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3946  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Key Developers Leaving Square Enix… on: May 15, 2012, 09:28:02 AM
"Concept is the most important part of a game," said Inafune. "If the concept is good, 80% of games are good. That's how important the concept is."

Concept is worthless. Execution is all.

An awful concept executed flawlessly is still going to be awful. So no, execution is not all.

If you botch either completely it's going to be awful, though I'd lean towards the well executed one at least being merely mediocre.

On the other hand an excellent concept can inspire others or at least be stolen by somebody with better means of execution, whereas a well executed piece of mediocrity is really nothing more than a forgettable piece of well polished turd.
3947  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Getting psyched for Gungnir on: May 15, 2012, 08:48:13 AM
It's always confused me why people promote "Dept Heaven" as some kind of major marketing bullet point when it's an obscure trivia reference at best, and it takes several pages of forum discussion just to describe what it is or how the games are connected to one another.

Anyways, yes I'm hyped for Gungnir. It's a good game.

It's more due to the fact that all of the Dept. Heaven games thus far have implemented unconventional design choices that usually work for the game more often than not. Riviera for instance, would be an otherwise standard turn based RPG if not for the massive limits placed upon your inventory, the method of navigation and exploration being tied to battle performance, an unconventional method of leveling through weapon and item mastery (which ties into inventory limits), and dating sim elements. Meanwhile Yggra Union would be a standard SRPG if not for the fact that your whole team is limited to one action per turn and requires efficient placement along with an understanding of the use of the game's other unconventional systems. And KitN is of course a Bullet Hell SRPG and who the hell else has even attempted to mash such genres together?

If anything Gungnir is probably going to be the odd duck in this series for being the straightest execution of the SRPG genre.
3948  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 14, 2012, 03:11:55 PM
What are you peoples favoritest comic movies?

Off the top of my head and a short list in no order

1989 Batman
The Batman movie w/ adam west (SHARK REPELLENT SPRAY)
Scott Pilgrim (loved the shit out of this despite not having any experience w/ the books)
Iron Man
Road to Perdition


Also I find 1989 Batman to be overrated. Joker's great, but the rest of the movie's way too dated. Out of all of the 90's Batman movies Mask of the Phantasm was the best with Returns being a close second.
3949  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: May 14, 2012, 07:00:29 AM

So both Alien and Aliens Aliens are in the same room? Riiiiiight......
3950  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 14, 2012, 06:57:32 AM
Mesh, did you see this response to the item you spoiled?


He will not let nightmares invade or threaten his children's dreams.

My god, he's going to send in Seal Team Six to perform a reverse hit. :aaaaa:

Internet foolishness aside I, too, avenged myself of The Avengers (no, not the one with Sean Connery (or even the sixties TV show that was based on)). Kinda wondering whether Black Widow was as prone to faking emotion all the time in the comics as she was during the movie or if that's a Wheadon thing. Otherwise I'm just going to echo the main points, Iron Man stole every scene he was in, was actually satisfied with the way they handled The Hulk and how well they conveyed just how much of a force of nature like he is in the comics, Loki was suitably ham and villain-y enough to carry his weight, a little too much Black Widow, and nice touch on the getting the NYPD involved during the big fight and not just being extras in a crowd of extras (and also not having the National Guard come along and stealing the fucking show Michael Bay style).
3951  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Getting psyched for Gungnir on: May 14, 2012, 06:24:08 AM
As far as I know, Riviera is the one at the end of the timeline. Riviera's final villain is the total villain of the series as a whole.
I believe it's the first actually, otherwise the only way their numbering schemes make any sense is if they are something like "we've had X numbers of ideas, and each installment is numbered for which idea it is". But, yeah, they're related but it matters about as much as which order you see Star Trek series or whatever, at best.

That's actually how most of these pre-numbering schemes work. This weirdly idiotic suicide run down this trench will be the cornerstone to a series that involves conspiracies leading up to this out the ass, a sudden and dramatic loss in overall technological achievement to match the level used in said battle, and a once whimpering pretty boy who falls to evil due to hormones and accomplishes nothing of import suddenly turns into an imposing and badass villainous leader and all around shitkicker who singlehandedly wiped out almost an entire order of techno-spacewizards and just as suddenly becomes the father to first the main character and then his former love interest.

At least in this series it's limited to
the main antagonist of the first game spending more time conceiving his ill-conceived plan of freeing and merging with a catgirl and maybe a tutorial hosted by the previous game's protagonist or an appearance by some rock obsessed clown and his silly color-coded harem.
3952  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: May 12, 2012, 05:09:40 AM
Funny they left out Mulan when she looks the most natural running around holding a weapon.

