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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: i hope we get this too(WA5) on: Today at 09:47:20 AM
I can't speak for others, but a good beard is something I can appreciate. In fact, more RPG heroes should have facial hair. Less boys, more men!
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: i hope we get this too(WA5) on: Today at 09:07:29 AM
Maybe the companies with the big boobs have like one boob guy that does nothing but boob related things to advance the boob physics in their boob filled games. I think that make sense for atleast some companies, because boob guy draws attention from the press with his boobtacular creations. On the other hand, it may be more economical to just buy the boob science from from a company that specializes in digital boob tech.

Personally I don't get what's so great about those big bouncy balls attached to chests. I mean, all you're watching is bags of flesh that for some reason act like really thick pudding during an earthquake. I think breasts look much nicer when they're part of an elegant silhouette. Stick 'em in a proper bra and make them part of a lovely hourglass figure!
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: i hope we get this too(WA5) on: Today at 05:03:14 AM
It doesn't seem that much worse to me. I think the main difference is that developers now have the means to show chain mail bikini's in all their HD glory. There were plenty of girls in mini shirts and magical bra's before now, but we just couldn't really see them because they were clumsily made of lumps of polygons/16 x 24 pixels. Look at artwork for old games like Final Fantasy IV and Lufia. Swimsuits and capes were standard issue for female characters.

4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 20, 2014, 04:21:28 PM
Sheep are only scary when it's feeding time. Those things are way stronger than they look.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: October 20, 2014, 04:19:34 PM
In E&L it wasn't that I didn't like the characters, it was that there's not much time to develop a liking for them. Sure, most of them are with you for 3+ years, but they don't have all that many events. Maybe the loose schedule of the game as a whole made that more obvious than it needed to be.

(Man, I wish I could play the older Ateliers! I really likt he idea of a game like Rorona but without the moeblobs.)
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: October 20, 2014, 03:33:06 PM
Am I weird for liking pretty much everything from Mana Khemia to Rorona? Give me plenty of synthesis and a good battlesystem and I'm a happy player. And to be honest, I think it's a good thing they don't stick too closely to a formula. If they just swapped out the storyline and characters every year, I'd wouldn't look forward to these games as much as I do.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 20, 2014, 03:29:37 PM
Is it alright if I steal that mug?
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 20, 2014, 10:48:22 AM
I think they were counting on groups of friends who already owned DSs. By the time Echoes of Time was released there were over 125 million DSs out there, so they were not exactly rare. So anyway, group of 2-4 friends, each with their own DS, and the only thing they have to invest in is gamecards. That's not unreasonable.

Unless you use this logic, that is.

9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 20, 2014, 03:22:51 AM
I played the original one and Echoes of Time. The original was a ton of fun, but yeah, you need enough hardware and friends for proper multiplayer. Echoes of Time is slightly more userfriendly. If you have the Wii version, you still need a bunch of DSs and DS version of the game to play with people in the same room, but hey, it's wireless!

They really should have called these games Chronicles of Mana or something...
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Shout-out to coop multiplayer gaming on: October 16, 2014, 06:54:17 AM
With all our hardware combined friends and I actually managed to play Crystal Chronicles and Four Swords Adventures together (2-4 players, depending on the circumstances). It was so much fun when we were on the same wavelenth and got epic shot done! My main problem was that I was the only one with an old GBA instead of a SP and always had trouble seeing what was happening on my screen ~_~

11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: October 15, 2014, 04:26:46 AM
The console that worried me most was my NTSC U/C (a very early model) but I've managed to find a slim PS2 as back-up, so I'm good. I hope. I guess I could play my old games on my PC thanks to the wonderful world of emulation, but that just isn't the same. It's a good thing the typical PS2 problems are quite easy to fix.

There are actually some games I can't play right now because I don't have the proper old hardware. Lightguns don't work on modern LCD and plasma screens. Now, a CRT is something you could fairly easy get, but think about all sorts of arcade cabinets with weird parts. Or storage mediums that deteriorate over time. Some games will be lost forever. Best case scenario you could make back-ups and use emulation to keep the game available, but you won't be playing it the authentic way. And even that may be tricky because it wasn't uncommon for companies to delete source code back in the eighties and nineties.

I wonder if games will ever be considered an artform worthy being restored and saved for future generations.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 15, 2014, 02:51:51 AM
Try becoming a gamejournalist and switching from a Nintendo to a PlayStation magazine. Fortunately most readers don't give a fuck, but some of the younger ones don't really get that someone may want to play games on more than one platform and have the means to do so. They'll complain about you being biased towards the platform you're not currently writing about. Meanwhile, most of the critics/journalists I know have more than one platform at home. Many of them are fans of genres or series, not platforms.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 14, 2014, 05:05:18 PM
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Do understand guys, there ARE a lot of real respectable and ethical artists doing amazing work out there. It is unfortunate that the guys and gals doing that type of work are the exception and not the norm is my main point.

It's like that in any creative industry, isn't it? You've got the medoicre loudmouths who manage to get all the attention and the quiet artists who don't get noticed unless someone else shoves them into the spotlight.

As for haps... Anyone got any idea of how to make Windows 8.1 easier to understand for old people? I bought my parents a new PC (their last one was 8 year old wreck running Vista), just a decent one that worked straight out of the box, but it seems like the OS is a bit of cultureshock. I already installed the Opera mail client for them, which works really well because they can pretend it's 1998 (and it got some neat features such as labels for colour coding your mail). Anything else you guys would recommend?

I feel kinda weird worrying about this, because it used be my parents who were the computer literate ones. They started early with a Commodore 64 and everything. Now they plan on calling me whenever there is trouble. Not that I mind. I'm glad I can help them with this. Plus, they may be awkward with new technology, but they understand the importance of virus scanners and firewalls. Maybe I'm worried because I may not be able to live up to their expectations. For instance, I can't replace all the new things with understandable old ones. Well, I guess I could go out of my way and downgrade them to Windows 7, but that will only delay the inevitable. And sometimes I get the feeling their expectations aren't that high in the first place because I'm a woman. It's not like thing think I'm stupid, but I have the feeling they think my brother knows more about computers. (He's far from stupid, but for some reason he thinks my parents' old PC, which was actually his first one, has salvageable parts he can use in his newer systems. I checked, the most impressive things in there were a 5 year old video card and like two pieces of 1GB DDR2-RAM.) Or maybe it's just my own insecurities talking. I dunno.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: October 14, 2014, 03:59:36 PM
And it will make it easier to make the switch to the slightly different battlesystem. When I don't put a few different games in between Tales games I always make stupid mistakes during battle.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 14, 2014, 10:27:31 AM
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You've touched upon the biggest problem I have with artists in my industry. And to answer your inquiry, tattoo artists thinking they are rock stars sort of coincided with the commercialism that came with the "TATTOO TV-SHOW" invention.

At Tegendraads' (my craftsclub thingie that sells cute things) last animeconvention we were talking about tattoo's and of the women had problems with that as well. She was looking for a good artist for a more complicated design, but the popular shops she checked were pretty 'meh'. Yet atleast one of these shops had a line outside the building on busy days. I guess they just kept yelling 'we're awesome and totally like those guys on TV' so loud people started believing them.

(And maybe I don't get tattoo's, but it doesn't make sense to me to line up for it. I mean, getting a tattoo done seems like a big deal to me, so it'd make more sense to make an appointment and not treat it like, I dunno, buying ice cream.)
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