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826  Media / General Games / Re: No one hitting AssCreed: B? on: November 20, 2010, 08:54:39 PM
Noooo... don't believe him! ACII is dull!
827  Media / General Games / Re: No one hitting AssCreed: B? on: November 20, 2010, 01:26:27 AM
I hated the first one. It was SO BORING.

After the second one came out, I didn't buy it. Everyone was raving about it and the reviews were good, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to try a second round.

Finally did buy the second one the other day and.... it is SO BORING.

So, no, I won't be buying Brotherhood. :P
828  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sex and Violence in Gaming on: November 19, 2010, 04:53:49 PM
You're definitely right Dice.

Japanese female characters are stupidly vulnerable and innocent. Western female characters are stupidly macho and often annoying.

As an example for Western characters, I was thinking about this a bit when I was playing Uncharted 2 the other day. Elena, IMO, is an awesome female character. She's strong, she's dependable, she's interesting, she's funny, but she still comes across as being a realistic woman rather than a macho character or a helpless girl. It's the combination of: "Uh, I dunno if this is such a good idea" side and the "Nate, stop being an idiot and follow me" side.

On the other hand, Chloe (again IMO), is a terrible character. She fits the macho stereotype and the, "Oh, well, I might want to be friends with you but due to my dark and troubled past I'm going to keep betraying you. But I'm sexy so you're going to forgive me anyway." In response to Yoda, I believe Morigan fits this stereotype too--though I didn't actually finish Dragon Age so I might be off.

Then we hit the impenetrable wall that is the typical Japanese female character. It seems unless your company has the name Atlus or Square Enix, your characters are doomed to fit appalling stereotypes that most members of this site would laugh at. It doesn't mean we don't like the characters, but it does get tiring to see the same stereotype over and over again. I could go on and on at this point, but I doubt I'd be saying anything we don't already know or hasn't been discussed on other topics.
829  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Save Data Self-Erasing on: November 05, 2010, 07:39:19 PM
Found a slightly better price on eBay for a brand new one. Think I might go with that.

Thanks guys.
830  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's The Most Embarrassing Game You Have Bought? on: November 05, 2010, 06:08:03 PM
The funny thing is, when I used to pre-order, they ALWAYS called me right away. But I haven't pre-ordered anything in a while. Ghost of Sparta is the first one I've done since..I don't know, maybe a Fire Emblem title. But I wanted the soundtrack even if it's digital.  I'm gonna go now after I drop off my super-late report because it's got to be there by now.

I know we've got it in stock. If Australia has it you guys MUST. Ha ha.
831  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Save Data Self-Erasing on: November 05, 2010, 05:55:49 PM
Maybe the flash memory just went bad especially fast on the cart? I haven't heard of this happening before, so I'm guessing the cart's somehow damaged. PSP version doesn't go for much, so I guess you'll need to hunt that down if you have the system.

Yeah, I was considering that. Amazon is the only place I can find it so far and they have it for $30.
832  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's The Most Embarrassing Game You Have Bought? on: November 05, 2010, 05:52:57 PM
I worked for EB/GS for four years - the work is awful, the pay is crappy.  I wish I could show you guys the kinds of applications that we would get in.  Be lucky if you have a GS person who knows what they're doing - but beware, they're probably in college and are out as soon as they graduate.

You're spot on. I work at an EB. I actually get pretty decent pay, but the work is crappy. They expect a lot more than what they pay you for too. And yeah, most employees have no idea what they're doing.

Yeah I've noticed a lot more girls working there than in the past. But like my last post - they're kind of hit and miss in knowledge.

EB where I am now isn't bad - BUT I'm still waiting for them to call me and tell me Ghost of Sparta is in. :P

Never wait for them to call. Depending on how organised they are, you may never get a call. :P And, as much as I hate to say it, all the EB girls I have worked with (excluding my current manager) have no idea about games.
833  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's The Most Embarrassing Game You Have Bought? on: November 05, 2010, 10:10:41 AM
I worked game retail for several years, so I was always able to escape getting weird looks.  Not embarrassing, but my favorite look that I ever got was for buying Katamari Damacy.  The dude looked at the box, with the ball and the rainbow, looked at me, and asked what the hell this game was.  I explained it, and I still think he didn't get it.

I don't think Katamari-awesomeness can be explained in words! :)
834  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Save Data Self-Erasing on: November 05, 2010, 08:53:18 AM
It's not a bootleg. The logo, copyright, model number etc. are all there. Bought it new from an EB Games at the time.

Edit: Also, the first time I played it a few years back I had no issues with the save data at all.
835  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Save Data Self-Erasing on: November 05, 2010, 06:56:27 AM
So I pulled my copy of Riviera on GBA out of the depths of my bookshelf today. I turned it on to find all my save data was gone. I assumed I'd just deleted it at some point and forgot.

Anyway, I played about an hour, saved and then quit. Turned it back on to find all the data is gone again. Other than that, the game works perfectly. It's just been sitting on my bookshelf for a couple of years; hasn't been dropped or gone through the wash or anything.

Anyone know why this would be happening?
836  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys: The Oath in Felghana on: November 05, 2010, 05:20:07 AM
I've never played a Ys game, but I'm deciding whether to get this one or Seven. What would you guys suggest for a newbie?
837  The Rest / General Discussions / What's The Most Embarrassing Game You Have Bought? on: November 05, 2010, 03:40:22 AM
I work in a gaming retail store and I love watching customers who seem nervous or anxious about buying some kiddie or 'embarrassing' games. Of course there are still the people who chuck Playboy: The Mansion and BMXXX on the counter without a care in the world. Ha ha.

What are some games you have been too embarrassed to buy, or games you have bought that you think are embarrassing?

For me, I can think of a few that I've bought (though I don't get embarrassed really): Kira Kira Pop Princess--which is actually awesome (but the guy who sold it to me gave me a look of "WTF?"), Dead or Alive Xtreme 2--I, uh, bought it for the, uh, volleyball.... *cough*

Ironically, I once bought a couple of eroges from an anime convention (though I usually get em online) and I held them proudly as I took a train and a bus home in peak hour traffic. Got a few stares, but totally didn't bother me...
838  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Recommendations for Unusual and/or Unique Games on: October 31, 2010, 09:32:23 PM
Doesn't surprise me. I like some girly stuff anyway. :P

But regardless of gender, The Longest Journey was awesome.
839  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Chrono Break ~Another Home~ [クロノ♥ブレイク] on: October 31, 2010, 05:37:36 PM
I lol'd.

That's quite funny, Dice. And the art is great!

You forgot to add the girls three sizes though.... lol.
840  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Recommendations for Unusual and/or Unique Games on: October 31, 2010, 05:36:11 PM
While I haven't played it yet, Amnesia: The Dark Descent looks rather spooky and unique. And it's on sale on Steam for Halloween! :D

I'd seen that one too. Looks very interesting. Thanks for reminding me!

I'll throw in Dreamfall and The Longest Journey. You'll probably enjoy these if you like good characters/story/world

Played both of them. Two of my favourite games of all time.
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