Technically she's not a princess. She was just from some wealthy family or something.
3953  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 11, 2012, 12:34:28 PM
It'd be a pretty fucking epic twist if someone wrote a Batman arc where you find out that his parents never died and the entire thing was just something his mind produced after being exposed to the toxic gas that gave him his superpowers.


He means infinite money.

Although that one episode where the Scarecrow gases Batman into a comma where he believes his parents are alive and he reenacts that bell tower shooter scene at the end was pretty damn awesome. Same with the one where Batman ended up in some thug's trap that ended in an unwinnable scenario and he basically had to bullshit his way out of that one, and the one where a bunch of villains were playing poker with each other while regaling their tales of who came closest to defeating Batman. Also the Clayface and Mr. Freeze episodes but those go without saying.
3954  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: May 11, 2012, 12:20:56 PM
And then he was banninated.

Good riddance to bad spam bots.
3955  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 11, 2012, 05:53:03 AM
Alright The Ideon: Be Invoked is over. Dunno what to think about this, really liked some of the music and parts of the animation but other than that it wasn't the greatest experience I thought it was going to be for how people reacted to it.

Maybe with time and after watching other anime series and movies I'll appreciate Ideon better though.

The scene when this kid called Ashura Novak gets decapitated by enemy fire was the best part of the entire film. Yeah that happens.


Also, squirrel in a space suit.

You forgot that explosive decapitation from the beginning of the movie. Watching the reflection of Kitty's head loft through the air off of Cosmo's helmet was goddamn golden (because the scene is followed by the opening credits and you know that the rest of this movie isn't going to end well).
3956  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Key Developers Leaving Square Enix… on: May 11, 2012, 05:40:55 AM
After all what Inafune said when he left Capcom, putting his name on Neptunia was weird as hell because he put his image on a game that has all the fucking things that he has complained for years with his "Japanese gaming industry is dying" speech.

Ugh. I somewhat respect the guy but after that I guess there's not much people that can taking him seriously as a game creator, or whatever.

To be fair though, that isn't the only thing he's been doing lately.
3957  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Nayuta: Trails of Seasons thread on: May 11, 2012, 05:31:59 AM

New trailer showing things other than boss fights.
3958  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Dogma on: May 11, 2012, 01:11:41 AM
Eh, I've got a negative variation name for every company when they're pissing me off. Just so happens some work better than others...
Crapcom, Square-penis, Failtronic Arts, Activishit, Bust, Whacklus, Nippon Kimchi (I really don't like kimchi so it works), Bioflop....I can't remember other companies right now but I have more.

Ya, those are okay, but crapcom works especially well imo.

I mean the game could be good, but, I've accepted the fact D3 is online only (for now) and if the loot captivates me near what it did in D2 (which i musta played almost as much as every other game combined) I won't be needing a game for a while. IF D3 was coming out in a few months, sure, I woulda picked this up, why not? It looks fun and somewhat original all in all.

Hey! No fair. I've been using Crapcom since they Megacanned Legends 3. XP
3959  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 10, 2012, 05:01:50 AM
I know I'm way behind on this, but I picked up a copy of Arkham Asylum yesterday and have been playing the shit out of it ever since.  I love it.  Unless something goes horribly wrong before it ends, this is gonna end up being one of my favorite games produced in this generation of consoles.

And I hear that the sequel is even better, which blows my mind. :P

I really wanted to give that one a shot.... but I can't freakin' stand super heroes.... any of them... are you a super hero/batman fan at all? I'm waiting for someone who really detests super heroes on a level akin to myself to suggest this one to me.... cause in all honestly I can't think of a single thing in all of western culture I detest more.... except for maybe the NFL.... something about watching large rich men run about on fake grass really irks me....

I wouldn't say I DETEST super heroes, but I will say that I've never much given a fuck about Batman. :P  I like the game because it feels like Assassin's Creed and Metal Gear Solid had a goth baby.  The stealth aspect is far more vital and fleshed out than Assassin's Creed ever was, and the combat is far more fluid than Metal Gear.  It's the best of both worlds.  If you like one or both of those, then I'd urge you to give it a shot.  You can find it pretty cheap these days.

My problems with superheroes in general can be summed up in two points
A) They're wildly inconsistent and often possess conflict traits attributes (granted some of these characters have been around for up to a century and handled by hundreds of writers/editors).
B) No matter what happens, status quo is god and no changes/deaths ever last (unless you're some 20+ year old D-lister that nobody ever gave a fuck about then you'll probably die in one of the infinite crises that's either happening now or will in the near future when the previous one wraps up).
3960  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: May 09, 2012, 02:23:02 AM
Oh god fan, I've been waiting to get home from my trip to show you the SCARIEST MANNEQUIN EVER.

Found in Dundedin, New Zealand. This is supposed to be a KID.

Bitch is gonna cut my throat out.

It's like looking at one of them animes in the 3-DEE.
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