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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: August 16, 2016, 10:55:59 PM
Its probably more of a move to launch around Black Friday/Cyber Monday than anything to do with Persona 5.

Or, you know, because the game isn't done yet.
What could they honestly do in 2 months, taking into account that the last month basically equates to shipping and distribution. 10 years of development and NOW they're nit-picking shit? They either found some breaking glitch or bug, or I'm in line to agree with Aeolus and they want to maximize sales.

The game was technically "done," as in it went gold.

The stated reason for the delay is to incorporate the day one patch and maybe a few other fixes into the game itself, for the benefit of people without an internet connection and to deliver the best game possible. Which strikes me as a relatively minor reason to delay after all the pomp and circumstance of the Uncovered event, but *shrug* I guess I can respect them caring about people who don't have the benefit of modern internet.

Also, it's still two extra months. If they were sticking to their original release date, they'd be working on shipping and distribution right now. Instead, they'll be doing it in October.

They seem to be using the term "gone gold" rather differently than the rest of the industry seeing how they've also claimed that the "patch" will be on disc.  Normally when people say "gone gold" they mean they've finalized the contents of the disc so they can start manufacturing them.  Disc manufacturing is done in one pass.  It's not a friggin CDRW that you can sneak a patch on later.

So either the patch won't be on disc (which would directly contradict what they're claiming) or they were lying when they said the game went gold.

In any event as a software developer myself I feel the need to response to Agent D.'s question.  Because you can actually get a shit ton done in 2 months.  Especially when it's at the end of a long process with many people working on different parts of a big project and you try to bring it all together only to realize that something isn't quite right.  Which is probably exactly what happened...

Basically I don't believe for a second that they would be delaying the game if they didn't think it needed it.
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: August 15, 2016, 10:41:44 PM
Its probably more of a move to launch around Black Friday/Cyber Monday than anything to do with Persona 5.

Or, you know, because the game isn't done yet.
33  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 14, 2016, 01:56:02 AM
I swear with every KanColle event I come closer and closer to quitting this stupid game forever.  And while my complains might sound par for the course among these sort of browser collection games, given that I have been playing KanColle for a long time now all I hope you can believe me when I claim it wasn't always like this...

For example, KanColle events have always introduced new ship girls as either rewards or drops.  Rewards you get for sure upon clearing maps in the event.  Drops are, well, drops.  There's a random chance of getting them when you win the battles at certain nodes.  But back in the old days all the major new ship girls were rewards and the drops were just extras (typically DDs because there are a ton of DDs in the game).  And the drops were typically available from many potential battle nodes over the course of the event so you had a reasonably good chance of getting them just while clearing normally.  Of course die-hard collectors (like myself) would go back to try and get any drops they missed, but even if you never got found one it wasn't really that big of a deal (and you would typically get a chance again next event...).

But in more recent events the trend has been completely inverted.  The rewards feel like the extras and all the interesting and unique new ship girls are drops instead.  Not only that, but they only drop from some of the most difficult battles in the event, and typically only on S rank (meaning you completely wiped out the enemy fleet).  Even then it's not like the drop rate is high.  You can easily get 50+ S ranks on a boss node that would have only taken 5 to clear the map while looking for a drop and still end up with nothing.  But it's not like there's any skill involved here.  They're drops, it's pure RNG (which is not to say you don't still get wankers who brag about shit like "I got X on my first try!"...).

Then there's the difficulty selection issue.  You see a while back they added a feature where you can choose your difficulty for each map.  The base rewards are the same regardless of difficulty but if you clear on harder difficulties they typically throw in a few extras.  That's all well and good but there's a slight problem:  Once a map has been cleared the difficulty cannot be changed.  So if you clear on hard that map will always be on hard.  And while drop rates are typically a little higher on harder difficulties, remember that all the good drops are only on S rank and it's a lot harder to get S ranks on hard for some of these battles.  So maybe a drop rate is 4% on hard rather than 2% on easy but you'll only get the necessary S rank 1/10th of the time on hard...it's not worth it.  It's actually a lot easier to farm stuff on easy mode.

