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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: July 04, 2015, 09:50:15 PM
Your speculation at the end gets me super psyched. WOOOOOT
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: July 04, 2015, 07:28:04 PM
QUITE RELATED:

The Uchikoshi localization panel is running now.

http://www.twitch.tv/aksys_nation

Fans asking questions about the Zero Escape games. The video is lagged as crap but the audio is what you want and that has been fairly good.
3  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: TV shows axed too soon on: July 04, 2015, 06:48:28 PM
Firefly is an obvious one that was taken off the air way too soon, after, what, 14 episodes only?  "I aim to misbehave."

Another obvious one for folks around my age was Freaks and Geeks when it first came out- it was canceled after 12 episodes but fan-campaigning led to the network eventually airing the remaining 3.

When I saw the topic those were the first two that came to my mind.

There was a spin-off to Battlestar Galactica called "Caprica" that I wish would've at least had a second season to resolve the plot it was building. 19 eps, didn't fare as well as syfy wanted, BOOM cancelled.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: July 04, 2015, 06:44:08 PM
Hmm was just going through the wiki. I now want to replay both of the games before the third game comes out. Also in reviewing the wiki, I am reminded that we basically know half the cast for game three already. Klutz do not read as I am going to be going into some major VLR spoilers here.

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We know that Sigma and Phi are both going to be participating in the events of the game. Further we know that Diana (aka person Luna is apparently based on) is there as well. K also apparently travelled back in time to join the mission. So that's four right there, plus someone from Free the Soul who will probably be either Brother or another clone of Left. Junpei is involved in the events as well, although he isn't at the Mars Test Site. The ending implied that Alice and Clover somehow make it back, so they'll probably make appearances. It is now occurring to me that game 3 was probably originally intended to reuse a large number of character assets, to save costs, from VLR based on this set up.

I do have to wonder about some parts of the set up. We know that there are 9 people at the Test Site, but I have to wonder about whether or not Sigma and Phi are among the 9 originally sent there. If they are not, does that mean two are killed so the numbers work out? Either way, reviewing the plot details has made me hyped!

What we really know about the events are the events that happened in the timeline that leads up to VLR.

In other words, the scenario in Zero Escape 3 may swap expected players with people we wouldn't expect. In other words:

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this allows for Alice and/or Clover to enter the game. But it might also allow them to pull out Junpei/Tenmyouji etc
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: July 03, 2015, 08:22:15 PM
"Not just these six; all of them, all six billion. Soon, I will have killed six billion people."

IIRC that whole audio clip is in VLR. But it still felt so freaking amazing. When the crowd went nuts at the beginning of Morphogenetic Sorrow, I started bawling like a baby.

And I desperately wish I could meet Uchikoshi-san.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Zero Escape 3 official on: July 03, 2015, 05:52:33 PM
Kotaro Uchikoshi (series creator) and Aksys Games just announced at Anime Expo that the third game in the ZE series (999 -> VLR -> ???) is in development and should be out next year.

MY HEAD A SPLODE
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Article: 21 RPGs that brought something new to the table on: July 03, 2015, 12:50:13 PM
Actually he wrote another article where told about his experience of giving a talk about RPGs to game design students.
http://gamasutra.com/blogs/FelipePepe/20150211/236041/The_Ministry_of_Hype_The_danger_of_letting_the_gaming_industry_curate_its_own_history.php
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Recently I was asked to give a short lesson about CRPG history in a game design class of about 30 students. I started by asking how many had played Skyrim. All raised their hands. Then I asked how many considered themselves to be really hardcore fans of the Elder Scrolls series. About 60% kept their hands raised. The next question: "how many of you played Oblivion"? Now only 20% still has held their hands high. Only two hands remained in the air when I asked about Morrowind, and none at all when I asked about Daggerfall and Arena.

That was not a casual audience. Those were students of a game design school, people who decided to bet their future on gaming. More than half of them had professed to be "hardcore fans of the Elder Scrolls series", yet not a single one had bothered to learn the origins of the series. I'm not talking about watching obscure foreign documentaries or reading huge and rare books - I'm talking about playing games, at the very least trying them out for like 10 minutes. And free games even! - both Arena and Daggerfall are freely available for download at Bethesda's website.
So I think it's safe to assume that the author has played Arena.
There was nothing like that before it, and I get a strong sense that the only reason it got omitted was (a) the author never played the first game and (b) the author didn't want his list to include something as popular as, say, Morrowind, so no TES.
Fate: Gates of Dawn predates Arena by 3 years. Daggerfall would've been a more interesting pick anyways as it's to this day the hugest RPG ever made, and the most deep and feature rich out of all the Elder Scrolls games. It's nuts to think that Bethesda keeps getting more popular the more features they strip away from their games. "Evolution" of gaming, heh.

