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3721  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: May 22, 2013, 01:19:14 AM
There's something crucial people forget when they go "bu-bu-but Steam!": Steam is on an open platform, and the Xbox is a closed platform. The PC is practically the wild west in regards to how you can release stuff, and by proxy crack stuff, so it's understandable to try to find a reasonable middle ground in protecting your software and being customer friendly, before that was CD Keys but that's a joke now so it's something like Steam that isn't too intrusive and convoluted of a mess. The Xbox should be innately piracy proof and thus just about ANYTHING is overkill. If they seriously run with dialing home once a day and requiring all physical copies come with a blu-ray key and every game just being an install disc as if it were PC... fuck that, if you want use to go full digital make buying digital over physical more appealing, not this bizarre Frankenstein scheme you're cooking up. Especially as it actually makes you look more anti-consumer by taking what freedoms we had as a consumer and tunneling them only through GameStop or yourself.

To be fair though, every iteration of the Xbox has been a PC shoved into a console box and stripped of most of its functionality. Its not as hard to crack an Original Xbox with little more than a flash drive loaded with a few files and some know how on what you're doing so that you don't brick the bloody thing by accident. And while I haven't payed too much attention to cracking 360s, I wouldn't be surprised it the internal structure is PC enough for simple instructions gathered from the internet to bypass the front end, nor would it surprise me to see the same case hold for the Xb1 as well.

The real kicker though is that this is not going to stop hackers and pirates at all, just like every other DRM conceived, they'll find a way around it. What this conference and system are saying though is that Mircosoft only wants to continue doing business with the "core gamer", or more accurately, the people who have stuck with Mircosoft and the Xbox fully up to this point and would still be willing to continue regardless because its "their system" and nobody else.
3722  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: May 21, 2013, 05:29:43 PM
B-but guys. The D-Pad wont suck this time. That's got to count for something right?

But man, I remember how the legalese of the OG XBlocx said that games on game disks were only leased to consumers and weren't actually owned by them and I thought that was absurd back then due to arcane nature of said knowledge let alone the complete inability to enforce such an agreement.

But to have to pay to share the same game on even the same system? That shit's just messed up.

Nevermind the year long grace period, I'm pretty sure XBox1(ol) will be launching with DoA (not to be confused with the fighting game series Dead or Alive).
3723  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: May 21, 2013, 12:48:37 PM
Looks like Sony gave up and made a laptop.

I'm assuming that the inside will have dual screens, the bottom one being a touch screen, and built in Move+ detection hardware to go with the wands from last generation.
3724  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 21, 2013, 12:38:16 PM
Can anyone recommend a great manga/anime movie thats similar to or better than Ninja Scroll or Fist of the Northstar (2 of my favorites of all time.) 

Try looking up Legend of the Black Lion (if I recall the name correctly; its either Black Lion or Ghost Lion but I think its the former). Either way its about ninjas, quests for revenge, and stuff I don't want to spoil for reasons you'll understand once you watch it.
3725  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: May 21, 2013, 12:28:37 PM
It doesn't help that everyone who Youtubed the Japanese version of the game showed how easily broken and trivial the battle system is either...

Or how tedious and boring it is.
3726  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: May 21, 2013, 12:27:12 AM

I don't want this game but I sort of want that limited edition...what the hell is wrong with me...

Still don't care since it doesn't change the fact that the game is still the epitome of :japan: and :effort: rolled into a single package.

And if it helps, all the preorder stuff to me is just a tragic reminder of how wasted the artwork (among other things) is on this game.
3727  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: May 20, 2013, 12:39:13 PM

Do we even need new hardware?

Well, the PS3 at least has a future secured until next year as far as I know. The 360 on the other hand is a console that really completed its life cycle, and I don't think there's much that Microsoft can offer outside of what they have been doing since 2011 or so with more Gears of War, Halo, Forza and timed-exclusive for big multiplatform titles like Call of Duty or Tomb Raider.

*shrug* I don't know man. A lot of the "360 people" seem way more excited for next gen than the ones from the PS4 crowd that are mainly interested in the console as a future purchase.

Is also worth mentioning that I started seeing rumors of new consoles back in 2009 so... do we need new hardware? Both consoles have shown their age for a few years now (one more than the other) and there is a group of people excited for a change (whatever that change might be or mean for some people).

The original 360 came out at the tail end of 2005. The sucker is almost 8 years old already and should have come out with a new system a year or two ago. Especially since it's going to need at least a year, if not two, to gain its footing in the console race.
3728  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 19, 2013, 11:30:03 PM
Saw New Trek 2 and more or less came to the same conclusion as everyone else did.