Because changing the difficulty resets the boss bar what people typically do is farm on easy while switching the difficulty back and forth to reset the boss bar so they never actually clear it.  Only once they've actually gotten whatever they were farming for do they switch to hard mode permanently to clear it.  While I completely understand this behavior, I still hate it.  I really feel like you ought to be able to clear first and then go back and farm...but it's just not practical to do that anymore on a lot of maps.  And keep in mind that this is all during time-limited events.  It's not like you have unlimited time to actually do all this shit.

Given the amount of time I've already sunk into this game I'm very reluctant to quit but I feel like the way the game has evolved as moved more and more towards the RNG bullshit end of the spectrum and I don't want to just play a fucking slot machine.  I honestly feel like the game used to a lot more 'fair'.  Not to say it was easy but if you were properly prepared and put in the effort you could always get the rewards.  And I don't feel like that's the case anymore...
34  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 08, 2016, 09:49:38 PM


The problem with Arcades was that Consoles eventually caught up with the technology and the business model was no longer viable outside of Japan (not that its particularly viable in Japan either, but the infrastructure was still there and something, something, gambling parlors, something Yakuza fronts, something).

That was probably the main reason. I also think that arcade games weren't profitable at 25 cents a play and too expensive for a poor HS/college student like me at 50 cents a pop. The arcades needed a 37.5 cent coin.

50 cents...you haven't been in an arcade in a while, have you?  Plenty of them are $1+ now...
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 06, 2016, 09:05:50 PM
Imma vent a little here but:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/02/health/millennials-less-sex-than-gen-x/index.html

Apologies for some of the related links being vaguely NSFW there (thanks for keeping it classy, CNN) but this is one of the more... weirdly dehumanizing things I've ever read.

Why is it dehumanizing?  Seems like a pretty normal article to me...
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 05, 2016, 11:10:24 PM
An abstract rant:

Imagine you have two categories of things: A and B.

There is significant overlap between them.  Meaning there are a lot of examples in both A and B.  Nevertheless, they are two distinct categories with examples in A and not B and examples in B and not A.

Imagine you are investigating an issue in category A.  There are many examples of this issue in the A and B overlap but there are also examples in A and not B.  There are no examples in B and not A.

Why the fuck do you keep calling the category you are investigating 'B'?!
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: July 31, 2016, 02:28:28 PM
If nothing else this game looks stylish as fuck.


A JRPG with a fishing minigame?!  That's never been done before!
38  Media / General Games / Re: How much do you care whether something is interactive or not? on: July 31, 2016, 02:22:49 PM
I've actually thought about this topic a lot, actually.  I often feel like the gaming news media is trying to tell me that interactivity trumps all and I should hate cut scenes and love things like sandbox games for their more organic, emergent gameplay.

Yet personally I don't really have any problem with cut scenes (so long as they're well-written anyway...) and find sandbox games to be completely tedious.  I have limited time to play games and don't want to have to spend it trekking around in the wilderness just to find the next interesting gameplay bite.  Give me a game that directs me to the next objective so I don't have to waste my time any day.

I do like the trend (that started with the original Half-life, really) of making scripted that themselves feel interactive even if they ultimately direct you to the same conclusion every time.  But that can be hard to do well and I'm not going to hate a game for resorting to non-interactive cut scenes to fill in some of the gaps.

I don't think I'm alone in this opinion either.  Although it's not really my cup of tea, if you look at the popularity of something like the single player campaigns in COD then clearly there are a lot of people who enjoy that sort of linear, cut scene heavy, scripted gameplay.  And yes, I said COD single player.  I realize that it's "common sense" to a lot of people that "nobody plays COD for the single player campaign".  Except that Activision's own statistics based on achievements/trophies have shown that the majority of COD players don't even touch the multiplayer.  The single player campaign is clearly important to a lot of people.

That all said, you can clearly go too far in taking freedom away from the player.  Line in Xenogears' second disc which I couldn't even stand to play...
39  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 29, 2016, 10:25:57 PM
(obvs FKG is more along those lines than KanColle with its NSFW version, in case Kevadu comes and thinks I'm being judgy)

Nah, it's pretty true ;)

Though honestly I keep telling myself I want to quit KanColle.  But a while ago they introduced a system in which every time you complete an event on the hardest difficulty you're awarded a special medal and other players can see your medal count.  There is no other way to get these medals so if you miss one that's it.  But since these medals serve no real purpose besides bragging rights people started calling them "e-peen medals".

