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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 26, 2014, 08:49:02 PM
Just like a lot of modern Final Fantasy games, eh?

Funny you say that because my personal problem with modern Final Fantasy games is they're entirely *too* focused.

Final Fantasy XII and XIII are both just a long chain of combat. I mean, XII had that stupid foot race mini-game but it only served to highlight how few distractions there were to take away from all the fighting.

FFXIII, sure.  But when I read comments like this about FFXII sometimes I seriously wonder if I played the same game...

FFXII was probably the most exploration and puzzle-heavy game in the series.  There was tons of stuff to find (including substantial and 100% optional dungeons), and it had the best use of puzzles in dungeons since FFVI's phoenix cave (Though admittedly that was more in the latter half of the game.  The early dungeons were nothing special...though that's true for FFVI too).  On top of that I also loved the hunting sidequests.  Yes they also involved combat (you had to kill the creatures at the end), but you also had to put in some footwork to actually find your marks and many of them had special requirements to deal with them.  Basically there was a lot more going on than just "a long chain of combat".

Sure it didn't have much in the way of minigames...but then, neither did any of the games before FFVII.  And personally I've never really cared for minigames.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 24, 2014, 05:05:25 AM
Woah, woah, you started out with "I don't understand the appeal of breed" and now you're talking about people who are simply ignorant about what they're getting.  I completely agree with the latter point, no sense in arguing about that.  But I don't see the existence of breeds as the problem here.  It's just that people need to be more educated and stop treating living, breathing creatures as accessories.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 24, 2014, 03:30:40 AM
I don't understand the appeal of breed anyway. I mean, sure, some of them look really cute/cool, but if you're going to keep something as a pet for 10+ years character is way more important. Which may be why many of those 'inspired by' people seem to drop their pets off at a shelter once the novelty has worn of and the reality of poop scooping, vet bills and hairs on every surface ever has set in.

Except that breeds aren't just about looks.  A dog's personality is absolutely influenced by its breed.  Weird modern toy dogs aside, most dog breeds have a history in which they were bred for specific purposes.  And that means they've been bred for certain personality traits and habits as well.  In fact in many cases I think that was probably considered a lot more important than what they looked like.

Don't get me wrong, I love mutts.  Every dog I've ever had has been a mutt...and every dog I've ever had has also been a little crazy.  You never know know what you're going to get with a mutt, exactly.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: November 24, 2014, 01:39:08 AM
Western KanColle player very...enthusiastic about finishing the current event

This originally came from some guy's Twitch stream and got posted on Nico Nico Douga (popular Japanese video sharing site).  I found a youtube version because I know NND can be a pain if you don't have an account (and thus the circle is complete...).  Anyway, you have to wonder...is this the image they have of western KanColle players in Japan?
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 24, 2014, 12:15:19 AM
I reckon a PS4 is cheaper than a PC that would actually run this (assuming it even comes to PC).  I assure you what I have now will not...
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 23, 2014, 10:13:28 PM
I need a PS4 first...

I probably will play it eventually, but I'm not sure when that will be.  No immediate plans to get a PS4.
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 23, 2014, 04:39:19 AM
SAO:

Even when they're having a story arc ostensibly about Asuna, Kirito has to pop in out of nowhere to save the day at the last second.  Because of course he does.  Sometimes I think this entire show is just a power fantasy for people who want to be Kirito.

^Still better than Mahouka.

I'm biased about Mahouka because I read the novels first and the anime is...well...not very good.  It just leaves out so much that makes the story more interesting.  Since you brought it up, take Tatsuya.  Yes, in terms of combat ability he's ridiculously OP.  But his OPness comes from a combination of genetic engineering and magic circuitry implanted in his brain and in the process he kind of lost something as a human being.  In a way he's not actually that different from the "generators" that pop up at one point.  And I think the story is supposed to be as much about how he copes with daily life while severely lacking in basic human emotions and empathy as it is about him fighting.  But though the anime does sort of cover the former it never actually explains why he does things the way he does so it just looks like he's kind of quirky instead of the hollow, emotionless shell of a human being that he's supposed to be.

