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2686  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...

2687  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 27, 2012, 09:13:08 PM
I prefer dark chocolate, too, but I'm not about to get into a dick-wagging contest about who eats the one with the highest cacao %.  It's hard to switch from milk to dark. It takes baby steps. Kinda like breaking away from the shackles of religion. It doesn't happen over night. Oh, screw it. Anyone who eats below 99% cacao chocolate is a fucken' LOOSER. ; - )

Hey now, I was just stated what I like.  I only used percentages because I lack the vocabulary to describe it any other way.  The really high percent cacao stuff really is different from typical dark chocolate, at least as different as typical dark chocolate is from milk chocolate.  Yet there isn't actually a term for it, other than just saying "extra dark" or something (which is vague and I don't like).  Excuse me for trying to be precise...
2688  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 on: February 27, 2012, 09:08:13 PM
Keep in mind that the other half of my statement that it did better here than Japan was because it really didn't do very well in Japan at all.

Here are Japanese sales for its second week (love how easy it is to get actual numbers for Japan).  It's number 18 on that chart.  I went with the second week because it also gives the total so far but it dropped off the charts after week 2.  So it had sold a total of 29,471 units before falling off the charts, which is low even for a niche game like this.

Meanwhile in the US NISA couldn't keep the game in stock...
2689  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 on: February 27, 2012, 07:28:27 PM
The first Neptunia got terrible reviews, but it actually sold really well here.  Better than in Japan.  I think even NISA didn't expect it to sell so much.  I'm not sure there even would have been a sequel without the international sales.  So go figure...

Rorona did OK critically, but I don't think its sales were anything special.  But why are we talking about Rorona here?  It was a fine game for what it was (which was mostly about resource and time management, not traditional RPG stuff).
2690  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 27, 2012, 06:25:46 PM
"Dark chocolate" can mean almost anything.  Some dark chocolate is as little as 35% cacao.  Milk chocolate can be as little as 12%.  I'm talking about the real stuff.  >70% is a whole new experience.
2691  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 27, 2012, 05:56:43 PM
I DO have a Cadburry easter egg! Tis the season!
MiniEggers all the way...!
Caramel cream egg or bust.

Too sweet.

Lindt/Lindor chocolate eggs ftw

I'm on that "too sweet" train too.  Plus kinda messy, then sticky.  My love of caramel is gone nowadays.

More important:
Fucking truffles... awesome...when they happen. :/

Everything you guys are talking about is too sweet for me...

I'm munching on some 85% cacao chocolate right now.  That's the stuff.  There are so many wonderful, complex flavors in chocolate when you don't drown them out with sugar...
2692  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mugen Souls on: February 27, 2012, 05:52:37 PM
Er...I've been studying Japanese on and off for like 10 years and there's still stuff I can't play.  Mind you I haven't exactly been doing it full-time, but there's a lot to learn.

That said, I've really only been using my Japanese skills to play import games for the last couple of years, and I think I have improved a lot in that time.  Games can be really good practice tools.  Look for games that have both text and voice and let you advance through the dialogue at your own pace.  (i.e., visual novel-ish games, rather than modern, more cinematic cut scenes)  Heck, some visual novels have a history function that even let's you replay the audio for past lines, though that's rare in any other genre.

But still, you're going to need some sort of foundation of basic skills before you should even think about playing import games.  Looking up words you don't know is one thing, but you should at least know basic grammar and sentence structure.  Learning kanji is a seemingly endless process, but if you don't even know hiragana and katakana then you should probably forget it.
2693  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 27, 2012, 04:28:42 AM
Why do I do this to myself...I try to work on my dissertation during the day but get jack shit done.  Then I end up staying all night and that seems to be the only time I actually make progress.  It would be one thing if this only happened once in a while, but this thing is friggin long and I've been following this pattern everyday.  I'm starting to lose touch with what a normal human schedule is like...

Gah, need to write...
2694  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 27, 2012, 12:16:39 AM
What's a 'normal' person doing on RPGFan?
2695  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mugen Souls on: February 25, 2012, 11:59:40 PM
Well, I initially thought chances of localization were pretty good.  NISA has a history of localizing Compile Heart titles, after all.  And it's not like this is a PSP game.  You would think they would want to get every PS3 game they could.

Then I saw that bath trailer.  I honestly don't know if that would fly here.  It looks worse than AT3...

LoL- I totally thought the same thing.... What is it with the japanese and bathing? It seems there is always a bath scene in everything.... if not a bath-house completely featured in some respect....

There are actually legit reasons for that.  Bathing is a big thing in Japanese culture.  And frankly, they're on to something.  I don't know if you've ever been to Japan, but if you do go make sure to check out an onsen.  They are friggin nice...

And bathing with other people (of the same gender) is much more normal in Japan than in the west.  It's not generally considered a big deal.  And yeah, shared baths do exist, but they're very much the exception rather than the rule.  Even then they would typically have separate sections for changing and washing (yes, you're supposed to wash yourself before you get in the bath...it's a thing) and it's only the big bath part that's shared, in which case most people would wrap themselves in a towel or something while they're using it.
2696  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mugen Souls on: February 24, 2012, 08:37:24 PM
Watch this and be horrified.

I thought I had a high tolerance for that kind of stuff but even I'm disgusted.
2697  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Good People Will Die on: February 23, 2012, 05:08:22 PM
You can setup different accounts on different memory cards, but unfortunately the process for switching between them is not as simple as swapping cards.  There is some info stored on the Vita itself and you have to restore to factory defaults and then manually re-enter all your account info and stuff everytime you switch.  If it's something you're only going to do once in a while maybe it's not so bad, but if you expect to be switching back and forth a lot then it's involved enough to be a real pain...

Also, you wouldn't get trophies in your main account when playing stuff from a different region anyway...

Really, it's best to just stick with physical cards for importing.  What worries me is when games start having DLC and stuff.
2698  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Good People Will Die on: February 22, 2012, 07:23:31 PM
I'm obviously out of it...for some reason I thought I was posting in the Last Story thread...
2699  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Good People Will Die on: February 22, 2012, 06:33:31 PM
So is this the bacon?
2700  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust announces new Atelier game: Atelier Meruru on: February 22, 2012, 06:32:36 PM
Ar Tonelico 2 to Ar Tonelico 3, anyone?  Holy crap that was a step back.  In a lot of ways, but the battle system especially.  Ar Tonelico 2 has one of the most fun and unique battle systems I've ever seen in a JRPG (even though it was a tad obtuse at first...).  Ar Tonelico 3 had a shitty generic action system that's only innovation was attempting to make fan service a game mechanic...

I thought Totori's battle system was fine.  Functional if not particularly exciting.  And it was better balanced than Rorona's.
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