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5506  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dragon Quest IX battle system revealed on: May 01, 2007, 11:20:47 PM

I'm glad it's turn based also.  Various recent RPGs I've played that eschewed turn-based systems for more real-timey action oriented systems have been clunky and not fun for me to play.  For example, I'm not at all fond of battling in FF12 or Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs The Soulless Army.  I'd have enjoyed those games more if they were turn based (in DS:RK, it'd have made demon captures easier and less twiddly.)  

I'm glad that Dragon Quest is remaining a last bastion for good ol' fashioned turn-based RPG gaming.  I prefer turn-based battling to realtime battling since my reflexes ain't what they used to be.    

As for customizing the main character, I like that.  This way the character seems more immersive/me.  So long as the supporting cast have good dialogue and everything, I'm not worried.  I've played many awesome RPGs with "mute" protagonists and if I can make the protagonist's appearance in my own particular idiom, great.
5507  The Rest / General Discussions / Top 14 Guilty Pleasures for Gaming on: May 01, 2007, 02:19:17 PM
Oh, I just remembered another one of my guilty pleasures regarding gaming.  Bad gaming.  I seem to have a guilty pleasure about playing genuinely bad RPGs or adventures.  I look at 2006.  I played and reviewed a whole bunch of games that year, but a healthy portion of them were bad.  The really good ones I played were games released prior to 2006.  But in any case, I had a guilty pleasure out of playing such bad RPGs as MS Saga and Children of Mana.  Maybe I was masochistic or maybe I just was in a "love to hate" mode but there was something fun about playing a really bad game to completion and then trashing it in a review.  (I'm a very lenient grader as you know, so if anything gets below an 80% you know it's garbage.)
5508  The Rest / General Discussions / Top 14 Guilty Pleasures for Gaming on: April 30, 2007, 09:44:39 PM
The list is more a way for gamers to say stuff like "yeah, well at least I'm not as pathetic as that fucking dating sim fanboy!  I'm not a chump.  I play GTA, Halo, and Gears of War."

In any case, bad as that list may be, it could still work as a springboard to talk about why certain genres of game are/aren't guilty pleasures for us.  

I certainly have guilty pleasures in terms of music, literature, visual media, etc.  Even food.  Yeah, I totally have guilty pleasure food.  I enjoy these things and will continue to enjoy them but I may not profess my enjoyment of certain things to certain people.  

For many people, gaming in and of itself could be a guilty pleasure.  Many people still see gaming is something childish and immature.  I'm sure folks among us have dated girls (or guys) who were kinda digging you, thinking you're cool and mature... but the second you mentioned video games they immediately thought you were childish, immature, and not worthy of dating.

I think a genuine pleasure becomes a guilty pleasure depending on the company around you.  Certain people can and will try to make you feel guilty for enjoying something you genuinely do.  In addition, there are individual differences.  Some people may have more qualms than others about professing their enjoyments of certain things in certain company and/or may get more defensive when people cut down the things they find joy in.
5509  Media / Single-Player RPGs / what kinds of character design appeal to you? on: April 30, 2007, 01:41:11 PM
My favorite type of character art is the hyper colorful (especially in the area of brightly colored hair), hyper-cutesy, big-eyed, anime loli girls who look like 8 year olds with basketball breasts that make fanboys go "waaaaaaai" and "OH MY FUCKING GOD!!!!!" at the same time.  That's what character art is all about...... booyaka ooga ooga wakka chikka wow wow chikka chikka wow wow ohhhhhhh yeeeeaaaaaaaaahhhh!

Just kidding.  The above is almost everything I dislike.  H games are usually the worst offenders here (surprise surprise.)  

Among Japanese character artists/designers I also like the work of Ayami Kojima and Kazuma Kaneko.  Both do character designs that are highly stylized.  Their character art is aesthetically pleasing to me.  

I dig the character designs in the H game Crescendo.  To me, the character designs in this game beautifully capture subtle essences of both Ayami Kojima and Kazuma Kaneko.  I'm a bit ambivalent on their eyes, though.  I'm not sure if the saucer-eyed look works for these characters.

I feel as if character designs like the aforementioned are timeless.  I can dig originality in character designs (i.e. those in Touch Detective) but when the novelty value wears off...
5510  The Rest / General Discussions / GamePro: The 52 Most Important Video Games of All Time on: April 30, 2007, 10:52:51 AM
Man, what's with gaming sites and their fetishes for lists lately?  

