Old Grandma Hardcore

This blog is the chronicle of my experiences with Grandma, the video-game playing queen of her age-bracket and weight class. She will beat any PS2, XBox, GameCube, etc., console game put in front of her, just like she always has. These are her stories. She is absolutely real. She lives in Cleveland.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Grandma Scores Her RPG Fix: Growlanser Generations

Remember Grandma's genre "problem?" We recieved an e-mail on the lines of "You ain't got no problems, Tim. I'm on the motherfucker. Go back in there, chill Grandma out and wait for The Wolf, who should be comin' directly."

Victor Ireland with Working Designs sent Grandma a free copy of their epic, Growlanser Generations. Grandma received the package today to find a bit larger box than she's used to getting for games. He sent her four Lunar 2 t-shirts (just her size) along with the Deluxe package, which includes some game associated bling, the soundtrack, and the first game-themed deck of cards she's ever owned.

It was the comparatively tiny PS2 two disc set lying underneath the enclosed wardrobe, however, that made her RPG withdrawal finally come to an end with tears of dialogue rich, tactical joy.

Grandma was into the LUNAR series like no one I know, so she was happier than an Akira fan on a souped-up motorcycle in Neo Tokyo when she opened up the trove Fed-Ex brought to us. A great many of you are intimately familiar with the Growlanser games, e-mailing us about the imports and people you know with "great collections to which you are entitled when they die" that could be "...obtained early." (What does this MEAN?)

The greatest joy Grandma has with the anticipation of beginning her quests (it's more than one game) is the immense scale of the game. As a standard go at the whole set ends somewhere between 80 and 100 hours and as Grandma, naturally, is driven by the need to complete every mission, destroy all those in her path (as well as the unfortunate few down other available paths) and watch the credits roll with an exhaustive feeling of closure, it could easily out perform her 130+ hour record with Final Fantasy VII.

Grandma is fucking PUMPED. Thanks Vic!!!


  • At 8:14 PM, Anonymous m said…

    80-100 hours at LEAST?!

    ...i guess we can look forward to some new videos then :'D *hundreds* of them...

  • At 8:23 PM, Anonymous The Dude said…

    Nice Quentin Tarantino reference.
    Keep up the good work!

    Oh yeah, where are the vids??

  • At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Holy Shit!

    HOLY SHIT, TIM! Do you realize who Victor Ireland is?

    Check this out, man! This game is Working Design's BABY!

    That is so fucking awesome! Cheers, Grandma! Good luck with the game, it's really quite awesome!

    Holy shit!

  • At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Kerry said…

    @Dude: I was just about to mention that. Pulp Fiction=win.

    But that's awesome! Can't wait for some video's.

  • At 9:51 PM, Blogger HandOverFist said…

    My favorite RPG of all time has to be Tales of Symphonia simply because I went through the whole 50 hour experience with 3 other guys. Mulitplayer for an RPG was the best time I've had in an RPG.

  • At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anne Packrat said…

    Glad Working Designs is still doing stuff. I was worried after their non-involvement with the latest Lunar.

  • At 2:00 AM, Anonymous Blue said…

    BEAUTY! Aw, I can't believe I forgot about Growlanser - I've wanted to pick that up myself - Vic, that was downright AWESOME of you! ::applauds:: Do give us the detailed skinny so's I know what to expect when I get a copy for myself, soonish ::grin:: Wunderbar! Enjoy the spoils, take care, and GAME ON!


  • At 11:31 AM, Blogger CtrlAltDelete said…

    Yes! This was very generous of him.

    I'm making a few videos right now that we're going to put out very soon for everybody.

  • At 3:45 PM, Anonymous Tarpo said…

    Mad props to Vic on this.. as someone who would read his Usenet posts on the Sony and Sega groups I know the mans love for games (and delays of games.. but thats for another forum) Its great that he stepped up and sent a game out.. WD is still a company that makes the games for gamers at least

  • At 5:46 PM, Blogger tynin said…

    I had never heard of this guy or any of his previous works (I never bought the SEGA CD or Turbografx-16). I have been dying for another solid RPG out there, and thank you for bringing this game to my attention. I just finished reading a bunch of reviews on it and it looks great. Going to have to pick it up after I finish the game I am on now!

  • At 11:35 PM, Blogger Jakanden said…

    Working Designs is the shit man. I have been a fan of thiers since Lunar for the Sega CD and have played so many of thier games from Lunar to Vay to Elemental Gearbolt and on. Glad you got the hook-up. Now send me one of those shirts!!!

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