The thing I should say though is that the two halves of the movie should probably be looked at like looking at Star Trek 2 for the first half and Star Trek 3 for the second. Solid for the first half, then diverges into reference fodder for the second half.

As a life long trekkie I can admit that the movies have had their fair share of ups and downs. There are some classic movies from the lot, but some crap as well.

I'm just tired of the idea "as long as you don't expect too much you'll love it!" Of course I'll see it, eventually, and I'll reserve full judgement until then. It's just a sad state of sci-fi storytelling when the guy playing Kirk reminds me more of the guy from Workaholics () than the suave, swashbuckling captain he's supposed to be. Plus, how many damn Star Trek movies have to involve the utter or near total wreck of the Enterprise?

Depends on how much of a wreck 'total wreck' refers to. If you're talking about starting off as a wreck (ST3, ST5 (and ST4 if we're not talking about the Enterprise specifically)), getting shot up a few times (ST6), and/or needing to get deborgged (ST8) then all but The Motion Picture. I think the Star Wrecks don't bother me that much when they come after a series like STs 2,3,&7 did since its like putting down the old busted ship for some new movie hotness. What bugs me though is the recent need to bring out the super space battleships like in every movie since Nemesis ("Remember how your ship is supposedly 'top of the line'. Well say hello to my ship that's like five times better than your dinky PoS in every way and has an ominously awesome sounding name like The Switchblade.").
3729  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: May 19, 2013, 11:52:26 AM

That, good sir, is an amazing gif.
3730  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 19, 2013, 11:47:56 AM
Just hauled a Dreamcast + 6 games + 4 controllers + and a Web Browser 2.0 back from a garage sale for $20.

The games are:
Crazy Taxi
Dead or Alive 2
Soul Calibur
Virtual-On: Oratorio Tangram
Virtua Tennis
Sega Bass Fishing
And two demo disks

Unfortunately, I need to repair the controller ports but otherwise I have my haul to beat for the year.

Edit: Annnnd fixed. Now to indulge in my video games like its 1999 again.
3731  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 19, 2013, 12:27:17 AM
Additionally, this is such a practical outfit. :v
3732  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: May 19, 2013, 12:16:56 AM
So I invested in this game as my second 3ds purchase, and don't regret it for a second. Except when the damn villagers ran straight into the Risen on Paralog 3. I mean seriously?

Yeah. You'll want to keep some people on the other side to intercept and eliminate the enemies before the enemies can do the same to the villagers. But it doesn't really matter that much since you only need one villager to make it for the best of the three rewards (the other two are junk).

Meanwhile, there aren't enough deploy slots in Future Past 2 to even get all of the kids' dialog unless Chrom sires one of them since he automatically takes up one of the 12 available spaces. I ended up not getting Yarne's comment towards himself (and Owain's chat with his father Virion since I lost Maribelle on turn 9 then he Frederick and Olivia ate hot death from asshat reinforcements). Meanwhile Future Past 1 has 13 available spaces which can work if you don't mind not having a chat with the boss.
3733  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 18, 2013, 03:46:33 PM
I may be of the unpopular opinion here, but while like Kaneko's artwork, I'm of mind that it needs to stay exactly that: artwork.  Even in PS2 titles characters some of the characters' face models were starting to look creepy/strange (and not in a good way to fit the games and their themes, especially in the Raidou games).  I imagine a more detailed character model for current-gen or next-gen would be even worse.  I think the new artwork strikes a good balance.

That said. . .I can't see Devil Survivor's character designs working particularly well in 3D, either.

Wait, what? His character designs are awesome and add to the appeal.

I've always loved his knack for designing outfits. His female characters usually dress like normal females would.

Wait? Are we talking about the Devil Survivor character designer guy or Kaneko? Because the former's attempts at designing female characters have, more than occasionally, been terrible.

Also, did Kaneko do the art for that one Maken X manga because I remember that turning into a visual clusterfuck by the end (although that probably had more to do with the manga becoming a literal clusterfuck about half way through)?
3734  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: is the gaming industry heading for another crash? on: May 18, 2013, 03:38:26 PM

And then they still load the WiiU's library down with yearly sports titles because they're fucking EA.
3735  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: May 17, 2013, 05:48:41 PM
Double Post/Bamping with another gameplay update.


Apparently, you can pair up your units for stat bonuses, extra attacks, and occasionally blocking attacks with the bonuses increasing as you increase the support level between the pair.
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