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2041  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.

2042  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.


2043  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Shadow Heart: From the New World on: March 07, 2006, 05:43:50 PM
Some of you guys are such hypocrites.  I said PSM gave too weak of a review and it got a "high ranking" (8).

No.  No, you didn't.  You said:

I just got my PSM today in the mail and the dumb bitch only gave the game an 8/10. I usually never agree with PSM and their reviewers. For the original Shadow hearts review, they only gave it a 6.5 or a 7. They are idiots. Just thought I would put that out there.

The reason her review pissed me off was the only reason she graded it down was because Yuri wasn't in it. It was a poorly done review, it seemed like she didn't grade the game itself, but she just was mad that it was a new story and that is how she graded it.

She mentioned nothing about Yuri in the review, but did mention how the new cast wasn't as strong as the old cast, which is a completely valid complaint.  I don't believe the cast is nearly as strong as Covenant's.  I disliked Johnny, didn't think much of anything of Natan, thought Mao was useless and flat out didn't care about anyone but Frank, and even he wasn't that great.  While XSEED's translation is top-notch, I never once felt attached to the characters.

The writing style of a print-magazine review is going to be far different than an online review, specifically because of space.  I never had more than 500 words to work with in reviews of any kind when I wrote for the UNLV paper, but my RPGFan reviews regularly exceed 1500 words.  When a title doesn't have a large imprint on the industry, the review is going to be much more concise.  I think that the review is just fine, she touched on the major points (increased difficulty, new setting, changed cast) that the reader of a magazine is going to care about.  Again, consider your audience.  Don't you remember English 101?

I think you're also confusing quite a bit between a 'fan' and a 'fanboy'.

We'll use Urban Dictionary to compare.

Fan: A person who has interest or likes something, or somebody. Can refer to many things including sports, movie stars, food/drink and so on. Basically anybody that likes something.

Fanboy: A passionate fan of various elements of geek culture (e.g. sci-fi, comics, Star Wars, video games, anime, hobbits, Magic the Gathering, etc.), but who lets his passion override social graces.

Now, as much as I enjoy RPGs, I don't believe I'm a fanboy to the genre - there are far more RPGs that I dislike than there are games that I really enjoy.  If you could call me a fanboy to anything, it would be to Firaxis games, which I buy the day they're released, regardless of reviews or other information about the game.  Now, if the site were called "RPGFanBoy", I might be inclined to agree.  Not in this case, however.

For a game that you haven't even played, you certainly are defending the cast quite a bit.  Your original, unedited post was nothing more than anger over something you haven't had any hands-on experience with, and even your edit made little sense with the initial comment.  'She gave it an 8, the dumb bitch' and 'oh, well, she's just mad about the new cast' when the new cast is a valid issue in regards to the title don't back each other up.

Remember, an argument is a conclusion plus reasons.  An opinion is simply a conclusion.  You have to remember that your reasons have to be relevant to your argument.

2044  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / World of Warcraft OH MY GOD CURRENT EVENTS THREAD on: March 07, 2006, 04:15:47 PM
I have another Nyx run tomorrow.  Hoping for the Bloodfang Hood - I have the most DKP of any Rogue for headpieces, so it's mine if it drops!

2045  The Rest / General Discussions / A New Game on: March 07, 2006, 04:14:29 PM
Humphrey Bogart -> Casablanca.


Next up: My Uncle.

2046  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / World of Warcraft OH MY GOD CURRENT EVENTS THREAD on: March 07, 2006, 01:06:43 PM
Fuck this economy in WoW. Who the fuck sells a DEMON BAND http://www.thottbot.com/?i=3604 FOR 20g?

Items around levels 17-19 and 27-29, especially rings and necklaces, are big on the PvP twinks who play characters that do nothing but PvP all day and all night.  My dad has over 500g just by buying Falcon's Hooks at 2g or less and selling them for 7-10g.

