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6826  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled for DS. Anyone have updates? on: June 04, 2009, 05:07:32 PM
battles every 2 seconds the way I did back when I played Phantasy Star 2.

PS2's encounter rate isn't really THAT high. It just seems that way because you move slow as hell and the dungeons are endless and most of your spells are about as useful as tits on a boar.
6827  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: EA: Girls, your value is as vapid fashionistas on: June 03, 2009, 05:34:30 PM
Tomara, the pink phase might lose its pink, but it still can go on for awhile. See: My 20-year-old coworkers last year that liked Hannah Montana.

Then again, I watch kid's shows on PBS (but that's just because I'm a dissapointed, unhappy manchild having to cope with the fact that all of my dreams are dead and I'm never going to amount to anything. Hurray !!)
6828  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: EA: Girls, your value is as vapid fashionistas on: June 02, 2009, 10:18:19 PM
Until they make a "Synthesizer Hero", I'm just fine.

It's called Korg DS-10 and it's awesome and it's not a game and I have no idea why people keep calling it a game.
6829  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: June 02, 2009, 10:09:38 PM
So I discovered that I can pretty much get Larc whenever I want in LoM. As I mentioned earlier, since Larc is primarily fighting oriented, his AI is more effective than Bud and Lisa's. This makes fights a LOT smoother since he's not backed into a corner and casting not-useful spells all the time. He's still not perfect since he's not very seek-and-destroy, and he's an axe user and axes have the tiniest goddamn hit arc in the game, but whatever. Jolly good fun. I did the Gato quest I'd been prolonging. I think I'll do the golem making stuff next. Or stuff with Daena.

Also played SD3 a bit. I just beat the Golem... triplets. I think I misjudged this game. It's really got some nice gameplay mechanics. I just maintain that Duran is the fuckingest boringest character in the game.
6830  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled for DS. Anyone have updates? on: June 02, 2009, 09:41:50 PM
Nintendo Power is sort of the Glenn Beck of gaming, really.

6831  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: June 02, 2009, 09:40:47 PM
Is it Pale or White rider you encounter first? One is weak to bufu, and the other apparently summons paralysis zombies.
6832  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trinity: Souls of Zill O'll on: June 02, 2009, 06:07:44 PM
This... looks boring as hell.
6833  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Villains MIA topic... on: June 01, 2009, 11:14:16 PM

6834  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: June 01, 2009, 05:17:17 PM
I got owned hard by the White Rider after fifteen minutes of chipping away at his ass.  I would have killed him in three more hits if it weren't for a lucky crit he got on me.  My urge to keep playing died right along with Raidou. :P

White Rider isn't hard. Just get some demons that hit its weakness (Thinking bufu), buy enough medicines to keep everyone's health up, and keep Raidou way the hell away from him.

Things that drain fire and death are also great.
6835  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fan-made Chrono Trigger fiasco on: May 31, 2009, 09:10:16 AM
Private MMO servers are legal. Origin took various UO free shard maintainers to court over it and the courts ruling was that as long as the player-run shards are not run for a profit, they're fine.

What IS illegal is certain data modifications and hacks to the original UO binaries and resource files. Some things ARE allowed but it's not exactly clear what. Specifically I think one of the weirder cases is that it's fine to change the NPCs in the original map of Britain, but you can't alter the map data itself (NPCs are sort of player-spawned servers. I honestly do not know how it works. I only messed around with this stuff briefly). Also, I'm thinking verdata.mul hacking is also okay since its prevalent. And it's also kosher to make your own stuff -- you just can't use modified OSE content.

Not sure how this works out for other MMOs.

Anyway, I've said it before, I think the cease and desist crimson echos was bogus, and that it was an issue of "Well yeah we don't have this thing finished and we're sick of the damn things so let's just BS some cease and desist, cut the losses, and run."

Romhacking and romhacks are not illegal, either. Providing roms is illegal. Providing pre-hacked roms is illegal. Providing parches is not, nor is the act of creating them.

Maybe Crimson Echoes falls under something else because it was so extensive, but I still kind of doubt it. I mean, what. It's a huge fanfic, when youi get down to it. Like fanfics, it'd be considered derivative work, and there wouldn't be anything wrong with it as long as the guys making it didn't claim any copyright on the stuff Square made. Which would be most of it.

