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2011  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 13, 2012, 02:04:57 AM
Is PSP region free?

Yes.  I have a ton of import PSP games.
2012  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Andriasang is closing :( on: September 13, 2012, 12:24:41 AM
Some dork named Kevadu started a blog trying to emulate Andriasang's style but I don't know if he's going to keep at it.  Seems like a bit of a flake.
2013  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 12, 2012, 05:40:35 PM
Did you shop for it at a store or something?  I don't know about stores...can't remember the last time I bought a movie at a store...

But 5 seconds of googling found this.
2014  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 12, 2012, 01:55:38 PM
I never saw Madoka as a parody of magical girls or something.  Instead it's a deconstruction of the genre.  It takes all the common tropes (and if ever there was a genre of anything that's full of tropes it's magical girl anime...) and turns them on their heads, constantly defying the viewer's expectations.  When viewed in that light it's an absolutely brilliant work, full of commentary and criticism of the genre without ever resorting to gags while simultaneously pushing it forward.  It's the kind of show you can only expect to see once in a decade at most.
2015  The Rest / General Discussions / Andriasang is closing :( on: September 11, 2012, 02:24:30 AM
The horrible news.

I know there are a number of frequent visitors to that site here (I've seen some of you in the comments).  It was my favorite English source of Japanese gaming news.  Yeah Siliconera has some, but not as comprehensively.  Visiting Andriasang has been part of my daily routine for years...definitely going to miss Anoop's witty commentary.
2016  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 08, 2012, 11:13:22 PM
Can I just buy a smartphone with wifi capabilities without doing any pointless data plan and just get a SIM card??!?! Help me, please.

Yes you can.  No phone company will tell you how, though.  You'll probably have to buy the phone online since very few stores will stock unlocked models.  Then get a simple prepaid plan or something.  That's what I do.  The phone will cost more upfront since there's no subsidy but you'll save a ton of money in the long run.

Contracts are a complete scam, but it's a scam that's become so entrenched here people think it's normal...
2017  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PAX Prime 2012 on: September 08, 2012, 03:11:47 PM
Did you do any of the non video game related stuff like D&D Next or anything?

Didn't do any D&D Next but I did playtest a couple indie RPGs (including a not-yet-published one based on Atomic Robo which was pretty cool).  Also went to the pre-PAX boardgame night which was a ton of fun.
2018  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: September 08, 2012, 03:08:56 PM
I prefer the Gundam Style version somebody posted here a while back.  Unfortunately it got taken down from Youtube because of a copyright claim.  Fortunately, Vimeo doesn't seem to care about copyrights...either that or nobody cares about Vimeo.

Come on, it really sounds like he's saying Gundam.  Once you've made that connection you can't go back...
2019  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What if classic RPGs were remade with 'modern standards'? on: September 08, 2012, 01:39:12 PM
Guys, why on earth would a remake have a completely new title?

Now some sort of shitty phone/social game I could imagine...
2020  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Next 10 years of Mega Man being discussed by "Top Men" at Capcom on: September 07, 2012, 02:52:44 AM
Actually it's Big O, which is basically Japanese Batman (he's a billionaire who has a butler and a ward, the only difference is that instead of fighting crime with peak human abilities, he fights aliens with a giant robot).

Was it aliens? I thought it was giant robot piloted by human versus giant robot piloted by human most of the time.

Yeah, it's been a while since I've seen Big O but I don't remember any aliens...
2021  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: September 04, 2012, 11:42:08 PM
Okay, meanwhile, I'll just be hoping there'll ever be a way I can legally play the game, regardless of format.

You can legally play it in Japanese right now! ;)
2022  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PAX Prime 2012 on: September 04, 2012, 06:30:43 PM
Can you tell me about Dokuro? I'm kind of interested in that game.

It's seemed like a decent puzzle platformer, but didn't really strike me as anything special.  Basically your job is to escort the princess from one end of each map to the other, but the princess is quite dumb in a predictable Lemmings sort of way.  She will happily walk of cliffs if you let her.  Most of the puzzles revolve around pushing blocks, activating switches, etc. to make a safe path for her.  There's some light combat too, but it's not the focus.  What I played was pretty easy, but it was also the beginning of the game where you expect things to be easy.  I can't comment beyond that.


On another note, nobody has taken me up on the Neverwinter beta code offer.  OK, I wasn't exactly praising the game, but maybe the real thing would be better.  I don't plan on using it, though, so the code is still available for the first person who wants it.
2023  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: September 04, 2012, 04:05:53 AM
Doing some thread necromancy because of this.

We had always heard the story about how since there was no PSN version of the second title (related to the fact that it was on two UMDs) a Western release would have to be UMD-only, which is a really hard sell with the state of the PSP market these days.  This is pure speculation, of course, but now that there is a PSN version, which should presumably work on Vita as well, the odds of it getting localized just went up dramatically.
2024  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PAX Prime 2012 on: September 03, 2012, 04:30:35 AM
Well, the show is over.  I'm a feeling a little less down about the whole thing than my previous post implies, though there really was a complete lack of single-player RPGs.  Still, I got to play some cool stuff:

X-Com Enemy Unknown: Game of the show.  A true hardcore strategy game.  I am so looking forward to this.

Hawken: Pretty fun once I got the hang of it.  But I know there's a beta floating around so I guess a lot of people already know that.

Tomb Raider (the reboot): Same as the E3 demo you've probably all ready about.  But I finally got to shoot that deer everyone is talking about (and I got it in two shots, both of which hit but the first wasn't fatal).  Much of the game feels very Uncharted-y, but there are some open areas with more exploration than you typically see in an Uncharted game.

Okami HD: I've played the heck out of Okami already so I mainly wanted to try this because they were demoing it with Move controls and I was kind of curious how well that worked.  My conclusion: stick with a dualshock.

Persona 4 Golden: Yes I went and played it.  Yes it's just like Persona 4.  They had what appeared to be an early build of the whole game and they were just started people at the beginning.  Yes, you heard me correct.  If you've played Persona 4 you should immediately realize why that makes for a terrible, terrible demo.  I love the game but there's like 3 hours of cutscenes before you get to your first combat encounter...

Phantasy Star Online 2: I actually enjoyed this more than I thought I would.  Feels much more action-based and less pure stat munching than most MMORPGs.  Looks pretty too.

They had a bunch of Vita units at Sony's booth with a lot of different games and I gave several of them a whirl without really spending a lot of time with them, including LittleBigPlanet, the new Sly Cooper, Dokuro, and Little King's Story.  But I don't have a lot to say about them.

I also spent some time trying out tabletop games this PAX, which I don't usually do since they're a big time sink but I do love tabletop games.  There was some fun stuff.
2025  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes on: September 03, 2012, 04:05:10 AM
I was at the PAX event.  Pretty cool.  Not sure I have a lot to add, though, since I think pretty much everything that was said there has already been thoroughly covered.  I will say that I'm genuinely intrigued by Kojima's emphasis on the open-worldness of the game, since that's something really new for the series.
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