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1  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / How can MMORPGs be considered real games? on: April 28, 2009, 09:45:25 AM
MMORPGs generally require no skill and aren't fun. Anyone that finds grinding for hours upon hours entertaining clearly has a mental deficiency. And the games have no real, tangible goal. Very rarely do people who start MMOs reach the maximum level.

It's like being a prisoner and you're forced into long-term manual labor with no hope of escaping. All of this while you're paying a monthly fee and putting money in the game developer's pocket.

From my own personal experience with playing various MMORPGs, the other players appear to be depressed teens who get picked on at school, have tried drugs, have no friends, and/or abusive parents, etc. Not saying all MMO players are like this but I'm not surprised. Anyone who willingly gives up their real life to engage in a virtual community to compete in an artificial society must be a miserable person.

Also from my experience, it seems that the main thing that motivates players to continually grind levels is to increase their social standings in the game. "Look at my shiny armor! It's glowing! I'm lvl 100, look at me!!" I believe an MMO is a tool for teens who have been rejected in society to drown their sorrow in some virtual world and suppress their thoughts for suicide.

My rant is over.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean: The Last Hope news.(56k Warning) on: November 20, 2008, 05:46:44 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thWpk2azWnI

Some new CG footage.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean Forever on: November 17, 2008, 12:00:25 PM
Oh boy. I was going to let this slide since arguing seemed futile, but then I got curious and backtracked to the blog to see your connection to it, and after seeing a name dropped followed the RPGamer thread.

First of all, let me enlighten you. This gives a better idea of how publishers influence the press. While this shows how stupid they can get, it's not like the journalists are complete pushovers either. I won't deny some sources aren't the most reputable (GameSpot was one of my favorites until Gerstmann got fired) or I just plain don't care for, but it's not like they're all just bullshitting glowing reviews for a fat paycheck.

Right. Because you're in the game journalism field and know everything that goes on behind the scenes.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean Forever on: November 17, 2008, 01:23:32 AM
I counted five links to GameFAQs.  If you're using reviews from that cesspit to prove your point, you don't even really HAVE a point.

Although the majority of game reviews and forum posts from that site shouldn't be taken seriously, there are some valid reviews posted on there. Additionally, I believe it's best to reference a game review written by gamers rather than "professional game reviewers" who are usually bribed by major publishing companies to curve their review scores while penning false opinions that don't usually reflect their true feelings about the game.

Are you insane or have you just not been to GameFAQs and GameTrailers forums? :P

It goes both ways though, seriously.

Nothing I said in the previous post is remotely insane.

Reader reviews are a joke and the scores they give are usually higher than the game deserves.

"Professional reviews" are a joke, too.

Gamespot's IU Review: http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/rpg/infiniteundiscovery/index.html?tag=result;title;0
IGN's IU Review: http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/902/902768p1.html
IGN's FF12 Review: http://ps2.ign.com/articles/741/741991p1.html

For example, the Tales series. Can't badmouth that on GameFAQs or else the people chew your ass out for thinking a game is "good" instead of "fucking awesome." I used to check out the ToV forum on there, but so many people got pissy at me when I said ToV wasn't as good a game as the others.

Same with the FF7, FFX, FFXII, Star Ocean 3, and Kingdom Hearts forums.

And ironically the Star Ocean 3 board on gamefaqs is probably one of the rare, decent, troll-free game boards, and it's been like that for as far as I can remember. For being active there, you won't get flamed to death for complaining about certain things, unless you sound like a moron or play the game wrong.

And that's a game that was severly hit  by a good amount of reader reviews too.
But yeah, soemone posted that SO Forever thing over there, everyone laughed.

Right.

Additionally, I believe it's best to reference a game review written by gamers rather than "professional game reviewers" who are usually bribed by major publishing companies to curve their review scores while penning false opinions that don't usually reflect their true feelings about the game.

Sigh. While there's definitely publisher pressure I'm pretty sure bribery isn't that frequent outside of 'You like our game! Get an exclusive look at our next one!', and your 'they're not gamers' statement is negated by the fact most anyone going for that kind of job enjoys games as much as any of us do. Not that there aren't sources I disregard for whatever reason, but such blanket statements are just ignorant.

If you say so.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean Forever on: November 16, 2008, 07:44:12 AM
I counted five links to GameFAQs.  If you're using reviews from that cesspit to prove your point, you don't even really HAVE a point.

Although the majority of game reviews and forum posts from that site shouldn't be taken seriously, there are some valid reviews posted on there. Additionally, I believe it's best to reference a game review written by gamers rather than "professional game reviewers" who are usually bribed by major publishing companies to curve their review scores while penning false opinions that don't usually reflect their true feelings about the game.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean Forever on: November 09, 2008, 01:52:53 AM
Hey,
Came across an interesting article/rant outlining the progression of Square Enix, tri-Ace, and particularly, the Star Ocean series.

http://celestialtree.org/?p=42
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean: The Last Hope news.(56k Warning) on: November 07, 2008, 04:41:17 AM

The interview didn't reveal much. Nice find though.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Hearts on: November 07, 2008, 04:00:29 AM
I'm a big fan of the Tales series but don't care much for the DS games. Like Tales of Innocence, this game will probably fail as well.
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