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2071  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Record of Agarest Wars 2 LE.... and its coming out in the US... on: April 23, 2012, 01:29:59 AM
Well I haven't had an erection in almost 3 years now, so it certainly isn't about the sex appeal for me.... I am a huge fan of all this crap but NEVER would I EVER claim it is meaningful, or anything beyond fanservice for that matter.... I do adore these games for very shallow reasons and that I will gladly admit. It is bright, bubbly and makes me happy in a nostalgic way that reminds of being a kid again I guess... Its hard to express really, but its all about the visual aesthetic of it all for me.... Maybe... Okay surely, I'm just weird.... but come on, there has to be some other folk out there that just happen to like the stuff because it oozes some of the most beautiful, albeit cliche and over done, anime-esque graphic to grace console gaming..... Even as big of a fan as I am though (and I am a freakin' ridiculous fan of these admittingly poor titles), once again, to claim they've got any type of appeal beyond that is sort of absurd I suppose.... I feel like fans create a worse stigma for this stuff than the actually games, products or bonus material itself....

You know, I can actually respect that.

People like what they like.  It's harmless fantasy.  I can't help but feel that some people are a little too eager to stigmatize others over stuff like this.  It's just drawings, guys.

That said, it's not so much the sex or fanservice in these games that bothers me so much as the mindlessness of it all.  The development seems so forced and cliche.  And if the rest of the game doesn't measure up then why are you playing a game at all instead of reading manga or watching anime or something?  I find bad gameplay pretty intolerable.

I would actually welcome more well-written sex scenes in games, but that's pretty damn rare.
2072  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 23, 2012, 01:20:44 AM
Fine, fine.

Now where can I get a drink?
2073  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 23, 2012, 01:11:39 AM
I thought P4 was much, much better, but why are we talking about this here?
2074  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Record of Agarest Wars 2 LE.... and its coming out in the US... on: April 22, 2012, 10:31:46 PM
this is just too cool

No, I don't think "cool" is the word I was looking for...
2075  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tetsuya Nomura hints at possible sequel to The World Ends With You on: April 20, 2012, 05:53:54 PM
This one has been on my "to get to" list for quite some time now.... It is just the art style that turns me off everytime I look to my shelf to pick my next backlogged title.... How hip-hop-ity is this really? cause it sure looks awfully hip-hop-ity to me......

I wouldn't describe it as "hip-hop-ity" at all...certainly it's a contemporary urban setting, but it's still distinctly Japanese.  And the music and art draws from a number of different sources.

2076  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: JRPGs are in theory Superior to WRPGs on: April 20, 2012, 03:55:52 AM
Not another one of these threads...
2077  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Awesome Anime's and Manga's That Really Rocks! on: April 19, 2012, 05:33:42 PM
Agreed.  Honestly I thought 20th Century Boys was pretty weak.  Interesting concept, but too drawn out and there was so much retcon'ing (How many times can you go, "Oh, remember that guy who was totally our close friend but we never mentioned even once before now in all our flashbacks...turns out he's important now all of the sudden").  It got really convoluted towards the end, too.

Monster is great, though.
2078  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 19, 2012, 01:07:45 PM
I suppose I really should see War in the Pocket one of these days.  I've heard good things but somehow never got around to it...
2079  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 19, 2012, 11:25:52 AM
Turn A is one of the few Gundam shows I've seen that I actually liked.  Note: I'm not exactly a Gundam fan.
2080  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Superman is a moron on: April 17, 2012, 05:18:28 PM
My favorite superman comic.
2081  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Agent D's House of Rant. on: April 15, 2012, 09:24:31 PM
Er, you basically just described the free-to-play model, Mesh.  And it's huge.

Of course the trick with free-to-play stuff is to make the DLC essentially required if you want to do well in the game, even if it isn't technically necessary to play it.
2082  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / The Raid on: April 14, 2012, 09:58:02 PM
The Raid (Renamed to The Raid: Redemption in the US due to some trademark concern, but that seems to be a totally random subtitle they added since there wasn't exactly any redemption in this film...) is an absoluely brilliant martial arts film from Indonesia.  After an extremely positive reception at film festivals it got picked up by Sony Pictures for a US theatrical release, but it's still a pretty limited release (I guess the average movie-goer doesn't want to watch a subtitled Indonesian film...) so I would recommend seeing it while you can.

I saw it last night and I must say there aren't enough movies like this.  Sure the setup is pretty basic, but once it gets going you are in for some of the best choreographed fight scenes you will ever see.  This movie is unapologetically nonstop action.  Rather than depending on some hackneyed cliche plot to keep things moving The Raid presents you with the basic players and motives from the start and relies purely on the action to draw you in.  But actually although it's not the focus there is a real story going on, they just decided to deliver it in subtle bits and pieces rather than lead the audience around by the nose.  You only need to pay attention.

I'm sure that some people will look at a movie like this and think it's just violence without purpose, but I don't think that's true at all.  This film turns violence into art.  It's an exploration of the cruel side of human nature.
2083  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Agent D's House of Rant. on: April 12, 2012, 12:28:12 PM
I was going to comment, but John beat me to it.  He said everything I was going to say...

But in addition to the fact (and it is a fact, you can't just ignore inflation...) that games are cheaper now than ever before, development costs are higher now than ever before.  It's a peculiar situation, and developers have to find some way to make money.

Though personally I hate the nickel and diming.  I actually would prefer to just pay more (and wait longer) for the complete product.  But I feel like I'm in the minority there.
2084  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Getting psyched for Gungnir on: April 11, 2012, 05:32:38 PM
I felt like this game deserves a topic now that there's an actual release date (June 12!).  Sure there's the Atlus announcement topic, but most of that was talking about Growlanser anyway.

Even those Sting seems to have a reputation for doing weird stuff, I gotta say I'm looking forward to a pure SRPG from them.  Yggdra Union remains my favorite Sting game to this day.  They do strategy well.  Gungnir looks great from the screenshots that have been posted.  But I'll probably get it digitally since I plan on getting a Vita soon.
2085  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: April 10, 2012, 10:11:48 PM
You guys should just be glad you don't play Idolm@ster.  The DLC pricing there makes this stuff look like a bargain.

Namco Bandai is probably one of the worst offenders there is, DLC-wise.  I think they're much worse about it than Capcom.  I guess you don't hear much about it in the states because so many of their games either don't make it here at all or are pretty niche when they do.
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