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5611  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Gamasutra - A Japanese RPG Primer: The Essential 20 on: March 24, 2008, 09:39:26 PM
But if I were to inform someone new to Japanese RPGs, I would want to give them a cross section of what's there.  To exclude strategy or action RPGs is not thoroughly informing a newb of the variety that's out there.  

The guy wrote a primer.  I think it's a lousy primer due to limiting criteria.  All of us would write different primers since we all have different opinions on what is "essential."  And therein lies the discussion within this thread.  What is "essential?"  I happen to think the writer limited his scope.  I feel that to introduce someone to Japanese RPGs, I should give them a wider picture than just "traditional turn-based."
5612  The Rest / General Discussions / LeBron James is an apish, backwards, subhuman negro. on: March 24, 2008, 09:03:21 PM
But Vogue is a fashion magazine and don't all fashion magazines do stuff that's totally "WTF?"  I mean, look what fashion models have to wear on Paris runways.  

'Sides, if anything LeBron and Giselle are the victims of a bad photographer more than cultural stereotypes.  Both LeBron and Giselle look stiff & awkward with really forced poses and expressions, as if neither of them wanted to do that pose but the photographer made them.
5613  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Gamasutra - A Japanese RPG Primer: The Essential 20 on: March 24, 2008, 08:57:34 PM
Eusis, we can agree to disagree, but I think an "essential JRPG list" that excludes action RPGs and strategy RPGs IS limiting.  It's a disservice to any reader looking for the "essentials" because it does not include all "essentials."  Come on, an "essential JRPG" list that excludes Tactics Ogre or Shining Force?  I cannot take that seriously.  

If you wanted to do an essential American RPGs list, would you exclude Anachronox for its turn-based battling when quintessential American RPGs like Baldur's Gate have realtime battling?  

If I were to do an essential graphic adventure list and only include western style puzzle manipulating games like Grim Fandango and The Longest Journey but exclude Japanese "Choose Your Own Adventure" visual novels like Ever 17 or Hourglass of Summer, I'd be doing a disservice to readers by not sharing with them top notch genre experiences.  

Again, the writer is free to do whatever he wants with his list, but I'm equally free to bitch about it.  My essentials list would look different from yours which would look different from Ashton's, etc.  Maybe I'm just taking issues with semantics.
5614  The Rest / General Discussions / So THAT'S why no JRPG character wears visible armor. on: March 24, 2008, 08:33:05 PM
Oh that's right.  I kinda slurred over the line that said it doesn't protect against stabbing.  

EDIT:  Still, it's cool technology.
5615  The Rest / General Discussions / So THAT'S why no JRPG character wears visible armor. on: March 24, 2008, 08:14:29 PM
If they made a knifeproof dress shirt, I'd want one.  If you're a teacher or guidance counselor at an inner-city school where teachers have been attacked at knifepoint in the past, a knife-proof dress shirt would be nice to have.  Even on a teacher's salary, $600 may be worth it for a saved life.
5616  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 4 info! on: March 24, 2008, 02:10:15 PM
With the Persona games, Revelations: Persona, Persona 2: Innocent Sin, and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment are their own story arc.  EP is the ending to that saga, even if it does leave some stuff hanging.  

Persona 3 is a fresh start for the series.  No recurring characters or anything like that.  There are some references and nods to other MegaTen games, but no direct links.

It's kinda like how Dragon Quest 1-3 was the Erdrick saga and DQ4 started a whole new saga.
5617  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Gamasutra - A Japanese RPG Primer: The Essential 20 on: March 23, 2008, 12:45:00 PM
Quote from: "ValendianKnight"
While I agree with a lot of it, it sure seems to be missing a lot. Where's my Vagrant Story?!

And that's the thing.  The guy who wrote the list excluded action and strategy RPGs, which is why games like Vagrant Story, Tactics Ogre, Shining Force, and Ys are absent.  

It is his list and he can use whatever criteria he wants to make it, but I personally found his criteria too limiting.  Of course, as I've said millions of times before, if each of us made an essential 20 list, all our lists would look pretty different.
5618  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: March 23, 2008, 12:38:05 PM
Sometimes you find impressive things in the most unexpected of places.  I was listening to MusicChoice Metal and ended up hearing a live cut of Slipknot's "Wait and Bleed" from the Spit it Out single.  Under normal circumstances I'd have turned it off since I think Slipknot is a garbage band, but then I heard something I typically don't hear in Slipknot:  Paul Gray's bass.  And it wasn't just some dinky little bassline.  It was a complex syncopated bassline way up in the mix.  I was like "wow!  That guy can actually play.  Why haven't I heard more of this from him?"  Then I think "oh yeah, 'cuz he's in fucking Slipknot and has 8 layers of garbage drowning him out."
5619  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenogears - Games of this scale, advice required on: March 22, 2008, 07:17:27 PM
*shameless plug* I know I'm in the US and thus my games are NTSC (save for imports), but if you are interested in Xenogears and the Xenosaga games I'm selling them in the Bazaar thread.  (Selling Persona 3 as well.)  

