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7426  Media / Single-Player RPGs / New FFXIII & Versus Scans on: January 21, 2008, 03:34:24 PM
Never going to purchase a hdtv? Just out of curiosity, why? Prices have been falling and will continue to fall.

I just bought a standard definition CRT television set August of 2006, and it works fine and it will probably continue working fine for years. Also, HDTVs are generally those flat things which I can't store plants on when I'm not using said TV (which is most of the time).

As for the trailer, the first note in the song sounded a lot like Unchained Melody. Then it turned out to not be unchained melody but some crappy Enka song. Then billy androgynous walks out and a bunch of guys in armor start shooting at him but he has a magic shield, because this is a final fantasy based on reality. And then she kills some guy with his thighs. Finally, it ends with him sitting pensively in her chair and leaning his head against her fist. Pensively.

Conclusion: Holy !@#$, FMV in a videogame? WHODATHUNK? I wonder what it plays like. Unless that was actually a gameplay sequence in which case this is the most amazing thing ever except I'm not really fond of that hyperrealistic art style.
7427  Media / Single-Player RPGs / New FFXIII & Versus Scans on: January 20, 2008, 04:41:10 PM
. Dont go through 3 xbox's (and I know people who have) before you make the decision to get a PS3

PS3 is really expensive. As is the 360. I also don't, and probably never will, own an HDTV*, which would remove a lot of usability for me -- for that matter, do PS3s and 360 run on non-HD sets?. I'm also not really that interested in how much games push their system because that just doesn't *mean* anything anymore*, and I massively, massively prefer to watch movies in theaters.

* I'm well aware that every station is going to switch to HD and I'm going to lose my signal. I don't watch TV.
7428  Media / Single-Player RPGs / where does this sterotype come from? on: January 20, 2008, 01:58:38 AM
Made by combining Space Lemons and Cutlass.

If it were Rogue Galaxy, you'd make it by combining nitrogen and shoes.
7429  Media / Single-Player RPGs / New FFXIII & Versus Scans on: January 18, 2008, 12:00:39 PM
This game would be AWESOME if it were for a system I owned.
7430  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst Hero & Villain on: January 16, 2008, 05:13:41 PM
Also, as for Contact, I'm not very far in it yet, but the impression I have is that the Professor is the main character and Terry mostly serves as both an avatar for him and the player into the game's world. I also think there may be some thematic purpose to it (the playable character is the only character in a game about communication that really... can't; Terry seems fairly analogous to Mochi; do the moments when you, the player, directly interact with the world and not through Terry mean anything? Also the idea that Terry isn't aware of the player -- are you the link between him and the professor, or is the professor the link between you and Terry?) but I'll play it further before I make up my mind (and reread the manual some).
7431  Media / Single-Player RPGs / where does this sterotype come from? on: January 16, 2008, 04:56:18 PM
Megaphones can functionally act as weapons if loud enough and if the user has earplugs. Also, cait sith's mog was more of a mecha or something and in any case he was just using the megaphone to control it or something. Unless you mean Luca's dolls. Which were pretty crappy as weapons anyway as indicated by the fact that they never did any decent damage-a-dillally.

With the gunblade I got the impress that you only fired it once you'd already STABBED someone (just to be a massive prick or something) and that way the blade would get stuck in their flesh and like, limit kickback or something.

Then again, this is RPG physics. You can get stabbed like, thirty goddamn times and not die so why does any of this even matter?
7432  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst Hero & Villain on: January 15, 2008, 08:13:44 PM
True, but the point I was making is that Squall isn't a fat, pepper-bearded redhead.
7433  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst Hero & Villain on: January 15, 2008, 02:12:45 PM
FFVIII sort of predated a lot of emo bands. And the whole emo subculture as it is known today really. Squall's probably modelled after JPop kiddies like Gackt, if anything.

Also, seriously.

http://www.eternal-legend.com/ffviii/pcs/shots/squall.jpg Squall.

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/jpop/essentials/gackt/img/gackt.jpg Fucking looks like Squall.

http://entimg.msn.com/i/msn_video/falloutboy_dancedance.jpg Does not look like Squall.

http://media.collegepublisher.com/media/paper518/stills/1ev21359.jpg Actually maybe resembles Queen Brahne sort of.
7434  Media / Single-Player RPGs / where does this sterotype come from? on: January 14, 2008, 12:07:04 PM
I wonder if it stems from D&D, where the cleric class was often represented as a female character.

No, D&D games are pretty much sausage fests, as are the PC RPGs based on them. D&D clerics also, apparently, make fairly viable attackers when given a mace, and in Nethack, healers also tend to be really good because healing means you can restore HP which means you *don't dies as fast* (but you still die*).

It probably goes back to the whole, "Men kill shit and derive meat from it, and women live back at home and raise babies." thang. IE, women are the protectors and caretakers. It's just basic sex stereotypes recontextualized.

* Renamon.
7435  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Best secondary characters... on: January 14, 2008, 02:30:32 AM
Holly from Monster Rancher 2 is kinda cute... Er..!