Er, anyway the point is that I'm not sure Tatsuya (at least novel Tatsuya) is somebody you would actually want to be (though he is somebody you would want to have on your side...more like, just surrender if he's not on your side).  Kirito, on the other hand, feels like every gamer's wet dream.  He's so awesome (because of his prowess at video games of course), all the chicks dig him, etc. etc.  It's pandering.
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 22, 2014, 07:54:13 PM
FATE STAY HYPE

Amazing episode.  Even by the standards of an amazing show.


SAO:

Even when they're having a story arc ostensibly about Asuna, Kirito has to pop in out of nowhere to save the day at the last second.  Because of course he does.  Sometimes I think this entire show is just a power fantasy for people who want to be Kirito.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 22, 2014, 06:42:58 PM
BOLD PREDICTION 1. Both NIS and Compile Hearts will be responsible for grade A RPG's this gen, on the PS4 that successfully break the barrier of "niche". Yep I did say CH is gonna make an awesome game by most peoples standards. Remember, I am being bold!!

Come on, there's being bold and there's being ludicrous.  Compile Heart is successful only because they keep their costs low.  Their games have never really sold that well, but they don't need to sell well to make a profit.  But their whole company is built around that approach.  They simply don't have the resources or the talent to make a big-budget mainstream game even if they wanted to.  And I doubt they want to.  Even if they did manage to scrounge up the money for it, it would be a huge gamble that could bankrupt the whole company if it failed.  Why risk it?  Especially with the future of big-budget console games feeling more uncertain than ever (especially in Japan).  They're either going to stick to what they know or maybe branch out into mobile and browser games because that's where the real growth has been...sad but true.

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3. The support and focus on indie devs coupled with the aforementioned fact will result in more Retro-Love-Letter RPG's in the years to come than you can shake a stick at (or play before the PS5 comes out a decade from now).

That's kind of already happening in Kickstarter-land.  Though it remains to been seen how many of those games will actually be good.

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5. Somewhere along the line, PS4 users will be able to finally change their PSN names.

Now that's bold ;)
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 20, 2014, 07:06:58 AM
They're a Korean MMO giant.  Probably best known for MapleStory, but they've made a lot of games.  Pretty much all of their games have been free-to-play...and heavily criticized for being the "bad" kind of free-to-play.  Though I don't actually play any of them myself so I can't really say more about that.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 20, 2014, 03:52:52 AM
Nexon (yes, that Nexon) is making a Ghost in the Shell FPS.  While it looks decent enough I do have to wonder...why Nexon...
12  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 16, 2014, 08:26:42 PM
I wonder when things will actually get considerably different.

Very soon.  Like possibly next episode soon.

Though I would argue that even though the general plot has been pretty similar so far (they're adaptions of the same material, after all), when you start digging into the details there's already a ton of stuff that's quite different.  There are so many subtleties in this version that Studio Deen glossed over.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 15, 2014, 07:13:32 AM
You guys are talking about stereotypical American soups and nobody has even mentioned clam chowder?!  Come on, it doesn't get more classic American than that.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Miyamoto Said Casual Gamers Are Pathetic. Or Did He? on: November 14, 2014, 12:46:17 AM
Miyamoto battled aliens on a far away planet.

...or did he?
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 14, 2014, 12:07:32 AM
I'm sitting right around rank 4000 for the current event in Love Live, and I've still got LP and a few hours left.  And it just so happens that 4000 is the border between reward tiers.  But I'm not sure I even want to try to get under 4000...

Under 4000 I get 2 gems and a scouting ticket.  Over 4000 I get 4 gems.  In theory a scouting ticket is worth 5 gems, but you can only use them for individual scouting.  Can't put them towards a 50 gem/11 scout thing.  And I have never gotten an SR card except when one is guaranteed when doing 50 gem scouting.  Not even once...
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