I currently have every single e-peen medal it is possible to have, meaning I've completed every event on the hardest difficulty since the system was introduced.  And some of those events were quite hard.  And so long as I'm at 100% e-peen I feel compelled to keep trying for more.  Like if I were to miss one I would figure that's it, I can quit now.  But I'm at 100%!  How can I just stop when I'm at 100%?!

It's the stupidest reason to keep playing a game but it worked on me...
40  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 29, 2016, 10:00:25 PM
I almost forgot about it. I figured it'd just be more Harem Light Novel crap. I remember the trailer looked hopeful, but the then the summary sounded really generic, so I decided to hold out, but I guess I forgot about it completely. If it doesn't devolve into a power-fantasy or ham-handed romance involving multiple under-developed characters all vying for the attention of a cardboard cutout like somekind of hatchling in a nature preserve, I'll give it a shot in a few weeks...as I mentioned before, this season's rediculously dry for me, and next season isn't looking much better so far (still wayy too early to call, though)

In ep 3 I think (maybe it was 2...) it was revealed that the main character
Code:
slept with another character's mother, while he was a teenager and she was still married.
Which is not exactly a testament for his character or anything, but it is pretty much a guarantee that this show isn't going to fall into typical harem tropes.  Because a character who can do that will never be a clueless harem MC.

The actual main story is good too.  I just felt the need to point that out ;)

You say that, but Vanadis tried something akin to that as well and still couldn't escape the specter of the LN genre. Watch as your spoiler's contents get swept under the rug the moment its melodrama's been milked.

Code:
Though the more likely scenario will be revealing that the mother's daughter is also the MC's daughter after they've slept together and then the MC gets forgiven because fucking LNs/goddammit Japan.

How did Vanadis even try anything like that?

Anyway,
Code:
the guy is just a womanizer.  And apparently a successful one.  What I wrote before is only one example.
41  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 29, 2016, 03:59:40 AM
I almost forgot about it. I figured it'd just be more Harem Light Novel crap. I remember the trailer looked hopeful, but the then the summary sounded really generic, so I decided to hold out, but I guess I forgot about it completely. If it doesn't devolve into a power-fantasy or ham-handed romance involving multiple under-developed characters all vying for the attention of a cardboard cutout like somekind of hatchling in a nature preserve, I'll give it a shot in a few weeks...as I mentioned before, this season's rediculously dry for me, and next season isn't looking much better so far (still wayy too early to call, though)

In ep 3 I think (maybe it was 2...) it was revealed that the main character
Code:
slept with another character's mother, while he was a teenager and she was still married.
Which is not exactly a testament for his character or anything, but it is pretty much a guarantee that this show isn't going to fall into typical harem tropes.  Because a character who can do that will never be a clueless harem MC.

The actual main story is good too.  I just felt the need to point that out ;)
42  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 29, 2016, 03:07:12 AM
Anyone watching Alderamin on the Sky?  Another show that wasn't even on my radar screen really but I gave it a shot and it was surprisingly quite good.  At least if you like quasi-realistic strategy-and-politics-heavy fantasy stories (which I do!).  It's not a new idea or anything but recent attempts at this kind of story have been very disappointing (*cough*Vanadis*cough*) so I was pleasantly surprised by how grounded the show feels.
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 27, 2016, 10:44:34 PM
The number of Bernie supports who say they will vote for Clinton is about the same as the number of Clinton supporters who said they would vote for Obama around this time in 2008.  The whole thing does seem a bit overstated.

That said I will agree that the Bernie-or-busters are a lot louder...
44  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 26, 2016, 10:21:35 PM
Whatever losses they saw from Wii U may have been negated thanks to Pokemon GO.  Their stock a few days ago was bigger then all of Sony combined.

Then investors finally realized that Nintendo didn't make Pokemon Go and is in fact only a minority stakeholder in it (all public info from the start...) and suddenly their stock crashed.

Lesson: Investors can be fucking stupid sometimes.
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 26, 2016, 10:10:28 PM
WikiLeaks defenders of the past today:

"Hmm... you know, that guy that committed treason might not be such a great person after all."
^ he's also been accused of raping two women. classy dude.

Pretty sure Klutz was talking about Snowden and you're talking about Assange.  Correct me if I'm wrong.

It really annoys me how much people mix the two up, though.  They are completely different, unrelated people.
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