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16  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 21, 2016, 08:48:58 PM
After what I heard about the PC Port of Symphonia, I think I'd rather it just come to the PS4.

Oh shit, that's right.
I mean, Zesty didn't turn out too bad.  Such a shame fan patches fix more of their shit than the company does.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: April 21, 2016, 08:46:54 PM
I like to think of Light's hair as the anime version of Rose Blonde

I was actually a little blue they never stuck with the darker pink they had in the first CG render.


Boss sprite!
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 21, 2016, 08:42:15 PM
And now I'm never going to unsee that dumb swath of hair between her eyes.  I LOATHE that on Azura in Fire Emblem Fates, and now I have to deal with it on Lenneth.  Aye yai yai....

Yeah over the years I've just become bitter/annoyed with goofy anime hair like that.

Like...what even is this?


Or this


Or this which basically means you get your bangs cut at different lengths.



I hate that it's a "characteristic" not like "hair fell down that way" because it's just always like that.
19  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 21, 2016, 09:00:17 AM
I was thinking of Boy Toy Nier which was exclusive to the PS3 in Japan, and forgot that we still got the PS3 version of Neir, it was just the Dadass version.

And to further shoot myself in the foot, Drakengard 3 was exclusive to the PS3.

And Deadly Premonition was made for both systems as well (also you should totally play DP, its about as horrific as Twin Peaks or Majora's Mask).

Talk about a swing and a miss... I guess I got nuthin'.

Both? Think again!
http://store.steampowered.com/app/247660/

That, at least, goes back to my point about how everything of worth on the PS3 is now on Steam. Its just that, outside of Lost Odyssey and Tales of Vesperia, the same could be said of the 360 (which manages to circle back to my other point that the PSWii60 era in general is just one massive clusterfuck that's going to end up being Steam or Bust).

Vespy's 10 year anni is coming up soon.  If it doesn't get Steam treatment I'll be more surprised.
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: April 21, 2016, 08:58:17 AM
As I told someone else recently, you're about half a step from a ban here, Ygg.  You've already got a bad reputation, so your leash is shorter than some folks'.  Cool it or get out.

Don't try to imply that I put myself on the position of being an antagonist of sorts. Besides, if this is the reaction one can get around here from the quote of my post, then that makes my point more valid. And this wasn't necessarily about insulting someone, my main point is for everyone here to move pass this tired hostile atmosphere and noise which XIII was perceived with that give a supposed right for some to be, and I repeat, relentless dicks over an FF that's sitting comfortably with 4 other FFs in the main series that have as much animosity behind them.


Surely there's a better way to word that then.

I repeat myself then, just lighten up a little, talk about what you love and, if it has to come to that, we can adjust our tone if it makes you feel better (or I will anyways).  I doubt we'll agree about everything but there's always a lot more to discuss.
21  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 21, 2016, 08:52:00 AM
Gone Girl - Very interesting film. A jerk off's wife goes missing. He is accused, and gets caught up in a media whirlwind. However, all is not how it seems at first. There are a couple of good twists throughout, which help add interest in/to what would otherwise be a boring movie. It's a good film overall, but definitely one of those you would only watch once.
Gotta give props to Rosamund Pike on this one. She played her part very well. Trent Reznor's work on the soundtrack was pretty good, too. He was apparently aiming to instill a sense of false comfort, and general unease. I'd say it was pretty effective.

I really liked it too.  I remember doing something else till the first big "twist" happens and you get a perspective switch, then the film finally got my attention.  Major kudos yes to the soundtrack, but also, goddamn, David Fincher knows how to direct the fuck out of films to create suspense even from the slow parts.
Totally worth a watch if you like movies or are a fan of his: https://youtu.be/QPAloq5MCUA

Wolf of wall street is my kind of movie

Loved it too.  It's mean, it's awful, and I live vicariously through it (as well as the aspect that I'd never want to get that fucked up, but he sure makes it look fun...for a while).  I give Margot Robbie chops too, I think she can act pretty good more than just a pretty face.

Jungle Book:  As far as a Disney adaption goes about a film about the small inter-species politics[?] between animals and a child who was probably working in front a green screen for most of it... I was impressed!  Not as epic as the meta-critic would paint, but I did enjoy it.  And I think I'd rather have animal friends than human friends if it came down to it.  BALOOOO!
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: April 20, 2016, 07:21:51 PM
^You either like it or you are a relentless dick if you didn't.

There's a lot of people willing to admit what they both like and didn't like about the game.  ...Like they do for any game.  You gotta lighten up a little or at least stop telling us our opinions are stupid/wrong; we're all entitled to an opinion, you're just good at using it against us.
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 20, 2016, 07:19:02 PM
Hmm, yeah.  Definitely prefer the older artwork.  She's barely holding her sword and the flimsy feathers in her helmet look too dainty compared to the ones much more "stuck" in the helmet before. 

PSX artwork struck the balance between warrior and elegance much better, the new art just goes for 'pretty':


I think the only real thing I like about the new art is she grew out those dorky bangs.
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: April 20, 2016, 07:13:43 PM
Character trailer (in English)!
https://youtu.be/Etz9m5RApxo

1:50 mark shows some "Cruel Angel Thesis"-esque montage of potential[?] spoilers[?!]...  +dog

Some...iffy voice acting/animating, but I doubt that'll stop me from finishing half the game Day1.

