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1726  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.
1727  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.
1728  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'.
1729  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 :(
1730  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...)
1731  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?
1732  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
1733  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What keeps you going everyday? on: April 22, 2011, 03:36:06 AM
Friends, family, discovering new things, hoping to find a special someone again, and indie dreams are slowly happening.

BTW Tomara you're in the industry also?  Where and what do you do?  PM me if you wish :)

I'm more on the journalism side of things. I write for a Dutch independent Nintendo magazine called [N]Gamer. I guess developers might not call us part of the game industry since you're closer to the core and we act on the outskirts closer to the consumerbase, but consider this: we share the same ups and downs. We need your games to earn our paychecks and you need us too.

Anyway, I'm also trying to get work as a translator but it's difficult. Not because I lack skills but because not many companies allow translators to work from home.
1734  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 21, 2011, 04:07:16 PM
Speaking of the weather, I annoyed everyone by wearing my winter coat today. I thought it was kind of chilly, the rest of the country didn't agree and my friend was like "What the fuck?!". Low bloodpressure makes me heat resistant :D
1735  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What keeps you going everyday? on: April 20, 2011, 06:30:37 AM
I was kind of like a zombie throughout most of middle/high school and college. I kept going because, well, what else was I supposed to do? There were expectations and I didn't want to be a burden on anyone, so I just did what I thought had to be done. There were times when I was exhausted. I got up at 6:45, got on my bicycle on 7:15, arrived at 8:00, went to classes, almost slept through the classes after lunch break, did my homework, went back home, ate dinner and went to bed at 6 PM to repeat the cycle the next morning. In hindsight, that may not have been healthy... but I did it anyway, because I felt I had to. It didn't really bother me, because I couldn't imagine life being any other way.

Anyway, I got a job in the game industry, dropped out of college (yes, in that order) and now I can honestly say that I get up in the morning because I enjoy my life.
1736  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: April 18, 2011, 02:22:08 PM
Does being big-boned exist??  I have no idea how some girls about my age are at 95 lbs....  I like steak and all.  I'm more the type to work out than to switch to all veggie-diet (I'd eat it more if it meant smaller boobs though...hmm). x( 

Well, muscle weighs more than fat and I've noticed most girls that size can't even lift a twig. I'm quite short, yet you can count my ribs at 115 lbs.
1737  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 10, 2011, 02:56:30 PM
I'm officially old. I told some 10-12 year old kids to get off my property, yep. I didn't really mind them being there on those stairs, but they were quite noisy and I had like four deadlines. Besides, I don't think they wanted me to know that K. is totally in love with N., but that the girl who's playing matchmaker is ruining it for the both of them and... Well, you get the point.
1738  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenogears worth it? on: April 10, 2011, 12:50:04 PM
Of which two hours would be spend climbing the Tower of Babel, right? Yeah, I guess the game did suck if 20% consisted of falling, falling and falling some more...

I really like Xenogears back in 2001. It was like some rite of passage into world of import RPG's. Xenogears was unlike any RPG I had played before and that made it special. Also, I was a stupid teenagers in those days so I was easily impressed by a storyline that went beyond 'kill dragon, save princess'.

Now I like Xenodurr, but I doubt I would have liked it if I hadn't played Xenogears back in the old days of Pokémon and Neon Genesis Evangelion DVDs. So, thanks Xenogears!
1739  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Female gamers, is this industry treating you as well as you deserve? on: April 08, 2011, 12:00:44 PM
Sure we could think that way if Lightning was a human, but she's made by a guy with his fantasies and thoughts.

And all men are perverts and would never attempt to create female characters who are more than material for a sexy PVC-statue.

I admit I don't know Lightning very well. I'm not a fan of Final Fantasy XIII afterall. She did strike me as the type of woman who just doesn't care that men might look at her that way. And why should she? She isn't interested in them and if someone bothered her, she could easily kick their ass.

Of course, it would be a whole different story if she was constantly providing fanservice to the player but she isn't.
1740  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: If you could show any game to a younger "You" .... on: April 07, 2011, 08:39:07 AM
I'm pretty much happy with what I played when  I was younger funnily enough.

Me too. Plus, I was smart enough to buy the right games. If I had the possibility to go back in time, I'd tell my old self to buy some more extra copies of Terranigma in 1997. I'm evil.
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