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10411  The Rest / General Discussions / Terrorist plot barely prevented; Airlines disallow liquids on: August 11, 2006, 10:48:25 PM
Quote from: "Lucid"
If they haven't already, those terrorists are just gonna realize its easier to make fake attack plans to scare their enemies into whittling down their freedoms and luxuries. They'll keep up with violence too, but I don't think it's unreasonable to think they plan to mess with people like this.

People are reactionary over things like this, and for various reasons America probably is far worse than any other nation about it. It probably won't take much, espicially with our media, to stir up a frenzy.
10412  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Riviera for the PSP on: August 11, 2006, 09:55:54 PM
Quote from: "Testament"
Quote from: "Leyviur"
The naysayers have something wrong with their eyes.


Sorry, but no.

They were meant to be displayed at the GBA resolution.  Blowing them up and applying a filter is not going to make them more detailed.

Wrong, technically. They were meant for a WonderSwan Color screen, not the GBA. Still though, they gave that a more significant visual overhaul than this (portraits that don't suck ass!), and the resolutions were probably much closer.

I think it'd be better if they stopped and really took their time with this. Not releasing it as 'Riviera plus voice acting', but as "Riviera with voice acting, animated portraits, and more unique backgrounds". Heck, just upgrading the damn sprites, the one thing I think looks the worst there, would be great.

But then they might as well just make Riviera 2 for the PSP.
10413  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Ar Tonelico out soon on: August 11, 2006, 07:36:43 PM
IGN story.

Edit: Edited topic title because it keeps misleading me, and I can.
10414  The Rest / General Discussions / The president of the United States kicks ass on: August 11, 2006, 11:40:26 AM
Quote from: "Marshmallow"
B) I'm very disappointed that it's not for PS2, so I can't actually import it.

You know deep down that the XBox was the only system fitting for such a title.
10415  The Rest / General Discussions / A thought: how can Nintendo top Wii? on: August 11, 2006, 11:27:35 AM
Well, it's still costly to put what amounts to two tiny TVs in a headset. We'll probably see something that works sooner or later, but for now it's basically just a gimmick at a few places and the premise of Nintendo's one true failure.
10416  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Riviera for the PSP on: August 11, 2006, 11:21:48 AM
Quote from: "Testament"
The portraits look like they are at a higher resolution but the ingame stuff definitely looks like some crappy filter job.  I wonder if they will take the time to re-master the music...

In any case...  SCEA, "Denied."



... most likely.

I hate that pessimism, but fuck if SCEA isn't being total dickwads about this shit at the moment.

Still though, the extensive use of voice acting, if dubbed, may make it OK. I dunno, like noted before if the cinemas worked for VP, VA may work for ToP, and this as well.
10417  The Rest / General Discussions / Terrorist plot barely prevented; Airlines disallow liquids on: August 11, 2006, 11:03:24 AM
One report noted that a guy couldn't take anything carry on a flight to (from?) San Francisco, so I'm afraid that actually is happening, though likely just amongst insanely paranoid cities/airports.

The can thing's sad, but it's likely just because they recognize that while they're doing this for the sake of safety, 99.9999%+ of those drinks are prefectly harmless, and whatever harmful stuff there is will just be diluted by all the Coke and Coffee and crap mixed in.

I suppose that Tequila would just make it worse though.
10418  The Rest / General Discussions / A thought: how can Nintendo top Wii? on: August 11, 2006, 10:56:27 AM
Quote from: "Hidoshi"
Virtual reality? Let's hope not. Virtual reality's been done. It delivers very little to the actual user experience and has proven itself as vapourware in terms of headsets and goggles.

Similar could be said about motion sensing - surely we all recall the Power Glove and how ineffective that ultimately was. What's important is basically practicality. The Wii's technically unproven, but has had a favorable start. Once we see something to, say, the Virtual Boy akin to the Wiimote to the Power Glove, then Virtual Reality will kick off.
10419  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Contact on: August 11, 2006, 05:10:32 AM
Not to plug the rival's site, but RPGamer has a nice, insanely huge version of that cover for those that care to see it in more detail then they'll get with the actual case. :P
10420  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Riviera for the PSP on: August 11, 2006, 05:07:30 AM
The portraits, or portrait rather, look great - the rest looks like the filter you described.
10421  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: August 11, 2006, 05:03:19 AM
Picked up American Gods, this time bought rather than borrowed from the library. I'll read either this or Heretics of Dune sometime, and probably one of the short stories in Smokes and Mirrors - disappointed in myself on holding off on that, since part of the reason I got it was so I'd have some good short stories to quickly blow through when I feel like it.
10422  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Luminous Arc (SRPG for the DS [Mitsuda composing]) on: August 11, 2006, 04:22:49 AM
Man, I ignored that too. I suck. :P
10423  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Luminous Arc (SRPG for the DS [Mitsuda composing]) on: August 11, 2006, 04:06:07 AM
To be fair, that URL has scans. Could've included RPGFan's link to be courteous though.

Edit: Or linking the RPGFan story then finding some other place with scans where I can actually see shit on. Didn't notice I couldn't click on those until I posted. Impulsive posting rules.

Edit 2: Hey look, I found decent sized scans!
10424  The Rest / General Discussions / The president of the United States kicks ass on: August 11, 2006, 04:04:57 AM
Googled it. Was expecting an X360 game, but it's just an XBox title. Why the hell wasn't this brought out? It's so stupid it's awesome.
10425  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy III DS gameplay video! on: August 11, 2006, 03:45:31 AM
Read the interview, skipped the movies - I really don't want to watch what amounts to the entire game being played before I actually get it, that just kills the joy in actually playing it.

The interview was a pretty good read though, thanks for sharing that. I'm somewhat bugged by the implications made about 2D, such as it being '16 bit'. But I suppose I have to admit that without a good enough resolution, even the best 2D will only look like just a step above 16 bit graphics.

As for Famitsu's scores: I take a good score as a positive sign, but not what I'll base my purchasing decisions on. They've been shown to often disagree strongly with the concensus over here, and there's the issue of whether they're paid or not for positive reviews.
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