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2956  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Totorie, Alchemist of Arland 2 announced for the PS3 on: October 05, 2011, 01:34:43 PM
My copy finally got here.  Now I have to find time to play it.
2957  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 05, 2011, 01:15:08 PM
I've been contemplating getting a fragfx as a controll pad just sucks for FPS. I guess some people can become quite good at it, but I'm unable to play on any sensitivities much above default, which really hampers you against many players online.

I have a FragFX.  They work, but can be really finicky.  Remember that they work by translating mouse movements into the equivalent stick movements so it won't always feel as natural as using a mouse.  But if you spend a while tweaking both the in-game sensitivity and the sensitivity on the controller you can get something that feels OK.  Once you get it set right it really does help.

One advantage of the FragFX over the traditional mouse and keyboard is that you still have an analog stick for movement.  But really, I wish more PS3 games would just support mice in the first place...
2958  Media / General Games / Re: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on: October 05, 2011, 12:06:29 AM
Well, I finally got around to going to a Subway today.  Got my code and the mutliplayer demo thingy is downloading...very slowly.  Maybe I'll get a chance to play it tomorrow.
2959  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: New iPhone today, looks great on: October 04, 2011, 09:45:11 PM
My phone came out in 2009 and it has true multitasking.  Works fine.
2960  Media / General Games / Re: Rage on: October 04, 2011, 01:28:17 PM
It's an id game.  Did people actually expect strong story and characters?

What surprises me is that id is still making tech demos when they're not licensing out their tech anymore...
2961  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Odin Sphere to hit PSN along with other PS2 titles on: October 03, 2011, 07:41:46 PM
When they removed backwards compatibility, what did Sony do, remove physical PS2 components from the original fat PS3?

Yes, launch PS3s had all the chips from the PS2 onboard in hardware.  Then came the 'partial BC' 80 gig model that emulated the Emotion Engine but still had things like the graphics chip in hardware.  Finally they decided to get rid of it entirely.

Now they are able to emulate the PS2, a feat that brings high end PC's to their knees?  What the heck did they do?  Did they convert each game into its own downloadable game, or is it truly emulating the PS2 (I assume PS1 downloads are emulated too)?

We really don't know what they did.  It's a good question.  Perhaps they finally got a good, workable software emulation system.  Perhaps the games are actually recompiled for the PS3 but linked to libraries that mimic the PS2's features.  I doubt Sony is going to tell us so we'll have to see when the games are actually out.
2962  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Holiday games, something about this years crop on: October 03, 2011, 07:10:21 PM
Yeah, I never touched Uncharted 2's DLC and I don't feel like I missed anything.  But I'm not a big multiplayer person.
2963  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Odin Sphere to hit PSN along with other PS2 titles on: October 03, 2011, 07:05:53 PM
Yes, it's all a conspiracy to make you rebuy games.  That's why it took them 3 years to finally do this after removing BC.  They wanted to lull you into a false sense of security.  It has nothing to do with the fact that Sony lost $200 on every launch model sold despite the much-maligned $600 price point.
2964  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Crimson Gem Saga. on: October 03, 2011, 07:01:48 PM
$100?! WTF. Gamestop 3 miles away from me has it for $14.99

Sometimes rare games reach ridiculous price points on eBay.  It's not entirely unreasonable, either.  Just because your local Gamestop has it doesn't mean that's true for the people bidding.  Are they supposed to travel around the country checking every single Gamestop?  It's more likely that your local Gamestop doesn't really understand the value of the game.  The number of copies in circulation is small but the audience that cares about it is also small.  You're not going to get a good sense of its value by only selling it locally...

That's why you should buy that copy and sell it on eBay.  Seriously.  It helps balance out prices for everyone, and you can make a nice profit while you're at it.

Oh yeah, the game.  I didn't really like Crimson Gem Saga, to be honest.  It was functional, but also felt really generic and dull.  I never finished it.
2965  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: October 03, 2011, 04:18:37 PM
I actually would prefer that DLC be limited to cosmetic bullshit.  Then I can safely ignore it.

What's wrong with wanting my games to be complete out of the box?
2966  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Odin Sphere to hit PSN along with other PS2 titles on: October 03, 2011, 11:55:57 AM
Yeah, it's great that they seem to be targetting lesser known and hard to find titles.  My problem with all of these HD remakes is that they were only for very high profile titles.  The PS2 has an enormous library but much of it is hard to find these days.  I hope this is just the beginning.
2967  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: CERN researchers upset physics as we know them. on: October 02, 2011, 08:57:35 PM
Weird that you would single out phonology.  I'm no linguist, for sure, but recently I've been reading about phonology in my spare time because I'm interested in how it applies to the problem of computer-generated voices.  I think it's quite useful in that context.
2968  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: New Kindles on: October 02, 2011, 03:44:50 AM
Android systems are only going to run Android programs.  At a userspace level it's a completely different system than a normal Linux distro.
2969  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: New Kindles on: October 02, 2011, 01:47:51 AM
AFAIK Android and webOS are actually Linux based.

They both use the Linux kernel, but otherwise they're actually quite different.  And they are different from what most people think of as 'Linux' (which is actually a whole boatload of libraries and utilities, not just the kernel).

Apparently the ARM processor in the touchpad causes some kind of compatibility issue with certain software. I have no idea what the actually means because my hardware classes were all bullshit.

You probably mean with regards to Ubuntu, which is typically run on x86 hardware.  For Android, ARM is the standard.  Everybody uses ARM in mobile devices these days.
2970  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: October 02, 2011, 01:42:27 AM

But I also prefer reading and am getting annoyed at how no VA is seen as a bad thing period.

Me too, lack of voice acting is never a big complaint for me. 

Yeah, I read much faster than people can talk, anyway.  Heck, sometimes even if a game has voice acting I am speed reading the dialogue fast enough that the VAs don't even have time to start saying their lines before I've already moved on.
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