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2956  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sweden: "Men Who Like Adult Manga Are Sick Pedophiles" on: June 20, 2011, 01:49:29 PM
Why spread hearsay when the facts are so easily available?


Japan is definitely up there, but the highest is...Lithuania?  Didn't expect that.  Followed quite closely by South Korea.
2957  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGs for Android on: June 20, 2011, 06:15:20 AM
So I recently purchased a shiny new Android tablet (Asus Eee Pad Transformer to be precise).  I've been playing around with it and it's pretty cool, but naturally at some point I had to ask the questiion: are there any good RPGs for Android?  Turns out that there are actually quite a few titles out there.  More than I expected.  Whether or not they are actually good is another question.  So I thought I would list a few that caught my eye and ask if anyone else has had any experience with them.  Keep in mind that most (maybe all...I don't know) of these are also available for iOS devices.

Of course there are user reviews for all of these games in the Android Marketplace but they don't seem to be terribly...discriminating.  It seems like if the game runs everybody gives it 5 stars...

Zenonia and Zenonia II - I know RPGFan reviewed these for iOS.  They sounded pretty grindy, though, and I don't like grindy.  On the other hand they're only $.99 each right now, but I'm more worried about wasting my time than my money.

Battleheart - This is one of the most intriguing looking titles on this list.  The combat looks sort of RTS-ish but with a small party of characters that have multiple moves available.  And touch controls, of course, but that should work really well for that sort of thing.  The graphics are cartoonish, reminds me of Castle Crashers.  I think I will definitely check this one out at some point.

Illusia - By the same people who made the Zenonia games but it's a side-scrolling action RPG this time.  I see a lot of people bitching about the controls, though.

Spectral Souls: Resurrection of the Ethereal Empires - This was one of the biggests WTFs for me.  This appears to be a full port of the PSP SRPG by the same name.  Which would be cool, except that game was such an obscure title that got pretty bad reviews.  The guys who put this on the Android Marketplace don't appear to have ported any other SRPGs...of all the titles to start with, why this one?

The Symphony of the Eternity - Appears to be an original JRPG in the style of classic SNES titles.  I don't know much about it, though.

History: Great Battles Medieval - I wan't sure whether to include this or not but at least one review described it as a strategy RPG.  Definitely leans more towards the strategy side, but that's OK with me.  Actually, the fact that this game runs on Android devices at all is seriously cool.  It appears to be a straight port of the console game by the same name.  On the downside that console game didn't really get glowing reviews, but from the screenshots I've seen this is certainly one of the most visually impressive Android games on the market.

OK, that's enough of a list.  There are plenty more generic-looking titles but they all sort of blend together after a while.  So has anyone here played any of these?
2958  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: WRPG virgin no more! on: June 20, 2011, 01:58:55 AM

would you prefer if i said i dont like rpg's with guys with big roided out muscles because they offend my eyes?

Actually I would prefer that.  It's a lot more insightful.
2959  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sweden: "Men Who Like Adult Manga Are Sick Pedophiles" on: June 20, 2011, 01:56:07 AM
Time for a serious response to a stupid topic.

I have given some thought to what is the appeal of hentai manga in the past.  For many years I honestly didn't get it.  After all, there is no shortage of porn out there.  Why settle for drawings of people when you could have actual people?  It seemed like a poor imitation at best.  Furthermore, when you don't actually look into that sort of thing yourself and just rely on what is spread memetically shock value is usually emphasized more than quality.

I have since changed my attitude quite a bit.  I guess it's due to discovering hentai that I actually...er, enjoyed.  The reasoning is different from what I had expected, though.  See, porn and hentai appeal to two very different aspects of eroticism.  Most porn is designed to provoke a purely instinctual response.  Hentai (at least good hentai...the quality can be all over the place) is closer in spirit to erotic fiction, just with some visual aids.  Poorly drawn boobs aren't the real appeal, it's the scenarios that are presented.  Of course, more interesting scenarios could be explored in actual porn, but they rarely are.  The reality is that you have to deal with all sorts of practical constraints, budgets, the willingness of the actors, etc.  The only thing you need to make erotic manga, on the other hand, is a pen and an imagination.  It should really come as no surprise then that it sometimes ventures into the grotesque.  But despite what some people might think, that's really not all there is.  It's more that hentai explores every possible fetish you can imagine.  I doubt there's anyone who actually likes all of it...but I bet just about anyone could find something they liked if they were actually willing to look.
2960  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: WRPG virgin no more! on: June 19, 2011, 10:59:32 PM
Also most WRPGs weren't excessively non-linear till Bethesda came and fucked everything up.

More like until Bethesda suddenly became popular.  It's not as if they only started doing their thing recently.  Arena came out in 1994.  I never did play Arena, but I did sink quite a bit of time into Daggerfall back in the day.  I skipped Morrowind but did eventually check out Oblivion after all the hype, and honestly it shocked me how little things had changed since Daggerfall.  Sure the graphics were much improved and they are always playing with the mechanics (yet somehow never fail to produce something broken and exploitable), but the gameplay feels identical.  Oh yeah, their newer games have fewer bugs, at least.   No, really.  Daggerfall was a complete mess.

