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5956  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / "Moe" Maid News in Japan on: August 24, 2006, 02:34:46 PM
Is this for real?  I could only watch 2 minutes of that stuff.  I agree with Dice in that it's really bizarre how cartoony the news maid acts; like a human anime character.  She even talks like an anime character.  

You know, I used to think oddball Japanese stuff like this was cute and quirky in a good way and had that "Waaaai!" factor... nowadays, I just think it's fucking weird.  

How popular is stuff like this and those laughable exercise videos (where they try to teach English) in Japan?  Is this something mainstream or real niche?  Surely the average Japanese thinks it's strange or weird too, right?
5957  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Girls want games! on: August 22, 2006, 09:57:50 PM
Puzzle games.  How could I forget that?  Even the ladies I know who aren't into gaming in the slightest adore puzzle games.  My mom loves games like Bust-A-Move, Bejeweled, Tetris, and the like.  My late great-aunt could spend hours playing Tetris.  And why not?  The games are fun, intuitive, and addicting.  

Then again, even the older folks in my family are game junkies; either that or they adore gadgets and to them, game consoles are gadgets.  My great uncle always used to steal his daughters' Game Boys to play on and loves card games on computer.  My dad's no gamer, but he had a Pong machine back in the 70s.  And the one Nintendo game he actually played was Rad Racer.    

Who'd have thunk it, market researchers?  The ladies (at least the cross section I know) can dig Tetris and Tekken.
5958  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Girls want games! on: August 22, 2006, 05:54:31 PM
Gender of protagonist is helpful, but not always necessary.  Some of my female friends adore the Zelda series and Kingdom Hearts, both of which have dudes as protagonists.  

During pre-outing time kill sessions, the ladies dug Smash Bros. and Mario Kart too... but Soul Calibur was usually the most requested time-kill game.  

And I believe love adventures are popular among female gamers in Japan and most of those put you in the shoes of a boy.
5959  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Girls want games! on: August 22, 2006, 09:33:52 AM
"industry experts" understand numbers and statistics but not people.  And statistics only tell so much.  And it's quite easy to lie with statistics too.
5960  Media / Miscellaneous Games / lan play space action game on: August 22, 2006, 12:19:32 AM
I don't think Halo's what he's looking for.  Sure Halo 2 allows you to hijack vehicles, but it's an on-ground shooter rather than a flying one.  

I believe he's looking more for something like Descent with co-op.  A first person game where you're piloting a spaceship.  

The space shooter genre is one I grew up with in the 8 and 16 bit days.  I loved co-op shooter games like Stinger, the Thunderforce games, Forgotten Worlds, all that good stuff.  Spaceships, blasting stuff, boo yeah.  

Maybe that's why I liked Sigma Star Saga so much.  Nostalgia for shooters.  But that's an RPG with no co-op mode.
5961  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Girls want games! on: August 22, 2006, 12:06:04 AM
I always wonder to what extent market researchers actually interviewed female gamers, or just females in general, and actually, you know, ASK them what they would like to see in video games that would make it appeal to them.  

My product doesn't appeal to martians.  Well, maybe if I talk to some martians, I'll learn why.  

I think most market research has ZERO human factor and all they base their findings on is financial statistics (i.e. sales and box office numbers) and draw conclusions/make assumptions based purely on quantitative numbers.  

Where's the qualitative data?  Where's the human factor?  Who says women want games that harbor around relationships or sweeping storylines?  Just because women enjoy romance in movies like Titanic or The Notebook doesn't necessarily mean they'd want that in their video games.  Excepting the ladies here at RPGfan, the ladies I know in real life would probably be turned off by the love adventures I play because they are rather cumbersome in comparison to fighting or puzzle games which are more intuitive and have fast action where you can just get in and play without needing patience.  

I remember one time a few years back, some friends were meeting us at our dorm suite before we went out to the bars.  A couple of the girls in our circle of friends were over and we were trying to kill time.  So we decided to throw on some Soul Calibur.  The girls (both nongamers) sighed, but we gave them the controllers first and once they selected their characters and started beating each other up with Taki and Sophitia they got into it (trash talking and everything), and we had to pry the controllers out of their hands when the rest of our friends came over so we wouldn't miss the bus into town.  I did try to introduce them to more story oriented games (i.e. FF7, Septerra Core, The Longest Journey, even some love adventures) but they were all like "nah, this is boring.  I like those fighting games."
5962  The Rest / General Discussions / A lesser of two evils thread: storylines on: August 21, 2006, 08:19:20 PM
This is a thread about storylines.  These can be storylines in RPGs, other genres of video games, books, movies, TV shows, anime, whatever.  

I'm sure many of us have experienced stories in any and/or all these media that fell into these categories:

-the story starts off really strong but it loses steam and the middle and end sections are blah.  

-the story starts off pretty blah but as you forge your way through it, it becomes really good, especially at the end.  

