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2641  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 99-year-old woman plays vidya games every day on: July 22, 2011, 04:33:46 PM
What else are you going to do when you're 99?
2642  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1UP: Why the Golden Age of JRPGs is Over on: July 22, 2011, 04:31:37 PM
Something else to consider in this discussion:  There seem to be way more JRPGs than WRPGs.  Even now while the genre is 'dying'.  Of course WRPGs win in terms of sales numbers, but those sales are concentrated in a handful of big-budget blockbuster games.  But with a few exceptions (like anything with 'Final Fantasy' in the title...), JRPGs are much smaller and lower budget productions.  But perhaps because of that there's a ton of them.  That does make comparing 'average' games from both sides of the pacific a bit difficult, however.
2643  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What do you think of Spoony's Final Fantasy Reviews? on: July 20, 2011, 09:05:54 PM
I don't get why people put FFVII on such a pedestal.  It was a mess too ;)
2644  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: July 20, 2011, 08:10:08 PM
I read episode 0 before playing XIII and I still hated it.
2645  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1UP: Why the Golden Age of JRPGs is Over on: July 19, 2011, 07:14:35 PM
I feel like I've already said everything I have to say about this topic in other threads.  JRPGs certainly aren't big sellers anymore, and it's kind of a miracle that they ever were.  It has only been made worse this generation because of the platform gap:  The most popular system in Japan (the PSP) is also the least popular in the US.  That's something that can easily change in the next generation (heck, I'm really hoping that the Vita catches on here...), but even if it does we aren't suddenly going to see a huge resurgence in the popularity of JRPGs.

But so what?

As long as niche publishers like Xseed exist I will keep buying their games.  And if they don't...well, I've been working on my Japanese skills.  The changes we have seen in the video game market are inevitable as it 'matures' (I use that term loosely...).  Once upon a time gaming itself was a niche hobby, but now we see a huge market of 'bro shooters' that are popular in a very different demographic than the stereotypical gaming nerd.  It's only natural that as the market itself becomes more mainstream the most popular games are going to be targeting that mainstream demographic.  These are people who probably weren't playing games at all back when JRPGs were popular, and they aren't going to suddenly start liking them.

But guess what, I hate mainstream tastes and I always have.  I don't listen to popular music.  I don't watch big Hollywood movies (well, maybe with a couple of exceptions).  I have very nearly given up on TV entirely.  I have long come to accept that fact that my tastes are different from most people's, and it doesn't bother me.  I think a lot of people consider video games differently because it's a hobby that has only recently become mainstream.  But the damage has already been done.  Heck, this is something a lot of people wanted.

So forget the mainstream.  I just hope people continue to make niche games.

2646  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: July 19, 2011, 03:21:19 PM
I have a friend who didn't like XIII's story, but when I finally got the reason out of her, it turns out that she just didn't like it being character driven almost to an extreme. And the database system was just annoying, but I agree on that point.

I like character driven stories...when they have good characters.  The actual characters in XIII were atrocious.
2647  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 18, 2011, 01:08:14 PM
Crab battle!
2648  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type 0 on: July 17, 2011, 12:46:06 PM
Can't say this game has managed to grab my attention, it pops up on gaming news every once in a while then vanishes into obscurity for another several months. From what I've seen so far of this whole crystalsomethingarather saga, its just one disappointment after another. They wanted something "epic" and looks like they will get it one way or another. Sadly, so far its closer to an epic failure, at least in terms of gaming. It will still sell well though, FFXIII is a horrible game and I still bought it despite knowing how bad it was, so this will obviously sell too, so at least in that department they'll succeed (and at the end of the day, that's the idea). This success is more attributed to the legacy of the FF franchise more than anything else. Kind of like the untalented offspring of famous people that base their career on their parents surname.

What was the point of this post?  You are basically saying that you don't know anything about the game but you think it will suck.  (And what game doesn't 'pop up on gaming news every once in a while'?  There is no such thing as a game that the press talks about constantly.)  I agree that FFXIII was a disaster, but this isn't FFXIII.  It doesn't look like it has much in common with that game at all.

