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1471  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I give up... NISA is making me sick of localizations.... on: March 22, 2009, 12:35:10 PM
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There are a lot more than 2 companies who bring this stuff over.  They're not all huge companies, and some of them are little better than NISA(Mastiff edited the HELL out of La Pucelle(lol it's a game about churches that has no religious symbols), but the rest of the translation was great), but they -are- out there.

As if the edited crosses had any impact on the game experience... And it's not as if Mastiff is the only company to ever edit a game like that. Edits are actually very common. Cigarettes and alcohol are often removed, because all kids totally want to be like Badrach.

Also: Persona.


1472  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I give up... NISA is making me sick of localizations.... on: March 22, 2009, 11:55:54 AM
NISA is the new Working Designs. You either love them for bringing over obscure Japanse RPGs, or you hate them for what they do the games they bring over.

As much as I bashed several different elements of Working Designs, at least their translation alterations were (usually) high quality.  For example, the original Lunar has next to NOTHING to do with the tone of the original game (just a wild guess) but darn if those weren't some of the most amusing random NPC conversations around.  The only game they did with lolwhat changes was in the Sega CD version of the sequel where they decided to make a character...different.  Not Atlus Mark different but still a change that was neither necessary nor done well.

NISA?  Complete and utter joke.  So much for this unfounded rumor that NIS in Japan was jumping on their asses for their incompetent work.  I hate to say it but this string of progressively worsening idiocy is making me feel quite happy about my boycott on NISA.

Not everyone was happy with Working Designs' jokes about Clinton, pop music and farts. They often tried a bit too hard to make a game funny.

In any case, I'm not going to boycot them. Boycotting NISA would mean boycotting Koei and Koei actually gives a damn about European RPGfans.
1473  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Family who are "too fat to work" need more benefits on: March 22, 2009, 09:26:26 AM
Actually chewing your food is recommended in any case...
1474  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I give up... NISA is making me sick of localizations.... on: March 22, 2009, 09:24:22 AM
NISA is the new Working Designs. You either love them for bringing over obscure Japanse RPGs, or you hate them for what they do the games they bring over.

I know enough Japanese to get me through some simple menu's, but there is no way I could play the avarage Gust game in Japanese. I can tolerate a few spelling mistakes and a sensible name change or two, but NISA really needs some quality control...
1475  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenogears made me puke (Soylent stufffff) on: March 22, 2009, 03:17:04 AM
I remember the Xenogears scene and it felt strangely familiar. I didn't link it to Soylent Green, but to a Dutch urban legend. There's "frikandel" which is a popular snack food over here. The thing is hard to recognise as meat and a lot of people believe it contains cow eyeballs and pigsnout. Remind them right after eating and they sometimes turn green. While it's true that frikandel is made from leftover meat, the ingredients aren't that disgusting. It's mostly meat scraped from cow, pig and horse bones. The horse part is where the fun starts again. You know those horselover that claim they would never eat horse? Many of them eat frikandel without thinking twice. Showing them the ingredients list on the packaging is great fun.

Now Persona 4 yesterday... I made the MC go to the toilet, because that always made P3's MC happy and I wanted to see what it did in P4. Instead of feeling relieve, he started thinking about dinner. Then he found some rancid gravy. All sorts of nasty school toilet images flashed through my head and I almost had to run for the bathroom.
1476  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Free Indie RPG - Legionwood!! on: March 21, 2009, 03:18:34 AM
I tried playing the game on my laptop, because it looks like a fun little game, but there was quite a bit of lag. I guess I shouldn't have underestimated the system requirements, but it still took me by surprise. My laptop used to be a decent gaming machine and is pretty good as a PSone emulator (I use my own games, no worries), it only lacks a bit of RAM...

Perhaps I'll try your game on another PC later, because I'm curious what causes the lag.
1477  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG Annoyances/Pet Peeves on: March 21, 2009, 03:01:19 AM
I'm sad that in most cases, I'd be too old to save the world.

You can never be too old to save the world!
Option 1: Be something that doesn't age (if you still look like a teenager)
Option 2: Be that reliable party member (if you're older than 20)

Okay, that won't let you be the main character, but you can still do your thing. Look at Will from SaGa Frontier II, he's like 80 years old in the final chapter.
1478  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG Annoyances/Pet Peeves on: March 20, 2009, 03:19:12 AM

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4a) Text fonts that are too small.  The NISA localized Gust titles are big offenders here.

Recent console Final Fantasies are even worse. I have a fairly small TV, but I can sit on my bed when playing Gust games. Final Fantasy X-2? When I sit more than a meter away from the TV the text becomes unreadable.
1479  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Family who are "too fat to work" need more benefits on: March 20, 2009, 03:12:17 AM
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The problem is that healthy stuff tastes horrible to me.  :P

It is our nature to prefer sweet and fatty food above other food, thanks to evolution. Healthy food tastes good, as long as it is prepared properly. Many people look at vegetables and have no idea what to do with it. If you don't like the taste of one kind of vegetable, why not mix it with some others? Mixed veggies are awesome, especially if you mix some herbs or spices in for extra flavor. And there is also pasta, chili, "stamppot"...
1480  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Family who are "too fat to work" need more benefits on: March 18, 2009, 04:22:41 AM
Fuck that. Fruit and vegetables aren't expensive if you go to the market and buy what's in season. Canned vegetables are cheaper and more nutricious than microwave meatpies. There are plenty of healthy meals that cost less than 1 a person to make and you'll have leftovers! Mega pan three bean chili anyone? Eat 2-3 slices of bread for lunch or eat muesli with some milk and fruit.The only thing they need to do is use something other than the microwave to prepare their food! >_<
1481  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: So much for the Mana Khemia PSP port? on: March 15, 2009, 04:50:42 AM
The PS2 version already had some slowdown and some game freezing bugs in the bonus dungeons, so I'm not surprised the port is unplayable.
1482  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: March 14, 2009, 03:40:22 AM
Sonic and the Black Knight.

Someone had to. One reviewer had to make this noble sacrifice.
1483  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Money Saving Tip: Don't buy "Component" Video Cables... on: March 14, 2009, 03:11:58 AM
S-video is a bitch in Europe. It used to a common TV-out port for laptops and computers, but few European TV's actually support S-video (we jumped from composite to RGB, skipping S-video). The computersystems generally have the 7 pin mini-DIN port, which also has a composite output, but these cables are almost impossible to find. There are 4 pin ones, but most TVs can't do anything with that.

There are three ways to solve this problem:
1. Buying an expensive signal converter - 60
2. A small S-video t composite adapter, but good luck finding one... - 8?
2. Convert the signal to composite yourself with some soldering tin - 0,05



Connect 1 with 2 and 3 with 4 on the female side using small pieces bend in a U shape and you're done. You could do this to to the port on the back of your computer, but I prefer making some adjustments to a short S-video cable, essentially turning the cable in a cheap converter. 

9 out of 10 stores will recommend option 1, obviously.


1484  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Money Saving Tip: Don't buy "Component" Video Cables... on: March 13, 2009, 12:54:03 PM
There was an even better option. One of their worktables is in the middle of the store and I had my laptop with me (I had classes later that day, that's why I wanted the RAM in ASAP). It would have meant buying the RAM there, but it would have been worth it.
1485  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: March 13, 2009, 05:16:34 AM
German Sailor Opening

And before that the fourth Saint Saiya opening.

I LOVE anime intro's! The songs practically saved my Lunar: Dragon Song experience.
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