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1996  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Project Eternity on: October 16, 2012, 04:45:58 AM
The Project Eternity kickstarter is wrapping up (only 16 hours to go as I'm writing this) and I'm surprised there isn't more talk about it here.  If you're a fan of the Infinity Engine games (Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, Planescape: Torment), the original Fallout games, or Arcanum then you should be interested in this game.  Many of the same people who madde those games are working on it and they're very much trying to recreate that classic RPG feel that's been lost in a lot of modern games.  Since that list I just mentioned includes a number of my favorate games of all time, naturally I was interested.

The cool thing is that even with 16 hours to go PE has already beaten the Double Fine Adventure's record for most-funded video game on kickstarter, and from what understand in most kickstarter projects there's a big surge on the last day as people who were hesitating decide to put some money down.  It will be interesting to see how high it gets in the next few hours.  Seems like all the stretch goals have been met (when you add in Paypal donations which are over $100k but aren't included in the total on the kickstarter page), so they might be introducing some new ones.

The kickstarter page is here so check it out.
1997  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 14, 2012, 07:59:58 PM
When there's only one laundry machine in the building and somebody decides to do six consecutive loads of laundry (on a friggin Sunday, no less...the biggest laundry day of the week), that justifies murder, right?
1998  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: October 14, 2012, 07:20:45 AM
This is just weird...you can't have a slogan in the bathroom?  When your religion prohibits everything you ought to have a thicker skin about violations.  I seriously doubt IW made that texture just for that picture frame in that location.  They probably didn't even notice it.

You saw what happened in Libya a month ago. Right?

You are aware that it's not the religion itself that's the problem, but the extremists within that use whatever means they can find to incite outrage and violence to further their cause. Aren't you?

And you know that it's not just the Muslim faith that suffers from such false and manipulative practitioners but all religions as it is of humankind's base nature to do so. Don't you?

So you understand that what this is isn't an act of censorship but an act of responsibility on the developer's part to avoid providing more fodder to be used to incite more incidents that'll lead to the loss of life.

You seem to be missing the point.  I was mainly objecting to how silly and trivial the complaint was.  Then you argue that since violent extremists exist everyone else has to be extra careful not to say anything that might potentially offend them and somehow that's not censorship.  That doesn't even make sense, man.

I'm not sure why you brought up Libya since the situations are not remotely the same.  If you're talking about the attack on our embassy, well that was a premediated attack by terrorists who just used the protests as cover.  If you're talking about the protests (that weren't just in Libya, they were all over the Muslim world) they were in response to a truly horrible video that was specifically intended to provoke that sort of response.  Basically, the Muslim world got trolled.  Of course that doesn't justify violence, nothing does, but nobody is claiming that this situation is analogous...well, except you I guess.
1999  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: October 14, 2012, 02:30:19 AM
This is just weird...you can't have a slogan in the bathroom?  When your religion prohibits everything you ought to have a thicker skin about violations.  I seriously doubt IW made that texture just for that picture frame in that location.  They probably didn't even notice it.
2000  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: October 13, 2012, 02:07:27 AM
Lots of games have had some sort of Facebook integration, usually of the form of spamming people with stuff you've done in the game.  I don't know about XIII-2 since I didn't play it.

But having achievements tied to Facebook...ew.  Makes me feel dirty just thinking about it.
2001  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 13, 2012, 01:45:42 AM
I kickstarted for my first time.

They totally needed it, too.  Barely made those funding goals.
2002  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 12, 2012, 12:47:37 AM
I don't know much about Motohiro, but Gen Urobuchi is reason enough to watch the show as far as I'm concerned.
2003  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: October 10, 2012, 10:38:32 PM

Oh man...this game looks bad...everything I feared has come true.

First of all, the guy playing it is completely obnoxious and I wish he would just shut up.  I know that's not the game's fault but I had to comment...I want to leave the sound on to hear the game but listening to him giggle at every immature joke is torture.

I already completely hate the prince character.  His personality is awful.  Almost every line he speaks makes me cringe.  Oh, and sure enough it looks like he's going to be in Drake's body for most of the game.

The gameplay looks stiff and awkward.  Panning around on the map is particularly bad.  Drake is flying next to Toki but they're both 2D sprites so when you move the camera it actually moves Drake to keep them in the same respective orientation, which looks really silly.  Then there's that ridiculous backing up animation, I guess because they didn't want to have to animate Toki facing different directions.  I feel like it should be accompanied by that beeping sound trucks made when they back up.

