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10636  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: June 24, 2006, 03:22:35 AM
Quote from: "Merkava"
Ocelot was a pussy back then. Also, usually I look forward to the little "plot twist phone-call" that happens at the end of each game, and usually I get chills, but when this game finished, I realized that there wasn't anything nearly as outstanding or chilling as the first two. It was like "Ocelot's ADAM? Who's ADAM?"

They brought that back up in the ending, shortly before the credit roll - Two NSA codebreakers supposedly defected to the USSR, 'Adam' and 'Eva'. Adam - Ocelot - was supposed to meet with Snake when he arrived. Instead, the fake Eva - Tatyana- got there first, and killed Ocelot's troops. I don't think anyone knew who 'Eva' was supposed to be, aside from the fact the codename applied to a man, but I think he may've been dead prior. Tatyana used Snake's ignorance on who was who to play the role of Eva and hopefully get the Philosopher's Legacy. Obviously, that fell through.

Edit: Is there some way to program it so any coding used automatically can tell if it's closed? Or unless it's a highly used feature for everyone, to just disable the auto-close-on-post or something?
10637  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / WoW paid character transfer to cost $25 a pop on: June 23, 2006, 04:31:19 AM
With those limitations in mind, $25 seems like one helluva rip off. I guess it's only fair for PVP players... But if you're paying more than you would for some games younger than WoW, and can only do it once every 6 monthes, that seems like a giant ripoff. :P
10638  The Rest / General Discussions / The World Cup - do the Americans care? on: June 23, 2006, 12:15:37 AM
Yeah, I'd say that the Wiki entry on what yankee means for everyone holds true - I was born and raised in PA, yet I consider yankees to be more applicable to New England. I wouldn't take great offense at being called one though. :P
10639  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of surprise-rumour on: June 22, 2006, 08:17:43 PM
Quote from: "Fate Linegod"
G-Man...? Is that directed to me...?
Who is it anyway...? Oh... man...  -_-!

HL2 intro, has the G-Man talking.
10640  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Did Final Fantasy really save Square? on: June 22, 2006, 05:37:27 AM
As... geeky as 'RPG lore' sounds, I have to agree with you, though FFVII was also, IIRC, their single most successful game to that time in Japan. I just don't think it saved them anywhere but here, since they had an assload coming down the pipeline in Japan, and even then that may apply more to the console RPG scene on a whole. That, and I simply never heard that said about the /company/ and not just the US market.

I really wouldn't know, but if Square was poorly run then, or was having declining success with each new title, I could see FF having been the game that finally made them significantly popular and a good bit of cash.
10641  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Trusty Bell, an RPG for Xbox 360 on: June 22, 2006, 03:10:36 AM
Quote from: "Tomara"
Now I just don't know what's weirder, a RPG starring Chopin or a Japanse Xbox360 RPG :P

Chopin. Now if this was for the original XBox, THAT'D be strange.

And I didn't say that it was bad. Just strange as hell. :P
10642  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Trusty Bell, an RPG for Xbox 360 on: June 21, 2006, 11:15:51 PM
For MonCaptain and others that want to know more, here's IGN's news story.
10643  The Rest / General Discussions / Uwe Boll: Director, Lover, Destroyer of Critics on: June 21, 2006, 10:55:34 PM
So I hear Lowtax took up Uwe Boll's offer...
10644  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of surprise-rumour on: June 21, 2006, 10:08:42 PM
Quote from: "Dice"
I meant that as more of a joke, but your right anyways.... A shame, I really wanted to see Venus & Braves over here as well.

I half wondered if that was how you meant it. Obviously, my strong dislike/hate for Namco's american division, or more specifically how they handle their japanese properties overrides that. :P

Fate: It's annoying when you type like that, even if it is harmless. Also, it takes away the impact from when you want to genuinely emphasize something. How would we know you're not just doing that again because you like it, and not to point something out?

