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2671  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Always missing out... on: August 20, 2006, 04:17:36 PM
Hello, welcome, and just wanted to say *KUDOS TO YOU* for not just posting a lame introduction thread, but rather having a TOPIC related to the forum we're in. You played it right, and you should be rewarded for it.

*Ramza awards Kup 5 self-esteem points.

There ya go.

As for the topic itself:

I'm an American. I have found through what little importing I've done that the age-old problem of not getting games we want is nearly disappearing. Almost every game on the market is finding its niche now, and about all we're missing are dating-sim games, and even then, Hirameki's bringing the cleaner stuff over. I can't think of a single up-and-coming Japanese RPG that I want that ISN'T planned for US release.

Europeans do have it harder, sure, but there are some very "interesting" European game developers that will leave their products to the continent, so in that sense Americans and Japanese will miss out. Sure they're much fewer and the production quality is relatively lower (budgeting etc), but I've heard of some great EU games.

Ramza
2672  The Rest / General Discussions / PS3 Versus Wii Spoof Video on: August 14, 2006, 07:04:44 PM
The only problem with that video is that Nintendo is so children-friendly that hot-chick-using sexual-innuendo in *no way* represents them. Wii's form of a good time will probably a lot less "cheap" than that (I hope).

Regardless, great vid. I <3 the Bluray part. "Have you even HEARD of BluRay?! IT'S THE FUTURE!!!"
2673  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on: August 14, 2006, 06:59:32 PM
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And I think writing in first person is bad because when something is stated as a fact, I listen to it more, even though I know it is the reviewer's opinion. I always listen to "The story is bad", but I never listen when people say "I think the story is bad."


I'm sorry, but I HAVE to comment on this. It really needs to be thoroughly thrashed and beaten before this thread dies and/or is locked.

If you really prefer the *veil* of factuality over the honest truth that it is someone's opinion, then you're clearly a simpleton. You started your objection saying that it was bad taste to use the first person, and now you've turned it into personal preference. Your preference, sir, is clearly the minority, and even if it weren't, simple rules of logic state that OPINIONS ought to be presented as such.

Kind of like how "I THINK writing in first person is bad." Even then, you did the *right* thing in showing us that it is your OPINION that writing in first person is bad. There's nothing "objective" about it.

You can't defend yourself. You've lost every reasonable grounds you could have been standing on; and then you threaten to sue people because they see how clearly wrong you are.

And if thousands of kids really ARE committing suicide "due to online harassment", I suspect the real problem is that they were struggling to form solid relationships in person, and in a last-ditch effort went to the internet and failed there too. The problem isn't the internet so much as it is people who struggle to make genuine connections with other people. Not saying it's the fault of the person who commits suicide that no one likes them (that could vary based on many cases), but it's not like the internet is some warm and friendly place to come to after a hard day at school.

Unless you consider pr0n warm and friendly. Then 90% of the internet is yours for the taking.

Ramza
2674  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on: August 13, 2006, 06:34:07 PM
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Please stop spamming those retarded pictures.


I liked the Batman one.

I also like Valkyrie Profile. I should get a PSP someday.

Ramza
2675  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Ar Tonelico out soon on: August 12, 2006, 01:45:53 PM
I'm not surprised. They've managed to release Blade Dancer in July, Disgaea 2 and August, and in October they have Spectral Souls PSP coming. Had they managed to get ANOTHER title out in 2006, that would've been truly shocking.

So yeah, I too can wait a bit on Ar Tonelico. Now, they just need to PROMISE to bring Grand Fantasm out, even if it's the last PS2 title to come from them. Take their time: I want it.

Ramza
2676  Media / Single-Player RPGs / NISA and Blade Dancer on: August 11, 2006, 04:02:47 PM
All I have is the game's soundtrack. That part is good. As for the game itself, buy me a PSP and I'll tell you my thoughts (compared to Stephen's).

Ramza
2677  The Rest / General Discussions / The president of the United States kicks ass on: August 11, 2006, 03:51:41 AM
From Software made this?

I couldn't be more pleased.

Ramza
2678  The Rest / General Discussions / Ze Picture Thread on: August 09, 2006, 11:46:21 AM
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Hey, I have a question. A few weeks ago some kid walked up to me and asked:"Are you a boy or a girl?" Do I really look like a guy?


Had you been a guy, I would've had to make fun of you for looking so girly.

For what it's worth you look pretty. You look kind of like that girl in Jurassic park. Y'know, the vegetarian?

Ramza
2679  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Summon Night - anyone else grab this? on: August 05, 2006, 12:19:42 PM
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Our review of the title is going up today!


*stares at his calendar*

Ramza
2680  The Rest / General Discussions / Mel Gibson Hates Jews on: August 01, 2006, 03:22:46 AM
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Mel Gibson is racist like Sora. I bet he hates heartless too.


Multi-thread tie-in! It's like a cartoon crossover! Or a cartoon-movie-videogame crossover, like Kingdom Hearts!

EFFING GENIUS

Ramza
2681  The Rest / General Discussions / KH2: Is Sora a racist or discriminater? dun dun dun duuuuun. on: July 31, 2006, 12:03:10 PM
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"Diversity Hearts 2" - Now with more friendship!


If it's anything like South Park's Diversity Concentration Camp, I'm in.

Ramza
2682  The Rest / General Discussions / Lego version of Michael Jackson music video, Thriller on: July 31, 2006, 04:28:03 AM
Lots of dedication went into it. The only part I really enjoyed was the big choreographed dance sequence...and I waited 8 minutes to get to that part. :P

Was this made by the same people who do lego bible stories? That site rules.

