrd.

So even if no one else gets it or can afford it… and the character book being featured with it… rest assured I’ll have that information as a handy-dandy reference when it arrives!

9:39 am
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Q: Sorry, this isn't a lore question, but you once mentioned being a casual player. Just wondering why you don't compete(?) that's all.
Anonymous

If it was something as simple as having time to master the game that’s one thing, but with me it’s not that simple.

Well, frankly it’s not simple for anyone.

Everyone has their reasons for playing the game.

For myself, I have a hard time competing seriously because of my mindset. You could say I’m timid in the sense that I don’t have the confidence to focus in a competitive setting.

The best way to describe it is that I have a low tolerance for stress, and at the same time I have a rather short temper.

Not to say I’m a sore loser or anything, or that I “get salty” easily… just that it’s hard for me to step up and make the drive to win if I’m not motivated to do so (which is rare, actually, it’s the same problem certain people can have with taking academic tests or exams).

As the saying goes, you have to have the “mindset to win”.

Also I’m not one of those players who likes to conform to tournament standard rules. I enjoy playing EX characters, messing around with settings in the Extra Menu, not to mention I feel more relaxed playing 3/5 round matches, and at the same time I play a rotation of different characters, whereas most tournaments have you stick with a single character to play as.

I just don’t think it suits me, or at least I haven’t found a reason to take it seriously yet.

People have called me out on it, and out of respect for players who do take their game seriously and put in the effort, I admit I have a lot of room to grow and tend to base my impressions on how to play the game based on my own personal experience versus the “opinions of players who know their game” (which many people chalk up as me giving bad advice).

If I were to play against players who took the game seriously more often there’s no doubt in my mind I’d lose a lot. To me, losing to players who are better than you doesn’t say you suck at the game, it just says you lost to someone better. If you lost against someone who did suck at the game, yeah that might prove you’re bad, but that doesn’t mean things can’t change.

I’m eager to play players who play GGXrd and see how things go from there, if nothing else.

I just find a casual setting online with regular friends to be more relaxing and less of a hassle than packing my bags and driving to a tournament, paying the cash up front to get my curb stomped.

Which is also why I appreciate the efforts ARC System Works has gone through to create an online “Arcade Lobby” with games like BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma, which simulates the experience of ‘being there’, and with the new medal system being implemented in GGXrd, I may just be able to up my game further.

I used to play Arcade machines a lot back when Namco ran Time Out arcade centers in my local mall… but the past is the past, and now I prefer a d-pad to a joystick, and 3 rounds to win over the standard 2.

That’s just me, so take it or leave it.  If nothing else, playing online is cheaper.

10:22 am - Sat, Sep 27, 2014
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Q: Forgive me if you've been asked this, but if Izuna and Paradigm were to become playable in Xrd, do you have any speculation on their playstyles?
Anonymous

I’ve discussed it before but the concepts may change and become a more different vision than even I anticipated.

Much was the case with Sin, though I knew he would retain much of his moveset for Overture, I had no idea they would implement an “eating” gimmick with him.

With Izuna, from my memory of using him he is very good at circling around his opponents and attacking from different angles, so he could be very much like an “acrobatic Johnny”. He also had the ability to “run in the air” much like Lei-Lei (Hsien-Ko) of Darkstalkers. So he has a lot of potential mind games he can disperse, making a matchup like him versus Chipp something of an invisibility game.

With Dr. Paradigm, since the vast majority of his combat ability stemmed from use of his Servants in his Tribe, I suspect he’d be built around ‘tag ins’ or substitutions where his allies would appear and perform an attack in his place, while he could act independently of them, similar perhaps to how Carl Clover and Ada work in tandem with a little more flair akin to what Kokonoe is capable of, since he is a wizard after all.

That all being said, I can’t predict the future, so unless they’re revealed I can’t suggest anything. As of now a lot of the returning cast from previous games before Overture have a higher chance of being added since they’ve already been established and are far more popular in many respects.

10:13 am
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Q: did Sol knows that Justice was (or at least was connected with) Aria? 'cause in his first ending in Missing Link, he immediately swore to find and kill that man after she died. Surely it could be just because he had to make such a "sacrifice" blaming that man for it.
Anonymous

It’s hard to tell with what little we know about Aria in the first place.

Other than the fact she was an A.I. Computer Programming Specialist on the Gear Project, very little of why she was even involved with the project has been told yet.

People assume that she is linked to Justice because of three main reasons:

1. They both share red hair.

2. Valentine transforms in to something “like” Justice in appearance at the end of GG2 Overture. And she has a similar appearance to Aria.

3. Because of Sol’s connection to her, she’d be the only person he’d be that upset to ‘sacrifice’ (since at the time he showed no mercy to any other common Gear).

It was also established that Sol (Frederick) had a relationship with Aria… but the events that involved her remain unknown.

Justice was said to be “pregnant” at one point, so it was established that Justice may have been a female Gear (possibly born from a human woman’s D.N.A.)… but the details on that are also unknown.

There was also mention and reference to something called the “Gear Archetype” and the “Seal of Justice”… these two things remain a mystery as well.

It’s still possible for Aria to “be” Justice, but there are a lot of questions tied in to it as well.

