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1981  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: a pet peeve of mine is.... on: April 04, 2011, 03:34:48 AM
I can't speak for other cities, but I have a feeling that NYC is going to have to get a lot more bike friendly soon given the increase in commuter fares yet the decrease in service. I can't imagine any other way for people to get around, and god help NY if any more cars get on those streets.

It works well enough for many Dutch cities. It has so many advantages.

Oh, but they'd better now forget something very important: bicycle parking lots.


1982  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Nintendo 3DS Launching at $249.99 on March 27 in the US on: April 03, 2011, 05:02:16 PM
Dumbest Question ever?  No, I don't think so.  The 3D is on :P I have vision problems where I always see double and I wear glasses.

You're not alone. I can't see much 3D either. I kind of saw it coming (no pun intended), but was disappointed nonetheless. It's one of the reasons why I haven't bought any 3DS-games yet. I'll wait for reviewcopies. In the meantime it'll be used for Dragon Quest VI. To be honest, I wouldn't even be playing on yet it, if it weren't for my rabbit. He bit through the DS cable mere hours after I brought the 3DS home.
1983  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: a pet peeve of mine is.... on: April 03, 2011, 11:43:14 AM
You guys need cycle lanes.

I honestly can't imagine a life without my bicycle. It's so much cheaper than a car. I still ride the yellow bike my parents bought for me when I entered secondary education thirteen years ago and it's as reliable as ever <3
1984  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Female gamers, is this industry treating you as well as you deserve? on: April 01, 2011, 08:43:52 AM
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Time to make enemies I guess.

Here's the question. Do women militate against oversexualization in games or about gender equity?

I mean, on one hand, the blog comments how there are very flimsily dressed women in GoW yet forgets about mentioning that Kratos is shirtless and has muscles that put a steroid pumped Arnold Schwarzenegger to shame.

It protests that you can see a female hand near Duke's junk on the cover of DNF yet forgets that Duke's junk is right there in your face.

You mean the 'Make me a sandwich' blog? I'm not a fan of that one. I think it promotes a very superficial way of what makes a good, interesting female character. It's not about what the female characters do, what their motivations are or anything like that. It's mostly about how much cleavage is or isn't showing. It ignores the fact that women can be proud of their body and want to show it off to some extend. It's not just about being liked by men, it's about being comfortable in your own body.

Besides, if bikinis on the battlefield make sense or not depends on the setting and fighting style used by the character. Many ancient peoples fought their battles practically naked as clothes only got in the way and didn't have the defensive power of a good shield. So, if for instance you decided to make a game about some sort of gender swapped, ancient Greece inspired war game, it'd make sense for the women to wear very light clothing on the battlefield. That doesn't mean they can't be interesting characters. Despite all the evidence found on facebook, wearing a bikini and a personality are not mutual exclusive.

What bothers me are double standards. Unrealistic men in games still have a lot of positive traits. At the very least they're extremely bad-ass. Unrealistic women are mostly there to be sexy, they don't really add anything to the game other than fanservice. Sure, some know how to kick ass, but in the end they still need to be saved by the big strong men. Blargh.
1985  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Jelly Fish! on: April 01, 2011, 04:35:11 AM
I wanted to make a little crown for the jelly fish, because that would make it a Princess Jelly fish. Sadly, I didn't have the right wire for the beads I wanted to use, so in the meantime...



I made a Kirby!
1986  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: why do i not feel good about this. on: April 01, 2011, 03:21:56 AM
Oh wait. It's that day again. Which means it's also deadline day. Why am I browsing RPGfan when I should be working? I haven't even had my morning tea yet...
1987  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: why do i not feel good about this. on: April 01, 2011, 02:38:56 AM
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Ar tonelico Balduo, developed by North American studio Robomodo, is an extreme V-boarding game, the sport fans will be familiar with. Playing as more than 12 pro V-boarders, the title uses the engine from the now-defunct Tony Hawk series. Players who have purchased Activision's skateboards will be able to use these boards with Ar tonelico Balduo.

WTF.
1988  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story on: March 31, 2011, 03:48:52 PM
Well I've been playing Xenosaga 1 this week, and I feel sorry that EU missed it but... How do you play only Episode 2? I thought the story wouldn't make anything close to sense if you only played Episode 2.

Well, it did come in a nice box with a DVD with all the cutscenes from Episode One. Of course it wasn't very useful when trying to figure out what the heck was going on, but it's the thought that counts, I guess. The people who did finish the game were never able to find out how the trilogy ends.  Xenosaga 2 still haunts bargain bins today.

