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856  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: October 20, 2010, 05:23:06 AM
I can relate. I get that pretty often as well, though my understanding is that most Westerners find Asians to generally look a lot younger than they are.

Oh, that reminds me of a funny story.

I was checking ID one day at work for this Asian woman. I wasn't paying a lot of attention, but I glanced at her quickly and thought she looked under 20 so I asked for ID. She looked surprised, showed me the ID and she was 37...
857  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Suggestion ... or is it? on: October 19, 2010, 06:48:57 PM
Honestly, that is difficult though.

When I read reviews from others I tend to be the game in a significantly shorter time than it took them. But then if I get obsessed with something and go off doing every side quest, it's hard to estimate how long it would take to just beat the game. You can do it, but it won't be all that accurate.

That's why I, at least, tend to just mention it somewhere within the body of my review.
858  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: its my birthday and no one cares on: October 19, 2010, 09:10:24 AM
Mine is next week too! The 29th.

Wow, I had actually forgotten until right now. :P And I'll be turning 20! I'm so old! ;)
859  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: October 19, 2010, 09:08:14 AM
I took a walk to my local bookstore the other day and saw they had a HUGE section of re-released classics, and older fiction at very cheap prices. Having only read a couple that were in the display I bought myself:

--The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
--Treasure Island (by Robert Louis Stevenson)
--Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Caroll)

Also contemplating picking up The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A Clockwork Orange and Lolita. In fact, if anyone has read them I'd love to hear what you thought.

Only read Sherlock so far. And it was fantastic.
860  Media / General Games / Re: Professor Vs. Gyakuten Saiban (Layton Vs. Ace Attorney) announced for the 3DS on: October 19, 2010, 08:42:00 AM
"Objection!"

"Only after a spot of tea, my good fellow."
861  Media / General Games / Re: Remember 11 - Finally fan translated on: October 19, 2010, 08:21:46 AM
I'm about 98% sure none of them have any adult content. But I may be wrong.

The original Japanese PC version of ever 17 and the Japanese Premium PC version were.

Are you sure? Because all I'm seeing everywhere are 15+ ratings. In Japan it was only rated C. I'm also not seeing any information about a non-ero version or an edited version.

http://vndb.org/v17
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ever_17:_The_Out_of_Infinity
862  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: its my birthday and no one cares on: October 19, 2010, 04:01:42 AM
I care, Thoren! Happy Birthday!
863  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Japanese Idol Scandel - it all ends in tears on: October 19, 2010, 03:31:18 AM
Hathen basically said everything I was thinking. So I won't bother restating it. Though we obviously have different view points about virginity.

But Sankaku Complex should never been taken seriously as a news site. It likes to report the facts and twist them: much like a stereotypical tabloid.

The idol 'thing' boils down to the obsession the target audience (mostly lonely men) having with the idea of innocence. The eroge industry in Japan almost entirely focuses on it too. If you've ever played one, or probably ever seen a few images from one, it should be fairly obvious that 99% of the girls you can date and "fall in love" with are virgins, never had a boyfriend etc. etc. If they have been in a previous romantic relationship there is usually some tragic, soap-opera style explanation for why it came to an end so that you feel bad for the girl.

The men who focus on an idol or love playing these games become enraptured with this idea of what their perfect women is. Assuming you've looked at Sankaku Complex before I'm sure you've seen comments like, "3D disgusting pig" or the debate between whether 3D or 2D girls are better. So, if they really think they love one of these idols, then it's heartbreaking for them to hear things that go against what they possibly truly believed about them. One of the reasons why these Japanese men say they prefer 2D girls, because nothing like this would ever "betray them". On that note, have you ever heard of Love Plus for DS?

I don't know where the original obsession with innocence stems from (whether it is historical, religious or otherwise), but it is continually forced down the willing throats of the target audience of idols and eroges. The irony is that this innocence is not commonplace in Japan anyway. Without a religious backing for virginity like many western countries have (from Christianity, mainly) there are few in the main-stream that would consider it something to be kept for marriage or similar. Prostitution and 'escort' services (known as health delivery over there) are rife and often involve under-age girls.

As for the idol in the first article, I again agree with Hathen. She knew what she was getting into when she started so I don't really feel bad for her.
864  Media / General Games / Re: Remember 11 - Finally fan translated on: October 18, 2010, 11:00:41 PM
Yes, 12riven is part of the series. I'm about 98% sure none of them have any adult content. But I may be wrong.

There's four of them...

--Never 7
--Remember 11
--Ever 17
--12Riven
865  Media / General Games / Re: Remember 11 - Finally fan translated on: October 18, 2010, 10:33:36 PM
Is it an eroge?

I was under the impression none of the series has any adult content.
866  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan's influence on your gaming life on: October 17, 2010, 06:53:16 PM
I have had to review terrible games I would never normally have bought if I didn't work here. How's that for influence? :)
867  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: I'm sailing away on: October 17, 2010, 02:39:42 AM
I look to the sea, reflections in the waves spark my memory
Some happy, some sad
I think of childhood friends and the dreams we had
We live happily forever, so the story goes
But somehow we missed out on that pot of gold
But we'll try best that we can to carry on

Note: I had no idea what this was until I googled it :P
868  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: My kid wants to play Pokemon - Where does he start? on: October 16, 2010, 09:36:38 PM
Get him an original gameboy with Pokemon Blue.

Man, that was my first pokemon game! I loved blue to death, never did catch 'em all...

Blue was awesome. I actually DID catch them all. A dude in one of the cities gives you a certificate, if I remember correctly.

But I don't think a kid just starting out would like it much. We're all just nostalgic.
869  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: My kid wants to play Pokemon - Where does he start? on: October 16, 2010, 06:48:00 PM
One of the most important things, I'd suspect (for his age), is keeping current with it and where the other kids are at. So I'd third the votes for HeartGold or Soul Silver as they are the most recent games.

If he loves it, then I'd work backwards. So Platinum would be the next one to try and then maybe some of the GBA ones if he has a model of DS he can play them on.
870  Media / General Games / Re: Remember 11 - Finally fan translated on: October 16, 2010, 06:46:21 PM
I was under the assumption that fan translations were illegal because they're modifying the original game without permission from the author. But I'm hardly a legal expert. :) I may well be wrong.
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