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1621  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nintendo reveals new RPG from Hironobu Sakaguchi and Monado becomes Xenoblade on: January 30, 2010, 04:44:23 AM
The next one could be good. Maybe.
1622  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 17, 2010, 03:48:33 PM
That one's a household name in the Netherlands. Which is kinda funny, because today's parents would likely complain if someone made and aired a similar show. Gnome breasts were an uncommon sight on television back then, now it would probably start riots. Riots with pitchforks, torches and SUVs.

The late eighties and early ninties were kinda weird. Good, wholesome cartoons came from Japan, the merchandise pushers from the US and my own country produced shows that were not affraid to discuss the anatomy of the adult female (gnome).

Anyway, I should my 5-year-old cousin the first episode today. We watched it together on my laptop and she thought it was great! I enjoyed it as well, the wolf's antics are still pretty funny :)
1623  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Something similar to Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon on: January 17, 2010, 11:08:32 AM
Er, right, 7. My bad. While I did say that FE7 was the easiest of the FE games, I certainly don't mean it's an easy game by any stretch. FE games are pretty infamous for their high difficulty. Still, I feel that the introductory stages were more than enough to introduce you to how the game works. The only thing I would accuse it of is having a steep difficulty curve. I don't think that has to do with understanding how the game works.

That steep difficulty curve is actually quite problematic. Difficult levels smacking you in the face while you just got the hang of the game, can be a big turn-off. Shadow Dragon is more balanced. The game is also more polished. There are more battle speed settings, the menu's are a bit easier to navigate etc.

Besides, Shadow Dragon isn't rare yet, I heard you can get it for $10 at Wal-mart. The first GBA Fire Emblem is much harder to find and more expensive. If you're new to the genre, would you track down a rare game or just buy the recent one that got good reviews as well? Well, you could cheat and use an emulator, but...


I enjoyed Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon on the Ds. Can anyone suggest something similar for the DS?

Hey Zool!  Fire Emblem DS was my first strategy RPG, and I enjoyed it so much that I went out and bought every srpg I could get my hands on.

I'm not saying Shadow Dragon is the best game in the series, but it's a good place to start. This topic proves that, right?
1624  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Something similar to Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon on: January 17, 2010, 04:28:02 AM
That's Fire Emblem 7 and I doubt I underestimate the intelligence of the avarage gamer. Even some of my fellow reviewers thought it was too hard and frustrating. Don't forget that fans of particular genres (like us RPGfans) aren't exactly avarage.

If someone is really having that much trouble understanding it, Advance Wars is a better way to get into the basics of strategy games since it doesn't have all those levels and classes nonsense.

But it still has plenty to keep track of, especially the later games. Just because the concept is fairly simple, doesn't mean the game is. Also, it does have classes and stats, they're just less prominent or named differently.
1625  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 16, 2010, 05:13:02 AM
I'm watching old cartoons/anime from my childhood. Apparantly 90% of the cartoons the wholesome networks broadcasted were from Japan, so I actually saw lots of anime as a kid.

The intro tunes are all so awesome!

De Tovenaar van Oz

The Dutch translators had lots of fun with that one. The first 2 minutes of the first episode is like 50% pun.


Het nieuuuuwe graaaaaan
heeft de orkaaaaaaan doorstaaaaaan!

Familie Robinson

I wanted to live on that island... Again, the translators really loved their puns.

Maple Town

I adored Maple Town!
1626  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Something similar to Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon on: January 15, 2010, 01:18:27 PM

And yeah, Shadow Dragon's definately the weakest in the series. I'd say go check out the GBA games because they're superior in pretty much every way.

I thought the gameplay was a bit better than in the other games, more streamlined. Sure, it goes back to the basics, but that makes it a game for newcomers.

Anyway, if you like Shadow Dragon, you should also consider the remake of another classic SRPG: Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon (GBA). It's not the most balanced game out there, but it's fun and easy to get into. Or just play the original on the Xbox 360 or Wii. The second game is even better by the way.
1627  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Sega Saturn and Apple bracelets on: January 12, 2010, 06:59:55 AM
I made an octopi army :D

And a pokéball keychain.