25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: April 18, 2016, 08:30:59 PM
Wait Togusa's supposed to be 27 in SAC? wtfffffffffffffff

That mullet ages him up like 20 years.

I think the main problem is that many people likely already know the franchise. They can't just Anglicize the names easily like they did in Edge of Tomorrow since All You Need Is Kill was relatively unknown to all but otakus outside of Japan. Unfortunately for the filmmakers, Ghost in the Shell has been making waves in the U.S. since the 90s and Kusanagi is much loved and iconic. Thus the filmmakers likely felt stuck in a limbo where they couldn't Anglicize her name because they don't want to alienate fans of the manga/anime, which they've already done anyway. But could you imagine the uproar if they were to Anglicize that name? Michelle Kendal? Mary Kelly? Woof. Yet also, I think that Ghost in the Shell, while well known to lots of Americans, probably isn't well known to most. Of my current cadre of friends, there's only one who is familiar with anime. So you take a somewhat unknown franchise, you use a lesser known Asian actress as the lead, and most Americans won't care. You give that franchise some star power with a well known actress and suddenly you have a potential blockbuster on your hands since most Americans probably, while not familiar with the franchise, may find it interesting and will take notice because of Scar Jo.

I'm not condoning it by any means. I think it is just the sad reality of both Hollywood executives' poor decisions, as well as the expectations of American viewers.

Yeah, I'm usually very symapthetic to the issue of white washing, but I kinda feel like they were stuck between a rock and a hard place on this one and I think you illustrated very well why that is.  There was hardly this kind of uproar for Day After Tomorrow (that I recall), and they're also being yanked by the fact this has been sort of a hot-button issue this year (the "oscars so white" hashtag got popular, numerous stars and advocacy groups speaking out against it, etc etc).   I don't want to put the heat *exclusively* on the producers and film makers here, really this is pretty intersectional of wrong time, wrong place, and completely the wrong context going in.

Again I'd like to add that the surrounding cast is still pretty impressive.  The main ladies aside, a lot of the minority actors in this aren't exactly big A-listers, some barely even B-listers.  I do think they were explicitly trying for a diverse supporting cast since the starring is decidedly white.
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: April 17, 2016, 01:33:26 AM
First image released of Scar Jo as the lead in the live action Ghost in the Shell. I'm sure a lot of fans are crying foul at there being a live action movie, but I'm impressed they'd stick so closely to the character design of Kusanagi.

http://deadline.com/2016/04/scarlett-johansson-ghost-in-the-shell-first-look-paramount-dreamworks-manga-classic-takeshi-kitano-1201737565/

The description of the story, I hope, is just a result of the article writers' unfamiliarity with the franchise.

And on that, I'm kinda curious what you all think with the surrounding controversy of Hollywood 'whitewash' here.


I kinda wanted to get my $0.02 out there too:

This is definitely unfortunate, and I think speaks little for the 'situation' of a serious lack of Asian talent at a sort-of AAA-level that Scarlet Johansson is at...   I also think work adapted by other countries from a US property would have likely done the same (ie; a differently raced recast).  I do think Johansson sort of "fits the character" (besides her race), and I can "get" that box office money is definitely speaking louder than the need to be racially sensitive about its lead heroine; even though it's awful to say out loud, but I have trouble believing that the 'evil money-making corporations' can operate on another level, or at least a battle they're not fighting right now with this anime-based IP.  As is, this seems like a risky project to take on to get anyone BUT a pretty A-lister like Scarlet is, and the supporting cast is pretty impressive. ...Er, Batou aside, but Beat Takeshi being an awesome choice for Aramaki, as well as many others part of the cast).

Still, I think it's great to see people very conscious about why this is wrong and why excuses don't really cut it, and here's hoping they can do better in the future.  It's definitely important to look at race and gender in the Entertainment industry through the scope of those who aren't among the top brass running it.  Here's a pretty great visual on it: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/02/24/arts/hollywood-diversity-inclusion.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=3

I'll end of this: As much as I love the Major, I think every iteration of her has had a pretty icky hairdo. :P
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier 2 for PS4 on: April 16, 2016, 11:28:42 AM
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=201119184&postcount=1
New art (Yoshida continuing his "hip" trend~) and new footage!

Looks like you're not the only blind swordsman.
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 16, 2016, 10:21:09 AM
A Star Ocean game that promises loads of interplanetary travel and futuristic techy space opera yet spends 90% of its duration on some backwater primitive medieval-fantasy kinda world?  Gee what a shock. 

Yeah, I kinda wish they'd switch the backwater/future durations at some point.  SO4 might have sucked in most respects, but I really enjoyed the multiple locations you could visit.  I think it's part of the reason I liked Wild Arms 3 for really committing to the Western thing and making the entire main party use *exclusively* guns.
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: April 15, 2016, 07:55:38 PM
I agree and I think it's why I've liked the games for so long... but i have to admit their quality is really slipping, or the short turn-around before a new announcement is really starting to hurt these games.

http://www.abyssalchronicles.com/?fn_mode=comments&fn_id=1455
More screens and everyone's menu shot. 
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 15, 2016, 12:12:34 AM
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