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1951  The Rest / General Discussions / Who publishes your games this gen? on: March 16, 2013, 04:35:54 PM
With the recent SimCity debacle and all the hate EA has been getting lately, along with the hate Activision has been getting for a while for various reasons, I became curious about how many games from these big publishers I actually own.  I knew it wasn't very many, and not because I've been actively boycotting them or anything.  It just that these super-massive publishing juggernauts just can't seem to make the sort of game that I like.  I get it, my tastes are weird.

I decided to quantify exactly how weird my tastes are by cataloging all of my PS3 games by publisher (retail only, not counting expansion packs).  Because why not...

Sony: 7
NISA: 5
Sega: 5
EA: 4
Namco Bandai: 4
Square Enix: 4
Atlus: 3
2K: 2
Bethesda: 2
Valve: 2
Konami: 1


This was just PS3 games, so Sony's lead shouldn't be that surprising.  And obviously things would change with handhelds (Xseed isn't even on this list, but I have a ton of their games on PSP.  I would also expect a big jump for Atlus.).  Even so, I thought this was pretty interesting.  I didn't even realize how many Sega games I owned.  And Namco Bandai benefited massively from me importing...I think only one of those games was actually a US release (that would be Tails of Graces f).  While there are a fair number of EA titles on my shelf (mostly thanks to Bioware...), I really don't own a single Activision game.  Again, I haven't been actively boycotting them, they just don't make any games that I care about...

Maybe I should go back and include handheld titles, it really would change things.  But I'm curious what publishers the rest of you favor.
1952  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 16, 2013, 03:59:53 PM
Oath and Seven feel quite different.  Oath can be thought of as an evolution of the "traditional Ys" (no apostrophe!) system which heavily emphasizes positioning and basic attacks, while Seven takes things in a pretty different direction with more types of attacks and a party-based system.  I happen to like the approach in Seven, but it was a pretty big departure for the series and I know it was controversial among old-school Ys fans.
1953  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 15, 2013, 11:37:59 PM
Even if you go by the released modes, only 2/5 of them even qualify as RTS games.  The problem is everything else was extremely barebones (well, aside from the awesome creator tools).
1954  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 15, 2013, 11:34:12 PM
It's Makoto Shinkai weekend at Crunchyroll!  Meaning all of his wonderful films are available to watch for a limited time.  If you haven't seen them, then fix that!  The Place Promised in Our Early Days and 5 Centimers Per Second are my favorites.
1955  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 15, 2013, 10:37:16 PM
I'm going to have to vehemently disagree with you about Spore, Mesh.  The game was never billed as Age of Empires light.  The mode you're referring to is only one small piece of what they were promising.  Saying that pre-release videos were accurate because one small piece of the game was relatively similar when nothing else was is disingenuous at best.  And yes, the missing stuff absolutely does alter the core of the game.
1956  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 15, 2013, 02:00:11 AM
To actually answer your question about VC2, Vencoris, the gameplay is quite solid.  Even better than VC1 in many ways (it's better balanced, for starters), though it does suffer a bit from the smaller map size.  The story and presentation leave much to be desired, however.  Actually, they had all the pieces to make a decent story and then did...bugger all with them.  So I guess it depends on what you're looking for.

But yeah, TitS is great.  Just give it some time because it does start slow.
1957  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 15, 2013, 01:23:03 AM
TitS
1958  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 14, 2013, 11:45:05 PM
Freddie Wong does it again!  This was fantastic.
1959  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 14, 2013, 05:12:22 AM
Well I'm pissed.  Just got word that Jmanga is closing.  Jmanga, in case you don't know, is a digital manga service started by the same people behind Crunchyroll.  Unlike Crunchyroll, however, it never really caught on.  Also unlike Crunchyroll (and this may have to do with the first part...) you didn't simply pay a subscription service to access all the content.  You had to actually buy individual titles.  They were cheaper than physical books, sure, but not that much cheaper.

I took a chance with the service because I thought it was a good idea (there's actually surprisingly little English manga available legally digitally) even though I always thought the pricy model was kind of wonky.  And here's my reward: when it shuts down on May 30th I won't be able to access any of the titles I purchased ever again.  And didn't purchase a small number of titles.  That's a fair chunk of change that's just been thrown down the drain.
 
Back to piracy, I guess.  It's more reliable.
1960  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Step Back: FF-X on: March 13, 2013, 09:54:17 PM
Idk, I felt pretty manly watching Paine get dressed.

Manly != perverted
1961  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: March 13, 2013, 04:08:56 PM
Remember when Sony was giving $10 free to use on PSN? Well, at first I didn't get anything but now after taking my eyes off my PS3 for one day I got it.

But I wanted to ask if this is the real thing, it has to say that it was send 'From *psn symbol* PSN' to be sure is real right? Because I have gotten spam about the same thing before in the past.

It's pretty weird that you wouldn't get it until now...but spam?  Is PSN spam even a thing?  I never got any kind of email about it when I got my $10, just showed up in my messages on PSN.  And anyway, the real thing is just a code that you can then redeem on the PSN store.  The worst they could do in spam is give you a bad code or something...I mean, you never have to go to a separate website or anything so it wouldn't work as a phishing attempt.
1962  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 on: March 13, 2013, 02:55:46 PM
Parn, I don't get your beef with the controls.  Don't get me wrong, Nier definitely wasn't perfect.  I'd say the biggest issues were the reuse of environments, boring quests, and the combat was just way too easy.  But the controls?  The controls are bog standard.  I don't recall ever having an issue with the controls, even when I first picked it up.
1963  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 on: March 13, 2013, 12:06:39 AM
Really though, these games are best served by LPs so I'm just going to go ahead and leave this here.

http://lparchive.org/

Are there LPs where people just shut up and play?  I've never been into the LP thing...tried it a couple of times and was completely turned off by the constant banal commentary...
1964  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 on: March 12, 2013, 08:15:59 PM
I've never actually played a Drakengard game, but after Nier I'm intrigued.  Should I go back and play the first two?  Is the gameplay as bad as they say?
1965  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 12, 2013, 12:04:02 AM
This is great:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vj0ld8rCEs

(Though I have no idea why the video description calls it a prank...it's not a prank, it's science!)

Bonus round, Smeagol sings Mad World:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2INfnfP4wU8
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