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1981  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.
1982  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.
1983  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.
1984  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...
1985  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.
1986  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...
1987  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.
1988  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.
1989  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Games of the Year 2012 Discussion Thread on: January 08, 2013, 12:59:58 PM
Serious lack of Tales of Graces f on this list.  Definitely one of my favorites of the year. Should have been a shoo-in for best combat at the very least.  Sorry, but Mass Effect and Xenoblade don't even come close in that regard in my opinion.
1990  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 06, 2013, 04:40:26 PM
The worst thing about trying to listen to the fanbase is that they never want anything new (they are, after all, fans of what came before...).  There would be zero innovation if developers actually listened to them.
1991  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 06, 2013, 12:50:38 PM
That might be a little on the high end, but not by much.  This shit is expensive in Japan.
1992  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Less than absolute zero??? on: January 05, 2013, 11:13:34 PM
In case there's anyone who doesn't want to read the paper (or can't, 'cause you need journal access...), here's a general news article that actually does a pretty decent job of explaining it:

1993  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: January 05, 2013, 10:43:26 PM
We all told Klyde to skip Rorona but he just wouldn't listen...

Heck, even Gust is skipping it with their Vita re-releases.  They did Totori, are working on Meruru, but haven't said a peep about re-releasing Rorona.
1994  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 05, 2013, 10:39:16 PM
It's definitely more "inspired by" than based on, but there are a lot of Shakespeare references.

You know what I meant. >:(

Honestly I'd be really surprised if there was a manga or anime adaptation made within the last 5 years that's more based upon rather than "inspired by" like how pretty much every instance of the story Romance of the Three Kingdoms is at best "inspired by" verses actually based upon.

OK, but it's not inspired by any particular work by Shakespeare.  There are some pretty obvious allusions to The Tempest but there are also references to Hamlet and other works.  It's not cribbing the plot from any one source is what I meant.  Saying "based on" would really be pushing it.

BTW, I tried reading the original Romance of the Three Kingdoms once (well, a translated version but a pretty literal one), and it is dry as heck.  I couldn't get through it.  Half the book is just like a list of battles and people who fought in them (person A defeated person B then person C defeated person D and on and on and on...).  Turns out literature actually has advanced since then...

Oh yeah, Mickeymac's question.  I don't actually know what you've seen already, but in terms of short-but-good series a couple that come to mind are Kokoro Connect and Another.  Kind of on opposite ends of the spectrum, though.
1995  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Less than absolute zero??? on: January 05, 2013, 07:45:49 PM
It's 'hotter' because when temperature goes negative the probability distribution is actually emphasizes high-energy states over low-energy states (which is why an upper bound energy is so important, because otherwise the probability distribution would just explode to infinity).  So no, there aren't more particles in the ground state.  At absolute zero all particles would be in the ground state, but if you keep going 'down' in temperature you start having particles in excited states again, but now with a totally different shape to the probability distribution than a positive temperature.
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