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2011  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Tourist Trophy on: March 16, 2006, 03:33:09 PM
May for a PAL release.  :-)

2012  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Sid Meier's Railroads! on: March 16, 2006, 02:27:15 PM
For the first time, I am not all that excited for a Firaxis game.

Sid Meier's Railroads! is the newest game in the Railroad Tycoon series.  We'll see.  Firaxis has always made awesome games, so hopefully it'll be totally sweet despite being based on railroads.

2013  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Tourist Trophy on: March 16, 2006, 01:30:53 PM
The game has the same physics engine and graphics engine as GT4, so you figure it'd play exactly the same... not even close.  The game's much, much more difficult, especially on pro, what with the seperate front and rear brakes.

The game's career mode has a much different feel - there are no more credits.  Bikes have one of five levels, from none to super, which compare to one of the four licenses.  Once you've passed that license test, you can do what's called a 'challenge race' with that new shiny bike you want.  If you complete the challenge (so far, it's just been "stay ahead of that guy for 10 seconds"), you get that bike.  Simple, but tough for me, so far.

2014  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you canít bear in RPGs on: March 16, 2006, 01:26:06 PM
Games that don't let you shoot enemies in the crotch for a damage bonus.

2015  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / PSP Importing on: March 16, 2006, 01:23:34 PM
Yup.  The average European game is released in a "Multi3" or "Multi5" disc - English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish are the main ones for Multi5.

2016  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Tourist Trophy on: March 15, 2006, 11:39:50 PM
It's been out in Asia and Japan for a while, now.  I got the Chinese version.

2017  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Tourist Trophy on: March 15, 2006, 10:07:10 PM

I just got my import of this today.  It's sweet.

2018  The Rest / General Discussions / Garfield is funny again on: March 15, 2006, 03:15:32 AM
Reminds me of the Penny Arcade Remix Project.

2019  The Rest / General Discussions / Now it's Official on: March 15, 2006, 02:02:03 AM
Quote from: "Losfer"
Meh, I still can't name one game I wanna play on the PS3.  The delays really mean nothing to me.  Unfortunately.  I like my PSI and PS2 games.

Not even Phantasy Star: The Next Generation?

2020  The Rest / General Discussions / Now it's Official on: March 14, 2006, 05:09:17 PM
The Dreamcast had a good chunk of units sold - it's just that the marketing sucked.  They did sell half a million units in the first two weeks in NA, which is not bad at all for the shape of the market at the time.  It had 1 million units in NA by the end of November of that year (it launched in September).

They had 30% marketshare in 2000, which is not bad considering the general failure of the Saturn in America.  They were doing well enough, they simply got steamrolled by the PS2, though.

2021  The Rest / General Discussions / Now it's Official on: March 14, 2006, 04:39:21 PM
I laughed at the 1up comments.  The '1 year later than the 360 = death' posts.  Do these kids not remember the Dreamcast?

2022  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / PSP Importing on: March 14, 2006, 02:57:58 PM
Yup, I've got import games from three other regions (Asia, Japan, and Europe), and they all work fine.  Just no UMD movies from other regions.

Also, consider getting Ys or Winning Eleven 9.  Despite Ys' loading times, it's still the great game it was on the PS2, and I don't have any particular love of soccer, but Winning Eleven is super fun to play.

2023  The Rest / General Discussions / All new and better DS on: March 14, 2006, 02:40:46 AM
Quote from: "arizlaan"
i like the new DS.beside i lost my old DS pen so we give it to a friend

Dude, you can buy three packs of nintendo styluses for like $5...

2024  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / World of Warcraft OH MY GOD CURRENT EVENTS THREAD on: March 13, 2006, 07:21:12 PM
PvE is that way ---->

2025  Media / Single-Player RPGs / How did a company like Level-5 land DQ VIII? on: March 13, 2006, 06:31:35 PM
Okay, first, thanks for reading the rules, especially the part about multiple posts!

Oh, wait, you didn't.

Second, let me explain the difference between a publisher and a developer for you.  A publisher generally puts up the cash for development and goes through all of the issues in regards to advertising, etc.  A developer creates a game.  Sometimes developers are publishers, and sometimes publishers are developers.  It doesn't always happen that way.  Some developers create their game, and then hunt for a publisher.  These are generally larger studios (BioWare and Pandemic do this).  Some developers rely on finding a publisher first so that they'll have funding during development.  These developers are often partially owned by the publisher.

Square Enix is both a publisher and a developer.  Many of their games are developed in-house (Final Fantasy XII, Romancing SaGa), while others are created by outside studios (Radiata Stories, Drakengard 2, Dragon Quest VIII).  Many of the publishers in America are simply that - publishers.  While Agetec has programmers on hand for issues that come up during localization, there are no 'Agetec' games.  Some developers do not publish their own work - BioWare is one of these developers.  Their Baldur's Gate titles were published by Interplay, while Knights of the Old Republic was published by LucasArts, and most recently, Jade Empire was published by Microsoft Game Studios.

Some developers are fully or partially owned by publishers.  Enix had a 12% stake in GameArs before it became owned by GungHo.  Microsoft owns Bungie.  Microsoft owns Rare.  Nintendo owns Retro Studios.

That being said, Chris has already stated that Dragon Quest was primarily an Enix franchise, and Enix generally outsourced their games to other developers and primarily functioned as a publisher.

GameArts is another example of this - they were the developer for Grandia III, while Square Enix was the publisher.

Hope that cleared things up a little for you.

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