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226  The Rest / General Discussions / I hate the 1st of April on: April 02, 2006, 06:41:22 PM

Are some of you remember The_GIA website - (www.thegia.com)?

They were kinda popular back then, good rival of RPGamer. 4 years ago during April fool's day, they did a sudden announcement about shutting down their community. Everyone refused to rise to the bait (me included), and everyone expected the website to be normally operational on April 2nd, but in reality it wasnít a joke and the website was never opened again!

In a way, being convinced the whole thing was an April foolís joke was actually what make everyone rise to the baitÖ
227  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass on: March 29, 2006, 08:21:45 PM
Iíve lost interest in the Zelda series since Ocarina of Time. Itís not that the latest installments had become that bad, but the series have lost something essential in comparison with the first episodes.
228  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Has anyone here ever designed their own RPG? on: March 29, 2006, 07:48:51 PM
Quote from: "MeshGearFox"

Honestly, programming isn't really that hard. Some people make it SEEM hard because they like feeling leet, but really, if you can type, you can program.

It depends.

I agree that programming isnít hard when you take all the necessary time to learn it and put it into practice everyday.

But it isnít just about typingÖ itís more than that.. The more a project become larger, the more you have to code in an efficient way.

In order to work with a large group of people itís important to use good programming practices and standards.

Also you have to keep everything condensed. For example if you code a program using 150 lines when it could easily take only 20 lines, then itís not good at all.

You need to know about testing fundamentals as well.

If you work on a large project you need to know about modular programming techniques. You need to make everything easy for changes.

Etc, etc, etc.

But I agree, programming is like everything else; everyone can learn it with a lot of patience.
229  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Has anyone here ever designed their own RPG? on: March 27, 2006, 06:06:40 AM
Quote from: "James8BitStar"
I'd like to know a bit about the process.  Like, how do you make graphics and integrate them into the game, how do you compose music, if you wanted to make an animated cutscene a la the Sega CD version of Lunar, how would you do it?

Obviously, I'm not talking about RPG Maker.

It truly depends of the game project. Each project isnít working exactly the same.

Do you intend to make a PC game? A console game? A cell phone game?

Dependably of the targeted platform, the way you create and integrate the elements inside the game slightly differs.

If you want a good advice study everything before to throw yourself into a big game project. First, start making smaller games for fun in order to really understand what a real game project implies.
230  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Are Storylines Really So Important? on: March 27, 2006, 05:47:41 AM
Quote from: "James8BitStar"

Are Storylines Really So Important?

It depends of the game in question and the aspiration of the developers behind it. If the game is intended to be story-driven then the storyline is crucial. What makes the Xenosaga series particularly great is the plot. The same with the Shadow Hearts series (although FtNW lacked with this aspect) or the Final Fantasy series.

But some other RPGs succeeded to be outstanding even without a plot. A very good example is Dragon Quest VIII. The major feature of that game is the rich atmosphere.
231  The Rest / General Discussions / What makes one "good" at RPGs? on: March 22, 2006, 07:43:39 PM
I think "patience" make someone good at RPG. Most of the time someone who takes a lot of time to build up his levels will meet no difficulty, the same thing concerning the side quests.

For my part, I'm starting to meet difficulties with RPGs due to my busy schedule, which mean that I don't have as much time as I had when I was 16 years to crazily leveling up all my characters or doing time consuming side quests.

Back then when I was around 16-20 years old I put a lot of times into RPGs. In FFIV and FFVI all my characters were to level 99, and I had every existing item in the game. Also I was always challenging myself such never equipping characters, or only Terra and Celes (FF6) could use magic, etc. Or with FF6 I was crazy enough to never save my game except at the very first save point and I tried to be level99 at the very beginning of the game (since we kept experience when dying).

But now I donít have anymore time to do that kind of stuff.

With next gen consoles Iím not very patient either due to loading time, and random encounter annoy me more than during the SNES era.
232  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Thought-Provoking RPG Suggestions on: March 22, 2006, 05:53:25 AM
Every idea already exists. Itís only the way elements are brought up together that makes a piece of art excellent or looks innovative.

Iíve been using my creativity for more than 15 years now, and even if most of the time I was proud of my ideas I was deceived (but accepted it somehow) to find them somewhere else one day or another.

