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1936  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: January 15, 2013, 01:57:05 PM
She's got a release date.

In Europe, anyway.  Still confused about what's going on in the US.  The Siliconera story says NISA is publishing, but I don't think that's ever been officially confirmed.
1937  The Rest / General Discussions / In defense of single player on: January 15, 2013, 03:09:00 AM
Kind of ridiculous that single player even needs to be defended, but that's where we are in this industry...

I don't normally like Jimquisitions (Jim Sterling's long-winded rant time), but this one is one of the best I've seen and happens to be all about a topic that I think is pretty relevant here.

It's funny that so many publishers seem intent not just on including tacked on (and completely forgettable) multiplayer modes, but now feel compelled to label single player games as something undesirable.  Can anyone seriously call playing online with a bunch of complete strangers screaming "faggot" every 5 seconds being social?

A good single player game is a conversation between the creators and the player.  They can have just as much merit as reading a book.  I guess only sad lonely people read books.
1938  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Most Anticipated 2013 Discussion Thread on: January 14, 2013, 11:52:38 PM
Surprised to see DA3 on that list, I wasn't aware it actually had a release date.

For now, I'm mostly just looking forward to working on my backlog.  Seriously, it needs work.  I'll probably get Xillia when it comes out, though.
1939  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.
1940  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/
1941  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.
1942  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...
1943  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.
1944  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...
1945  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.
1946  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.
1947  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.
1948  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.
1949  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...
1950  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.
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