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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: Today at 05:55:43 AM
It's an arms war.  I'm not saying that the police always behave appropriately (I mean, they clearly don't), but at the same time they're not exactly wrong to be paranoid.  Police officers are killed in the line of duty all the time.  When everyone has guns it simply doesn't take much to kill somebody and the only 'protection' is to shoot first.  Which inevitably means that sometimes you're shooting people who haven't actually done anything...then the NRA types claim the solution is even more guns.

Of course that doesn't excuse the racial profiling issue.  The fact is you're much more likely to be shot if you're black.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: Today at 01:06:28 AM
PAX starts tomorrow and I don't have tickets :(
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 28, 2014, 07:04:26 AM
I actually bought Yumina the Ethereal but I gave up on it because the dungeon-crawling gets really tedious.  Boring, bland, random dungeons with the same old enemies everywhere you go that don't even make full use of the combat system (there are several skills are only useful for boss fights).  And if you think the fights drag out too long now, imagine repeating the exact same fight against the exact same enemies 50 times in a row.  I don't believe that the demo even showed off that part of the game...

Seriously, I actually liked some aspects of the combat system.  If they had used it more sparingly (like just limited it to boss fights or something) I think I could have enjoyed the game.  But the dungeons suck.
4  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Kantai Collection on: August 28, 2014, 05:15:57 AM
E-6 summarized in one gif:


Anyway, event ends tomorrow.  My farming has been fairly successful.  Got Kiyoshimo finally, another Taigei (going to leave her as a submarine tender), a couple Mikumas (good for 20cm no. 3 cannons) and three Akitsumarus (unique planes good for ASW).  But not a trace of Amatsukaze despite many attempts.  I got her in the Spring event, of course, but I was hoping to farm some more of those experimental boilers.

And my ship girls have gained a ton of experience during this event.  Feel like I'm leaving it much stronger than when I started.

Maybe I'll give 5-5 a shot...
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 28, 2014, 01:49:53 AM
Am I the only one seeing a significant problem here or am I insane/the only sane one?

I think you might be the only one actually paying attention to all this crap.  I know I sure haven't ;)
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Clannad on: August 27, 2014, 07:52:11 PM
Speaking of flipping through the wiki, I can't find anything within it or the review here that explains what this story's 'hook' might be. Is it really just a generic dating sim/school life concept? I see the bones. Someone kindly explain to me what the meat is.

Aeolus's condescending dismissal of an entire medium aside, the biggest difference between a 'good' and 'bad' VN is in the quality of the writing.  They are, after all, novels first and foremost.

Clannad really doesn't do anything revolutionary.  Well, the After Story part is definitely a departure from the norm.  Unlike your typical bishoujo game (BTW, Clannad is not a dating sim because it doesn't have any sim aspects), hooking up with a girl is only half the story.  But otherwise it's pretty standard stuff.  It's just well-written and a real tear-jerker.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 26, 2014, 04:23:19 AM
I don't know about you guys, but I'm way happier about Amazon buying them than Google.  Amazon has pulled a lot less of the kind of BS that Google has.  Your joke about Prime falls flat since you've never actually needed Prime for anything on Amazon.  It's just that having it gives you bonus shit (and pretty good bonus shit, I might add).
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Clannad on: August 25, 2014, 01:03:33 AM
I don't see that listed on the VNDB and they're usually pretty thorough...
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Clannad on: August 25, 2014, 12:49:49 AM
Clannad could probably sell without Steam but I'm pretty sure most people are fine with the all age version. It's kind of like Utawarerumono where the erotic content feels tacked on and the game didn't need it anyway to be great.

Wait, there is no 18+ version of Clannad in the first place.  It was always all-ages.  That was supposed to be the point of my tiny text ;)

But I feel like we've digressed enough.  Clannad is a great story and people should get it.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Clannad on: August 25, 2014, 12:10:15 AM
Also, I don't have to bitch about Sekai Project butchering it since it was all-ages to begin with...

Why would Sekai butcher it? They're the reason that there's ONE completely uncensored version of School Days.

It seems that you're correct, they did the localization for that.  It was published by JAST, though, which is why I didn't associate it with Sekai Project.

But all of Sekai Project's self-published stuff (and that seems to be mostly how they're doing things these days) has be released solely through Steam.  And I'm pretty sure adult content isn't allowed on Steam, so...

Admittedly most of what they've done was all-ages to begin with.  But they recently announced that they're doing an all-ages version of Grisaia no Kajitsu, which definitely was not all-ages.  We'll have to wait and see how that actually turns out but having played that game let's just say that I'm skeptical...seems like you would have to cut a lot.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Clannad on: August 24, 2014, 11:44:27 PM
You know, I was going to make a post about this last night but then I realized I didn't have much to say.  But nobody else has posted on it, so...

Clannad is being localized!!!

Come on, this is a huge deal.  It's a true classic VN, and there aren't exactly a lot of official localizations of Key games out there (actually, is this the first?).

Also, I don't have to bitch about Sekai Project butchering it since it was all-ages to begin with...
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 24, 2014, 08:52:34 PM
Graces was similar in its pretty limited World Travel as well, but at least the view changed periodically.

In Graces much of the 'overworld' was little more than highways between towns and dungeons.  But that was OK, because the dungeons themselves were great.  Those were the real meat of the game.  In fact in a way I kind of appreciated the simplified overworld because it did save time.  I don't actually find wandering around empty fields to be all that engaging (which is part of the reason I'm not crazy about open world games...), I want to get to the good stuff (like dungeons and plot) as quickly as possible.

Xillia had this weird approach where they tried to make the overworld a little more open but lacked either the technology or the resources to truly commit to it and ended up with something that can only be described as half-assed.  It's bigger than Graces, but it's boring, empty, and still pretty limited in where you can go.  On top of that the dungeons were terrible.  I haven't played Xillia 2 yet so I can't comment there, but the first one had some of the smallest, blandest, insubstantial dungeons I've ever seen in a Tales game.

PS: I liked Graces a lot more than Xillia if you haven't figured out by now ;)
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: August 23, 2014, 01:51:55 AM
Oh man, I used to read Sluggy Freelance.  That takes me back.  There was a time when it basically made sense to me, but even as a regular reader I completely lost touch with it.  Eventually just gave up.

A lot of webcomics struggle with the transition from pure episodic comedy to actual storylines.  I feel like Sluggy Freelance is a perfect example.
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Persona 3 Movie on: August 23, 2014, 01:47:44 AM
I saw the OVAs of Hellsing and The Prince of Tennis on a theatre years ago, and it was certainly the best experience instead being stuck in a room alone with some shitty headphones.

Get some good headphones.  It makes all the difference ;)


BTW, I hate to be inflammatory (OK, that's a lie), but am I the only one who kind of hated Aegis?  I don't feel like her character had any depth in the first place.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Why would I buy a ps4? on: August 22, 2014, 10:01:32 PM
You could have said the exact same thing at the start of the PS3's life cycle, but that turned out OK.

But if there's nothing you want on PS4 right now then don't buy one.  Save some money.  Is that a bad thing?
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