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1006  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Record of Agarest War: Zero on: June 15, 2011, 06:43:43 PM
Besides you can already tell the game's had less effort put into it as the number of Generations was cut from 5 to a mere 2. ~.~ Probably because the half-hearted Soul Breed system from last game was "too much" for their lazy behinds to handle so they simplified it even further by chopping off Gens. *sighs* Tis a shame because IF/CH/NISA/Gust (in general) has so many good ideas yet they never fail to utter wreck it either with incompetence, sheer stupidity, or by giving into the wave of utter perversion that seems to be infecting the JRPG industry. (Or multiple causes at once.) AT3, NPG, Agarest Zero...*shakes head*
1007  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: George Hotz (geohot) VS Sony. on: May 17, 2011, 04:18:29 AM
Swarbage compensation is swarbage. *shrugs* Then again since I'm not fond of online gaming outside of MMOs and didn't lose Netflix during the outage I wasn't inconvenienced at all. So it balances out. XD
1008  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FFIV Complete Collection for PSP on: May 17, 2011, 12:14:12 AM
TAY feels more than just a cash grab with this version, however.

It may feel like it, but really... it's a graphically hanced port of a game that really was a cash grab. By definition, it's a cash grab of a cash grab. But having not played the new one, I can't really comment as to how it actually feels, so you're probably right.

By that standard isn't FFIV itself a cash grab? After all anything past the original Final Fantasy pretty much just utilized the title merely to leech off the success of the original since story-wise there's nothing connecting any of the games in the whole franchise until FFX-2 came along. Sure FFIV's a good game with decent story and gameplay but I'd argue it's not any more or less of a cash grab in origin than TAY.
1009  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: May 03, 2011, 03:12:57 PM
Y'know shouldn't Mitsuru technically be a Mary Sue? I mean she's top of her class, gives speeches better than even the staff, head of student counsel, heir to a vast fortune, is considered the "best looking" in game, and her only "negative" aspect in life is a "past" which more effects her father and Yukari than it effects her.

It's been a while since I played P3 so someone remind me what faults this character had to cancel out the Mary Sue elements.
1010  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: May 01, 2011, 05:41:51 PM
WHY THE FUCK DO SO MANY FUCKING PEOPLE HATE SHION?

Might have something to do with the fact that the first hour or two of the game our introduction to here includes extreme social abuse of her "friend/co-worker" as well as constantly putting herself and others in dire mortal peril for practically no good reason with context of the dialog indicating she's done this multiples times in the past and isn't the slightest bit apologetic or even phased by near death experiences?

First impression like that is one hell of a hump to overcome; yet her progression is virtually nil by the time Game 1 ends.

As a tabletop gamer she reminds me of that one player who will intentionally lob a fireball at a fire dragon while everyone else is trying to formula a plan and gets everyone else killed. Unlike tabletop gaming you can't just kick Shion out of the party or stuff her in the bag of holding until needed.
1011  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: April 30, 2011, 03:30:36 PM
The thing I would like to see most in a female character is the fact that she isn't just your average game protagonist with tits but possesses at least some traits of femininity to their character, something that a male character just can't replicate.

I call shenanigans on this. It can be done; it just has to be approached in a serious and skillful manner. The problem is there are little to no examples of this because writers either take this way too far beyond the concept of believability (see most "Bishi" archetypes) or they approach it from a pure comedic angle (see most "Flaming" archetypes). Not to mention the idea of femininity within a male character is something pretty hard to sell to a western audience due to the vast amounts of stereotyping involving standard male behaviors, expectations, ect. and those of males who deviate from those; so many people really don't attempt it in the first place.

It can be replicated but it's rare and fragile archetype that doesn't hold up unless the crafting of the character was expertly done.
1012  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: April 30, 2011, 11:41:52 AM
Heh, for all the criticisms for Peach being on the list I honestly have to say I really don't mind her being there. Although I would've chosen Ashley from RE4 personally instead of Peach. Peach was constructed from Day 1 to be a DID cardboard cut out. Ashley somehow outstrips her by miles, despite having a basic human personality, by managing to get kidnapped several times, walking right into bear traps large enough to hold an elephant (in broad daylight), calling out for Leon in one game more than Peach has for Mario in probably his entire career in the game industry, ect., ect., ect.

