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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: July 31, 2016, 02:28:28 PM
If nothing else this game looks stylish as fuck.


A JRPG with a fishing minigame?!  That's never been done before!
17  Media / General Games / Re: How much do you care whether something is interactive or not? on: July 31, 2016, 02:22:49 PM
I've actually thought about this topic a lot, actually.  I often feel like the gaming news media is trying to tell me that interactivity trumps all and I should hate cut scenes and love things like sandbox games for their more organic, emergent gameplay.

Yet personally I don't really have any problem with cut scenes (so long as they're well-written anyway...) and find sandbox games to be completely tedious.  I have limited time to play games and don't want to have to spend it trekking around in the wilderness just to find the next interesting gameplay bite.  Give me a game that directs me to the next objective so I don't have to waste my time any day.

I do like the trend (that started with the original Half-life, really) of making scripted that themselves feel interactive even if they ultimately direct you to the same conclusion every time.  But that can be hard to do well and I'm not going to hate a game for resorting to non-interactive cut scenes to fill in some of the gaps.

I don't think I'm alone in this opinion either.  Although it's not really my cup of tea, if you look at the popularity of something like the single player campaigns in COD then clearly there are a lot of people who enjoy that sort of linear, cut scene heavy, scripted gameplay.  And yes, I said COD single player.  I realize that it's "common sense" to a lot of people that "nobody plays COD for the single player campaign".  Except that Activision's own statistics based on achievements/trophies have shown that the majority of COD players don't even touch the multiplayer.  The single player campaign is clearly important to a lot of people.

That all said, you can clearly go too far in taking freedom away from the player.  Line in Xenogears' second disc which I couldn't even stand to play...
18  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 29, 2016, 10:25:57 PM
(obvs FKG is more along those lines than KanColle with its NSFW version, in case Kevadu comes and thinks I'm being judgy)

Nah, it's pretty true ;)

Though honestly I keep telling myself I want to quit KanColle.  But a while ago they introduced a system in which every time you complete an event on the hardest difficulty you're awarded a special medal and other players can see your medal count.  There is no other way to get these medals so if you miss one that's it.  But since these medals serve no real purpose besides bragging rights people started calling them "e-peen medals".

I currently have every single e-peen medal it is possible to have, meaning I've completed every event on the hardest difficulty since the system was introduced.  And some of those events were quite hard.  And so long as I'm at 100% e-peen I feel compelled to keep trying for more.  Like if I were to miss one I would figure that's it, I can quit now.  But I'm at 100%!  How can I just stop when I'm at 100%?!

It's the stupidest reason to keep playing a game but it worked on me...
19  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 29, 2016, 10:00:25 PM
I almost forgot about it. I figured it'd just be more Harem Light Novel crap. I remember the trailer looked hopeful, but the then the summary sounded really generic, so I decided to hold out, but I guess I forgot about it completely. If it doesn't devolve into a power-fantasy or ham-handed romance involving multiple under-developed characters all vying for the attention of a cardboard cutout like somekind of hatchling in a nature preserve, I'll give it a shot in a few weeks...as I mentioned before, this season's rediculously dry for me, and next season isn't looking much better so far (still wayy too early to call, though)

In ep 3 I think (maybe it was 2...) it was revealed that the main character
Code:
slept with another character's mother, while he was a teenager and she was still married.
Which is not exactly a testament for his character or anything, but it is pretty much a guarantee that this show isn't going to fall into typical harem tropes.  Because a character who can do that will never be a clueless harem MC.

The actual main story is good too.  I just felt the need to point that out ;)

You say that, but Vanadis tried something akin to that as well and still couldn't escape the specter of the LN genre. Watch as your spoiler's contents get swept under the rug the moment its melodrama's been milked.

Code:
Though the more likely scenario will be revealing that the mother's daughter is also the MC's daughter after they've slept together and then the MC gets forgiven because fucking LNs/goddammit Japan.

How did Vanadis even try anything like that?

Anyway,
Code:
the guy is just a womanizer.  And apparently a successful one.  What I wrote before is only one example.
20  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 29, 2016, 03:59:40 AM
I almost forgot about it. I figured it'd just be more Harem Light Novel crap. I remember the trailer looked hopeful, but the then the summary sounded really generic, so I decided to hold out, but I guess I forgot about it completely. If it doesn't devolve into a power-fantasy or ham-handed romance involving multiple under-developed characters all vying for the attention of a cardboard cutout like somekind of hatchling in a nature preserve, I'll give it a shot in a few weeks...as I mentioned before, this season's rediculously dry for me, and next season isn't looking much better so far (still wayy too early to call, though)

In ep 3 I think (maybe it was 2...) it was revealed that the main character
Code:
slept with another character's mother, while he was a teenager and she was still married.
Which is not exactly a testament for his character or anything, but it is pretty much a guarantee that this show isn't going to fall into typical harem tropes.  Because a character who can do that will never be a clueless harem MC.

