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10516  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of Phantasia (PSP) Screens on: July 31, 2006, 07:49:39 AM
Quote from: "Mana Knight"
They mean that there's voiceacting in the text.

Heh, pretty much guarantees we either A. won't ever get it, or B. we can dread hearing half of the VA. It is possible to do a lot of VA and make it sound good; I'm sure that all of it combined would have less voice acting than the KotOR titles and maybe Jade Empire. But the question is if Namco will care as much as Bioware would?
10517  The Rest / General Discussions / KH2: Is Sora a racist or discriminater? dun dun dun duuuuun. on: July 31, 2006, 04:10:41 AM
Ramza: Any reason you didn't use the spoiler tag, or just forgot? :P
10518  The Rest / General Discussions / KH2: Is Sora a racist or discriminater? dun dun dun duuuuun. on: July 31, 2006, 03:52:58 AM
Stuff like that is typical for a game - I still need to play through and beat KH2, but it seems more like just following typical game cliches more than anything else.

Quote from: "player assassin"
Thought: if these people are older than 20 they need a life. Ooops!

Ah, so now you show that you descriminate against adults playing video games, despite the fact /many/ that are over 20 are playing video games, and most have a life anyway. Yet you are arguing about non-existant racism in a video game.

Have you been here before?
10519  The Rest / General Discussions / What the hell does this mean? E3 Gone? on: July 31, 2006, 03:40:32 AM
The more that i think about it, the more they invited people totally irrelevant to the game industry - several celebrities and bands had gone, and I /think/ EB/GS employees got to go in years past. As well as what I hinted at in my previous post, they might just be cutting down on people who really aren't with the press or active, significant members of the industry, as well as letting fewer people from each site/magazine come to cover the goods.

And the more I think about it, the more it seems silly they have an extravagent expo that they pour millions into, yet close off to anyone that isn't press/trade/celebrity. It was crowded as it was from all I've heard, but it seems like their efforts were more in line to get the average person involved, when instead it's being relayed in pieces to everyone but the aforementioned. They would probably produce more money with a public variation where they could make money off of the general public that wants in, and maybe sell some games and stuff for a slightly discounted price to lure in more revenue, and possibly generate further hype.
10520  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: July 31, 2006, 02:35:08 AM
FINALLY watched Superman Returns. Greatly enjoyed it.
10521  The Rest / General Discussions / KH2: Is Sora a racist or discriminater? dun dun dun duuuuun. on: July 31, 2006, 02:31:45 AM
I've not thoroughly read your post, but... Are you implying black, mexicans, etc want to attain whiteness, just as the nobodies and heartless want... Uhhh, their hearts and bodies back respectively?
10522  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of Phantasia (PSP) Screens on: July 31, 2006, 02:17:33 AM
Huh. not as big of a leap as I thought, I thought they'd be touching up all the graphics over the PSX version. Instead, it just looks like the battle sprites are, and I need to look at pictures of those again. But, hey, it's still a good looking game.
10523  The Rest / General Discussions / What the hell does this mean? E3 Gone? on: July 31, 2006, 12:02:54 AM
I don't know how many sites get in for doing nothing, but if it's in the /hundreds/, I half expect only the big name magazines/sites could go. Probably depends on how many hundred though, and if that includes developers and those folks.

Edit: Alternatively, it could also mean only one or two people go to E3 rather than half the staff.
10524  The Rest / General Discussions / What the hell does this mean? E3 Gone? on: July 30, 2006, 11:19:25 PM
Quote from: "KeeperX"
CES is far from dead, it's simply moved to a more hardware assorted electronics show.  You see a lot of companies that do Home Theatre, Car Audio, etc, showing off their new stuff.

Should've noted that I meant as far as  /games/ go. Fully aware it's alive, just not really doing much for video games, though that seems to have been improving.
10525  The Rest / General Discussions / What the hell does this mean? E3 Gone? on: July 30, 2006, 03:50:05 PM
That'd really suck, but maybe it'd promote game news to be released at a better rate than simply shoving it out all at once. But then, I wonder if A. Someone else will organize a new event, or B. they'll use some other currently occuring event for the big announcements, like CES, PAX, or even SDCC. PAX seems the most fitting, though CES would amuse me, given that's what E3 essentially killed.
10526  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Back from Japan on: July 30, 2006, 06:28:16 AM
Quote from: "V-Dawg"
8. Rice and noodles go with every meal - on top of your food, below our food, in between your food. They even put noodles in between hot dog buns (no joke)

Suddenly, this makes sense.

And... Hairclips? What the hell? :P
10527  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Degredation of RPG Magic on: July 29, 2006, 10:33:25 PM
I don't get that - it's something I blow points on, unlike normal attacks. It should have at least /some/ extra punch to it, or pull a MegaTen and make it worthwhile to exploit weaknesses. I've only found magic useful in XG in the final dungeon, and the enemies had blatant weaknesses there.
10528  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on: July 29, 2006, 09:39:30 PM
BoFIII has my interest because 1. I never beat the original game, though I came damn close, 2. I really liked it, and 3. I've got 1 and 2 as portable titles - may as well get III. Dunno if I really want to play IV though.
10529  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on: July 29, 2006, 07:53:26 PM
ToE has similar blurry issues to VP, but VP pretty much swings between 'zoomed it and very blurred' and 'zoomed out and perfect looking'. ToE is sorta in the middle ground there, but with zero performance lose. It is probably more flawed in a way - voice acting is delayed, and as such remains out of sync for movies/text boxes. But since there's only one movie in the whole game (the intro) where that matters, and text boxes aren't a big deal, it's largely not an issue. Plus there's no discernable load time aside from those voices and one odd situation in the beginning. Overall, a very solid port, and more consistant than VP's.
10530  The Rest / General Discussions / Human Consciousness' existence on: July 29, 2006, 12:39:05 AM
This is going to be rambly, and possibly incoherent, but... We know by far and large how it works biologically, but... I dunno if it's that conciousness is /that/ 'simple' of a thing. That's how it operates, but what keeps our awareness to just ourselves and seperate from each others, beyond just the biology? What makes us distinct from a non-organic checmical reaction or a computer? I can't say I really know the answer, but it's stuff like this that, to me, makes it stupid as hell to flat out say there is no God, or any other supernatural force. The point of science is to find out what we can, and without hard evidence we really can't say either way, albit it's probably better to presume there isn't one when researching.

This poses an interestin question, nevertheless - a lot of what makes us, us are those neurons and whatever chemicals are in our brain. What then, is the soul/spirit/whatever removed from those? How different would we be if uninfluenced by our bodies? Would we just copy those because it's what we know, or would we truly become different people? And for the technological path, would our memories and personality being copied to a computer truly be us, or just imitations? A person may be their father's son, and thus half of a duplicate essentially, but he is also not the same person. Hell, a similar question could be posed if a brain were gradually replaced with mechanical parts, until it essentially became fully a computer.

But, as for what Tony asked if a person would still be themselves if their /brain/, as in their original, organic brain was placed into a robotic body? I'd say that's still them; if nothing else, I think it's safe to say that the brain is essentially /you/, while the rest of the body is but a puppet for it. :P

Edit: The robotic body/brain thing made me think of something else too. How could we tell if a robot was truly self aware and sentinent? We could surely one day program an AI so complex it can replicate our brains perfectly, but would that be acting as if it were aware because that's how we programmed it, or would it be truly so? And if there truly is no such thing as a soul, then perhaps the AIs are essentially the same as ourselves anyway.
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