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3061  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.
3062  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.
3063  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.
3064  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.
3065  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?
3066  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.
3067  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.
3068  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.
3069  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.
3070  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.
3071  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: New Kindles on: October 02, 2011, 01:00:04 AM
Also if there's a well-working version of Dosbox for the Touchpad I'd be happy.

The Touchpad is WebOS so I don't know about that, but there is DosBox for android.  I haven't actually used it though so I can't tell you how well it runs.
3072  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 01, 2011, 11:38:27 PM
I'm thinking in starting Demon's Souls again with a new character but I also want to know if I delete the only character I have now in my save file will cause to lose my trophies.

Trophies work at a system level.  They don't care about your save files at all.

And actually, there is no way to lose trophies.  Not even if you wanted to.  Assuming that they have been synced, anyway.  Every embarrassing game you have ever played will be on record forever!
3073  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: New Kindles on: October 01, 2011, 11:23:17 PM
I think I'd like tablets more if you could just like, install whatever the fuck you wanted without having to go through a proprietary app store.

You can, on Android.  Unless the vendor has it locked down in some weird way (which these Kindles may be).  But on a standard Android system you can always just download an application from a website or something and install it manually.
3074  Media / General Games / Re: TEAM ICO COLLECTION on: October 01, 2011, 10:59:58 PM
Beat Ico.  Fun game, but that camera...ugh.  I feel like I was fighting with the camera then entire time, as it never really looked at what I wanted to look at.

I noticed that one of the trophies was for beating the whole game in less than 2 hours.  Sure, it's a puzzle game so it's going to be a lot faster once you know what to do, but that still seems crazy to me.  I mean, there's still the combat, and babysitting Yorda...just getting around the map takes a while.

BTW, the time between the last save point and the end of the game was about an hour for me.  Sure I died a couple of times (thankfully there are checkpoints), but that segment was just way too long...

Still, it's a good game.
3075  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Weekly podcast: "Your RPG Playin' Ass" on: October 01, 2011, 03:57:19 PM
*shrugs* No one is saying that Rorona is a workshop

I'll say it, then.  It's not always the case in Atelier games, but in Atelier Rorona at least this is quite explicit.  "Atelier Rorona" is the name of the workshop.  It's what the sign on the door says.  I don't see how you can argue with that...
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