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2641  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: CERN researchers upset physics as we know them. on: October 02, 2011, 08:57:35 PM
Weird that you would single out phonology.  I'm no linguist, for sure, but recently I've been reading about phonology in my spare time because I'm interested in how it applies to the problem of computer-generated voices.  I think it's quite useful in that context.
2642  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: New Kindles on: October 02, 2011, 03:44:50 AM
Android systems are only going to run Android programs.  At a userspace level it's a completely different system than a normal Linux distro.
2643  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: New Kindles on: October 02, 2011, 01:47:51 AM
AFAIK Android and webOS are actually Linux based.

They both use the Linux kernel, but otherwise they're actually quite different.  And they are different from what most people think of as 'Linux' (which is actually a whole boatload of libraries and utilities, not just the kernel).

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Apparently the ARM processor in the touchpad causes some kind of compatibility issue with certain software. I have no idea what the actually means because my hardware classes were all bullshit.

You probably mean with regards to Ubuntu, which is typically run on x86 hardware.  For Android, ARM is the standard.  Everybody uses ARM in mobile devices these days.
2644  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: October 02, 2011, 01:42:27 AM

But I also prefer reading and am getting annoyed at how no VA is seen as a bad thing period.

Me too, lack of voice acting is never a big complaint for me. 

Yeah, I read much faster than people can talk, anyway.  Heck, sometimes even if a game has voice acting I am speed reading the dialogue fast enough that the VAs don't even have time to start saying their lines before I've already moved on.
2645  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: New Kindles on: October 02, 2011, 01:00:04 AM
Also if there's a well-working version of Dosbox for the Touchpad I'd be happy.

The Touchpad is WebOS so I don't know about that, but there is DosBox for android.  I haven't actually used it though so I can't tell you how well it runs.
2646  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 01, 2011, 11:38:27 PM
I'm thinking in starting Demon's Souls again with a new character but I also want to know if I delete the only character I have now in my save file will cause to lose my trophies.

Trophies work at a system level.  They don't care about your save files at all.

And actually, there is no way to lose trophies.  Not even if you wanted to.  Assuming that they have been synced, anyway.  Every embarrassing game you have ever played will be on record forever!
2647  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: New Kindles on: October 01, 2011, 11:23:17 PM
I think I'd like tablets more if you could just like, install whatever the fuck you wanted without having to go through a proprietary app store.

You can, on Android.  Unless the vendor has it locked down in some weird way (which these Kindles may be).  But on a standard Android system you can always just download an application from a website or something and install it manually.
2648  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: TEAM ICO COLLECTION on: October 01, 2011, 10:59:58 PM
Beat Ico.  Fun game, but that camera...ugh.  I feel like I was fighting with the camera then entire time, as it never really looked at what I wanted to look at.

I noticed that one of the trophies was for beating the whole game in less than 2 hours.  Sure, it's a puzzle game so it's going to be a lot faster once you know what to do, but that still seems crazy to me.  I mean, there's still the combat, and babysitting Yorda...just getting around the map takes a while.

BTW, the time between the last save point and the end of the game was about an hour for me.  Sure I died a couple of times (thankfully there are checkpoints), but that segment was just way too long...

Still, it's a good game.
2649  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Weekly podcast: "Your RPG Playin' Ass" on: October 01, 2011, 03:57:19 PM
*shrugs* No one is saying that Rorona is a workshop

I'll say it, then.  It's not always the case in Atelier games, but in Atelier Rorona at least this is quite explicit.  "Atelier Rorona" is the name of the workshop.  It's what the sign on the door says.  I don't see how you can argue with that...
2650  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Holiday games, something about this years crop on: October 01, 2011, 04:55:30 AM
I have mixed feelings about this year's holiday crop.  The only big game on my list that is a must-buy is Uncharted 3.  And maybe Batman...actually, probably Batman.  I have to admit it's looking really good.  But I might wait on it if I'm short on time.

RPG-wise I'm just not feeling it.  I have ranted before about how I'm sick of Bethesda's shtick and I don't feel like repeating it, but I'm definitely going to pass on Skyrim.  And while I totally respect anyone who plays Dark Souls, I just don't think it's my thing.  I play games to relax, not punish myself.

Oh, another game I'm definitely getting is Hatsune Miku Project Diva Extend.  Yeah, that was random.  It's an import, obviously.  Over the last year or so I've gotten really into the whole vocaloid thing and Project Diva 2nd was actually a heck of a lot of fun, so I'm ready for more.

On the subject of imports, there is going to be a budget re-release of Valkyria Chronicles 3 with some extra content.  Since it looks like it's never going to get localized, this seems like the perfect time to get it.

So yeah, my biggest timesinks this holiday season are going to be import PSP titles...
2651  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on: October 01, 2011, 01:29:03 AM
Also Squeenix came straight out of the gate saying that a lot of XIII-2 was being built from the cutting room floor scraps of XIII-1.

Actually, they have explicitly stated that this is not the case.  But the myth seems to be more popular than the reality.

And now we're talking about XIII-2 in the Zelda thread...see, it's such a talk-aboutable game!
2652  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: September 30, 2011, 09:50:23 PM
So could I.  Why did we arbitrarily decide that visual novels don't count?

That said, I'm not optimistic about this particular project.  Looks really bland.  And Kinema Citrus doesn't have much of a pedigree...they're pretty new and seem to have mostly done in-between work.  That doesn't mean it can't be good, but...
2653  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on: September 30, 2011, 09:44:22 PM
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is up to page 33: hasn't been released yet, and was announced for US release on Day 1. Come on... it's not like RPG NEVER talks about games before they are released.

To be fair, half the posts in the XIII-2 thread are bashing it.
2654  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls on: September 30, 2011, 05:20:49 PM
IGN's review is up.  Say what you will about them, but I thought this particular review was very well-written and informative.
2655  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hey Guys! We got one! (Solatorobo Thread) on: September 30, 2011, 04:31:22 PM
I haven't played this game, but TWEWY is better.

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