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6466  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Turn Based RPG, Do they no longer exist? on: May 04, 2009, 05:15:13 AM
Theoretically, all RPGs are turn based unless you're doing some really crazy stuff with multi-threading, as technically its hard to have everything update synchronously. You just have very fast, automatically switching turns.

In other words if you played Oblivion on a REALLY crappy pc you'd have gobs of time to think in between actions ;)

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useless second screen, useless stylus features in several games

That's the software guys' fault. The stylus is logically a mouse analog and the second screen is a logical "Mouse analog on bottom, important menu/stats/whatever stuff up here" thing. It's not Nintendo's fault the dev's don't know what they're doing with it.

In particular, something like ultima 7 would be REALLY good with two screens, as it could get cluttered with character sheets fast.

Puzzle Quest also used it in a really appropriate manner, and had shoulder buttons for swapping screens so you could use the stylus on either as necessary. Puzzle Quest is also made by someone with a background in PC game development, so...

What I'm saying is that it's like someone (Xerox) invented the mouse and all the software developers missed the point and made it some sort of really peculiar keyboard-esque thing where the letter you want to input is based on how exactly you wiggle the ball, and the mouse button was more like a shift key.

Styluses are for doing what you'd generally do with a mouse. If you have a simple and condensed interface and are mostly using keyed input, keyed input for the menu works best. If you have something more spread out, you need a clicky device. Game designers are just notoriously bad with interfaces, honestly (Although credit does have to be given to whoever came up with the Ring menu in SoM for inventing pretty much the only not-totally-obnoxious pie menu type thing *ever*).

It'll probably get better, though. Early PC games too a while to adopt the mouse for whatever reason, and were sort of goofy about it at first. Eventually they got it straightened out unless 'they' refers to someone affiliated with Gothic.

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Which would work out nicely anyway with the DSi having dropped GBA support.

Yeah, what the hell. Part of the thing I love about the DS is how it makes GBA games look *fucking awesome*. But no. You don't want that. So have a crappy little camera instead. And some doubtlessly undersupported downloadable content thing that doesn't support homebrew*.

* Better solution. I'm pretty sure flashcarts themselves are legal as long as you're not screwing with the system, which should mean that they're fine for the DS at least. Even if they weren't, nintendo owns the right. So, sell official, easy to use flash carts and approve free, homebrew software to make sure it's not emulators, and sell your own downloadable stuff for the flashcarts on the side. This way, you help the homebrew guys, still sell your own downloadable content, and you also get money for selling flashcarts, which definitely sell, instead of having to bank on people wanting a crappy camera and no GBA support.
6467  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gayming, as it were. on: May 03, 2009, 11:36:37 PM
So you're opposed to yourself being gay, but you're okay with other people being gay, or..? How do you oppose something that doesn't directly affect you without being opposed to other people doing it?
6468  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gayming, as it were. on: May 03, 2009, 07:51:12 PM
My thoughts: Homosexuality is not a religious issue; rather, people just don't like gays and use religion as an excuse. It's most likely a matter of masculinity, which is why lesbianism generally doesn't bother people as much, except in the case where you're talking about "stereotypical butch dyke" lesbians instead of "stereotypical college-aged lesbians", and why things like "don't ask, don't tell" or "no gays in the army" stuck around for so long -- going out and shooting people is largely considered to be pretty masculine, so if we can keep the gays out of the military, or at least keep them from indicating that they're gay, we have no reason to change our worldview.

Assuming it really was a matter of religion, you'd probably get the exact same people trying to outlaw a whole lot of things, and they generally don't. Sure, you get fringe elements trying to ban porn and religions that aren't Christianity, but disliking homosexuality is far more mainstream.
6469  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Character Relationships Thread of Epic on: May 03, 2009, 07:50:07 PM
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None of Jecht seems in the least bit like a father figure, and I'm actually at odds to see why Tidus would frame him that way.

