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1981  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Did FFVII ruin RPGs on: December 22, 2008, 07:19:51 AM
Again. Final Fantasy VII was released 10 years ago. It opened a window of oppurtunity back then, but can you honestly say there is any proof that Final Fantasy VII still affects RPG sales today? Final Fantasy VII was the influential RPG of its era, but we've moved on. Many fans of the genre haven't even played Final Fantasy VII!

Besides, if Final Fantasy VII hadn't been such a success, maybe another RPG would have taken it's place. There were RPG's before Final Fantasy VII was released. Even in Europe. Remember how SNES RPG's used to get extra fancy packaging? Extra large boxes, strategy guide included, maybe a map or poster... Lufia II was one of the first text-heavy games that was translated to Dutch, not even the Final Fantasy got that treatment! I've got a few of those promotional posters from 1990-1998 and practically every poster featured atleast one RPG. For instance, there's the GB one with 12 games. It's mostly filled with Mario games, Tetris and Kirby, but Mystic Quest (Seiken Densetsu) is on there too. It's one of the few games on it that's not made by Nintendo. The back of the box my SNES came in was covered in game advertisements as well, about half of 'm RPG, even though it was a Super Mario Allstars pack!

Anyway, everyone thinks there first RPG is something special. There is nothing wrong with that, but don't let it cloud your judgment. The people who started with Final Fantasy VII is one generation of many. That generation may be a bitter larger than the others (someone do a head count, please), but Final Fantasy VII isn't the alpha and omega.
1982  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Did FFVII ruin RPGs on: December 22, 2008, 05:52:44 AM
Do you honestly think that? The game is ten years old and hasn't been ported/remade yet. It's not a game that attracts new gamers anymore. Most of the more popular RPGs that are not Final Fantasy, are vastly different from the Final Fantasy series. Odin Sphere, Disgaea, Persona... Those games sold well on their own merits (and maybe some free publicity from Penny Arcade). Say Tales of Symphonia and people will think " yeah, Tales of Symphonia!"  not " Oh yeah, that Japanese RPG that had a worldmap just like Final Fantasy VII!"

Yes, only a few RPG's get the attention of casual gamers, but isn't that the same with almost every genre?
1983  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Will Final Fantasy 13 redefine Japanese RPGs again? on: December 22, 2008, 05:37:19 AM
Well that's yer own damn fault. ;P
 I'll still play games with random encounters, but if it's gonna have 'em I want an on/off feature, like the one the last two Wild Arms games included. Ya still hafta fight some battles before you reach the switch anyhow, and that'll tell you if you're underleveled.

Yes, and absolutely no random encounters in puzzlerooms!
1984  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What elements would you take from various RPG's... on: December 22, 2008, 05:34:53 AM
Well, it would be like Suikoden, but with floating continents and active city building. The liberation army's HQ is located on an island that can actually move, because of some cool mechanic the ancients build in. Oh and there will be large scale strategic turn-based battles with airships and dragons and other cool stuff.

So basically, you put Suikoden, Skies of Arcadia, Bahamut Lagoon, the Soulblazer games and maybe some Dark Cloud in a blender. Music by Kenji Ito and Tsuyoshi Sekito. Or Yoko Shimomura. Or Noriyuki Iwadare, if he's able to give it the feel of the original Grandia.
1985  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Will Final Fantasy 13 redefine Japanese RPGs again? on: December 22, 2008, 03:00:25 AM
Random Encounters aren't that bad, as long as they are not to frequent and there is a way to avoid them.

The disc changing wasn't wasn't so bad either. You accomplished something, was presented with some epic plottwist with matching visuals and music and then you had to take 30 seconds to put in the next disc.

Anyway, Final Fantasy 13 is going to remembered as something, I'm just not sure as what. The game will be released too late to lead the next generation of RPGs, some of the more traditional fans may not like the changes, there's the hype machine working at full power...
1986  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Did FFVII ruin RPGs on: December 22, 2008, 02:51:01 AM
but the quality seems to be declining to me because of the focus on cut scenes.  i just wish every RPG had a wold map that i could explore and find optional dungeons, towns, and then a great storyline on top of it all.  any game with a map that i just click on locations seems like it should be out dated, not the other way around.  we have went from openness and exploration.  to being closed in by a 2d map.

Isn't having a worldmap at all an outdated idea? Wouldn't it be much more modern, immersive and realistic to tie area's together with other area's?

There are games that do really well without a worldmap or with a select&click worldmap. I can't imagine traveling the same route every day in Persona games. That would be very boring. Selecting and clicking is much easier.

