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10456  The Rest / General Discussions / Flamebait: Girl without a face. on: August 08, 2006, 07:52:28 AM
Looking at JWL's blog, and reading some of the responses, I have to wonder how many our of opinions of her predicament, conciously or subconciously, are affected more by her appearance than the fact she's incapable of eating like a normal person, speaking or hearing (though the latter will be fixed later), breathing without machinary, and likely being in great pain constantly.

And that makes me think of another thing: Could we truly understand what it's like to be in such a situation? We try to imagine what it'd be like to have her problems, and find the concept of it unbareable... But what if we were born that way? If we've never eaten before, we can't exactly miss it. We might be curious as to what it'd be like, but it'd be akin to wondering what it'd be like to be a superhero or something. Likewise for hearing and to a lesser degree speaking - which actually makes me curious as to what it'd be like experincing /sound/ for the first time when you grow up.
10457  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Victor Ireland's Rebirth on: August 08, 2006, 01:45:05 AM
Quote from: "Ryos"
Either I'm having a serious sense of deja vu or this already was posted on the RPGFan boards.

Yeah, awhile back in the Victor Ireland thread. But the thread pretty much died after that, so unless there's another instance I'm missing... Might be worth it as a whole new topic.
10458  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Victor Ireland's Rebirth on: August 08, 2006, 01:15:00 AM
Quote from: "Hidoshi"
...Is it just me, or does the name "Gaijinworks" totally suck?

No.

To 'is it just me' that is, not to 'the name totally sucks'.
10459  The Rest / General Discussions / Square-Enix to release hardware... thing on: August 07, 2006, 10:14:59 PM
Quote from: "Miho"
Unless Square Enix developed a bunch of top notch RPGs for the handheld. Maybe we'd see a true competitor to the Game Boy, finally.

But  the PSP /is/ a serious contender to Nintendo's handhelds. It's overall not beating it, but it's still taken about half the market in the US, and a significant portion in Japan. Just because something isn't rocketing to number 1 doesn't make it a non-threat.

Reading through that, I really have no idea what to make of this. Are they making a handheld? Maybe they're just making a fancy controller or something to use, or an arcade title. We'll wait and see.
10460  The Rest / General Discussions / Flamebait: Girl without a face. on: August 07, 2006, 09:43:23 PM
She's probably not even as poorly off as those two - as science advances it may one day be possible to essentially create for her an entire prosthetic skull to make her infinitely closer to appearing normal than now, though it'll probably take so long to figure out how to do it safely in this lifetime.
10461  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: August 07, 2006, 09:34:37 PM
Was playing X4, but then it locked up while loading. If I can find everything for the disc doctor, I'll give it another shot. But if I can't, then I guess I'll be giving up on this. Put back in DQ, but didn't really play. Am probably just going to kill myself and restart the game - this is likely the best game for replaying after you've stopped for a long time.
10462  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Dead Rising on: August 07, 2006, 07:59:20 PM
Katana? Unfortunately, no. But I /did/ find baking ingredients and made a litterally killer smoothie that, after drinking, made my spit lethal to zombies.
10463  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of Phantasia (PSP) Screens on: August 07, 2006, 06:18:18 PM
Apparantly, about 15 minutes of new movies instantly equals 30% new content. Outside of raw storage space, I really don't see why that flies, but hey. Admittedly, Devil Summoner and Princess Crown haven't even fixed their aspect ratios, and I think Logick mentioned that it may be excessively hard anyway to translate those games, further killing them.

Either SCEA is trying to 'protect the customer' to set themselves apart from Nintendo, who let several SNES ports come out that barely changed anything, or they're doing this because of their PSX download service. Nevertheless, ports of /Saturn/ games and collections should at least be excluded.

As for ToP: Uhh, yeah. This isn't some system bias crap - if anything, it's the anti-Sony sentiment that seems more widespread around here - it's just preferring whichever is the better version. I also tend to prefer getting the GC version of GC/PS2 games, and likewise prefer (or at least DID prefer) getting the XBox version over either of those. However, with the X360's flaky backwards compatibility, I'm more inclined to pick up GC or PS2 version. It helps though that the GBA port is, for reasons Leyviur listed, apparantly one of the worst ports made. I haven't really touched it though, so I can't fairly comment. Just that the original SNES version /did/ play kinda poorly (tri-Ace's fault here), and we haven't officially seen it released in the US until the GBA version came out, so Europeans are about as lucky as we were in actuality.
10464  The Rest / General Discussions / Mel Gibson Hates Jews on: August 07, 2006, 03:19:11 AM
I really don't think you can just go and call celebrities 'evil' just because their opinions and affaird are publicized so heavily. But I don't like so much coverage being made. At most, it should all be sorted out and made into a biography later on, but I don't give a flying fuck about who is dating or marrying who. This is probably more the fault of the media, the fact so many are apparantly fascinated about following every little detail, and that some celebrities really want all that attention. Hell, the only time I even remotely care is when it's something as noteworthy/stupid as the Tom Cruise rant and this. Even then, the former only makes it harder to take him seriously and the latter... Well, whatever.

As for the apathy thing: probably more like a good quote, but not relevant to this subject. :P

Edit: Some interviews are nice to see/read every so often though. I just don't like the extreme I mentioned.
10465  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Dead Rising on: August 06, 2006, 11:12:25 PM
1up's got an exclusive early review. I know not many of you guys have X360, but for those that do, or at least are looking into one... At the very least, the demo of this is awesome. It's the only game where I can throw Servbot helmets on zombies, take pictures of them and get /bonus points/ for the Servbot helmets, then beat them to death with an electric guitar.
10466  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Phantasy Star Universe to lack keyboard support? on: August 06, 2006, 06:31:04 PM
Ahhh, alright Gast. Thanks for clearing that up.
10467  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Phantasy Star Universe to lack keyboard support? on: August 06, 2006, 04:03:55 PM
RPGFan news story, third paragraph.

Unless this is support for /playing/ the game with the keyboard instead of the controller, this pisses me off. The PS2 has USB ports, and even games like DoC are keeping keyboard support to play as an FPS. There's no reason to not support using the keyboard to type in PSU.
10468  Media / Single-Player RPGs / NISA and Blade Dancer on: August 06, 2006, 03:35:49 PM
NIS is probably best suited for comedic/light hearted games. But it sounds like Blade Dancer's story is complete trash, so I don't know how much I'd care anyway. I'm probably going to avoid the game anyway, pending magically finding a copy for $5 or something.
10469  The Rest / General Discussions / Anascape sues Microsoft, Nintendo over controller patents on: August 06, 2006, 02:44:40 PM
GameSpot story.

I'm getting tired of these lawsuits, espicially when it looks/seems like they're the result of people trying to cash in on the success of games by exploiting loopholes or negligence. Though Nintendo seems to have covered their asses pretty well patent-wise.
10470  The Rest / General Discussions / Mel Gibson Hates Jews on: August 05, 2006, 11:47:58 PM
Quote from: "Dincrest"
...either way, it's more fuel for comedians, especially stand-up comedians.  They're having a field day with this.

Ahh, how true that is. Seeing the aftermath was great, such as the gifs or parodies on TV.
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