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46  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 06, 2014, 04:05:27 AM
My guess is that they're aiming for the late summer of 2015. Not too much competition in that period. Plus, from what I gathered Baba already has plans to visit some of the bigger European conventions again. He promoted Xillia and Xillia 2 that way, wouldn't be surprised if he did the same for Zesty.

But... that's just speculation on my part. Please don't take me too seriously (but feel free to workship me als your one and only prophet if I'm right :D )
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 06, 2014, 03:38:14 AM
Did she know it was going to be a workout bike ride vs. a date bike ride?

Is the difference that big? I mean, on certain times of bicycles you go certain speeds. Cannondale makes mostly road and mountain bikes, right? Can't imagine keeping a granny pace on that :)

Last time a bike ride tired me out was back when I was 11. 45km is pretty far on a very basic children's citybike. I think it took our group a little over three hours, not including the fifteen minute break.
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 05, 2014, 01:31:58 PM
Congratulations! Proper beds are nice, but from my experience improv beds can be just as comfortable if not more so. As a kid I didn't have a normal bedroom for several years, just some space behind a large wardrobe that was big enough for a bed and a nightstand. My bed was a stack of matrasses and a bunch of blankets and pillows. It was awesome.

I also managed to sleep quite well in bean bag chairs, on several types of couches, a sunny spot on the floor...

Ultimately I ending feeling responsible to some extent for everything that goes wrong around me no matter how illogical it may seem because I've got screws loose.

Can't say mine are all in place either. Sometimes I need someone to tell me not to worry about it. That it's okay to blame others once in a while (especially when it's their damn fault). Else it's just going round and round my head.
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 05, 2014, 01:10:10 PM
So, they're going back to their roots? I really hope it works out. Go Squeenix, you can do it! :D
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 05, 2014, 03:18:58 AM
The more I read the tweets, the more I wonder if this is more of an American problem than anything else. I checked some of the Dutch forums I have an account for and most don't seem to give a shit about the Anita/Zoe drama and, as a result, have not been pulled into the whole discussion about game journalism. Worst stuff there... Well, got stuck in this heated debate about if it's unethical to move a series to a different system (my answer: no, it's not, system choice should depend on what's good for the game and its developer, please keep an open mind when it comes to gaming systems.). My biggest crime there is that I don't deal with fans of console manufacturers very well. I just don't understand their mindset.

Other than that it's mostly discussion on new games and pictures of pets. Lots of cats. One of the female writers has this amazing pointed ragdoll. (If you liked Rollo, you'll love Celesse and Sure, there are gaming news threads, but they're about TGS and stuff.

I guess it's because we're a small country. It's easy to get in contact with game journalists, because a good portion of us hangs out on forums (using our real name or penname). Makes it harder for others to paint us as corporate shills. Also, I think we are fairly honest about what goes on behind the screens. I have more than a few (funny) stories about the amount of effort my colleagues and I put into reviews and I happily share those whenever I'm speaking to a group of gamers.
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 04, 2014, 03:28:54 PM
I've seen swatting threats flying around and since swatting is actually a thing that can happen, yeah, I wouldn't be surprised either if someone gets hurt.
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 04, 2014, 12:34:59 PM
Saga Frontier and Romancing Saga are divided into half a dozen stories each, so you could play one or two beginner friendly scenario's, play something else and then go back to your Saga game of choice again. I think that's what I would do.

If you're going with Saga Frontier first, whatever you do, do not play Lute's scenario first. If I recall correctly, Amelia's and Red's stories are goed places to start.
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 04, 2014, 10:44:03 AM
I think it's because some of those people used to be just avarage internet loudmouths with very few social skills. Now they're visable and they have no idea how to use that visibility responsibly. I think the best remedy is not giving them any attention, but that's hard with, well, you probably have more experience with how bad it can get than I do. (The shotgun insults aimed at women and journalists still suck, though.)
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 04, 2014, 09:31:39 AM
Untrue. Most people recognize women game devs like Jade Raymond and Jane Jensen. They are pioneers of industry. What people hate are the Zoe Quinn's and Anita Sarkeesians who politicize their gender and gaming itself.

And there's the problem: loudmouths like Anita and Zoe and the controversies surrounding them make it hard to talk about the women who make worthwhile contributions to the industry. Mention one of them now and you'll be accused of being some SJW. Even if you're just talking about good things happening, some vocal readers will assume you're looking for a fight. It's the reason some publications are not touching the subject with a ten foot pole right now. They don't want to get caught up in this mess.

While those tweets are pretty bad, there have been tweets made by ACTUAL JOURNALISTS comparing gamers to ISIS and nazis. One called me a "fake Asian" for disagreeing with him.

Please don't think I'm like that. I honestly don't understand why some people would go that far. Game journalism isn't taken very seriously (for good reasons) to begin with, and they're making it worse by lowering themselves to the level of some random dipshits on the internet.
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 04, 2014, 03:56:20 AM
That necklace is so cute! I doubt it would look good on me, though. Just not girly enough... :(

I believe one of the Japanese-only media elaborates on Victor's motives.  I don't own it personally, but from what I've read,
Ludger was protecting Elle from Bisley and that triggered the major difference.

That's mentioned in that chapter as well, if I recall correctly.
56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 04, 2014, 03:50:02 AM
EDIT: Meanwhile, some people really like their videogames
(no, I'm not here trying to argue whether Anita is right about what she writes about or not; nor to say that this is a lot of people saying this beyond a vicious and vocal minority... but I still find it scary that people do post/think like this).