2047  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Shadow Heart: From the New World on: March 07, 2006, 03:51:40 AM
Comparing games to previous titles in the same series is almost a must when it comes to games of any genre.  While it's important to extol on the virtues of a game, it's also important for there to be a benchmark set aside from score.  It seems like you're more angry about the score than the review itself.  When I reviewed Digital Devil Saga 2, a direct sequel, it was important to draw parallels as to what was different and what was the same - if I had simply reviewed it as a standalone game, it wouldn't have been nearly as insightful as the review was written in the end.

You also have to consider the audience of a magazine vs the audience of a site like RPGFan.  The average person coming to our site is going to have some knowledge of RPGs and will want to play them.  The average reader of PSM or GameSpot or IGN may have no interest whatsoever in playing a turn based title, and the reviews and scores tend to reflect the audience.

I'm sure there's some mainstream genre that you don't like, that's par for the course for someone who posts here.  While you might shake your head and say "How did Winning Eleven 9 get an eleventy billion out of 10?", there's going to be at least 10 guys going "Why did an RPG get anything higher than 5/10?  This turn based shit sucks."  Believe it or not, RPGs are still a very niche genre in America if the name on the packaging isn't Square Enix or Konami.  Even then, things slip straight through the cracks (Romancing SaGa, Ys: Ark, etc).

Get over yourself.  You've not even played the game yet and yet you're insulting someone for their opinion over the game?  Let me be totally honest with you: if I had been the reviewer instead of Pat, It would've gotten somewhere between a 78 and an 83.  Am I "a dumb bitch"?

2048  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Famitsu Poll - Best Game Ever - on: March 07, 2006, 03:39:08 AM
Quote from: "Ryos"
Quote from: "KeeperX"
Where is Fallout 2 and Planescape: Torment?!

Pfft, the games wouldn't have probably made the list anyway since they were made by American devils.  Now if they'd been Square Enix games, then we'd be talking.

Hey, PlaneScape and Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 were published by Sega in Japan.  Sega!  They're Japanese!

Though, honestly, that brings the total amount of PC games in Japan that aren't hentai, love adventure, or Falcom-developed to like 12.

2049  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Famitsu Poll - Best Game Ever - on: March 07, 2006, 03:25:00 AM
Where is Fallout 2 and Planescape: Torment?!

Oh, right, Planescape just came out like 3 months ago in Japan.  Poor, poor PC Gaming in Japan.
2050  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Famitsu Poll - Best Game Ever - on: March 07, 2006, 02:05:35 AM
Machi is a Japan-only Adventure title for the Saturn.  Here's an auction for one:


2051  The Rest / General Discussions / Okay boys and girls....Physics 101 is in session. on: March 06, 2006, 09:41:10 PM
Engines and Turbines would only create thrust, not lift, and if the thrust is cancelled, there's still no air moving over and under the wings for lift.  I say not with a standard plane, no
2052  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The "Games you're looking forward to" thread. on: March 06, 2006, 02:44:28 AM
Quote from: "LHX"

i think i am looking for a game that doesnt exist

a hybrid between
chrono trigger
final fantasy xiv
and some sports titles

i cant get no satisfaction

So you want a football game where you ask people if they have seen a man in a black car while hitting Mr. Saturn with a bat and collecting pikachus throughout time, while doing everything with a point and click interface in a game that doesn't exist (Final Fantasy 14?).

That makes sense.

2053  Media / Single-Player RPGs / debate about Square-Enix on: March 06, 2006, 02:35:33 AM
Quote from: "LHX"
they should have called the company e-soft

sounds way better than 'square-enix'

Squaresoft had a strong brand name.  Enix had a strong brand name.

Calling it "E-Soft" would eliminate just about every piece of brand loyalty they had.  They did what was a smart move, hands down.  Keep all of the brand loyalty with a simple name.
2054  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / We are up and running on: March 06, 2006, 01:37:55 AM
Quote from: "Losfer"

Now we get to read all about the new .Hack game !

(no seriously glad things are fixed)

Refresh the page, you tard, I added like 10 new stories aside from that :-p

2055  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / We are up and running on: March 06, 2006, 01:19:15 AM
For those who don't read the mainpage: We are up and running once again.

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