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Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1UP: Why the Golden Age of JRPGs is Over
« on: July 23, 2011, 03:53:09 AM »
After looking at the Witcher 2 screenshots... yeah, I don't like them much either. It's not that they're ugly, but to me it enters uncanny valley. I have the same problem with games such as Mass Effect. I can't play them without thinking that there is something not quite right with the people on the screen.

So yeah, I'd rather look at anime-style visuals or cutesy sprites.

General Discussions / Re: Stupid childhood misconceptions.
« on: July 22, 2011, 03:34:03 PM »
And tell me this hasn't happened to any of you: You've seen one grandma fairly often (say your maternal grandma) and when your dad says "We're going to see grandma!" you think, "Yay, I love grandma" then you see his mother for the first time and she's an unfamiliar old lady and you're like, "that's not grandma!" 

Ours were clearly labeled. First there were regular grandma and grandpa. They lived near the school and we sometimes ate lunch there. Then there was Granny West, my dad's mother. She lived on the other side of the country (in the Westland -> Granny West) so we only saw her a few times a year. When we went there, lots of other relatives would come over as well. My dad had nine siblings so the living room was always crowded with uncles and aunts. Not many children our age though, so visiting Granny West was very boring...

Great place to earn some pocket money though. Our uncles basically gave us cash to bother other uncles.

"I'll give you a guilder if pull out one of uncles ****'s nosehairs!"

"The one who makes the loudest handfart gets a quarter!"

"One guilder for you if you can put salt in his coffee without him noticing!"

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: July 22, 2011, 04:20:50 AM »
I think I was just challenged to a game of chicken involving Catherine, European releasedates, imports and deadlines. I don't want to play along, I just want the review done in time without all the unnecessary stress...

Edit: And... I win, I guess? No releasedate yet, so importing it is the only option if we want to meet our deadline.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1UP: Why the Golden Age of JRPGs is Over
« on: July 21, 2011, 06:11:14 AM »
Look at Puzzle Quest, it started as a retail game for PSP and DS, then was ported to XBLA, Wii, Windows, PS2, mobile, PSN, and iOS.  Would Puzzle Quest of became as known as it has had they not ported the game to other platforms?  Probably not.  Sure it took a risk to do it financially (not as big as you think though) but because of it the game succeeded.

It started out as a PC game. The DS version is suffers from slowdown and other nasty stuff you don't want in a quick little handheld puzzle game. The version for the PSP practically murdered my poor system because it froze way too often. The only way to reset the system was to wait until the battery died or just take the battery out. Naturally, the PSP didn't like that very much... Most, if not all, other version have problems as well. So sure, it's well known for/thanks to being widely available, but that doesn't mean you'll get the same experience on every system.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1UP: Why the Golden Age of JRPGs is Over
« on: July 20, 2011, 04:17:37 AM »
TO:LUCT was tweaked and rebalanced, if that hadn't been the case, Square Enix wouldn't have been able to release it as a PSP-game, you know, the kind you don't have to download. Ever wondered why Japan and Europe got Tales of Eternia and Breath of Fire III for the PSP and the US/Canada didn't? That's the reason. SCEA hates ports. Anyway, slightly changing LUCT was the best thing Square Eix could have done, because you don't want the PlayStation version. It has slowdown and other nasty stuff while the PSP version runs like a dream. So just get that PSP, get the best version with the nice little extra's and be happy.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1UP: Why the Golden Age of JRPGs is Over
« on: July 20, 2011, 03:35:38 AM »
I would buy it in a heart beat if it came to PSN or XBLA however because they're limiting it only to the PSP crowd, I can't

They're as in Square Enix? Sorry, but that's not how it works. The the makers of the systems that decide what can or can't be published on it. For instance, SCEA doesn't allow publishers to publish a port without making significant changes. So no PSP games on the PlayStation 3. I know I'd start throwing money at Atlus if they decided to release a $20 Sting bundle for PS3 or something like that, but SCEA doesn't want it to happen, so it's not going to happen.

If you really want to play certain games on the PSP, just buy a PSP. They're pretty cheap nowadays and it's a neat little system.

General Discussions / Re: I'm done buying games!
« on: July 17, 2011, 09:45:31 AM »
Nope, I'm just trying to point out how silly it sounds. Idle conversation or not. I usually hit the BBC before RPGfan, so I guess the contrast between the two sites and the absurdity of it really stuck out to me. Sorry if I brought too much reality into this sacred sphere!

