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2926  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Persona 4 anime? on: November 01, 2011, 03:09:33 PM
Am I the only one who thinks this show is really mediocre?  Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge Persona 4 fan and I welcome any opportunity to see the characters in a new light.  But this show is poorly paced, characters are not really developed (within the show, anyway), animation is average at best, and overall I can't really say it adds anything to the Persona 4 universe.  The only thing I'm actually enjoying are the little nods of appreciation to the games, like the calendar and stat things.

As it is I couldn't possibly recommend this show to anyone who isn't already a fan of the game.
2927  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on: October 31, 2011, 09:41:48 PM
Yeah, Amalur is high on my list.  Possibly highest.
2928  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 31, 2011, 08:57:12 PM
Recently I've been playing a PSP game I imported called Gachitora.  This little game is actually super fun.  It's from the makers of the Kenka Banchou series and has a lot of similarities in terms of mechanics, but the premise is quite different.  You play as a yakuza named Kaji Torao (or 'Tora' or short...that means 'tiger') who--through a series of highly improbably events--ends up becoming a high school teacher.  The story bears no small resemblence to a certain Great Teacher, which I freely admit is part of what caught my interest since that's once of my all-time favorite animes.

It plays a lot like a Kenka Banchou or Yakuza game, with lot's of shops and minigames to explore.  But unlike Yakuza the game is very tongue-in-cheek and is loaded with slapstick humour and highly exaggerated cartoonish facial expressions.  I appreciate that unlike a lot of Japanese games it's all done in-engine without ever resorting to characater portraits.  It flows better and let's people actually interact their environments while talking.

Much of the gameplay consists of helping people overcome their problems by 'breaking down the walls in their hearts', or something.  This is accomplished by metaphorically beating them up.  Yeah, that's right, you switch to a battle mode in which Tora is exchanging words with whomever you're talking to while your avatar beats up their avatar to represent the progress of the argument.  It's completely silly, but somehow it totally works.  Since the 'battles' aren't actually real there can be some ridiculous special attacks in an otherwise mundane setting.  Tora can also learn 'words' (that are actually phrases...but they call them 'words', in English...) that are basically like magic spells that can be attacks, stat boosts, healing, etc.

The game has a few real-world brawls as well as dictated by the story, but they are few in number.  Which is good, both because it wouldn't really make sense for a teacher to be wandering around randomly beating people up and because the real fights aren't as interesting.  They basically play the same only without all the special attacks and since Tora is supposed to be something of a badass they're also kind of easy.  The metaphorical battles, on the other hand, can sometimes be quite challenging since they don't actually depend on the person you're talking to's real fighting ability.  And it's always amusing to see a thin little high school girl suplex Tora...

Basically, it's a light-hearted humorous game with surprisingly deep fighting mechanics, a world with lots of minigames and stuff to do in it, and it's probably the closest thing we're ever going to see to GTO: the video game.  The game is even presented as if it was a series of TV episodes or something, with a little credit roll and everything everytime you reach a new 'episode'.  But yeah, it's probably never going to get localized since it's a PSP game so brush up on your Japanese skills...
2929  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fate/Extra on: October 31, 2011, 08:25:31 PM
I'm on the fence about this title.  While I enjoyed Fate/Stay Night (and Fate/Zero is really good so far), I'm not a huge fan or anything.  From what I understand this game sort of exists in a universe of its own anyway.

The thing is, I haven't been able to find much information about whether the game part is any good or not.  There is a big visual novel influence in it (not surprising considering its pedigree), but how do the RPG elements hold up?  It sounds potentially kind of grindy and lacking in depth, but I don't actually know.  I haven't seen any import reviews and the game is so low-profile it doesn't seem like anyone has reviewed the English version yet either.  I mean heck, every week The Official Playstation Blog posts all the new game releases for that week and they neglected to even mention this game.  Talk about flying under the radar...
2930  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on: October 30, 2011, 07:17:19 PM
Stupid dancing aside, Justin McElroy is one of the absolute worst reviewers in the business.  It's not just the Nier thing (though that certainly doesn't help), just about everything he writes is biased and often factually incorrect.  This guy has absolutely no business writing game reviews.
2931  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A statistics question on: October 28, 2011, 10:25:13 PM
Either 33 and 1/3% or 12.5% depending on whether the correct answer is either of the other two numbers or one of the copies respectfully.

But that only considers if there's one correct answer of the four. Otherwise there can be anywhere from 2-4 correct answers or no correct answers at all which presents an additional 12 possibilities with either a 20% chance (none of the above as an unlisted or imaginary option E), a 16 and 2/3s% chance (if it's a combination of any two non imaginary choices), a 25% chance (if it's a combination of any three non imaginary choices), or a 100% choice (since all non imaginary choices must be taken anyways) and for the sake of the argument (and not having the options and probability spiral out into infinity) are all considered imaginary numbers like the ones in the paragraph above.

The tl;dr is that all the choices are bald face, dirty liars and that you've either have a 33.33ect% chance, a 25% chance, a 12.5% chance, or a 0% chance to get it right (which effectively equals a 25% chance).

Er...no.  This is completely wrong.  Well, you're right that the question doesn't have a right answer, but certainly not for the reasons you gave.  If this was a free response section of a test I was grading you would get 0 points.

