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3226  Media / General Games / Re: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on: June 30, 2011, 05:21:53 PM
All the progress you make in the beta is saved for the when the retail version is released, right?

If it's anything like the Uncharted 2 beta (or any other beta that I'm aware of...) the answer is absolutely not.  Everything is reset.
3227  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 30, 2011, 03:54:46 AM
In a few hours I leave for Anime Expo.  So friggin psyched.
3228  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Breaking: Yasumi Matsuno (FFXII, Tactics Ogre) joins Level 5 on: June 29, 2011, 07:09:14 PM
FFXII was the best post-SNES Final Fantasy game.  But haters gotta hate.  Admitedly Vaan was a bad character, but seeing how he was hardly even relevant after the first fifth of the game that's not a deal-breaker.

Curious to see what Yasumi Matsuno is working on now.
3229  Media / General Games / Re: Journey - thatgamecompany's new title on: June 29, 2011, 04:50:49 PM
We only have one connection in the house and it's always connected to the computer. To DL something for the 360 or the PS3 I have to disconnect it and run it across the room to where my systems are. Then I have to return it back to the computer before my wife has a cow about me using it. If I we're to play a game online I would be constantly moving the line back and forth. Big pain in the ass.

You don't have a router?  You only have one computer in the house?  I figured just about everyone had wireless routers these days, and the PS3 has wifi built in.  I can't even imagine only having one computer hooked up at a time.  My place is littered with PCs, laptops, consoles, handhelds, tablets, phones, etc, all sharing the connection at once...

Plus, our DSL is only 3mb/sec. Fast enough for most things, but I can't imagine that's good enough for a decent gaming experience.

Um...that's easily good enough.  More than enough.  I don't know what you're judging this by since you obviously don't have any online gaming experience, but it really doesn't require a ton of bandwidth.  There are plenty of people playing online with worse connections than yours.

Look, if you don't want to play online that's your choice.  But I feel compelled to comment when you say things like that.  Your arguments seem more like rationalizations to me.
3230  Media / General Games / Re: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on: June 29, 2011, 12:29:14 AM
Jeez, I'm an inverted player (yeah, one of those...) and inverted controls do not work in the beta.  Actually, simply not working would be an improvement.  You can set it to inverted, and it might even work for a while, but then it will randomly switch back and forth between inverted and not inverted without you doing anything.  I spent my first game running around like I was having a seizure before I calmed down and very carefully confirmed that I was not, in fact, going crazy and the controls really work whack.

I guess I have to resign myself to using normal controls for now and retrain my brain to deal with it...
3231  Media / General Games / Re: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on: June 28, 2011, 07:16:20 PM
I can't find any players! I finally managed to connect and now I can't find anybody! I'm not going to bed without playing even if I have to stay up all fucking night!

You're in Europe, right?  I should have noted that I'm in the US.

I'm surprised that nobody is playing it, though.  What time is it there? ;)
3232  Media / General Games / Re: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on: June 28, 2011, 05:59:45 PM
Anyone interested in some beta'ing tonight?  I'm Kevadu on PSN as well so feel free to add me (just say you're from RPGFan so I know who it is...).
3233  Media / General Games / Re: Journey - thatgamecompany's new title on: June 28, 2011, 04:54:46 PM
Yeah, my connection is quite fast.  I stream HD video without any perceptible buffering.
3234  Media / General Games / Re: Journey - thatgamecompany's new title on: June 28, 2011, 01:04:36 PM
I don't play games online. Never have. Even if I wanted to, I'm pretty sure my dsl connection isn't fast enough.

Er, if you have DSL I'm sure it's fine.  It's not like you're on dial-up or something (though I did online gaming via dial-up back in the day...).  It's more latency sensitive than bandwidth sensitive anyway.
3235  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Have you ever returned a game you bought? If so, which game was it? on: June 27, 2011, 03:17:17 PM
Read my post again. Do you see me judging the game itself anywhere? The fact that I never opened it in the end just makes me wish I hadn't bothered buying it to begin with. I had good intentions of playing it, obviously. I simply never did and eventually didn't care enough to.

Well, it's not too late to play it now! ;)

I don't know, I have games still in the shrinkwrap myself but I continue to hold on to the delusion that one day I will find time to play them...
3236  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Have you ever returned a game you bought? If so, which game was it? on: June 27, 2011, 02:52:47 PM
No, but some I wished I had. I never could get into Drakengard, and I bought the collector's edition of FFXII and never opened it.

Never opened it?  I know FFXII is a divisive game, but how can you judge it without playing?
3237  The Rest / General Discussions / Supreme Court rules that video games are protected speech on: June 27, 2011, 12:46:45 PM
Joystiq's take

7-2 decision.  While I was always fairly confident that they would make the right decision it is nice to see common sense prevail.  The dissenting opinion was more about how free speech applies to minors than whether or not video games shoudl be protected speech.
3238  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Microsoft paid Namco-Bandai to not release PS3 version of ToV outside of Japan on: June 26, 2011, 08:34:44 PM
And yet you're completely ignoring Xseed.  cj_iwakura had a point.  They deserve some credit.
3239  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The N€w D€al$ Thr€ad on: June 24, 2011, 05:02:26 PM
Amazon seems to be doing lightning deals on Xseed PSP games today.  Mostly Falcom stuff.  The TitS special edition deal is expired already but there are still a few to come.

Too bad I already have all of those games...
3240  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Art of Quests on: June 23, 2011, 05:17:41 PM
At their most basic level, I don't think much room exists for innovation in quests.

I don't think I could disagree more.  Just because a lot of game developers don't have much innovation in their quests doesn't mean that it can't be done.  I will pretty much echo Eusis's sentiments here, but the best quests are one that have some actual depth to them.  They don't have to be world-changing events (in fact they probably shouldn't be, they are side material after all), but that doesn't mean they can't have well-developed characters and occasional twists and turns.  Bioware sometimes gets this right, but certainly not always.  

But yeah, there's nothing more boring than 'collect n units of material A' or 'kill monster X'.  Developers put those sort of quests in because it's easy to do and considered safe and reliable.

Actually, I'm going to contradict myself for a second and note that the hunts in FFXII were an example of 'kill monster X' quests that I really enjoyed.  But that was because there was often some research and planning involved in even finding said monsters and sometimes you also needed special tactics to be able to take them out.  Furthermore, if you do enough of thoses quests you should know that there actually were some unexpected twists and turns.  So yeah, I guess even that sort of quest can be done well.  Rarely is, though.

A side comment, but one thing I find really makes me more likely to engage in sidequests is some sort of in-game quest log.  More and more games do this sort of thing now, but still not all of them.  But it's really helpful for games that you're not necessarily playing all the time.
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