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2956  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 3DS vs. Vita - which will be the RPG'ers choice? on: July 28, 2011, 01:47:34 PM
I know this isn't what you want to hear, Themadcow, but honestly I wouldn't buy either system now.  At least not for RPGs.

Keep in mind if you're planning on playing DS games on the 3DS I have heard (though I don't have a 3DS myself to confirm...) that most DS games really don't look good on the 3DS screen because of the stretching from the resolution differences.  When you add in the 3DS's battery life issues I think you're much better off playing DS games on a DS.

Maybe see if you can find a cheap DS somewhere.  There are probably great deals to be had these days, so I wouldn't pay MSRP.

Personally I'm quite interested in the Vita, but not for RPGs at this point.  They've barely announced any yet.  Of course it's still really early, and RPG developers tend to be slower about adopting new platforms in general.
2957  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Nintendo 3DS Launching at $249.99 on March 27 in the US on: July 28, 2011, 01:39:19 PM
Selling a new system at a loss is standard operating procedure for everyone but Nintendo.  It used to be standard operating procedure for Nintendo as well before they got arrogant and greedy.  They seemed to just assume people would flock to the 3DS despite the price and lack of games.  What actually happened was a much-needed wake-up call.

2958  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Nintendo 3DS Launching at $249.99 on March 27 in the US on: July 28, 2011, 03:33:11 AM
Holy crap, price drop already (at least in Japan).  That's a pretty huge drop, too.  I guess the system really isn't selling like they want it too.
2959  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: July 27, 2011, 11:25:45 PM
Finally got my hands on my copy.  Amazon was nice enough to mail it next day air at no extra cost, I guess implicitly acknowledging their screw-up.
2960  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: jRPGs and Turn Based Battles on: July 27, 2011, 12:16:01 PM
Random Encounters are just not necessary anymore.  The reason they exist is due to technology limitations back in the day. Now it should be enemeies on screen like Tales, Arc Rise Fantasia, etc.

Rubbish. Random encounters = being ambushed.

There's nothing quite like the adrenaline rush of being stuck in a dungeon with low HP and MP, or maybe just half your party alive and not knowing whether you'll make it out of there without running into a group of your most hated monster types.

yeah until that situation causes you to get game over and frustration sets in....

It's called challenge.  If you don't ever get a game over then the game is too easy.
2961  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 26, 2011, 08:05:54 PM
I just happened to look at your post count Jubby, and was thinking to myself, "How the heck does that guy have that many posts already?  Isn't he new?".  Then I actually read the post, and it all made sense.
2962  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type 0 on: July 26, 2011, 06:58:11 PM
You're forgetting that Type-0 was a cellphone game when it was first announced back then and scope was significantly smaller. The change of platforms along other projects lined-up obviously had an effect on planned time-frame, and really outside of 3 FNC games SE's Dev time has been fine.

It apparently wasn't anything when it was first announced.  Just some ideas and concept art.  Sure, the original plan was for it to be a cell phone game, but it doesn't take much to 'change plantforms' when you haven't started coding yet...
2963  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 26, 2011, 05:23:53 PM
Er...how are you posting if you're banned?
2964  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: MGS, SH and ZOE HD collections announced on: July 26, 2011, 03:54:54 PM
I found the PSP to be incredibly uncomfortable myself until I got a grip accessory for it so that I could actually hold it properly.  Of course, PSP accessories are becoming hard to find these days...
2965  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: July 26, 2011, 12:13:21 PM
Amazon, you have failed me.  I placed my preorder several months ago and it hasn't shipped yet.  What the frick?
2966  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type 0 on: July 26, 2011, 04:09:57 AM
From http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2011/07/26/ff_type_zero_interview/:

Type-0 was announced in 2006. At the time, only Tabata, Naora and Tetsuya Nomura were on the staff. Work was being done on Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII, so it was only in 2008 that actual development began. Even then, the development team had to work on The 3rd Birthday, so Type-0's development was kept at a minimum level for about a year.

Why announce a game two years before starting development?  Sometimes I really don't understand what S-E is thinking...

Anyway, the game looks good.
2967  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: July 26, 2011, 02:48:37 AM
Aeolus, I've been pretty vocal about my own dislike of FFXIII but I still don't have the slightest idea what you're ranting about.
2968  The Rest / General Discussions / Patent trolls on: July 25, 2011, 04:28:26 PM
I don't normally post this kind of stuff here, but This American Life had a really good show recently discussing patent trolls and the problems with the patent system.  This is something I think everyone should listen to.


2969  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3 on: July 23, 2011, 02:59:09 PM
Activision is headed by Bobby Kotick, so they're assholes until something is done about him. Capcom and SE have been going this route recently and it pisses me off.

If it wasn't for Kotick Activisions wouldn't even exist today.  He literally saved the company.

I know it has become trendy lately to hate Kotick (even though he has been the head of Activision for a long time now...), but I honestly feel that most of that hate is completely unjustified.  If people dislike annual franchises so much then stop buying them.  Do't hate Activision for giving people what they want.  As for the whole Infinity Ward scandal, if you actually read about some of the stuff the Infinity Ward heads were doing (secret meetings with E-A while they were still employed by Activision, etc.) then their dismissal was completely appropriate.
2970  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The ^<v Game on: July 23, 2011, 01:01:03 PM
^ Ravioli is made from two sheets of pasta.  The filling is place on one sheet (while the pasta is still fresh and flexible, not dry) with regular spacing and then the other sheet is placed on top.  The ravioli shapes are then cut out and the ends are crimped together to form a tight seal.
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