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2146  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Anime you would most like to see get turned into a new game? on: March 05, 2012, 04:52:50 PM
I'd buy a Maison Ikkoku SRPG and so would you.


What?  I don't even...
2147  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shining Series: Biggest Thing in Series History Happening Next Week (This Week) on: March 05, 2012, 04:50:53 PM
Wait. They're localizing a Shining game? What!?

It's an Andriasang (i.e., translations from Japanese press) story, so it isn't going to have a thing to do with localization.

A lot of negativity in this thread, but I think Shining Blade looks pretty nice.
2148  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Persona 4 G: Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (PS3/360/Arc) Announced (2012,ASW/Atlus) on: March 04, 2012, 01:45:51 AM
Crazy number of new videos:

http://shoryuken.com/2012/03/03/persona-4-uma-japanese-match-footage-round-2/
2149  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: March 02, 2012, 07:43:23 PM
The question is, will this game be in the bargain bin in a few months or will it be impossible to find in a few months...I could honestly see it going either way.

Thing is, even if I buy it now I'm not going to play it for a while (I gave myself a moratorium on gaming until I finish my dissertation...).
2150  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Ass. Creed III on: March 02, 2012, 04:02:37 AM
Anyone else reminded of that terrible Mel Gibson movie, The Patriot?

No

The internet says you're wrong.

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I'm quite looking forward to the notion of dropping a few tomahawks on a few Redcoat skulls. It'll be just like the movie The Patriot! Except with time travel. And without Mel Gibson. And maybe not horrible.

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The tomahawk and the vicious melee attack on the British soldier have a distinctly Mel Gibson’s “The Patriot” feel to them, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the bulk of the game took place in the hit-and-run guerilla tactics that colonial militias were beginning to develop during that time.

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Can you say The Patriot?!?!?

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Or even the Mel Gibson vehicle The Patriot, in which Gibson and Heath Ledger form a rebel militia group to drive the British our of America in 1776.

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Assassin's Creed 3 = Mel Gibson's The Patriot

Seriously, it's not even a small resemblance...just took the first few google hits.
2151  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 02, 2012, 02:06:58 AM
Mini-rant time.  I drive a scooter it's a gorgeous red Genuine Stella, looks sort of like this:


I was out on it tonight, and no fewer than 3 times a car (well, three different cars) did something absolutely batshit crazy and stupid in order to pass me.  I mean shit like passing me on the right at a stop light when there was no right lane.  And all three times the car then proceeded to drive slower than I was going before.  For real.  So you can't even argue that they were in a hurry...

Since these incidents generally happen at stoplights and things, not while I'm actually moving, I generally attribute this kind of crap (this isn't the first time it's happened, though I've never had it happen so many times in one night...) to these drivers not knowing the difference between a real scooter an a 50cc moped or something.  They think they're going to be stuck behind me and then turn into aggressive idiot mode.  Lesson of the day for all of you car drivers: I can go just as fast as you.  OK, sure, I generally avoid highways (none of these incidents happened on a highway though...), but I can (and routinely do) hit 55mph on regular roads without a problem.  Basically anything short of a highway is just fine.  In fact, since a scooter is so light and my two-stroke engine has a lot of torque I can often accelerate from a stop faster than you.  So no, you really don't need to turn into an aggressive idiot just to get in front of me...especially if you're going to proceed to drive slower than I was going.

I mean jeez, if I get hit because some car driver is acting like a complete idiot I'm the one who is going to die...
2152  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: March 02, 2012, 01:50:03 AM
I really should pre-order this.  Gamestop is the only place offering some sort of pre-order bonus, though...and I hate Gamestop.
2153  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Ass. Creed III on: March 01, 2012, 03:27:01 PM
Anyone else reminded of that terrible Mel Gibson movie, The Patriot?
2154  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: March 01, 2012, 03:19:45 PM
I genuinely hope this isn't a DD only release. It would be nice if this were the swan song for the PSP, much like P4 was for PS2, and we get one last limited edition with soundtrack set out of it.

Uh, it certainly won't be digital-only in Japan.  Nor will it be the PSP's swan song.  The PSP is still doing really, really well there and there are tons of games coming out for it (way more than the Vita, actually...).

If you're talking about the US, well they haven't announced that they're bringing this over at all yet.  How well did Innocent Sin sell here?  I don't think it did great...
2155  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Persona 4 G: Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (PS3/360/Arc) Announced (2012,ASW/Atlus) on: February 29, 2012, 01:51:59 PM
What's really interesting is that she doesn't appear to have a persona.  Note that other characters appear along with their personas in the corner portraits, but Labrys appears alone.  And then there's that X'ed out burst thing...
2156  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 on: February 28, 2012, 09:18:03 PM


I don't quite get your attitude here.  You make it sound like this sort of thing should just be expected for anything that comes out of Japan, which is both stupid and untrue.  No doubt this isn't the first game to feature this kind of thing, but there are numerous (and far more successful, I might add) titles out that don't.  I don't even buy your 'tends to happen' statement...it does happen, but it's not like it's even in the majority.  You're talking about a subculture as if it were the norm.


Considering how many times I've picked something up at random, from across practically every genre and medium, over the past 8 years and pretty much found content of that nature contained within it; I'm rather inclined to believe it is quite common until the industries start putting out products that prove me wrong.

