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5536  Media / Single-Player RPGs / another Atlus surprise? on: May 31, 2008, 11:37:16 AM
Oooh pretty.  My first instinct says love adventure given the lavender florals, but then I think "nah."  June 3 is when they say Summon Night: Twin Age will be released, but that can't be it, can it?

Who knows?  It could be anything.
5537  The Rest / General Discussions / I realize Asian women are tiny, but come on. on: May 31, 2008, 08:30:04 AM
Yahoo news just posted this today as one of their top stories.  

And remember Bloodstar, truth is often stranger than fiction.
5538  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: May 31, 2008, 07:59:54 AM
A lot of voice actors aren't what you'd expect.  Just because a character is a teenage girl doesn't necessarily mean a teenage girl voiced them.  Just because a character is a tall slim Sephirothian badass, the actor could be a balding dude with a paunch who has a really badass voice.  

Think about this.  Fred from Scooby Doo is perpetually a late teen, a meddling kid.  Frank Welker has been voicing him since Scooby Doo started in the late 1960s.  

And The Simpsons brought to light the fact that many young cartoon boys are voiced by women.  Whether it's Bart Simpson being voiced by Nancy Cartwright or Ash Ketchum of Pokemon being voiced by Veronica Taylor and more recently Sara Natochenny, it's pretty common practice.  

I'm into doing voice impersonations (my Spongebob and Fran Drescher impersonations tend to be the most requested, but I can imitate about 60 different characters), and no one would expect the voice of Fran Drescher to come out of a goofy looking Indian dude.
5539  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment: 15th Anniversary Edition on: May 30, 2008, 09:25:50 PM
"Change" by Magic Pie.  20 minutes of awesome.  Magic Pie's a prog rock band from Norway whose sound has a classic '70s prog vibe with modern prog touches.  Definitely worth a listen for you prog fans.  

5540  Media / Single-Player RPGs / i'm usually not one to complain about rpg stories but.... on: May 30, 2008, 06:12:35 PM
And with The World Ends With You
you defeat the final boss (the dragon form of a megalomaniac bent on taking over Shibuya then gradually the world) but that's just the last step for Neku's main objective, which is to get the fuck out of this stupid Reapers Game with his sanity and friends intact.  No noble quest to save the universe.  He just wants to leave and go home.  But he eventually does save the world before the villain can even destroy his home town, which is what usually occurs at the beginning of your average JRPG.  Neku's efficient:P
5541  The Rest / General Discussions / I realize Asian women are tiny, but come on. on: May 30, 2008, 06:06:15 PM
Am I the only one thinking of a particular R.Kelly video right now?
5542  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 30, 2008, 03:49:47 PM
The other day I saw something on the History Channel about actual archaeological connections and research to the Indiana Jones movies.  One thing that stood out to me was when one scholar said that archaeologists laughed during the opening sequence of Crystal Skull because there really ARE warehouses like that (often attached to research universities) where all manner of historical treasures exist and few people really know they're actually there.  To archeologists, the warehouse bit was funny because it was true.  Go figure, huh?  

Every time an Indy movie comes out, people get excited about archeology again.
5543  Media / Single-Player RPGs / i'm usually not one to complain about rpg stories but.... on: May 30, 2008, 09:49:41 AM
Quote from: "dalucifer0"
I just think some people have too high of expectations for a story in a game. Not every single story has to be an epic masterpiece of something...

But it also can't be a poorly written throwaway plot either.  Still I agree that a story doesn't need to have epic bombast to be good.  

For me, it's the aspects of RPG stories that aren't about the whole bombastic "beat the big evil tyrant and save the world" that are more compelling to me.  With Grandia 3, Yuki's journey to become a great pilot like Sky Captain Schmidt and have a plane to call his very own was more compelling and interesting to me than anything else particularly the whole "epic bombast save the world."  

I don't know... I just feel that what could have been a simple, heartfelt story about a young man pursuing his hopes and dreams just became bogged down with all these ancillary JRPG trappings like "mysterious girl with troubled past linked to megalomaniacal tyrant who wants to rule/destroy the world for his own selfish desires."  The story didn't need all that hoosefudge.  

Does an RPG story have to be epic to be good?  I certainly don't think so.
5544  Media / Single-Player RPGs / i'm usually not one to complain about rpg stories but.... on: May 30, 2008, 09:23:03 AM
Quote from: "calintz"

i guess i still remain a fan of this genre, regardless of my current state of cynicism, because of nostalgia...

Either that or we're fans because we see so much potential in the genre and are just waiting to see that potential fully realized.  The old saying goes that with potential there's possibilities.  And it's those possibilities that keep us coming back to JRPGs.
5545  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: May 30, 2008, 08:05:12 AM
I believe Michelle Ruff voice Yukari.
5546  Media / Single-Player RPGs / i'm usually not one to complain about rpg stories but.... on: May 30, 2008, 08:03:29 AM
Since people are mentioning other RPGs, I'll throw Legend of Dragoon in there.  Like Grandia 3, there was a glimmer of potential in the plot, but that potential was eschewed, even abandoned, in favor of stale, cookie-cutter, by-the-numbers JRPG storytelling.  

The whole thing with Sky Captain Schmidt and Yuki's aspirations of becoming a great pilot had that sense of high adventure of Justin's quest in the first Grandia.  Unfortunately, that was abandoned in favor of that whole Alfina "mysterious girl who I couldn't give a damn about" mess.  I wanted more about Sky Captain Schmidt and Yuki's hopes and dreams.  I wanted Yuki's story, not Al-fucking-fina's.  

With Legend of Dragoon, disc 3's plot point about
Rose and the Dragon Campaign of 11,000 years ago
was so much more interesting than the cookie cutter story we played as Dart.  Why couldn't the game have been about the former?  Why did the game wait for so long to actually give us something interesting?

Is it me or are we seeing that a lot where a JRPG has moments of great potential in the plot, only to leave them by the wayside in favor of been-there-done-that storytelling?
5547  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: May 29, 2008, 10:36:29 PM
I didn't trust Mitsuru with any tactic other than "All Out" otherwise she'd spam useless tentarafoo.  For being the little kid, Ken was actually pretty good in battle.  I didn't have to babysit him.
5548  Media / Single-Player RPGs / i'm usually not one to complain about rpg stories but.... on: May 29, 2008, 10:30:35 PM
As lame as Grandia 3's plot was, I guess we all conveniently forgot Grandia Xtreme.  All it was was a dungeon crawl with no plot and a dude who wore a belt as a headband.  That was easily the worst game in the Grandia series.
5549  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Beyond Good & Evil gets a sequel on: May 29, 2008, 10:22:24 PM
I didn't think this was happening.  I too quite enjoyed BG&E.  I like the upgraded visual style.  It's not like the original was super cartoony or anything.  To me, this is a natural evolution.  Pey'J looks like Pey'J, though his voice is different.  

BG&E had a variety of gameplay elements all done well, so I expect that it won't be like Dreamfall where newly introduced gameplay elements were ridiculously clunky.  DF had a story worthy of The Longest Journey, though.  

And regarding overratedness, overrated doesn't necessarily mean it's bad.  I think Halo's as overrated as it comes, but it's still a pretty good fun game.
5550  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The World Ends with You on: May 29, 2008, 07:21:09 AM
Yahtzee's review was amusing, but I'm surprised he didn't rag on the game's music.  I'd have thought he'd have a field day doing that.
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