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1576  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The awful war between JRPGFans and WRPGFans on: June 17, 2009, 06:26:04 AM
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"girls look like men in WRPGs".

True. Of course, there are plenty of exceptions, but I just don't like the tits, ass & muscle designs. Sure, the girls in JRPG's provide plenty of fanservice as well, but atleast they wear cute outfits!
1577  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The awful war between JRPGFans and WRPGFans on: June 17, 2009, 04:09:39 AM
I always thought it was more of a PC vs console RPG war, just like there is a PC vs console gaming war in general. Hardware is one of the main reasons why I rarely bother with western RPGs. I guess I could play some games from before 2002 on my system, but why bother when I have a big stack of DS, PSP and PS2 RPGs I want to play?
1578  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: More characters need to die boring deaths... on: June 15, 2009, 03:31:09 AM
But you know what's worse than overdramatic deaths? FAKE deaths! Yes, I'm looking at YOU, Final Fantasy IV! (Edward, Yang, Cid, Palom and Porom, FuSoYa, Golbez) They practically pretend to kill off every temporary character when they leave your group...)

Fixed on account that Tellah actually bought the farm. Still doesn't excuse Cid for surviving a bomb exploding in his hands as he was falling from who knows how high up and into a fleet of airships all while causing a cave in above him. >_<

I could totally see him slipping on a banana peel and never getting back up again. Mundane death indeed.

Don't forget all the lava. Parashutes can't save you from lava.
1579  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: More characters need to die boring deaths... on: June 14, 2009, 04:26:45 AM
I've seen some pretty stupid/boring deaths in RPGs, but only in RPGs with exceptionally bad writing. There is this scene in Astonishia Story where a whole town is destroyed and the heroes barely escape with their lives. The conversation that follows was basically "Gee, that sucks, lets go do something else"

And then there was Lunar Dragon Song. Since we didn't actually see the guy die, I thought he had escaped again, like earlier in the game.

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Let's not forget Fire Emblem - when your characters die, it's really game over for them.  No Life Elixar 9000, no feather or down off a large avian's arse.  Just death.

And if they do survive the war, they might die in more peaceful times. The epilogue often mentions a character or two dying.
1580  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that critics love but fans of the series hate. on: June 09, 2009, 04:17:40 PM
[N]gamer has two, but now that I think about it, I'm not sure our sister magazines have RPG guys. PU didn't have one for ages, they totally trashed Final Fantasy VI and Phantasy Star IV back in the days...

I don't think someone who's not a fan reviewing an RPG is necessarily a bad idea. It can be refreshing to read a review from the viewpoint of another type of gamer. As long as the reviewer is fair and openminded, the review could be very good.
1581  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Forgotten Old Square RPGs? on: June 09, 2009, 02:45:44 PM
I played through Final Fantasy Mystic Quest a dozen of times. If you're starving even stale bread can be a gift from the heavens. This stale bread also had some cool music. Doom Castle theme!
1582  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that critics love but fans of the series hate. on: June 09, 2009, 02:18:58 PM
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles got some really good scores when it just came out and that really surprised me. It was not just because I thought it was a very repetitive game, but also because I felt it should have been a Mana game. Remove the moogles, add some sprites and elementals, call it Chronicles of Mana and fans would have finally gotten that multiplayer Mana game they have been wishing for since Secret of Mana.

That's me as a fan. The critic in me thinks Breath of Fire fans need to stop complaining about Dragon Quarter not being like Breath of Fire I, II or III. Dragon Quarter was a very innovative RPG.  A developer that has the guts to change a series drastically and makes a more than decent game in the progress, deserves praise. Instead they got poor sales and angry fans.

Anyway, someone pointed it out already, but critics often are fans themselves. The avarage website/magazine with reviews has a RPG guy, a racer guy, a FPS guy... The main difference between fans and critics is that critics are exposed to a lot more games.
1583  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: EA: Girls, your value is as vapid fashionistas on: June 06, 2009, 02:27:38 AM
I think there are already a lot of games out there that appeal to both genders, especially in the adventure and RPG genres. It's just that most girls wouldn't play them, because gaming in general is still seen as a hobby for males. Thankfully, that is slowly changing. We're already a step beyond pop stars promoting Brain Training, they're now promoting Professor Layton and the Curious Village.
1584  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: EA: Girls, your value is as vapid fashionistas on: June 05, 2009, 03:49:45 PM
Yeah, moe isn't supposed to be sexual. It's more like seeing the character as a little sister, wanting to watch over her and protect her. Atleast that's how it's supposed to be. There are many fans who see these girls as attractive (lolicon) or some kind of pet.

Some think there are only men that are this perverted, but there is "shotacon" as well. I read that started out as something innocent. Girls saw cute young boys characters like Shotaro from Tetsujin 28-go in anime and manga and felt motherly feelings towards them. You know, wanting to hug them and bake them cookies. Totally innocent. Of course, this is Japan we're talking about... it soon devolved into something sexual. Now shotacon is pretty much a type of manga that depicts a sexual relationship between a man and a much younger boy or between two underage boys. Scary.

1585  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Villains MIA topic... on: June 05, 2009, 05:57:59 AM
I had a strategy guide. A good strategy guide makes that game much more enjoyable.
1586  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: It's official: the world is fucking insane. on: June 05, 2009, 05:48:48 AM
Half of it sounds stupid and irresponsible, but this is cool:

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For Christmas, Lazaros said his group raised $700 in gifts and brought them to kids at St. Mary's Children's Hospital in New York. "They were so excited to see real-life superheroes," Lazaros said.


1587  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: EA: Girls, your value is as vapid fashionistas on: June 05, 2009, 03:24:36 AM
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Moe, it ain't a concept for preteen girls. Mind, they can enjoy it, but they're not the target audience.

This was going on years before moe became a big thing (in all its creepy glory...). The obsession had to start somewhere and that was with magical girl anime and the like for preteens, because anime/manga for young men was usually drawn in a style that was anything but cute.

IIRC Rhapsody was never marketed as a RPG for girls in Japan, while reviewers in the US often assumed it was made for their little sisters.
1588  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Villains MIA topic... on: June 05, 2009, 03:02:32 AM
For a game that looked so cute, Legend of Mana had some depressing up characters and storylines...
1589  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: EA: Girls, your value is as vapid fashionistas on: June 05, 2009, 02:41:59 AM
Yeah, Princess Debut is pretty cool, but that is because it has some of the qualities I was talking about. You can interact with other characters (heck, it's pretty much a dating sim for little girls) and there is an actual storyline. Not many western developers would make something like that, because they're afraid large amounts of text scares people off.

There was one title from a western developer I thought was interesting. It's a horse riding sim for the Wii that strives for realism and makes good use of the wiimote and nunchuck. It came out last year, but I can't remember what it was called...

BTW I wouldn't be surprised if Princess Debut was quite popular with grown-up men in Japan. They devour cuteness as if they were preteen girls. Games like Rhapsody were also made for an older audience than most Americans would expect.
1590  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Fantasy Sucks on: June 04, 2009, 10:51:05 AM
I'm not a huge fan of fantasy and I only read it occasionally. My taste is probably a bit more girly and fairytale-ish than what most people here read. I prefer stuff like The Last Unicorn and Howl's Moving Castle. I recently discovered Japanese fantasy manga and (light) novels such as The Good Witch of the West, Basara and The Key to the Kingdom. I think I like these works because of the strong but feminine female characters.
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