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1951  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of the Abyss confirmed for U.S. on: May 02, 2006, 08:48:06 PM
Ashton writes for GamesAreFun.com.

I dunno, I wasn't grabbed when I played the Japanese version of Tales of the Abyss.  Maybe when I play it in English.

-John
1952  The Rest / General Discussions / The E3 Thread on: May 02, 2006, 08:46:41 PM
Daggs: I find our contact at Mythic incredibly attractive, so you bet!

-John
1953  The Rest / General Discussions / The E3 Thread on: May 02, 2006, 04:32:12 PM
Okay, kids, as many of you may well know, E3 is in one week.  As such, I'm posting as I usually do for requests for things that are going to be on the show floor - RPG or not - that you folks want to know a little more about.

HAVE AT YOU.
1954  Media / Single-Player RPGs / tri-Ace's Mystery Xbox 360 RPG on: May 02, 2006, 02:19:44 AM
Microsoft managed to snag some bigger names for the last iteration of the Xbox and it didn't help them any.  Shin Megami Tensei NINE didn't help sluggish sales any, nor did Rent a Hero #1 or even some of the better Japanese non-RPGs like DoA and Otogi.

I personally don't think that the 360 has any kind of chance on that side of the Pacific, but Microsoft is certainly doing well in the American and European markets.

-John
1955  The Rest / The Bazaar / John eBays Imports! on: May 01, 2006, 06:41:51 PM
ZOMGBUY.

-John
1956  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Rogue Galaxy coming to the US in October on: April 29, 2006, 01:13:47 PM
A good deal of what goes into what we here at RPGFan consider an RPG is Marketing.  If it's advertised as a Fish Bowling game, generally we won't cover it.  If it's on the edge and is advertised as -RPG, we'll tend to cover it.

-John
1957  Media / Single-Player RPGs / First Wii RPG Announced! on: April 27, 2006, 05:20:16 PM
ZOMG!!1

-John
1958  The Rest / General Discussions / Revolution gains its new name on: April 27, 2006, 12:47:35 PM
Who the fuck focus tested this name?  The Nintendo "Wii"?

http://revolution.nintendo.com/

-John
1959  The Rest / General Discussions / Video Games Have Become Too Hollywood on: April 27, 2006, 03:15:06 AM
If you haven't played them, play Nocturne and the two Digital Devil Saga titles.  I know DigiDevil 1 + 2 renewed my love for RPGs, as it did for The Darkrider.  While gaming certainly has had major changes in regards to budget, there are certainly games with actual charm.

I do think a good deal of why many of us have grown weary of the current gaming scene is that there are only so many basic elements of gaming that can be recycled before everything seems like a minor feature.  For those of us who have been gaming most of our lives, any game that's not a completely new concept (like, say, Katamari Damacy) seems like it's stale in at least one way.

A great deal of the reason you don't see kitchy games with style on the consoles is the fact that there's that licensing fee - if you're paying $10 additional to produce a game, you want something that will sell.  Wheras the publishing structure is different in regards to PC games, you can see games like Darwinia on the PC, where you can develop a low-cost low-reward game, but still make a profit.

Because of the publishing paradigm created by Nintendo in the 1980s in regards to manufacture (Every company has their console games physically created by the system's creator, EA in the Genesis days aside), because Yamauchi wanted to control the sort of quality game that was on the NES.  There's no such barrier with the world of PC gaming.  Certainly that means that there's more crap that sneaks through, but it also means that small teams can create enjoyable games with flash or other friendly tools.

Games for consoles are mostly made to sell a lot of copies to the average gamer.  While there are companies who have cut in a niche, like Atlus, and previously, Working Designs, most companies are out there to ship hundreds of thousands of units.  Tony Hawk 9 Million may not be interesting to you, the hardcore gamer, but that inkling of freedom that we remember from things like Zork, they've never had a chance to play with.

Also, thank you for coming in and posting with coherency and thought instead of just going "ZOMG I'M NEW".  It means a lot to me, and it will probably get you welcomed into our little community much more easily.

-John
1960  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Suikoden 5 game help with the three bosses on: April 25, 2006, 08:03:26 PM
That's a mallet, DR.

Ban Mallet.

-John
1961  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Guild Wars Factions on: April 25, 2006, 08:02:38 PM
While I think the feeless world of Guild Wars is interesting, I can't get my brain around having so much of everything being instanced.  I'm a huge fan of the computer-crashing fights in WoW around Southshore on my PvP server.

Like Starbreaker said, as well, most of us here play WoW or FFXI.

-John
1962  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / auto assault on: April 25, 2006, 01:33:46 PM
I've got a BioMek something or other on the west coast server - name is Aerim.
1963  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Boards / Is there a walkthrough section for Suikoden 4,Suikoden 5? on: April 24, 2006, 08:15:37 PM
We don't have walkthroughs here - it's quite pointless when there's one of the best collection of walkthroughs ever at GameFAQs.

-John
1964  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Video Card on: April 22, 2006, 08:21:40 PM
Find a GF6800.  It's your best bang for that kind of buck.

-John
1965  The Rest / The Bazaar / Liquidation! on: April 15, 2006, 10:40:02 PM
I'm looking to get rid of some stuff I've got sitting around, and I figured I'd post for all of the members here before this stuff heads off to eBay.

I accept money orders only (which means no PayPal).  For long-standing members of the board, I'm willing to ship with the promise that you've sent off a money order.  Everyone else, I wait until I recieve payment.

Shipping is $4.10 for Priority (2-day) inside the US, for 2 items or less.  More will have to be checked on after I see which items you want for size.  No shipping prices on trades, assuming you ship to me in the same way.

Everything is considered complete unless noted.

The following's up for grabs:

Shin Megami Tensei (Japan-Super Famicom) - Cart Only - $10
Breath of Fire (Super Nintendo) - $30
Initial D: Street Stage (Asia-PSP) - $35
Me and My Katamari (Japan-PSP) - $30
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (Asia-PSP - Game text is in English)  - $10
Tales of Eternia (Japan-PSP) - $25
Generation of Chaos IV ~Another Side~ (Japan-PSP) - $10
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness (US - disc is in fair/good playable condition) - $40
Age of Empires III Strategy Guides (5 available) - $5 each
SOE 90 Day Game Card, Sealed, (EQ/EQ2/PlanetSide) - $30

I'm also willing to trade for the following - obviously for trades, I'm looking for games of about equal value.

Osu! Tatake! Ouendan (J-DS)
Battle For Middle Earth II (PC)
Galactic Civilizations 2 (PC)
Daxter (PSP)
Naruto: Narultimate Hero Portable (J-PSP)
Saiyuki: Journey West (PSOne)
Breath of Fire III (Euro-PSP)

Feel free to send me a PM or respond to this post if you're interested in anything!
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