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1  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: Today at 01:20:01 AM
Damn that's nice lookin' materials there.

2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 17, 2014, 12:45:06 AM
Beards are becoming pretty common in Ireland lately for some reason. No idea where it suddenly came from. Makes me happy though. As someone who looks slightly less bad with a beard and older :(, I am happy to no longer stand out.

I keep seeing this ad that feels applicable right now
3  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 16, 2014, 08:49:03 PM
I'm also sure the deviations and allusions to scripture stuff is appreciated by contemporary audiences as well.

Ah well.  Hans Christian Anderson was a cute play on words for the main 3 frozen characters anyways (that aren't Elsa).  You go Disney, keep up your clever little jokes!

4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 16, 2014, 08:38:30 PM
I'm reminded once again of that episode of The Simpsons where Marge gets Itchy and Scratchy off the air by making it kinder and gentler, but when the decency groups wanted her on board to prevent Michaelangelo's David from making a tour stop in Springfield, she declined, saying "everyone should see it."  Then there was the whole "you accept David, indecencies and all, yet not Itchy and Scratchy, indecencies and all?"  

While it wasn't the best episode by way of humour, I miss the days of The Simpson's ability to bring to bring in amazing culturally-relavent laughs and surprisingly conscious introspection.  That episode is one of many I can appreciate more as an adult than I did as a kid who were, like Bart and Lisa, enjoying Itchy and Scratchy for the laughs and little else.

Anyways, a reviewer said it better than me about "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge":

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Ah, but Margeís campaign backfires when censorship-happy harpies try to co-opt Margeís mission for their own ends by launching a campaign against Michaelangeloís David. Marge canít get behind such blatant censorship of great art and is wearily forced to concede that [...] free expression we donít like or approve of or find disturbing and even potentially harmful is the price we pay for freedom of speech.

Its part of the reason I can't blame the game by way of content than get frustrated with the jokes it tries in general (much like Conception II right now).

It's time to stop using 15 year old games as the benchmark for bad voice acting.

Chaos Wars - NA Release Date, 2008

15 years huh? ;-P

Snark aside, very certain there's more recent examples if the year 2014 is contemporary enough for you. The entire game's just chalk full of bad VA but this timestamp I think captures the spirit of it. 'This' is bad voice acting of similar caliber. Conception II blows this out of the water.

I still hold that you can't judge components of a game based purely on the outliers of either extreme, especially on the side of bad. It's kind of a moot point though, because I don't believe the review called the voice acting bad so much as simply mismatched.

This isn't really here nor there... but man, I don't get the fondness for old Resident Evil and the bashing both 5 and 6 got for ITS hammy dialogue (i.e.; 110% witty American banter).
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 16, 2014, 03:26:42 PM
Granted, nothing in South Park was made to titilate, or be anything remotely serious- its all done in the name of outrageous/gross out humor.  But still- no outcry/controversy at all surrounded this. 

But bring up some light harem anime inspired game and here comes all the white knights. 

Whoops, what?

It's also been said a few times since that post that the bigger issue is when a game(s) relies on just one set of jokes than branching out into more diverse humour.  The type of yuks in Conception are mostly T-rated jokes about how big senpai's breasts are, much less the actual content of the game.

I think it's more (personally speaking) I'm bored of this.  I dunno, how long are these jokes funny for?  =/
I really don't hold much of an opinion for people who like these games (or rather I'm wishy-washy about it).  And while *I* don't like them, I can't fault people if they enjoy it for what it is.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Holy CHRIST, RPGFan. I'm glad you're still here. Sorry I killed Anime Dream on: April 16, 2014, 12:59:06 PM
my life has since turned to ruin....i report in from a ditch

my life has since turned to mediocrity... I report in from my parent's home when I should have landed a job, (or rather, not get fired from the old job that I had,) with not much to do but take college classes for a better career.

I know what that's like.  I hopped to university for the same reason, I spent one year employed (M-F, and waitressing on weekends) and paid pretty poorly (and a lovely 1.5 hour bus ride each way) and went off for more schooling! 
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: April 16, 2014, 12:50:32 PM
Shit.

I locked myself into the "False Ending".... right off the heels of Chapter 5.  My curiosities got the best of me and I'm waaaaaay underprepared to be taking on anything.

What's the ideal way to take on the True Ending?  I'm not sure I understand given how... I dunno, slotted in and out-of-the-box the requirements are for the False Ending.

Anyways, I loved the twist...
(SPOILER IMAGE) http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/3/33880/2608738-8726097347-8svzp.jpg 
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I got thoroughly amazed and also freaked out by the /less than subtle/ change to the title screen.  I mean, c'mon, RED, it didn't just fade out, it turned Scorsese Red.

