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4366  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 27, 2010, 07:31:08 AM
With popularity comes the morons. And when the morons come, you get demands of "Faster! Better Graphics! Shorter Cutscenes!".
Then Atlus will start feeling the pressure. If they are happy with the sales they are getting at the moment (They usually go beyond their sales predictions, don't they?) then it's safe to say money won't come in the way of artistic integrity.
4367  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 26, 2010, 06:03:31 PM
Matter of opinion but I thought Devil Survivor had impressive graphics and artsyle compared to other SRPGS. Especially the demons. Each demon had a particular way of moving, some had 6 legs, some had none. Some had wings, some didn't. As for the characters I thought they were well detailed and were good sprite forms of their 2-D static images used for story scenes.

The sprites seemed for streamlined compared to some other SRPGS which had maybe clunkier or a lower polygon count. You know, those characters that sometimes have square heads.
4368  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: April 25, 2010, 10:11:05 PM
Yeah, it had a tough act to follow from the first weeping angel ep, but it lived up to it.

True dat. It's funny, but now that I think back, all of my favourite episodes were written by Moffat. "Blink" "Girl in the Fireplace" and "Silence in the Library" all awesome episodes.

I think I'm more into the darker fairytale stories of Moffat compared to the more romantic, comedic ones of Davies. Though there has never been an episode of the new Dr. Who I havn't enjoyed.

Oh, except the season finale of last season. Magic Glove anyone?
4369  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 25, 2010, 05:02:52 PM
Saw "Precious: based on the novel Push by Sapphire".

It was a moving experience, I think.

I was moved, but it was very manipulative. It was purposly trying to move me, which in turn lessened the effect somewhat. Still a good movie.

If you want a truly moving experience look no further than Grave of the Fireflies. Man, I love that movie.

I just watched The Wolfman, well at least I was told I did, I can't remember anything than being utterly bored.

4370  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: April 25, 2010, 07:32:05 AM
I think they did it for the commercials.One of the things they took out was
when they were in the kitchen and she is cooking. They skipped a good chunk of that. Like the "Your Scottish, fry something" and when he threw the toast.

I am sure they cut a bit more, but I don't remember what. The first episode was a bit longer than the regular episodes, it was 65ish minutes as opposed to the 45 minutes of the average episode.

That was my favourite part! Gah. Maybe it wouldn't translate well over the pond, but I really found that funny.
4371  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 24, 2010, 10:09:56 PM
I have yet to play Persona, but I have played Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment. Both, as you said, have High School kids and you do visit a few different High Schools. If they were to say go back to Feudal era Japan, would it have the same atmosphere and themes? I don't believe so, I was just saying that you can't go TOO far back, or too far forward, because it is to divorced from the Persona formula to be called Persona.
4372  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: April 24, 2010, 09:24:56 PM
Song I am diggin at the moment is

"Astronaut" by Amanda Palmer. I have been a fan of the Dresden Dolls for a long time, and long live her solo work as well.


"I wish you could remind me who I was,
Because everyday I'm a little further off"

4373  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: April 24, 2010, 08:56:57 PM
Well, I watched the first episode when I was over in Scotland and then again when I got back to the US. They got rid of some of the scenes when he first meets Amy.

Ah, awesome. I'm from Scotland. A bit strange that they have taken parts out. I mean, it's pretty family friendly. Was it to make room for commercials?
Some English viewers got miffed at this weeks episode because they were showing a preview of some shitty reality television show over the final scene. Pretty silly of them, BBC Scotland and BBC Northern Ireland seemed to not do that though.

A much more fitting place was over the end credits.

There was even an open letter sent about it (hardcore Dr. Who fans) who were complaining about it. Though I figure that it was just a way to get the BBC to pay attention to a small part of the letter which was "bring back Torchwood". The writer was just using the opportunity.
4374  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 24, 2010, 08:12:46 PM
In the next Megaten (more than likely the next Persona game because it's the only one that's been announced) I'm not sure what I would like to see. They kind of almost have all the theatrical things I'm interested in, and I love turn-based battles to death.

The social link system is fantastic. I would like them to keep it but upgrade it a little. I'm not sure how. Atlus are way ahead of me in terms of progressive thinking in JRPGS (and way ahead of alot of their competitors). Take it in any direction they want, as long as they keep the same standard of excellence. Maybe a Persona game in the 70's or 80's. I don't know why, it just seems like that time is mostly left alone in terms of story.

Of course you can't go too far back in time in Persona games because the whole point is that it's believable teenagers in a High School environment.

This is a very difficult question, it's a bit like if my favourite author came up to me and asked me what their next book should be about. I am merely a consumer, feed me and I shall consume.
4375  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: April 24, 2010, 06:49:04 PM
I know that a lot of people on these boards on the US, that is why I merely said it was good and I was enjoying it.
It's hardly spoiling anything. Good is a matter of opinion, it may be bad to you.

Also, it's actually 40 minutes here with no commercials.
4376  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: April 24, 2010, 02:59:01 PM
Tonights episode "The Time of Angels" was pretty epic. Completely loving the new episodes.
4377  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: April 21, 2010, 10:38:13 AM
Just finished reading Anansi Boys by Neil Gaimen, I enjoyed it but not as much as American Gods.

Now started reading The Knight by Gene Wolfe
4378  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: April 14, 2010, 05:01:24 PM
Steven Moffat talks 'Doctor Who' and also a bit about an episode author Neil Gaimen (American Gods, Stardust, Coraline, The Sandman, etcetera etcetera) has written.

4379  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: April 12, 2010, 03:59:38 PM
I've been wanting to get into the whole Doctor Who thing for the longest time, but have never watched a single episode. Where should I start? I don't care about the really old stuff, but the new iterations look great. Can I jump on board with the new show, or should I watch the Eccleston/Tenant stuff first? Advice, please.

My suggestion would be either start at the First of the new seasons OR starting with this brand new season.

The reason I say that is because this season has had a lot more staff changes than just the replacement of head writer Russell T Davies with Steven Moffat (Who has written/is still writing the new series best episodes). The staff themselves even say amongst themselves that they are considering "Season One" or "Season Five".

Starting at the beginning has some really good episodes AND gets you to grips with the premise, recurring themes, and the Doctors relationship with his companions, Rose Tyler of the first and second season, or Amy Pond, of this season.

Personally I would start with Ecceleston and just continue on. I feel you will get more enjoyment out of it, as you will feel more connected with the characters, and will understand references to previous episodes. The quality is all top notch, so it's not like it starts bad and gets better, It is equally good throughout the series.
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