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Mailbag - 4/14/03
Do you have any comments or questions about the PlayStation 2 or anything to do with videogames? Then e-mail me and I'll post and answer the most interesting letters and questions here. Even if your e-mail isn't posted, I will still try to reply within 1-5 days (depending on how complex your question is):

April 14, 2003 Update


what does ping stand for when online?

Matt: This question is common for some reason. It is the time it takes the data from your PS2 (or PC) to get to the server/host, plus the time it takes for the host to reply and for the data to reach your PS2 again. The lower the number, the better. If it takes more than 3-4 seconds for the data reach its destination and come back, you'll encounter some annoying lag.

GTA Dizzy

u no weneva i play PS2 GTA: Vice City. i strt 2 feel dizzy n feel like i wnt 2 vomit? iz dis prt of da gme or iz it illness?

Matt: Yeah, they purposely want you to become dizzy so that you puke all over your game. Then you'll have to purchase another copy and that means double the profit. Actually, try turning the trails off in the options menu.

Xenosaga HDD

I came across your page while looking for information about Xenosaga and the PS2 hard drive. This came about while looking about the contents of the Xenosaga DVD on my PC.

In the root directory of the disc there is a file called "system". Inside is this:

BOOT2 = cdrom0:\SLUS_204.69;1
VER = 1.0

I can only infer from the last line that the US version of the game will support the hard drive. What do you think?

Matt: Yes, I am guessing that the U.S. version does support the hard drive. I'd confirm this with Namco via phone or e-mail, but I don't want to bother them over something so minor.

April Fools

Hi matt, I guess that's what your name is. by the way i was thinking that if you could send me a GTA: Vice City game because my parents have gone through so much just trying to get me a ps2 game system. and it's been more than a year and a half that i don't own any ps2 games. my every friends laughs at me. so please matt send me GTA: Vice City as my birthday gift please!!!!!! I'll bewaiting for your mail. Thanks, Nand

Matt: I replied to this person on April 1st and stated that I would send him a copy of Vice City.... then I said "April Fools!" at the bottom of the message. I hurt his feelings yet he still requested that I send him a copy of the game. Man, kids these days...

Square Enix

matt do you have any info on a possible square and enix project? i know they are together now so the only logcial step is to bring the dragon warrior and final fantasy series together! any thing you can tell me would kick ass. thx

Matt: Square Enix is working on a project called Final Dragon Fantasy Quest Tactics Saga: Episode -1. It will take 200 hours to complete (give or take 1 hour) and it will be the most erotic RPG to date. Seriously though, there are rumors going around about a joint (stop laughing at the word "joint") project between the bigwigs behind Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, but nothing official yet.

Star Wars Online

hey my friend told me an online version of starwars is coming out or is already out i think he said its call starwars galaxy somethin somethin..... i just want to know if its actually comin.

Matt: Yes, it is called Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided and it is indeed online. LucasArts has not told us when it will be coming out, but we estimate late 2003 or it may slip to early 2004.

More Hooker Talk

Ok since there are chix that look like hookers and chix that actually are hookers...which ones are which????

Matt: The real hookers are the ones that look most similar to your Mom. Just kidding, man. Just drive by and stop near every slutty looking girl you see at night and one of them will eventually get into your car.

If you say so

How can I trick my ps2 so I can play Socom Online with Dial up? I don't care how slow it goes I just what to know how so I can see what it's like with 56k.

Matt: You don't care how slow it goes? Bullshit. The way I see it, you just want to ruin the game for everyone else just because you can't afford broadband.


when you are in the air in a car or on a bike in vice city if you get out can you get back in???

Matt: Okay, how the hell could you get back into the car if it is still in the air?


can you put up some vice city music files on the site? thanks.

Matt: No, because all of the Vice City songs are sold in music stores all across the country. The only reason why I share MP3s with you guys is because they are very difficult to find in the U.S. If a well-known music store, such as Sam Goody or Tower Records started to carry a lot more game soundtracks, I would remove the MP3 files.


Whats up Matt?! I think your site is great and I will continue to visit it for a long time but I have a few suggestions. You seem to write one or two new previews each week, which is gerat but your reviews are really lacking. You guys only write a couple of reviews each month. If you did more reviews, more peoople would come to your site to see if they should buy a game or not. Everything else seems to be updated often, although the mailbag has been the same for like 2 months now. Anywaysm thanks for writing and keep up the good work. - Alan

Matt: Thank you for the feedback. I am working on improving the reviews aspect of the site. No, really, I am. I just got Midnight Club II in the mail, which should be reviewed shortly. I also have Splinter Cell on my desk when I'm done with MC2. After that, expect reviews for Auto Modellista, Dynasty Warriors 4 and more titles are currently on the way.


dude, i just wanted to say that Xenosaga is so overrated. The graphics are nice and the acting is good. im not talking about the cinemas and crap because i don't mind that. i am tlaking about the stuff inbetween it. you go around and explore dungeons and crap, fight a boss and then more movies to watch and then you explore some more crap and fight another boss or two, wow big deal. Dungeons, boss, movie repeat. if i was you, i'd give the game a solid 6. aboive average, but far from awesome.

Matt: I am not going to defend Xenosaga, but aren't almost all RPGs like that? Explore some forest, cave, mountain, space ship, etc and then beat the boss at the end? Anyway, thanks for sharing your opinion. I don't mind that you don't agree with me. Afterall, do you know how lame it would be if everyone thought the same about something? Everyone would drive the same cars, wear almost identical shoes, etc. At least you aren't some mindless drone who likes a product just because everyone else does.


Hi Matt. Any new info on the game Glass Rose from Capcom? I heard it is like Resident Evil except a bit different. Thanks in advance.

Matt: No, not yet. Sorry.

Military Games

Recently, I have been getting into military and army type games because of the stuff going on in Iraq. Can you give me the names of some upcoming games of this type? Thanks alot and keep up the good work.

Matt: Have you guys noticed that Sony seems to be heavily promoting SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals again? Maybe it is the war, or maybe it is the fact that they have up-stepped Network Adaptor production. Anyway, Delta Force: Black Hawk Down and SWAT: Global Strike Team are currently in the works. Ice Nine and Syphon Filter: Omega Strain are also on the way, although they aren't really squad-based games. Also, returning to SOCOM, SCEA may release an expansion disc for that game.

Game Schools

I'm going to make this quick: Can you point me in the direction of some gaming schools? I want to be a game designer! Thanx.

Matt: and The first URL is a gaming only school that is located 30 minutes from PlayStation Pro 2.0. The second one is in Florida.

Da Matrix

Matt Do a preview of Enter the Matrix PLEASE! NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW!!!!

Matt: I will. Be patient, Be patient, Be patient, Be patient!

Cockpits Indeed

did i miss something here? why do the robots in zone of the enders 2 have dicks?

Matt: Those are supposed to be the cockpits. I think they were in the last game too. "Female" mechs in Japanese anime and games usually have breasts, so I guess they did it so it wouldn't seem Konami was sexist.

Shion Nude

Matt, I heard you could get Shion naked in Xenosaga! How!

Matt: No, you can't but you can get her to wear a bikini. All you have to do is find the item called swimsuit and equip it to her. Then she will wear it during battles. When it is her turn to attack, the camera zooms in on her so you can stare at her all day long if you want.

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