Oh and we didn't get Taless of Destiny, Tales of the Abyss or even Tales of Legendia, right? Guess which Tales game we did get. That's right, Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology.

We also missed out on the first Katamary Damacy.

I'm pretty sure Namco Bandai hates us.

Luckily, I've got my trusty old (probably immortal despite being a very old model) American PS2 <3
1989  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story on: March 31, 2011, 01:08:53 PM
Son of a Fucking Bitch!

This better not turn out to be another Terrenigma.

Yeah, as opposed to another Chrono Cross, Xenogears, Threads of Fate, Tales of Destiny, Tales of the Abyss, Arc the Lad 1-3, Legend of Mana, Lunar Silver Star Story, Lunar 2: Eternal Blue, Parasite Eve, Persona 2, Tactics Ogre, Xenosaga 1, Xenosaga 3...

Do I need to continue?

Have all those really not hit Europe??

Hell, have Xenoblade if that's the case, I'd almost feel bad NOT importing at this rate.  How interesting though, good for Xenoblade [Chronicles]!!  Enjoy the tasty music, albeit muddy-ass raphics.

Yep. We also didn´t get to play Chrono Trigger until the DS remake was released. Our first Final Fantasy was Final Fantasy VII. Or, Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, if you want to count that one as a Final Fantasy. We never got Earthbound.

BTW Tactics Ogre was released on the PSP and or special edition was rather nice, so I guess that one doesn´t count anymore.

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could I import it, or is the Wii region-locked?

The Wii is region-locked, but there are ways to get around it. Most of them aren't exactly legal, but some of them have some nice perks like being able to play homebrew and DVD's.
1990  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: a pet peve of mine is.... on: March 31, 2011, 09:55:47 AM

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Body odour. I mean, really, have some people never heard of deodorant? Do they never take showers? Blegh.

I know some people at animeconventions don't shower on purpose that weekend. The gameroom smells like a slaughterhouse in midsummer anyway, so why sacrifice those precious ten minutes of their time to pour some water and soap over themselves, right? The girls who spray deodorant every ten minutes but don't actually do anything else are just as bad.
1991  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story on: March 31, 2011, 05:41:10 AM
Son of a Fucking Bitch!

This better not turn out to be another Terrenigma.

Yeah, as opposed to another Chrono Cross, Xenogears, Threads of Fate, Tales of Destiny, Tales of the Abyss, Arc the Lad 1-3, Legend of Mana, Lunar Silver Star Story, Lunar 2: Eternal Blue, Parasite Eve, Persona 2, Tactics Ogre, Xenosaga 1, Xenosaga 3...

Do I need to continue?
1992  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Jelly Fish! on: March 30, 2011, 03:41:32 AM




Cute, deadly creatures are deadly and cute.
1993  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: funny stuff. well not really but i lol'ed. on: March 30, 2011, 03:07:05 AM
Old. Shogakukan is insane. The same goes for Shueisha. Which makes sense. Nuts don't fall far from the tree.

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The above acts, whether commercial or non-commercial in character, are acts of copyright infringement.

Not according to Dutch and many other countries' copyright laws.

Not that it really matters to them. Scare tactics can be quite effective even if the law is not on your side. Aniway, a Dutch anime/manga magazine I write for is scared shitless Shueisha or Shogakukan might one day find out that they published some unauthorised articles about some of their series years ago. It's so... so... annoying and stupid.
1994  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do games need to be good for them to sell well? on: March 28, 2011, 03:20:30 PM
No, all they need are a popular name (Final Fantasy), a popular motiff (Modernized war, day-to-day thug life, sports), or a popular singer/band backing it (Guitar Hero Green Day). People are lame when it comes to purchasing games.

Nope, marketing is the right answer. As a publisher you need to make sure people buy your generic WWII-shooter or generic Tolkien-style RPG and not somebody elses. Shoving your title in people's faces can do that for you.
1995  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: I'm 9999 today on: March 28, 2011, 03:10:04 PM
I remember being one of the younger people on many-a-forums.... Now... I'm in between... T_________T

I think I'm considered old by now and I haven't even managed to do 9999 damage yet... Maybe I'm more of a support character?


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I DONT WANNA 9,999 CAP!! I WANNA BE WEAK FEMALE PARTY MEMBER OF YOUTH.

Don't say that! With age comes awesomeness.
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