It always amuses me when people talk about the lack of innovation in JRPGs and then use Bethesda games as an example of what WRPGs are doing.  Bethesda hasn't changed their formula in 17 years..
2961  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: WRPG virgin no more! on: June 19, 2011, 09:17:30 PM
About this. Planescape Torment, which is by the Baldur's Gate guys and plays really similarly

Hate to get all nitpicky, but that isn't true.  Baldur's Gate was made by Bioware and published by Interplay under their Black Isle label.  Planescape: Torment was made by Interplay's internal Black Isle team (same guys who did the original Fallout games), though they did borrow the engine from Bioware which is why they play similary.

Random trivia:  After Black Isle Studios was disbanded a lot of the people who worked there went on to start Obsidian Entertainment, who most recently made Fallout: New Vegas.  And so we have come full circle.
2962  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PlayStation Vita Announced (late 2011, $249/$299 for WiFi/3G+WiFI) + some games on: June 18, 2011, 11:21:11 AM

To answer your question, we set out a goal: Yes, we're going to hit the $250 price, and no, we don't want to sell the hardware with a deficit. That's a goal we set out to do and I'm very happy we are achieving that.

It sounds to me like he's talking about future prospects.  I have no doubt they will be able to achieve profitability at that price point, but that doesn't mean that they're already there.

Obviously the IGN interviewer was also confused since he asked the question I quoted after that and Yoshida danced around it.  If he wanted to say that it's going to be profitable at launch why wouldn't he just say that?  In fact he specifically says, "We don't have the final-final answer to that question".  That implies that it's going to be close.  He certainly isn't saying that the Vita is definitely going to be profitable at launch.
2963  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PlayStation Vita Announced (late 2011, $249/$299 for WiFi/3G+WiFI) + some games on: June 18, 2011, 10:15:51 AM

Vita will be profitable from day one. Colour me surprised.

I don't see how you're getting that from the article.

IGN: So you're going to be profitable with each Vita sold?

Yoshida: We haven't completed the hardware development. It's like 98-percent done in terms of hardware, and on the system software side and network code, we have a few more months to work on that. We don't have the final-final answer to that question, but the way we are projecting it seems like we're going to do pretty well.

He kind of avoided the question, but it sounds to me like the Vita is being sold near-cost.  It's certainly not going to be sold with the kind of losses the PS3 was sold at initially, but it's pretty likely that it will be sold at a small loss at first.  Naturally it will become cheaper with time and likely reach profitability relativey soon.

Nintendo must be making a shitload of money with the 3DS if even the vita turns in a profit with that price.

I remember reading an estimate a while back that the 3DS only cost about $100 to manufacture.  Nintendo is being rather arrogant this generation.
2964  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls on: June 18, 2011, 08:03:48 AM

Up since May 2009, no less!  Wow, RPGFan must have gotten a really early copy.
2965  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: George Hotz (geohot) VS Sony. on: June 15, 2011, 06:53:03 AM
Anonymous at least pretended to have a cause.  These LulzSec guys are just assholes.
2966  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Next Vanillaware Title to be Grand Knight History on: June 15, 2011, 05:50:23 AM
Yeah, I remember buying VC2 at Gamestop (and this was almost a year ago).  They had it but only behind the counter and you had to specifically ask for it.  They still had a small section for used PSP games but there was literally zero space dedicated to new PSP games.  And people wonder why the games don't sell...

I am really hoping that the Vita does well here and we might get Vita versions of some of the PSP games we're missing.  The PSP lineup in Japan is looking stronger than ever.
2967  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 14, 2011, 05:52:28 PM
There is absolutely no belief system associated with being an atheist. It is the rejection of god and other supernatural beliefs, but it makes no claims of it's own.  Of course it is often associated with scientific theories like evolution, but that is because they logically complement each other.  It is not a requirement.  There were atheists before Darwin.

This is why we find your position to be incomprehensible, Jubby.  You seem to be using some narrow strawman definition of atheism to claim it's not you while describing something that sounds...an awful lot like atheism.  Maybe you don't like the label.  A lot of people don't like labels.  But if we let everyone redefine words to their whims then nobody would have any idea what anyone else was saying.
2968  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 14, 2011, 10:24:05 AM
Man I am so drugged up right now I can't hardly think straight.  But not in pain!
2969  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 14, 2011, 04:26:59 AM
Here's a haps update:

In the hospital with crippling back pain.  I can't even stand up.  I suspect it's a herniated disc.  Would love to tell you what the doctor thinks but I've been here for over three hours and haven't seen a doctor yet...yeah, it's late but I've been on a night shift for the last week and I'm in pain so I am as awake as I get.   Have absolutely nothing to do except stare at the ceiling and think about how much pain I'm in or play with my cell phone that's going to run out of battery soon.

Oh, I was supposed to fly back home at 8:15am this morning.  That ain't happening...   
2970  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Next Vanillaware Title to be Grand Knight History on: June 13, 2011, 11:55:08 PM
Forget this game and VC3 (and Growlanser, hahahahahaha...oh wait, you were serious...), we might not even get Type-0.  The PSP is officially dead in the west...
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