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2536  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Poll: audio samples on: February 22, 2007, 02:04:01 AM
Thread resurrection / UPDATE!

It's been to decided that, at least for now, Real Audio will *still* be the format of choice. Why?

Well, after some experimenting, we've learned that conversions from the RM file to other audio types (mp3, flash audio, wma) actually INCREASED file size, and usually created some noticeable side effects (occasional popping and distortion).

We tried a lot of things, but even when starting from the actual WAV file audio, it looks like Real does a decent job at compressing these songs!

However, what we have done is remove all of the "streaming" files (that re-linked to the files themselves) and now have the links pointing directly to the audio file itself. The reason we did this is particularly because we want you to have an alternative:

http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Real_Alternative.htm

"Real Alternative," to be exact. This codec allows RM content to be played. And because we've done away with the "streaming" file system (which was a piece of crap that didn't quite work anyway), this alternative will be very useful to those who dislike the bulky RealPlayer software.

Please take the time to respond and let us know if this makes the audio samples any more functional, or at the very least *appealing,* to you the precious reader.

Thanks,
Patrick Gann
RPGFan.com Soundtracks Editor
2537  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Future of Shadow Hearts on: February 21, 2007, 09:56:46 PM
I only played FTNW, which I thought was freaking excellent, regardless of whether or not it's "better" or "worse" than the previous games.

The way they had worked the series out, the first game was Asia, and the second was Europe, and the third was North/South America...

I would've loved to see a fourth Shadow Hearts in...Africa? Or maybe some remote location (Antarctica?)...or one where the locations include the entire world!

I hope the series' "ending," if it really is over, didn't have to do with lower-than-expected sales on FTNW. The game was totally hip IMO.

Ramza
2538  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Mazes Of Fate for the GBA. on: February 20, 2007, 09:13:36 PM
I have it on my GameFly account, somewhere down there on the queue. I plan on playing it eventually. A lot of people said bad things about the game, but I'll see for myself when I get the chance.

Ramza
2539  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Completed RPGs of 2007 on: February 19, 2007, 12:06:27 AM
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What happened to Krusche's bf?  Did he fly off far away or is he dead?


Did you check walkthroughs on this? I didn't go past the town in Dragon's Nest, but I assumed there was probably a way to get an answer (and the answer is, probably, the dude is dead).

Ramza
2540  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy VI Advance on: February 19, 2007, 12:02:52 AM
Quote from: "SabreWulf11887"
Is it me or does the game seem alittle easier than both the SNES and PSX version. I mean, I'm literally breezing through that game. Not that FFVI was hard in the first place.

I also noticed that they changed Ultros' line whenever you meet him for the first time.

SNES: Uwee hee hee!!! Don't tease the octopus, kids!

GBA: Gwee hee hee!!! You're up the creek, without a paddle!


Good point on that change.

Yeah, I feel like either 1) they must have dumbed down the difficulty or 2) I kick a lot more boo-tay at RPGs than I did 10 years ago.

Well, the answer is probably "both."
2541  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Ar Tonelico Premium Box on: February 17, 2007, 02:13:44 PM
Quote from: "Leyviur"
I just wanted to say, I hate aurica with a fiery passion that is not of this world.


dubble POST!

why?
2542  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Ar Tonelico Premium Box on: February 17, 2007, 02:13:24 PM
Quote from: "Spoony Mage"
Perhaps you're right.  I still don't think it's nearly as bad as a lot of people seem to think, but I can see how it can be interpreted that way.  After reading so many reviews bashing the game on said innuendo and after having played parts of the game, I really don't see what the fuss is about.


Oh...people are bashing the game on this point? I took it as a positive thing, particularly because it IS innuendo and not some grab-ass lolilicious hentai game.

Ramza
2543  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy VI Advance on: February 17, 2007, 01:54:23 AM
I never quite understood the whole "Ted Woolsey must die!" fiasco, but after playing through most of FFVI Advance, I'm starting to get it.

I know I haven't played the game in a decade, but I *do* remember the storyline. And there are things being brought up in this text that I have no memory reading. So, three cheers to the new translation, because it is EXCELLENT. I am really, really pleased.

(yes, they did choose to keep names like Sabin and Cyan the same, but that's probably just for the sake of consistency with the fans).

Ramza
2544  The Rest / General Discussions / Fox News answer to the Daily show on: February 16, 2007, 01:35:37 AM
That has got to be the saddest piece of sh*t on television.

sigh...I was just...depressed that whole time, that's how bad it was.
2545  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Ar Tonelico Premium Box on: February 15, 2007, 02:18:26 AM
Quote from: "Spoony Mage"
The innuendo isn't nearly as bad as reviewers are harping it out to be.  The whole Diving thing is more on the intimate side than it is "SPANK MY ASS, YOU BAD BOY" porn-o-rific.  It may raise a few eyebrows for those who don't know what's going on (like some of the aforementioned reviewers), but the worst it's done to me is make me roll my eyes at some of the cheesiness.

