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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: December 01, 2014, 04:22:59 PM
*slow clap of approval*
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: December 01, 2014, 01:12:37 AM
Lard, I really don't think it's fair to attack me as the JRPG hater.  True, I'm not a big fan of games like FF13, but I just spent some time on the last show arguing the merits of SMTIV, talking about how much I love Dragon Quest and want 7 brought to America, and on our newly recorded show I talk about how much I'd love to see an HD version of the three Xenosaga games.  Hell, I continually sing the praises of Xenoblade and talked about it in relation to another high profile release.  Just because I don't love every JRPG doesn't mean I hate all of them.  I'll be giddy as a schoolgirl when Persona 5 is released.  That's a fact.

And yes, I want to see games available for everyone to play.  It's great to see more JRPGs on Steam because up until recently there's been a giant gaping whole in the market for PC gamers interested in those types of games.  I'm platform agnostic, but I want games available to everyone.  I was happy to see FF13 on 360 so more people could play it.  And we have developers now asking gamers to speak out on the games they want to see released.  We all want to see Suikoden on the PSN store, and the game's director wants people to request it so it eventually comes out.  I want gamers to speak with their wallets and I want developers to listen.  I'd say that's a very positive agenda right there.

Now, to the anti-consumer accusation, that was in relation to a rumor about a game that wasn't even announced yet.  Click-bait articles were circling the web before Just Cause 3 was even announced.  That's called fishing for page views and retweets.  There's no news story there.  Are we supposed to have a news article for every idea that happens behind closed doors?  How can we be outraged over ideas and thoughts?  Hell, that's outrage over POTENTIAL ideas and POSSIBLE thoughts.  Wait until there's actually news before reaching for the torches.

Stephen was quick to point out that the practices by Ubisoft with AC: Unity were clearly anti-consumer, and I completely agree.  I believe there is a huge difference between obfuscation and rumor/conjecture.  And we started the entire discussion around the anger for FREE Witcher 3 DLC and I jumped on that with the Just Cause 3 story that was based around rumored screenshots. 

I don't mean to jump down your throat, Lard, but the accusation of being anti-consumer really hurt me both as a gamer and as a member of this site.  I would never try to persuade our readers/listeners on anything I don't completely believe in.  I wrote my review of Lords of the Fallen.  I didn't like the game, and I gave reasons for my dislike and disapproval.  That's more than enough from where I'm standing.  I don't feel the need to write a million click-bait articles to try and get more site hits.  I made my point in the most professional manner I could.  I don't understand the anger and rage over AC: Unity now because, from where I'm standing, the past three AC games had similar problems and lacked a great deal of polish.  This isn't news to me.  Where was all the outrage when ACIII had completely broken chase sequences?  Why weren't more people posting articles about the save bugs in Lords of the Fallen?  Again, I think there's far too much click-bait directed at high profile releases instead of properly informing consumers of the quality of a product. 
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: November 30, 2014, 11:27:56 PM
....why is it a problem that we love Steam?  Is it a bad thing that games like FF13 and Valkyria Chronicles are on a new platform for more players to experience and appreciate?  Is it wrong to want great sale prices that allow gamers to try out lots of different titles without having to pay full price or rely on trade-ins and used copies?

Trust me, the consoles will be getting a lot of love here in the next few months (Bloodborne, anyone?), but I don't really understand the hating on our love of a platform. 
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: November 25, 2014, 11:48:07 PM
To Yoda, unfortunately there's no chest for or storage place for items.  It's one of those massive oversights that seems odd and will probably come with a patch.  I can't believe they missed something like that. 
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: November 25, 2014, 10:52:19 AM
Not that I know of, Yoda.  You have to manually go in to change equipment in the inventory screen. 
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: November 25, 2014, 10:02:55 AM
Wow, I switched over from mouse and keyboard to a gamepad last night and, after some minor adjustments, I found the game plays BETTER with a gamepad.  The camera is so much more responsive and it's way easier to get around tight corners and raise and lower the z-axis (parallel to the ground) appropriately.  I wish there was a quick button to get my entire party to attack one target instead of having to use the radial menu, but overall the keyboard controls feel like an afterthought by comparison.  Very strange...
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls 2 on: November 25, 2014, 10:00:50 AM
Hmmm, I think it might be really hard to go back to DS after Bloodborne.  This isn't even cannibalization since two different publishers are handling it, but Bandai Namco is kinda getting the shaft there.  Maybe they're hoping Bloodborne's release might push DSII sales?  In any even, I'm interested in the rebalancing of the main game.  I really like DSII, and maybe they can cut down on the more monotonous parts and even out the large enemy mobs and lack of variety. 
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: November 18, 2014, 10:44:56 PM
December 13th.  I feel like it's impending doom at this point...
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: November 14, 2014, 10:48:41 PM
Episode 87 is live!  Enjoy, and be sure to give us some ratings on iTunes so we can hit 100 this year! 
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: November 11, 2014, 09:23:27 PM
Running on an R9 280x, and the game looks pretty damn great.  I turned down textures and everything else to high so I get a good 60 fps unless i'm in an area with a lot of people.  Wouldn't surprise me if that goes up a bit when they release the Mantle API for ATI cards. 
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls 2 on: November 06, 2014, 04:42:19 PM
^Going to have to slightly disagree on the above when it comes to DSII's DLC.  Some of those encounters are just annoying and lack some of the grace and elegance of the other two games.  I didn't find the murder pit in DLC2 to be all that great.  Just had to cheese the enemies to beat them by shooting arrows from above.  Also, the dudes who spit lava out of their shoulders were push overs using the same technique.  It just feels like some of those things weren't thought through during development.  That just my opinion, though, and I seem to be in the minority of fans who liked the main game of DSII but hated the DLC. 
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls 2 on: November 06, 2014, 08:18:16 AM
I just reviewed Lords of the Fallen for the site. 

Long story short, it's not very good.  Cool ideas but some serious balancing problems and the whole thing is mighty glitchy. 
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: November 05, 2014, 11:41:41 PM
Yep, all good vibes around here.  Except for that whole going to the wrong university in the SEC.  We all can't be perfect...

...and clearly that applies to my Gamecocks this year.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: November 05, 2014, 11:30:19 PM
...I can still change your grade and report it to that fly-by-night institution of yours, Crispy.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls 2 on: November 05, 2014, 11:04:53 PM
I think the main game on NG is pretty easy (with a few exceptionally hard bosses).  NG+ is a whole different beast, however, and the DLC is murderously hard to the point of insanity.  Then again, DSII is pretty easy if you've had a lot of time with the mechanics and know what's expected of you.  Figure it would be the same way for someone going from II to I.  The more experience you have with the games the better you should be at them. 
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