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6556  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?

6557  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.
6558  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.
6559  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).
6560  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.
6561  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.
6562  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?
6563  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: February 03, 2010, 09:54:45 PM
Did the blue dragon caves in lunar.

Working on some Java thing. This fucking fuckshit is a fucking fuckshit of dicks. hate. want to play grandia instead.

possibly high. thinking about how much "The night the lights went out in georgia" reminds me of phantasy star 1. I mean thinking about it it totally makes sense even if it doesn't really but the notion of phantasy star 1 as this southern gothic epic is sort of mind blowing isn't it?

Got to the uh, Dom Ruins in Grandia. I'm surprised I'm playing JRPGs again. Didn't do much else.
6564  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Something's Awry in Haiti on: February 03, 2010, 07:57:00 PM
Because Haiti is inhabited by people and things like "forced migration" and "just letting them die" is sort of considered unethical when you're talking about people.
6565  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Something's Awry in Haiti on: February 03, 2010, 06:49:21 PM
It seems to me that it's far too easy to simply say, "Well, we have enough of our own problems," or "Not enough of the money goes to those who really need it" and use it as excuse for not helping at all. I don't think anyone's saying you should donate money even if you can't afford to.

But I have money. I'm in college on scholarship. I have a somewhat stable job. So what if only a third of the money I donated goes to people that actually need it? Is it somehow better if I don't donate out of principle? Because in that case they get nothing.

And isolationism? Really? Can you please direct me towards some modern isolationist countries where that's actually working out well for them?
6566  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: No Saga 2 outside Japan? on: February 03, 2010, 03:47:50 PM
Saga 1 got remade for cellophones in-the-recent.
6567  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Something's Awry in Haiti on: February 03, 2010, 03:46:20 PM
I read some report that said that almost none of the money is going directly to Haiti's government but to American aid organizations working over there or something.
6568  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A "New" NASA on: February 03, 2010, 03:39:50 PM
Silicone? I'm talking male strippers, dawg.
6569  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: February 03, 2010, 01:44:28 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVGBNgpQiT8&feature=player_embedded#
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqRLy7jQEhU&feature=related

I need crack :|

I know I lived through this. I just don't remember this. Ничего.
6570  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A "New" NASA on: February 02, 2010, 10:53:50 PM
Zero-g strippers.

Just think about that for a second.
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