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Following on from comments made by Bioware writing director┬áDaniel Erickson on Strategy Informer regarding Final Fantasy XIII’s status as a role-playing game (RPG), comment sections across websites have exploded in either agreement or in pure rage, depending on what side of the fanboy spectrum people are sitting on. Now, while he says in a nutshell that Final Fantasy XIII isn’t an RPG, I have to take point with this. I feel that there’s certain core game mechanics that make up whether the game is classed as an RPG, and not the story the mechanics revolve around.

From whatever games I’ve played in my history, the ones labelled as RPG usually tended to be the ones where you could repeatedly grind against enemies to up your stats, in order to make further enemies easier on yourself (of course negated in games like Final Fantasy VIII where enemies worked on a progressive levelling scale and went up along with you). There’s a certain degree of item collecting as well, and doing so can unlock even further character ability customisation options, be they aesthetically or statistically. “Classic” RPGs also tend to have preset commands that you select from a menu as opposed to live gameplay.

The problem with the RPG I think, isn’t that the traditional RPG series (is that plural as well as singular? Or is it sereii?) we all know and love are branching out into other areas of gameplay while retaining familiar elements. It’s that other games are taking its elements and bolting it on.

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For someone who isn’t really big into golf games, I do seem to wind up posting a bit about them, and playing web browser golf. So when I saw that South Park lampooned the Tiger Woods Thanksgiving incident and turned it into a parody mini-game in EA Sports’ upcoming Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, I figured I’d juat have to share it, right?

However, EA are none too happy about the portrayal of their upcoming game, and are looking at ways to threaten South Park with legal action over slandering their upcoming game. Personally though, if Nintendo didn’t sue over the Wii, and Activision didn’t sue over Guitar Hero’s portrayal on the show, I don’t see how EA could possibly have a case here. Besides, it’s parody, and all’s fair in taking the mickey, right? I’m sure at least someone working within EA’s cracked a Tiger Woods joke about the whole thing at least once, and nothing probably got said to him/her. It happened, people, move on. Like anyone’s going to actually start taking South Park seriously now..

Turkey Day With Tiger

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After hearing – and telling you – about the new browser based Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online, I figured, well, I better give it a go as well to see if it’s worth your while to sign up for a trial. And since I already had an EA Sports account from playing FIFA and NHL, I thought I’d put it to good use.

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Going by the news today on EA Sports head honcho Peter Moore’s blog, the public access demo for Tiger Woods PGA Tour is now life for anyone who wants to try it out. The trial contains selected holes from the TPC course at Sawgrass, and includes the famous 17th Hole. The full game will feature other recognizable courses such as the ones at Pebble Beach, Wolf Creek and Wentworth.

You can play the demo of it here.

So with this going active, will this mean that EA will be sticking with Tiger Woods throughout his whole personal life fiasco that exploded over the news in the tail end of 2009?

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