1628  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The woman is now obsolete. on: January 12, 2010, 02:32:22 AM
Gonna need a paper bag to put over the thing's face. Seriously, it looks like it has down syndrome.

It kinda looks like Amy Winehouse...
1629  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Famitsu announces a new Lufia (Estpolis) game on: January 11, 2010, 03:40:25 AM
Dekar is probably the only guy manly enough to make pink hair masculine.

Actually, pink used to be an masculine colour, because it was seen as a lighter form of red. It was a popular colour for boys. Blue was the colour for girls, because it was associated with the Virgin Mary. The change started after WWI, when blue became a common colour for men's uniforms. In the forties, they started pushing pink as the colour for girls.

That said, I wish they'd release some artwork of Dekar's new look. I really want to use it for a preview I'm writing :/
1630  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Your Top 10 RPGs of the last decade? on: January 01, 2010, 03:24:17 PM
In no particular order:

-Lunar 2: Eternal Blue (does that count? If not: Etrian Odyssey)
-Valkyrie Profile
-Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana
-Odin Sphere
-Persona 4
-Fire Emblem
-Tales of the Abyss
-Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter
-Wild Arms XF

Not all the best of the best, just games that stood out. For instance, I played Tales of the Abyss during summer break. 5-8 hours a day, almost two weeks in a row, during a heatwave, in a room without airco or even an electric fan. I remember having to take bathroom breaks every hour, because I drank lots of water to stay hydrated. Definitely one of the most hardcore things I ever did.

Valkyrie Profile was a game I showed to some of my friends when we were on vacation together. They quickly nicknamed it "the overkill game". Good times.

Disgaea is the game we (=the friend I just mentioned and I) would have made together if we ever made a game. It's as Nippon Ichi read or minds. They even used the penguins!
1631  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Xmas swag thread. It's an RPGFan Xmas tradition! on: December 27, 2009, 09:43:45 AM
Oh man, you guys won't believe this!
So the mystery has been solved in regards to the two DS games missing. I caught my son trying to throw them out!
Apparently he took the DS to Kindercare/school without telling us, which is strictly forbidden. In so doing he proceeded to LOSE said DS. Either it fell out, or some punk stole out of his book bag. Either way, it's gone. He swiped the games(which we're from Santa, so we wouldn't know about them... Right?) from under the tree in order to keep from having to own up on the missing DS. Crazy shit.
Wow. I didn't think my "good" kid had it in him.
Well, he's in big trouble now, and will be buying a new DS for his mom and dad(in time), is banned from the Wii for a month, and has to do whatever the hell I tell him to do, WHEN I tell him to do it. Plus, Kirby goes back. Scribble we keep.

Look at it this way. From now on, you can bring this up at every family gathering to embarass the shit out of him.

My 5-year-old cousin had a weird reaction to one of the Christmas presents as well. Her big present was a little kitchen. But that wasn't what she wanted! She wanted a real kitchen! She can't cook dinner for her dolls if she doesn't have a real kitchen! There was a lot of screaming. She's totally gonna beat daddy to a pulp. That, and mommy now has to hold a garage sale, so they can get money for her real kitchen. Oh, and I have to sell my bed, because I have to contribute as well.

If she keeps this up, she has a bright Youtube future ahead of her.
1632  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Xmas swag thread. It's an RPGFan Xmas tradition! on: December 25, 2009, 01:30:32 PM
-Craftsuplies, including a bamboo crochet hook.
-A €20 giftcard for the local craftsstore
-Dragon Quests Swords (which I already owned, unfortunately)
-Criminal Minds season 3 boxset
-A bunch of lottery tickets (I didn't win anything :( )
-Three boxes of Toffifee/Toffifay
-Socks with a Delft blue print
-A Spongebob sandwich maker (I thought someone accidently switched gifts, but it really was meant for me)

Aside from the game and the lottery tickets (and the Toffifee which I love but shouldn't be eating), it was a very good year ^_^ Everyone else got great gifts as well :) Well, my brother didn't get the game he wanted because it didn't fit into anyones budget, but I hope he'll enjoy the game I got him (Mass Effect).
1633  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Tell me about buying a pet on: December 23, 2009, 03:06:33 AM
With rabbits I always take the one that rushes forward and tries to bite my fingers off, but that may not be a such good idea with cats and dogs. With cats, the more intelligent ones usually do their own thing, instead of rushing forward to try and get your attention. The nice ones will approach you later on or let you approach them. The ones that keep glaring at you can still be nice, but their friendship just isn't cheap. They are very independent, usually more for watching than cuddling.

