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10516  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?
10517  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.
10518  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.
10519  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.
10520  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.
10521  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
10522  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.
10523  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.
10524  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.
10525  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.
10526  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.
10527  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.
10528  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.


Edit: I'll note that even when it's justified, I do not see it as being /right/.
10529  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.
10530  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?
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