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61  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 19, 2015, 11:31:31 PM
I'm with you, Dice.  My impression after the first few eps was that it was downright terrible.  Dropped it so hard...has it really improved that much?

(Also the fact that there's a licensed manga means very little.  There are enough struggling, want-to-be manga artists out there that there's always somebody willing to jump on just about anything they think might give them a leg up.   It's more a question of whether or not the property holder is willing to license it out...)
62  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 4 on: November 10, 2015, 02:18:51 AM
Somehow I missed the 'not'.  Reading is hard.
63  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 4 on: November 09, 2015, 11:14:42 PM
Nice review, Rob. I'm honestly not surprised that 4 hasn't done much in the way of innovation.  Bethesda's had a "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality for years. IIRC, they said they were mostly concerned with packing the game with content... I guess at the expense of introducing anything relatively new.

You're surprised?  Bethesda has been churning out the same game with tweaks since Daggerfall.  This has been going on for 20 years now.  Why would they stop now?
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 09, 2015, 01:29:33 AM
Long-e and ei do sound pretty similar in Japanese but that's completely irrelevant here because the 'me' in 'anime' is a short-e.  Annubis is right, the way most English speakers pronounce it is very different from the way a Japanese speaker pronounces it.
65  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Indivisble: first combat prototype footage on: November 08, 2015, 03:22:47 PM
I agree with pretty much everything you said Hathen.  I might add to that that I kind of felt like the combat was the worst thing about Valkyrie Profile so I'm obviously not excited about seeing that system immitated.  I was keeping my mouth shut because people seemed genuinely excited about this game and I didn't want to rain on the parade...but it's clearly not for me.
66  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 08, 2015, 01:42:32 AM
OK, so the latest ep of Utawarerumono had some pretty good references to the first series and we're finally starting to see how they're related.  That's fine and all...but would they just get on with the story already?  I feel like for the last several episodes (ever since they arrived in the capitol) nothing has actually happened.  The first series had its downtime eps too but they were in-between pretty major events.  The plot here is moving at a snail's pace compared to the original...
67  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: November 06, 2015, 11:20:55 PM
^ I want that...

About woman in FF games, ever notice that by the end of FFV 3/4 of your party is female?  Though of course the 1/4 that isn't is the main character...

FFV was the first harem FF game!
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: November 04, 2015, 10:32:46 PM
Colorado this, Colorado that...

Washington state voted to legalize marijuana at the exact same time Colorado did but for some reason nobody ever talks about us.  How come we don't get any credit?!
69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 03, 2015, 02:22:18 PM
I'm just glad I'm not in school anymore. Getting up in the dark, seeing the sun rise around 8:30 while sitting in a (cold) classroom, then head home when it's setting. Blah. And that's just the Netherlands. Can't imagine how bad it is higher up. Though I have to admit I prefer short days over long ones. Four or five hours of night sucks when you intend to sleep for eight.

Wait, I'm confused.  Are you saying that you spent more hours at school than you do at work?  Because I'm pretty sure for most people in the working world it's the other way around...

Forget about heading home when the sun is setting, in the winter it's already pitch black out by the time I head home from work...
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: November 02, 2015, 11:26:41 PM
...I'd like to think if they could they would, if they didn't they'd have a reason.  Tom is usually very open with reasons why they can or can't do something.  They're extremely principled and, in part, usually stick to themselves and figure things out that often shoot for outside help.  Yeah, even if you offered to do it for free (which,iirc, they've had offers for stuff like that)

Jess Chavez talks a bit about this in her post (on the Neogaf topic of this article)

That's more reasonable.  Sounds like she was editing it anyway and just doing the copy & paste while she was at it.  The Kotaku article makes it sound like she spent 2 months just copying and pasting...

(I would argue that it's still would have been more efficient to convert the files because while those copy & pastes don't take long individually there are a lot of them an they add up.  But that's a quibble...)
71  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: November 02, 2015, 10:14:41 PM
For starters, the file format was incorrect; Dice and Light-Williams had worked in text mode on a CSV-formatted file rather than the spreadsheet mode that XSEED and Falcom had requested. “The way they had it set up was three lines in three separate columns, and all three lines are supposed to be in the same cell, so you just need a hard line break,” Chavez said. “So I just had to cut and paste, cut and paste, cut and paste.”

It took her two months. Chavez would wake up every day, open up OpenOffice, and copy-paste thousands upon thousands of words, all the while making tiny tweaks and corrections as necessary. Cut, paste, cut, paste. “It was very tedious,” she said.


I don't mean to sound like an asshole but...this is a ridiculous excuse.  I could write a python script to change formats in 15 minutes.  2 months of copying and pasting?  That doesn't make me feel pity for them, it makes me feel like they're idiots.

Now before somebody points out that the translators aren't programmers, that's fine.  I don't expect them to be.  So hire somebody.  No matter how much they overcharge you it can't possibly be more expensive than paying somebody's salary for 2 months while they're completely wasting their time on a trivial task.

Hell if I had known that this was something that was holding this game up I would have offered to do it for free.  It's just not that hard.
72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: October 31, 2015, 07:32:32 PM
Have any of you successfully fished?

What is it about JRPGs and poorly-explained fishing minigames...
73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: October 31, 2015, 06:14:45 AM
Well I finally did get it running on Linux so I decided to take the opportunity to restart on normal.  I hadn't yet run into anything I couldn't do on hard but the number of retries, etc. involved was starting to make it a lot less fun.  And better to switch sooner than after investing serious time into hard only to decide later that itwas too much.

Man normal is easier.  Blew through everything I had done on hard and then some in like a couple of hours.
74  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: October 30, 2015, 03:41:57 PM
What, you don't like the robo-bra?

I don't know, they're both pretty stupid looking.  It's a little weird that they censored her legs so much though...went from totally exposed to almost totally covered.  Legs are dirty I guess.
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: October 30, 2015, 01:45:59 PM
Fuck.  I'm sorry to complain.  Being honest though Linux and Wine are like the 4th Dimension to me, I can't comprehend them at all (not seeing them run with my human eyes is probably a big part of that).  Can you do anything else or are you sorta stuck to wait?? :O

Well, us crazy Linux users are used to things not working.  Still I started having actual expectations since it's an old game, the first one is supposed to run well, and lately I've been having good luck with wine (I play World of Warships through it all the time and that's a much more demanding title).

That said I gave up and installed it on my laptop which is the only computer I have that actually has Windows.  But it's an ultrabook so it's a bit awkward for gaming.  Not that system requirements are an isuue for a game this old but it's a very small computer so you can't really sit back and relax when you play it.  But it's still a laptop, not like you can use it like a handheld either.  Maybe if I got a PS3 contoller working with it I could plug it into the TV...

PS: For some crazy reason I decided to start the game on hard and I'm kind of regretting it.  I haven't gotten stuck or anything but progress is a slog having to constantly run back to the rest points to recover after a few battles.  And I feel like you almost have to get a preemptive attack for every fight because otherwise even the regular enemies can and will wreck you.  Boss battles, on the other hand, have to be played nearly perfectly.  And keep in mind the way leveling works in this game grinding really isn't even an option (at least not a realistic one).

And I'm still in the prologue...

There's another difficulty above hard and that just seems absurd to me now.
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