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1471  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 22, 2011, 08:26:15 AM
Gah! Little Chibi bit through the sensor bar cable! Now I can't use my Wii >_<
1472  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Microsoft paid Namco-Bandai to not release PS3 version of ToV outside of Japan on: June 21, 2011, 10:04:56 AM
Nah, it's not stupid at all, especially when you consider the fact that Tales of Vesperia, along with several other JRPGs early into this console generation, were subsidized by Microsoft for the purposes of getting a foothold in Japan.  HD game development was non-existent in Japan at the time, and PS3 dev tools were a joke.  Microsoft on the other hand, had easy to use tools and had moneyhats in hand to get whatever exclusivity they could get, temporary or otherwise.  For all intents and purposes, Tales of Vesperia was a Microsoft funded game.  It was win-win for Japanese developers wanting to gain entry into next-gen console development.

That makes sense. The whole 'Microsoft paid Namco to keep Tales of Vesperia a Xbox 360 exclusive in the west' thing does not. If I were Microsoft, I would either concentrate on the Japanse market (it's not as if Namco Bandai would ever port a Tales game to a different system to please gamers outside of Japan) or go for a worldwide deal. If what was said in that article was true, Namco Bandai was probably paid to not do something they weren't going to do in the first place. I wish I could earn a living like that... Getting paid to not do a job I'm not doing...
1473  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier replaces the lolis with dudes on: June 21, 2011, 07:21:16 AM
Kinda. More hot guys = more potential pairs = more yaoi.
1474  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Microsoft paid Namco-Bandai to not release PS3 version of ToV outside of Japan on: June 21, 2011, 03:18:36 AM
I was and I know how the industry works, thank you very much. Within a year after release, the game was almost nowhere to be found. Retailers told me they had trouble keeping it in stock almost as soon as their initial batch ran out.

Namco Bandai is a bit like Atlus. Their estimates are usually very conservative and as a result their RPG's have a tendency to become rare (and expensive!) really fast. Both companies aren't very eager to make new copies when that happens. So here's the thing, isn't investing in exclusivity of a game that's barely available very stupid?

1475  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Microsoft paid Namco-Bandai to not release PS3 version of ToV outside of Japan on: June 21, 2011, 02:50:22 AM
If it isn't illegal and Namco Bandai didn't fell like they had a gun to their head, I'm okay with this. This is one reason why I buy all the consoles so I don't have to care about what games come out on what system.

Exactly. The only thing that bothers me is that this whole paying for exclusivity thing doesn't seem to have had any effect on availability and/or sales. Until the DL-version came out, the demand was actually higher than the amount of copies available. If you're paying for it, you might as well aim for classic/platinum status or something.
1476  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Microsoft paid Namco-Bandai to not release PS3 version of ToV outside of Japan on: June 20, 2011, 05:15:22 PM
Tales of Vesperia is really easy to get on the 360 seeing as how it's on Games on Demand.

Yeah, but it wasn't like that 2+ months ago and this deal is obviously much older than that.
1477  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Microsoft paid Namco-Bandai to not release PS3 version of ToV outside of Japan on: June 20, 2011, 05:11:07 PM
So uhm, Microsoft kinda paid Namco Bandai to make sure the game wasn't available? I mean, Tales of Vesperia in general, not just the PlayStation 3 version. I tried to get a copy some nine months or so after its initial release. The game was nearly impossible to find. The first copy I found was a used one that didn't even work. Luckily I found a webshop that still had it in stock. Oh, but the in stock thing was a lie. After two weeks e-mailing back and forth, they told me that they could get me a used copy from the UK for €45. But they weren't going to test if the game actually worked and I would be getting no warranty whatsoever. Um, yeah, no thanks. A week after that I finally found a new copy. It wasn't cheap, but atleast the extra cash went to a proper gamestore with good service...

I really, really, really hate Namco Bandai.
1478  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 15, 2011, 05:40:28 AM
According to Wikipedia:

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The liquorice-root extract contains the natural sweetener glycyrrhizin, which is over 50 times sweeter than sucrose. This ingredient has various pharmaceutical properties, the most important ones being that it acts as an expectorant (facilitating removal of mucus from the lungs by coughing) and that it increases blood pressure. The latter effect can become significant with a daily consumption of 50 g or more of liquorice candy for as little as two weeks.[5]

Liquorice is also a mild laxative, and has several varied uses in herbal medicine.
1479  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 15, 2011, 05:26:59 AM
Just the regular Dutch kind. My bloodpressure is kinda really low and liquorice is a traditional remedy.
1480  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 15, 2011, 05:14:38 AM
Went to the doctor's today. He told me to eat more candy.
1481  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: June 14, 2011, 08:36:49 AM
Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals. One of my fellow writers refused to review this game, because he thought it wouldn't be worth the paper it was printed on. I'm going to punch him in the face next time I see him. This game is a lot of fun! Fighting is smooth, plenty of puzzles and I appreciate that the game is always trying to make sure the player is having fun.
1482  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: June 12, 2011, 04:50:33 AM
Played some Beautiful Katamari with a friend yesterday. We skipped right to the final star.

"This kind of like End of Evangelion, isn't it? What with everything becoming one and all."

"It needs different music."

"Komm, Süsser Tod?"

"That can be arranged."


So we made the sun while Komm, Süsser Tod played in the background. It was unsettling how perfect it was.
1483  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Why the best kids' books are written in blood on: June 12, 2011, 03:46:18 AM
I'm trying to recall what I was reading back when I was 15. Lord of the Flies, Catcher in the Rye, A Clockwork Orange, Brave New World, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Catch 22... I'm pretty sure atleast half of these books are on the banned books list. The Dutch schoolsystem believes students of this age are ready to read these books and I agree. Discussion in class and reading these books on my own helped me learn to appreciate English literature. I find it hard to imagine there are YA books out there that are somehow worse than what we read and discussed in class. Maybe 'discussed' is the keyword here?

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Yeah...except the claim before that of people being supported by reading others in hardship is also completely based in anecdotal evidence. Unless you can point me out an actual study done for either case they're both equally possible.

There is actually some research that supports an 'automutilation epidemic' but not only on a very small scale, like a group of friends in high school or a ward of a psychiatric hospital. Peer pressure was always at the root or the epidemic and most of the people involved already had other problems.

The major reason why selfmutilations seems to be on the rise is that more people are aware that it excists. YA book probably played a part in that. If there are books out there that romanticise automutilation, yeah, that could potentially be harmful, but only if the reader lacks the knowlegde to put it into perspective. So, hooray for parents and other responsible adults. If there aren't any of those around, I'm pretty sure the teen has problems to begin with...
1484  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 11, 2011, 02:35:17 AM
Yes. It has quieted down somewhat, but he's still talking very loudly. More like ranting, really. I only hear the occassional 'kankerlijer' and 'teringgozer'. It's the kind of swearing that's reserved for crazy people and white trash from Den Haag.

Playing CD's very loudly it something he likes to do, but only for very shot periods of time. Few nights ago I was woken up by the macarena. It only lasted a minute.

Oh, he's put on another CD. It sounds like that song from the Titanic.

Edit: I think he figured out Celine Dion doesn't suit the mood. He switched to some trashy house music.
1485  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 11, 2011, 02:25:51 AM
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On another note, why can't I want to explore the mind at my age?

Because you don't have an IQ of 184 and can't read 20,000 words per minute.

Anyway, crazy dude put on a sounds of the ocean CD on for a few minutes. Played it very loudly. Now he's yelling again. Apparantly, everyone's got cancer and shit.

Well, the last bit isn't that crazy in Dutch, it's like calling everyone a gigantic asshole, but still...
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