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2011  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 10, 2013, 12:33:39 AM
This is some seriously cool stuff.
2012  Media / General Games / Re: Spec Ops: The Line on: March 09, 2013, 03:24:45 PM
The game is free on PS+ right now (god damn PS+ is awesome) so I'm out of excuses not to get it...
2013  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys: Memories of Celceta... on: March 09, 2013, 01:02:51 AM
Well if you get that Vita you can always play Ys Seven and Oath on it.  Just get them digitally.

But I have Seven and Oath. That's the reason why I want to get a PSP.

Well I'm not sure why you bought games for a system you don't own, but they're only $15 each on the PSN (and I'm pretty sure they've been on sale before for less than that before...), so it's probably cheaper to rebuy them than to buy a PSP just for those two games...
2014  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 08, 2013, 10:54:53 PM
^ Agreed.

Three reasons I'll never travel to a big dense tropical rainforests:
(1) Raflessia are clearly a mistake made by god
(2) Cordyceps are the other ^
(3) By the time I'm done school and have a job that takes me places other than North America, the rain forests will be gone.

Isn't that the stuff that was the inspiration for The Last of Us?

Edit: Nothing to do with anything, but I found this interesting:
2015  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: International Women's Day! on: March 08, 2013, 01:35:19 PM
I'm not sure what gender-reversed Haruhi has to do with anything, but OK.
2016  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: I think this is why japan's video game industry is taken far more seriously... on: March 08, 2013, 04:51:44 AM
The sample size is far too small for this to be a valid scientific study.

Additionally, the study only compared one person's rack to the game.

That's what I said..."sample size" is statistical terminology.

I guess there is another interpretation of my statement.  Oh double entendres...
2017  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys: Memories of Celceta... on: March 08, 2013, 03:20:50 AM
Well if you get that Vita you can always play Ys Seven and Oath on it.  Just get them digitally.
2018  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys: Memories of Celceta... on: March 07, 2013, 11:41:29 PM
I don't think you were stepping on any toes, GuardianBoi.  Eusis was just explaining why there hasn't been much talk.  And actually there was some talk about it back in the thread about Xseed's big announcement.

I'm psyched for it.  Preordered pretty much as soon as it was announced.  Between this, Soul Sacrifice, and Muramasa: Rebirth it's not looking like such a bad year for the Vita.
2019  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: I think this is why japan's video game industry is taken far more seriously... on: March 07, 2013, 08:45:00 PM
The sample size is far too small for this to be a valid scientific study.
2020  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: March 07, 2013, 06:04:18 PM

Ugh, that's awful.  How can people defend the dubs in these games?
2021  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tetsuya Nomura on Versus XIII and Next Kingdom Hearts: "Keep waiting... please?" on: March 07, 2013, 03:53:40 AM
Hah, I meant to write "buying Eidos", but I guess "being Eidos" works too...
2022  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tetsuya Nomura on Versus XIII and Next Kingdom Hearts: "Keep waiting... please?" on: March 07, 2013, 03:22:03 AM
S-E has become the laughingstock of the industry (at least with regard to their internal Japanese projects, being Eidos is the smartest thing they've done this generation...).  If they're seriously trying to turn things around that's great, but I'll believe it when I see it.  Their latest showing at the PS4 conference doesn't exactly instill me with confidence...
2023  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 06, 2013, 11:51:54 PM
I don't know...I like Miku and all, but not enough to eat Domino's...
2024  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Torment: Tides of Numenera Kickstarter launched on: March 06, 2013, 09:14:17 PM
Less than a day?  Yes, six hours is less than a day...but it sound more impressive to say six hours ;)

I put in $20 for the early supporter digital copy.  I figure it's worth betting $20 on, but I doubt I'll raise that.
2025  Media / Brush and Quill / Random thoughts on reading outside your native language on: March 06, 2013, 07:33:52 PM
I've been reading a lot of light novels lately in Japanese.  My Japanese has been steadily improving but I'm still a long way from any kind of fluency.  Light novels are nice to practice with because they're, well, light.  They're a lot easier to read than serious literature (and while they don't put furigana for every word the way a shounen manga does, they do it for less common words, thank god).  And of course it doesn't hurt that I enjoy them.  There's something of a light novel boom in Japan right now, with tons of them being produced and more and more anime series are being based on light novels rather than manga (not to mention all the games and spin-offs, etc).  It's a good time to get into reading them.  But reading novels in a language you're not completely confident is challenging, and in the course of doing so I've observed a few things I thought were interesting:

1.  Action is hard.  I guess this shouldn't realy come as a big surprise, but it's an interesting contrast with, say, manga.  Action in manga is mostly told with images (and maybe some commentary), so action-heavy mangas are obviously much easier to read than dialogue-heavy ones.  But in novel form it's the complete opposite.  Properly describing an action scene with just text is hard, and often involves more advanced vocabulary, metaphors, etc.

When you start out learning a language the words you learn are almost always geared towards conversation, since that's what most people want/need to do most.  But properly describing a scene just takes different words.  Words you don't necessary use in conversation very often.  I often find myself inwardly relieved everytime I make it to a start quotation mark, because I know that things are going to get easier.  Even though I enjoy long flowing descriptions in English (well, assuming they're well-written at least), when it comes to Japanese give me dialogue!  I can handle dialogue.

2.  You can end up really learning a particular author's style.  I found this interesting and quite unexpected.  Keep in mind that I'm pretty much always reading with a dictionary next to me so I can look of words I don't know.  I don't expect that to change anytime soon, it's really just a question of rates.  When I'm in the zone, so to speak, I might only have to look a one word every few pages.  But then there are times when I'm bogged down looking up multiple words in a single sentence...

Anyway, this lead me to an interesting observation.  I noticed that after I've read a few volumes from a particular author, things get a lot easier.  I spend most of my time "in the zone".  This even led me to arrogantly believe that my Japanese had substantially improved and I was ready for harder challenges.  Well, I was getting a hang of something:  I was getting the hang of that author.  Because as soon as I started reading books from different authors it felt like I was back at square one.  But after spending time with a different author my reading speed would once again substantially improve.  Only to feel like I was starting over again when I moved on to yet another author...

This is how I see it:  Really common words are used by pretty much everyone.  They're really common, after all.  But I generally already know the really common words (I have been working on this Japanese thing for a number of years, after all).  It's not the common words that I'm stopping to look up.  My hypothesis is that when you start getting to less common words their usage is far less uniform.  Certain authors will favor certain words, and end up using them a lot.  Far more often than they would appear if you looked average rate over all Japanese literature.  So it's only natural that after a while you start to get used to that author's vocabulary.  But that author's vocabulary isn't really representative of anyone besides that author.  Hence the "starting over" feeling when trying books by someone else.  Each author has their own individual stable of less common words that they favor.

I think this is much less obvious to somebody who's already fluent in the language, since they would generally know the words anyway and wouldn't take much notice.  I'm not necessarily talking about super-rare exotic terminology here.  I just mean words outside the core of staple words that everyone has to use all the time.

Anyway, I wrote more than I had planned so that's enough for now.  Maybe I'll add more observations later if people think this is interesting.
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