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1471  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Why are uber-religious people driven to over-sentimentality? on: November 24, 2010, 04:04:21 AM
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This thread is totally awesome. Thoughtful, level-headed people talking about stuff in a way that, at least marginally, makes sense to all parties, regardless of their faith (or non-faith) persuasion ... very surprising and very rare.

Exactly. I'm not regilious myself and most of my friends and family aren't either, so the topic of religion rarely comes up. When I do talk to someone about religion, the other other party is usually on an end of the spectrum, either a 'regilious people are crazy and should be locked up for their own protection'-athiest or a 'you're going to hell if you don't hate gays' kind of religious person. Or, you know, this type (yeah, I watch ANTM...). It's nice to hear other opinions and theories.
1472  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: were you a good RPGfan this year? Xmas wishlist. on: November 24, 2010, 03:24:33 AM
I had this sudden image of myself sitting at a desk with two cups of coffee (Starbucks-made, Home-made) and a notebook.

"Day 1 of experiment. Too much ginger." :D

On-topic, was told today that I may be getting a new laptop this winter because mine is slowly crumbling.


Atelier Nuri: Alchemist of Starbucks!
1473  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Non-medieval and non-futuristic RPGs? on: November 23, 2010, 10:38:33 AM
Oh, wait, how about Fragile Dreams (Wii)? It's post-apocalyptic, but it looks like the world ended tomorrow so it's not exactly futuristic.
1474  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Non-medieval and non-futuristic RPGs? on: November 22, 2010, 12:12:14 PM
Uhm... Okage: Shadow King is set in a quirky, Tim Burton-esque kind of modern world?

Why have I not heard of this game?!

There the whole 'it came out in 2001' thing. Also, if I recall correctly, this was the first game by some unknown developer and also their last.

It's pretty unique. The battlesystem feels ancient and clunky, but the characters, the story and some interesting design choices more than make up for it. I loved the dramatic twist somewhere around 2/3 into the game. Very original. The game isn't exactly long or difficult, so the gameplay probably won't bother you too much.

If you can get this for less than $20, go for it.

1475  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Linear and simple RPGs on: November 22, 2010, 07:14:33 AM
It's a cute, sweet little game, an interactive fairytale. I really liked the little Forest Witch, Narcia. Usually I'm not too fond of RPG heroines, but that final cutscene almost made me cry ;_;
1476  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: were you a good RPGfan this year? Xmas wishlist. on: November 22, 2010, 05:30:15 AM
I might put a few games on my list, but I think I'll stick to things I want for my new home.

I'm going to buy an Xbox game for my brother, through. Probably Fallout 3. His favourite Xbox games are Mass Effect 1, Mass Effect 2, Bioshock and Bioshock 2 and those are pretty much all he plays now that I've moved out and took my Xbox games with me. He needs something new. If I can't find a copy of Fallout 3 within my budget, I might get him Borderlands instead. Good choice? Am I a good RPGfan/sister?
1477  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs for beginners on: November 22, 2010, 05:03:10 AM
Start with the first episode if possible. Episode two isn't really that great, but you'll enjoy it more if you've played the first game.
1478  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Non-medieval and non-futuristic RPGs? on: November 22, 2010, 02:45:07 AM
Uhm... Okage: Shadow King is set in a quirky, Tim Burton-esque kind of modern world?
1479  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What will bring RPGs back? on: November 22, 2010, 02:04:43 AM
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Nah... some developers only want a quick buck... like the movie and commercial brands tie-ins... but seriously if developers even say how they donīt like their games, how come they release it?

Case in point: Last Rebellion

My guess is they need to eat like other humans. Releasing a crappy game is a form of damage control. Put some boobs on the cover and pray for the best, you know?
1480  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What will bring RPGs back? on: November 20, 2010, 05:21:19 PM
Oh and, don't we do this every year? I remember how much people complained Final Fantasy VII wasn't enough like Final Fantasy VI, that Chrono Cross was a poor sequel and that everything was better in 1996.

Don't like the cutesy stuff from Gust? Go play Nier or a random Shin Megami Tensei, or something. Are those Sting games and the like too innovative for you? Well, there are some nice remakes of those classics you love so much or how about some old-school dungeon crawling?
1481  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What will bring RPGs back? on: November 20, 2010, 01:29:28 PM
What will bring RPG's back? Are they gone? Looking back, I really enjoyed the games I played this past year and most of them were very recent.

Fragile Dreams made me cry, Lunar: Silver Star Harmony was like a nostalgia bomb, Atelier Rorona was fun as always, the new Ys game is really cool, Strange Journey kept me busy for nearly seventy hours, I played through Devil Survivor three times in a row and Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes took me by surprise with its unique and clever strategic puzzle battles.
1482  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sex and Violence in Gaming on: November 20, 2010, 03:05:57 AM
I like the Ar Tonelico games. A lot. But yeah, the sexual overtones are annoying. It's the main reason why I always switch the voices to Japanese right away. I'm sure they're just those sound just as perverted as the English ones, but atleast I don't understand half of them.

It's not the idea of innuendo that bothers me, but a game that doesn't need it, shouldn't have this much. The Ar Tonelico games are pretty awesome. Great music, interesting world, interesting characters even. The two girls from Ar Tonelico 2 showed a lot of depth when they weren't busy providing fanservice. The girls are also incredibly strong. Sure, they stand in the back and sing, but the meatshields wouldn't be able to get anything done without them.

You know what also bothers me? The heroes of these games are so boring. The girls deserve better than some bland guy with a big sword whose only purpose is to be an avatar for desperate gamers.

Games such as Agarest War? Meh, I don't care. If people want to play a game like that, it's their choice.


As for violence, there is very little that makes me cringe, but over-the-top violence is totally uninteresting to me. A constant splatterfest doesn't make an impact, one brutal murder in an otherwise fairly clean game does.
1483  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 19, 2010, 08:56:51 AM
Yeah, I'm pretty much desensitized. I mean, I'm friends with people who draw explicit Persona 4 doujin, or hardcore yaoi, or both, in which the banana really is just a banana. Though I have to admit I don't like corn as much as I used to. And candy canes too. And popsicles.

Stuff like Ar Tonelico? Well, I'm a bit jealous of the girls, because there seem to be nice hot baths around every corner. I like baths.
1484  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Linear and simple RPGs on: November 19, 2010, 07:05:57 AM
Popolocrois (PSP). Sure, it didn't get any great reviews, but that's mostly because it's fairly old-fashioned and not particularly challenging. It's perfect for someone who isn't looking for something innovative and edgy and just wants a simple and fun RPG to play.
1485  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 19, 2010, 03:20:28 AM
Well, the C-rating stands for 15+, so it's not exactly the same as the American T-rating.

A = all ages
B = 12+
C = 15+
D = 17+
Z = 18+

Well, atleast they know what a 15+ year old boy may be interested in...
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