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6826  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: October 01, 2009, 11:08:07 AM

There's the article.

In response to the awkward movement in rooms, you could change the controller orientation in the menu or just use the analog stick.

That's one way to look at it. Another way to look at it is that, upon realizing you're not in line with an NPC or a door, is to move your character to be in line with said NPC/door (and by merit of the overhead views being entirely grid based it's not like this requires any sort of precision).

Or you can start spitting blood out of your eyes like a horny toad. That works too, I guess.

By the way, their Devil Summoner 2 review. It's got to be the single most retarded review I've ever read. That's what got me reading popmatters' reviews. They're hilariously awful. I've complained about it before. The biggest issue is that he spends the entire time talking about some sort of central theme of the game that he just completely made up, and never actually addresses the game.


That was, by the way, written by the same guy who revealed that he doesn't have a fucking clue what "irony" means when he wrote:

It is ironic that Majesty 2's subtitle is The Fantasy Kingdom Sim, since it simulates economy much more realistically than most games of this type often do.


Knights in the Nightmare's review is also brilliant in it's "What the fuck?"ness:


The highlight is when he complains about the tutorial being in its own menu or something.
6827  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: October 01, 2009, 02:54:39 AM
Popmatters reviewed the PSP port of Persona. They hated it for not having Social Links. They also complained about not being able to move in battle even though you can and it's not like finding a particular formation where you don't need to move around that much anyway is particularly hard.

Movement throughout the dungeons is both awkward, due to the lack of true fps movement (i.e. no strafing or looking up and down)

A) Why would you need FPS movement in a non-FPS games?
B) I thought you COULD strafe in the original.
C) Why would you even NEED to look up and down?

So, the player’s party is left unable to leave a room, to interact with the environment or to even chat with an NPC unless placed in the correct grid.

Okay seriously if this is giving you problems you suck at games.

which often leave you confused afterwards as you completely forget your original orientation.

Wait, what? There's a minimap and your orientation only changes in battle if you're back attacked and then you just turn around...

or for that matter changing another character from Japanese to African American and even going so far as to retool his language as a form of Ebonics

He said "wassup!" a few times. That does not constitute ebonics. Then again I don't know anything about black slang PERHAPS DINCREST WILL OFFER HIS THOUGHTS HMMMM?
6828  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix on: September 30, 2009, 11:17:27 PM
Dead chicks are e... Wait.

Was Seymour the main villain in FFX? I thought he was just some minor side villain for like a tiny arc in the middle of the game.
6829  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: September 30, 2009, 12:36:40 PM
Guy mentioned SaGa Frontier in the same post. You know why SaGa Frontier was awesome? No idealistic bullshit. Blue's quest? Go kill your brother. Red's quest? Get some motherfucking Kamen Rider up in that bitch. Emelia? Is that a mecha shiva? Hells yeah that's a mecha shiva. Kill that bitch.

(Actually the same problem sort of exists with anime where in the 80s it was basically like Gundam or Fist* and was nothing but huge explosions and crazy stylized art, and then after Eva everyone decided DEEP INTROSPECTION was cool [and hardly anyone is good at it]).

I demand gory mansplosions in my RPGs. That's actually in Wizardry 8, sort of. Monks can occasionally get instakills when they are going barefist and it's awesome because EVERY kill gibs.

* Fist also has a lot of POWER OF LOVE moments but it's fun because sometimes it gets TOO literal, like with Toki's orgasmic jesus beams, where he like, shoot rainbows out of himself and whoever it hits experiences THE MOST INTENSE PLEASURE and then they explode.
6830  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: September 30, 2009, 04:43:00 AM
Play Okami for maybe an hour or two. This is the most I've gamed in like a month or two. I did a lot of fishing. That got pretty neat when I started catching huge fish. Then I did some stuff in Taka Pass. I like how soulblazersian parts of this game are. I like doggies.
6831  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do you hate your life? on: September 30, 2009, 04:42:08 AM

I wanna live somewhere where when you wake up every morning every day's a new adventure and even the routine parts are exciting. Life just goes slower when you're not miserable and coasting by on autopilot.


Okay seriously my biggest issue this semester is this bizarre insomnia, probably stemming from my odd class schedule. No class til 3:30 PM on Monday and Wednesday, and on Teusday and Thursday, I have class from 8 AM to 11:30ish AM, and then 2:30 PM to 5:15 PM. No class Friday. So on M/W's I'm getting up between 10 and noon, depending on how noisy the dude across the hall is or if there's a firedrill, and on T/TH, I'm getting up at 7:30. As a result my circadian rhythms are out of whack.

Additionally my mental censors start going away betwwen like 1AM and 3AM meaning that I get REALLY PARANOID and upset about absolutely nothing for no clear reason, which makes it hard for me to sleep, and causes me to write this asinine and unreadable posts here.
6832  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: something thats been bugging me for a while. on: September 29, 2009, 11:19:34 PM
I think I was told that the original term for God in Islam was neither masculine or feminine but that when the holy books were translated into other languages

Islam's more recent than Christianity and Judaism so any sort of original term isn't like... from Islam.


Better idea. The supreme creator gods in ATR are generally more ambiguous about their gender. Culturally, there's evidence that a male gender role was later applied to them, although to get the specifics of that I'd need to get my Benjamin C. Ray reader, which is... at home.
6833  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix on: September 29, 2009, 11:14:07 PM
It's Final Fantasy. You're setting your standards too high. It's not like Amano's clothing designs were any less bizarre, as they tended to look like a bunch of OTHER pieces of clothes randomly stitched together (and arguably all of his characters look like weird, anorexic goths, although Amano wins out for having a unique art style whereas Nomura's is just generic).

