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1936  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Wii U to be ~350$ and controllers ~175$ (to be confirmed soon) on: September 15, 2012, 05:09:45 PM
...but with another built in gimmick that Sony will inevitably try to copy.

They're already trying to copy it with PS3 + Vita capability.

Poor Sony can't catch a break.  Even when they do something 6 years before Nintendo apparently they're copying.

Yes, 6 years.  You seem to be ignoring that the PSP could do the same thing (though it was rarely utilized).  What the Vita is doing is nothing more than a more refined and mature version of functionality that was already present in the PSP, but then Nintendo comes out with a controller that looks pretty similar and suddenly Sony is copying.

Furthermore, though there was a small overlap (just a few months) between the Wii U announcement and the Vita's release, do you seriously think Sony had time to whip up this feature during that time period?  This is Sony we're talking about.  They only just got PS1 classics working.  For this conspiracy theory to make any sense requires bizarrely overestimating their abilities...
1937  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 14, 2012, 06:29:34 PM
I finally got a Vita a few days ago and I've bene playing Time Travelers (import).  Why on Vita?  Because I've heard the PSP version is a bad port that runs like crap and the 3DS is region locked.  Anyway, it's a pretty cool game.  Initially I wasn't quite sure what to expect from it.  The multi-character story and quicktime events almost made it looks like a Japanese Heavy Rain, but make no mistake:  This is clearly a visual novel at heart.  You don't have the freedom of movement of a game like Heavy Rain.  The major difference between Time Travelers and most visual novels is how...dynamic it feels.  You aren't just reading text while looking at static pictures, the game is constantly in motion.  There's a ton of action: car chases, shootouts, you name it.  Really, this is a visual novel with the style and presentation of a hollywood blockbuster.  Or another way of putting it, it's a visual novel with actual production values.  The story is pretty interesting too, and I like the way the different character stories intersect, giving it an almost Pulp Fiction-esque feel.

On the other hand, the quicktime events feel like an totally unnecessary addition.  At least they're easy, I haven't failed one yet.  But when they're that easy, why are they even there?  Especially since you're just going to rewind time if you fail.  They don't enhance the game in any way.  But they also don't seem to happen that often, so they're not really in the way.

Visually the game is a mixed bag.  It's bright and colorful and animations are very well-done and fluid.  But I have to say, it's pretty obvious that the 3DS was the lead platform.  This game does not make use of the Vita's hardware capabilities.  They did up the resolution for the Vita, but with over five times the pixels of a 3DS that just makes the relatively low polygon count models and low-res textures more obvious.  The models aren't terrible, but the textures are incredibly bland, making everything seem lifeless and sterile.  The combination of decent resolution but lack of detail kind of reminds me of PC gaming in the 90s...on a 3DS it probably looks great, but upping the resolution and nothing else for the Vita isn't the way to go.  At least it runs nice and smooth, not a hint of any slowdowns.
1938  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 14, 2012, 12:37:48 PM
You know, I've lived in the US my whole life and I've never been to a Dairy Queen.  Do they even sell ice cream or just that "soft serve" crap?
1939  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 14, 2012, 12:22:41 AM
I don't know specifically what Klyde was referring to, but I'll tell you what bothers me about mecha shows.  There are a lot of mecha shows in which all battles are automatically won by whoever has the newest robots.  Strategy, numbers, logistics, training, etc. don't seem to mean a thing.  It drives me nuts to the point where I just can't enjoy these shows.  Unit A could attack an exhausted nearly-out-of-supplies unit B by surprise with 10 times the numbers, but if unit B has cooler robots than unit A they don't stand a chance.  They might as well save themselves the trouble and just run away from the start.

Maybe that's why I was actually able to enjoy Turn-A Gundam.  There actually was a massive technology gap there.  One side had futuristic giant robots and the other side had basically 1920s tech.  It made sense that the 1920s tech would lose!  Of course then they introduce the ancient-buried-but-apparently-better-than-anything-current robot macguffin, so nevermind that...
1940  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Wii U to be ~350$ and controllers ~175$ (to be confirmed soon) on: September 13, 2012, 05:41:57 PM
Seeing as the controllers are almost a handheld on their own, I'm not really that surprised they cost so much.

Except without all those pesky CPUs, GPUs, memory, etc.  They've got a screen, sure, but they're still totally dependent on the console to do anything.  This does seem like a lot.  I would have guessed more like $100.

On the other hand, almost all console accessories are overpriced.  That's just how things are in this industry.
1941  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Guilty Pleasure Movies on: September 13, 2012, 02:46:04 PM
How is UHF a guilty pleasure?  UHF is just good!  I feel no guilt!
1942  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: September 13, 2012, 01:33:58 PM
What do people look for in a new Apple product?  Nothing, apparently.
1943  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 13, 2012, 02:57:04 AM
I watched episode 21 of Hyouka today and there's a scene where they go to an arcade and play Virtual On.  It made me so friggin happy, 'cause Virtual On is probably my favorite arcade game ever but it never seems to get any love (it's practically unheard of here, but I don't think it was especially successful in Japan either...).
1944  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 13, 2012, 02:04:57 AM
Is PSP region free?

Yes.  I have a ton of import PSP games.
1945  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Andriasang is closing :( on: September 13, 2012, 12:24:41 AM
Some dork named Kevadu started a blog trying to emulate Andriasang's style but I don't know if he's going to keep at it.  Seems like a bit of a flake.
1946  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 12, 2012, 05:40:35 PM
Did you shop for it at a store or something?  I don't know about stores...can't remember the last time I bought a movie at a store...

But 5 seconds of googling found this.
1947  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 12, 2012, 01:55:38 PM
I never saw Madoka as a parody of magical girls or something.  Instead it's a deconstruction of the genre.  It takes all the common tropes (and if ever there was a genre of anything that's full of tropes it's magical girl anime...) and turns them on their heads, constantly defying the viewer's expectations.  When viewed in that light it's an absolutely brilliant work, full of commentary and criticism of the genre without ever resorting to gags while simultaneously pushing it forward.  It's the kind of show you can only expect to see once in a decade at most.
1948  The Rest / General Discussions / Andriasang is closing :( on: September 11, 2012, 02:24:30 AM
The horrible news.

I know there are a number of frequent visitors to that site here (I've seen some of you in the comments).  It was my favorite English source of Japanese gaming news.  Yeah Siliconera has some, but not as comprehensively.  Visiting Andriasang has been part of my daily routine for years...definitely going to miss Anoop's witty commentary.
1949  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 08, 2012, 11:13:22 PM
Can I just buy a smartphone with wifi capabilities without doing any pointless data plan and just get a SIM card??!?! Help me, please.

Yes you can.  No phone company will tell you how, though.  You'll probably have to buy the phone online since very few stores will stock unlocked models.  Then get a simple prepaid plan or something.  That's what I do.  The phone will cost more upfront since there's no subsidy but you'll save a ton of money in the long run.

Contracts are a complete scam, but it's a scam that's become so entrenched here people think it's normal...
1950  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PAX Prime 2012 on: September 08, 2012, 03:11:47 PM
Did you do any of the non video game related stuff like D&D Next or anything?

Didn't do any D&D Next but I did playtest a couple indie RPGs (including a not-yet-published one based on Atomic Robo which was pretty cool).  Also went to the pre-PAX boardgame night which was a ton of fun.
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