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3061  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 4 International coming to the PS3 on Feb. 2010 on: January 09, 2011, 03:33:53 AM
Most of Resonance of Fate is just fine.  There are a few scenes that are just...weird, but they're fortunately not very numerous.  If RoF's story has a flaw it's the tendency towards lots of scenes of mysterious people hanging out in mysterious places talking about mysterious things with lots of words and yet not really saying or doing anything.  Still, it's not actually annoying.  I thought the English dub was actually pretty decent, too, but then I like Nolan North (there, I said it).
3062  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Nintendo 3DS - Feb 26 - Y25,000/$260-$300, Megaman Legends 3 for 3DS also on: January 08, 2011, 01:45:04 AM
I have a charger grip for my PSP.  That thing can go all day ;)  (very comfortable, too)
3063  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood! on: January 08, 2011, 01:42:13 AM
I picked up the first one in a PSN sale a while back.  I thought it was a pretty fun game.  The platforming had the right amount of challenge, in my opinion, but it was the boss fights I always found to be crazy difficult.  Any comments on how they are this time around?
3064  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: January 07, 2011, 12:57:29 PM
Yeah, bring on the puzzles.
3065  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Import Friendly Japanese Games on: January 06, 2011, 08:17:05 PM
You can get by in JRPGs if you know the Chinese characters well enough. Helps me when I don't understand some of the words.

Except that for those of use who didn't grow up with Chinese characters that's the hardest part of the whole language...
3066  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awards Lists are amusing on: January 06, 2011, 04:50:08 PM
I didn't watch the second one because I found the first one more obnoxious than funny. Forgive me for being a bit slow, but I don't get the joke about calling it 6 not 7. Can someone explain this for me?

I didn't get that either.  Looks like seven to me...

While some of his actual picks were good I thought the whole video was pretty unfunny.  He's trying way too hard.
3067  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Import Friendly Japanese Games on: January 06, 2011, 04:47:24 PM
I just can't see the point in playing an RPG in a language you don't understand.  Sure there are examples out there that are simple enough you can probably stumble your way through, but for me the story is a major part of most RPGs and you're just not going to be able to appreciate it that way.  I import RPGs sometimes but I actually understand some Japanese.  And I feel I just don't know how to answer this question.

And as other's have said, there are plenty of non-RPGs that don't really have much in the way of story that should be a lot more accessible.  But that category is almost too big if I don't know what kind of genres you are interested in.
3068  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Will there be a Lunar 2 on PSP? on: January 06, 2011, 04:41:42 PM
The PSP has limited memory and a very slow drive.  The question isn't really why some games have bad bad times, but rather why other games don't.  And the answer is some pretty clever programming.
3069  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: January 05, 2011, 08:56:22 PM
Man, I actually agree with Thoren...

(Though on a side note I absolutely love games that make you think...but I don't think this will be one of those, really)
3070  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Will there be a Lunar 2 on PSP? on: January 05, 2011, 07:54:19 PM
It doesn't get any harder later on, sadly...slow as heck, too.
3071  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Oh God! I burned my noodles! on: January 05, 2011, 06:23:33 PM
I'm pretty sure nobody seriously calls these things any of these names and it's all just an elaborate joke.
3072  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is Mass Effect and Borderlands worth it if you suck at FPS? on: January 05, 2011, 12:51:00 PM
I don't have any problems with FPSs on the PC, but to this day I still can't play them with a controller. ..
3073  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: January 05, 2011, 03:11:48 AM
I just hope the whole game doesn't consist of running away from stuff.  Nothing against platformers, but I prefer the slower-paced thoughtful kind.
3074  Media / The Soundroom / Vocaloids on: January 03, 2011, 06:45:32 PM
I've become addicted to vocaloid music.  I realize that these programs have actually been around for several years and I had even heard of Hatsune Miku before, but somehow I just didn't 'get it' until recently, and now my outlook on the whole phenomenon has completely changed.  I've gotten kind of obsessed, to be honest...

If you already know all about vocaloids then feel free to skip the next two paragraphs.  But I think that even if the technology isn't new it's still unfamiliar to a lot of people.  Certainly it was unfamiliar to me, anyway.  Basically, Vocaloid is a series of singing synthesis programs originally developed by Yamaha in which you can just input lyrics (in text) and a melody to make music.  Of course a wide variety of effects can also be added.  The programs use databases of recorded phonemes from singers/voice actors as their base to construct the lyrics from.  Therefore there are many different versions of the vocaloid programs out there based on different people so each has a unique 'voice'.

In what turned out to be a brilliant marketing decision, Crypton Future Media decided to develop characters to represent the voices in their vocaloid products.  Essentially virtual musicians to go along with the unique 'voice'.  The most famous of these is Hatsune Miku, who you may have heard of even if you've never heard the term 'vocaloid'.  'She' has become a cultural icon in Japan.  But there are others as well, like the more recent Megurine Luka (who's voice I prefer, honestly) who is a 'bilingual' singer--meaning her database contains phenomes for both Japanese and English.  There have been English language vocaloids as well, but they really haven't caught on here the way they have in Japan.

Vocaloids are essentially instruments.  Anyone who buys the program can make a 'Hatsune Miku' song.  This means there is a huge quantity of vocaloid music out there, but the quality and genres can very widely.  But thanks to these programs would-be composers can include actual lyrics in songs they make at home without having to actually be able to sing.  And that's pretty darn cool.  There have been a few professional bands that have used vocaloids (like Supercell), but most of this music is made by amateurs.  But it's amazing how good some of the stuff they have made is.  I thought I would list a few of my favorites.  A lot of them come with corresponding animations so I'll give youtube links.

Most Hatsune Miku songs seem to be pop stuff which isn't exactly my favorite genre.  Still, there are some pretty cool songs out there:
Love is War (Supercell) - My favorite Hatsune Miku songs and honestly one of my favorite vocaloid songs
Saihate (music and lyrics by Kobayashi Onyx) - Up-beat weird fun.  Kind of short, though.
World is Mine (Supercell) - Another Supercell song.  Very popular.
Two-Faced Lovers (music and lyrics by Genjitsutouhi-P) - Very fast paced song.  I dare say an actual human would have a heck of a time singing it...

As mentioned I do prefer Megurine Luka's voice.  It's lower-pitched than Miku's (rather high-pitched) voice.  The ability to have English lyrics without a thick Japanese accent is a nice feature, too.  Here are some Megurine Luka songs I like:
Double Lariat (music and lyrics by Agoaniki-P) - A pretty silly song, really, but it's really well done.  One of my favorites.
The Little Mermaid (music by 4124, lyrics by 紅月満) - Based on the original story, not the Disney version damn it.
Bullet For Prisoner (music and Lyrics by QWIC) - Not as well known as some of the others here, but a great song.
Just Be Friends (music and lyrics by Dixie Flatline) - Probably the most famous Luka song.  Not really my style but it's not a bad song and it's worth mentioning.

I think I already said this, but I really do think it's amazing what some people have accomplished with these programs.  There have actually been vocaloid albums that have topped the charts in Japan (at least briefly).  Think about that for a second.  Virtual pop stars topping the charts sounds like something out of a science fiction story, but this shit is real.  Though there is still room for improvement in this software (and they are working on it), I do think that this is the future.

I'm not even going to get into the weirdness that is the live vocaloid concerts they've done.  Look that up yourself.
3075  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Game of the Year-2010 on: January 02, 2011, 09:37:56 PM
Also, just curious. What are you considering DA: Awakening?  It was released as a full game but it wasn't, not really.

What do you mean by that?  From the beginning it was treated as an expansion pack.  And it certainly wasn't priced like a full game.
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