I still think Mark (Hidoshi) had the best idea for a list of top 25 games you wouldn't play unless you had a viking helmet on your butt.
5511  The Rest / General Discussions / Top 14 Guilty Pleasures for Gaming on: April 29, 2007, 01:42:52 PM
Quote from: "Hidoshi"
Top 25 games you'd never play unless you were wearing a viking helmet on your ass!"

Now that's a top list I'd actually WANT to see.  :P  Lost Vikings and Norse by Norsewest better be on that list.  Those games are fun, but they'd be hella more fun if I wore a viking helmet on my ass while playing them.
5512  The Rest / General Discussions / Top 14 Guilty Pleasures for Gaming on: April 29, 2007, 08:14:31 AM
I felt like the writer was really grasping for straws on a lot of things.  However, I agree with Hentai games being on the guilt list.  Seriously, even merely reading about some of the H games out there SHOULD make you feel icky enough that you want to immediately take a shower, brush your teeth, and gargle with an extra helping of Listerine.  

I'd probably put dating sims/love adventures in the guilty pleasure category too.  I don't feel guilty about it here in this gaming community as those and non-romantic visual novels are my niche on the site, but when the guys in the locker room are talking about Halo or Gears of War, I'm likely NOT going to mention my fascination with Memories Off.  

One interesting thing is that the guilt we feel regarding our guilty pleasures is fleeting.  I'll feel a shred of guilt for about 15 seconds when I think about how much I enjoy love adventures, but then I just shrug and play them.
5513  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Best RPGs based on story alone? on: April 28, 2007, 01:55:24 PM
That's one thing I loved about Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army; the writing and dialogue fit the period (1920s- 1930s.)  Granted, the game took place in Japan, but for the English dialogue using terms like "dame" or "bird" to refer to a female made it feel like period dialogue.  Sure some of the demons used modern/contemporary dialogue, but that didn't bother me.  

It had an immersive setting... too bad the battle system was clunky.  

FF8 had an interesting setting.  I quite liked the game's world.  Too bad most of the events surrounding the dramatis personae were either silly, boring, or had more holes than Swiss cheese.
5514  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Revenant Wings... Fuck. on: April 27, 2007, 10:45:20 PM
I'm not at all surprised that Revenant Wings is shaping up to be a completely different animal from FFXII proper considering the team behind it.

If you'll notice in my preview of the game earlier this year (I did that preview back in February), the director of Revenant Wings is Motomu Toriyama who was the director for X and X-2.  Therefore, I would think any X-2 comparisons are semi-valid since that's some of Toriyama's prior work.  


I actually was looking forward to the game when I was doing that preview... but not so much any more because though I love FFXII's characters (Balthier and Basch are awesome), I don't find the game fun to play at all; to be honest, I find it an absolute chore to play.  And if Revenant Wings harkens back to FFXII's battle engine, I'll have to pass.
5515  The Rest / General Discussions / Happy tenth birthday, Duke Nukem Forever! on: April 27, 2007, 10:29:14 PM
"It's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum... and I'm all out of gum."
5516  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: April 27, 2007, 10:25:47 PM
My song of the moment is "Sabotage" by Beastie Boys.  I don't know why I've been thinking about that song, but I have been.  And why not?  The song is fucking awesome and the video is easily my favorite music video of all time.  

I wish I could be as cool as Cochese.  

5517  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: April 27, 2007, 10:05:31 AM
I got the Yue Imasaka ending in Memories Off: Complete.    

I still want to do every girl's branch and unlock Memories Off: Pure because an entire game is a kickass easter egg.  

Memories Off... not my favorite love adventure, but I can easily see why it's a heralded classic.
5518  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / This Anime Season quicky reviews on: April 27, 2007, 09:55:34 AM
So I guess Lucky Star doesn't live up to the sheer awesomeness of its opening?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjEFUY7unks

That's pretty much what I've read on the intarwebnet a lot.

EDIT: And I too am interested in El Cazador De La Bruja since I loved Noir and want to check out more by those creators.  Girls with Guns trilogy FTW!
5519  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Monolith-Soft purchased by Nintendo on: April 27, 2007, 09:49:01 AM

I don't think we need two topics about the same thing, so go to the one linked above since it was posted first.  

I'd keep it in General since Monolith Soft did have some non-RPG plans.
5520  The Rest / General Discussions / OMG KEN KUTARAGI RETIRED on: April 27, 2007, 09:46:35 AM
omglol nitendo roooooooolzzzzzz sony drooooooooooolzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!

No big deal.  As someone said, Kutaragi had been on his way out for a while now and that Kaz Hirai was primed to take over his position.  Just a "management reshuffle" as far as I can see.
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