I liked the secondary characters from SMT: Nocturne a lot. Well... Okay, that's not exactly the right word, but I like how they were developed and used. And some of the scenes they were in and just the immense amounts of Really F'ed Up Stuff in that game. Especially that one scene with Chiaki sort of towards the end.

The head-crush bit. It's not that it was an evil character doing something violent. It was that it was a previously-normal teenaged girl doing something arbitrarily and rather excessively violent.

And in addition to that, you're following these characters throughout the game and trying to keep up with them because they're really your only tethers to the old world and then they just get reduced into monsters. The whole kill or be killed world that's more "kill or be killed, we don't really care". It's the same thing that DDS took a lot more, uh, literally I guess.

Anyway, that scene. I can imagine that after the writers came up with that, they sat back in their chairs, puffed triumphantly on a hookah, and nodded assuredly.

"Yeah. We're so damn cool."

And many agreesome nods all around. [/quote]
7436  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst Hero & Villain on: January 14, 2008, 02:21:15 AM
Yeah, adults just sit around and circle-jerk while watching C-Span and smoking hash. I think. That's what my grandparents did at least.

Anyway, I don't even remember who Maria was in SO3. Nel was that red-haird chick, right? Was Maria that girl that like... was on the first planet, but then she gets killed and she's a sickly girl in that trade empire town or something? Apparently not! But I either never got her or just can't remember anything about the game and I think I spent 17 hours on that !@#%ing thing before deciding that I've never actually played a game I dislike more. I mean, there are other games I don't like, but I can load them up from time to time, see if my opinion has changed, if it has, keep playing, if not, do something else. SO3 is the only game that actually gives me something akin to a panic attack when I think about it.

I'd also like to state that I loved how several of the characters (Kurt, for instance) apparently didn't have characterization and just randomly adopted whatever role the story needed at the moment. At first I thought it was cute and giving them personality quirks and unexpected twists and then I realized they didn't actually have defined personalities and were having every single trait lumped onto them.

And it's not so much a lack of personality because that doesn't necessarily bother me (but sometimes. Explaining why I like some silent mains and don't like others would be very difficult). It's when every character is given every personality and just does whatever the hell.
7437  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst Hero & Villain on: January 13, 2008, 12:01:20 AM
I didn't really like the heroes from SO3 but I didn't really like anything about that game.
7438  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst Hero & Villain on: January 11, 2008, 11:40:59 PM
Well, when I don't say I don't like Tidus, I don't mean "poorly written" or "not what they intended." I just don't like him as a character because he's not the sort of personality I like. It's not realy whiny, so much. He doesn't whine that much and his reasons are sort of justified. It's more the seeking attention/affection from his dad who was sort of a bastard and not worth loving. I don't know. I think with FFX though the entire cast was horribly broken in some way or another -- personality quirks, Rikku's childlike simplicity bordering on retardation, Wakka's zeal and idealism bordering on autism, down to stuff like Khimari's problems (Broken horn is a very blatant castration symbol or something) that I can't really remember but uh... I played the game when I was a Freshman in highschool -- 2002 or so -- so not too far after 9/11, and the sort of "Yeah, we're all going to die and everyone is very useless and stupid" sort of captured the way the world felt to me at the time.

Anyway, why does the final boss always have to be the main villain, anyway? Or why does, whatever the final boss is, have to be the main villain? I mean, if the main villain dies in a cutscene and the final battle actually involves "fighting" with his collapsing tower or whatever to keep large chunks of MARBLE from crushing you, you wouldn't call the blocks of marble the main villain.

It was actually pretty fucking funny.

Yes. Which is why disliking him for being a massive dick to everyone is fairly understandable, but disliking him for being an emo just doesn't make sense to me. And the things people refer to, usually, as his emoness -- his babbling about not wanting to rely on other and not want other to rely on him -- is just him trying to maintain a sort of idealized sense of self/philosophy/whatever, while at the same time realizing that it's complete crap and knowing deep down that he really needs to do something else. Which I do find fairly realistic. And I don't think it really makes him LIKABLE but I do think it's interesting and nicely different from heroes that either wear their hearts on their sleaves constantly for... no reason
7439  Media / Single-Player RPGs / favorite hero and boss from any game on: January 10, 2008, 03:00:51 PM
Oh, I also liked Batlin from Ultima 7 as a villain. His weird scientologist views ring STRANGELY TRUE today.

Also, I don't really know if you can call it a villain, but the living building guy from Albion was pretty neat too.

As far as favorite bosses I will have to think about that.
7440  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Best secondary characters... on: January 10, 2008, 02:52:40 PM
"I'm just a walking set of tits and ass"

This quote is funny because Argilla EATS PEOPLE with her boobies. Which in and of itself is weird because of how... motherly she seems at times. Also, Cielo's Jamaican accent sort of bugged me at first but then I got to the second game and

realized the entire thing takes place in Oregon.

I always loved Zell from FFVIII

Zell sort of shares traits with Iori Junpei.
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