Always ask the people at the shelter what they know about an animals behaviour, temperament and special needs. Also, always ask about their health. Young animals can be surprisingly weak. If it has been living in bad conditions from the day it was born till the day it was rescued, health problems are not uncommon. It may have a weak immume system. With puppies, it can be difficult to determine what their temperament will be like later on. Whith adult dogs it's more "what you see is what you get".

Dogs at a shelter can be very stressed, so their level of activity probably isn't the same as it would be at home. Dogs at shelters also bark often. If you walk past one and it barks, try to figure out why it does so. Does it want you to go away or does it want your attention? If it barks a lot, it will probably continue this behaviour at home, keep that in mind. The shelter we got our former dog from let us take him on a 30-minute walk to get to know him better and to help him relax. If that's possible at your local shelter, I highly recommend it. In any case, you want some time alone with the dog to see how he reacts in a more normal situation. A room in which you can play with him is fine too.

When you're alone with the dogs, see what he finds most interesting, you or his surroundings. The playful ones will want a lot of your attention. Not a very good choice if it has to stay home alone a lot. If it's more interested in its surroundings, the dog it more independant. See how it is on a leash, even a little trip around the room and down the hallway can tell a lot. Some dogs are very enthousiastic and want you to drag you over to whatever they find interesting. This may be a problem if the dog large, but if you don't mind the pulling you don't have to worry about it. If the dog is scared of something in its environment (for instance a moving bicycle, a newspaper or an umbrella being opened) and doesn't show any curiosity towards it, it may be trouble.

Even if you don't plan on getting any other pets, ask how the dog is with other dogs.

For both cats and dogs, eyes can tell you a lot. You can let both of them know things are okay by looking them into the eye and slowly blinking. If a cat does this to you, you're very lucky, because it accepts you and feels comfortable around you. A dog's eyes can tell a lot as well. A dog that casts its eyes downward and doesn't look scared acknowledges you as the leader, which is very important for a familydog. A dog that looks you right in the eye is challenging you and will take a lot of time to accept you as the alpha. While these can be great dogs, they are not dogs for beginners.

1634  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Tell me about buying a pet on: December 22, 2009, 04:13:27 PM
You know, this is the first time I heard about declawing. But then again, apparantly it's illegal in the Netherlands. It's hard to imagine a cat without claws. The cats I know look happy when they sink their claws into a scratching pole or tree.

As for spaying/neuturing, I'm all for. It's nice when animals can go outside unsupervised without having to worry about unwanted kittens. It's a small price to pay for freedom, if you ask me. My rabbit seems perfectly happy without his balls. Now he can enjoy the company of lovely lady rabbit without worrying about being kicked out of the house because of baby bunnies. He makes happy jumps every morning <3

Um, I never said that.  I claimed it as something to -note-, not as the only reason to ever do it.  As I've already pointed out, my dogs would likely be dead, most of my family seriously injured, most of our furniture in pieces, and one of the cats probably would have killed the other(Even with only their back claws, one has managed to seriously harm the other on her face, and they spend a lot more time fighting with their front legs then with their back).  All of that was prevented by doing a simple procedure that my folks decided was necessary.

If the animals don't get along, isn't it better to separate them/find another home for one or several animals? Cats and dogs that get along don't fight until the other bleeds, atleast the cats and dogs I know don't.

1635  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Tell me about buying a pet on: December 20, 2009, 03:48:18 AM
Claws or not, pets are still going to make a mess. Unless you get a declawed naked cat or something.


It could be worse, though:

Lets hope he doesn't have social anxieties that make it difficult for him to use a strange litterbox.
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