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6346  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Remembering the Orphan: Final Fantasy VIII on: June 17, 2009, 09:28:35 PM
Prime Mover you better goddamn respond to my post because I'm writing this at you and if you don't read it I'll be all "What did he just jilt me oh my god man what the hell." So.

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The creators really seemed to have a vision in mind before creating it, instead of just throwing together a hodgepodge of various ideas and styles.

Yeah, I disagree here. It's Square. They hardly ever have a unified vision behind their games. They're not that kind of company.

More salient and relevant and specific, that scene with NORG and Cid and you going through the Garden's underworking. That entire plot point doesn't amount to anything. Or the orphanage scene. Or the weird mood shift in Esthar. Or how Ultimecia doesn't have any coherent reason for what she's doing and how the game even admits it.

I'm also not sure what sweeping, overarching focus of FFVIII's your referring to because I really don't remember anything like that. You're hunting down Edea, crap happens in the process, whoops wrong villain, you're hunting down Adel, crap happens, oh shi-- Ultimecia's the real enemy. Same plot structure that a lot of JRPGs have.

I also though the character development blew, honestly, because only Squall and Rinoa were developed much after a point, and does Quistis even say anything after the five hour mark?

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I really like works that start with a clear vision.

What's this clear vision, anyway? Are you referring to some sort of central theme?

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which is so cohesive and shows a realistic depiction of human nature.

What does this even mean and what are you even referring to in the game specifically?

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Disk 1 was f'n awesome.  Some of the best JRPGing I had of that generation.  But it went from a school-ties storyline with lots of political intrigue to a "blair witch hunt" that ended with some rather lame witches.  More of the school-ties and taut political intrigue would've been sweet.  The school-ties stuff where the kids were being kids was cool.  Like the shy library girl harboring a crush on Zell.  Or when Zell promises to make Rinoa a ring like Squalls, she playfully teases him about the library girl.  Or Irvine trying to appear more cool and suave with the ladies than he really is.  We all knew people like that.

Yeah, agreed. And after Disk 1 is when everyone's personality, except for Rinoa and Squall, just goes away, and the plot sort of starts going off wherever the hell it feels like. Disk 1 is rather tightly plotted if you think about it. It's very concise, lots of buildup, nothing really extraneous.

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Persona 2: Innocent Sin's flashbacks of the kids playing Masked Raiders is what FF8's orphanage scene should have been.

Good point. The orphanage's problem wasn't the deus ex machina -- and it wasn't. Cid was a manipulative bastard. That's what you mainly learned. It's just that instead of saying anything about the characters it's just like, "Well, we all knew each other. Ain't that some shit." Actually, it sort of says stuff about the characters, but it's like, they're... it's like the Muppet Babies, almost. They're the same personalities, just distilled into single, childish lines.

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and FF8 will not be forgotten. 

Whiskey cures everything !!

Anyway, honestly, this is all sort of moot. As I said before, FFVIII was too easy for me to really enjoy it. Sure, you could fiddle with junctions all you liked, or you could completely ignore that and just auto-junction everything and the game'll still be easy as hell, especially after you get that instant-summon, instant-kill GF with all the arms that later is Odin, and then it's just auto-pilot from then on out and it's really boring.
6347  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The awful war between JRPGFans and WRPGFans on: June 17, 2009, 09:13:44 PM
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The thing is in Oblivion they put so much effort into making the world. Yet you got to a new town and all of a sudden had a couple quests to do. The main branches worked well but it felt like the world went to waste. They totally ruined the Dark Elves' voices too. Morrowind felt like such a complete game. Especially with the three very unique houses you could join and freedom of choice with everything.

I loved Oblivion's combat. It was very weighty and kind of like the older King's Field games where every weapon *Felt* different. Morrowind's combat's just not that fun, and they really improved it, but... they didn't fix anything else. I mean, they promised you could get a pet dog, and make armor and weapons. That didn't happen. That's not even hard to implement. They implemented Radiant AI scripting and never actually did anything with it beyond really basic stuff. They never fixed the relative lack of interactivity with the world Morrowind had (in other words, you could pick up all the useless crap but you couldn't DO anything with it. Again, not really hard to fix).

The quest structure was also worse, I thought, since each guildhall only had like one or two quests, there were fewer quests in general, they weren't really any more in depth, and a lot of them were really similar (and not in a coyly winking "Do you see what we did there?" batch of Naked Nord quests like in Morrowind(.

