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1501  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Family who are "too fat to work" need more benefits on: March 23, 2009, 03:10:25 AM
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Health experts generally tell you to eat more slowly, and to drink water while you eat(sometimes as much as one swallow of water per forkful of food).

They do? Back in elementary school there was a teacher who never let us drink anything during lunch, because it was supposed be bad for your health. I usually had something like whole grain bread with peanutbutter with me, so after a few bites I has always thirsty, but I wasn't allowed to drink until I finished my bread. That sucked so much. I'm glad the bitch was wrong.
1502  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I give up... NISA is making me sick of localizations.... on: March 22, 2009, 04:57:39 PM
XSeed is great. They pick up decent titles and their localisations are solid. No complaints there.

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I know you guys have heard this one.  But at least we are getting the Cross Edge game. (Raises shield in defense).

I'm the same way. Crappy localisations? That sucks, but if I want to play the game I'll buy it regardless of what the publisher did. The alternatives are playing the game in a language I don't understand or not playing the game at all. The alternatives are worse and the localisation could ever be.
1503  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I give up... NISA is making me sick of localizations.... on: March 22, 2009, 03:55:15 PM
I completely forgot about XSEED.  I was relieved to hear someone picked up Shadow Hearts Covenant.  I've never heard of Aksys.  What have they localized?

PS: To those American speakers that know enough Jap to navigate through imports, where did you learn it and how long did it take?  Not the whole language.  Just what's necesarry to make it through most games.  Thanks.  

You can buy programs to learn Japanese, like books, audio books, etc. There are probably some free ones, but for less quality. It really depends on how long it'll take, depending on how much time you invest per day learning the language and how long it takes you to learn hiragana, katakana, and kanji (not sure if a huge knowledge of kanji is necessary for a video game.)

*has some experience with playing Japanese games without knowing much Japanese*

Hiragana and katakana are essential when navigating through menu's and since many games use western sounding names you'll be able to read many names too. Menu's have some kanji, but those are easy enough to recognise after a while. Some games have furigana, but Dragon Quest is the only RPG series I can think of that has it.

It depends on the game if basic knowledge of hiragana and katakana are enough. Action RPG's rarely require much reading. Most Fire Emblems are perfectly playable this way, because menu's aren't too complicated, the names are easy to read and all items have icons. But something like, I don't know, Final Fantasy VIII? Sounds like hell.
1504  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I give up... NISA is making me sick of localizations.... on: March 22, 2009, 02:02:04 PM
I completely forgot about XSEED.  I was relieved to hear someone picked up Shadow Hearts Covenant.  I've never heard of Aksys.  What have they localized?


From the Abyss (DS), a mediocre dungeon crawler
Hoshigami (DS)

... I can't think anything else. They focus more on fighters and have published multiple Guilty Gear games.
1505  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.


1506  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.
1507  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...
1508  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...
1509  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.
1510  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.
1511  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.
1512  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.
1513  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"...
1514  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! >_<
1515  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.
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