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6466  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: October 08, 2009, 10:55:04 PM
Not pics of me but pics I took while walkin' that ribbon of highway and seein' above me that endless skyway.

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6467  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Project: Find something new in your town. on: October 07, 2009, 08:48:01 PM
So yeah you know that thing about walking that nature trail? I walked about half of it. My legs really, really hurt.
6468  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random Fantasy Elements in games.... on: October 06, 2009, 07:17:43 PM
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not sure how the earlier games played out.

The first five games are very sci-fi oriented. Basically, barring the third game, they all take place on various research nacelles orbiting the sun. These were built by an ancient spacefaring race for scientific purposes. The overarching stories sort of deal with the players trying to fight of a rather mean ancient that's set on launching the nacelles into the sun.

6-8 take place on a more traditional fantasy world, EXCEPT that the ancients (and the kreegan, and your party from the first game) crash land on it, which is why the sci-fi elements start showing up.

It's actually pretty well integrated and makes a lot of sense if you played the originals.

Keep in mind that this is fairly par for course for old fantasy RPGs. Keep in mind that Ultima 1 and 2 did it the goddamn worstest.
6469  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: That was a very serious mission by the Canadian military. on: October 06, 2009, 07:09:43 PM
It's part of your heritage.
6470  The Rest / General Discussions / Project: Find something new in your town. on: October 06, 2009, 01:11:06 PM
All of us live in places and many of these places are towns. Have you discovered everything in your town yet?? ARE YOU SURE???? ????

Find a store or a restaurant you've never been to. Walk or drive down a road you've never been on. Whatever it is, feel adventurous and find something new in your own town and then talk about it.

Here is what I did yesterday:

I walk out to Walmart a lot, but never much further than that because Walmart is the city limits and I'm not sure I want to walk under a highway overpass without sidewalks. Additionally, I've never really gone *perpendicular* to Walmart before because the sidewalks are rather poor.

Yesterday I noticed there actually were sidewalks, so I followed them. I ended up discovering a nature trail that, while I HAD been aware of it, I'd never walked it before. So yesterday, since it was more or less actually a short cut, I actually did follow it. Turned out to be pretty neat, although there's way more to the trail than what I saw. I walked maybe a mile of it. It totals about 13. Guess I'm going back Wednesday.
6471  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Remakes of classic 16 bit titles on: October 06, 2009, 11:11:15 AM
I've never been a fan of going back to an old title and just making the sprites smooth.

I think pixelation lends a certain gestalt to the visuals. So something like the RKA remake looks way better to me than EWJ.

See, a pixel is the smallest concrete unit of a computer generated image, right? When you have visible pixels they... they kind of act like *anchors* to the image. The background and foreground are made up of the same pixels, of the same size, so it gives the visual representation of them existing in the same sort of physical space.

It's like if a pixel on your avatar moves into a pixel previously showing stuff in the background... there's movement into a space there.

With smooth sprites on smooth sprites, the various image layers feel detached, to me. Each object is distinct, in its own simulated matter, from another object. They lack weight. They just float over image layers they're not part of.

does that make ANY sense?
6472  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random Fantasy Elements in games.... on: October 06, 2009, 11:06:16 AM
I think I said this before, but I really feel that pretty much any game would be improved with Fist of the North Star-style mansplosions. Especially Toki's rainbow orgasm jesus beams. Gaming just looks like it's getting way too even handed in the current generation which is probably why really over the top stuff like TF2 draws such a following.

It's not so much "realism is boring" as it is "realism isn't that cool."

Also I think you can take yourself seriously without getting rid of the pyrotechnics and insanity. Everything has to be character driven. If you have serious, believable characters, no matter WHAT the story is, people will be able to take it seriously.

(And MGS3's major falling for me was the gameplay. I never got far in the game because I just found it annoying and uninteresting to play).
6473  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Parasite Eve is five hundred fucking dollars on Amazon on: October 06, 2009, 11:02:26 AM
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Here's a reader review of Parasite Eve that I wrote in '02 when I are was young, stupid, and not rpgfan riter.

2002 was about 9 years ago so wouldn't that make you 24? That's not particularly young*.

Anyway the little bit of PE I played I liked, because it felt like VS, only it didn't require me to be good at it. The combat wasn't dissimilar. The weapon making was present in a sense. the cinematocity was there. It's just that I was really, really bad at VS.

And PE doesn't have block puzzles from what I've seen which is a major plus.

also come on the topic title reminds me of

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCF3ywukQYA when it's all "These shoes are 300 fucking dollars."

* I'm not actually this bad at math although today somehow I got 47 * 2 = 89. So maybe I am. COLLEGE TURNED ME INTO THIS WOOOOARGH.
6474  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random Fantasy Elements in games.... on: October 05, 2009, 08:27:51 PM
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Suddenly, out of the middle of nowhere, you're fighting guys that shoot bees out of their bodies, vampires, and undead ghosts. All I ask is... WHY?

Because it's FUCKING AWESOME.
6475  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: October 04, 2009, 01:33:02 AM
Your levels should be fine. Mine were probably lower than yours at that point. Although my MC has healing capabilities as he's a... shepherd. Or Gabo's a shepherd. Someone's a shepherd. Melvin's a dancer.
6476  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: So you're older and caffeined wrecked.. and want to be nostalgic.. on: October 04, 2009, 01:27:13 AM
Hells YES I'd like some of your Nigerian gold.

Byotch.

Бётч.

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HMM! Sounds like a case of the Wernicke's Aphasia to me.

No, that's my math teacher.
6477  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Not enough good RPGS on current generation consoles these days... on: October 03, 2009, 08:24:11 PM
WoW's Blizzard which am Erican.
6478  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I can make games? Journal on: October 03, 2009, 08:20:52 PM
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http://www.videogamesprites.net/SecretofMana/Party/ try using these sprites.  People will think "holy crap you busted out Secret of Mana in a matter of weeks?"

??? What ???

right now I'm making sprites for Boolean RPG (Which is an RPG, and not a 3D, first-person chip's challenge clone like BOOLEAN RPG: THE PUZZLE ADVENTURE is supposed to be).
6479  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: October 03, 2009, 06:03:08 PM
KillerArmoire, what level are your characters?
6480  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Epic PS1 RPGs? on: October 03, 2009, 12:48:17 PM
I didn't like ACF. For every GOOD thing it added, it ended up doing something stupid, like having a worse translation are changing a scene that didn't need changed. I think most annoying is that it cut out half the spells, half of Jack's Quick Draws, equipment, and it made all the towns really fucking tiny. I also I don't think the new characters really made it worth it given how rarely you even get to use them.

Also don't get me wrong, aside from the personal skills having no balance at all, I thought WA2 actually played really nice and had plenty of cool stuff. It just, like... WA1 was classy and WA2 wasn't.
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