The actual main story is good too.  I just felt the need to point that out ;)
21  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 29, 2016, 03:07:12 AM
Anyone watching Alderamin on the Sky?  Another show that wasn't even on my radar screen really but I gave it a shot and it was surprisingly quite good.  At least if you like quasi-realistic strategy-and-politics-heavy fantasy stories (which I do!).  It's not a new idea or anything but recent attempts at this kind of story have been very disappointing (*cough*Vanadis*cough*) so I was pleasantly surprised by how grounded the show feels.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 27, 2016, 10:44:34 PM
The number of Bernie supports who say they will vote for Clinton is about the same as the number of Clinton supporters who said they would vote for Obama around this time in 2008.  The whole thing does seem a bit overstated.

That said I will agree that the Bernie-or-busters are a lot louder...
23  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 26, 2016, 10:21:35 PM
Whatever losses they saw from Wii U may have been negated thanks to Pokemon GO.  Their stock a few days ago was bigger then all of Sony combined.

Then investors finally realized that Nintendo didn't make Pokemon Go and is in fact only a minority stakeholder in it (all public info from the start...) and suddenly their stock crashed.

Lesson: Investors can be fucking stupid sometimes.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 26, 2016, 10:10:28 PM
WikiLeaks defenders of the past today:

"Hmm... you know, that guy that committed treason might not be such a great person after all."
^ he's also been accused of raping two women. classy dude.

Pretty sure Klutz was talking about Snowden and you're talking about Assange.  Correct me if I'm wrong.

It really annoys me how much people mix the two up, though.  They are completely different, unrelated people.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 26, 2016, 12:18:18 AM
I kind of feel like a lot of third party candidates are just as bad (if not worse) than the major party candidates when you actually take a look at them.  But they're so obscure that people vote for them more because they want to  'stick it to the man' than based on anything they actually know about them.

Jill Stein supports homeopathy for gods sake.  I don't think there exists a quack theory that has been more thoroughly disproven than homeopathy in the history of science.  I cannot take this person seriously.
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 23, 2016, 07:27:15 PM
After starting to get fed up will all the negativity this election cycle I decided to listen to Tim Kaine's inaugural speech as a VP candidate.  All 40 minutes of it.  I have to say it was pretty refreshing.  He seems like a genuinely earnest and likable person.

Sure ultimately it's just words.  But even so it was a nice palette cleanser after a solid week of doom and gloom from the GOP...
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 23, 2016, 06:32:02 PM
I also look at US economic history.  The US was a leader and innovator in manufacturing, but for the past few decades (mostly our lifetimes), that shifted-- wealth was obtained by shuffling numbers around, manufacturing was outsourced to foreign countries for pennies on the dollar (with so much manufacturing in China, they surely have a sizable portion of US dollars), US factories closed down (hence the name "The Rust Belt" region), the economy collapsed (a foundation based on "bubbles" is weak compared to a foundation based on building/manufacturing)...

The problem with this argument is that it's not really true.

While manufacturing jobs certainly have declined in the US, the overwhelmingly biggest reason isn't trade, immigrants, or anything like that.  It's automation.  Technology.  You can do a lot more today while employing fewer people.  A problem that isolationist trade policies will do absolutely nothing to solve.  In fact they will probably make things even more difficult for working class people by increasing the cost of goods.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 23, 2016, 05:10:46 PM
To be fair, regardless of who gets elected president the TPP still needs to be ratified by Congress and given the controversy around it and general isolationist trends don't think that's a sure thing at all.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 22, 2016, 02:34:37 AM
Who was it who was looking to buy a new figure?

Because damn
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 21, 2016, 11:47:13 PM
I mean, sure, Trump has said and done a lot of shady shit that should be brought to light.

But if its the cheap shots that get people talking and thinking, then why not take advantage of that?

Much of it has been brought to light, though.  Repeatedly.  The truly scary thing is that nobody seems to care.  Trump routinely does things that would be instant death to any reasonable politician's career yet his supporters eat it up...
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