Today, Atlus is releasing their slightly delayed Legacy of Ys: Books 1 & 2 for the DS. It's coming in another one of their delightful boxed sets with soundtrack CD, ala Luminous Arc 2. Many an oldschool RPG fan is twitching with delight right now. Hopefully, some younger, less informed gamers will also venture to pick this game up based on reading about it, or a dedication to Atlus's other fine products. However, if you are new to the series, it's important that you learn here and now how to avoid Ys mistake #1!
(Oh baby, you look so good to me. It's been a long long time.)
There is little doubt in my mind that if you've never played an Ys game, any real information you've gotten about the game has been via text, online. This means that you have probably never heard the title spoken, and may be teetering on the edge of comititng the cringeworthy offense of mispronouncing the title when you saunter into your gameseller of choice today.
Simply remember that Ys is a word. It's the name of a lost continent prominent in Anglo-saxon folklore upon which the game frachise's stories are loosely based. Thus, the title is not meant to be pronounced as the letter "Y." It is not read "whys" or "wise." Instead, pronounce the game with with a long "E" sound followed by a sharp "S" (or soft "C", whichever way you understand better). You say it like "fleece" but without the "fl."
So remember this little tip when you go to buy your copy of Legacy of Eece today. You'll look like the educated shut in that I know you are, plus you'll just make me proud as heck!