But I agree MW had far better voice acting. Basically, in MW, Wood Elves sounded annoying because they're wood elves and they're supposed to sound annoying. In Oblivion, they sounded annoying because the voice actor wasn't great.

Also, my GOD have you ever played a more humorless game!


6348  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Where were you when the world stopped spinning? on: June 17, 2009, 09:11:00 PM
Neal's story was probably the best, here.

Also, really not trying to be weird. This is honestly a genuine question! Albeit... um... somewhat arbitrarily and poorly phrased. And I got the lyrics wrong anyway.
6349  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The awful war between JRPGFans and WRPGFans on: June 17, 2009, 05:05:29 PM
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I mean, when you put in great graphics and full voice acting, you lose so much. Oblivion's conversations were so barren compared to Morrowind.

Bethesda chronically mismanages their resources. Daggerfall took 5 years some how, and Oblivion was like "Hey let's spend all of our funding hiring Jean Luc Picard to do two lines!"

Morrowind's like the only RPG they've put together that they released in the expected time frame and without cutting everything. Unless you're a DF fanboy and like to maintain that they cut a bunch of stuff from the final product that was never in the game anyway, or something else insane.

Spoilers: Daggerfall only had like 20 hand-made areas in the entire game, and it doesn't matter HOW big your world is if there's nothing in it. This is a videogame. I want something interesting. If I want to go walk around somewhere barren and flat for hours on end without seeing anything I LIVE IN MOTHERFUCKING OHIO AND IT HURTS.
6350  The Rest / General Discussions / Where were you when the world stopped spinning? on: June 17, 2009, 04:55:25 PM
So all of my new co-workers like country and play it on the radio, and this Alan Jackson song came on.

I was in 8th grade, and it was like... third of fourth period advanced math. The teachers were hesitant to tell the students anything but I was in advanced math so my teacher went ahead and told us anyway (she also was under the impression the Capitol building had been bombed too). Their attempts at secrecy proved futile, though, because I went to one of the schools that got ChannelOne news, and that came on at fifth period, and yeah.

Weird coincidence. History teacher, second period, gave us an assignment that night: write about a recent event from a newspaper.
6351  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Up on: June 16, 2009, 10:37:39 PM
Random aside: Never seen Cars but it looks dumb :( It's also apparently considered Pixar's worst movie?

Pixar did a really nice job with the trailers and making this look... I don't know. A lot *happier* than it was.

Also there's gon' be spoilers, and I'm not putting it in code because that'd just be one unsightly black box of text.

I liked Wall-E a lot. I liked it more than Ratatouille. I also have this thing for silent films, so whatever. In any case, the second half, in space, seemed to lose something for me. It wasn't bad or anything -- far from it -- but that 2001 reference was sort of gratuitous, if not inappropriate, and there really was kind of a mood shift that didn't seem so... smooth. The first half of the movie is kind of bleak and surreal and a lot like the intro to Fallout. There's a strong grotesque undercurrent in the second half -- especially if you, like me, live in one of those weird rural towns where there's a pretty good chance that there's some horribly obese wheel-chair bound man in the theater watching the movie, while eating nachos and a large coke -- but... I don't know, it never felt really fully on to me.

Anyway, I do think Wall-E looked, visually, a lot better than Up, but the writing/plotting/overall construction in Up seemed to gel a lot better, which surprised me because the trailers made the movie look really goofy and unappealing to me. Carl's adventure is pretty meaningless outside of the context of Ellie's death, but you can't really let that on in a trailer without... I don't know.

TVTropes has this trope called Mood Whiplash which basically sums up the movie entirely. It's still dissonant, but it's a very assured and smooth kind of dissonant. The mood can flail around violently, but it's willful, and it's *smooth*. Every depressing moment is followed up by something funny that ends up not ending well. Like that seen where Dug tries to get the other dogs to stop, they walk past and ignore him, everyone in the audience laughs, and then Alpha grabs him by the neck and throws him off a cliff.

Or how like every silly thing Russel does ends with him almost getting splattered or shot or something.

Or how the concept of a guy flying his house by attaching a bunch of ballons to it switches from cute and picaresque to sysiphean as it goes on.

