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1846  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 - Nintendo on: June 02, 2009, 01:20:07 PM
I tried two streams. One farted a lot, the other one made smooching sounds. Great.

Golden Sun DS surprised me, new Mario RPG looks nice, don't know what to think of Metroid: Other M.
1847  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 - Microsoft on: June 02, 2009, 08:40:16 AM
What's wrong with a traditional controller? I mean, with one press of a button you can leap several feet into the air, sling a spell at your enemy or run at amazing speeds. It's not limited to the movements of the human body. There is no need to make silly movements in front of a camera or motion sensing equipment, you can play games without anyone think you're an idiot. And everyone with working fingers can use a traditional controller, it's very userfriendly.
1848  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: EA: Girls, your value is as vapid fashionistas on: June 02, 2009, 02:41:35 AM
If you want to make games for girls and young women, wouldn't it be more logical to let women make them? Women know what women want. It's like those girls' comics fromt he fifties and sixties in Japan. Most series were drawn by men and were overly moralizing and sappy, promoting the role men wanted women to play. Sure, girls love cute and sparkly things, but if you only put sparkly and cute things in a game, you're going to make something very superficial. Look at those fashion games, why not put a proper storyline in there, give it some drama? Modern Japanese girls' comics are extremely popular because they do just that, they combine things girls like with interesting characters and engaging stories.

1849  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Villains MIA topic... on: June 02, 2009, 02:22:05 AM
Roger Bacon was a credible villain in the first SH game, it wasn't until the second when he was de-fanged.

I remember when I first played Shadow Hearts. He had a great introduction. A gentleman, tophat included, summoning demons to rip people to shreds, and there wasn't anything you could do about it at that point. I knew right away this was going to be great! And then there was Shadow Hearts: Covenant, I remember him sitting on a bench and talking. Bleh. 


Awesome. And it's true, the way I make the MC act in Persona 3 is something I detest in reallife. Maybe not a manipulator, but at the very least a person who can never be himself, because he'll only say what people want to hear.
1850  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix's Lineup for E3... 10 games on: May 30, 2009, 03:22:02 PM

What the fuck.  Is this a Kingdom Hearts sequel or a Naked Gun sequel? :P

It's a sequel of KH1 and a prequel of KH2. Sorta like Kingdom Hearts 1.5 but focuses on Roxas.

And it's made for fangirls. Have you seen the trailers? "No one would miss me." "I would!" I'm sure that alone spawned ten dozens of fanfics.
1851  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix's Lineup for E3... 10 games on: May 30, 2009, 02:42:46 AM
I was never any good at Fremch. And "nier" is Dutch for kidney, so naturally that's the first thing I'll think about when hearing that title. Cavia is Dutch for guinea pigs, by the way.
1852  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix's Lineup for E3... 10 games on: May 30, 2009, 02:34:12 AM

1853  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xseed E3 lineup announced - Lunar and Yuusha 30 on it on: May 30, 2009, 02:16:15 AM
I love being right! Especially in this case.

Atlus remains number one, but Xseed has secured the second place in my list of favourite game publishers. Nippon ichi fails at being number one and is even starting to fail at being number two or three...

Anyway, Xseed publishing Lunar means that there is a significant chance Rising Star Games will release the game in Europe.
1854  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Villains MIA topic... on: May 29, 2009, 10:39:08 AM
Speaking of badly written villains, don't you hate those "woe is me" speeches? There is no actual character development for 30+ hours and suddenly we have to symphatise with the villain?

