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3391  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.
3392  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)
3393  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.
3394  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.
3395  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. ..
3396  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.
3397  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.
3398  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.
3399  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenogears, Legend of Mana, Vagrant Story, and Threads of Fate ESRB rated for PSN on: January 02, 2011, 05:19:14 PM
Why would you need a guide for Xenogears?  It's a weird game, but not a hard one.
3400  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Game of the Year-2010 on: January 01, 2011, 04:57:13 PM
Yeah, let's not forget Last Rebellion!  Now there is a game of the year...of some sort.
3401  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 2 coming to the PS3 on: December 31, 2010, 06:31:11 PM
(NV as a contender for best story? Really? No mention of Nier anywhere.)

Somehow I don't think you're going to see Nier mentioned at any site except possibly this one...
3402  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs for beginners on: December 29, 2010, 10:54:03 AM
If you had trouble with FFX then you really should just ignore Gen Eric Gui there...
3403  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: December 28, 2010, 02:41:03 PM
Demo on the way.  Hopefully this will soon mean an end to the speculation over what this game actually plays like.
3404  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Your biggest surprise and disappointment of this year. on: December 28, 2010, 10:48:55 AM
Disappointment?

Fallout NV - *another* half finished, buggy game on a crap engine that doesn't work properly.

Did anyone actually expect something different?
3405  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Your biggest surprise and disappointment of this year. on: December 27, 2010, 11:43:44 PM
Biggest Surprise:
Nier, without a doubt.  I've said in other posts how much this game has impressed me and I don't feel like repeating myself right now, but one thing I haven't talked about is how low my expectations for this game were beforehand.  There was basically nothing in the pre-release coverage that caught my interest.  It looked like a confused mash-up of game genres that was trying to appeal to some Japanese businessman's misconception of what western gamers wanted.  Of course the actual game was nothing of the sort, but it seemed to me that was how it was being sold.  Honestly if it wasn't for RPGFan's review(s) of Nier I don't think I ever would have even tried it.

Biggest Disappointment:
FFXIII, easily.  Sure, I knew from the pre-release coverage that it was going to be very linear, but I was still expecting a good battle system and decent story.  Instead I found myself hating the battle system and the story was absolutely terrible, so what's left?  It's pretty and has a nice soundtrack...but it's a horrible game.
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