The fact that Peach made the list makes me think someone hasn't played RE4 or is try very, very hard to repress those memories. XD
1013  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: April 29, 2011, 05:20:03 PM
I'm honestly amazed no one from any of the Gust/NISA/CH's many games made it onto the list; they've made some real stinkers. Especially considering I only found the SO4 cast to be "moderately" annoying. XD A part 2 would be an enjoyable read.
1014  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: George Hotz (geohot) VS Sony. on: April 29, 2011, 02:52:19 PM
I'd say odds are this claim of hackers selling the info is a hoax; a very childish and obvious one. For comparison look at it from this analogy- Say for some reason a US Nuclear Missile goes missing, one week later the government admits to the public that foreign enemies (they can't specify whom exactly) came in and stole it. Suddenly days later a small terrorist cell claims they have the missile and are selling it to the highest bidder. However in reality this is a lie; they're simply taking advantage of the fact that no one knows who actually stole the missile and that the real thief isn't going to go "Hey it was me you liars!". Thus whatever poor idiot bids is actually buying an empty missile shell with random rusted parts stuff in and painted to look like the real thing.

It's not that hard for someone to claim they have/someone else has the PSN data and is selling it. It's a quick way to earn their five minutes of attention.
1015  Media / General Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: April 28, 2011, 09:59:08 AM
They got the title wrong. It should be "Alternative cover art for soccer moms who let their 6 year olds wander around a store that anyone with a brain knows sells Mature rated merchandise and has a hissy fit when they discover that said store...sells Mature rated merchandise."

I would comment about how I haven't met a gamer yet who was "sensative" but I keep forgetting that between WoW and Wii there are more people that shouldn't be calling themselves "gamers" these days than someone with brittle bone syndrome should be calling themselves "football players".
1016  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: George Hotz (geohot) VS Sony. on: April 28, 2011, 08:54:43 AM
No email here either and I added funds no less than about a month and a half ago. :-\

They already said that funds, trophies and everything else will be exactly as they were. I haven't received an e-mail either though.

Pft, my online wallet is empty and I could care less about trophies. XD What I was referring to was this little snippet from their FAQ thing.

"Q: What if I don’t know which credit card I’ve got attached to my PlayStation Network account?
 A: If you’ve added funds to your PlayStation Network wallet in the past, you should have received a confirmation email from “DoNotReply@ac.playstation.net” at the email address associated with your account. "

Whoever wrote that FAQ is lying through their teeth.
It seems to vary. Some people get it, some people don't. I get my confirmations a day after the transaction. The few times I bought stuff of PSN, I mean.

*facepalms* Actually in this case it's more of me being an idiot who forgets not to trust my reading skills first thing in the morning. I initially interpreted that part I snipped as saying "If you added funds to your PSN in the past you should've received the email we've been supposedly sending out about this incursion." But upon actually doing more than a skim I realize that's not what it says. ...I need coffee.
1017  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: George Hotz (geohot) VS Sony. on: April 28, 2011, 08:34:56 AM
No email here either and I added funds no less than about a month and a half ago. :-\

They already said that funds, trophies and everything else will be exactly as they were. I haven't received an e-mail either though.

Pft, my online wallet is empty and I could care less about trophies. XD What I was referring to was this little snippet from their FAQ thing.

"Q: What if I don’t know which credit card I’ve got attached to my PlayStation Network account?
 A: If you’ve added funds to your PlayStation Network wallet in the past, you should have received a confirmation email from “DoNotReply@ac.playstation.net” at the email address associated with your account. "

Whoever wrote that FAQ is lying through their teeth.
1018  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: George Hotz (geohot) VS Sony. on: April 28, 2011, 07:44:08 AM
No email here either and I added funds no less than about a month and a half ago. :-\
1019  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: George Hotz (geohot) VS Sony. on: April 27, 2011, 04:58:22 PM
Called it:
Class Action Lawsuit Go!
1020  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: George Hotz (geohot) VS Sony. on: April 27, 2011, 04:23:08 PM
I don't see any reason to boycott them. Maybe not use my credit card with their system anymore but boycott? Totally not. Hell my college suffered a similar data intrusion in my second year and you didn't anyone going "Let's boycott this college for an IT department failure". Unless you've actually lost money/had credit damage as a result of this boycotting seems a bit extreme. Even then I'd be more prone to suggest a Class Action Lawsuit (assuming I have the right one) for money/damages taken before outright boycotting.

Not to derail the hate-train, but a college getting hacked could mean names, addresses, and social security numbers being exposed.  I would be beyond pissed off if that happens considering how important social security numbers are.



We knew. Pretty much as soon as it happened a campus wide email went out to every student detailing all that fun stuff. (Unlike Sony who seems to think sweeping it under the rug for a week is acceptable protocol.) XD No one really was riled up about it. Or if they were they certainly didn't make a public stink of it. Then again I live in a pretty mellow state so...*shrugs*
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