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2926  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 04, 2011, 12:12:41 AM
I seriously hate Best Buy now. Been like 2 years since I last went in there, and their anime section is like 10% what it used to be, and half of it's fucking DragonBall Z.

This is not a problem limited to Best Buy.  You should pretty much give up on finding a decent anime selection anywhere besides specialty shops or online.  On the other hand, it's massively cheaper online so I'm not really complaining...
2927  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I need some help to get initiated, lol. on: May 04, 2011, 12:03:59 AM
Baldur's Gate definitely had some inconsistent difficulty problems.  I made it through but not without problems (especially near the end...), and I'm the type of D&D player that can basically quote the rules from memory.  A lot of the time I would just expect to die the first time in a battle but try to hang on long enough to learn all the cheap tricks the designers were throwing at you (and there were a shit-ton of cheap tricks) so that I would be ready to avoid them the second time around.

Just about every issue I had with Baldur's Gate (the difficulty, slow pacing, lack of direction, etc) was fixed in the sequel, though.  And Throne of Bhaal was a pretty awesome conclusion to the series.  I can't recall much in Throne of Bhaal that has to do with Bioware's current design choices, though.

But since you already picked up Baldur's Gate at least play it long enough so that you learn to love Minsc.
2928  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: May 03, 2011, 06:49:42 PM
Another Tsundere, Luca from ArTone2 was at least cheerful and sweet before the hard-hitting emotions started to pent up.

How in the hell is Luca a tsundere?!  She starts out completely dere, and only later do you find out that she has some serious issues to deal with.  If Luca is a tsundere then the term has truly lost all meaning...
2929  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Osama Bin Laden is dead. on: May 03, 2011, 01:08:52 PM
Nicely said, Yoda.
2930  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 03, 2011, 01:54:42 AM
Wait, the Canadians are talking about fleeing to the US?  But Canada is where we always talk about fleeing to!  That just doesn't work...
2931  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: May 02, 2011, 01:03:58 PM
Atlus, I love you, but I don't actually want anything in that deluxe edition...yet part of me is tempted to get it anyway, just because it's a deluxe edition.  I have a problem...

The CD and artbook, on the other hand, I'm all over.
2932  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: May 02, 2011, 12:20:20 AM
Mystic powers grant me a miracle!

Time to barf.

Also, I hated KOS-MOS.  She was one big deus ex machina.  There was no sense of purpose to her design, just whatever random crap the developers felt like throwing at you at that moment.
2933  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I need some help to get initiated, lol. on: May 01, 2011, 06:26:02 PM
Planescap: Torment is a perfect example of the sort of freedom I like in RPGs.  It's generally pretty clear what to do next, but there are a ton of different ways to do it.  Not enough games follow that model.

Fallout is another good example, but the original Baldur's Gate didn't give you a strong sense of direction.  You spend a lot of time just wandering around in mostly empty maps.  Baldur's Gate II was much better, though.
2934  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: April 30, 2011, 12:33:29 PM
I could actually add Estelle from LoHTiTS to the best list. She's a genki girl done right, honestly.

I agree completely, though the game just came out here so she was probably at a disadvantage (not sure everyone has even played it).  Plus there are still two more games to go so we still have to wait and see how her character develops (or play it in Japanese...).
2935  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: George Hotz (geohot) VS Sony. on: April 29, 2011, 04:08:32 PM
OH BUT OUR TROPHIES AND SAVE DATA ARE SAFE! Who cares? We can re-acquire those, just be honest about our credit card info, Sony..

You know, it may sound silly at first but when you think about it it's actually way easier to get a new credit card number than it is to reproduce the work that went into those trophies and save data...
2936  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A dark game? on: April 29, 2011, 01:37:36 PM
If I may add a 5:

Look up a guide for the fishing minigame. I'd say ignore it except it's required to advance the plot. The game does a piss poor job of explaining it.

Wait, there's only one point in the game when you have to fish and if you fail more than a couple of times the game just gives it to you for free so you can move on.

That said, I got really good at the fishing and got all the trophies and stuff for it.  I was actually enjoying it by the end.
2937  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 27, 2011, 08:21:41 PM
Yeah, not much of a cultist if you didn't even know that ;)  But the game is Digital Devil Saga.
2938  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: George Hotz (geohot) VS Sony. on: April 27, 2011, 08:03:22 PM
It's doesn't.  Really ought to be in a different thread.
2939  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: George Hotz (geohot) VS Sony. on: April 27, 2011, 04:52:53 PM
It doesn't matter how careful or selective you are... giving credit card numbers is risky no matter what.  We all thought we could trust Sony afterall..

Certainly giving your credit card number out always carries some risk, but to imply that all sites are equal and that it "doesn't matter" who you give it to is untrue and irresponsible.  This isn't some random act of god.  Despite what some people say not all sites get hacked eventually.  Crackers go after low-hanging fruit.  They look for things that are easily exploited.  There are plenty examples of sites that have been doing business on the internet for a long time without an exploit.  And even among those that do get exploited you can learn a lot from how they handle and react to the situation.  Sony, on the other hand...not only was their system completely full of holes but they knew about it months ago and didn't do anything to fix it.  The more I learn about just how bad their security was the thing that surprises me most is that this didn't happen sooner.  Not only that but the way they have responded to the situation is simply inexcusable.  They keep completely silent at first, not even telling people why the PSN was taken down.  One week later they finally acknowledge that personal information was taken.  Even if they were still investigating the extent of the intrusion they must have known that they were storing that shit completely unencrypted and it was ripe for the taking.  You can't hide behind this investigating nonsense when the relevant information is sitting right out in the open for anyone to take and you fucking know it!  We should have been informed immediately when an intrusion was detected.  They could have have screwed up their handling of this situation more if they tried.
2940  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: George Hotz (geohot) VS Sony. on: April 27, 2011, 03:26:47 PM
So apparently you can buy PSN cards from Amazon and they just instantly send you the code electronically.  No need to wait to get the physical card.  I know what I'm doing in the future.  Amazon has had my billing info on file for 15 years now and they've yet to screw up.

I'm extremely paranoid about my personal information and always have been.  Whenever I sign up for something and it asks for things like birthdates, etc. I always enter nonsense information unless I think they have a good reason for actually needing to know that (this is almost never the case).  But when it's a company you buy stuff from you can't use nonsense information for your billing details...well, Sony clearly can't be trusted to keep my info safe so there is no way I'm leaving it in their hands again.
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