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1936  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Roger Ebert dies on: April 05, 2013, 11:25:44 PM
There's tons of "performance art" that has audience participation.  Not a new thing.

Look, I like a lot of stuff Ebert did and I don't want to badmouth a dead man, but I can't help but think you're being way too kind.  I've read the stuff he wrote about video games and was of it was extremely ignorant.  Not stupid or anything, but ignorant.  It's pretty obvious that he didn't play video games and didn't really know much about them.  Which is fine, I don't expect everyone to play video games or understand video games.  But you shouldn't write about them without doing your homework first, and he didn't.
1937  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 05, 2013, 11:18:36 PM
Watch the official streams, guys.  Funimation got it.  Yes, they're usually a week or so behind but they will be airing it.
1938  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Black Rock Shooter: The Game on: April 05, 2013, 07:57:10 PM
The PSP is a little weird because accounts aren't tied into the system the way they are on the PS3 and Vita.  You basically have your PSN log-in credentials and what acount the system is activated under, but they can be completely different.

What I used to do with my PSP was just do all my downloading on my PS3 (which easily supports multiple accounts), and then when I copied the game over to the PSP it gives the option to change its activation right then if they don't match up.  You can access the store directly from a PSP, of course, but it wasn't really made with multiple accounts in mind so you would have to manually re-enter everything whever you changed back and forth.

Of course it's still easier to swap accounts on a PSP than the Vita, grr.
1939  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Black Rock Shooter: The Game on: April 05, 2013, 06:13:57 PM
There isn't any region locking on the PSP.  What I imagine you need would just be a US account or a US address or something.
1940  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Black Rock Shooter: The Game on: April 05, 2013, 05:37:11 PM
I didn't expect that...
1941  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Torment: Tides of Numenera Kickstarter launched on: April 05, 2013, 05:19:51 PM
Cleared $4 million (on Kickstarter alone, not counting paypal contributions), meaning this is officially the most-funded Kickstarter video game project ever!  Just 2 hours to go, I think we'll have to accept that $4.5 million isn't happening, but $4.25 is still possible.  I'm not sure what the paypal contributions are at...

Edit: Aaaaand, Kickstarter is over.  $4,188,927 from Kickstarter, haven't said the Paypal numbers yet.
1942  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: April 05, 2013, 05:15:49 PM
BC didn't? I ask because there was a time that I tried to make sense of the story of VII with the compilation, but everything end up being a big ugly mess to me... is like everything that is shown in the compilation are just a bunch of stories connected in a very forced way to expand the universe of the main game.

VII never really needed any kind of continuation or expansion to its universe though.

AC was entirely pure eye-candy fluff that was totally unnecessary and its story plays out like a fanfic.

Never played Dirge of Cerberus...

Crisis Core was probably the most conceptually sound element of the compilation.  There were definitely a lot of elements there that could have benefited from being more fleshed-out.  The results were mixed, however.  Gameplay-wise it was a solid game, but story-wise I feel like it's about equal parts solid backstory and confusing, unnecessary, shoehorned-in additions.  So whatever...

All in all it's hard to feel like the expanded FF7 universe as a whole was worth it.
1943  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 05, 2013, 01:09:45 AM
Maybe the thread got so long it unstuck under its own weight.
1944  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: April 04, 2013, 05:07:10 PM
If screensize is the issue (does sound like it for you Kevadu, but no idea which 3DS you used) stick with the XL model, and check out grips for ergonomics. I never cared enough to get grips, but combining those large screens and grips might just make the difference between "unplayable" and "this is pretty nice", especially if you don't force yourself to use 3D when you don't like it.

Also: the XL's 3D screen is about the same size as the Vita's. Will make the large pixels more obvious, but it does seem like if one's fine then the other should be size-wise.

Well, screen size is an issue, certainly, but it's not the only issue.  What I love about the Vita's screen isn't just the size, or even the resolution, but the brightness, color saturation, excellent viewing angles, and general readability in different lighting conditions.  It's just a really nice screen all-around.  Didn't get that impression from the 3DS screen, and though I admit I haven't tried an XL yet but I don't think the underlying tech is any different.

That said, if I do get a 3DS it will probably be an XL...
1945  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: April 04, 2013, 04:01:38 PM
You're not alone there, Klyde.  I've never been crazy about gaming on handhelds.  My PSP and DS libraries are filled with unfinished games.  I think it's the ergonomics (or lack thereof) that really gets to me.  Leaning over and squinting at some tiny screen for long sessions is not comfortable, and these systems don't exactly feel good in your hands either.

But oddly enough I don't have any aversion to gaming on my Vita.  I seriously love the thing.  I dismissed that as new gadget syndrome at first, but it's been quite a while and I still feel that way.  Must be that big, beautiful screen I guess.  In a lot of ways I prefer it to console gaming since it's much faster to get into the games.  (Instead of having to turn on my TV and sound system, boot up the console, select a game and go through all the loading screens and stuff everytime...)  Now if only it had more games...well, I still play PSP games on it and there are a ton of those.

I haven't gotten a 3DS yet, but I've tried one before and wasn't impressed.  Ergonomically it's pretty much just the same as the DS, and the 3D affect gives me headaches.  Can't deny that the library is looking pretty impressive, though...
1946  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 04, 2013, 12:04:44 AM
There are plenty of games as old or older than P1 that I can still play and enjoy today.  I think Eusis is right that it's not so much the style of gameplay as it is the balance and finer details.  Simply having the same format does not make two games equivalent.

The early SMT games had real issues, and I can't help but think that anyone who claims otherwise is wearing some rose-colored glasses.
1947  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mind 0 is not Persona...er...well...maybe not... on: April 03, 2013, 11:03:32 PM
Well, it sounds like the MIND thingies can be summoned/unsummoned to change your status rather than just being something that appears whenever you use special abilities, so that's something different...
1948  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 03, 2013, 08:34:22 PM
Google has been pushing the real name thing for a while now.  It's really quite obnoxious.  Their business used to be based on aggregate statistics.  Yes they always tracked people, but it didn't matter who a person was so long as they had something to distinguish unique individuals.  Knowing that people are X% likely to do Y was good enough for them.  But now they really seem to want to know everything about each individual.  Google Plus is perhaps the ultimate manifestation of that, and it's astoundingly creepy.

Well, at least to me it is.  But then I'm the kind of person who wouldn't even touch Facebook with a 10ft pole, and I feel increasingly like a dying species.  Most people seem to have no qualms about spilling their personal information all over the internet these days.

If you google my real name you get nothing about me, and that's how I want to keep it.
1949  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 03, 2013, 08:28:06 PM
It sure as heck irks me when P3/P4 fans refuse to play the older games or worse find them unplayable, but what're you gonna do.

Hate to break it to you, but the older games are pretty much unplayable.  Despite what the image says, it's got nothing to do with "social sim elements" (which I couldn't care less about), but rather the slow combat and obnoxiously high encounter rates.  I gave them a fair shake and said the heck with it.  I've got better things to do with my time.

That said I quite enjoyed DDS.
1950  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Well shit! There goes LucasArts on: April 03, 2013, 07:15:03 PM
TIE Defenders were cheap as heck.  They could trounce anything.
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