As for the epicness of scope, I think Xenogears is one of the deeper and more epic JRPGs out there, but it's not quite at the literary level of something like War and Peace or Mahabharata.  For a video game story, it's fan-freaking-tastic, even with the flaws.  There are games that IMO have better stories (i.e. Planescape Torment), but XG has a good one.
5620  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: March 21, 2008, 10:32:30 PM
I caught Blood Diamond on TV.  What a fan-freaking-tastic and powerful movie.  Leo has got to be one of the best actors in Hollywood right now.  Djimon Hunsou's performance was bone chilling.  And the movie itself is eye-opening.  Really makes you think about the human toll paid for the things we value and perhaps take for granted in the western world, be it blood diamonds, the organ trafficking trade in China & India, etc.
5621  The Rest / General Discussions / So I went into work today.. on: March 21, 2008, 08:51:42 PM
Who doesn't have bad work stories?  I work in education so I see the brokenness and incompetency of the state and federal school system all the time.  It is a sad state of affairs when the people making vital decisions for our kids are the people who have the absolute least knowledge of and interaction with them.  

I still love what I do, though.  (I'm currently a school counseling intern.  When I graduate, I will be a full fledged school counselor aka guidance counselor.)  

One of my friends worked as a security guard to pay his way through college and he had some whopper stories about how stupid people can be.  Trust me, you would think I was making them up.  

Ickiest work story was when I was working at this truck parts warehouse and both bathrooms had toilets get backed up on the same day.  I hated that job, but it was easy summer money when I was home from college.  

Another interesting one was when I was working at a Y.  I was taking a post workout shower to get ready for my shift at work in the childcare center and there was a blackout, while I was in the middle of my shower.  How I managed to find my locker, throw my clothes on, and get out to the playground to make sure the kids were alright... I don't know.  I liked that early childhood education job, but it didn't pay squat.
5622  The Rest / General Discussions / I don't remember falling asleep last night! on: March 20, 2008, 10:53:39 PM
The only video game I can recall where I fell asleep while playing only to wake up hours later was FF6... and I only fell asleep in the first place because I found the game painfully boring.
5623  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Gamasutra - A Japanese RPG Primer: The Essential 20 on: March 20, 2008, 10:06:39 PM
I think if all of us were to put together a list of 20 essential JRPGs, we'd all have very different looking lists.  

I'd say screw that writer not including strategy RPGs or action RPGs.  A true essentials list would include representatives from various subgenres of JRPG.  The best of the best.   If you want a JRPG Essentials list, you'd have to be completely nuts not to include Tactics Ogre or Shining Force.  And I'd put Castlevania: Symphony of the Night in a JRPG essentials list as well.  Best action RPG ever made.  The controls are so fluid, so responsive, the gameplay is sheer perfection.  I'd also put Pokemon on a JRPG essentials list.  That game was a cultural phenomenon and the impetus for JRPGs that focus around collecting and trading stuff.
5624  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Chaos Wars for ... PS2? on: March 19, 2008, 08:24:48 PM
So it's kinda like Super Robot Taisen, then?  To me, that's the proverbial crossover SRPG series.  And if there was a market for that in the US (esp. considering some of the mechs from SRT are from obscure anime), why not there be one for Chaos Wars?

CDFN- yeah, it's the same genre as Soul Nomad.  So if you're digging Soul Nomad (I liked the game, to be sure) this is in that genre.  

I checked out the trailer.  Looks like a solid SRPG, but I was not feeling the music at all.
5625  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 4 info! on: March 19, 2008, 06:21:28 PM
VK- you *do* realize that the Velvet Room song is a Persona series staple.  From Megami Ibunroku Persona (Revelations: Persona) to Persona 3, every Persona game has that same Velvet Room theme.  Though, admittedly, the Persona 2 games occasionally had the Velvet Room play classical music like DeBussey's Clair de Lune or Erik Satie's Gymnopdie 2 as well as the standard Velvet Room theme.  

I probably don't even need to post in this thread, given that I've been a MegaTen fanboy for well over a decade.  There's no doubt that I want to see this game in English.  

And I figure if the mechanics of Persona aren't to your liking, there's stuff like Digital Devil Saga, Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army, or Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne that have different play mechanics but that slick macabre feel.  Heck, Megami Ibunroku Persona (Revelations: Persona) and the Persona 2 games (Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment) play very differently than Persona 3 does.  Megami Tensei's such a prolific series, there's something for everyone in it.  Best JRPG series ever, IMO.

I still miss being able to talk to demons, though.  I loved chit chatting with demons.
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