Originality is only a group of ideas that are used in a low frequency. Back then I thought Western Lords was original, but then I heard about Wild Arm. And now there's Shadow Hearts: FtNW that use most of the elements used in Western Lords.

Itís like cooking. Every recipe already exists, but the way ingredients are mixed together really determine if a pizza is tasteful or not.
233  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / User Submitted Reviews on: March 21, 2006, 08:27:11 AM
I wrote a full review about Shadow Hearts: FtNW. Here it is;

ďShadow Hearts is chill!Ē

I'm so proud of my first contribution. Will I receive a free game for it? :P

Nah seriously, I was asking myself a question. Do you receive games from game companies to review them in advance? I noticed that you reviewed some games before they were released in stores.
234  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Thought-Provoking RPG Suggestions on: March 21, 2006, 08:17:58 AM
Quote from: "Robert Boyd"
Grandia 3 is a waste of money, and I've heard nothing but bad things about Wild Arms 4 from friends who've played it.

Can't comment on WA4 since I haven't played it (although unlike you, I've heard mostly positive things about it).

I'm going to buy WA4 today, it's only $39 CAN. I watched some trailers and the gameplay looks insane.
235  The Rest / General Discussions / Introduce yourself here on: March 21, 2006, 08:09:35 AM
Quote from: "Losfer"

I like poutine.

ah we have everything in common to be GREAT friends!

I just ate poutine two hours ago :D Actually I'm very addicted to poutine... Iím doomed because there's no therapy for it... :P
236  The Rest / General Discussions / Introduce yourself here on: March 20, 2006, 04:03:38 PM
Iím living in Shawinigan Falls (Quťbec, Canada). Iím just an ordinary guy among many others. Iím now 28 years old, and luckily Iím still looking young so I guess I have plenty of time ahead of me to exhaust my dreams :D

I'm pretty pacifist. I just love to make plenty of friends and I rarely find an occasion to dispute with them.

Iím currently working in the gaming industry as a producer. Iím both starting my own company, and working for another company. After working like a crazy guy, I finally earned my first true salary, not the biggest one though, but it does help.

I have plenty of hobbies. I enjoy composing music, writing and drawing. I like watching movies, playing videogames and reading.

In other word, Iím a pretty common guy.

Iím 100% Caucasian but strangely everyone think Iím Latino. Maybe I have Indian blood, who knows :D

Here some pics of me I'm using on MSN;


besides, my MSN is karvboy@hotmail.com if you wish to kill time. I'm pleased to meet all of you!
237  The Rest / General Discussions / Introduce yourself here on: March 20, 2006, 02:05:52 PM
A community is nice, but is better when we're knowing each other :D

RPGfan is a great place. It's the only forum I truly enjoy hanging around. So Iím just eager to know more about everyone!

What about your age?
Are you a guy or a woman?
Where are you living?
Do you have a picture of yourself?
What are your doing in life? Job? Hobbies?

PS: mods, it could be nice to stick the subject, isn't it :)
238  The Rest / General Discussions / Asian girls don't like Asian guys on: March 20, 2006, 01:52:17 PM
I don't know. When I go to Montreal, Chineses seem to be a pretty independent culture, and I rarely see a Chinese girl dating a Caucasian. Maybe itís different in the States in big cities such Los Angeles.

I think Asian girls have something special that make them looking very cute. Mostly when they smile.

Maybe I have my chances with CluelessWonder?  
 (please! please! please!)

joking heh
239  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Thought-Provoking RPG Suggestions on: March 20, 2006, 01:40:25 PM
Quote from: "Cauton"

There's also Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne, but that will probably not be any easier to find in stores than Digital Devil Saga. Your best bet for both games is eBay or similar sites.

It's too bad, I don't like/trust used games :(

It would be nice that someday videogames remains universal in stores like with movies. You still can find brand new old movies in popular stores, but not videogamesÖ After one year of existence, a game become a rare piece of collection (apart greatest hits, but they are mostly Sony related games or hyper popular games).
240  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Thought-Provoking RPG Suggestions on: March 20, 2006, 11:44:19 AM
I need good suggestions too.

I would like to play another great RPG but Iím hesitating between Wild Arm 4 and Grandia III. Thereís also Digital Devil Saga I never tried, but Iím not sure if it will be able to find the earliest episode in store. Which one should I pick? I love RPGs with a serious and deep atmosphere.
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