The question is ill-formed.  The answer to the question depends on the answer to the question.  It is certainly fun to think about, though.  We can at least test the logical consistency of each possible answer.

Is it 25%?  Well, there are two out of four responses that say 25% so the odds of that are 50%.  It fails.

Is it 50%?  There is one out of four responses that says 50% so the odds of that are 25%.  It too fails.

There is a reason I changed C) from the original.  This version is much more fun.  In the original one might be tempted to conclude that the chance is 0% since none of the other choices work.  Now 0% is a choice!  But there's a 25% chance of choosing it, meaning it isn't logically consistent either...

Of course, if you think the 'true' answer is anything not on the list then the odds of selecting it become 0% and that's on the list, so that doesn't work...

Just for fun, here is a variation:

If you choose an answer to this question at random, what is the chance that you will be correct?

A) 25%
B) 50%
C) 100%
D) 50%

Same principle, of course, but now you have multiple 'correct' choices...
2932  The Rest / General Discussions / A statistics question on: October 28, 2011, 05:40:24 PM
If you choose an answer to this question at random, what is the chance that you will be correct?

A) 25%
B) 50%
C) 0%
D) 25%

(from http://flowingdata.com/2011/10/28/best-statistics-question-ever/, though I modified it slightly)
2933  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 27, 2011, 07:02:31 PM
That IS ultra capitalism in which the monetary powers grow uncontrolled and unchecked taking over government and public interests.This same process happened in the 1870s and again in the late 20s,corporations and conglomerates that are too big to exist.If you want examples  of ultra capitalism look at Singapore or Hong Kong in which the capitalist systems override many government decisions.

Oil companies,coal,banking,arms manufacturing,fast food,unions,the press...all these entities form the name of the game betting on any politician(Dem/Rep/doesn't matter)  that caters to their whims.There is a shred of fair and free trade in this country due to our bloated unchecked economical system and its about to go out.Any small company will be absorbed,any small farm will be purchased,and any independent media will be silenced.Its simply the money powers using the capitalist system to their full advantage.

I'm not advocating an alternative either since I truly love capitalism despite its flaws,I simply know that the system we support is the system that will consistently turn against us no matter how much in taxes we pay or how many jobs we create.And you all know the results of the current setup.China is making consumer goods,we are making killing goods.Soviet Union had a powerful military but lost everything because of their unsustainable economy,the US has a powerful military but we are losing everything because our economy is unsustainable.

Reeses Pieces.

What you're describing may be common, but I'm not convinced it's inevitable.  What we need to do is keep the politcal and economic systems distinct.  That is, of course, a difficult task when politicians need money.  It may require some drastic campaign finance reform.  And more informed voters...

Also, we need to stop giving corporations the same rights as people (especially when they don't have any of the responsibilities).  Corporations are not people.  That is the worst decision the Supreme Court ever made...
2934  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 27, 2011, 05:31:12 PM
I'm so glad he served in Iraq just so trigger happy police officers could fire on unarmed peaceful protesters who want their country back from ultra capitalist monopolies and bloated banks

There is nothing capitalistic about handing out trillions of taxpayer dollars.  I wish people would stop calling it that.  The only true capitalist solution would habe been to let the banks fail.  Whether that would be better or worse is up for debate...

We live in an extremely hypocritical system in which the laws have been fine-tuned to directly serve a handful of special interest groups.  If you try to exact any sort of regulation they whine and moan about how inefficient government regulation is, how laissez-faire is freedom, blah blah blah.  But there is nothing remotely laissez-faire about this whole banking situation.  Not even close.  There are tons of government rules governing it but over the years they have be twisted and corrupted to the point where they benefit only the banks and not be people.  We are literally giving them tax payer dollars so that they can hand out millions in bonuses to their top execs while the rest of the country goes down in flames (because of a situation those same execs caused).  I don't care what you think about capitalism, but that is not capitalism.  I don't think we have a good term for what it is.  Corporate protectionism?  In any event, it's a massively corrupt system.
2935  Media / General Games / Re: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on: October 27, 2011, 05:15:52 PM
All hail Kevadu, Armchair moderator supreme

Hey, you brought it up...
2936  Media / General Games / Re: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on: October 27, 2011, 04:34:16 PM
I don't want you to go away, I just want you to stop double (or triple...quadruple) posting so much.  You really do it a lot, you know.  These forums do have an edit feature...
2937  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 27, 2011, 04:31:46 PM
If you haven't seen Fate/Stay Night I would watch that first.  Yeah, Fate/Zero is a prequel but it's a prequel written with the assumption that you've seen the first series and there are some things they don't bother to explain or that you won't really be able to appreciate without that background.
2938  Media / General Games / Re: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on: October 27, 2011, 03:26:57 PM
Yoda makes a good point ;)

I really need to make some progress on my backlog before this comes out...
2939  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type 0 on: October 27, 2011, 01:12:46 PM
Fair enough.  I really wish S-E would make their localization plans concrete because the wait and uncertainty is killing me.  I realized I have enough money on my JP PSN account to get this game so it's just a button click away...
2940  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type 0 on: October 26, 2011, 12:58:43 PM
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