Edit: And it makes me think you talk like the G-Man.
10645  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Trusty Bell, an RPG for Xbox 360 on: June 21, 2006, 06:14:46 PM
Looking at IGN, this one of the strangest fucking ideas I've ever heard of for a japanese RPG. I'm interested at any rate, and hopefully Namco will bring it out - this looks to have a better chance than most of the new Tales of games anyway. :P
10646  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of surprise-rumour on: June 21, 2006, 05:18:49 PM
Quote from: "Dice"
It probably won't come here...... Hmm.. s'pose Agetec will pick it up?? =P

Namco keeps a tight grip on their properties - that, combined with their poor/unreliable track record for bringing titles over makes them my least liked company as far as localization goes. One or the other's easier to deal with - most Japanese companies, or at least companies with a japanese branch, are guilty of one or the other, but Namco's got /both/ covered. Admittedly, it's hard to think of none-RPG instances where this comes into play, though they /did/ severely fuck up AC3.
10647  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of surprise-rumour on: June 21, 2006, 05:37:41 AM
After what you said Gast, I took a look at the Tales page to see if they have screenshots, since those would beat looking at magazine scans. After looking at those screens... Looks like 2D sprites on 3D fields. Some look damn close to being 2D, but for the most part the 3D doesn't look amazingly impressive, but very solid at any rate.
10648  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / World of Warcraft OH MY GOD CURRENT EVENTS THREAD on: June 21, 2006, 05:07:21 AM
Maybe this is a stupid question, but... Why the fuck didn't they just make a LFG Global channel and make the original one the LFG Local channel? Even without dealing with lower leveled idiots elsewhere, it'd seem sensible to be able to find local people easily, and if you need people enough, you can hit the global channel?
10649  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of surprise-rumour on: June 21, 2006, 04:34:26 AM
Amusingly, I suspect what MonCaptain said could apply to the people who originally wrote this instead, perhaps writing a preview before getting all the information, then not editting it to fix the fact. Of course, typoing 2D as 3D isn't a large stretch either. :P
10650  The Rest / General Discussions / Digital Game Distribution. on: June 21, 2006, 04:32:10 AM
Point on the bit about if a company stays in business - some look like they'll last forever, but may wind up going bankrupt and vanishing, or at least shrinking in size. This could probably be solved to a degree if several companies agreed to band together - Direct2Drive seems to be supported by many companies, and should probably be fine, and retailers like Amazon and the EB/GameStops could probably jump in too. Authentication is another problem... But as long as it has been authenticated, an internet connection isn't necessary to play HL2 anyway. Might be fucked in regards to multiplayer, but with no company to patch the service to prevent unofficial mods, someone could make virtual Steam servers. And honestly, I think the authentication thing is more likely to fuck over the CDs than digital distribution - if you can download it, then clearly you can get it authenticated.

I think a big part of the problem for what prices aren't lowering isn't greed or anything (necessarily), but in fact bandwidth fees. Small games aren't a big deal, such as what most of the Virtual Console titles will likely be, but those that're several gigabytes... That's probably a few bucks. Still though, it'd be nice if they bit the bullet to create incentive to get that over a boxed copy with a manual, but next to no one either A. cares to read the manual or B. Produce one /worth/ reading. The last great, huge manuals were from Bioware/Black Isle... And those are, at their thinnest, as thick as a DVD case.

Mind, that negates the used game part /anyway/ since EB stopped accepting used PC games after GameStop bought them, and CD Keys make it too much of a damn mess - modern PC games need the ability to be downloaded more than modern console games... Hell, the console games that benefit most are too old to be sold anywhere but eBay (thanks a fucking lot GameStop) so the casual gamer being unable to trade them in won't be a concern, and those that don't like this because it'll devalue their oh-so-rare copies of games like Valkyrie Profile, whether it's for collectibility's sake or resell over eBay can A. keep in mind that a boxed copy with manuals and the like would still have value, and/or B. suck on it. :P

Edit: Actually, Steam generally offers plenty of incentive - games are discounted when preordered (which is immediately negated by retailer deals), or sold in bundles - buying everything that was in the Steam Source bundle costed less than it would for the onshelf equivilant, espicially with the preorder saving of Episode 1 applied to the entire damn thing. I can't say the same about Direct2Drive however, unless someone can point out something we don't know.
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