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7456  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: jrpg hate in america. on: March 22, 2011, 12:04:18 PM
...and, wait a minute, in talking of visual aesthetics, I'd actually chalk-up Layton to French animated stylings way more than Japanese (which could be a point of appeal for non-J-ers).

Which brings us back to whole ignorance thing. The visual style used for JRPGs is quite diverse. But you tell the right person it's from Japan and they poo poo it no matter which country's artistic style was most influential in its development.

They can be.  I'm kinda deviating here...but...  Some games make a blatant effort to be something other than J (Layton), but I can't help but think how ...ubiquitous "anime" styles are in Japan - it seems if you're a cartoonist in that country, you ARE drawing anime's big eyes, full and colourful hairdos, and whatever else.  I personally find American cartoons more diverse in terms of style at times; even Japanese realism tends to look unquestionably anime -- in fact, have they ever made a cartoon that *wasn't* anime-esque? (as is, FF titles containing almost impossible looking humans at times, and Prof Layton titles squeezed some anime broads into their title's youthful females).

Then I stop and question -- is this all a mere matter of perspective?
7457  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: jrpg hate in america. on: March 22, 2011, 03:17:07 AM

I've said it before; but I credit FF's constant success in the States part of the fact they diverted from the cartoon-y style that FF7 had and kept it real (which seems to work for audiences here). 

Nevertheless, numerous Japanese publishers enjoy a ton of success here too, no?

FF9 was cartoony. (Though it was a much better game than FF8. But hell, Legend of Dragoon would be a better game than FF8 if it didn't have such a terrible battle system)

I think the publishers that are having success now are the ones like Atlus, XSeed and Level 5 that are bringing over interesting things that may be Japanese but is also stuff we haven't seen before. I think that's why stuff like the newer Persona games, Professor Layton, 999 and even stuff like Retro Game Challenge seems to get buzz.

Mileage varies in that point.  Besides, what are the sales figures on some of these games?  My point isn't trying to look at cult-value...  Atlus, Level5 and XSeed *does* make interesting games, but....
...and, wait a minute, in talking of visual aesthetics, I'd actually chalk-up Layton to French animated stylings way more than Japanese (which could be a point of appeal for non-J-ers).
FF9 still tried to retain semi-real elements that could be interpreted more "cartoony" than necessarily anime (you see the especially with Steiner and various NPCs - those who don't fit typcical "anime" conventions).  I think the only title in the FF series (main series anyhow) that was overtly anime was FF7 (before then, the graphics were too small to call them out as anything other than tiny-sprites, not "chibi-SD" ones; furthermore, anime exposure wasn't all that strong in NA by this point for anyone to care, no?).  FF8 and after seemed to have taken a more realistic approach that stuck-on well with the (and I hate using the word for it) "maturing" North American audience who stopped being taken in by the J-charm.
7458  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 22, 2011, 02:20:18 AM
I also heard it's common practice over there to place your toilet paper in the incorrect under-the-roll way

Absurd....!!1

Mind you, I do enjoy "milk bags" as oppose to cartons.  I always love these cute differences the world has all over.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Lw3eYsnl31c#at=94
Music people oughta like this. =)
SAME FOUR CHORDS...
7459  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 22, 2011, 01:49:46 AM
So is this like a general discussion thread? Or is it just about things that happened to us? Either way I think I can have major fun here.
Nope this thread is only for talking about tacos.

About goddamn time.  I have am itch that only quelled.... or should i say, FED when I talk about tacos.(talk-o's?!)
7460  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: March 22, 2011, 01:05:25 AM
Baah, sorry Took.

It's OK.  You're still living high on the goodwill you won for having a good followup to my Keyser Soze question. ;)

:D !!

I am grateful.

Thought I'd counter Yoda's *awesome* childhood picture with a retarded one from mine.  I actually still have the rifle, it's in my room as we speak, and I think I "shot it" yesterday when my dad asked why I'm up at 4 am.  My fridge also had too many magnets - but I miss some of them... one smelt of strawberries...!

Anyways.  Called "Hill Bill" to pun on the Terantino movie, and the fact I'm wearing some paper hillbilly beard.  The tie and Loony Toon outfit would be unique otherwise to the "Down South" culture.


