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2026  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  Some developers do not publish their own work - BioWare is one of these developers.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.

-John
2027  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / UMD Movies on: March 12, 2006, 11:09:22 PM
Well, I've got a 1gb memory stick and have a full season (13 episodes) of a show on there without issue, though it's not the full resolution quality.  Since I get a discount at work, I'll buy some of the used movies ($5 is a good price), but I simply can't see it working very well at the current prices.  It's cool because I'm stuck on campus all day, but I buy most of my movies on DVD.

-John
2028  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / UMD Movies on: March 10, 2006, 09:08:46 PM
I'd like to see what everyone here thinks about the release of movies on UMD format.

I personally think it's a mixed bag.  I'd totally pick up some movies on UMD if they priced at $10 or less, but paying $15 or upwards of $25 for a UMD title is silly.

I did happen to get the first two seasons of Family Guy on UMD today for $25, which is what brought this up.  I'll get something like that, but wouldn't get it for the full retail price ($50).

What about you all?

-John
2029  The Rest / General Discussions / A discussion on localisations and censorship on: March 10, 2006, 03:29:37 PM
It's a bit different for my example - we know what nuclear weapons do, but we've never experienced something like that firsthand.  It's like nudity on television in America vs in Canada and Europe.  While such images are acceptable in one place, they're unacceptable in another.  Everyone knows what nudity is, it just had a different effect on different people.

I personally don't feel as if it's a huge issue, we've certainly come much further than I would've expected compared to some of the dialogue in years past.  It's not like other things aren't watered down for general consumption - have you guys ever watched The Matrix on TBS?

-John
2030  The Rest / General Discussions / A discussion on localisations and censorship on: March 10, 2006, 03:19:19 PM
There's cultural differences, plain and simple.

You think that the people who were born before 1945 in Japan would really find Fallout to be that kind of kitchy cool we do with the mushroom clouds and the nuclear fallout?  We think it's cute.  It would be offensive to them.

-John
2031  The Rest / General Discussions / New Names on: March 10, 2006, 02:29:47 PM
I nearly forgot - my name on the last iteration of the boards was different.  I was "Teh John".  Was considering changing it to "John", but felt it was too simple.  So I reverted to "KeeperX".  I'm still the lovable webmaster of this site.

-John
2032  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 Unveiled on: March 09, 2006, 08:18:57 PM
Persona 2 was reprinted, you should be able to find it at GameStops and EBs.

-John
2033  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou vs. the Super Power Army on: March 09, 2006, 08:13:57 PM
I am stuck.  Can anyone who is playing this tell me what in the crap I am supposed to do for the third tutorial fight?
2034  The Rest / General Discussions / Game journal yeah whoo. on: March 09, 2006, 02:38:45 PM
Playing more into Boku no Watashi no Katamari Damacy (JP) - got to the stages where I'm going for more than five minutes.  There's no stages so far that are "go from 5 cm to 1000m" like in the console KD, but that's good, as you're never more than 10 minutes, so far.  It's got awesome pacing for a portable, I will give them props for that.

Waiting on Tourist Trophy to come in.  I will savor it.

-John
2035  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The 360 on: March 08, 2006, 09:40:24 PM
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One final thought. I was under the assumption that only the 360 hardware and the hard drives were in limited quantity. But after going to stores, apparently some games are hard to find too. Apparently now from what I gathered fromt the Gamestop guy, you had to preorder Ghost Recon Advanced to secure a copy. Wierd to say the least.


That's about the only game that's hard to find, and that's because it came out today.  We got 36 copies in at work, but we had 34 preorders.

-John
2036  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Shadow Heart: From the New World on: March 08, 2006, 08:48:24 PM
Thanatos: I'd consider reading posts fully.  A quarter page is all you get, sometimes, when it comes to print.  If the title is not a large mainstream title, Often you only get two paragraphs to describe the game.  That's not the fault of the reviewer, but a fault of print as a whole.  Because bytes of data are far less inexpensive than pages of paper, the reviews on the internet tend to be far more detailed.

Shadow Hearts will likely sell less than 100,000 copies in America, whereas the newest iteration of Madden will sell more than 4 million.  Which do you cater to, the four million or the one hundred thousand?  Are you so daft that you don't see the difference?

-John
2037  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 Unveiled on: March 08, 2006, 07:34:39 PM
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Yes, because SMT:N didn't have cock demons.

And Daggerfall didn't have nipples in it.

And Omikron didn't get localized either. NANOTECH PENIS IMPLANTS ANYONE?!?!?!?!?


Re: Omikron - Quantic Dream's a French company dude. Now while France is not part of North America, it also doesn't count much as 'localisation' when it's part of the perceived Western hemisphere.

Nipples and cock demons != suicidal main character who kills himself to gain special powers. It's just a little more disturbing when your game avatar is killing himself every battle. Even I'm not behind that one.


Dude.. to go forward in parts of Omikron, you need to die to inhabit another body.

-John
2038  The Rest / General Discussions / Sony Online Entertainment Jabs at Penny Arcade with donuts on: March 07, 2006, 08:05:11 PM
You have to have a webcomic that 4 million people a month read, first.

-John
2039  The Rest / General Discussions / Game journal yeah whoo. on: March 07, 2006, 06:53:18 PM
Playing Ys: The Ark of Napishtim PSP.  On Canaan Island.  I'd be further if it weren't loading.

Ordered Tourist Trophy (Chinese Version), because it was so cheap and I'm unwilling to wait any longer to play the damn thing.

-John
2040  The Rest / General Discussions / I Love You, Play Asia on: March 07, 2006, 06:23:53 PM
Despite how much Ashton hates them, Play Asia has gained my devoted love.  They have Tourist Trophy (Chinese Version) for $24, shipped.  Godspeed, Play Asia, Godspeed.

http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-13-71-41-49-en-70-121w.html

-John
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