I obviously, however, don't like the implications of said twist though.  I think what's most offensive is how 'nonchalant' the characters are about it, as if the player is supposed to be as well.  :(

Still, I'll be all over the Second Game.  I can only imagine what they'd do with it.... I doubt another go around Luxendarc proper is ideal.

Anyways, so I'm unwillingly in the final dungeon:
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I like how Summons and the Dungeon design implies more futuristic architecture and such.  I wonder if the second game will be somewhat contemporary then??  Victorian-esque?  Bah...whatevs.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 16, 2014, 12:13:24 PM
I'd give Twilight Princess a 10/10 but I doubt many people feel the same way. x)

Too much to respond to overnight...  I'll just say it's been a pleasure talking with you all (while I'm studying for exams)! :D
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 16, 2014, 01:32:25 AM
I bought Little Mermaid on Blu-Ray and recently watched it with my bf's niece and I can honestly say I still love it.  "Part of Your World" is my personal favorite with "Kiss the Girl" close behind.  "Under the Sea" is my bf's favorite.  So it had three songs I still sing 25 years later...holy crap that was a long time ago.  I had to google the release date.  Damn I feel old.  Who knows.  Maybe 25 years later adults will be singing "Let It Go. "

Anyways I see The Little Mermaid as being a story about being born in the wrong body and finding the freedom to be who you were truly meant to be.  Of course that is my adult take on it.  I don't think the kid thought about it.

I'm sort of torn.  Your interpretation is about 1,000x better than the one I saw of a girl constantly finding ways to get the slip past her father (maybe that has something to do with me being the occasional prick to my dad).

Monty Python: Quest for the Holy Grail. STILL the funniest fucking movie ever made!  At least IMO...
I can almost recite the movie start to finish.

I think the fact the Monty Python's humour is enduring that's truly amazing.  I nearly flipped my lid when Dragon's Crown had a killer rabbit boss and laughed (and died in-game) for about a minute because I was too distracted by it.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 16, 2014, 01:27:01 AM
Also kinda find it very pot and kettle how many people here railing on Conception II with one fist but used the other to handwave pretty much all of Stick of Truth; which anything South Park is pretty much as juvenile, low-as-you-can-go, bottom of the barrel not-funny humor. I'll point it out again. SoT utilized ABORTION and ANAL RAPE (possibly of a minor; have no desire to research this particular topic but considering how many characters in the SP universe are children I think the odds are good enough to assume this until someone corrects me) multiple times for 'comedy'. Guess what it got? Editor's Choice. And yet Conception II is being ragged because of minor to moderate innuendo? *brain blown*

I don't want to go too in-depth here and I do think it's an *extremely* fair point to bring up South Park.  But I think it's the degree of humour.  South Park is much more diverse in its humour, Conception, from what I've seen/heard is much more one-tracked with titty jokes galore.  I also find it kind of sucks that, dialogue and scene-wise, a lot of the jokes have all been done before whereas South Park makes a point to see how far they can go.  A lot of South Parks attempts at showing nudity is usually showing off the 'ugly' side of it as well, not getting girls in bondage situations or other titillating scenarios.  My issue has been more that we've seen this before, and I don't get why titles like this always seem to get away with the same jokes, same scenarios, and same dialogue about large breasts and the like.

Conception plays perversion for cheap, done-before laughs and excuses to get girls interested in [veiled] sexual relationship with men under the cover of a Teen Rating.  You can't tell me Conception takes itself seriously (or maybe it does), but its out pandering to a specific market.  It shows girls in an unrealistic and cheap way too and puts emphasis on other 'assets' and quirks of theirs, but... eugh, whatever, characterization (I'm more talking about the dialogue than the character models which, hey, interesting new outfits are always fun).

South Park makes a point to be satiracal, crass, and painting the 'ugly truth' in any issue it takes on.  Often times the show served as a critique of 'today' and whatever current events more than it was trying to get simply 'yuks' from slapstick or crazy hijinks.  Also, the probe and abortion scenes were censored to some extent (iirc) but it did sit itself as a 'con' for a number of reviewers.  Otherwise, the show had effectively satirized post-9/11 hyperbole, repeatedly making ironic comedy about racism in many forms, mocking Scientology, and mocking the current state of television numerous times.

Again, I do think you're totally right to the extent of humour the games get into.  But I do think the type of humour and the type of game are quite different as well and respectively aim at a different audience.

EDIT: Also, you make it sound like South Park has *never* been in the news for its content. :P
This show came out in the late 90s, television was still in its family friendly sitcom days.... South Park stirred a TON of shit. x)

Also I know Bravely Default was reviewed by different people for this site but how do you explain that game having a significantly higher graphics score than Conception 2?  I played the demo for both (in Conceptions case I did for both consoles) and I just don't see any way to explain it other than dragging down the graphics score for the Conception 2 review to match up with the 60s it got in the other categories. 

