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3061  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New to the site, looking for game advice on: April 06, 2011, 02:44:57 PM
Valkyria Chronicles is probably my all-time favorite PS3 game, but we're drifting further and futher away from the whole make-your-character-and/or-party thing.
3062  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: George Hotz (geohot) VS Sony. on: April 06, 2011, 01:02:20 PM
These guys aren't hackers, they're script kiddies.  Calling them 'hackers' is giving them way too much respect.
3063  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 05, 2011, 07:58:14 PM
You kids have it easy with your 'essays'.  I'm working on my dissertation...
3064  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: George Hotz (geohot) VS Sony. on: April 05, 2011, 01:58:12 PM
Anonymous has always been stupid.  It's just a collection of 4chan /b/tards.
3065  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 05, 2011, 11:53:16 AM
So there's all these sub-genres within hentai which is already an anime sub-genre. I feel more inteligent now.

Anime isn't a genre, it's a medium.  Hentai is a genre, not a sub-genre.
3066  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: a pet peeve of mine is.... on: April 03, 2011, 02:48:22 PM
Anyone who says bikes should be on the sidewalk obviously doesn't ride a bike.  I cruise at 15-20mph on flat ground on my bike (and can go much faster downhill, obviously).  You do not want something going 20mph on a sidewalk.  The ratio in speed between an experienced cyclist and the average pedestrian is much larger than the ratio between a car and that cyclist.  Not to mention that on a lot of sidewalks there isn't even room to avoid a pedestrian if they pop out without looking (which they do all the time).

I will use sidewalks occasionally (it's actually legal in Seattle) but only if I'm climbing a steep hill and have significanly slowed down as a result and there is no viable bike lane or shoulder to ride on.

It's funny that people would object to bike lines when they would actually solve a lot of these problems...
3067  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Yakuza 4 on: April 03, 2011, 12:44:04 PM
I have thought the same thing.  The Yakuza games feel more RPG-ish than a lot of stuff that gets covered here.  Though it is true that Sega doesn't market them as RPGs.
3068  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: April 03, 2011, 03:34:09 AM
I'm not very far in TitS yet, but I would say that it's the better game.  Hexyz Force seemed pretty generic and forgettable to me.  And BTW, I really liked Yddgra Union.  Hexyz Force and Yggdra union may be from the same developer but they don't have anything to do with each other.

TitS is very dialogue-heavy, though.  It's not epic save-the-world kind of dialogue, but it is--for the most part--well-written, which is what makes it enjoyable.  It's a pretty standard RPG setup only you can have an actual short conversation with every random NPC you talk to instead of just two sentences pointing you to the next objective.  Whether you not you actually want to spend hours talking to NPCs is a matter of taste.
3069  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: a pet peeve of mine is.... on: April 03, 2011, 03:25:49 AM
Calm, calm yourselves.  Let's all just admit who the one true enemy is here to both the army of walkers and the cavalry of drivers...

The Cyclists.

Hey, I'm a cyclist!  I bike 18 miles a day for my commute.  There are some cyclists who are complete assholes and make me want to pull them over and beat them with Kryptonite lock (that would hurt in case you don't know), but most cyclists I know are good people.
3070  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: No GameStop 3DS Demo Stations in Alaska!!! on: April 03, 2011, 02:17:08 AM
lol, Alaska.  What was the point of buying it again?

Oil.
3071  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Gachitora on: April 02, 2011, 05:10:04 PM
Gachitora is a distinctly Japanese PSP game from spike that's best described as Kenka Bancho meets GTO.  You play as a former gangster turned high school teacher who has to deal with the various problems of his students, etc.  A big part of the game is getting people to open their hearts by...beating them up.  Hey, it's a video game.  I just played the Gachitora demo (not on the PSN yet but available here) and I thought it was quite fun.  It's definitely on the light-hearted and silly side of things, but I get the impression that there will be some serious themes woven in there.  Kind of like GTO.

I'm hoping this gets localized but it seems pretty iffy.  Atlus did localize Kenka Bancho 3, but they're already up to number 5 in Japan with no word on further releases here.  I might have to import...
3072  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: April 01, 2011, 03:14:02 PM
I still call it something to write home about. Hell, I'd be tickled pink if I put out a game and the sales for the console the game was on went up because of it.

But you don't know that!  That was my point.  PSP sales did drop a bit when the 3DS released (Not too surprising.  Why get the old toy when you can try out a shiny new toy.) and now they've returned to a pretty normal pre-3DS level.  Is that because of FFIV collection or is it just that the novelty of the 3DS has started to wear off?  You can't say.  Especially when just looking at week-by-week numbers which have a lot of random fluctuations in them.
3073  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: April 01, 2011, 02:19:55 PM
It did beat out the 3DS, and the article I read said it was due to the release of the FFIV  collection.

That always made me lol a bit. It seems like everytime a big game in Japan is released it drives hardware sales nuts. Who doesn't have a PSP over there at this point that would want one?

PSP sales didn't go 'nut's when the FFIV collection came out.  If anything they were only slightly above average.  I think some journalists are a little over-zealous in attributing hardware sales to whatever game just came out.
3074  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: April 01, 2011, 12:31:36 PM
It's not that there are a 'few Japanese developers that are really trying and keeping it alive'.  The system is very much alive in Japan.  It's huge there.  Didn't it recently beat out 3DS sales despite the fact that the 3DS has only been out for like a month?  It's only in the west that it appears to be dying.
3075  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PSP PSN RPG downloads on: April 01, 2011, 12:25:00 PM
I recommend you finish the games you have.  Are you on some sort of buying spree?
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