I don't believe you're picking stuff up at random at all.  In this very thread you've been completely dismissive when people have suggested other games that might be more worth your money.  And that's not an isolated incident.  Now of course everyone has their biases and interests, but in your case they seem to heavily overlap with the subculture of Japan that embraces this sort of stuff.  That doesn't make it the norm.  There are already tons of products that 'prove you wrong'.  You're just suffering from selection bias.
2157  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Good People Will Die on: February 28, 2012, 07:34:46 PM
Officially confirmed for the US!

Both 3DS and Vita versions.  Dual language support.  Coming this fall.  What more could you ask for?
2158  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 on: February 28, 2012, 07:18:09 PM
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Police Hunt Man for Smiling at Schoolgirl

Police have issued a warning to the public after a man smiled at a schoolgirl. Osaka police posted the following advisory of a suspicious person: There was a case on 08:15, December 9th, where a little girl in Takatsuki City was walking to school when she walked past a man she did not know, who smiled slightly at her. He is thought to be in thirties, and was wearing a black fleece, grey trousers...

Yeah... no idea why Japanese men are turning into herbivores that keep looking at the floor and keep their hands in the air when on public transportation.

You got a source for that quote?  I don't doubt it, but I would be interested in reading more.  I wonder how common that sort of thing is...despite some of the crazy stuff in Japanese media the rates of actual crimes are quite low.


*edits together what he said into a single sentence*
"I couldn't play for more than 10 minutes because the game contained scantily clad pre-teens and I would be embarrassed to be seen with it."

...umm, shoving aside the aforementioned element in this game. Has this dude never seen a single piece of Japanese product in his life? He's like...30 years too late to be pointing out that this tends to happen in Japanese entertainment media. XD

I don't quite get your attitude here.  You make it sound like this sort of thing should just be expected for anything that comes out of Japan, which is both stupid and untrue.  No doubt this isn't the first game to feature this kind of thing, but there are numerous (and far more successful, I might add) titles out that don't.  I don't even buy your 'tends to happen' statement...it does happen, but it's not like it's even in the majority.  You're talking about a subculture as if it were the norm.
2159  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mugen Souls on: February 28, 2012, 12:53:32 AM
Learning kanji is a seemingly endless process...

This right here is the fundamental problem with any "Hey I'll just go learn Japanese!" approach. To elaborate upon Kevadu's statement; in college I had a Japanese teacher (actually a native of the nation) who summarized it by saying there are new Kanji created every year. For my own analogy I would say imagine if the American alphabet suddenly spawned 2 new letters every year which only had very specific uses. Any attempt to 'learn' the language would be far outdated by the time you made any progress. So you pretty much have to live in the culture to have a hope in hell of being able to  proactively read it proficiently.

Er...what era is your Japanese teacher from?  Certainly there was a time when people were actively making up new characters (where do you think all these characters came from...), but that sort of thing is very much discouraged today.  The Japanese government sets standards for the language and there are exactly 2,136 "jouyou kanji" that are accepted for normal use in the language.  In addition to these there's another set of 983 kanji that are strictly used in proper names, the jinmeiyou kanji.  The list of jinmeiyou kanji has seen more fluctuation but again they are only used in names and it's common to write furigana readings for jinmeiyou kanji when they appear in print.  Even native speakers won't necessarily know the less common ones.

Now sometimes you hear talk about how there's over 50,000 chinese characters...and there are, historically.  But first of all that's in China, and second of all many of them aren't in use anywhere anymore.  In both languages the characters are tied closely to the vocabulary and just like there are words that fall out of use or get changed beyond recognition there are characters that fall out of use or get changed beyond recognition.  Have you ever tried reading the Oxford English dictionary and see how many of the words in there you actually know?  Most of them are completely obsolete and you would never recognize.  However, in the modern digital age changes to the basic character set are unlikely to happen.  First of all, people are more connected than ever (change usually happens in isolation).  But more than that the unicode people aren't going to be happy about having to constantly revise their standards ;)

My comment was more referring to the fact that even learning 2,136 is a lot.  And it's even more complicated than that because the same character can have different readings in different contexts.  I know some people take a different approach but I've always tackled it in the sense of learning kanji at the same time I'm learning vocabulary.  Whenever you learn a new word try to learn the characters that make it up at the same time.  After learning enough words you'll start to see characters repeat (and perhaps you'll even grasp their meaning), but I don't dwell too much on the meanings of the actual characters...
2160  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 on: February 28, 2012, 12:10:46 AM
It's true, Japanese pricing can be really weird sometimes.  Like games from small, indie developers costing more than the AAA titles.  The justification being that the AAA titles can easily sell more copies, but maybe they smaller games could sell a bit better if they charged less for them...instead they just try to appeal more and more to a tiny super-hardcore niche that's looking for something very specific.

It's kind of a shame because the indie scene in Japan was traditionally more active than here in the west.  Yeah it's always been there, but it was largely ignored here before the rise of digital distribution while in Japan there were (well, still are) cons and stuff dedicated to that sort of thing that gives people a natural distribution channel.  I guess they also just benefit from a more geographically-concentrated population.  But it's led to a very different indie culture.

Wow, I'm really getting off topic...

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