I personally loved how Brave Default is stylized.  It gives off that SaGa Frontier II feel what with the hand drawn backgrounds.
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 15, 2014, 11:45:53 PM
Frozen -  I thought I would like it more than I did.  I know kids across America are singing Let  It Go, but I wasn't enthralled with the music.   It just isn't as good as The Little Mermaid or the other Disney movies I grew up on.  Maybe I'm just older and not into singing animated movies. 

I've only really dug about one Disney song per title.  'Let it Go' was mine for Frozen, and the rest were just really...whatever (well, the one with younger Anna was really cute/sweet too).

I definitely don't think it helps that there is a "Frozen-craze" going around, and I legitimately wonder if viewing it before it hit would have made for less sour opinions (people who got Last of Us later seem to be going through a bit of the same thing right now too, for example).  I think it's more that people are just happy that Disney is "back" after what was a pretty nasty dry spell (which serves the interests of a new generation of kids and the twenty-somethings who grew up on it and are about child-ready age themselves).  So yaaay. Fun times for all.  It also doesn't help that we are in this "wonderful" Internet Age where memes explode nation-wide almost overnight to turn songs like "Let it Go" into about 1,000 different cover songs, or Frozen itself into a million different gifs, funny images, or fan art.

Nostalgia reaallly clouds my memories for Little Mermaid.  I love the hell out of it.  I shouldn't.  Eric is a bit of a dud, Ariel doesn't really 'learn' anything, and basically the entire supporting cast served as better moral beacons against the rambunctious Ariel.  But fuck it!  It's a fun film to watch.  (speaking of what I mentioned earlier, I actually don't really don't care for "Part of Your World", I thought "Kiss the Girl" was a million times cooler and more entertaining, musically-speaking).

I *do* love Frozen, but certainly the waves of support, fans, and awards have definitely exaggerate the acclaim (I've been a firm believer in trying not to build *anything* up in my head and just take it on as it is... I initially had no interest in Last of Us, and I adore it now).
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 15, 2014, 11:33:01 PM
http://tmblr.co/ZbdYay1D88r-S

Eugh, c'mon, really?

I dunno.  I get so torn on talking about this stuff.  On one hand I want to rip into it for being immature, excessive, and more stupid and campy than actually funny and amusing (like OMG SENPAI HAS BIG BREASTS <3 jokes happening at *least* once an hour); but on the other how can I object to having just a good ol time with a 'guilty pleasure' title?  

I can't.  I've tried writing about 3 other posts tearing it up till the other latter half of the argument kicks in and reminds me that there is some weird audience who eats this up and is pretty damn happy to be getting this; and I like that in some weird way (though I hate when people do indeed defend it like it is Shakespeare or throw out the "stop being offended!!" arguments).  And I'm not the target demographic, so besides that ...less-than-impressed Tiny Cartridge review I posted up top, enjoy.

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...and still hoping we can get a funny game that isn't T&A based.
Which, by the way, I absolutely agree with Sophie's sentiments, Annubis.  They do indeed look like butts!
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 15, 2014, 06:45:59 PM
Well, since we're talking about things that were taken down, I'm not sure if this was ever mentioned in the thread.  If it was, apologies.

This was leaked by the same people who leaked the original Symphonia CE:
https://twitter.com/flamfas/status/448851599260020736

We're, if the leak is correct, getting the Ludger Ichiban Kuji figure this time.
If you're interested, here he is:
http://myfigurecollection.net/item/194369

Flamfas is a good guy, I'll trust it and whatever leaks (hell, the voice acting has been done for a while so I don't think it'd be too much a stretch... I'm surprised there aren't any announcements for what's a relatively soon release).
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 15, 2014, 04:32:18 PM
Actually I was curious myself and went to look and it isn't bad.  Someone was giving impressions and said the dating part had repeated dialogue making it mechanical and lifeless. 

Yeah it's not bad.  Some accept that it is for the niche audience it is (and enjoy it despite of that), but of course you get one or two ham-heads who think it's a conspiracy by reviewers to downgrade any type of bawdy anime title because whatever.

Incoming fun police:
I recently took issue with the "Bozongas" thing in Tales of Xillia, not even for being dirty, but simply for just not being funny to me.  Butt fuck it.  Other people *love* highschool-level humor I guess.

I loved Symphonia's humor a lot more.  Lloyd uses dual-swords because it means "double the attack power".  That's awesome!  And edges breaking the fourth wall.  Or Lloyd saying his best school subjects are "PE and Art" when his teacher then tells him to shut up -- relatable! I love it!
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 15, 2014, 04:00:47 PM
I don't get why so many titles are going for cheap T&A humor than any other kind of humor.
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