In any case I wasn't saying FFX had good character designs. I was saying they were colorful and memorable.

I mean hell it's JRPGs in general. You should be happy that, at least, it's not some goddamn Bleach ripoff like every fucking thing is these days. I'm having MAJOR difficulties reconciling me like JRPGs with me hating pretty much most anime more recent than Fist of the North star.

And in regards to Auron having two sleeves on one arm:


One sleeve. His arm's resting on the inner part of his shirt.

Anyway I think the only character designers I liked from Square were uh whoever did Chrono Cross and the SaGa games. Both have this quality where the characters are all kind of, well, blemished. Kind of ugly. Kind of awkward. It makes them human looking.

Though, you know, whoever did the manual art for the US release of SaGa 2? That's my goddamn favorite art in any square game ever. And the remake is replacing it with this bullshit: http://www.fantasyanime.com/saga/images/saga2ds_art01.jpg

I'd put the LoM dude in there, but they also did a bunch of mana games that weren't LoM and their style got pretty horrible later on.
6834  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix on: September 29, 2009, 10:02:09 PM
Yes, and all of that was very colorful and memorable which was HOLY SHIT THE ORIGINAL POINT OH MY GOD.
6835  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 29, 2009, 05:53:38 PM
I have to admit that I didn't like EP's translation much. Yes, they kept the Japanese flavor in it and yes, it was really accurate. But sometimes I felt like I was reading... I don't know, it was just really dry. It was like so heavily based in Japanese logic/culture/tropes* that I didn't really *get* it.

(I had issues with the battle system, too. It was simpler than P1's without being particularly faster, and while combos were a nice touch that weird phased turn thing drove me nuts).

* Not as much as Tong Nou, of course.
6836  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do you hate your life? on: September 29, 2009, 01:43:56 AM
Last Friday, this girl from my hometown died in a car crash. I didn't know her, although I met her once when we were dropping off a cookie bouquet for her at the ALDI where she worked after she got accepted into college. She was a soccer player going to Urbana University, and used to be on one of my mom's coworker's (my mom's a teacher, and the coworker's a coach) soccer team. As I said I didn't know here very well. I don't even know how old she was, though she was a freshmen so probably 18 or 19. My parents and the coworker in question knew her better. The coworker was really close to her I guess.

You can read about it here: http://www.urbana.edu/index.php/news_and_events/item/1556/

My mom was telling me that there were reader comments in the Columbus Dispatch saying stuff like she must've been drunk or texting when she crashed. Probably not the case, and my parents were mad about people making those comments.

I get why they do it though. If she WAS drunk or texting, it was her fault. And, you know, if you believe that someone gets killed in a car crash and it's their fault, then it's not a matter of bad shit happening randomly to someone undeserving. If it's their fault, there's some sort of karma or cosmic order. If it's their fault... well, "Hey, I never drive drunk or text while driving. This sort of thing would NEVER happen to me."

I'd like to think it's their own way of coping, although I'm not sure anyone copes. They just fall apart in their own unique ways. I'm not sure whether or not the douchebag approach is better or worse than just saying nichevo and letting your heart go numb to everything. I'm not sure whether or not I'm really in a position to judge.

In terms of bullshit, unfair, random deaths this year, this isn't the first. There was my uncle back in June, and one of our neighbors a few weeks later. And on one hand it kind of makes me feel despondent, coupled with just how FAST college has flown by and the prospects of not really knowing what I want to do with my life and a seeming inability to live in the moment.

And then I think about people I actually knew from school, like Chris, who was killed in Baghdad back in 2007 when he was 19. Or what's really weird is a bunch of highschoolers that died in car crashes -- Drew when I was a freshmen, and Dylan when I was a junior. I try to think about them every day -- and they were older than me then, but it's like, my god, I turn 22 in a few weeks and I'm older now than they ever were.

I think when I started typing this I had some sort of conclusion in mind but now I don't.

Unrelated, but I'm still getting nostalgic for things that... I'm not sure ever happened.
6837  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Scary! on: September 29, 2009, 12:12:25 AM
Speaking of Ohio...

6838  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: something thats been bugging me for a while. on: September 28, 2009, 04:59:08 PM
Men want to have sex with boats and cars? I FEEL SOME MATH COMING ON.

1. Men refer to cars as if they were female.
2. Men want to have sex with females.
1. If men refer to cars as female, they consider them female.
2. If men consider cars as female, then they want to have sex with them.

1. All men want to have sex with cars.
2. God is male.
1. God wants to have sex with cars.

1. God wants to have sex with cars.
2. Dragons want to have sex with cars.
1. God is a dragon.
6839  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: September 28, 2009, 02:31:18 PM
KillerAmore got me wanting to play DQ7 so I did for a little. I'm, uh, in Probina. Everyone in my party is currently level 19. Yes.
6840  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 28, 2009, 04:08:11 AM
kyuusei, me being me, you might want to take this with a grain of caveat emptor, but Persona 1 was my favorite Persona game (in spite of some issues, such as the dungeon designs... um... not... not being particularly great). By and large I liked 1 and 3 more than 2, as 2 didn't feel, to me, like it had the same clarity of vision that P1 or P3 had.
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