Wild Arms XF was nowhere near a piece of literature, but there was one thing that made me appreciate a certain badguy a lot more.
Charlton starts such a speech, but ends it rather suddenly, because he realizes there are better ways to spend your final moments than telling the heroes about your crappy childhood. Instead he decides not to let his final cigarette go to waste. Oh and he punched a zombie for interupting him, that was badass.
1855  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: XSeed bringing Fragile to those of U.S. who live in the United States on: May 29, 2009, 02:44:39 AM
Yeah, they publish a lot of crap, but they also gave us Stella Deus, Magna Carta, Wild Arms 4, Steambot Chronicles, Touch Detective, Ar Tonelico... Basically everything that's cheap to license, has already been translated and hasn't been picked up by Koei yet. I doubt there is any real marketing strategy behind that, they're just throwing things at the wall to see what sticks. But you know, that's more than some other publishers do. I think Namco Bandai might be afraid of walls or objects that could be throw at walls.

Edit: Rising Star Games is another possibility. They're fairly new, but they pusblished plenty of RPG's for Nintendo systems.
1856  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Villains MIA topic... on: May 29, 2009, 02:31:09 AM
Probably my favorite villains where found in Breath of Fire 1-3.

I personally find it very memorable because it dealt with
fighting against a god such as having the option to defeat the protector of the world, Myra of Breath of Fire 3. Basically like a god-vs-man thing
and the fact that the villain's character is built slowly within the game's context.

And then there was the question if you were doing the right thing.
Myra was like an overprotective mother. She had blood on her hands, but she did that to ensure the safety of her children. I felt kinda bad for having to kill her, because she believed she was doing the right thing.

This reminds me.  I haven't seen a villain as good as Fou-Lu since, well, Breath of Fire 4 came out.  What a great game and series.

Good in more than one way. He wasn't even a badguy until he decided the world was better off without humans. That was only in the last hours of the game. For most of the game he just wanted to return to the capital to reclaim the throne and end the war. Then the empire decided to torture his love interest and fire her from a magic cannon in order to kill him and everything within a ten mile radius. Yeah, I can see why he was pissed off.
1857  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: XSeed bringing Fragile to those of U.S. who live in the United States on: May 29, 2009, 02:17:34 AM
but I'm slightly disheartened that Namco Bandai isn't bringing it over themselves.

Namco (Bandai )seems really apathic towards their RPG franchises. NB Europe is even worse. I think they brought over Xenosaga 2 and some .hack games, that's it. They don't even bother with the Tales games! If Nintendo and Ubi hadn't picked up Tales of Symphonia, Tales of Phantasia etc, we wouldn't have any Tales at all.

I hope a European publisher steps up as well. Koei picks up just about any RPG, as long as there is an English translation available. Is 505 Gamestreet still around? 505 Gamestreet could work too. I just hope Square Enix doesn't rush in and get all the credit, like they did with Persona 4.
1858  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Villains MIA topic... on: May 28, 2009, 04:11:11 PM
I personally liked not knowing what I was up against in Persona 4. However, when you finally meet the ones behind the screens, they do fail to leave an impression... The role of the Joker was smaller, but his paper bag more memorable than whatever the Persona 3 and 4 villains could come up with.

But what I think we're missing, the most, is sympathetic villains. Probably because its one of the hardest goals to achieve: to make a character sympathetic, while maintaining the drive for the player to want to defeat him

Early in last generation and the generation before that, there were several RPG's that actually made the antagonists playable for short intervals or as an extra.I wonder why we haven't seen that in a while. (Fire Emblem 10 doesn't count)
1859  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Look, I'm being creative! I made Kirby hat! on: May 28, 2009, 01:53:07 AM
It's future wearer probably will. It will either go to a some girl screaming "kawaii!" when seeing it on our table or some big nintendo fan who doesn't mind wearing a pink hat. Because it's Kirby. Kirby is awesome.
1860  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Americans shouldn't cosplay on: May 27, 2009, 01:33:51 PM
While I do believe that this is a guy deliberately looking for Americans fucking up (thus giving some bias), it generally seems that the Japanese spend way more time on their hobbies and outfits...and bodies.

And photoshop.

For some good American cosplayers, check the Atlus website. Last year, they held a cosplay competition as a Halloween event. Most Persona cosplayers are unimpressive, but most of the Odin Sphere cosplays look really good.
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