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2656  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: CERN researchers upset physics as we know them. on: September 23, 2011, 08:50:37 PM
Nobody is "really confident" in this.  Not even the people presenting it.  Whatever gave you that impression?

The media frenzy is amusing, though.
2657  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: CERN researchers upset physics as we know them. on: September 22, 2011, 08:21:47 PM
Did anyone else ever think that "nothing is faster than the speed of light" was sort of arbitrary anyway?

Not really, no.

'Speed of light' is just a name.  It's better to think of it as there being an inherit top speed in the universe, and light just happens to go at that speed because photons are massless.  Other massless particles also travel at the 'speed of light'.  It's just that photons were the first massless particles to be studied.
2658  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ninokuni (Ghibli + Level 5 RPG) going PS3 on: September 22, 2011, 08:19:23 PM
It's a bit confusing talking about the DS 'version' or PS3 'version', anyway.  Yeah, I know, they have the same title so it's sort of natural that people do that, but they're actually completely different games.
2659  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: CERN researchers upset physics as we know them. on: September 22, 2011, 07:32:15 PM
I'm a physicist and I would suggest taking a result like this with a grain of salt.  A timing measurement like this over that kind of distance is an extremely hard thing to do.  Actually getting the time accurately is the easy part, the problem is with knowing the exact distance travelled with the necessary precision.  Even the authors of this result don't seem to have much confidence in it.

Unfortunately, details are scare at this point.  They say they want to publish something, but I looked on the arxiv and it doesn't look like they've put anything out yet.

But the BBC article really glosses over the problems.  Love their scare quotes on "systematic error".  Sorry, but systematic errors are everything in an experiment like this.  Science magazine has a more balanced view.
2660  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: September 22, 2011, 04:17:06 PM
Is there a reason you link to Neogaf instead of the actual IGN article?
2661  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Next Vanillaware Title to be Grand Knight History on: September 22, 2011, 12:52:59 PM
I love you, Xseed

So friggin psyched...
2662  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PlayStation Vita Announced (late 2011, $249/$299 for WiFi/3G+WiFI) + some games on: September 21, 2011, 07:12:53 PM
Vita might be the first game system I ever buy at launch.  Normally I find launch games to be completely underwhelming and I'd rather just wait for a price drip, but damn there is some compelling stuff for Vita...
2663  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square classics NOT hitting PSN today. on: September 21, 2011, 11:16:43 AM
Oh no, I get the GBA, SNES or DS versions issue. What I meant was if you are getting the PSN versions then you have a PS3, so if no improvements why not simply buy the PSOne copies.

Why spend time dealing with eBay looking for old long-out-of-print games (and taking a potential risk with used games: scratched discs, etc.) when you can just buy the PSN version?  I don't understand your comments...
2664  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type 0 on: September 21, 2011, 11:12:12 AM
The funny thing is that the game wasn't even indevelopment when it was first announced...

I agree that the game was announced stupidly early, but Yggdrasil's comment is still completely ridiculous.  I guess the moment a game is announced he stops playing anything else and just sits around waiting for it.  Even when the announcement consists of little more than a title (that was later changed) and a platform (that was later changed!).
2665  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 5 Ways to Tell You're Getting Too Old for Video Games on: September 20, 2011, 01:59:39 AM
I'm starting to wonder if you guys read the same article I did...
2666  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 19, 2011, 11:43:15 PM
I completely agree with you, Yoda.  I was initially interested in this game but anything with a lot of grinding is an instant turn-off for me.  I have less and less time for playing games these days so when I do play something I want to make sure I enjoy it, not labor through a bunch of tedious BS just to get to the next section.  It's an incredibly valid and relevant criticism for me.

And grinding is simply not required in FFVI or CT if only because neither of those games is very hard.
2667  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 19, 2011, 09:55:06 PM
I think every PSP game unless otherwise stated is a PSN download as well, because of the Go. The only non PSN game I can think of after the Go came out is Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, and I have no idea why that is.

Licensing bullshit, undoubtedly. SE's been good with every other title, and any attempts to prevent piracy via verifying load times make sense can be easily remedied (apparently Mana Khemia screwed up there but it got patched), and pirates probably HAVE gotten the game to run anyway so... yeah, undoubtedly it's licensing issues, and SE will probably get those straightened out for following systems.

Yeah, I recall hearing explicitly back when that came out that not releasing it on the PSN was Disney's decision, not S-E's.  Disney can be extremely controlling about their properties...
2668  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Epic JRPGs for PS3/360 on: September 19, 2011, 09:50:57 PM
It's not a traditional RPG (more of a strategy game, really) but you might like Valkyria Chronicles.  It definitely has some JRPG-style storytelling in it.

Otherwise, Nier isn't a bad choice.  It's not really 'epic' in the traditional sense, though.  The story is quite unique.
2669  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Question about licensing on: September 19, 2011, 08:37:02 PM
Console manufacturers control the content on their systems and also take a cut from all games released for their platform.  That's why they're able to do things like selling the system at a loss.

The situation with Windows is not at all analogous.  Anyone can make software for it and MS doesn't get a cut, other than possibly selling development tools (though there are third-party alternatives there too).

And then there's the fact that Sony isn't really competing in the operating system market, but they definitely are competing in the console market.  Why would they want to help out their competition?
2670  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Mandatory PS3 update removes right to join class-action lawsuit on: September 19, 2011, 12:23:40 PM
Is anyone going to bother sending a letter to Sony to opt out?

I am thinking about it.  Not that I was even planning on suing them but it's the principle of the thing.
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