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946  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Freshly-Picked Tingle's Pink Coloured Rupee Land on: June 08, 2006, 10:28:44 PM
Wow, I don't know what to say really. Aside from the fact I refuse to buy anything "Tingle" related I have to say the name is just fucked up as far as I'm concerned.

The screenshots looked just as fucked up as the name.
947  The Rest / General Discussions / Why do people suck at grammar? on: June 08, 2006, 02:20:19 PM
You're not just weird V-Dawg, as others have shown, but I too am that way about grammar. The biggest annoyance for me is hearing "I've got" or "We've got" and it is something I hear on TV, in movies, in video games, and pretty much everywhere I go. I too am guilty of the "have got" error but I always try to correct myself.
948  The Rest / General Discussions / Iwata sets japanese prices for Virtual Console titles. on: June 08, 2006, 02:13:57 PM
Quote from: "Alisha"
Quote from: "KeeperX"
Quote from: "Phoenix's Rage"
Thanks, but I'll stick to NESter and ZSNES for now.


So, how do you like breaking copyright law?

-John


wouldnt the copyrights on most nes games be expired now?

if $8.99 is indeed the price thats too much considering you can rent games for half that.


1. If I remember correctly (and I probably don't) a copyright in the United States is good for seventy years. If the owner of the copyright goes out of business/dies then the copyright lasts for five more years and then expires. Not to mention the fact that copyrights can be renewed.

2. True for current games. But you can't find NES, SNES, Genesis, C64, or N64 games at game rental stores anymore so that reasoning is stupid. Besides, renting an N64 game for five bucks and only having it for five days compared to buying it and keeping it as long as you want for nine bucks is a much better deal as far as I'm concerned.

There are also plenty of games I'd be happy to pay more than nine bucks for. I consider Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon alone, if it were to be available on the virtual console, to be worth purchasing the entire system for.
949  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: June 07, 2006, 09:45:28 PM
Made it to Ascantha Castle in Dragon Quest VIII and stopped there. Just under ten hours in and my Hero is level 16.

*Jimmy is dancing uncontrollably.* - LOL!
*Jimmy is still dancing uncontrollably.* HAHAHAHAHA!

I also thought it was pretty funny that Jessica has a skill set called "Sex Appeal." Naturally I've been leveling that shit up. Monsters have often been admiring her instead of attacking and it is hilarious.

I love the soundtrack too.

EDIT: Forgot to mention I've decided to have my Hero's skill allocation be pretty much dedicated to Spears and Courage. I don't know how good the Spears will be later in the game, but I have an affinity to spears (Thanks to FFIV) so that's why.
950  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Smash Bros. Brawl on: June 07, 2006, 09:40:33 PM
Ridley?! OH FUCK YES!

Need I say more? Seriously.
951  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Fall/Winter 2006 RPGs - Are you ready? on: June 07, 2006, 09:38:38 PM
Quote from: "Alisha"
your feelings on ff12 dont suprise me considering your disdain for action oriented rpg's.

I would hardly call FFXII "action oriented." Sure you can move your character around in battle now, but aside from that there is nothing new to the battle system. That aside, I wasn't impressed with the FFXII demo myself and I doubt I'll be picking up the game without renting it a few times first.

Most of the games Wadjet posted don't interest me for that matter. About the only ones I'm looking forward to are Valkyrie Profile, Rogue Galaxy, Final Fantasy III DS, and Yggdra Union. You can throw Zelda in there too :P
952  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: June 05, 2006, 09:08:22 PM
Okay, thanks everyone, I no longer feel like I'm losing my touch now.

But wow, everyone's play times for the game are gigantic! And considering I usually get tired/bored of games after around forty hours of play time I hope I have the stamina to actually finish it. Same goes with Magna Carta...when I start playing it again that is.

Anywho, I'm 5.5 hours in and I just reached Port Prospect. Hero is now level eleven. I've been allocating skill points to courage for the most part already, but thanks for the advice everyone!
953  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: June 05, 2006, 09:00:43 PM
Wow, I haven't posted here in a long time!

I just read Bleach Vol. 13 and found it enjoyable. Though, like most SJ manga, it has some plot pacing issues to say the least. I really like the twists and turns though when they happen as well as set up for future events.

Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 27 was also quite a bit of fun even if it was just setup for the climax. I really like how far the characters have come since the beginning of the series, especially Yahiko. I know how the Jinchu arc ends (kind of) because of the Reflection OVA, but from what I hear that OVA did it very poorly compared to the manga. Well, I guess I'll find out next month so please no one spoil it for me.

Now for a bit of a Naruto rant:

The manga has really come full circle, and I can't say it is a good thing. Again, the "first half" of the manga's plot was poorly paced, but enjoyable enough. Now the plot is moving incredibly fast for the most part and Kishimoto is introducing so many twists, turns, and WTFs that I have trouble seeing how he plans to resolve them well. Don't get me wrong, I'm very pleased things are moving, but wow, he's going to have to take quite a bit of time to tie everything together. Maybe it's just me, but it also feels rushed, like Kishimoto is just trying to get finished now. I don't blame him really considering the demands a weekly chapter would place on a writer/artist. But I'd like him to explain some things more clearly and not be so ambiguous when he introduces something new.

