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1276  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: July 26, 2014, 05:42:42 PM
and it won't kill anyone to try and actually remember words in a different language than your own.

Unless it's French. Those vowels are lethal. :P
1277  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 26, 2014, 09:29:04 AM
I guess in retrospect I didn't explain myself well enough. I kinda meant believability on the whole - setting, events, fights, characters, and story. Not sure why I said "Hard science fiction" though...Aura Battler Dunbine was fantasy and still managed to be believable for the most part. I just mean that I'm not ised to having to stretch my "suspension of disbelief" so far with mecha. I'm used to having characters who actions and growth make sense within the context of the setting and story. I'm used to battles having realistic tactics and limitations that stay consistant unless there's a really good explaination that effects all sides. And I'm used to the stories making at least some sense and don't spiral hopelessly out of control.

I know some older ones had some of these problems, too, but it just feels like there's been practically nothing in the last decade to off-set them outside of a few OVAs and Euraka Seven...
1278  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 25, 2014, 09:36:18 PM

I've been looking harder than most, tbh. I hated Eureka Seven (despite doing a lot of things I normally praise with Mecha, it doesn't do them in a way I enjoy and does a lot of other things I don't like, too), and had a lot of problems with Code Geass and Gundam 00 as they're pretty much the poster boys for everything wrong with the genre right now. Gurren Lagann is full-on Super Robot and doesn't count towards what I'm talking about. Gundam Build Fighters is a myth.

Only ones I got left to check that might be promising are Macross Frontier and Overman King Gainer, but I've heard a lot of complaints about them, so I can't say I'm in any rush to watch them.
Okay, I have to ask what is everything that is wrong with the genre right now? Because I love both Gundam 00 and Code Geass (just rewatched all of Code Geass two weekends ago) and I am curious as to what makes you grumpy about both.

To put it plain and simple: They lack any sense of believeability. I know most mecha aren't exactly hard science fiction, but fuck at least they used to try, and some of them got damn close. Now it's like I'm watching super robot shows, where everything's just about how rediculous the escalation can get. One of the things I liked with Argevollen at least is that it feels like it's going back to basics, and I can't help but feel like that's the best way to go.

There's a lot more I could bang on about, but honestly I've banged on about this on every other site I go to pretty hard...I'm kinda tired of doing it. :/

EDIT: I should mention I feel like this is a problem with Sci-Fi anime as a whole, but it goes double for Mecha.
1279  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 25, 2014, 07:57:00 PM
Finally gave in and started reading One-Punch Man. Naturally it was as good as I anticipated. So funny, yet still pretty Badass.

Also started reading The Music of Marie, since it's short (only 16 chapters). Not sure what to make of it after 4 chapters, though...the society kinda seems too idealic to me. I think it's supposed to be a tragedy, though, so we'll see...
1280  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 25, 2014, 01:54:59 PM
It can't be a monopoly when there are pleny of other options.

The problem here is that the other options currently suck...

It's a monopoly if you control over 50% of the market.

I can't find anywhere that says that. The dictionary says that it's "The exclusive control of a commodity or service", though I do know that different governments define it differently. I've tried reading the US anti-trust laws before and even the Quick notes were confusing as hell...

So...source plz?
1281  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 25, 2014, 01:24:19 PM
It can't be a monopoly when there are pleny of other options.

The problem here is that the other options currently suck...
1282  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 25, 2014, 08:49:34 AM
Google's $1B purchase of Twitch confirmed — joins YouTube for new video empire -- VB / GamesBeat

"Google has signed a deal to buy game-livestreaming firm Twitch for $1 billion, confirmed sources familiar with the matter."

Wait...yup, there went my heart...

I mean, I don't watch streams a lot, but Twitch is...Twitch. It's a pretty big thing, and the last couple of big things Google got they didn't do so well with. Definitely not looking forward to this...
1283  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: July 23, 2014, 10:30:02 AM
Am I the only one confused as to how "Trails of Blue" is incorrect grammar? I mean, I get how "Trails of Zero" doesn't work ("Zero's Trail," maybe?), but Trails of Blue sounds perfectly fine to me. Maybe "The Blue Trail" would be even more correct, but Trails of Blue conveys the exact same idea, while sounding slightly more poetic, which makes it work better as a title.
1284  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Divinity: Original Sin on: July 23, 2014, 10:09:06 AM
He might have a laptop. That would make a huge difference.
1285  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 21, 2014, 04:47:30 PM
Trying to play Baldur's Gate, but I'm getting sooo bored, and I'm still in the prologue. I'm not even sure what it is that's making it so boring? Walking speed, maybe? The whole game just feels rediculously slow and dull, at least at this point. I guess I wouldn't be so impatient if it didn't take me 20 minutes just to make a character, only to do jack squat for the next 6 hours...
1286  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 2 Review on: July 21, 2014, 04:05:12 PM
Speaking of policy: The rules also state that policing the forums is up to the moderators/admins and no one else. Perhaps it's best if we just leave this matter up to the mods (you know, by hitting the report button), as Maxximum has been trying to say, and move on? After all, even negative attention could be enough to give the guy more views than he deserves...
1287  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Divinity: Original Sin on: July 20, 2014, 09:29:26 PM
You know, it's funny. I never liked Baldur's Gate, at least not when I was younger. In fact, I don't think I really liked any old CRPG except for Planescape: Torment. Yet I'm really interested in Divinity: Original Sin, as well as a lot of other Retro RPGs. Not because they're using old ideas, but because of what they're doing with them. I like the idea of a Turn-Based game where you need to utitilize your environment and experiment with your skills. I like the idea of a Turn-Based Post-apocalyptic game like Wastelands 2. I like the idea of dynamic stories in Pillars of Eternity. It's not because they're old ideas, but because of what they're doing to revitalize these old ideas. I can say this about a lot of Retro games, actually. It's not really because of nostalgia that I'm interested in them, but because I think they'll be good games in general.
1288  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 19, 2014, 06:18:22 PM
I remember the first time I fought the Godwin. Chased it halfway around the map only to get clobbered. Was level 30, too...wasn't able to beat it until I was 33, I think...

Anyways, I played a little Tge Dark Spire and completed the first two quests. Good times, this game is still as fun as I remember.

Also bought and played some Crystalis for the NES. For an old action-RPG, it holds up remarkably well (...graphical hiccups aside...). Made it through the first dungeon without much trouble, at least.

EDIT:

Now I'm playing through RealMyst. This game is surprisingly engrossing. I never expected to be hit with real puzzles, but I've actually had to think and the answers make sense most of the time thus far...
1289  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: July 17, 2014, 05:57:06 PM
I don't feel like looking for the Wastelands 2 thread just yet, but I'll say that I read through PaleRobbie's preview of it, and I'm actually quite astonished. That was another one I was kinda skeptical on, but it sounds like they really might deliver. I never played the original Wastelands (sounds too old school for me. I can barely hold my own in the original Fallout), but on its own it seems like it'd be a pretty fun and interesting game.
1290  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 15, 2014, 09:19:05 PM
Hm, never used that site before. Their layout doesn't seem obnoxious, the reader is nice and clean, selection seems nice...I could get used to this. Only problem is its search - it needs titles to be typed in the right order, despite it supposedly looking for titles with those words in it...but that shouldn't be too difficult to deal with. Thanks, Kevuda.
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