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5581  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 Release Date announced on: May 02, 2007, 09:59:26 PM
Do I really need to lock this thread?  

Knock it off, both of you (Ash and Lard).  Take the bickering to PM.  You're both acting like the petulant children and immature flametards that you both say you so despise.  And don't either of you whine "but he started it" because since both of you are finishing it (trying to get the last word), it doesn't matter who started it.  No one's innocent here.  

Bottom line: The US is getting Persona 3, we've been getting more MegaTen games lately than we ever have, we're not getting FES, whatever.  It is what is is.  You can scream, cry, throw temper tantrums, and take out your frustrations on internet message boards all you want, but it won't do a thing.  It will still be what it is.  

Atlus is a business and if it's prohibitively expensive for them to localize FES in that they may not break even on sales to recoup the cost of FES since MegaTen and most anything Atlus localizes is a niche title, so be it.  Atlus takes risks and they have to calculate those risks to make sure they gain or at least don't lose too much money on them.  

As a MegaTen fan, having been a MegaTen fan for a decade or so, I'm just so happy that we're getting a lot of MegaTen titles lately.  

'Sides, I'm sure some MegaTentist with the FES import and a shitload of free time will take the time out to give a script translation of it sometime on the intarwebnet.  Oracle of Maiya did the full script for Innocent Sin and I thank those ladies for it.
5582  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: May 02, 2007, 03:02:06 PM
I'm mostly playing Capcom Vs. SNK Card Battle for DS.  Yeah, it's supremely monotonous, horribly repetitive, and generally a fairly lame game... but for a game that I can just play in short bursts sporadically every once in a while, it fits the bill.  Guilty pleasure again.  I actually have fun with this game even though it contains most of the elements that would make me want to smash it with a mallet.

...and the SNK female characters are still way hotter than the Capcom female characters.  Hence why I'm on the SNK path.  SNK characters are just cooler.
5583  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.
5584  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.)
5585  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.
5586  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...
5587  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.
5588  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.
5589  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.
5590  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.
5591  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.
5592  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."
5593  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.  

5594  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.
5595  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!
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