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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden Topic on: September 22, 2011, 02:19:07 AM
I'm with Lard/Leyviur. I'd really rather them just drop the series if they're going to make more terrible like Tierkreis. It's essentially shallow re branding at this point.

As previously stated by others, The draw to Suikoden was that it emulated a historical perspective on a world that was developed further with each installment. The character count and castle building was an interesting facet as well, but I didn't see it as quite so integral to what defined the series as the fictional history and setting. I can't really think of any other series to accomplish this, and it's a shame that the brand name is all that's left with a few of the gameplay aspects(though even they are becoming diluted).

It's different but similar in a way to something like Breath of Fire, where the defining component was the Dragon based storyline. The shared world was nice and interesting but not quite as integral to the series definition as in Suikoden. If a new Breath of Fire came along and it was in a new world but retained the Dragon aspect, good. If it was Breath of Fire with a storyline featuring, I don't know, a main character who is a circus fire breather with no mention of Dragons, then it's just shallow brand manipulation.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: August 03, 2010, 02:47:02 PM
The instant Thoren puts on a red shirt, he's a goner.
3  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: January 20, 2008, 06:02:43 PM
Claymore is a pretty cool action related series.
4  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Holy Shit.....TEN YEARS!? on: October 19, 2007, 09:24:06 PM
I remember the debate(or bickering) that Third and I got into with Jayde about FFX, and it somehow got into Jayde using his marriage to purport that he knew more about women than Third or something like that.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Greatest line in an RPG ever! on: June 10, 2007, 01:03:38 AM
Why can't I remember anything right?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AERIS IS DEAD!!!! Why am I alive?!" See what I mean? He moans about everything.

If I remember correctly, the only times he actually let out was when he was coming off being under control after he almost killed her himself, and inside his mind when Tifa was in there. Other than that, where's this moaning about everything you're talking about.

I just don't understand what you expect a character do do under such circumstances. Along the lines as Eusis said, When someone loses their significant other or another they deeply care about, in real life context, they often bawl their eyes out and are extremely upset. Do you honestly find that response unreasonable? So what's the problem in portraying that in a character? See, this is where I sense the insecurity from. It's like you only want some faux tough guy who is emotionally unflinching. It's stupid.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Greatest line in an RPG ever! on: June 08, 2007, 11:05:14 PM
I really don't get this concept of emo. It seems people use it to refer to such a vast quantity of traits, and often times these traits are oxymoronic. Like I've seen people call Cloud emo, because of his lack of emotional display and stoicness. Then people will call some other character who exhudes emotions emo because of that(Like say someone who frets about their family being murdered and they talk about revenge a lot, a common theme). It really seems to be a term coming from some kind of emotional insecurity. I mean, most characters I've seen called by this have reasonably attributed emotions, for the harsh fictional circumstance they're in. When people call these things emo, giving whatever emotional context a negative connatation, it makes me wonder what they'd prefer their characters to be. I guess this emo thing could come from the fact that most of the characters in japanese media are teenagers or young adults, so that could  cause the large teen audience to recognize their own emotional angst, and thus become somewhat insecure of it.

Obviously not the case with everyone, but I really hate that term nonetheless. It just seems like a lazy way to label something you don't like or are uncomfortable with.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Greatest line in an RPG ever! on: June 04, 2007, 01:15:25 AM
"Surrender, or die in obscurity"

Ramza, FFT
8  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: April 30, 2007, 05:53:59 PM
Nice picture. You look nice, and the background is captured pretty well.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: January 30, 2007, 09:06:01 AM
That's one friggin evil looking clown.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you can’t bear in RPGs on: September 01, 2006, 02:34:36 AM
but I'm really sick of storylines that make 'God' your enemy. FFT did it,

Not once in the entirety of fft did you even encounter God, or any gods. Even the religion itself was not evil(High Priest Funeral was merely trying to obtain the zodiac stones in a misguided notion of using them for good, but he was pretty much pushed away by the lucavi incarnates - Vormav and so on). Even Ajora(who also is not an evil blob) was in my opinion not the real Ajora in the back history of the game, but a lucavi who used the form of Ajora. The religous backstory in the game really wasn't intended to show the religion as an evil force, but as part of the whole conflict in the game about how the political and religous insitutions became corrupted. The church by an external force, lucavi, and the kingdom, internally by those with ambitions. It was also used to have Ramza and Delita parallel one another. Ramza is behind the scenes of solving the conflict  that started within the religous part, and Delita is behind the scenes in the political conflict.

As to the direct topic, I really don't like the cliche ridden character archetypes in jrpgs.  It's not necasarily that they use cliches, but the ones they do use seem so childishly simplistic sometimes. Theres not a lot of insight into the personalities of characters.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you can’t bear in RPGs on: March 14, 2006, 10:04:51 PM
The fact that almost every main character in any rpg is white. Come on where's the diversity?

Only non white main I can think of at the moment is Hugo from Suikoden 3.
12  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: March 08, 2006, 05:10:25 PM
I got Uzumaki 1, and I just started, it's nice.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / All time favourite game characters. on: March 08, 2006, 05:09:12 PM

•Cloud, I like his hair >_>
•K'(king of fighters) he has a cool style.
•Ramza, because he had a very noble spirit.

all for now.
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