All these things bring up a few interesting theoretical questions:

—-If Aria really was Justice, why didn’t she know who Sol was or recognize him? Why were they enemies? (Especially given someone like Valentine was able to eventually remember who Sol was after passing away).
—-What is Justice’ connection to the destruction of Japan and other nations of the world? If Aria was Justice why would she do such a thing?
—-If Aria is Justice what is Dizzy’s connection to her? Why do they look nothing alike? If Dizzy is connected to the OutRage somehow… is Justice connected to it as well (and by extension Aria?)
—-What is Aria’s connection with “That Man” and “The Cube” he created? Is Aria connected with “Mother” the so-called Merciless Apocalypse?
—-Why is there a 57 year discrepancy between Justice’ ‘birth’ (2072) and the end of the original Gear Project? (2016) What was “That Man” working on in those 57 years and how was Aria involved?  Wouldn’t she be an old woman by then?
—-If Dizzy truly is Justice’ daughter… why was she only 3 as of 2181? Justice lived for 108 years before she was killed by Sol… so when was Dizzy actually conceived, born, and where and how?

I suspect some of the secret events will be revealed in the next Guilty Gear!

11:04 am - Sat, Sep 20, 2014
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Brief Hiatus

I’m taking a break.

I want people to read this article and this conversation and understand where I am coming from.

As far as I’m concerned people are patchwork quilts as far as D.N.A. and ancestral makeup is concerned so there is no possible way to put catch-all labels on people like people seem to think, in fact that’s the very opposite of Racism “accepting that everyone is human and not something else”.

I can’t take back the Sinful History, I can only understand it’s ignorance and it’s attempt to dehumanize people by putting catch-all labels on them as an excuse to categorize and take advantage of them in the first place, and learn from that history and prevent it by not putting labels on people.

You’d think understanding the similarities and differences, along with the diversity in genetics between Humans and Gears would’ve taught people this after playing this game series.

11:27 pm - Fri, Sep 19, 2014
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Q: Does That Man make a appearance in xrd?
kingkevin11

I don’t see any reason to believe he wouldn’t show up, since he appeared in VastEdge.

There just hasn’t been any proof or evidence of it yet, other than I-No and Axl mentioning him.

Sorry but you’ll just have to wait some more.

11:16 pm
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. . .

I’m seeing messages and complaints about the Venom thing yet.

Let me spell it out clearly:

1. We don’t know Venom’s ethnicity other than the fact he came from England.

2. “Black” is a generic label and it’s not a good label if you ask me. Maybe “Tanned Skin” isn’t good enough for you, but “Black” is not much better… REGARDLESS it’s an unofficial observation made by FANS (and nothing stated about it by ARC System Works). If you want to take issue with it, message THEM not me, don’t complain to Venom fans AROUND me.

You don’t call Native Americans “Indians”, much the same as you wouldn’t call people from China “Yellow”. In fact most people from Germany, Poland, and England or even Europe in general don’t really like being called “Caucasian” or “White”. To some people it’s very demeaning to put them under such labels.

On TOP of that the very definition of the color Black is that it isn’t a COLOR. Why don’t people get this? You ever study color theory? You know how light works? Colors aren’t what you see, they’re what’s being reflected off things, every other color is being absorbed.

Black is when all colors are being absorbed, it’s the absence of color being reflected, White is when all colors are being reflected all at once. That’s how a Prism works, it bends light. And you want to generically label fictional or even real people in these terms? It’s up to you if you want to see the world in such a simple way.

But in the case of Guilty Gear, it’s all unofficial data that fans came up with, outside of Ethnic Origins listed by ARC System Works.

I’m done with this argument, if you still want to complain about it complain to ARC System Works, not me. Or get yourself your own blog and make up your own characters and do whatever you want.

I’m not going to label people or call them things they don’t want to be called even if everyone else THINKS its obvious to THEM, and I’m certainly not going to put labels on characters in a series that CANONICALLY don’t have those labels to begin with!

4:34 pm
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Q: Probably already asked but, do you have something like a list that explains who is the strongest in the Guilty Gear universe ? I know Sol is pretty powerful but Slayer feels like he hides godlike powers behind his nonchalance.
chipslight

It’s not really a list so much as an estimated “Risk Rating List” (along with fake bounties) that the Post-War Administration Bureau conducted and a comparison with related characters.

Of course, I wouldn’t say it’s accurate by any means.

Based on what I’ve determined earlier, the Valentines, Slayer, “That Man”, Dizzy (and by extension Sin), Sol, Raven (and formerly Justice) are currently ‘probably’ the strongest known beings on the planet.

I can’t say who is the strongest among them (though I’m sure Slayer would love to know since he wishes to test himself against Sol’s strength), but things may change in the upcoming story for GGXrd, especially given now that Bedman is a new threat

3:54 pm
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Q: Considering how... expressive Elphelt is compared to the other two Valentines, is it likely that she actually was awakened far earlier than her "sisters"?
Anonymous

That is unclear. Certainly the original “Valentine” appeared first, but she had no personality to speak of… which was what caused her to fail in her “mission” apparently.

Ramlethal is not much different… but much like what Izuna states about personalities that develop in the Backyard… it comes with time.

Elphelt seems to have quirks in her personality yet, in that she has fixations on certain ideas and concepts and has a rather rigid opinion on things and tends to force that opinion on others, so her personality may need some ironing out yet.

3:51 pm
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Q: I read in Arc System Works US Twitter, that Elphelt is a Overly Attached Girlfriend in disguise. O.o . I dont know what to think, maybe she is obsessed with the marriage concept? ( She wears a bride dress like outfit) I believe she is older than Ramlethal, she seems to have a more developed personality than Ram.
Anonymous

Well, seeing as Guilty Gear tends to gather "eccentric individuals" in its cast… I wouldn’t rule out the possibility.

Talk about a “Shotgun Wedding”! *rimshot*

As far as her existence goes and her developed personality compared to Ramlethal’s, yes it’s very likely she is like an “older sister” in that regard.

But again, there isn’t much information on their backgrounds beyond what’s been stated so far, so there’s probably some secrets that have yet to be revealed… they are Valentines after all.

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