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6571  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Apple's iPad on: February 01, 2010, 10:33:25 PM

6572  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: February 01, 2010, 09:51:46 PM

Declared war on Novgorod because I was generally feeling pissed and irritated and got some mission to subjugate them, and then an event came up giving me a CB against them, so...

Took the capital and the CoT that went along with it. Which is a VERY GOOD THING. Novgorod's now some little bitch-ass nation stuck in Siberia.

Of course, Sweden pounced on me during this time. I peaced them out by giving up a core on Utsyug. I don't even OWN Utsyug and don't really plan on going after it any time soon so whatever.

Then Lithuania attacked which was bad because I still didn't have an army from the mongol incident a few years ago. So I had to build one fast and then kick them the fuck out. Eventually I managed to pump them for almost 300 dollars and uh... giving up a core on Tula. I probably could've pressed on militarily and taken a few of their provinces but revolt risk started going up in a bunch of provinces. Don't really have any issue with Lithuania anyway although I WOULD like to get Pskov from them (or get Pskov released as an independent nation).

6573  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Apple's iPad on: February 01, 2010, 09:30:54 PM

The original Mac was actually a pretty cool system. Despite being black and white it had, as you said, the highest resolution of like, anything back then, which actually mattered a lot, looking back. A lot of DOS games from the era, despite having 16 colors, look horrible. Might and Magic 1 and 2 are the clearest example of this I think.

Also it's easy for me to see why they took the direction they did. The Apple 2's display was absolutely horrible, despite being in color. Someone explained the random pixel coloration thing to me once. Something about speed over accuracy?

In any case, some of the Mac games looked impressive as hell.

Anyway, I don't really... what I don't really buy is this notion of Apple's flawelessness. There aren't any companies that produce absolutely perfect work every time. I mean, on the Windows side, I'm completely happy with XP and I don't really have any problems with Vista*, but ME wasn't usable and the original versions of 95 and 98 had issues. And I'm not sure how windows 3.0 and earlier really qualify as anything more than cutesy DOS frontends.

The main issue I have with Vista is that it seems like it's, essentially, an OS geared at big, multi-user PCs. It does a pretty good job of that, I think. You can set it up to work in a Linux-ish manner where everyone's got their own profiles, files, etc and can't do anything they're not supposed to. The problem is that it was marketed for home users, and that kind of setup just doesn't make *sense* there.

My main issue with OSX is that I do sort of feel like there's this glitz over functionality trend. I'm not saying it's not functional. It functions quite well. It's just like... 3D, rotating jellyfish screensavers? Really fancy visual effects on the menu? Really? Do we need that? Of course, Vista does that too and I think that's sort of silly as well.

With the macs, I seem to recall some large period prior to OSX coming out where there sort of wasn't a decent Mac software base and there were lots of issues with intercommunication. I mean I'm sure a lot of the hardcore Appleites would deny that Apple ever had a big wandering aimlessly in the woods period but uh... Apple prior to 2001 sort of looked like that to everyone else.

In any case, I don't own a Mac and probably won't for any time in the near future. They're expensive, as computers are wont to be, and I'm not at all clear on why they'd be a superior product. Additionally, as far as software goes, there isn't any uniquely Mac software that I feel compelled to need/use. on the other hand, there is a lot of stuff exclusive to windows that I use on a daily basis.

When I tried Kubuntu out a couple of years ago, I have to admit, I liked it a more than windows. Except I didn't use for more than a period of two weeks because there just wasn't any software I particularly wanted for it.

Dios GX:

Fucking shut the fuck up for fuck's sake.
6574  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: No Saga 2 outside Japan? on: February 01, 2010, 09:14:15 PM
Most of SE's remakes have either been downgrades or just slapping new art on an old game without modernizing it any, no? I have to admit I haven't played a lot of them, but Sword of Mana was sort of fsked up, FF3Ds was alright but needed some damn savepoints, and FF1 + 2 PSX were... essentially the same as the NES games. Just prettier.
6575  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Obama's State of the Union Address on: February 01, 2010, 07:24:09 PM
Sometimes I think, you know, I could stay here and wait for it to change, or I could just leave. I'm trying to remember what I'm patriotic about. I'm trying to remember what the American dream is. I'm trying to remember something besides mud and sprawls. I'm trying to think of a reason to remain but it's getting harder.

I want to go home but I don't know what home is anymore.
6576  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Apple's iPad on: February 01, 2010, 07:01:26 PM
Actually here's a simple exercise.

http://www.mobygames.com/game/apple2/tales-of-the-unknown-volume-i-the-bards-tale/screenshots/gameShotId,182142/ Apple 2.

http://www.mobygames.com/game/macintosh/tales-of-the-unknown-volume-i-the-bards-tale/screenshots/gameShotId,167144/ Mac.

http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/tales-of-the-unknown-volume-i-the-bards-tale/screenshots/gameShotId,44874/ Dos.

http://www.mobygames.com/game/amiga/tales-of-the-unknown-volume-i-the-bards-tale/screenshots/gameShotId,43706/ Amiga.

Amiga wins.

Amiga ALWAYS wins.
6577  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nintendo reveals new RPG from Hironobu Sakaguchi and Monado becomes Xenoblade on: February 01, 2010, 12:58:05 AM
Why are you people still saying "HM NEW XENO GAMES?" like it's a good thing!!

Because 3 out of 4 of the games were pretty awesome?  Of course, since Iwata admitted there's basically no attachment whatsoever, my excitement just went down 95%.  That's good though, I didn't really need an incentive to pick up a Wii any time soon.