OK, I was wrong about his knowledge. I'm glad he offered up that story. Well, that's game design schools for ya. "Yeah we're hardcore! We played that one game!"

But if Fate: Gates of Dawn (which I've never played) does the crazy stuff that Arena did, how come that game isn't on the 21 games list either? :P

Is Daggerfall really the most feature-rich? I remember it being the most glitch-rich (if you exclude Battlespire and Redguard). Arena had create wall, break wall, create stairway, etc magic that allowed for crazy navigation of dungeons. Didn't Daggerfall cut some of that?
8  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: random ol' crap on eBay (DQ8 demo disc, UMD movie, Ratchet&Clank, SotC disc) on: June 29, 2015, 06:33:09 PM
bump / new item listing:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/171841960494?

Deathsmiles iOS soundtrack. Super rare. Stupidly rare. And yet I can't sell it. So, penny auction wee!!
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Article: 21 RPGs that brought something new to the table on: June 27, 2015, 05:56:09 PM
Elder Scrolls I: Arena isn't in there and desperately needs to be. Stupidly-large randomly-generated fields to create a topography that is (in-game) hundreds or thousands of square miles. Yes, everyone ends up fast-traveling, unless you want to just randomly fight critters and level up along the way. Then you end up in the weirdest of places.

There was nothing like that before it, and I get a strong sense that the only reason it got omitted was (a) the author never played the first game and (b) the author didn't want his list to include something as popular as, say, Morrowind, so no TES.
10  The Rest / The Bazaar / random ol' crap on eBay (DQ8 demo disc, UMD movie, Ratchet&Clank, SotC disc) on: June 27, 2015, 04:05:52 PM
http://www.ebay.com/usr/rpgcrazy2

eBay is struggling to get it all public, but I have a total of 4 auctions running.

All start at 1 cent. All include free shipping to the US. So I can lose money in just trying to get it out to you.

Because when it comes to stuff like this ... I could just throw it out. But I'd feel bad about doing that if anyone out there actually values these products. So ... there ya go! Feel free to bid!
11  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Super 3-D Noah's Ark 20th anniv ... ON STEAM on: June 23, 2015, 07:40:37 PM
http://store.steampowered.com/app/371180/

Everyone's favorite unlicensed SNES cart, wherein Wisdom Tree threw a very weird Noah/Bible skin overtop Wolfenstein, has made a triumphant return.

Certainly worthwhile just in terms of novelty value. But oldschool FPS fans will find that the level design isn't bad, at least on par with so many like it in the Wolfeinstein/Doom(1) era.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier 2 for PS4 on: June 17, 2015, 07:05:14 AM
SiliconEra got some more deets from Taro:

http://www.siliconera.com/2015/06/17/the-new-nier-game-will-bring-back-characters-from-the-first-game/

In the comments, someone had the insight/curiosity to ask if anyone had looked into the seraphic lettering.

The three-word phrase that appears in the promotional materials (including the website http://www.jp.square-enix.com/nier-new/ ) is "HUMAN DOLL MACHINE"

Yeah. That's AWESOME. Because that suggests some connection to Devola and Popola. Perhaps the girl in the trailer is a third girl, created in the same way as Devola&Popola. A sort of sister or daughter to them.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier 2 for PS4 on: June 16, 2015, 11:56:13 PM
I wish drama CDs would get English voice editions. Sell it on iTunes for $5. I'll buy!
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier 2 for PS4 on: June 16, 2015, 04:00:53 PM
(I kinda hope they keep the game-genre integration that made "NieR" weird..I want more Diablo dungeon, Zelda references, rail shooters, etc. :P ).

Agreed. I think Platinum Games has the chops to do that as well. I'm sooo high right now. Not on drugs, but on ... NieR hype. KAINE / EMIL <3
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Hearts III on: June 16, 2015, 03:59:22 PM
I also think KH2 has one of the most fantastic looking openings ever, and I adore that the 3D PS4 style looks a lot like the PS2 FMV sequences.

I didn't even know how to word it until I read your words. And now I know how to say what I'm thinking.

"I also think KH2 has one of the most fantastic looking openings ever, and I adore that the 3D PS4 style looks a lot like the PS2 FMV sequences."

There! I said it!

References:

Dice. RPGFan Forum Post, "Kingdom Hearts III," retrieved June 16, 2015.
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