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General Discussions / PAX 2011
« on: August 09, 2011, 12:37:15 AM »
I got my badge in the mail today, reminding me that PAX is almost here!  I'm pretty excited for a couple of reasons:  First of all it should be the biggest PAX yet.  Having already filled the entire convention center they're taking over some additional buildings in downtown Seattle, including the Paramount Theatre for main events.  Second of all, it's not on Labor Day weekend for once.  That may not be a big deal to people from out of town but there's a massive music festival also in downtown Seattle called Bumbershoot that has operated on Labor Day weekend for many, many years.  Since I like to go to both it has always bothered me that the PAX folks decided to put it on the same weekend, but now I'm actually going to be at PAX for all 3 days.

Is anyone else planning to attend?

General Discussions / Patent trolls
« on: July 25, 2011, 04:28:26 PM »
I don't normally post this kind of stuff here, but This American Life had a really good show recently discussing patent trolls and the problems with the patent system.  This is something I think everyone should listen to.

General Discussions / I'm done buying games!
« on: July 09, 2011, 06:14:04 PM »
That does it, I can't let this backlog get any larger.  Believe it or not, part of me is actually annoyed by Sony's welcome back PSN program.  As if I needed free games!  I can't even finish the games I paid money for.  Heck, I have a demo backlog...I have lots of demos I've downloaded intending to try out but I don't even have time for them.  Where did all the hours go...

I've decided to implement a policy where I won't buy a new game until I finish two games I own.  I'm not sure how I should count PSN/Android stuff in that, though, since they tend to be shorter.  Argh, whatever...

Seeing how Catherine is coming out soon I'd better get to work...

Joystiq's take

7-2 decision.  While I was always fairly confident that they would make the right decision it is nice to see common sense prevail.  The dissenting opinion was more about how free speech applies to minors than whether or not video games shoudl be protected speech.

Single-Player RPGs / RPGs for Android
« on: June 20, 2011, 06:15:20 AM »
So I recently purchased a shiny new Android tablet (Asus Eee Pad Transformer to be precise).  I've been playing around with it and it's pretty cool, but naturally at some point I had to ask the questiion: are there any good RPGs for Android?  Turns out that there are actually quite a few titles out there.  More than I expected.  Whether or not they are actually good is another question.  So I thought I would list a few that caught my eye and ask if anyone else has had any experience with them.  Keep in mind that most (maybe all...I don't know) of these are also available for iOS devices.

Of course there are user reviews for all of these games in the Android Marketplace but they don't seem to be terribly...discriminating.  It seems like if the game runs everybody gives it 5 stars...

Zenonia and Zenonia II - I know RPGFan reviewed these for iOS.  They sounded pretty grindy, though, and I don't like grindy.  On the other hand they're only $.99 each right now, but I'm more worried about wasting my time than my money.

Battleheart - This is one of the most intriguing looking titles on this list.  The combat looks sort of RTS-ish but with a small party of characters that have multiple moves available.  And touch controls, of course, but that should work really well for that sort of thing.  The graphics are cartoonish, reminds me of Castle Crashers.  I think I will definitely check this one out at some point.

Illusia - By the same people who made the Zenonia games but it's a side-scrolling action RPG this time.  I see a lot of people bitching about the controls, though.

Spectral Souls: Resurrection of the Ethereal Empires - This was one of the biggests WTFs for me.  This appears to be a full port of the PSP SRPG by the same name.  Which would be cool, except that game was such an obscure title that got pretty bad reviews.  The guys who put this on the Android Marketplace don't appear to have ported any other SRPGs...of all the titles to start with, why this one?

The Symphony of the Eternity - Appears to be an original JRPG in the style of classic SNES titles.  I don't know much about it, though.

History: Great Battles Medieval - I wan't sure whether to include this or not but at least one review described it as a strategy RPG.  Definitely leans more towards the strategy side, but that's OK with me.  Actually, the fact that this game runs on Android devices at all is seriously cool.  It appears to be a straight port of the console game by the same name.  On the downside that console game didn't really get glowing reviews, but from the screenshots I've seen this is certainly one of the most visually impressive Android games on the market.

OK, that's enough of a list.  There are plenty more generic-looking titles but they all sort of blend together after a while.  So has anyone here played any of these?

General Games / Uncharted Golden Abyss
« on: June 02, 2011, 01:08:21 PM »
In honor of the NGP Uncharted game getting an actual name, here's a thread.

Kotaku has a nice hand's on preview.  They were actually pretty positive about the touch controls, which surprised me.  They're still completely optional, though.

General Games / Gachitora
« on: April 02, 2011, 05:10:04 PM »
Gachitora is a distinctly Japanese PSP game from spike that's best described as Kenka Bancho meets GTO.  You play as a former gangster turned high school teacher who has to deal with the various problems of his students, etc.  A big part of the game is getting people to open their hearts by...beating them up.  Hey, it's a video game.  I just played the Gachitora demo (not on the PSN yet but available here) and I thought it was quite fun.  It's definitely on the light-hearted and silly side of things, but I get the impression that there will be some serious themes woven in there.  Kind of like GTO.

I'm hoping this gets localized but it seems pretty iffy.  Atlus did localize Kenka Bancho 3, but they're already up to number 5 in Japan with no word on further releases here.  I might have to import...

Single-Player RPGs / Gust announces new Atelier game: Atelier Meruru
« on: March 06, 2011, 01:33:11 AM »
It's supposed to be the third game in the Arland series, after Rorona and Totori, but details are still limited.

General Games / LA Noire
« on: December 10, 2010, 05:24:23 PM »
Why is there not a thread for this game already?

I'll admit I'm not the biggest Rockstar fan and I haven't been following this game very closely, but I just read this preview at Joystiq and suddenly my interest level is quite high.  This game sounds very different than the kind of game Rockstar is known for making.

Single-Player RPGs / Dragon Age 2
« on: July 08, 2010, 02:40:40 PM »
Dragon Age 2

It's happening...not sure how I feel about this, to be honest.  I really liked the first one, but this seems way too soon.  I haven't even gotten the Awakenings expansion yet.  The first game was amazing in large part because of all the care and detail put into it and now I can't help but feel that they're rushing things.

General Games / Portal 2
« on: June 16, 2010, 01:13:03 AM »
Was there not already a topic for this game?  I'm kind of surprised, but I couldn't find one so here we go.

Anyway, IGN has a video demo up here:

The second part even gets into some of the new gameplay elements.  The tractor beam things in particular are going to be wild.  The possibilities are endless...

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