The title could really just as well refer to moments of elation as it could to the house literally flying, because it IS just kind of this constant cycle of happy/funny moments and "Phyllis isn't my mom" moments. Which is kind of what the entire prologue is, too. And it's also why the happy ending is so completely appropriate -- it's *deserved*.
6352  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The awful war between JRPGFans and WRPGFans on: June 16, 2009, 10:04:26 PM
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This site is actually pretty civilized and educated

It also doesn't have a dragon raping it's logo.
6353  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: June 16, 2009, 09:04:48 PM
plamescape tournament:

Just got Dathklon, the guy with the shfting metal weaponmg. we together did some more quests like the helping of a woman who were lost additionally to selling gold trinkets and bibbobs for moneys to buy an eyeball that is belong to TNO. I am levelled 5 now and have got axe proficiency to level ++. he is now use better weapon and hit good. MEN die at me !! This is very pleasant game to enjoyable.

My Life as a Janitor (DS Version) is one load and defeated groan.
6354  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: More characters need to die boring deaths... on: June 16, 2009, 07:31:29 PM
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Didn't Zidane or someone tinkle in FF9? :P

Zidane pees to death. There. Challenging pissing AND boring death.
6355  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Western JRPG thread. on: June 16, 2009, 06:01:46 PM
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Secondly, are you suggesting to everyone to go climb a mountain because it's there?

Not at all! A mountain is an intense and very physical challenge, but it isn't really a puzzle!

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And finally, are you some kind of balding/overweight starship captain from the 23rd century?

Are you referencing something I am not getting :T

Also, the Elder Scrolls games were pretty niche until Morrowind came along, and MOrrowind and Oblivion appeal more to, in a mass audience perspective, the GTA mindset than the WRPG mindset. Although Morrowind had more mass appeal within the WRPGer group because it had a coherent storyline and all of the content was actually made by a person.
6356  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: More characters need to die boring deaths... on: June 16, 2009, 05:48:48 PM
What about irrelevant deaths?

Usually when a character dies in a JRPG, it's some sort of noble sacrifice. What if they're gunned down in the line of duty... but... well, their death was meaningless and just serves to disturb the other PCs?
6357  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: June 15, 2009, 10:46:43 PM
I'm going to pretend that being a janitor is a videogame !!

Today I shampooed the remaining to (smallish) rooms in the office we started working on yesterday. My other party members were cleaning furniture and waxing floors. Afterwards I spent some time grinding on furniture cleaning until I learned a new skill: Changing flourescent lightbulbs. This is sort of a combo-attack though since you need two people to do it: one to change the lights, and one to hand the bulbs up. Unless, of course, you selected the race "Pole" at character creation, just because this whole setup wasn't quite long enough for a Richard Simmons joke.

In plamescape tournament I keep doing sidequests. Like, I did this quest for a guy looking for a guy looking for a ear cause he had his fork and it was a key and another quest that I don't really remember what it entailed. I don't really remember what I was doing this morning either. I like the tattoo system a lot !! I'm also interested in picking up the Warrior class for TNO for a bit so that I can use the swingy axe thingies. I got a ttatoo atht increases acuracy so punches connect now but Morte is my main damage. I really liked the sidequest with the guy that had to remember the scity. I can emphathize with that.
6358  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Western JRPG thread. on: June 15, 2009, 10:38:18 PM
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Very poor integration of gameplay and story, uneven & poorly balanced difficulties (normal is too easy, hard often ends up being more endurance than skill).

Sounds like it nails the essence of JRPGs right on the head.
6359  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Western JRPG thread. on: June 15, 2009, 10:21:44 PM
The hell LotR game are all y'all on about? I remember a few for the SNES and they were both pretty atrocitious as all get-on.

I think there's something with human nature that, if someone is provided with a puzzle, there's SOMETHING internal that compels them to solve it. WRPGs in particular tap into this.

This is particularly why Ultima 7 works. U7 HAS fetch quests, in different senses -- most literally you have some NPCs that pay you inflated prices for certain items like eggs -- but you also have more traditional get item X to advance plot/sidequests ones.

Except there's more to it than that.

In U7 talking to NPCs doesn't really trigger plot points -- not like in more recent CRPGs. U4's an even better example of this, as U7 does sort of use quest states to an extent where U4 is entirely based around WHAT you have and WHAT you, as the PLAYER, have learned.

But the dialogues in U7 are puzzles, or pieces of a puzzle. The point isn't to kill enemies. The point is to solve the puzzles. And you don't solve the puzzles because there's some in-game reward.

You do it because they're there.

In other words, the existence of a manhole necessitates a man.
6360  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Now even Hasidic Jews can buy shit online! on: June 15, 2009, 10:06:19 PM
Funny coincidence.

I now have an ad in the sidebar for something called "joomla."

Or rather "Jewmla."

Or rather "Zionist Conspiracy Theorymla."

I see you watchin', hatin', patrollin', trying to catch me ridin' furry.
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