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3226  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 15, 2011, 09:37:42 PM
I preordered from NISA's store and they actually shipped quite early.  I would have gotten it yesterday, in fact, but I accidentally used my old address.  Oops.  Fortunately I have forwarding set up with the post office so I think it will get worked out, but its arrival has been delayed because of it.
3227  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PSone Classics PSN rpgs on: March 15, 2011, 08:53:48 PM
We need Thousand Arms ;)
3228  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Homefront on: March 15, 2011, 03:13:49 PM
There was never anything I saw or read about this game that made me think it wouldn't be terrible...
3229  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 8.9 (9.0?) Earthquake hits Japan. on: March 15, 2011, 01:59:02 AM
Clearing up nuclear questions (msnbc).

A reasonable well-written summary of the current situation at Fukushima from the mainstream media?  Who'd a thunk it?
3230  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 8.9 (9.0?) Earthquake hits Japan. on: March 14, 2011, 10:00:05 PM
Sorry I posted it a few times earlier in the thread - it's from their live blog.

Ah, immunity to sarcasm...
3231  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: March 14, 2011, 04:13:34 PM
It sort of boggles my mind that an OS could need that much memory.  Of course, I run Linux with a minimalist windowmanager ('cause that's the way I like it).
3232  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 8.9 (9.0?) Earthquake hits Japan. on: March 14, 2011, 12:46:57 PM
Scientific American has a very nice article explaining the situation at the Fukushima plant.  There is a lot of misinformation floating around out there so it's worth a read.
3233  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Akiba's Trip on: March 14, 2011, 01:42:57 AM
40% seems awfully high.  As far as I can tell the biggest appeal of this game is supposed to be the accurately recreated Akihabara (though from the screenshots, a bizarrely vacant Akihabara).  How many people outside of Japan have even been to Akihabara?
3234  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 8.9 Earthquake hits Japan. on: March 11, 2011, 08:17:44 PM
We are well into the 6th Mass Extinction of life on earth - at a rate of 30,000 species per year. This is much, much faster than any previous mass extinction, a truly scary statistic. Events like this Earthquake are happening more and more frequently. The Gulf Coast of the United States IS DEAD from the worst environmental disaster in US history. The people who live there are literally extremely sick and dieing, and potentially millions of people might have to relocate - that's how serious the problem is there. Yet no one seems to care. Until the majority of the world wakes up and realizes that life with petroleum will come to an end, and that the earth should be respected like any human, our future is extremely bleak. Another major oil producer being shut down (ie, Saudi Arabia) would send economies around the world, including the US, into economic crisis like we've never seen before. The world is truly in a crisis, right now.

And this is relevant to the situation in Japan how exactly?

Stop taking advantage of a horrific natural disaster to push an unrelated political agenda.  It's completely tasteless.
3235  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 11, 2011, 02:54:09 PM
I found that Atelier Rorona was a nice break from the old 'save the world' cliche.  Though it was still loaded with cliched characters.

Of course, cliche doesn't have to be bad.  As others have said, it's really all about the writing.

Back to AT3, I think the review was tough but fair.  It really is a shame since I loved the first two games.  At this point I'm too invested in the world and story not to finish the trilogy, but I think it's pretty clear that this isn't exactly Gust's finest moment.
3236  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: March 10, 2011, 07:51:09 PM
Kinda off topic, but not really, has anybody heard anything about that PSP phone?

I assume you mean the Xperia Play, for which there is tons and tons of news.  In fact, doesn't in come out in a few weeks?  Do a Google search.

The Xperia Play is not a 'PSP phone', however.  From what I understand it doesn't even play PSP games.


Damn. I ran xperia play throught the google machine. This thing looks useless...

I wouldn't call it useless at all.  The real star isn't the phone itself, but rather then Playstation Suite software for Android.  PSS has the potential to address the fragmentation that has always plagued the Android platform and make it more viable for game developers to target.  I think Sony was smart not to try to take on the phone gaming market by themselves, because otherwise they would just be producing another N-Gage, and we know how successful that was.  The success of this platform is contingent on getting a wide variety of handset makers to submit to Sony's certification process, however, and it remains to be seen if that will actually happen.

This is still mainly about phone games, though.  But as we have seen in RPGFan's coverage there are more and more serious phone games these days.  It's becoming harder to ignore them (I'm still pretty good at it, though).

Personally I have no interest in any of this.  But there is a bonus:  The NGP will run PSS software too.  That means that in the future you won't have to miss out on a game that's just released for phones.
3237  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: March 10, 2011, 04:08:18 PM
Kinda off topic, but not really, has anybody heard anything about that PSP phone?

I assume you mean the Xperia Play, for which there is tons and tons of news.  In fact, doesn't in come out in a few weeks?  Do a Google search.

The Xperia Play is not a 'PSP phone', however.  From what I understand it doesn't even play PSP games.
3238  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix turned down licensing offer for Blood of Bahamut. on: March 09, 2011, 01:47:54 PM
I don't know if 66,000 units in a month is good or bad for a DS game. All it is says is that it sold that many.

Hint: It's bad.  Really bad for a S-E game.

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And one bad, and one good review doesn't tell me much about how the game did.

Well, Famitsu's review scores are all over the place.  Sometimes I think they decide them with a game of darts.  In any event, 31/40 still isn't really a good score.
3239  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Achievements / Trophies on: March 09, 2011, 05:24:24 AM
DS is easy: wireless and WEP.

Your PS3 can do that too, you know.
3240  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Achievements / Trophies on: March 08, 2011, 03:21:19 PM
A hassle?  Really?  Achievements/trophies aside (which I already stated my opinion on), it's pretty trivial to connect your console to the internet and you're missing out on a ton of great downloadable games.
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