Wait, isn't that the point? Jecht's NOT a father figure, Tidus keeps framing him as such, and Tidus' initial wussiness stems from that particular cognitive dissonance. Partially.

I'm not saying it's necessarily realistic or well-written or anything but...
6470  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: May 03, 2009, 07:21:55 PM
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I hope more games like these come out (neo-retro games).

There's a bunch on the PC, like Cave Story, Spelunky, Lyle in Cube Sector...
6471  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy X or XII? on: May 03, 2009, 02:43:41 AM
What about the kid that wanted to be a blitzball when he grew up?

Writing about an absent father figure like that is probably really hard to do unless you experienced it yourself, which I doubt the writers had experienced.

Same with writing about mental issues or religion or other things that are/were popular in RPGs. They're things you just have to know from experience.
6472  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Drakensang on: May 03, 2009, 02:37:32 AM
Steam's better for old crap you can't actually buy in Stores, like Oddworld.
6473  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "The Greatest Enemy of the RPG Genre" article... on: May 03, 2009, 02:21:49 AM
Dude, haven't you ever listened to a Megaten fanboy? The ONLY point in playing those games is because the enemies are well-researched demons from real mythology. Screw fun. Fun's for plebes. You get some mythology up in this bitch or you just fuck right the fuck off.
6474  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: I've been featured in the local news! on: May 03, 2009, 02:17:04 AM
I get the impression that a lot of people here live in Ohio (if you can really call that living).
6475  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Just......no. on: May 02, 2009, 09:37:22 PM
"What's worse than a $100,000 horse dying at a polo match?"
6476  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: May 02, 2009, 09:18:26 PM
Played IoG for a bit. Doing, uh, Mu Continent. Then I went to the STATE CAPITAL and but Warriors of the Eternal Sun since everyone else was playing it and I haven't had a individual thought since 2003.
6477  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gayming, as it were. on: May 01, 2009, 01:06:59 PM
The problem with saying things like "Homosexuality should be kept ouf ot he public eye" is that... well, what IS homosexuality in a visual sense? It can't really be cross dressing since that's something else and a lot of straight people do that anyway. So maybe it means kissing or holding hands in public. Well, straight people are allowed to do that, and if you want to actually be fair -- I mean, the whole let's keep all our love lifes private, instead of just being homophobic -- then, obviously, straight people shouldn't be allowed to kiss or hold hands in public either.

Of course, there are also a bunch of gay stereotypes. Would just looking gay in public, whatever that entails, violate the idea of keeping homosexuality out of the public eye? Just, any of the stereotypes? Looking a little effeminate? Talking with a lisp? Just doing things that might make people THINK you're gay -- like, you know, a man talking about liking art or gardening or shopping in public. Those are sort of associated with gay males more than straight males.

The funny thing is, if you don't want to see anything that might indicate gay, that tends to indicate... well, a fear of gay things. Which I guess is what you'd call homophobia.
6478  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gayming, as it were. on: May 01, 2009, 01:13:40 AM
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and Christians came to America to get away from the religious persecution and stupidity that was Europe in the 1500s-1700s.

Wait, I thought it was just the Puritans that fled to America because they were, and still are, largely comprised of intolerant buzzkills. And their intolerant buzzkillitude is why we had things like the Salem Witch Hunts and Rhode Island.
6479  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1up: Essential RPGs on: May 01, 2009, 01:08:24 AM
Only on the overworld, though, which is arguably the point at which it was least useful. But still, you ARE right.

Also technically early SMT games did this too, except monsters didn't level up till Nocturne, and demons are sort of fundamentally not party members in the same sense, so not really counting it.
6480  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy X or XII? on: April 30, 2009, 09:42:11 PM
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And FFX's dialogue wasn't horrible either. It had its bad moments, but it wasn't horrible. You clearly haven't played enough videogames (or watched enough dubbed anime) to get a feel for good vs bad voice acting.

I was talking about the writing, not the performances.

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Don't tell me you're going to put up a fight about the "marquis" thing.

Um... I don't know what this means :[
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