Just because a worldmap was fun in one game doesn't mean it will be fun in other games too. Unless every game is carbon copy of the one that came before it... Go play Tales games.
1987  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Did FFVII ruin RPGs on: December 21, 2008, 11:49:06 AM
Final Fantasy VII ruined gamers. That game gave birth to a horde of fanboys. Fanboys that can't appreciate a game that is not Final Fantasy VII.

There are still plenty of RPG's with worldmaps and all that, Final Fantasy VII fans just prefer to ignore them because they like to think their favorite game changed the genre.
1988  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal MXVII: Crisis Atelier Spectral Moon III on: December 19, 2008, 08:47:55 AM
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn - Geoffrey is a fucktard who should stop re-enacting the Charge of the Light Brigade whenever I'm trying to get BXP. Wrong Crimean War, idiot!

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin - got an S rank on chapter 25 the first time I tried, but the final chapter is giving me a lot of trouble. I fail as a tactician :(

Tetris Party - Got 338th place in the first part of the december tournament! Not bad for someone who only plays a few hours a week. Now I have to master Levelclimber, because I do want those 1200 Wii-points...
1989  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The most spoiled bitch ever? on: December 18, 2008, 02:40:10 PM
Well, the show was shown on a government funded channel (like the British have their BBC's, we have Nederland 1, 2 and 3), not a commercial one. It was cool because it showed people from different backgrounds being respectful and open-minded towards eachother in a very sincere way. For instance, one episode futured a boy from a muslim background and a gay teen. Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, right? No like that happened.The gay guy and the father of the muslim family actually had an intelligent discussion at the dinner table about their values and differences. They didn't agree, but there was no yelling or screaming, no name calling. The father admitted it was hard for him to accept and understand homosexuality, but that he could see he was a good kid.

Commercial TV is different, because they (think they) need sensationalism. That's why you see parents acting like idiots. What's even scarier is that some kids are completely brainwashed, like that Alicia. On one hand it's entertainment, but on the other hand it's so obvious her parents ruined her and that her life is going to suck a few years from now. The girl can't even write "America" or read words like "crutch"! Her dad basically told her she's nothing but a pretty face. I feel sorry for her. She's more like a programmed doll than a person.

1990  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The most spoiled bitch ever? on: December 18, 2008, 01:23:59 PM
Sounds like a nasty exploitative show.  That's what gets ratings. 

I've seen a few episodes of Wife Swap and they really pick the extremes so the viewers have something to stare at in disbelief. It favors drama over a voice of reason. However, it still isn't as bad as some of the other shows I've seen. The parents on the show do get to say something about why they raise their children the way they do. Do you hear something intelligent once in a while.

The episode with the :D girl is on youtube and I've posted a link in this topic. The people on the show have serious issues, but it's kinda cool to see parents admit they aren't perfect and other parents have good ideas as well. The father of the Boss family. His 6-year-old daughter wanted to enter a pageant and he wouldn't let her at first. However, the woman from the other family was in charge and she let her compete. The girl had a great time and the father admitted it was a good experience, because she had fun and it showed everyone it's okay to be a tomboy and have a girly side as well.

BTW In the Netherlands there is a similar show, only with teenagers and it's actually very good. It about experiencing other cultures, putting yourself in someone else's shoes and it tries to help people meet somewhere in the middle.
1991  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The most spoiled bitch ever? on: December 18, 2008, 10:01:12 AM
Wife Swap is a TV series were moms swap places for two weeks. The first week they follow the rules of the household and the next week they are allowed to make their own rules.
1992  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The most spoiled bitch ever? on: December 18, 2008, 09:20:03 AM
Not if you get expensive stuff for the real Christmas, I guess.

Here's the first part of the Wife Swap episode, links to the other parts can be found in the related videos list. (The blonde girls costs her parents atleast 100.000 a year, but the other family's girl is scary too; she likes to dissect animals)
1993  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The most spoiled bitch ever? on: December 17, 2008, 04:18:14 PM
Her face is a constant :D

1994  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Would you name your kid Hitler? on: December 17, 2008, 05:21:16 AM
I could understand naming your kid Dolf because you like the name, but that poor kid's middlename is Hitler. Yep, future punching bag. I wouldn't be surprised if he becomes all fucked up and does something horrible.

BTW I'm surprised he was allowed to call his son Adolf Hitler. In the Netherlands there are strict laws to prevent things like this happening.
1995  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Is the world ready for some hot android action? Maybe. on: December 16, 2008, 02:41:45 AM
In the name of science!

I wonder if he'll dress her up as KOSMOS next time.
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