PS; Yoda, +1 on my picture count.  I just don't know how many actually make me look like a sensible person (I find posed shots too boring; ever seen a Facebook profile where a girl's event is marked by 30 photos, with the same smile, and different sets of friends? Bleh)
7461  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 21, 2011, 11:43:14 PM
Haha I love that one.

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/hipster+ariel
This makes me rethink Persona 4's glasses concept as incredibly pretentious.  I love this meme though.  What the hell is the "sarcasm" font anyways?
7462  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: March 21, 2011, 10:25:34 PM
Baah, sorry Took.
7463  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: March 21, 2011, 09:59:16 PM
It's always weird, but interesting to see the face behind the usually wacky, whimsical, or hobby-related avatar haha

I saw the t-shirt star was talking about.  And posted the wisdom on Facebook for all.
7464  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Radiant Historia on: March 21, 2011, 09:54:17 PM
Aht seems to hold up well in normal encounters, which allows me to hold on to MP for bosses and the like, but I agree, her HP isn't meaty enough for heavy lifting. I still love her traps though. I have beter luck if I give up a couple of turns so I get my party at least 4 turns in a row so I can make a big ass pile of mobs and push them in
Just in case you haven't tried it, replace aht with raynie and end a big combo using G Fire. Even better, keep aht in the party as well since she has that one multi hit move, it helps build combo hits fast. Ideally, Aht Raynie and Marco in a party will give you a ridiculous combo hit number if you give them a large turn gap. End a big combo with G-Fire and watch as you easily nail 2-3k damage in a single hit (Or use her third m. burst move and watch any boss die in a single combo).

The third bursts are ridiculously powerful - great for those annoying boss battles...y'know, where a skill just knocks off such a small-teeny-tiny fraction of HP because they've good 7 buffs on them and 5 on you. <--exaggerating.

I'm still using Raynie and Marco.  They're beautifully balanced, and I love amassing 19 hit combos for the extra experience.
7465  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Last Window, sequel to Hotel Dusk, out in EU on: March 21, 2011, 08:18:58 PM
http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/yluj/images/room/wallpapers/lw_wallpaper4_6.jpg

This wallpaper makes me wish about a short-anime series of the game with this style. Could be pretty awesome.

Looking at it now, I wish some people had more screen time...
I miss this game.

Some games get too many sequels...and some... well, I think you know...
7466  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 21, 2011, 07:29:04 PM
We have one of them heart-shaped bathtub whirlpools. It's probably not as lavish as what Dice has up there in the wilderness of Ontario, but I guess that's a small price to pay for civilization :)


I'm going to make a curry chicken right now. Come on over.

I'd kill for a dinner party at Yoda's....  I'd bring...um, the sodacolapop, and cupcakes.  And Twister.  Does anyone have Risk?  I have yet to play it.  Oh, and I'd bring an extra controller (the most common spoken line between gamer's going to each other's houses).

I love my hot tub.  My parent's said if they were going to get one, they'd go the full mile.  It's got a fountain that trickles down your neck, a lounge, and I love the rainbow lights.  Also a gazeebo over it, so you can have "privacy" ...in case you have important things to talk about.  It's a nice enough set-up, it's true, but believe me, we're in debt, and before then it was the most basic yard you'd ever see.
7467  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 21, 2011, 07:00:18 PM
Forced myself to go for a jog. did about 4mi. Could've done more but it's starting to get nippley out



mmmm nipply.

Studying.  I bought a bikini!  They're still kinda cheap!  Yay, can't wait to use hot tub!!! =D
7468  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: March 21, 2011, 06:59:31 PM
Here's some damn pictures

my one and only season of baseball.




AAAAAAAAA-
AAAAAAAAA-
AAGGGHHH!!

♥♥♥♥♥


You're so so so cute!!! Hahaha xD
7469  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 21, 2011, 06:54:11 PM

I am thanking you later - this is fucking baller!!

If TNG was made in the 70s he'd be Picard

This guy in blue is totally his brother.
Oldie but a goody: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQAKRw6mToA&feature=related
7470  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 21, 2011, 06:29:23 PM

I am thanking you later - this is fucking baller!!
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