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6541  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pacing in RPG's on: February 05, 2010, 10:29:08 PM
From a programmatic standpoint, most RPGs are mission based. They just hide it.
6542  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Post pictures of awesome animals. on: February 05, 2010, 03:48:56 PM
What about an Albano rabbit?

8V
6543  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Something's Awry in Haiti on: February 05, 2010, 03:29:28 AM
Isn't using your own personal problems to justify acting like a selfish dick sort of... childish, and a good reason for me not to feel particularly sympathetic about your condition? You're veering dangerously close to outright histrionics at this point. I'm trying to give you the benefit of the doubt, here, and assume it really is just some kind of coping mechanism on your part, but...
6544  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Post pictures of awesome animals. on: February 05, 2010, 03:15:38 AM
It's a giant salamander. You can tel because it's wet and likes getting groped.
6545  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: February 04, 2010, 10:39:08 PM
Up to Tamur in Lunar. What impresses me about this game, in regards to the dungeons, is that, like Dragon Quest, it manages to make fairly simple layouts interesting by being quite liberal with the treasures it gives out. I'm noticing a similar trend with Grandia as well.
6546  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is the JRPG forumla growing stale? on: February 04, 2010, 10:37:08 PM
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She may be some sort of freelance bounty hunter, but she's in a big space suit, so I'd say that counts for space marine.

Huh? You mean, Metroid's a girl?

Anyway, I have to admit that I sort of view Square as being consistently mediocre, with only a relatively few games out of their catalog really endearing themselves to me. Soooooo the fact that they're still sort of considered the standard for some reason... i think there's a lot of creativity NOT coming from Square. I think they're creating the illusion that things are staler than they really are.

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Totally agree with macirex. The cast of characters in many RPGs as of late have been weak. Adult bodies with pre-puberty minds? No thanks.

What's funny is that the one FF game I liked unconditionally sort of does the opposite of that. In FFIX, Zidane pretty much looks and acts like a 20-something. Except he's supposed to be 16.

A 16-year-old womanizer undergoing an existential crisis and possibly battling a drinking/gambling problem. Lolwhut?
6547  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Post pictures of awesome animals. on: February 04, 2010, 08:55:01 PM
Ooh, ooh. I got a tiger.



And speaking of corgis and salamanders here's something that's a little of both.

6548  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: No Saga 2 outside Japan? on: February 04, 2010, 08:51:35 PM
Probably.

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http://exile.ovine.net/index.php

Whaddaya know, there actually IS a solid remix of Exile out there. The original's better though. Wish I could find out what the legal status on the roms on that. I'm thinking the original author gave the go-ahead, but I'm not entirely sure.
6549  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Post pictures of awesome animals. on: February 04, 2010, 06:03:39 PM
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These are all from my garden

So fucking jealous >:(

And did somebody say velociraptor?

6550  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is the JRPG forumla growing stale? on: February 04, 2010, 06:00:04 PM
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As was mentioned with DMC and Bayonetta, they're the same game, yet both are fun, however when an RPG copies another, it may end up sucking. Is the RPG crowd just highly fickle?

A lot of RPGs are menu based and using a menu is not inherently fun. Action games, on the other hand, DO have a sort of inherent fun to them. RPGs and strategy games need strategic depth to work, whereas action games trigger some innate chipmunk-hunting reflex in the human brain or something.

Also while cliches can be problematic what's wrong with fan service? As long as its equal opportunity. If its just boobs or just dongs its sexist, but if you get boobs and dongs going at the same time you got a really party goin' on there buddy.

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If we look at how young video games are, we also have to acknowledge how even younger RPGs are

What? RPGs predate videogames.
6551  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is the JRPG forumla growing stale? on: February 04, 2010, 12:57:15 PM
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FFXII completely ignored the formula that is supposed to be growing stale and was severely criticized for it.

I don't think FFXII I was criticized for breaking the formula. I think it was criticized for coming up with/switching to a different formula that a lot of people just didn't like. Some people said it felt like an MMO -- being geared at a single player audience. NOT REALLY a good idea.

On the other hand, I'd criticize it for using the exact same formula JRPGs always have used, but covering it up with a lot of smoke and mirrors.
6552  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: No Saga 2 outside Japan? on: February 04, 2010, 09:52:09 AM
@Exile: It should be noted that Metroid came out in 1986 and it too had fluid, albeit simple, physics as well (especially in regards to bomb jumping). In total the differences between Metroid and Exile are like the differences between apples and oranges. They're not quite as similar as one would assume.

The difference between Metroid physics and Exile physics is that in Metroid, the physics only applied to Samus, whereas in Exile, the physics applied to everything that wasn't nailed down.

But true, I guess they're not really that similar. Also I think my main point wasn't that Exile somehow outdid Metroid -- I think it did, but Metroid was pretty impressive for what it did as well -- but to frame the context for why Super Metroid's improvements have left me sort of less impressed when going back and playing it. Namely, as I said, because the puzzles felt more decidedly lock-and-key and not really as creative (and when they did get creative the solutions got sort of obscure).
6553  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is the JRPG forumla growing stale? on: February 04, 2010, 09:51:31 AM
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SO4 and IU have been panned for their awful dialogue and plot, but thinking back on many SNES and PS2 era RPGs, those games had awful plots and dialogue as well.

Right, which is one of the reasons why, when I went back to play some of my Old Favorites again this summer, I didn't like them. Of course, more than writing and whatnot, I just didn't find them FUN anymore. I don't really have the patience for grind anymore and I have absolutely NO tolerance for broken features. And now I'm also realizing that stories I thought were REALLY COOL when I was like 15 or 16 are actually pretentious as hell and silly, so they don't really encourage me to sit through what I consider bad gameplay like they used to.

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How many people thesedays go on about how FF10 and 12 were the worst FF games ever?

Gamers don't have a nostalgic connection to the new FFs. Gamers don't have an *emotional* connection to the newer FFs. Or rather, gamers that were around during the NES/SNES era don't. Ten years down the road, you'll get gamers waxing nostalgic about FF12, except right now the people in the fanbase that would've come in with FFXII are, obviously, just stupid noobs and graphics whores that aren't worth talking to.

Or at least that's what I hear.
6554  The Rest / General Discussions / Post pictures of awesome animals. on: February 04, 2010, 02:45:41 AM
http://www.marietta.edu/~biol/biomes/images/desert/rock_hyrax_7042.jpg

Hyraces: Badass.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cc/Megarhyssa_macrurus_female.jpg

Second favorite kind of wasp.

http://ic2.pbase.com/v3/48/95248/1/46538042.CicadaKillerWasp.jpg

Favorite kind of wasp but I think all the ones on campus died.

http://www.dereila.ca/dereilaimages/HoaryMarmot4.jpg

Hoary marmots are pretty badass.

http://weblogs.cltv.com/news/local/chicago/reindeer_enjoy_their_work_3.jpg

So are reindeers. They're basically natures druggies.
6555  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Something's Awry in Haiti on: February 04, 2010, 01:46:53 AM
Serene, just curious and this has very, very little to do with anything you've said in this thread, but how old are you?
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