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2686  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.
2687  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.
2688  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.
2689  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.
2690  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.
2691  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.
2692  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: emotional RPG's ? on: July 13, 2011, 02:40:48 AM
Btw does anyone know if it is possible to buy a memory card reader for PS2 memory cards on a PS3 and then transfer the save from the PS3 to a USB stick ?

There certainly is a memory card reader for the PS3 (I have it), but I've never tried transfering the saves to a USB stick.  Don't see why it wouldn't work, though.

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?
2693  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Thread of people Dancing Mad on: July 12, 2011, 06:35:44 PM
Touchscreen based?  Ew.  I think that just killed what little interest I had.
2694  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: the otaku is killing japanese rpgs on: July 12, 2011, 01:32:12 AM
The Japanese story lines are being used over and over again because that is what their otaku audience wants.  I look at it and see the same thing again and again.  The otaku sees it and thinks, hmm, i wonder if the child hood friend will have memory loss, long lost relative,  have secret love, ect ect.  The otaku gets enjoyment just by seeing a new mangaka's take on the same story line that is used for every manga/anime, and Jrpg released today.  Its boring and they are putting themselves in a corner.   We sometimes think of japan as a friendly place for the anime nerd, but that really isnt the case. 

I guess you felt like you weren't enough of a troll the first time around so you had to outdo yourself.
2695  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: the otaku is killing japanese rpgs on: July 11, 2011, 03:44:46 PM
In reference to the thread's title....Maybe.

Because when I think otaku, I think rhythm games...wait, no I don't.  Are we just attributing anything we don't like to otaku now?
2696  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 11, 2011, 01:16:41 AM
Not really long times, no.  While at first glance sous vide cooking may look similar to traditional slow cooking--in fact my sous vide setup uses a modifed crockpot--the philosophy is completely different.  Traditional slow cooking is really a type of extreme overcooking.  While most meats become tough when overcooked, if you continue to cook them even longer you will eventually denature the proteins and make the meat tender again.  This method can be used to make traditionally tough cuts more palatable, but you are also changing the meat in the process.  Nobody is ever going to mistake a pot roast for a well-cooked steak.

Sous vide is about immersing you food in a temperature-controlled water bath that is set to exactly the temperature you want the food to reach.  The goal here is to essentially make overcooking impossible, since the food will never get hotter than the temperature you desire.  While a traditionally cooked steak will always have some gradient of doneness in which the outside is more cooked than the inside, a sous vide steak can be perfectly cooked inside and out.  Of course there can still be some denaturing of proteins at these moderate temperatures but only after a very long time.  The time requirement for sous vide is only long enough to make sure the inside of the meat has reached the desired temperature.  The water bath is being used strictly as a heat conductor, which is why the food is typically placed in vacuum-sealed plastic bags before being put in the water bath.

Of course there are always exceptions.  I made sous vide beef ribs once that cooked for 72 hours.  The reasoning is a little complicated.  Normally ribs are always cooked well done because they are high-collagen meats and the collagen is unpleasant unless it has been thoroughly cooked.  With the 72 hour ribs the temperature was set such that the meat wouldn't get overcooked but the collagen would get (slowly) broken down.  It was a very interesting experiment.  The end result was probably the most tender meat I had ever eaten in my life ;)

OK, enough being a cooking nerd for now.  Anyway, this is my first time doing salmon this way.  I'm hoping it turns out well.
2697  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 11, 2011, 12:46:55 AM
Went down to the fish market today and bought a fresh salmon.  Stuck half of it in the freezer while the other half has been brined and vacuum sealed in preparation for sous vide cooking it tomorrow.  This better be amazing given the amount of effort (and money...that salmon wasn't cheap) I've put into it...
2698  The Rest / General Discussions / I'm done buying games! on: July 09, 2011, 06:14:04 PM
That does it, I can't let this backlog get any larger.  Believe it or not, part of me is actually annoyed by Sony's welcome back PSN program.  As if I needed free games!  I can't even finish the games I paid money for.  Heck, I have a demo backlog...I have lots of demos I've downloaded intending to try out but I don't even have time for them.  Where did all the hours go...

I've decided to implement a policy where I won't buy a new game until I finish two games I own.  I'm not sure how I should count PSN/Android stuff in that, though, since they tend to be shorter.  Argh, whatever...

Seeing how Catherine is coming out soon I'd better get to work...
2699  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales Series on: July 08, 2011, 02:49:48 PM
Well, it's not really that PS1 games are region-free.  It's that PSN games are, and that includes PS1 classics.

My favorite thing about the PS3's region-independence:  You can even earn trophies from games outside of your region in the same account you normally use.
2700  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: firefox sucks on: July 07, 2011, 07:46:39 PM
I like Firefox...well, I use Iceweasel, but whatever.
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