APAGear II Archives Volume 1, Number 9 September, 1999


The House Organ

Words of Questionable Wisdom from the Distribution Manager

Hi there, folks! Welcome to APAGear II, Volume 1, Number 9. 9 • 9 • 99.

If you live in the U.S.A. and are even remotely interested in computer gaming (console game systems, in particular), you've no doubt been barraged by not one but two advertising campaigns that make use of the fact that September 9, 1999, will be "9 • 9 • 99." (They probably hit Canada, too.)

First, of course, is Final Fantasy VIII. You know all about Final Fantasy VII by now, right? Here's my personal summary: It was the greatest RPG for the Sony Playstation in 1997, right up until the end of the game, which sucked. You might have a different opinion -- most people do. I hated the ending. I felt ripped off by it. Nevertheless, I've been looking forward to Final Fantasy VIII, and I'll be picking it up tonight (September 7, 1999), unless my videogame store lied to me. Will the latest chapter have a better ending? We'll see. I'm hopeful.

The other biggy in the computer console game world is the Sega Dreamcast. Sega's big, super-powerful console system will finally be launched on 9 • 9 • 99. It'll be the last thing Sega ever does in the videogame market, though, since the Playstation II is just around the corner, and that baby will make the Dreamcast look like an old Pong system.

And that's all I have to say this month. Enjoy the issue, folks. (Hm. Is there a case in which I would ask you not to enjoy the issue?!?)

Your Vaguely Humble Servant,

Christian Schaller
APAGear II Distribution Manager

Keener Awards

As I noted last month, Tom McGrenery automatically gets this month's Keener Award. He submitted his contribution over a month ago! Janne Kemppi claims the runner-up. Say, it occurs to me that I wrote my contribution back in May of 1997, of all things. Shouldn't I get the Keener Award?!?

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APAGear II Archives Volume 1, Number 9 September, 1999