But then there's the combat.  Admittedly this is pretty early in the game, but it doesn't look like there's much depth to it.  Just attack and block/dodge, which the option to use long-range attacks or jump up close to the opponent for short range attacks (sorry, no freedom of movement, it's strictly a binary choice).  Animations take a lot of frames and most of the challenge seems to be in not leaving time to dodge.

The story is incredibly stupid.  Apparently Toki/Towa just happened to have this time-travelling ability but never bothered to use it before.  Then she goes back in time and, after finding out absolutely nothing from the fortune-teller, has another friggin tea party.  (I have a feeling there's going to be a lot of those)  Toki discusses things with her friends and one of them points out that the assassins at the wedding might be related to the assassin's guild (based solely on their appearance).  So what do they do?  They wander around the assassin district of town looking for people dressed like assassins!  Then they actually find some, fight them, and then--I swear to go I'm not making this up--they find out that they're actually assassin wannabe's who just dress like assassins to be cool.  It does actually make more sense that way, I guess, but the whole exchange is ridiculous.  This is not a game that wants to be taken seriously.  Then they go back and have another tea party (an hour into the game and this is the third one already)...that's about where I quit.

In summary, this game looks shallow, awkward and very heavy on the fanservice and innuendo.


What the fuck just happened at 5:55!?  Not only shit frame rate, but that chick sort of flips like an ani-tard.

Nothing.  Seriously.  She's just yelling at the idiot couple for being too close before their wedding.

I see while I was writing this Aeolus wrote something similar, oh well.
2004  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 09, 2012, 08:29:39 PM
I don't even talk to my neighbors...
2005  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 joins Square Enix's Ultimate Hits budget line in Japan on: October 09, 2012, 02:27:21 AM
Sony...

Well, there is no Crisis Core on PSN, but if you have a PSP, you can buy a physical copy.  Phantasy Star Portable 2; physical PSP only.

I think Sony is genius, but I am not happy with them.  There is some nasty shit you can do with your Vita and the PSM SDK (rectified by the $100 price tag in November) but I still don't buy their reasoning for not having Phantasy portable 2 available on PSN.

I think they think that I'll buy PSO2 on Vita if I don't bust my nut all up in  PSP2, and will end up paying more child support to them-- sorry

They want to sell new games, and probably figured out our buying habits.

1.  What on earth makes you think that was Sony's decision and not, say, Sega's?

2.  What does any of this have to do with this thread?
2006  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 08, 2012, 11:43:22 PM
I don't know why, exactly, but the streamers have done a really poor job of getting licenses to shows this season.  In fact there's very little I care about that actually is being streamed.  I haven't felt that way in years..I thought the industry had moved past that.  I don't mind fansubs in terms of their quality or anything (in fact, some of them can be really really good), but I do want to support legitimate companies whenever that's an option.

Well, Chuunibyou is supposedly going to be streamed by The Anime Network at some point in the future, but they still don't seem to have any idea when.  It's obviously not a simulcast.  Maybe more shows will be picked up in delayed casts, who knows.

Edit:  Of course the day after I saw that Funimation has a huge licensing announcement.  Unfortunately they're pretty much my least-favorite streaming service, but I guess it's better than nothing.
2007  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: October 08, 2012, 04:48:17 PM
If you judge a game by its dumbest fans then all games are terrible...

Even the creators acknowledge other tactics games.
2008  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good import games for PS3/PSP/DS? on: October 06, 2012, 01:55:25 AM
XSeed is just as much to blame as VW

No, they're really not.  They actually had the game translated.  It was done.  Vanillaware completely dropped the ball on this one.
2009  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: October 05, 2012, 02:31:38 AM
You know how DeLoreans are made from stainless steel so they're typically not painted?  They're just good old stainless steel color.  I knew a guy with a DeLorean who loved to polish it.  He just polished it all the time until it was super-shiny.  As a result he couldn't drive it on sunny days because the sun would reflect off the shiny hood and blind the driver...

There's a metaphor in there somewhere.
2010  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: October 04, 2012, 05:00:22 AM
You know, despite what I just said I was debating whether or not to get this game now.  I was sure I would get it eventually, but I don't really have time for it at the moment so why not wait.  But then I discovered that Amazon has a deal where you get $15 back if you preorder this game.

Ordered.
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