Of course, you find the ideal where it starts off strong, maintains its momentum throughout and ends strong.  But this thread is not about those ideals.  

On the one hand, a story with a strong beginning can hook you in but if it loses steam, you'll put it down.  On the other hand, a story with a stronger ending could be awesome once you hit page 200 but it's for naught if you can't bring yourself to get past page 50.  

Which of the two former scenarios would you prefer?  Does your preference depend on the medium?  Would one be easier to deal with than the other in an RPG as opposed to a book or TV series?  Anything else about this you want to discuss?  I figure since many of us here are into storytelling this might be a semi-interesting discussion.
5963  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: August 20, 2006, 02:40:36 PM
Another cool band I caught wind of by accident is a prog band called Bubblemath.  The song Miscreant Citizen is both catchy and complex.  Great lyrics too.  


Lying awake, you start to take yourself for granted
Nothing you make will ever break, your feet are planted
Chase your golden chariot, you're the one who'll bury it
All the world you're parroting, that's what you're inheriting
Everything you decide to do is automatic
Your points of view are nothing new, it's only static

And when you speak your mind, lay your chips before you
Look around and you will find all your friends ignore you
What you think you know drags you down until you're
Out past the ebb and flow, and it's unfamiliar

Now that you're caught, you're in a know, you can't continue
What have you got? Don't have a thought to spare within you
Hide behind your vanity, compromise your sanity
Swollen pride so passionate, fusing lies to fashion it
Nobody plays, you waste your days so cavalierly
Set in your ways, lost in the haze you love so dearly

Oh, and it's all too much, it's a dangerous diet
You, you have lost your touch, but you still deny it

Running free, axons awash in a chemical sea

It's such a simple skill, it's a cinch to master
But you never will, you're just spinning faster

You're off the track, you can't go back, you're slowly falling
Into the black and bitter crack that keeps you crawling
Watch your plots go tumbling, feel The Abstract crumbling
All your plans are paralyzed, swallowed up and sterilized
Thought you were smart, a work of art, your own Valhalla
You fell apart, now you can start to do it all again

Another song of the moment is "Rogue Wave" by The Hsu-Nami.  A very impressive band I saw play last night.  http://www.myspace.com/hsunamirocks
5964  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Always missing out... on: August 19, 2006, 06:27:51 PM
I think everyone misses out somewhere.  

North American gamers miss out on all the great games that stay in Japan.

European gamers miss out on all the great games that made the leap from Japan to North America.  

I can only imagine what South American, African, Middle Eastern, and whatever else gamers end up missing.  

In short, someone always has it better than you and someone always has it worse.  I'm always the type to enjoy to the fullest what I DO have instead of whining about what I DON'T have.
5965  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Pics of Transformers showed. on: August 19, 2006, 10:14:32 AM
Why does Optimus Prime look like he visited the set of Pimp My Ride?

Optimus Prime: So please MTV, pimp my hide.  

Flames!  Red and blue flame paint job fo sheezy fo sho!
5966  Media / The Soundroom / Top 10 Unmanliest Superheroes on: August 19, 2006, 10:09:53 AM
Michaelangelo and Bumblebee I can get, but where are superheroes like Underdog and Mighty Mouse?  I mean, those two are so unmanly, they're not even men.  

If we're going for unmanly human superheroes, how about Mighty Man from Plastic Man and friends.  When the guy changes into his Mighty Man alter ego he shrinks.  He becomes small.  That's not mighty or manly.  And in his shrunken state, it's Yukk the world's ugliest dog who has to use the power of his ugliness to save the day by lifting the doghouse off his head.  

Hey, put Yukk on the unmanly superhero list.  He's not a man either.
5967  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: August 18, 2006, 02:23:53 PM
Okay Deg.


It's the easy, cheaty version.
5968  The Rest / General Discussions / Ze Picture Thread on: August 17, 2006, 12:24:30 PM
Quote from: "Dios GX"

EDIT: There's a lot of sexy people here.

Indeed.  We do have an attractive populace in our community, and many of these fine folks are better looking than they think they are.  

There goes that whole fat, bald, loser with glasses slob gamer stereotype, eh?  Unless those people aren't confident enough to post pics of themselves.
5969  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: August 16, 2006, 07:22:40 PM
Ever since my new housemate (who moved in last month) found the AC adapter to his keyboard (which we keep in the living room) I've been playing on it quite a bit.  

And just today, I figured out the keyboard riff to "The Final Countdown" by Europe.  

Hence, it's my song of the moment.
5970  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: August 15, 2006, 06:04:14 PM
Sketch- sword Citan and adult Emeralda= the best in your non-gear party.  Though kid Emeralda is no slouch either.  

As for me, I'm twenty-something hours into MS Saga.  I need more large ECAPs so I can build more Mobile Suits.
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