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2191  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: January 17, 2013, 10:59:25 PM
The rest isn't too surprising but I seriously didn't expect Lightning to top the list.  But then these polls alway seem biased towards recent releases.
2192  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Missouri wants to tax violent video games. on: January 17, 2013, 07:56:00 PM
I didn't want to want to turn this into a gun-control debate either, but then you had to post that...

For that matter, given that hammers kill more people per year than assault rifles in the US (all rifles combined, actually) if you want to argue from a perspective of reducing violence we're better off banning those.  And kitchen knives, too. (Come to think of it, there is a group in England trying to ban kitchen knives.) 

Completely not true.

The gun control argument also seems particularly silly when you consider that Germany, with it's very strict gun control laws, has had more people killed in mass shootings than the US, even counting the latest one and this is without factoring in the inherent moral problems that come with gun control laws.

Completely not true.

I can respect differences of opinion.  I can't respect people who defend their point of view with made up statistics.
2193  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Missouri wants to tax violent video games. on: January 17, 2013, 05:23:14 PM
It's probably less 'Hey, this is a good idea!' some jackwagon trying to hop on the fear mongering train in order to eek out extra taxes for their state budget.

Maybe, but republicans are supposed to be anti new taxes so this probably isn't the case.  *shrug*

You expect Republicans to be consistent about their "principles"?  Hah!  That's the biggest joke so far.

Also, am I the only one amused by the fact that the media and various spokesmen keep talking about "violent video games" but I have never heard them bring up violent movies.  I'm guessing they don't want to piss off the MPAA/Hollywood and the video game industry is a much easier target so they just left the movies part out.  As far as I'm concerned, you can't wag your finger at one of them (VGs) and not the other.  Better yet, don't wag your finger at all but that's probably not going to happen.

How about the violence in the news itself...like when they sensationalize something like the Newtown incident, giving it 24 hour coverage, and are basically making it clear to anyone who wants attention that this is how you get it...
2194  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: January 16, 2013, 01:40:28 PM
Tecmo Koei still doesn't know what's going on, but at least they're trying.
2195  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: January 15, 2013, 09:10:20 PM
Siliconera has another story up and they're still claiming no Japanese voices.  This is confusing...

Edit:  There's a massive shitstorm on the NISA forums after one of the NISA guys popped in and said it would be English dub only (and only a partial dub at that).  Meanwhile Tecmo is going "huh, what you talking about?" on Twitter...serious lack of communication here.
2196  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Most Anticipated 2013 Discussion Thread on: January 15, 2013, 07:38:38 PM
... what about old PSP titles that RPGFan did multiple news stories on? No love for BlackRock Shooter or Sol Trigger? Is there just no hope?

I've pretty much given up on BRS at this point.  I know NISA still claims they're doing it, but...what on earth are they waiting for then?  The PSP market certainly isn't going to get better and this isn't a case like Trails or something where the script is just that huge.  If they were going to do it I can't figure out why they haven't already.

Sol Trigger was never even announced, was it?
2197  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 15, 2013, 07:17:50 PM
So I go to gamestop to go get Ni No Kuni today.....only to be told it comes out the 22nd.

WTF, when did the release date change? This has literally ruined my week.

Um...I don't think it was ever supposed to come out today.
2198  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 15, 2013, 04:07:51 PM
Finished the first 12 eps of steins gate.... I am pleasantly surprised.... although extremely far fetched and not well explained (which would not be such a problem if the series didn't take itself so seriously) this is highly appealing due to its pacing and characters. I can't wait to see the next twelve..... though I still withhold saying I'm a huge fan until I see this second half as chaos; head didn't fall apart in my eyes until the last leg of it....

I completely agree with you about Chaos;Head, but Steins;Gate only gets better in its second half (and they actually start explaining things...there are reasons for the things that happened in the first half).  Have some faith.
2199  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Most Anticipated 2013 Discussion Thread on: January 15, 2013, 04:04:23 PM
Ni no Kuni ... [it has] blander gameplay compared to their better titles

lol, like what??  I stand of firm opinion that they have to be one of the best companies when it comes to hit-or-miss games.  When they hit, they hit a bullseye, but when they miss, it's because they missed their target by a full 180-degrees.

I never quite understood the love Level 5 seems to get from RPG fans.  Yeah they have some good adventure games, but most of their RPGs are middling to bad.  I thought Rogue Galaxy was terrible, and I'll never understand the love it gets.  Then there was White Knight Chronicles...I guess Dark Cloud was supposed to be good, but I must admit I never played it.  Even so, how many years ago was that now?

Ni no Kuni might buck this trend...maybe.  Colin Moriarty is probably number one on my list of reviewer's who's opinion I couldn't care less about, but there are other positive reviews showing up.  But I wasn't really impressed with the demo...gorgeous game but combat was shallow and repetitive with needlessly obfuscated controls. How is that a good thing?
2200  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: January 15, 2013, 03:03:23 PM
If NISA is doing the localization I can't imagine that they're not involved in the European release in some way.  I mean, there are still people in Europe who speak English, and why would Tecmo want to localize it twice?  I could see Tecmo contracting out the localization but still publishing it themselves.  But I would still expect the US release to be around the same time, it just hasn't been announced yet.
2201  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: January 15, 2013, 01:57:05 PM
She's got a release date.

In Europe, anyway.  Still confused about what's going on in the US.  The Siliconera story says NISA is publishing, but I don't think that's ever been officially confirmed.
2202  The Rest / General Discussions / In defense of single player on: January 15, 2013, 03:09:00 AM
Kind of ridiculous that single player even needs to be defended, but that's where we are in this industry...

I don't normally like Jimquisitions (Jim Sterling's long-winded rant time), but this one is one of the best I've seen and happens to be all about a topic that I think is pretty relevant here.

It's funny that so many publishers seem intent not just on including tacked on (and completely forgettable) multiplayer modes, but now feel compelled to label single player games as something undesirable.  Can anyone seriously call playing online with a bunch of complete strangers screaming "faggot" every 5 seconds being social?

A good single player game is a conversation between the creators and the player.  They can have just as much merit as reading a book.  I guess only sad lonely people read books.
2203  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Most Anticipated 2013 Discussion Thread on: January 14, 2013, 11:52:38 PM
Surprised to see DA3 on that list, I wasn't aware it actually had a release date.

For now, I'm mostly just looking forward to working on my backlog.  Seriously, it needs work.  I'll probably get Xillia when it comes out, though.
2204  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Obama won't support building 'Death Star' on: January 13, 2013, 09:16:17 PM
Lightsabers don't kill people.  People kill people.
2205  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What Yoda Found in Space for us to F**c Up on: January 13, 2013, 04:44:42 AM
This is pretty cool:
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