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3226  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Have you "RPG'd yourself out of other genres"? on: December 09, 2010, 03:39:56 PM
I played a lot of non-RPGs in 2009 but interestingly I've played basically nothing but RPGs this year.  Well, if you count Yakuza 3 as an RPG, anyway (which I basically do).  The only other non-RPG I spent a lot of time with was Brutal Legend, which didn't even come out this year.

RPGs are my bread and butter.  It's not that I ignore other genres, but I'm much more willing to play a mediocre RPG than a mediocre shooter.  A non-RPG has to be exceptional to attract my interest (like Uncharted 2 did last year).  This year did have GoW3 and Lords of Shadow that I do kind of want to get eventually...but given the torrent of games coming out in early 2011 I don't know when I will.
3227  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on: December 09, 2010, 12:31:34 PM

Man, that trailer was just a tease!  Like it was a...teaser, or something.

While I have zero interest in watching the Spike VGA I am eagerly awaiting all this stuff to hit the web afterwards (which is will).
3228  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 08, 2010, 10:22:06 PM
I'm pretty sure I made it through all of Vesperia without using Burst Artes.  I never really figured out how to use them (I was playing in Japanese, after all).  Fatal Strikes I used quite often.  They were essentially free hits if you were quick about it. Never felt essential, though.


The evironmental hazards alone in Vesperia ruined it for me, so I didn't even have time to learn the intricacies before I quit.

I have no idea what you're talking about...
3229  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 08, 2010, 04:41:48 PM
How many of you are fluent in Japanese? How many of you know enough to play imported games?

Definitely not fluent.  Enough to play imported games?  Sure, I've done it.  I wouldn't want to do it all the time, though.  I always play with a kanji dictionary in my lap and if you spend too much time looking up stuff, well the game isn't fun anymore.
3230  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: December 08, 2010, 03:40:30 PM
Day one purchase for me, anyway.  I buy games faster than I can play them...
3231  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 08, 2010, 02:45:57 PM
Maybe you already know this but one thing I find really helpful when playing a game in Japanese is to keep a notebook in which I write down every word I have to look up.  This may sound slow and tedius at first, but I think it helps a lot in the long run.  Basically it serves two purposes:
1) The notebook works as a sort of memory supplement.  I find if I don't keep a notebook I will look something up, remember in the short term, but then quickly forget it and have to look it up again the next time I see it.  Since there is a lot of specialized vocabulary you see in a fantasy RPG setting it's pretty normal to encounter a word you've never seen before but then you will continue to see over and over in that game.
2) Forcing yourself to stop and write down a word helps you actually remember it yourself, too.  You inherently have to study it more closely (and in the case of kanji learn something about the strokes, etc) then if you just quickly look it up as a one-time thing.  And furthermore you can study the notebook and review between gameplay sessions (yes, I have actually done this).

Jeez, with all this talk about trying it in Japanese I think I'm going to end up picking this up too.  Not before the end of the year, though.
3232  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The new Wikileaks kerfuffle on: December 07, 2010, 07:43:40 PM
Some sanity.

Very good article.  Points out a lot of the outright factual errors that the media is making in the case.  Anyone commenting on this incident should read the above.

A bit more biased, naturally, but it's also worth reading Assange's own thoughts.
3233  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 07, 2010, 01:47:39 PM
Great... now I get to play this is 10 years after fans make a translation patch.

There actually is a fan translation patch in the works already.  I doubt it will be 10 years.  However, it sounds like if you've upgraded beyond firmware 3.41 then you're SOL right now.
3234  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 07, 2010, 12:15:33 PM
I made it through Vesperia PS3 (without ever having played the 360 version) pretty well, but other than conversations with random townspeople every line of dialogue is voiced in that game.  It really helped.

Actually, I'm kind of in the mood for tackling another RPG in Japanese.  It's good practice.  But it's important to pick the right one.
3235  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 07, 2010, 11:48:33 AM
Does anyone know how much voice acting there is in Graces F?  Since my kanji skills suck that significantly affects importability for me.
3236  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Job thread. on: December 06, 2010, 03:34:52 PM
I was actually getting a Ph.D. in medium energy nuclear physics, but I fell in love with teaching while getting my MS.  Glad I made the change!

Neat.  What were you studying?  Medium energy is a broad category.  Would that be like JLab?
3237  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Job thread. on: December 05, 2010, 07:19:31 PM
I'm a PhD student.  And yes, I consider that work seeing how I get paid for it.

What are you PhD'ing in?

High energy nuclear physics.
3238  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Job thread. on: December 05, 2010, 01:16:11 PM
I'm a PhD student.  And yes, I consider that work seeing how I get paid for it.
3239  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs this gaming generation_I went with a PSP! on: December 02, 2010, 12:30:04 PM
Also, the psp is so loud when it reads the discs which seems quite frequently. What is up with that?

Welcome to PSP ownership.

If it really bothers you, get a big memory stick and buy stuff off the PSN.
3240  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: December 01, 2010, 11:43:41 PM
2-How SE says this will be the best looking game till FFAgitoXIII, but from what they've shown I don't think it surpasses MGS:PW... The game still looks great though.

Strictly in terms of looks the game to beat on the PSP is Ghost of Sparta, and I can't see anything surpassing that anytime soon...heck, probably ever.  The system is nearing the end of its life.
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