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2686  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Only 10% of all videogames sold are actually finished by gamers. on: August 21, 2011, 02:19:43 PM
On a tangential note, someone on the TalkBass forum I used to frequent said people on TB spend more time talking about bass than actually playing it.  I sometimes wonder if people on RPGFan spend more time talking about RPGs than actually playing them.  I won't deny that it often feels like I fall into that trap.      

I have definitely felt that way myself....
2687  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: August 19, 2011, 04:41:34 PM
Joystiq posted a very detailed article on how to hack your Wii to disable region locking in order to play Xenoblade Chronicles.  I won't like to it (though it's pretty easy to find...) but I think it's quite interesting that a large, mainstream site like that would go that far.

Reviews are really positive, too.  91 on Metacritic.
2688  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Only 10% of all videogames sold are actually finished by gamers. on: August 19, 2011, 04:38:24 PM
I know so many people who buy a game, and let it sit so long that by the time they would get around to play it, something else has grabbed their attention. GOOD FOR YOU, YOU JUST WASTED $60! And people complain about the economy!

Back off, man, we're helping the economy!  How about a "you're welcome"?
2689  Media / The Soundroom / The World is Saved (a gamer music video) on: August 19, 2011, 02:31:41 AM
The World is Saved

This is a fan-made song and music video (sure they're IGN fans, but whatever) that I think ought to really resonate with people here.  I know I myself have had this feeling many times...

It's seriously good.  I just had to share it.
2690  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 18, 2011, 07:32:25 PM
Chicken breasts are terrible.  I don't understand people's obsession with them.  It's the worst part of the chicken.
2691  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: JERRY RICE DOG FOOTBALL on: August 18, 2011, 04:08:46 AM
I know I'm supposed to be making fun of this game but it actually doesn't look that bad.  I mean, it's not my cup of tea, but I can see a place for it.  Better than some crappy minigame collection, anyway.
2692  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: JERRY RICE DOG FOOTBALL on: August 17, 2011, 06:33:37 PM
Game of the year.
2693  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Only 10% of all videogames sold are actually finished by gamers. on: August 17, 2011, 03:40:06 PM
10%, huh?

*Looks at game collection

Yeah, that's about right...
2694  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: August 17, 2011, 01:28:27 PM
You guys need to stop agreeing all the time!
2695  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dead Island (yes, it's a rpg) on: August 16, 2011, 11:14:05 PM
do you live on a tropical island? that setting is as alien to me as any space shooter or iron age rpg.

Seriously?  I don't live on a tropical island, but I've certainly been to one.  I have never been to space or the iron age...
2696  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PlayStation Vita Announced (late 2011, $249/$299 for WiFi/3G+WiFI) + some games on: August 16, 2011, 05:11:43 PM
Vita's ram has not been cut.

512 megs main memory plus an additon 128 megs dedicated video memory.  That's actually more memory than the PS3 or 360...
2697  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gamescom on: August 16, 2011, 04:52:32 PM
New PSP model at least for Europe, sans wi-fi.

... Who the fuck takes out Wi-Fi in this day and age? And for that little of a price drop? Assuming it was 130 euros over there, because 99 euros comes out to $143.

To be honest I almost never use the wifi on my PSP.  If I want PSN content I just download it on my PS3 and transfer it over USB.  The PSP doesn't do background downloads which makes it a pain to work with (unless you like sitting around watching bars) and it doesn't seem to play well with WPA2 networks either.  And I don't have any multiplayer PSP games.

I can't see anyone buying this in Japan, though, where the success of the PSP is so closely tied to the success of ad-hoc multiplayer games like Monster Hunter.  Having a cheaper PSP model is a good idea but this does seem like a strange way to do it.

In other news, I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the Vita Resistance game.  I though it was probably the most significant announcement at Sony's conference.  FPSs aren't really my thing, but the Vita is the first portable device that looks like it will actually be any good at them, and this is the first concrete game we've seen (vague allusions to CoD Vita don't count...).  Plus your character is a fireman, which means he can instantaneously summon a fire ax at any point in time regardless of what's already in his hands.  That's how being a fireman works, right?
2698  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Loose ends... the games we have not finished and should we? on: August 13, 2011, 06:31:05 PM
I not only finished Xenosaga II without cheating, I did all of the sidequests, including the incredibly obnoxious Captain Mathews' debt thing...

I...I don't know why I did it.  Looking back on it I still don't understand...such a waste of time.  It's too bad PS2 games don't have trophies 'cause I would have platinumed that mofo.  But I have yet to do so with a single PS3 game (and I'm starting to think I never will...).
2699  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type 0 on: August 13, 2011, 03:34:34 PM
Are you guys for real?  Nobody wants multiple discs if they can avoid it, especially in a portable system.  This isn't like a console where your cases are going to be lined up in a stand next to it.  This means that wherever you take your PSP you have to make sure to schlep around an extra UMD because you don't know when you'll make it to disc 2.  It's a pain in the ass, not a feature.  Not to mentiion that PSN versions of PSP games don't support multi-UMD games (sorry, Go owners...). 

And UMDs are not that big.  They hold 1.8 gigs, which is hardly impressive these days.  Are you really that surprised that there could be games that fill up multiple discs?  I'm sure there would be a lot more out there if companies didn't take special effort to make sure their games fit on a single disc.

But no, I'm sure they're just doing it to please the two people in the world who buy games based on how many discs they come on...
2700  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type 0 on: August 13, 2011, 02:00:36 AM
If it was a cartridge based console, then yes, the costs would be significant, but with optical disc based media its not quite as bad as you would think. Think back to the PSX days, games would come on 3-4 CDs and no one really complained about the manufacturing costs.

Manufacturing costs aren't as big an issue of the extra packaging and distribution costs.  Is it a big amount?  No.  But it's still an additional cost that, given the choice, no company would want to take.  It adds up.

In the PSX days it was common because it was largely unavoidable.  That's really not the case anymore.

I don't know weather the PSP hardware and Dev Kit are capable of lossless compression, so I won't argue here.
We also forgot the simplest reason. Marketing. You already have an example of someone thinking the game will deep because its on two disks. MGS4 claimed to take up the entire Blue Ray disc to achieve the same kind of effect.

Are you seriously suggesting that they would add another disc just for marketing?  The only people who would base a buying decision on the number of discs are crazed and ignorant fans who are thankfully a minority.  About the MGS4 thing, I assure you that 99% of people don't know or care how much of the blu-ray was filled.  The only reason that even came up as much as it has is because of Sony fanboys using the game to justify the PS3's use of blu-ray.

Besides, disc swapping is a pain in the ass.  Nobody likes doing it if it's avoidable.  That and multi-disc PSP games apparently cause problems for having PSN versions (though I still can't figure out why).
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