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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that All Children Should Play on: August 06, 2014, 04:21:02 AM
I figure, 12 year-olds nowadays are either playing PS360 console games with bombastic graphics or they're playing quickie app-style games on their cell phones.

I don't know. They seem to have the patience for all sorts of free to play simulation games and MMORPGs. They have limited cash and more spare time than they know what to do with, so just like us 15+ years ago, they're looking for games that can keep them entertained for a long time for as little money as possible. Graphics don't matter much. They'll grab whatever looks appealing and/or their friends are playing. Not every kid will like some 20 year old JRPG, but I'm sure they are still plenty who dare to sink their teeth into a title like Chrono Trigger. And why wouldn't they? It's still a good game.

And hey, it's not like us grown-ups have no influence at all. I'd never push them towards whatever I liked as kid, but it's great when you can point them towards an older game that's relevant to their interests. For instance, my youngest cousin loves New Super Mario Bros. Loves, loves, loves it. So I got her one of those Nintendo Point Cards and downloaded Super Mario World for her on her Wii. I explained that the game she loves was based on a game that was popular when I was her age. She thought that was fascinating. She used the leftover points to get another old title: Kirby's Adventure for the NES. She'll turn 10 this year and has developed a bit of an interest in older games. Of course she adores Minecraft, but she also has this Game Boy Micro she does't want to let go. I'm pretty sure she'll become a gamer and will start seeking out and playing through bits of game history on her own.

I think that's the trick, really: pointing them towards those older titles when they show interest. Of course those kids will be a minority, but it's not like every kid grows up to be a film buff, literature lover, fan of classic rock, and more. They'll find one of two things they're interested in.

Hm. Now I wonder if videogames are an important enough part of our culture to actually educate children about it. And if so, what titles should be part of that exclusive education worthy list?
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 06, 2014, 02:16:22 AM
^I've said this before many times; Any company with long-running franchises reaches a point of saturation. How that saturation from that point on is handled by the company is their own business to take care of.

But here's the thing, when their way of handling it is (part) consumer blaming, consumers have every right to complain.

Triple A publishers love to play the 'we give fans what they want card' and while it's not completely without merit (fans are eager to buy something they are familiar with), in the end it's still impossible to know exactly what fans want. Square Enix only saw part of the picture for over a decade. If Nintendo hadn't taken care of Bravely Default, there's a good chance they'd still think pretty pictures and wellknown characters all people care about. And then it would still be the consumers' fault for not noticing whatever fancy title they put out next.

The way I see it, Square Enix wanted the world to be a place where they could impress gamers with shiny images and flashy FMVs over and over again. They wanted to be the company that made games that made our jaws drop. They had to believe that is what we wanted.

It's pretty delusional, but I think a lot of Japanese companies are that way. I feel like The Last Unicorn's Molly Grue whenever Hideo Baba shows up at an European convention. I waited to long! I'm old now. Where was the Tales serie when I was a teen and desperately wanted to play the newest installments? Where was Namco all those years?

Oh yeah, it was in Japan, telling themselves people outside of the country couldn't possibly understand or enjoy the games they were making.

Fuck that.

A lot of gamers don't care to learn about the work and creative process of these projects, and in more than one case I end up looking at stuff like XIII in a different light because I bothered to learn about the game. But nope fuck that, I'm wrong because the game is linear and dumb as shit according to the keen-eyed wisdom of the gaming community. :p

It's good to delve deeper, but Final Fantasy XIII is what Square Enix sold us. That is what we got for our money and what was supposed to entertain us all on its own. While I enjoyed the game, I can imagine many were disappointed. Linearity doesn't have to be a bad thing and storywise it would be weird to give players a lot of freedom, but it's a good idea to make players forget they're following a set path for most of the game. Look at Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter. You're also running from the government and thus following a set path, but that path has hidden areas and many different types of encounters. The game may be linear but there's still a lot to explore. What does Final Fantasy XIII do? Eh, it has some extremely basic puzzles (OMG, switches!) and lovely backgrounds, I guess?

And in all honestly, the bullshit that went on behind the scenes makes me wonder why Final Fantasy XIII didn't turn out worse. It's a miracle the game turned out to be so decent. But that doesn't make me appreciate the game more. It makes me a little angry. When your head is so far up your nicely rendered arse, you don't need a miracle that confirms your head is fine exactly where it is.
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 31, 2014, 02:47:46 AM
Don't forget the period from hell see seems to be having.
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: July 27, 2014, 05:37:26 AM
1. Disgaea 4
2. The Guided Fate Paradox
3. Puzzle Quest 2
4. Puzzle Quest: Galactrix
5. Ys: Memories of Celceta
6. Danganronpa
7. Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God
8. Atelier Escha & Logy
9. The Starship Damrey
10. Attack of the Friday Monsters!
11. The Witch and the Hundred Knight
12. Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call
13. Lost Odyssey
14. Wakedas
15. Magical Starsign
16. Etrian Odyssey Untold
17. Mugen Souls Z
18. Picross e4 (it's Picross)
19. Crystal Warriors
20. To the Moon
21. The Banner Saga
22. Game Dev Tycoon
23. Gone Home
24. Bastion

25. Breath of Death VII (Lita is, like, two references in one. Amazing!)
26. Cthulhu Saves the World (There's a lot to like, but I wouldn't mind having some shorter dungeons despite the random encounter limit.)
27. Ys Book I (I'm ashamed I didn't play this earlier)
28. Ys Book II (See, grinding against things doesn't have to be dirty! Well, it will still be dirty if you don't switch the blood off, but it's a different kind of dirty, you know?)
29. Tappingo (It's a cheap but fun little puzzle game. What's not to like?)
30. Millennium: A New Hope (Good start, aside from the missable items bullshit. Will probably buy one or two more episodes this year)
31. Penny Arcade Episode 3 (Perhaps I should have played the first two first, but those weren't on sale. Besides, I was in a mood for faux retro anyway)
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 25, 2014, 11:00:46 AM
Yes, six passangers were on their way to the National AIDS Conference. Among them was Joep Lange.

