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10516  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
10517  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.
10518  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.
10519  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.
10520  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.
10521  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So what happened to Xseed? on: July 28, 2006, 11:43:42 PM
Quote from: "Professor Gast"
Eusis: Then again, if the internet was even remotely correct with its predictions (if you can call them that), Sony Computer Entertainment would no longer exist.

That's why I said 'if'. I do think Sony is in some trouble, but aren't going to be destroyed, nor am I fully sure that the Wii will be an amazing success. Think it's highly likely it'll perform better than the GC though.
10522  The Rest / General Discussions / head on on: July 28, 2006, 11:07:55 PM
Quote from: "KeeperX"
You are made of lose.

Plus he forgot to do it a third time.
10523  The Rest / General Discussions / Piracy on: July 28, 2006, 09:19:24 PM
1up story on SiN episodes piracy

What're your thoughts on piracy, folks? First off, I'm not making this so you can talk about everything you've pirated and whatnot, or if you even do it, just your thoughts on the issue and how the various industries that this is relevant to are affected. Personally, I don't see it as a huge problem if something is old and hard to find, but pirating every new game while buying next to none doesn't sit well with me, espicially if you really like it and want to see more. Even if the company's not seriously harmed by the missed sales, I still consider it a 'thank you' for having made the game.

Nevertheless, some are too zealous about stopping it - we all know about the RIAA and Sony's shortlived rootkits afterall. And it's pretty obnoxious to have to sit through a long warning about piracy when booting up, say, Dead or Alive when that's not going to deter /anyone/ that cares to do so, and seeing the MPAA's campaign gets annoying at times.

Discuss.

Edit: I'll note that even when it's justified, I do not see it as being /right/.
10524  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: July 28, 2006, 06:57:28 PM
Quote from: "daschrier"
I doubt it....the "gameplay" was hardly substaintial enough for me to care about it. I need a game that's fun to play these days...which is why I'm having a blast with radiata stories. It's fun to play!

... Well, can't argue with you there. And it's one of the reasons why I haven't gotten around to playing it through to the end yet.
10525  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: July 27, 2006, 10:40:11 PM
Quote from: "daschrier"
Suikoden V is my biggest disappointment ever....bleck.

I'd argue about other games being that, but honestly even great games like VP can be immensely disappointing with enough hype.

So, uhh, try again in a few years?
10526  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So what happened to Xseed? on: July 27, 2006, 04:59:53 PM
Quote from: "daschrier"
I'm really curious to see what happens to the game space when ps3/Wii hit stores....

Will nintendo get screwed again with 1 paltry shelf for new games in the back of gs/eb??

If the Wii is half as successful as game journalists/the internet would seem to imply it will be, I think the Wii will at least have more prominent space than before.
10527  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So what happened to Xseed? on: July 27, 2006, 04:51:54 PM
I really don't like GameStop/EB's focus on pre-ordered - I liked it back when Babbages and EB were focused on selling new games, while Funcoland was nearly dedicated to used games, but now it seems like they're trying for a middle ground... But encroaching on Funcolands ratio of new/used, while focusing only on the current generation more often than not. Makes me wish/hope some new retailer focusing on games popped up, but as it is Fry's is now my favorite place for games.
10528  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So what happened to Xseed? on: July 27, 2006, 01:35:42 AM
Well, I consider the SH and WA series amongst the more popular RPG series - they're obviously not comparable to FF or many SE games/series, but I imagine they're still more popular than, say, MegaTen or Atelier Iris over here.
10529  Media / Single-Player RPGs / This Fall/Winter is gonna suck....but is also awesome. on: July 26, 2006, 11:49:53 PM
SMT:DS has yet to be revealed, if it even /exists/, and unless you're planning to import XS1&2 is likely never coming out in english, thanks to a combination of Namco's spotty record when it comes to localizing their RPGs, and the fact that the game apparantly just sucked.

Stuff like Duck Hunt, I think is more likely to be a much cheaper Wii VC game, a graphically updated version of the original. As for any other games (I never heard of ASH), it's entirely possible some of those games on your list will get delayed, thus further dropping the amount you'd have to spend: Rogue Galaxy already proves this.
10530  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Completed RPGs of 2006 on: July 26, 2006, 08:28:15 AM
Added Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth. Kind of weird given how the original VP's already there, but hey. Plus different difficulties/endings.

Edit: Didn't notice the double post, but it's been three days anyway.
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