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1621  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 17, 2011, 03:48:42 PM
Today my boss asked me something out of the blue.

"How old were you in 2003?!"

Turns out he saw my name in an old Nintendo magazine from that year. But what does this have to do with my age?

Besides, if he had checked an even earlier issue, he would have found out that I was 15 in 2002 and totally into Legend of Kartia. 

Which is kind of related to what happened in the Dimension Plus today. I bought a game and mentioned that my account was pretty old. He agreed, since I've been a loyal customer since the store opened back in 2000. Then I remembered it's almost 10 years ago I bought Lunar Silver Star Story there (ah, June 7, 2001... I remember it like it was yesterday...). Lunar was my very first imported PlayStation game, the game that pretty much set me on the course to what I am today. Why Lunar? Because RPGfan made me!

So, ehm, you changed/ruined my life. Thanks.
1622  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The girlfriend won't let me play video games, WTF!? on: May 16, 2011, 02:52:30 PM
I honestly don't understand what is so bad about having a hobby. You can have a hobby and be a good parent. Actually, I'm pretty sure you need a hobby to be a good parent. No kid wants their parents to constantly hover over them because they don't know what else to do with their spare time. You also need to be able to recharge one way or another. Having a hobby is a good thing!

My dad usually went straight to the attic to tinker after dinner, but that was fine with us, because we knew we could always go up and spend time with him. Or ask him to fix our toys. That's what I liked about him as a kid, he could always fix our stuff or even make us something new. My dad built my first bicycle, my bed and a bunch of other stuff. His other hobby is kind of cool too. He was the head of a guild and still is, actually. It's a time consuming hobby, but going to the local fair with my dad is awesome. He knows virtually everyone and we get a lot of stuff for free.

Besides, games are a lot of better than I lot of other hobbies I can think of. Atleast you can play them together with the family once in a while. Plus, it's very likely the kids will become interested in games when they grow up. Knowing more about games than just how to interprete the ERSB ratings is very useful.
1623  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of the Abyss 3DS to See English Release on: May 13, 2011, 02:35:41 AM
I so want this game. And I'd want it even more if they leave the Japanese opening intact.

Bamco seems to like eliminating all traces of japanese language in games, so I doubt it would use that version.
It may actually choose to put it in english.

I bet they'll reuse the opening from the PS2 version and there is nothing wrong with that.
1624  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of the Abyss 3DS to See English Release on: May 12, 2011, 03:25:04 AM

I don't recall Suikoden V having bad loading times? Unless I'm just really patient or something.

The world map was pretty bad.

Anyway, I've put over 100 hours in the original, but I'm still going to get the 3DS version. I have no idea how many times PS2s can be brought back from the dead, but I think my American one will reach its limit soon (poor old PS2 :( ). I wouldn't mind having an extra copy of my favourite on a system that is still young.
1625  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of the Abyss 3DS to See English Release on: May 11, 2011, 03:59:35 PM
i wouldnt be surprised if nintendo is funding the localization like they did with tales of symphonia.

... WHAT localization? Maybe for Europe, but it was already released in the USA and the fact they're not including skits indicates they're recycling the script and VA.

Yeah, the fact that they finished the localization five years ago is probably the reason we're getting the game in the first place. This is Namco Bandai we're talking about!
1626  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 08, 2011, 03:48:17 PM
Just came back from Animecon 2011, checked the reactions on some forums and... well, a lot of people were thanking our cirlce for our workshops, helping fix people's cosplays and so on. Some even thanked me in particular. That's kind of... wow.

Also, the conbook (as we lovingly call it) cracked me up.

Mobile game room
"We have a team of trained professionals ready to pop up wherever there is a delay making you wait in line."

Professional? Uhm, yeah, that's just our friend in her sexy short shorts, high heels and a Portal shirt letting people play against eachother on DSs. No, she wasn't paid for it and I don't think a 15 minute briefing counts as training. Fun fact: you're not allowed to use your own handheld gaming devices on convention grounds. So, yeah...

Cosplay Repair Point
"We have selected people with the most exceptional skills to help you repair your outfit."

The repair point was a tiny sewing kit on an otherwise empty table. Most people came to us instead and honestly, we're not exceptionally skilled, we just teach people how to crochet tiny bunnies. I'm not even a cosplayer. Well, I did talk to a cosplayer about her cosplay during one of my break, so I guess that counts?

1627  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: May 05, 2011, 08:25:00 AM
i could be wrong but
i dont recall her dying.

also i just started Wild Arms XF but from what i've seen thus far Clarissa the female lead seems pretty cool.

Wild Arms girls (and women!) are usually pretty cool. I like Labyrinthia a lot.

