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61  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.
62  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: April 20, 2016, 07:13:43 PM
Character trailer (in English)!

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.

63  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.
64  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.


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
65  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier 2 for PS4 on: April 16, 2016, 11:28:42 AM
New art (Yoshida continuing his "hip" trend~) and new footage!

Looks like you're not the only blind swordsman.
66  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.
67  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.

More screens and everyone's menu shot. 
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 15, 2016, 12:12:34 AM
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 14, 2016, 09:04:34 AM
Yeah, that totally sounds like a mobile game.

Incoming card collecting (cash milking) game.

I know that you were only joking but.... http://gematsu.com/2016/04/valkyrie-anatomia-smartphones-first-trailer

What have you done!?
(Other than call it?)

Just to save everyone's time: The trailer shows nothing, it's just text and the logo and Sakuraba music (and I don't think it's a familiar tune to VP fans).

I mean, I get it, it's a popular medium [in Japan], but dammit.
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: April 14, 2016, 08:56:03 AM
^ I dunno man.  The press seems fine, the hype is totally around.  The player opinions from the demos seem to have hurt the game more than anything currently (that and a 10 year development cycle, but I think the announcement of a famous vocalist, an 1/1 SE Audi, CE's, SE's, DLC, a mini-series, a CG movie and kickass trailers have helped "numb" that pain).  Artimicia's opinions are their own, and sure other people might feel it, but I haven't seen a single FFXV "news piece" that has gone unnoticed and me and many others here and elsewhere have it preordered.  Most certainly there was a lot of hype from the get go and a lot more now since there's a lot of media.  Other than that, fans will be fans; you just gotta tune the noise out if they're going to be ultra-critical.  This seems to be an issue in like MOST big game/movie/TV franchises and hardly unique to FF. 

...but if Square Enix wants, I'm sure they can rile up the community once more with a faux butt-shot/underwear controversy; it seems to get a lot of traction these days. x)
71  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 13, 2016, 01:45:16 AM
That being said, Compile Factory really can go ahead and cool it with releasing three of these a year.

pretty much why i didn't make a topic out of it...  ah well, the designs ought be cute and the game jokes fun
72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: April 12, 2016, 07:04:15 PM
As long as the vehicles aren't as painfully slow as Balamb Garden was in FF8, we're alright.


IIRC Ragnarok didn't really hit high speeds either.  The older the FF the faster those things went...*sigh* they just don't make em like they used to.
73  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 12, 2016, 06:27:46 PM
Neptunia fantasy "MMO"

Seems like the same game but in a gaming-fantasy (a la SAO or .hack//).
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 12, 2016, 06:00:02 PM
^ Honestly, they can do whatever they want with the FF7 Remake....  Like I get that the fans are passionate and loyal...but c'mon. xD

That whole Ghost-Sephiroth thing was annoying.  Who died and made him so floaty and cool.

75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 12, 2016, 05:57:56 PM
Cherry coke is delicious.

Been hitting the weights. Thateels good. Just cleared a months worth of amazon boxes from my place. That was nice.  I kive on the third floor and my back exit/ balcony looks over the alley. Some kind soul left the dumpster open so i just launched all my shit down there

Cherry Coke ew.

First part reminds of my mom who LITERALLY HAS A SMALL WALL OF UNOPENED BOXES FROM SOME SHIT CLOTHING COMPANY AAAUUUGH.  The other part reminds me of what I want to do to my house: Go through it and bring 80% of the bullshit in it into a dumpster.

I just complimented a new convention staff girl for responding to my e-mail within two weeks and I wasn't even being sarcastic. Dutch convention staff usually operate on the 'a wizard is never late' principle, so it's nice to see someone who's trying to stay on top of things.

On a side note, I just noticed my regular workshop helpers all have a type or metal or gemstone in their name, sometimes both. That includes me, by the way. I bet we'd make awesome magical girls.

What is this workshop? Is it online? I would buy gemstone-related things from you.  I'm a moonstone.  Sadly, no gem in my name.

In me news:
I had a lesbian dream last night!  First time I've had it.  It was nice!  And oddly with Kaitlin Olsen... She's funny though.  I think I've been watching too much It's Always Sunny though.

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