Most of the news here has been about the Dutch passengers and about the identification proces of all victims. It was weird seeing the coffins loaded up into trucks and planes, especially when they said one such coffin could contain the remains of more than just one person.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 25, 2014, 03:23:44 AM
The curls are really cute, but I'd have prefered it if they were a little les... anime.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 24, 2014, 03:13:10 AM
And here I thought Zombie Batman was weird... Is the Dark Knight the new Hello Kitty?
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 23, 2014, 05:18:15 PM
Crazy neighbour is screaming again. The door my my balcony is still open, but if I close it now, he'll see me.

Edit: from his ramblings I gathered this: he apparantly took a bet (some street game?) and the people he was playing against let him win the first few times (of course). Then he lost €20. So he called 112 (our 911), who did not appreciate being called for something like that. So he called again. Eleven times total. And now he's angry and the whole world needs to die.

I feel kinda bad for him. I mean, it's obvious he's not 100% functional and he's having a hard time. On the other hand, he scares the shit out of me!
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 23, 2014, 08:16:30 AM
Finally was able to log in to Hearthstone and check out the new content!

The bosses were fun and I liked the rewards, but... It's not that much to it. I already cleared the first wing (including the extra challenges, if anyone wants deck suggestions, let me know). I had been planning on paying actual money for this, but I think I'll stick to saving up gold...
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Sunrider: First Arrival on: July 23, 2014, 05:00:04 AM
Hey, nowadays free betas/super long demos are not something I take for granted. Plenty of developers out there who charge people $20+ to get early access. I'd much rather check the game out for free and decide if I want to buy it or not after the full product is actually available.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Sunrider: First Arrival on: July 22, 2014, 03:53:20 PM
Reminds me of the stuff we have where I work where it's programmed so atrociously, it needs 6 linked graphic cards to render 2D.

I'm actually kind of worried my laptop will have trouble running this game.

Oh well, it's free. Worst case scenario it'll cost me a minute or two to uninstall it.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 22, 2014, 09:51:03 AM
The best thing about Dawn of the New World is the small Tenebrae plush that came with my review copy (Namco Bandai's attempt at bribery?). Supposedly it's very rare (can't even find a picture of it online) and it makes Tales fans jealous. It. Is. Awesome.

What's not so awesome, is the fact that Millennium: A New Hope has so many missable items. Yes, please do make the only key that can open locked doors available for only a short window of time in a hidden store, players will love that!
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 22, 2014, 03:07:37 AM
One of my biggest unfounded fears is someone breaking into my place and stealing my gaming crap. I know I would never get half of the merchandise I've collected back. On that point, I think it takes a for real scum-bag to steal someones personal  goods. There are a great many moral lows man can reach, but stealing another mans personal belongings is something I REALLY detest and can't understand. There are a number of other immoral, illegal ways to go out and make money that does not directly hurt and violate another innocent human being. People can really suck alright.

I have nightmares about someone breaking in quite often, especially after the incident with crazy neighbour :/

I've told this story here before, but my sister actually had something stolen from her right from her room. She had invited some friends over. Atleast, she thought all of them were friends. One of them stole her mobile phone, mistaking it for a model that was actually worth something. (Note: they were all around 14 years old) In her case it all worked out. The guy was an idiot, so it wasn't hard to figure out he was the culprit. He had already caused some minor trouble in town and showed all the signs of going further down hill, so the police took the case quite seriously. Two months later my sis had her phone back. (And now, many years later, that guy takes it up the butt for cash at shady parties.)
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 19, 2014, 02:46:34 AM

Edit: I'm not up on Disgaea. What is that thing next to my name? What the heck am I? Kind of looks like one of those bull skulls you run into in the middle of the New Mexico desert. Not that I've ever been there.

A Reaper, which is -dundundun- a reaper-like monster with high magic and attack stacks. They're also good at destroying the enemy's SP.
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 17, 2014, 02:43:20 AM
If my theory is correct, they visited the small war museum in the town they were headed to (not much else to do there, really), which is run by my old neighbour. I got many of the stories I know from him :D

(The other theory is that they just like walking, but if you come all the way to the Netherlands to walk, you're not going to be walking here. You'd enter the Four Day March in Nijmegen, which is held this week. Plus, they weren't equipped like long distance walkers anyway, which means the walking was more of a recreational thing. Like, get on the bus and get out several stops in advance to admire some scenery. Or maybe just walk from one town to the next. That's doable without water, even in our summer weather. Guessing from the direction they we're coming from and mentioning they're both wrong when I pointed them in the right direction, they're probably staying in Z., a town in walking distance of several other small towns and villages.)


(Instead of Sherlocking them I should just ask my dad if he's heard about any Canadians visiting. News like that travels like wildfire. Funny. The internet lets us talk to people on the other side of the world instantly, but seeing an actual live foreigner up close is still something amazing.)
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