Ramza
2683  The Rest / General Discussions / KH2: Is Sora a racist or discriminater? dun dun dun duuuuun. on: July 31, 2006, 04:12:49 AM
I was thinking of making a rude comment and saying "our new board poster might not know to highlight the black area, so I didn't use the spoiler tag"...but in all honesty, I totally just forgot. Post has been edited! ^^

Ramza
2684  The Rest / General Discussions / KH2: Is Sora a racist or discriminater? dun dun dun duuuuun. on: July 31, 2006, 04:05:04 AM
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Thought: if these people are older than 20 they need a life. Ooops!


If by "these people" you mean the people posting on this thread, you're a huge hypocrite. Age doesn't matter, friend. If you think people posting on threads "need a life," then go get one and leave us alone. I don't have any insecurity with myself or the amount of time I spent on a computer, so back off rockstar.

I'd say "I'm sorry" that others on this thread aren't giving a serious response to your posed theory/question, but I'm not sorry, because 1) no one's quite sure what it is you're trying to say, and 2) this isn't about race.

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when you play, lets say Grand Theft Auto, theres alote of racist things in there.


Yeah, that's in there for humor. Race-related humor, albeit offensive to many, can be found in all kinds of venues. You said you're Mexican? Go watch Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia. The guy's entire basis for jokes relies on ethnic stereotypes (and maybe a few gay jokes). I'm not justifying GTA (I for one hate the series), but I'm just saying that all because you hear or see something "racist" in a game, that doesn't mean the creators of said game want you to take it literally. That's why it's humor...it's not meant to make a REAL point about REAL life.

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It may not seem like much but it teaches him to hate people that a indeferent


I'll start by proofreading this quote to what I think it's supposed to say:

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It (that is, Kingdom Hearts and my vaguely-stated contention with said title) may not seem like much {to those of you on this message board}, but {I think} it teaches him to hate people that {are different}.


Assuming that's what you were trying to say, let me start by disagreeing. Kingdom Hearts (and every action/adventure/RPG title on the market) does NOT teach your brother to hate people that are different *just because* they're different. Sora fights heartless and nobodies because 1) hello! They struck first, they're attacking innocent people!, 2) the "heartless" are by definition depraved of a heart, so they're a bit like zombies (zombies aren't a race or ethnicity, they're a fictional category of undead humans who, if they really existed, ought to be stopped from their dastardly ways), 3) nobodies, according to the game, have lost their identity.

****SPOILER ALERT****

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If you finished the game, you know that Roxas is Sora's Nobody. At the end, Roxas joins back into Sora to become whole again. Namine also joins with Kairi for the same reason. This shows that not *all* Nobodies are bad. The bad ones are the ones working with Organization XIII in a plot to essentially destroy the world as they knew it.

Also, for what it's worth, KH2 allowed previous villains (the truly-revealed Ansem, Maleficent) to be redeemed this time around. They do noble deeds and aren't as truly "evil" as you had thought them to be the first time around. They just made some dumb/selfish decisions, and (for those that continue to live) will probably keep making them.


****SPOILER ALERT END****

If you're asserting that the color symbolism is trying to make a point: the Nobodies are white (well light gray, off-white) and the Heartless are black. Both are bad guys. So what's your point? If Sora is a racist, of what *race* is he a supremacist? Spikey-haired tan pre-teens? You tell me.

So yeah, anyway, the game, interpreted correctly, does NOT teach people to hate others for being different. It teaches people to stand up and fight when evil, chaos, mayhem, and injustice is being done. You may protest that Sora did not have just cause to seek out and fight Organization XIII, but if you really want to debate that, I suggest you take it to a real-life forum and talk about the War in Iraq (certainly a more suspicious situation than Sora's). Tetsuya Nomura and whoever else was involved in the plot/scenario for KH2 are definitely well-meaning individuals who are attempting to tell a story that, while using Disney characters for nostalgia, is epic and scope and traditional in social morals and ethics.

Really, whatever argument you're trying to pose could be transposed to any situation with good guys and bad guys. Use Lord of the Rings if you want. Weren't they RACIST against those orcs and goblins? Yeah, but in REAL LIFE, orcs and goblins don't exist. No human ethnic group is hell-bent on destroying all the others (at least, none that I know of...and Islamic radicals are not an ethnic group, they're a very small political-religious cult).

If you're worried that your siblings will adopt violent behaviors based on the gameplay of Kingdom Hearts, then you probably shouldn't let them play it (and be a role model: you yourself don't play it either). Otherwise, if your siblings seem to be discriminating against others for stupid reasons like the shade of another person's skin or a difference in language, or height, etc...just explain to them that such discrimination is ignorant. If they were to use Kingdom Hearts as their defense (which I doubt they would do), just refer to my previous arguments.

There, you got a real response. I "hit you back." Now you should probably go away before you get flamed to hell and back by less gentle members of our board.

Ramza
2685  The Rest / General Discussions / What the hell does this mean? E3 Gone? on: July 31, 2006, 03:24:39 AM
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I would assume that if they were cutting down media representatives that sites like RPGFan would be shafted even for fansites with lower ratings on the basis that they cover only a genre.


I think Rico's right. However...

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unless publishers themselves got to dole out a certain amount of invites and it wasn't an all-ESA thing.


That would be awesome. I'm sure Square Enix and Atlus would get us in. ^^
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