... And? I watch the news too (just like pretty much everyone else here, I assume), that doesn't make you enlightened and special. If you are worried about us not being constantly worried about the drought and famine, you probably don't have any real worries. If you truly care about what is happening there, do something productive. Donate some money to one of the organisations active there or something. Maybe do some research, open a new topic about the drought and explain how other people can help. Now you just look like some self-righteous dude on a videogame forum.

General Discussions / Re: I'm done buying games!
« on: July 17, 2011, 06:14:46 AM »
So, uhm, what do you want us to do? Send those discs over to Africa so the children can eat them?

Having too much entertainment is a silly problem, but yeah, 'starving kids in Africa'...? If you'd said something like: "Well, why not donate some of your backlog to the less fortunate?" or "How about selling some games and give the money to charity?" that would have been relevant. Good ideas too.

General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal
« on: July 15, 2011, 12:24:32 PM »
Played some Wild Arms V. It looks like shit on this HD television, but the game is so much fun! Lots of fun to play and the characters are just the right amount of crazy.

I'm also suprised my PS2 is still working this well. Sure, it kind of sounds like it's dying whenever I boot a game, but it plays them just fine after that, so all is well. I love my whiny old PS2.

General Discussions / Re: I'm done buying games!
« on: July 14, 2011, 01:49:27 PM »
However, if it just sits on a shelf or a wall or whatever without getting any use it's a huge waste. Somebody out there would actually like to play that game.

Which is why I sold my Super Nintendo a while back. I felt a bit bad about hogging those rare RPG's but not playing them anymore. Besides, the money was more than welcome.

Oh, and as predicted, Wild Arms 5 arrived today. Another collector was in a similiar situation and that's why he sold it. he had many games but just didn't feel like playing them. Wild Arms 5 was still sealed. Was, because I ripped the plastic off moments ago and I'll probably start playing later tonight ^_^

Also, moving is a huge pain if you have a shrine devoted to your hobbies.

It's not so bad, as long as it's all easy to put into boxes. Carrying 2000 books up the stairs was good exercize.

General Discussions / Re: I'm done buying games!
« on: July 14, 2011, 04:40:28 AM »
That part of collecting is fun. Especially if you find something you've been looking for for ages. And while I do sometimes put these games on the shelf without playing them, I can't say I ever forget what I own. Heck, I can even tell you what games I bought when, where and how much I paid for them. Plus, I don't just buy whatever. I plan.

Which reminds me, Wild Arms V should arrive today. When it does, there'll be only one PlayStation 2 game left I want: Mana Khemia 2. After that I'm done. That's how I keep my backlog reasonable.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: emotional RPG's ?
« on: July 12, 2011, 04:12:42 PM »
Worked as much as possible, hoping to find a cure and save atleast my family, or what was left of it. I failed.

I saw the strangest thing though. The second time I took Molly with me to work, there was another Molly sitting in the hallway. Did she die the day before? Did I leave her in the hallway, refusing to acknowledge that that tiny unmoving body was that of my own daughter? Did I really carry her to work that final day or was that just something I wanted to believe as my body started to die? Or is it the other way around? Did I walk through that hallway with my dead daughter on my back as her ghost silenty stared at my madness?

I think they can get away with it since the 3DS is still new.  I look forward to this actually.  Like the previewer said, "any reason to turn my 3DS on."

It sounds fun to me.

I use my 3DS for DS games nowadays. It's probably why my backlog is shrinking at an incredible pace: I want to put those 250 euros to good use. Playing stupid 3DS for the sake of playing 3DS is just, well, stupid.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: the otaku is killing japanese rpgs
« on: July 12, 2011, 01:14:20 PM »
Yeah, or a discussion about how and why certain trends such as moe made their way into games, that would be interesting too.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: emotional RPG's ?
« on: July 12, 2011, 01:03:13 PM »
It's not really really sad. Mostly. Maybe.

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The world ended in the most peaceful way imaginable. People went to bed thinking the world would be a much better place in the morning, but instead everyone died in their sleep. Most died without feeling the impending doom. A soft, painless death. Okay, of course it's still sad as hell, but there is also something poetic about it. Look at the opening. The world looks so serene. Beautifull even. That's what makes it scary. The whole world hoped for a better tomorrow and was united in death.

Opening movie:

Oh and Valkyrie Profile, the mermaid story may be the biggest tear jerker I've ever seen in a game.

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