For me this is the title that will establish whether or not S-E can still make a good game.  It looks more promising than Versus, never mind the cheap cash-in that is XIII-2.
2649  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type 0 on: July 16, 2011, 12:16:41 PM
One thing I'm not looking forward to about Type-0 on the PSP is that it sounds like you need to use the Monster Hunter-style 'claw' to play it.  Yes, it's yet another game that would have benefited from a second analog stick.  Maybe having it on anther platform (that actually has the necessary controls) isn't such a bad thing...
2650  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 15, 2011, 09:11:29 PM
The last 2 times I entered a videogame store the exact same thing happened (it was actually weird, almost like deja vu). A small kid (probably 8 years old) walks to the counter with his father behind him and puts GTA liberty city stories on the table. The clerk processes the purchase without blinking. I know the kids were with their parents but they had no idea what the game was about, they just waited untill their son picked a game and paid, shouldn't the clerk at least warn the father about the content of the game? These were really young kids, I know it's the parent's fault for not checking the info on the box (he didn't even look at it, only asked the price) but damn. The scene was identical on both occasions.

You have to look at it from the other side.  I've heard stories of the clerk doing exactly what you suggest in that scenario: warn the parents about the content of the game in question.  And what do the parents do?  Flip out and start yelling at the clerk not to tell them how to raise their kid.  I'm sure that kind of thing doesn't happen all the time, but selling the game to a kid with parents present isn't against the rules so why should some minimum wage slave stick their neck out in that scenario?

The only lesson to be learned here is that people suck.
2651  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type 0 on: July 15, 2011, 08:32:58 PM
With the recent announcement of PS3 versions of several PSP games I guess that's a possibility too, though it would be a little strange to only release it that way.  And PSP games are already playable on the Vita, so that would just be a matter of selling it on a Vita memory card instead of a UMD.  3DS seems a lot less likely.  That would require an actual port to a completely different platform.

I do hope they at least make it available for the PSP via PSN, even if they don't do a retail release.  It's not like that would require a big investment.
2652  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Change in RPGs? on: July 14, 2011, 10:33:44 PM
I don't know about you guys, but when I think cyperpunk I think William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Bladerunner, and the many classic Cyperpunk pen and paper RPGs like Shadowrun and...well, Cyberpunk.

I'm a huge anime nerd and yet I can't understand why you're only listing anime examples.  For one thing, cyberpunk definitely started in the west.
2653  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The word: gameplay on: July 14, 2011, 04:45:37 PM
There are a lot of elements that go into a game.  'Bookread' is stupid because what else would you do with a book?  But plenty of games do have non-interactive, non-'gameplay', sequences.  For me 'gameplay' refers to the actual interactive mechanics, which is distinctly different from story, art design, soundtracks, etc.

Does the word get misused?  Certainly.  Many words do.  That doesn't mean we should throw them out entirely.
2654  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 13, 2011, 04:04:12 PM
Just saw last week's media create chart and the top 4 games are Western games!

01./00.  [PS3] L.A. Noire | ADV | (Take-Two Interactive) {2011.07.07} | 7.770 | - 58.436 / NEW
02./00.  [PS3] Infamous 2 | ACT | (SCE) {2011.07.07} | 5.980 | - 33.474 / NEW
03./00.  [PS3] Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon | STG | (D3 Publisher) {2011.07.07} | 7.140 | - 30.189 / NEW
04./00.  [360] Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon | STG | (D3 Publisher) {2011.07.07} | 7.140 | - 17.817 / NEW

A 360 game in the top 4! Holy crap!

It would be more significant if those games had some actual competition.  What else came out this week in Japan?  A Wii shovelware pack and a Haruhi Majhong game?  The only legitimate new release from Japan was Class of Heroes 3D, which is a niche genre on a new hardware platform.  Even so I'm a little surprised it sold as poorly as it did...

Really slow week overall.
2655  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: emotional RPG's ? on: July 13, 2011, 03:34:59 AM
And a fair warning, talking about pirating isn't the best idea here, even if you legally own the game.

Who said anything about pirating?

PCSX2 is a PS2 emulator.

I guess I was too subtle.  I fail to see how sticking a legally purchased disc into a PC with an emulator instead of a console can be considered piracy in any way, shape, or form.  Of course the mods don't want us talking about emulators either, and that's fine, but let's call it what it is.  I have a serious bone to pick with anyone who considers emulation to be synonymous with piracy.  That's total BS.
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