I know what you mean. I'm not a fan of fighting fire with fire, but seeing people drop entire vulcanoes on there has me worried. Not just because they remind me there are some real basket cases online, but also because they make it easy to forget there are many more reasonable and considerate people out there.

Oh, and the worst part: thanks to all these shitstorms it's nearly impossible to talk about women active in the game industry without fueling another one. Because for some reason, 'woman who works with games' now means 'man-hating feminist/SJW'.
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 04, 2014, 03:38:00 AM
If you can't sleep I'd at least make where I'm supposed to sleep super comfy.  People gimme grief and are all like "don't you have enough pillows and blankets!?"

And I'm like "NEVER".

Exactly! The pillow needs to be just right, so I have a selection of them on my bed. If needed, I can stack them to make the perfect one. I also still have a stuffed animal I've had since I was a baby, a Nyanko-sensei plush (best fat cat), a fairly big dolphin plush that was a present from one of my youngest cousins (he had to many and his mum made him get rid of some. I promised to take care of the dolphin), a big yellow mouse that serves as my 'book reading pillow', and I throw on one or more handmade blankets in winter.

Which probably explains why I always sleep a little worse in hotelrooms. Conventions are especially bad because of all the stress during the day. There are times I get up at five (after having slept less than 5 hours) and go wander around the gameroom. It won't help me sleep, but atleast it will keep me entertained. For some reason I'm great at light gun games when I'm sleep deprived.

If I can't sleep at home, I'll play a slow game or maybe read some manga with a lot of text.

Edit: And want to hide under my blankets and hug Nyanko-sensei, right now. There's a stupid mistake on one of the pages of our newest issue and I believe I could have prevented by giving clearer instructions instead of assuming the person correcting the mistake would see what needed to be done. Maybe I shouldn't feel too bad because I wasn't the one who didn't read the thing I was supposed to read, but still... Even if it wasn't my fault, I feel responsible. I don't like this. I'm no good with responsibility. The only people I should ever have to boss around are Fire Emblem units! :(

Edit 2: I'm totally going to keep save those little feedback papers/one sentence reviews from my lecture for later. They not only offer constructive criticism but many are also sweet or funny. Like, there's one that calls me an adorkable school teacher :D
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 03, 2014, 03:30:55 PM
Oi, I've had the same struggle after every game I've completed since about 2004...should I play dragon warrior VII now??? I keep promising that one day I'll actually get to it, but it's still there sitting in the original packaging from when I first bought it like 10 years ago. Oh well, off to beat another game I've been putting off forever, ark of napishtim.

I think you should have played it back when you bought it. When the game came out it was already quite old-school with some really tedius parts. I don't want to imagine what it's like compared to the avarage modern RPG.

The Ark of Napishtim is still fun, though. Not the best Ys game out there, but fun.
59  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 03, 2014, 03:16:57 PM
So, eh, has anyone else paid of Ludger's debt and gotten that special ending? It was certainly... special. Not so much on the women's side, but... yeah. It's very... hot and squirmy?
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 02, 2014, 03:31:01 AM
Back from yet another animecon and somewhat alive again now.

-We had some time on the main stage during the opening ceremony for a little promotion of our magazine. It's a convention in the Netherlands, we make a Dutch magazine, 99% of the people in the audience speak Dutch and we dared to do our little presentation in Dutch. Some people from the organisation were not amused. How dare we not speak English! Being a rebel feels good :D

-I complain a lot about Dutch animeconventions, but what I do like is that everyone who isn't fussing over rules and regulations is very laid back. The avarage Dutch vendor isn't there to strike it big. They enjoy conventions and feel part of the community. That's not the case for some of the foreign vendors. My neigbour got complaints from a British vendor because her prices were lower. He accused her of wanting to start a price war and said she's lucky it isn't illegal in the Netherlands. What he failed to take into account is that the products she sold are slightly cheaper wholesale in the Netherlands, and that she's a smaller, local vendor with less overhead. Besides, do you know what is illegal in the Netherlands (and many other countries)? Keeping prices artificially high by agreeing on a minimum price with other sellers.

-The green tea hardcandy I bought from my neighbour was really good. I'm going to buy another bag or two next time.

-That Tales of Xillia 2 overload the week before caused the convention to be weird... Like, the building is really big and divided into four zones: blue, green, yellow and red. Sometimes doors are locked and you need to go outside to enter another part of the building. Made me wish we had reallife teleporters. And the timing of some conversations... A big Tales-fan and I were talking in the dealerroom, next to our tables which my friend is keeping an eye on. The conversation turned to pairings and she explained why Yurgen and Alvin are her favourite because they're best business buddies and stuff and they trust each other, and that's sweet. Right then my friend pipes up:
'Hey, Tama, we doing really great! We've already sold more in these last three hours than we did at [big animecon that lasts three days]!'
'We are awesome!'
-high five-
I hope Tales-fan doesn't start shipping us.

-I need to work on my wardrobe.
'You know, you should wear that Luke outfit again. It looked cute.'
'Luke outfit?'
'Yeah, from Professor Layton. You have a casual cosplay, right?'
'... Those are my normal clothes...'

-The most surprising thing: people are not the assholes the internet tells us they are. I gave a lecture on gamejournalism and writing reviews. Part of it was a small competition: review this lecture in one sentence. Now, if I were to believe some women in gaming on the internet, I should have expected death threats. You know what I got? Good feedback written in a considerate manner.
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