It should be noted that I was going to post a comment on mesh's post but I thought was a bit too flammie to post. But after this post I now realize now that I was wrong.

Shh! Don't tell them that.

Let them wet their panties in excitement of a new PS2 era JRPG on a console before they realize that they're wetting themselves over a PS2 era JRPG and go back to hating on the Wii for not having any games.

That said I'm not going to hold my breath for That Last Whatever in case it pulls another A.S.H.

I'm not really sure what you're saying by that but I will note that any time I end a sentence in two exclamation points it's probably facetious and if I end it in a space and then two exclamation points it's almost certainly facetious.

also any digs at percieved XG sequels would more stem from me wanting them to just remake the first damn game and do it REALLY GOOD instead of doing a bunch of reboots all the time.
6578  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Apple's iPad on: January 31, 2010, 10:00:34 PM
You'd really be better off actually reading a post before you replied to it.

I'd really like an explanation as to how "I think both systems are pretty similar and don't really see how one's actually better/worse" than the other counts as elitism.
6579  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Apple's iPad on: January 31, 2010, 09:14:40 PM
It's like Steve Jobs can piss into your cupped hands and tell you to drink it and you'll think it's just the greatest thing on Earth.

To be fair, I've dranken Steve's urine and I must say that of all the urine I've dranken -- and I've dranken quite a lot -- it's the best urine I've ever done dranken.
6580  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: January 31, 2010, 08:29:01 PM
Got VtM: B working. It seems like it'll work pretty well. Basically it just needs a VERY SPECIFIC version of 3danalyze to run. I set both emulate Hardware TnL caps and force software TnL on. Dunno if I need both. Also getting some graphical oddities but that MIGHT just be because I've yet to patch it.

Probably not going to play this any time soon. Just wanted to see if it'd run.

In the blue dragon cave in Lunar: TSSSC. Confusion is a VERY useful spell.
6581  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: No Saga 2 outside Japan? on: January 31, 2010, 08:24:07 PM
I think one of the biggest things is that the GB synth has this very organic sound to it. You can say the same thing about a lot of early systems so I mean, not favoritism here. Just commenting. The problem with the new soundtrack is that it sounds very mechanical and sterile and so the original compositions just fall completely flat. With something as sonically limited as the GB you have to write very specifically FOR it, so something that sounds good on it probably won't work elsewhere, I guess.
6582  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Apple's iPad on: January 31, 2010, 07:40:49 PM
Look buddy, not everybody knows how to operate Windows in-depth.

Not everybody knows how to use a Mac in-depth either, but for general purpose, non in-depth stuff, I'd have a hard to being convinced that a Mac or a Windows-based PC is going to be any easier or any more difficult to use than the other. The interfaces are almost identical. The general... functionality paradigms are almost identical. The sort of mental model you have to construct for one is going to translate pretty well to the other if you can grasp a few minor differences.

I'm not convinced that one is any more crash prone than the other. I've seen Macs crash. About half the public Mac kiosks on campus are non-functional by noon or so. I'm not really convinced that either's more prone to behave erratically or unexpectedly than the other.

I've used both. Windows is an operating system and Mac OSX is an operating system. I've never really had huge problems with either though I wouldn't say either are perfect. I don't see any real reason to get emotionally attached to one or the other.

The only problem I DO have with Macs is that the monitor for the new iMacs causes me some pretty major eye strain really fast.
6583  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Apple's iPad on: January 31, 2010, 06:00:07 PM

Leyviur: Capable of lugging around a huge fucking desktop without breaking a sweat.

Steve Jobs: Looks uncomfortably winded after picking up something that probably weighs two pounds.

Conclusion: Leyviur could probably kick Steve Jobs' ass if he wanted to but he wouldn't because he's a cool guy.
6584  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: No Saga 2 outside Japan? on: January 31, 2010, 05:59:33 PM
I dunno. I thought the remake looked really... weak, and calling the new soundtrack subpar is being generous*. I don't think I'd ever buy this thing if it came out here, and keep in mind that A) I pretty much consider FFL2 to be my second favorite JRPG ever B) I'm a massive fag for Saga. C) I'm the only guy that liked Unlimited.

* Okay, I have to admit, I just like how old fashioned audio synth sounds, for one thing. GB, NES, Genesis, C64. Whatever. I like chiptunes. Now, in spite of this, I'm not say everything SHOULD be chiptunes. God no. However... if you're going to remix the soundtrack could you at LEAST not make it sound like generic midi crap you found online somewhere?

I mean seriously. Burning Blood. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Teu4C5mS3oo What the FUCK. I don't MIND a horn based remix, but is the random disco backbeat necessary, and for the love of god SYNTH BRASS ALMOST NEVER SOUNDS GOOD. And they put a heavens-to-murgatroydsing phaser effect on it.

Some of the new songs are actually quite nice, but I don't think any of those are remixes. Almost all of the remixes range from subpar to dreadful. They're basically just really over-composed if that makes any sense. In other words just because you CAN have 30 different instruments in a song doesn't mean you should.

Also for reference:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYX5c1xld5M Official Heartfelt Tears remix.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u40kvp0_zI&feature=related Fanmade remix.

There's this inherent fragility to the way DS music sounds. The fanmade remix understands that. The official one turns it into an awkward jpop piece.
6585  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How long do you play games a day? on: January 31, 2010, 05:45:30 PM
I used to play videogames a lot more but then one night I'm downstairs with a twenty dollar bill and a bottle of nutmeg.

Then my mom walks downstairs and she's like "What are you DOING?" and I'm like "Jesus christ I'm making a fucking sandwich go back to bed."

It's really hard to play anything when you're strung out on nutmeg.

* snoooooort *
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