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1456  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Radiata Stories on: March 29, 2010, 11:46:27 AM
Just don't think too much while playing and just enjoy the wonderful world and music. It only becomes a drag if you consciously thing about how lacking the battlesystem is instead of just button bashing your way through it.
1457  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you've never seen in an RPG but want to. on: March 29, 2010, 11:42:35 AM
SO3's characters didn't really ever form consistent personalities.

So true. If both Nel and Albel joined you and you're on that space ship, those two are always together in the same room. A small bedroom. Yeah.

Anyway, what I want: big giant dragons. Flying dragons of course. Big giant dragons big enough to carry a whole city on their back. Or maybe more like gigantic airships shaped like dragons. They have to be big enough to house an entire population in any case.
1458  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Character Designs you Love [and Hate]!! :D on: March 29, 2010, 07:12:49 AM
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It was inspired by a german comic book, I think the comic was called Moebius.

Moebius is a French comics artist :) The comic you're thinking of is Arzach
1459  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I have a question about JRPG's... on: March 29, 2010, 04:03:52 AM
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And it seems the only thing that set apart what race a character in an anime is would be their skin colour.  Americans and Asians look the exact bloody same in anime (...ironic?).

If the manga takes place in Japan, foreigners from the west usually have larger noses.
1460  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Radiata Stories on: March 29, 2010, 03:59:16 AM
I liked being able to kick people. And not just kicking them, actually getting reactions because you're behaving like some agressive idiot. Fun!

1461  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Character Designs you Love [and Hate]!! :D on: March 29, 2010, 03:53:31 AM
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I love the Yasogami High School uniform. I'd totally wear it. :P

I have a jacket that's like a feminine version of the one the male students wear. I got it way before Persona 4 was released, though. Actually, that may make my jacket even cooler <3

Anyway, I hate the look of most of the Tales of Legendia characters. Sennel looks like a D. Gray-man reject. Chloe really shouldn't be wearing pants that tight. Jay looks incredibly stupid. Shirley looks okay in the art, but her hair is gigantic in the game. Grune is pretty much the only design I somewhat liked.
1462  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I have a question about JRPG's... on: March 28, 2010, 12:25:12 PM
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What, you mean American males don't have mounds of muscles on their arms and legs and American females aren't all svelte goddesses with perfect proportions?  Mind=blown.

I have to admit bald men in wheelchairs are relatively common, though.
1463  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I have a question about JRPG's... on: March 28, 2010, 06:54:12 AM
I think a lot of it goes back to manga. Consider this:

:-)  is a face, right? You can't say wether it's black, white, asian or whatever. You can't even say if it's masculine or feminine. It's just a face.

Manga (and comics in general) used to have people that were fairly easy to draw repeatedly. You used hairstyle, clothes, etc to tell the characters apart. The face is was only there to express emotions on, not to tell the characters apart. This is one reason why manga often have characters with light hair.  It's just easier to distinquise them from other characters that way.

For many manga characters, anime is the first (and only!) time we ever see them in colour. There was plenty of room to experiment and so they did. The strange hair colours were born and now there is even something like a hair colour code. A young man with white or silver hair is mysterious. A girl with red hair is very energetic and may be a 'tsundere'.

From functionality and experimentation grew new styles.

A lot of people say the Japanese people in manga look white, but the Japanese readers can recognise them as Japanese without trouble. They're not supposed to be realistic representations. It's not like you see many Americans build like superheroes when walking down any random American street, right?
1464  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: xenosaga 3 question on: March 09, 2010, 02:38:34 AM
Jesus takes fashion advice from David Bowie.
1465  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Famitsu announces a new Lufia (Estpolis) game on: March 07, 2010, 03:09:23 PM
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Unfortunately (?), the horrible sales also mean we won't be seeing it over here.

That would suck. Lufia II is kind of special to us, because it was the first (and only?) Japanese RPG to ever be translated to Dutch. We (= Dutch magazine [N]gamer) just filled two pages with a preview and the game got a lot of attention on our forums. People are looking forward to this even if the game is 'pretty good' at best.
1466  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Japan: It's not funny anymore" on: March 04, 2010, 03:32:54 AM
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Also, games tend to pretty much always cost $100 on their release dates here.

Huh, I thought console games were somewhere in the 5000-7000 yen range? And music CDs 2000-3000 yen? Uhm, 1000 yen is something like 11,50 dollar... That's crappier than I thought, but not as crappy as he claims it to be.

I'm willing to believe the smoking thing though. People being burnt by careless smokers is surprisingly common in manga. But then again, many countries have people smoking everywhere. Atleast the Japanese have those portable ashtrays. Here in the Netherlands people just throw everything on the street.
1467  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Ace Attorney Investigations: Crime pays on: February 19, 2010, 03:34:38 AM
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Capcom-distributor Brizamila has made a few gamers just a tad upset. The distributor has announced that they will not be handling distribution of Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth in the Netherlands, Belgium or Luxembourg. What's the reason behind all this? Brizamila says that the R4 has ruined the market in these areas, and it's simply not profitable for them to publish the game. If you ever wanted a reason why Nintendo is going after piracy so hard, this would be it.

http://www.gonintendo.com/viewstory.php?id=114767

The irony is strong in this one.

There is still a releasedate for our region, but in the end we won't get more than 300 copies. The pirates won :(

1468  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Birthdays on: February 19, 2010, 02:34:41 AM
I don't really celebrate my birthday. If it's my day, then why should it be a social obligation?

Anyway, on september 26:
# 1687 The city council of Amsterdam votes to support William of Orange's invasion of England, which became the Glorious Revolution.
# 1820 Colonel Robert Gibbon Johnson proved tomatoes weren't poisonous by eating several on the steps of the courthouse in Salem, New Jersey.
# 1969 The Beatles release their last studio album, Abbey Road.
Other than that it's mostly disasters and other shitty things.
1469  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Keyboard has "LOL" Button on: February 16, 2010, 04:15:11 PM
Actually, the QWERTY layout is based on how often letters are used. Put the popular letters too close together and the metal rod thingies inside a typewriter start hitting eachother. QWERTY has been the standards for typewriters, and now keyboards, for almost 150 years.

(We had a typewriter at home and I llearned how to type on that. Kinda weird, because I was born into a family with a Commodore64... )
1470  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: NIS Financial Earnings on: February 06, 2010, 02:58:00 AM
Yep, they're still making a profit. NIS probably got some good years because of Disgaea. NIS will likely rely on what's left of the success of Disgaea to find something new and extremely profitable.

BTW here's another usual twist: profit may be down because of unusual expenses. Perhaps they invested in new hardware or moved to a new, bigger building or whatever.
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