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10606  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: July 08, 2006, 03:56:03 AM
Been playing Vagrant Story, nearing the 10 hour point. Enjoying it a lot, but I'm getting annoyed at small things. Some are oversights, but one thing pissed me off and makes no sense: Being unable to equip/unequip items, or disassemble them, when you're going through loot. If they didn't allow you to do this in combat or something, that would make sense. But if I can undress and redress, switch weapons, and pop in gems in my equipment while a dragon is towering over me, I can at least fucking remove a helmet to throw away while sorting through loot. Hell, at least /leave it there/ if it came out of a treasure chest.

Grah, at least I didn't make much progress past the last save point there. :P
10607  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Vagrant Story on: July 08, 2006, 02:35:39 AM
Man, I forgot how great this game was. Makes me more excited for FFXII as well. How many of you guys played this and enjoyed it, or hated it, back when it came out or whenver you got it? And did it kick your ass? :P
10608  The Rest / General Discussions / Videogame violence! on: July 07, 2006, 11:00:16 PM
I saw this back when it initially aired, or at least the first rerun. This is hilarious, and shows how sadly out of touch the politicians are with statements such as the one about the rich/poor kids. The enviroment of the poor kids he specified would do more harm than a single video game would, anyway.

Cowboy: Yeah, they just flat out enact it, as last I checked some areas of Canada /do/ require one's age to be checked before purchase. But unlike in the USA, I'm pretty sure that movies are no exception in such areas, while here apparantly R rated movies don't need laws to keep from being sold/rented to minors while games do.
10609  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Has anyone heard from Victor Ireland lately? on: July 07, 2006, 01:35:33 PM
Quote from: "ronhelig"
Like him or not though, he brought over RPG's that would otherwise never have seen the light of day in the USA.  They weren't always the greatest choices granted, but at least we got them.  I miss him and hope he makes an announcement soon about SOMETHING.  Even if just about the evolution of man.

It's why I don't truly hate the company and whatnot - more annoyed every so often than anything else. They were ahead of everyone during the 16 bit generation and much of the 32-bit. But with this generation, they kinda slipped behind while other companies like Atlus and NIS America took up their torch, but did almost everything as good or better for the most part.
10610  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Smash Bros. Brawl on: July 07, 2006, 02:12:39 AM
Nothing's finalized Dade - they've said more characters may (or is that will?) join the roster, though there won't be too many other 3rd party characters - but there CAN be.

I say throw in Megaman, Sonic, and maybe Simon Belmont. The first two seem much more likely though, albit for different reasons.
10611  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Smash Bros. Brawl on: July 06, 2006, 11:59:51 PM
Quote from: "Jimmy"
Eus...you shouldn't have said MegaMan. I now want MegaMan in Brawl.

Seriously.

So do I, naturally. But hey, fitting for the topic. And of all the 3rd party characters, I think he's the most likely to pop up. :P
10612  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Smash Bros. Brawl on: July 06, 2006, 11:08:02 PM
Quote from: "ZE GRAND MASTER"
Quote from: "Degolas"
I'd put money on Waluigi featuring. I highly doubt the inclusion of Liquid Snake though.


Hmmm... But Solid Snake is only in it cuz The Twin Snakes was on GC, which if i remember rightly featured Liquid. But yeah, it would never happen. That one was just a joke suggestion put in at the end. Anyone else thought of characters to include?

Snake also made his console/american debut on the NES, so it's closer in comparison to Megaman popping up in SSBB, than Cloud because KH:CoM had him. It seems a lot of people are forgetting this when it comes to whether Solid Snake counts or not for SSBB. :P
10613  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Has anyone heard from Victor Ireland lately? on: July 05, 2006, 08:16:37 PM
See, there's a difference between adapting a game to a different language, and what they typically did. If it was between those two, I'd stick with the literal, despite leaning more towards altering the dialogue. Preferably, I'd rather it stay in the center; taking liberties where necessary to retain the same intent in both languages (and cultures, if necessary), but not transforming characters into what they're not, and inserting ill fitting jokes where they don't belong.

Naturally, I can't comment on any translations compared to their original scripts, but I think games like DDS and SMT:N did a great job with having a flavorful script while not going over the top, and sticking well to their settings, and what I played of Vagrant Story again shortly ago has more standout dialogue than a lot of RPGs.

Really though, someone who works in translating/localizing, or at least is fluent in both english and japanese can comment better.

Edit: Oh, and mucking around with game balance is just fucking stupid unless 1. You know what you're doing, and/or 2. make it an additional difficulty, or at least give some way to access the original. WD never did either, and if anything screwed over the easier settings with limits on how far you can go and whatnot.
10614  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: July 05, 2006, 07:03:12 PM
For some god damn reason, I decided to put in Vagrant Story and restart it, despite other, newer games sitting around. I dunno how far i'll get, but hopefully I've learned enough over the years to do better at this than when I originally played.
10615  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Verifying Chrono Brake trademark in Japan on: July 05, 2006, 03:50:05 PM
Well, Chrono's also only had 2 releases, one at the end of the last two generations. If they kept it to that level of frequency, I really don't see it being 'beat to death' to become an issue in a reasonable amount of time, and even then technological evolutions would likely help too. A bigger problem I'd see is if the setting were to get beat to death; most RPGs manage to tie up everything, and I'm not sure they could pull off what happened with Chrono Cross in another Chrono game. Then again, there are giant spaces of time that can be used for a game, and it's not like we really got to see what the time period of 1999 was like.
10616  The Rest / General Discussions / LocoRoco to include Racist Elements? on: July 05, 2006, 02:42:57 PM
Here come more racist allegations against Sony.

I have to admit, Sony seems to be blundering a lot with making ads as of late, what with the shitty American PSP ads, the Savior one in Italy, some that came under fire in the UK, and now this. But this last one just seems to be pulling straws.

Also, I find this and it's followup amusing given the topic.
10617  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Verifying Chrono Brake trademark in Japan on: July 05, 2006, 01:41:00 AM
For whatever it's worth, I think only a small part of the CT team worked on CC.

Radien makes a good point, and I guess that'll stop us from seeing a new one anytime soon short of tri-Ace and GameArts completely severing ties to SE, or at least tri-Ace.
10618  The Rest / General Discussions / North Korea tests long range missle, five short range. on: July 04, 2006, 07:53:37 PM
CNN news story.
10619  The Rest / General Discussions / LocoRoco to include Racist Elements? on: July 03, 2006, 03:19:33 PM
I dunno. Minor changes wouldn't bug me; they could easily turn the lips black too and have remain essentially the same. But there's things they think is fine that isn't over here, and there's similar here that isn't fine over there. As long as they don't do some stupid change (what happened with Oilman in Megaman: Powered Up is fine), then I don't mind.

Also, this blog post by Jeremy Parish makes for an interesting read on the subject.
10620  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Suikoden V on: July 03, 2006, 01:59:06 PM
Yeah, that thread's probably the biggest we've had for a long time devoted to a single RPG, and it's got the most views - you should find all you need there for player concensus.

Personally, I think it's worth getting - I just don't think it's better than SuikII, and that the game itself, outside of the story/characters and to a lesser degree music, is fairly bland.
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