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2926  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PlayStation Vita Announced (late 2011, $249/$299 for WiFi/3G+WiFI) + some games on: October 18, 2011, 08:01:25 PM
February 22nd.
2927  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 18, 2011, 07:25:21 PM
I just finished watching Hanasaku Iroha. I'm speechless right now; while certainly not without flaws, the entire work is just so charming, and the characters feel so real (because of those flaws), that I couldn't help but totally fall in love with it--and them. It's been a while since I've had such a hard time walking away from characters when there is some actual closure, and I can't wait for the "new visual work" next year.

Extremely impressed. If you like slice of life/coming of age stories at all, I highly suggest it. The animation is also very crisp and vibrant, and nearly the entire cast feels fully realized.

I completely agree.  One of the best shows of the year.


I'm struggling to find something similar right now. Though I definitely don't expect the same animation quality from, well, anything, I'd really love something with the same "feel".

Slice of life animes are not uncommon, but ones of this quality are.  I wracked my brain trying to think of something similar and all I could come up with was Honey and Clover.  It's an older show, but if you haven't seen it then I would quite recommend it.
2928  Media / General Games / Re: Batman Arkham City on: October 18, 2011, 07:21:58 PM
How does it undermine the point?  The point was to make money off of used game sales, which is what they are doing.  I completely agree with Maxximum, here.  It's impossible that Gamestop is doing this without paying WB for the privilage.  First of all I don't even know how else they could get the codes, but even if they managed somehow they would be sued six ways from Sunday for doing this without permission.

If anything I think this demonstrates how massive Gamestop's margins on used games are, since they can afford to buy codes without changing their prices.
2929  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Woman tries to ice her husband with icing on: October 18, 2011, 02:32:51 AM
What kind of icing are we talking about here?  If it's that canned shit then good riddance.
2930  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles 3 not coming to US and Europe, Sega blames you on: October 18, 2011, 02:29:51 AM
I used to be big into hardcore combat flight sims on the PC (which is pretty much a dead genre now...).  The manuals with some of the old Jane's flight sims were godly...they weren't manuals, they were textbooks.
2931  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 17, 2011, 08:31:45 PM
I just finished watching Hanasaku Iroha. I'm speechless right now; while certainly not without flaws, the entire work is just so charming, and the characters feel so real (because of those flaws), that I couldn't help but totally fall in love with it--and them. It's been a while since I've had such a hard time walking away from characters when there is some actual closure, and I can't wait for the "new visual work" next year.

Extremely impressed. If you like slice of life/coming of age stories at all, I highly suggest it. The animation is also very crisp and vibrant, and nearly the entire cast feels fully realized.

I completely agree.  One of the best shows of the year.
2932  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles 3 not coming to US and Europe, Sega blames you on: October 17, 2011, 05:19:19 PM
I kinda wish Vita (and 3DS) was digital only.  It'd force the issue.  Why do the Japanese rebel against this technology?  It's the ultimate gaming convenience.  You could theoretically download a game at the stroke of midnight, never have to worry that they will be out of stock, and it's only a few button clicks away.  Why would anyone prefer to waste gas driving to a store (or pay bus/train fare), fight a potential crowd, risk inventory being out of stock for a physical copy? 

You know that Sony is requiring that every single Vita game is available digitally, right?  So if you want it to be digital-only, it can be.  What is there to complain about?
2933  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PlayStation Vita Announced (late 2011, $249/$299 for WiFi/3G+WiFI) + some games on: October 17, 2011, 02:42:57 AM
Cleary I go to too many conventions because I looked at that line and thought: Not that bad.

Interesting that the 3G version is doing better than the wifi version.  When I talk to folks around here about it nobody seems interested in paying the extra for 3G.

Is this overall, or in Japan? Because I imagine not knowing how exactly it'll work in America PLUS the fact it's AT&T really doesn't help.

I'm just commenting on opinions I've heard in the US.  I mean, it seems like literally nobody is excited about the 3G version.
2934  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Anime to game adaptations we may never see... on: October 15, 2011, 04:06:06 PM
Most anime to game adaptions are of the visual novel variety, so I wouldn't really expect to see those localized in the first place.  There are a ton of them, though.  But yeah, even the ones that aren't usually look like cheap cash-ins so most of the time I don't really feel like we're missing much.

There's a dungeon crawler RPG based on Madoka in the works for the PSP.  That was a really good show (mostly in how it messed with your expectations) and the dungeon crawling formula actually makes a lot of sense in the context of it, but I still have a hard time mustering any excitement for the game.  It looks so generic and uninspired.

The fact that I like games and anime doesn't mean that I'm going to buy bad games just because they're based off of an anime...
2935  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PlayStation Vita Announced (late 2011, $249/$299 for WiFi/3G+WiFI) + some games on: October 15, 2011, 02:38:56 PM
Interesting that the 3G version is doing better than the wifi version.  When I talk to folks around here about it nobody seems interested in paying the extra for 3G.
2936  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: October 15, 2011, 02:23:26 PM
Maybe I should get myself a second or third copy of TitS...
2937  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 15, 2011, 02:00:42 AM
Just saw the weirdest little tirade on a forum. Some guy had a huge post basically saying that the Portal series sucked because you could solve the puzzles, TWEWY would have been a good game if it wasn't trying so hard to be Final Fantasy, Demon's Souls was too easy, Dark Souls was too hard, Nier sucked for having a sad ending, and Mass Effect should have ended at the first game because ME2 wasn't "RPG" enough.

So... I'm never going back to that forum.

I know nothing about the forum in question, but if you're going to let one doofus drive you away then you're not really safe anywhere on the internet.  Gotta learn to be thick skinned out here!
2938  Media / General Games / Re: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on: October 15, 2011, 01:57:00 AM
Hey, it's the weekend now.  I know there was talk about trying to get a group to play the multiplayer thingy together, so do you guys actually want to try and do that?  I should be pretty free tomorrow (Sat.).
2939  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: New Grading Scale Thread on: October 14, 2011, 05:11:34 PM
Wait, people read reviews?  I thought you were just supposed to look at the score and then complain (whether it be too high or too low, rest assured it is wrong).
2940  Media / General Games / Re: Batman Arkham City on: October 14, 2011, 04:47:27 PM
To clarify, the thing I'm the most upset about is all the retailer-specific preorder bonuses.  It has really gotten out of hand and I don't want to support that kind of thing.  This extra crap is just the straw that broke the camel's back, so to speak.

Plus I have other games to keep me busy anyway.
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