As for where Naruto's story is headed:
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I'm curious as to what is going to happen with Naruto himself. There has been plenty of foreshadowing that Naruto could die, and not just in the weekly battles, but nearing the conclusion of the manga itself. Although I find it highly unlikely considering this is a shonen manga, I find these hints hard to ignore.


Two end of series volumes out next month for my reading enjoyment: RuroKen Vol. 28 and Chrono Crusade Vol. 8! I'm excited.

As for watching anime, I really don't have the time or money to anymore. Considering DVDs generally cost at least $15.00+ (I've seen some up to almost $30.00 before) I find manga much more affordable if it is available. Though I've tried to catch Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd Gig on CN. I managed to catch the finale and was pretty much wondering WTF is going on plot wise. Luckily I did catch the Origami (sp?) episode, so I understood that much. As for the war, destruction, and mayhem? I was lost. Guess I'll have to try and catch reruns.
954  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: June 04, 2006, 07:06:51 PM
Maybe I just suck, but it took me around two and a half hours to actually get Kalderasha's Crystal Ball, and the first boss killed me twice before I managed to beat him.

Apparently the game is more oldschool than I thought, but no complaints from me yet. Especially since it forgives you somewhat for dying and only takes half of your money instead of having to reload and start from the last save.

I'm enjoying it.
955  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: June 02, 2006, 07:40:50 PM
I only have two star coins left and I'll have gotten all of them in the New Super Mario Bros. I've also completed every stage in the game and now I have unlimited Mushroom Houses.

I also popped in DQVIII and played for a bit. The game is so oldschool it is hilarious. I'm amused so far.
956  The Rest / General Discussions / Kill the Load times on: June 02, 2006, 07:29:17 PM
I didn't think it discredited his argument, otherwise I would have put it in the main body of my post and not at the end. I just didn't find it fun.
957  Media / Brush and Quill / Story by Jimbo! on: June 02, 2006, 04:37:49 PM
Nah it isn't just you, I noticed the verb tense after I posted it and it is screwed up. At first I was trying to do it in present tense, but unconsciously I kept jumping back to past tense in the cafeteria and the outcome was a garble of both. I also just noticed I need to fix the "thirty seconds" thing where before he had to describe the clock.

Thanks for the reply Deg, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

EDIT: And yea, sporks for teh win!
958  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Kill the Load times on: June 02, 2006, 04:29:03 PM
I couldn't have put it better myself Cauton.
959  The Rest / General Discussions / Kill the Load times on: June 02, 2006, 01:23:55 PM
I like how he ignored my post. Whoo!
960  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Kill the Load times on: June 02, 2006, 12:13:13 PM
Quote from: "cosapi"
Is anyone else fed up with load times on console games?

Not really. The GameCube has hardly anything in the way of load times and the PS2 is a major improvement over the PS1. Like someone said above, Magna Carta is the only game I can think of that has longer load times, and even they aren't that bad. But still a valid argument you have thus far.

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Appropriate visuals, more often then not, compliment the gameplay. And they tend to have a uniqueness factor, instead of appearing generic.

Honestly, if the folks designing games can't so much as acknowledge there's a place for games with appropriate visuals and expensive visuals. Maybe the consumers should re-evaluate these developers positions to be making games.

Here is where your argument loses credibility. Who are you to say what the "appropriate" visuals for a game are? What the hell do you even mean by "appropriate?" And those examples you give in your following post are extremely poor. You mention the expensive 3D visuals and then don't even go into detail of how expensive they were to create, instead you talk about combat. Do you know how much they cost? And Cave Story is a freeware game, so you can't tell me the developers wouldn't have made the game look better if they had the funding to do so. Not to mention both examples given are largely based on your own flawed opinion. Flawed because you aren't detailing why the visuals are expensive OR[/b] appropriate.

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And speaking of companies. If you're so insistent on going that direction, since it is after all, related to the subject at hand... Why don't we talk a little about sony and square monopolizing the videogame industry by introducing in a new demographic they can continue to sell games to? A demographic who wouldn't give a game a second look unless it had expensive non-playable visuals? While killing off genres in the process.

Graphics are a major selling point for a game, and the two companies you've mentioned are, you know, companies. They have to make money to survive, and if graphics sell then it makes all the sense in the world to make games with expensive visuals. And you can't blame them really, it gives them a 1UP over the competition, and the video game industry is very competitive. You're also nailing one of the major innovators of storytelling, graphics, and gameplay in the industry for monopolizing while neglecting the fact that company has pretty much single-handedly carried the RPG genre on its shoulders since the days of the SNES. You talk about how they're killing genres (again you're argument is flawed because you don't even detail what genres they're killing) but I think it's safe to say if Square Enix were to suddenly evaporate and go out of business the RPG genre would largely die out and then you'd definitely be stuck with games that sacrifice storytelling for expensive visuals.

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And what position are you in to determine what direction technology should advance towards and what it shouldn't? Heck, the point of human society isn't to "advance technology as much as possible".

I think you should be telling yourself that. I give you props for being an idealist, but please don't be a whiner. Yes, all you're doing is whining since the only arguments you've offered are poor and you're not going to win anyone over to your cause with them.

Okay, I'm done aside from this:

I think Cave Story sucks.
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