She was born a commoner, but worked hard after the reformations to get a good education and became the court magician as a result. She also does what she believes is right even if it means being branded a traitor. I also like that she wears a very proper dress and isn't hindred by it in battle, because Labyrinthia doesn't walk, she [i]warps[/i]. Also, revive spell? Awesome.
1628  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: a pet peeve of mine is.... on: May 05, 2011, 03:50:28 AM

You think you're a fossil? I played a Nintendo when it first came out. Hell, I had a commodore 64 and a Vetrex! A goddamn VETREX.

My first game was Donkey Kong on the Commodore 64...

Anyway, I don't feel old anymore. I went to the dentist yesterdag and she kept calling me by my first name the whole time instead of miss *insert long familyname here*. She even asked 'How's school?'.
1629  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: a pet peeve of mine is.... on: May 04, 2011, 02:32:03 AM
I just realized something.  Phantasy Star Online on Dreamcast came out a decade ago.  Which means we've known each other (somewhat) for a decade.

Holy shit I feel old.

Next month it'll be ten years ago that I bought Lunar Silver Star Story Complete, also known as my very first real import game and the game that set me on my path towards a career in the game industry. The reason I bought Lunar? This site.

I feel old too.

Well, actually I feel old all the time at the [N]gamer-forums. Most of our gamers are teenagers, which leads to some pretty weird conversations. A little while ago a girl was ranting about how we shouldn't call the Gamecube old and about how it was disgusting other gamers her age weren't familiar with the Super Nintendo. She is fourteen. She could barely read when the GameCube came out. She wasn't even born yet when everyone was playing Super Mario World and Zelda: A Link to the Past. If she's an experienced gamer, I'm a fossil. Well, she's probably just an insecure teenage girl who's trying to find her place in the world by defining herself using her hobby

Also, animeconvention next weekend, I'm going to feel old there too. Not because everyone is younger then me, but because I will be working together with the youngest member of our little circle. She's sixteen. The age difference seems huge nowadays even though she's quite mature for her age. At the same time she's going to expect me to be the mature and responsible adult, even though I already know I'll leave our little workshop a little more than absolutely neccesary.

What makes it even weirder is that the avarage age of RPG heroes has gone up the past decade. Ten-fifteen years ago, someon their early twenties was old enough to be a war veteran and the mentor of the gang of adventurous teens. Nowadays you have to be a thirty-something (35 seems ideal) to do that. I don't feel old when playing a modern JRPG.
1630  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of the Abyss 3DS to See English Release on: May 02, 2011, 08:03:01 AM
Any word on a European release?

I'm probably basing whether I get a USA 3DS or an AUS one on this. PAL missed out on it on PS2 and I refuse to miss out on it again. :P

I heard a rumor that CVG/NintendoGamer UK announced Tales of Abyss 3DS for Europe.Can anyone confirm this?

They're no confirmation yet. We're expecting Namco Bandai will announce it officially at their next conference.
1631  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: May 02, 2011, 03:21:14 AM
This is a Polish political cartoon from 1720 that makes fun of John Law's policies. I have no idea what's going on in it, but it's kind of hot.

Are you sure it's Polish? It looks like Dutch. I might be able to read it...

Edit: Yep, it's Dutch.

'Misbruik ... al wat hij begint, is erger als rook en wind'
 -> '... abuse... something one starts, it worse than smoke and wind'

The text near the cat says

'ik word niet van de wind verflooten, ik val op 't Land nog op mijn poten'

and it means something like 'I don't have to worry about the wind, I will land on my paws anyway'.
1632  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: a pet peeve of mine is.... on: May 02, 2011, 03:07:45 AM
Orange people. I thought they were an American thing, but obviously fake tans are starting to pop up in my little rural town as well. I blame MTV :(
1633  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of the Abyss 3DS to See English Release on: April 29, 2011, 07:56:25 AM
is it 100% confirmed that the game doesnt have new content?

I guess. IIRC Namco Bandai promised two things:
-less loading times (yay!)
-3D battles (yeah, whatever...)
1634  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of the Abyss 3DS to See English Release on: April 29, 2011, 03:23:18 AM
Though, to be fair, Terranigma is an amazing game.

Yeah, with that underworld and the little sidequests you do to stimulate the economy and the clones and the WTF-'who is that?'-ending and... wait... which game did I spoil just now?
1635  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 26, 2011, 01:50:55 PM
A little while ago someone told me my food is too manly. Too spicy, too filling, too much on the plates. It's been bothering me, so I tried something different today. I made tomatosoup and it tasted pretty good, but I failed. It's still too manly T_T
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