So, yeah, it's either fake, or they guys making the thing should've started talking to Square about it to reach some sort of agreement*.

* You know. Reaching in agreement. Like various other fan-game-making guys have done. And usually been successful with.
6836  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Villains MIA topic... on: May 30, 2009, 08:19:40 PM
Take from an essay written by Alexandria Brettons on this subject:

Magus, of course, was one of the most interesting villains in RPGs in general, and one of the most well-rounded of the characters in Chrono Trigger. Part of this is because in a very real sense he is not actually a villain, but simply someone built UP as a villain. Consider, for instance, that he's seen as the Mystics' *savior* by the Mystics -- a race that had been pretty much kicked around by humans and zealites for no apparent reason. And also, importantly, are his goals, which mostly overlap with the other main characters.

However, he IS still a tragically flawed figure and carries several traits more typically associated with villainry -- he's opportunistic, for instance, and he also doesn't care WHO he hurts to achieve his goals. And certainly to a character such as Frog, three's probably very little of virtue that could be ascribed to Magus.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Magus, as a villain, is that his particular role in the story IS so defined by how others percieve him...

She starts talking about some other games after that, but I think there's a good point here.
6837  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: May 30, 2009, 02:17:53 AM
Tong Nou:

Finished Sha's mission. I didn't take many new screens though. More will be coming.


Still in chapte rthree. Like, 17 hours in. I think I'm screwing around a lot. Fused a new demon, and a new sword. Its attack params are pretty low but it halves ice and frost damage.
6838  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Villains MIA topic... on: May 29, 2009, 11:14:53 PM
Prime Mover. My comment was sarcastic, and you, out of anyone, should've known that. Naught, naughty doggy, you are.

Although in all seriousness I would like to see a Faulkner-esque RPG. Or a Joy...

No fuck that. Dhalgren RPG. Now.

Speaking of recent games, the guys from SMT: Nocturne sort of come to mind as really stand-out because in theory everyone except your teacher was a villain, depending on how you played the game. Of course, I saw Chiaki as the most villainous. Sure, Hikawa was a candle sniffing fuckfence, but Chiaki

completely sacrificed her own humanity, which isn't something that anyone else in the game ever really did, and just massacredd the everloving shit out of the Manikans

6839  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Villains MIA topic... on: May 29, 2009, 10:35:26 PM
but he just screams a million cliches, and has very little personality.

Not only am I pretty sure this was the point (before AC started retconing everything to hell), there's also a lot of text in FFVII that make Sephiroth seem very self-aware of this.

Of course as it's been pointed out, Sephiroth is dead during most of FFVII and the thing you're fighting's some sort of Jenova shard. Sephiroth was not intended to be even LIKABLE, let alone sympathetic.

Most changes in personal philosophy or personality take a long time to develope.

and most poeple never change, so the notion of a dynamic character is sort of rubbish anyway. Someone name some Hemingwaysian or Faulknerian RPGs, plox.
6840  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Villains MIA topic... on: May 28, 2009, 11:24:07 PM
Anyone who thought Sephiroth was ANY kind of villain wasn't paying attention because Sephiroth was clearly dead for the entire game.

That's my point. He's just some weird Mako zombie/Jenova fragment/clone. But you get fangirls who are like LONG HAIR MUST DROP PANTS NOW and it's just a goddamn clusterfuck of "No that's not what they intended, GOOD SIR."

And have WRPGs traditionally written/scripted more compelling and more effective villains than JRPGs?

Kind of! This is interesting, though.

Ultima is especially interesting, because games 4-7 are... they have villains, but the enemy is more conceptul. In Ultima 4 you're facing off against immorality in a broad sense (actually, you don't really have a *villain* in this game at all, per se, although it's kind of your own debauched self, in a sense). 5 has lord blackthorne and his corrupted virtues (I played 5 the least. don't ask me questions about it). 6's villains are the Gargoyles, apparently, but when you get further into it you find out they're not actually evil, and the game starts focusing on a broader fight against racism, kind of.

And Ultima 7's main villain is the Guardian, of course, but the REAL villain is L. Ron Hubbard. I mean Batlin.

Then again, you also have relative nobodies like Trebor in the earlier Wizardry games.
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