Then again, I don't watch much porn, so I'm somewhat naive.  :P


I think you're really, really missing the point, and perhaps don't understand the word "innuendo." The idea is that it's inferred...the dialogue and the terminology behind the whole system is designed so that the player, if they want to, can make the parallels to sexual intercourse.

Pay attention to the descriptive nature (and the Japanese voice acting) when the characters do their first "Install" of a crystal into a Reyvateil.

"ooh, ow! It hurts...but thank you for being gentle as you put it inside me."

I'm sorry, but it's not just cheesy, there's definitely a suggestive overtone to that. The reviewers (like...me) are not off-base in pointing out the nature of the dialogue. In the end, the relationships with the Reyvateils are *absolutely* innocent, but the scenario is written such that it doesn't take much imagination to think otherwise.

Code:
Also, later in the game Misha and Aurica do things like...handcuff you to a bedpost so you will stay with them forever. Things get hot and heavy at times.


Ramza
2546  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dragon Shadow Spell on: February 14, 2007, 01:38:49 AM
hey Silverwolf (and anyone else interested):

http://www.play-asia.com/SOap-23-83-28zk-71-nb-49-en-84-j-70-1uqr.html

Play-Asia finally added the DSS soundtrack for preorders. If you use this link you'll get us at RPGFan some affiliation $$. :P

Ramza
2547  The Rest / General Discussions / Holy shit.... on: February 13, 2007, 02:18:26 PM
that dude survived. That makes him almost as tough as the guy who cut his own arm off to free himself from a boulder that trapped him on a mountainside.

Ramza
2548  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Do you think the 360 could become an RPG Machine? on: February 13, 2007, 02:21:37 AM
Xbox 360 is definitely the underdog, but I have every intention of hitting up the 360 RPGs because I think there's a lot of potential there.

But, I think the correct answer to the question of "what system will have lots and lots of good RPGs" is most DEFINITELY the Nintendo DS. RPGs are much easier to do for a handheld now since you aren't expected to have high-budget awesome graphics on it (unlike what we will expect on PS3 etc).

I think the swarm of RPGs for the next year or two will come on handhelds. PS3 will take time (I'm thinking mid-2008) before it has a collection of solid RPGs. Wii will *hopefully* have more RPGs than they did on N64 and GameCube, but that's still just a hope.

And that leaves Xbox 360, the outcast, the underdog. The 360 is a place for developers DISGRUNTLED with Sony to go to. Hopefully we'll see good stuff there, but I doubt we'll see a TON of it.

Ramza
2549  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Sakura Taisen on: February 13, 2007, 02:13:27 AM
Quote from: "Eusis"
There's basically no chance of an ST game coming out here, and it'd probably need a localization of the same quality as PW's anyway, along with the liberties that's taken. There is the anime, if that's any consolation.


Double-post.

I would still hold out hope for ST1&2 on PSP. Look at all the random crap that's made it to the US on PSP:

Astonishia Story
Generation of Chaos
Gurumin
Legend of Heroes: Gagharv Trilogy
Spectral Souls

I know there were some companies looking into localizing the 1&2 PSP port, and I do believe that *fell through*, but there are others who could potentially pull it off.

Ramza
2550  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: ahem on: February 13, 2007, 02:10:18 AM
Quote from: "Professor Gast"
Quote from: "Mauru"
guess after all it would be better if sakura taisen will stay in japan.


Finally, something I can agree with.


And I'll disagree. (Chris and I have had this discussion before).

If someone can convince me that porting a game to another country / another language somehow *diminishes* the value, quality, or nature of the ORIGINAL game (which still exists), I'll see this as a valid argument. Until then, I'll name it for what it is: elitist bullshit.

(I'm not so mad about the elitism: it's the bullshit that gets me).

The game could have a subpar localization, but the fact is that offering the game to people who do not have the time (or, for some, the intellectual sharpness) to learn Japanese would be a big service for those interested in titles like Sakura Taisen. I don't CARE if the humor and style don't translate well. I want to play the game and get to know the characters, and I want to do it in English. Saying "well the game's better in Japanese" doesn't mean shit to me and 90% of the other RPG players, because we don't speak the f*cking language.

The argument, strangely, reminds me of the difference between the Qu'ran and the Bible. Think about it.

(yes, I just pulled in religion, that should add to the flamebaiting I just made).

Ramza
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