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1996  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 15, 2013, 04:07:51 PM
Finished the first 12 eps of steins gate.... I am pleasantly surprised.... although extremely far fetched and not well explained (which would not be such a problem if the series didn't take itself so seriously) this is highly appealing due to its pacing and characters. I can't wait to see the next twelve..... though I still withhold saying I'm a huge fan until I see this second half as chaos; head didn't fall apart in my eyes until the last leg of it....

I completely agree with you about Chaos;Head, but Steins;Gate only gets better in its second half (and they actually start explaining things...there are reasons for the things that happened in the first half).  Have some faith.
1997  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Most Anticipated 2013 Discussion Thread on: January 15, 2013, 04:04:23 PM
Ni no Kuni ... [it has] blander gameplay compared to their better titles

lol, like what??  I stand of firm opinion that they have to be one of the best companies when it comes to hit-or-miss games.  When they hit, they hit a bullseye, but when they miss, it's because they missed their target by a full 180-degrees.

I never quite understood the love Level 5 seems to get from RPG fans.  Yeah they have some good adventure games, but most of their RPGs are middling to bad.  I thought Rogue Galaxy was terrible, and I'll never understand the love it gets.  Then there was White Knight Chronicles...I guess Dark Cloud was supposed to be good, but I must admit I never played it.  Even so, how many years ago was that now?

Ni no Kuni might buck this trend...maybe.  Colin Moriarty is probably number one on my list of reviewer's who's opinion I couldn't care less about, but there are other positive reviews showing up.  But I wasn't really impressed with the demo...gorgeous game but combat was shallow and repetitive with needlessly obfuscated controls. How is that a good thing?
1998  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: January 15, 2013, 03:03:23 PM
If NISA is doing the localization I can't imagine that they're not involved in the European release in some way.  I mean, there are still people in Europe who speak English, and why would Tecmo want to localize it twice?  I could see Tecmo contracting out the localization but still publishing it themselves.  But I would still expect the US release to be around the same time, it just hasn't been announced yet.
1999  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.
2000  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.
2001  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.
2002  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.
2003  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:
2004  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.
2005  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...
2006  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.
2007  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...
2008  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.
2009  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.
2010  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.
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