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1906  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Obama won't support building 'Death Star' on: January 13, 2013, 09:16:17 PM
Lightsabers don't kill people.  People kill people.
1907  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What Yoda Found in Space for us to F**c Up on: January 13, 2013, 04:44:42 AM
This is pretty cool:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/01/130111-quasar-biggest-thing-universe-science-space-evolution/
1908  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Games of the Year 2012 Discussion Thread on: January 12, 2013, 07:05:13 PM
On that subject, X-Com should be called an SRPG and covered by RPGFan ;)

I seriously think the main reason it isn't is just because the original game predated the popularity of that term.  Heck, if you read interviews with the developers of the new game, they clearly cite things like Final Fantasy Tactics and Valkyria Chronicles as influences.
1909  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: DHS advises computer users to disable Java because of security bug on: January 12, 2013, 06:25:04 PM
The LANGUAGES have never had anything in common - but it was originally conceived as a portable version of Sun Microsystem's Java. Hence why I said "anymore" - probably dated myself as the old man I am with that though, essentially your point is correct. The similarities really did end there.

That's not true, though.  Javascript was not conceived as a portable version of Java, it began as a totally unrelated project within Netscape and then some 'brilliant' marketeers who were pushing for the whole browser-as-a-platform thing (which was later reinvigorated by Google, guess some ideas never die...) thought it would make a nice complement to Java.  The plan was that Java would be for the big apps--essentially a C/C++ replacement--while Javascript would be the scripting language of choice, essentially filling in the niche of VBscript.  It's not a Java-based scripting language, but rather the scripting language to complement Java.

So basically they took an unrelated scripting language and then renamed it as part of a grand plan that never got off the ground.  The scripting language was actually useful on its own, though, so we're still using it.  But the name stuck, even though it's pretty meaningless outside of the history lesson.

We're really getting off topic, though...


Oh hey! Its that thing that is the reason why I still stick with Firefox. All I need to do is go to tools/options then uncheck the check box next to Enable Javascript. 3-5 seconds and I'm done.

But unfortunately, Youtube is functionally useless without Java or Javascript on, among other things.
couldnt you just use the html 5.0 version of youtube? not that it matters to me i mostly use the youtube vita app.

Hrm?  Youtube uses flash, not Java.  I don't think there's a bit of Java on the site...
1910  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: DHS advises computer users to disable Java because of security bug on: January 12, 2013, 04:50:54 PM
Quick PSA - Java and JavaScript are not the same thing, in fact they aren't even related anymore. The only thing they have in common is the letters.

Anymore?  They were never related.  Javascript was originally called Livescript when it was developed by Netscape and was really only renamed to feed off of the hype Java was getting around that time.  Some naming conventions were copied from Java, but otherwise the two languages don't have a thing in common.
1911  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: January 11, 2013, 01:20:09 PM
Goals of the DDoS aside, aren't most DDoS attacks done using botnets of zombie hosts without the computer owner's consent (or knowledge)?  That's kind of blatantly illegal...
1912  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 10, 2013, 08:23:58 PM
Inuyasha is shounen, but it'
Wut? Inu-Yasha is 100% shoujo.

Nope, totally shounen.  I mean, this author is a woman, but that doesn't make it shoujo...

...with all due respect to Rumiko, for the like 30+ years she's been a comicker, you'd think she'd be slightly better at drawing; but I guess that can be chalked up to "her own personal style" just kinda looking like that... I guess.

Heh, look at Adachi, easily the most prolific author of shounen sports manga ever.  But his characters still look the same as they did in the 70s...the background are gorgeous, but I'm pretty sure it's the assistants who do all of those.
1913  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Games of the Year 2012 Discussion Thread on: January 10, 2013, 03:15:53 PM
I played it on...what was it, "moderate"?  There's a difficulty between "normal" and "hard".  Rather enjoyed it that way, but some of the optional stuff can be really challenging.  I would be wary of going much higher than that on a first playthrough.  Of course you can always change the difficulty at any point.

As for the story and characters, I actually enjoyed Graces f more than most Tales games.  Not that most Tales games set the bar all that high, but I don't really understand the complaints.  It's an interesting cast with some pretty solid character development.  Though it is more of a slow burn, rather than grabbing your attention immediately.
1914  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 10, 2013, 03:07:27 PM
None of you are interested in Maoyu?  If I could only watch one show this season that would be it.  Mind you, I don't really like what they did with the character designs for the anime version, but I'm still excited about the content.
1915  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: January 10, 2013, 02:57:24 PM
While I haven't played it so this is all second-hand, but I didn't think Innocence R was necessarily supposed to be bad so much as just bland and unremarkable.  I wouldn't totally write off the "R" games yet, there's still a chance Hearts R will be better.  Mind you, I'm certainly going to check reviews before getting it.
1916  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age Three (3) on: January 10, 2013, 01:26:39 PM
I've been a Bioware fan since Baldur's Gate, so I think I qualify as a "core fan". And I have never been on their forums, nor have I really desired to be on them.  That's a pretty skewed sample...
1917  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: January 09, 2013, 11:51:31 PM
I don't get these complaints.  This isn't like with Vesperia where we only got the version with less content (whether that content was really all that important is another question...).  We got the complete version of the game, so why do you want the incomplete version?  Not to mention that I've heard the Wii version had some serious bugs and never ran that well.

Symphonia was the best-selling Tales game in the US for a lot of reasons, mainly the total lack of other RPGs for the system (during a time when JRPGs were still pretty popular) and the fact that they had friggin Nintendo helping out with the marketing.  It's a bit silly to then conclude that Tales games would automatically sell better on Nintendo systems.
1918  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 09, 2013, 12:22:45 AM
Fushugi Yuugi

Fushigi Yuugi is soooooooo not shounen...
1919  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 08, 2013, 07:32:47 PM
Generally speaking, any manga published in a shounen magazine is classified as "shounen".  That's really where the distinction comes from, since different magazines are targeting different demographics.  Some shounen stuff can be fairly mature and well-written, like Death Note for instance.  Heck, Death Note was published in Jump of all things.

The distinction gets a little blurred in anime since television stations don't have the same sharp divide in demographics.
1920  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 08, 2013, 04:53:50 PM
In the interest of catching up on some "must see" stuff I'm finally going to watch steins gate after being rather dissapointed in chaos: head.... I say "must see" because I "must see" how freakin' convoluted and non-sensical this ends up being.... but hey, who knows... maybe I'll be presently surprised....

Don't even compare Chaos;Head and Steins;Gate.  Yes they're both based on visual novels but the same company, but the animes are worlds apart.  You will not be disappointed by Steins;Gate.

Unfortunately Steins;Gate may have been a one-hit wonder.  I've been watching Robotics;Note and it's pretty blah, though not as offensively bad as Chaos;Head at least.


I also enjoyed Bleach for the first couple seasons, but I long ago gave up on it.  It got so convoluted and dragged out.  But I don't know how much just the early episodes will help you with the game, Klyde.  I guess you'll be introduced to the basic characters, but Bleach isn't a game that sticks to one simple premise.  It kind of jumps all over the place...and not in a good way.

Mahou Sensei negima is awesome, but only in the manga format. They tried to animate many times and it sucked every single time (The OVAs are good though)

Oh man, I'll agree with that.  I actually watched the original anime first and thought it was awful.  A friend of mine tried to convince me to read the manga and I was like, "you've got to be kidding me".  I refused to even touch it.  But I did eventually start reading the manga...years later.  I was very impressed.  Despite the absurd premise and loads of fanservice, Negima is one of the best epic fantasy mangas I've ever read.
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