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5596  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: July 03, 2008, 04:38:58 PM
I think a lot of folks are surprised (either pleasantly or unpleasantly) with how well the 360 is doing in multiple markets.  Not just gamers, but corporate/business types as well in the gaming industry.  

I mean, it was semi-headline news last week that Sony's posting a 3.3 billion dollar loss on the PS3 (and I'm sure they've bled more money since then), since they're selling it below manufacturing cost, it hasn't been selling as well as they'd like, and it's going to take something fierce for them to recoup that cost.
5597  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 4 on: July 03, 2008, 04:22:12 PM
When it comes to Persona, Magami Ibunroku Persona (aka Revelations: Persona), Persona 2: Innocent Sin, and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment are all directly connected.  

Persona 3 is its own entity, though there are references to other MegaTen games such as the MMORPG being called Innocent Sin and that one soda being called Cielo Mist.

If you want to get crazy, then Tamaki (one of the mains in Shin Megami Tensei If...) makes cameos in MIP, P2:IS, and P2:EP and some students from that high school hang out in Sumaru City (they wear the uniforms that aren't Seventh or Kasu uniforms.)
5598  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: July 02, 2008, 09:41:36 PM
Hey Darky-poo, how's Bloodlines running for you?  Fairly stable?  Last I heard the game was really buggy and since Troika's gone bye-bye, patches are scarce.  I wonder if any fans made patches.  I know Anachronox was buggy as hell and even crashed some with both official patches, but with a pair of fanmade patches combined to the official ones, the game's quite stable.  

I'm still playing Anachronox.  And for kicks, occasionally playing some Wild Arms on PSP and some Star Ocean 3.  Replaying SO3, I realize that I forgot how exciting the first few hours are in the game especially since the latter portions of the game (esp. the infamous plot twist) didn't leave a good impression.
5599  The Rest / General Discussions / Nerd girls are sexy now, it seems. on: July 02, 2008, 08:49:49 PM
I don't know... if the picture thread is any indication, we @ RPGFan make geeknerdiness look fierce.  

5600  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: July 02, 2008, 08:43:22 PM
I'm digging that bio-organic/bio-mechanical thing going in that one screenshot.  I hope we get to spend a decent chunk of time there.  I remember the teaser screens of Hyda IV in SO3 and not spending much time there in the actual game.  SO3 was still a fun game, though MP death was a pain in the neck and like many tri-Ace games, the story went to pieces halfway through.
5601  The Rest / General Discussions / George Carlin RIP on: July 02, 2008, 02:31:57 PM
Love him or hate him, George Carlin was a cultural icon.  We don't always get to choose our cultural icons.  I never thought Nirvana was all that great a band, but they were a cultural icon in the 1990s whether I like it or not.  History is what it is.  Of course, personally, I loved George Carlin.  He was my favorite stand up comedian, my other two favorites being Bill Cosby and Bob Newhart.  

Heh, during a conversation the other day, my mom started quoting part of his "fuck the children" schtick.  That was awesome, especially considering I have a cousin who actually works for Save the Children.
5602  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "Countdown Site" = Chrono Trigger DS? remake, new on: July 02, 2008, 01:28:40 PM
As long as there's no pointless stylus gimmickry simply for the sake of stylus gimmickry in this version, fine.  Hell, best if there's zero stylus gimmickry period.  Although, having gameplay on the top screen and the menu on the bottom screen where I can navigate it with a stylus is not a bad idea.  

Will I buy it?  No, I already have a SNES and a CT cart with a save with all characters but Magus at level 99.  I bought that cart on Ebay for $50 the day before 9/11 so it has some sentimental value to me.  But as a viable option for people who missed out on it?  Fine.  However, personally, I'm more interested in original content and remakes/ports of games we have not yet gotten outside of Japan, such as Star Ocean 1 or some of the SNES-era Dragon Quest titles.  I'm willing to just let remakes and ports be what they are.  It's good business sense to release them since I'm sure Chrono Trigger DS will make SE a bigger chunk of change than The World Ends With You did.  Though if I'm not mistaken, TWEWY didn't do so badly in the US, probably due to positive critical response.  Hell, I f'n loved the game.

Oh, and why is nobody singing "The Final Countdown" by Europe.
5603  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment: 15th Anniversary Edition on: July 01, 2008, 09:33:19 PM
My song of the moment is "Linus and Lucy" that very familiar theme from Charlie Brown/Peanuts.  My cousin tried to teach me some of the Stu Hamm tapped version, but I could barely get past a few bars.  I'll just learn the bassline and let other people do the melodies.  Though that fast "Brazil" section isn't easy.
5604  The Rest / General Discussions / Jews hate iPods. on: July 01, 2008, 09:26:19 PM
Anything can be evil if you tweak the context of it.  If you spin the rhetoric right, a single blade of grass can be evil.
5605  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Upcoming DS RPGs: Witch's Tale & Black Sigil on: July 01, 2008, 07:47:40 AM
I was looking for more information about Black Sigil, and it seems RPGamer did an interview with a couple of the folks at Studio Archcraft.  


(Yes, I know RPGamer is a rival site that many people here make fun of, but they have something on the game that no other place on the web does, so...)
5606  Media / General Games / Dissidia: Final Fantasy - fighting game? on: June 30, 2008, 11:33:24 AM
Eh, the preview still makes it sound like Power Stone, and I never really liked Power Stone.
5607  Media / General Games / Dissidia: Final Fantasy - fighting game? on: June 29, 2008, 09:27:44 PM
Not interested.  Looks like it works in the vein of Power Stone, which I didn't like at all.  I prefer more in-your-face combat fighting games over projectile based ones.  Plus, when has Square-Enix ever put out a good fighting game?  Even their best ones can't compare to stuff like Virtua Fighter, Tekken, or Street Fighter.
5608  The Rest / General Discussions / Survey finds that Canadian men game naked, in the bathroom on: June 29, 2008, 01:06:20 PM
Eh, some people like to read magazines while sitting on the throne, others like to play DS.
5609  The Rest / General Discussions / Man, dildo technology has come a long way. (NSFW) on: June 29, 2008, 01:02:02 PM
Wasn't the band Steely Dan named after a steam-powered dildo from the book Naked Lunch?
5610  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Wall-E ...and Pixar; shifting their demographic? on: June 29, 2008, 12:54:32 PM
And let's not forget, Pixar was responsible for the PG rated "The Incredibles" which dealt with adult themes like midlife crises and identity.  And Cars had themes such as nostalgia and remembering who you are/were, which are definitely more adult themes since a child's not old enough to have the sense of nostalgia that adults have, since there isn't much life to reflect back on.  And the whole theme of toys as playthings versus collectibles was brilliant in Toy Story 2.  I mean, children buy toys to play with them, but adults buy them as investments.  Crazy, ain't it?  

I still have to see Wall-E.  I love Pixar.  Every film they've done has been awesome.  My personal favorite Pixar film is easily Monsters Inc. because the concept was so imaginative and the artists could go nuts with the character designs.

Pixar proves that you don't need to dumb down storylines to appeal to kids, nor do you need to have an ultra-serious vibe like Citizen Kane to appeal to adult sensibilities.  Pixar proves that a movie can be both smart and fun.
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