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61  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Code name S.T.E.A.M. for 3ds on: March 08, 2015, 04:20:38 AM
Confirming once again that Nintendo provides some interesting, probably illegal stuff in their cafeterias: The Codename S.T.E.A.M. Sing-along song
62  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: March 08, 2015, 04:13:41 AM
There's no one to fill the void because the Japanese market is fizzling out. This isn't mere turnover but rather the dilemma of a younger generation having much less interest in what console/handheld makers offer (changing demographics via declining birth rates don't help, but that alone doesn't explain the paradigm shift). With RPGs even more niche outside Japan, I doubt we can turn the tide no matter how many games we buy.

More niche? It's not uncommon for JRPG to sell better outside of Japan. It's just that it took Japanese companies ages to notice that and start treating western releases as more than an aftertought. (NIS has been active since the PlayStation 2 days, Namco Bandai became super eager to promote Tales a couple of years ago and their anime game releases are becoming more elaborate as well.)

The main problem is that consoles have become more and more expensive to develop for, meaning that smaller companies like tri-Ace just can't keep producing their kind of games at their regular high level. It's why we saw that shift towards handhelds last gen. Add to that that the mobile gaming market has become more divided with the introduction of phones and tablets. Some companies are exploring these new territories on their own terms by, for instance, rereleasing older games on phones and tablets. tri-Ace got in trouble before they had a chance to do that, sadly.

People still love JRPGs and they may even love them more than ever, it's just that we're playing them in slightly different ways.
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: March 07, 2015, 04:05:04 AM
Looked at the site and:

Ever thought games might not be for you? Join us. Here, games are for you.

Offworld is a place for curious and playful grown-ups, where we can enjoy the endless possibilities of the 21st century’s greatest art form. We're here to express our love of exploring new worlds, to talk to their creators, to share our discoveries, and imagine new frontiers to play in together.

This will be an unequivocal home for women and minorities, whose voices will form most of the work published here. We're central to the growth and development of this warm, brilliant, expressive medium.

Most of it sounds nice enough, but why the emphasis on women and minorities? If you ask me, if you want to detox the gaming community, you need to make an attempt to be inclusive of everyone, including the people who are so insecure they jump into a defensive position as soon as someone does/likes something different. Make them feel welcome, too, instead of spouting this embarrassing stuff like:

‘Games culture’ is a petri dish of people who know so little about how human social interaction and professional life works that they can concoct online ‘wars’ about social justice or ‘game journalism ethics, straight-faced, and cause genuine human consequences. Because of video games.’

Gaming culture is so vaguely defined (unless you listen to PepsiCo, in which case gaming = Call of Duty + Dorito's + Mountain Dew, but that would be like a lover of classical music calling MTV their holy bible, so... yeah.), it shouldn't be too hard to find a niche you like. My 'gaming culture' happens to involve amigurumi, indiegames, and tea, I guess. Most of the people I hang out with drink tea (some game journalists, developers, regular gamers and so on). Just because there are assholes on the internet does not mean everyone who plays games is one. The adolescents* going all 'it's actually about ethics in gaming journalism' represent no one but themselves.

*Some might be older, but most of the ones I encountered were fairly young. If I became embarrased everytime a teenager did something stupid... Yeah, let's not go there, it's a silly place. The one thing that does surprise me is that it took them so long to figure out most journalism is pretty shitty.
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 06, 2015, 12:54:05 PM
Guys, I need help. Which word sounds more awesome?




First one is the Flemmish word for microwave oven, the second is Dutch. Of course, the people from Flanders think they have the better word because it's a literal translation of the English word, but come on, Magnetron sounds like it could be a freakin' Transformer!
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 04, 2015, 02:28:04 PM
Canada is adorable. No, more like moe. You just want to hug it (because it looks so cute in its parka) and tell it not to mind that mean America.
66  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: March 03, 2015, 01:52:42 PM
It might be nothing, but Nintendo Benelux did mention they're shipping out more Shulk amiibo at the start of summer.
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 02, 2015, 06:07:04 AM
My cat isn't really welcome at the vet's anymore. Imagine that cat that's trying to hide into the drawer, but the drawer is more like a stupidly full shelving unit and and the cat isn't just trying to hide but also to cause as much destruction as possible. Also, the assistent may have accussed her of attempted murder, because claws.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 28, 2015, 11:43:28 AM
I wanted to say something smart about dealing with teens, but I'm pretty clueless myself right now. How do you deal with a kid that's overenthousiastic? There's this boy who really wants to help with the new site, but he's not particularly good at anything (yet). I don't want to crush his spirit, but... yeah.

Next JRPG I play, all kid characters will be benched by default.

Edit: Gah, stupid kid! We decided to do things certain ways, and now you want to do it your own way? That's now how it works.

This is so annoying. I want to tell the kid he needs to work harder but I'm sure everyone is this | | close to hating me already, because I tend to take work seriously. Blargh.
69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 27, 2015, 02:24:30 PM
^ But then your eyes are still playing tricks on you. The colors are blue and gold. The illusion is that some people will see blue and black, and others will see white and gold, but it's almost impossible to register it as blue and gold.

Not really, the way the dress appears to me in the picture is light blue + bronze/gold, but I know that due to the lighting the dress is in reality most probably a darker shade of blue and black.
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 27, 2015, 12:21:36 PM
I can't imagine seeing it as gold and white. I guess I understand how it works in theory (the brain assumes the lighting is blueish and decides the dress must be white), but I can't help but notice how bright every other part of the photo is, so my brain says: the dress is blue and black, because the colours appear lighter in the photo than they actually are.

But, I make my brain compare like 50 shades of blue under various types of lighting whenever picking colours for a new amigurumi, so maybe I bootcamped my brain into being good at this.
71  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: February 27, 2015, 08:47:41 AM
Why would you be glad? It's not like have to play their games even if you don't want to.
72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: February 26, 2015, 11:10:16 AM
Yep, but his ridiculous outfit and complete disregard for social conventions make him fun to watch. Plus, I didn't really like half of the characters, so I had no problem with him being an asshole towards them.

And hey, his shitty childhood isn't his only excuse. If anything everything after it makes for a much better one. His failure didn't just cost him his father, it cost his country a man who was apparently great at nearly everything. I doubt anyone really appreciated having to trade in a competent and wise leader for some stupid teenager. I mean, it's not like they could just push him aside either, what with him being from an important (and wealthy!) family. So, on one hand there are high expectations and on the other he's already hated because he failed to meet the most important one. No matter what he does, people will hate his guts anyway. It's no wonder he's so fucked up.

So yeah, despite him being a total jerk, I want to give him a second chance (again).

(... I think my reasoning here would also explain why nearly all my pets are jerks. "So, after over a year of isolation, this rabbit has zero social skills and will try to bite your fingers off out of boredom? Sure, I'll take her. It'll be sad if she doesn't get a second chance at life." x10 They are/were all fun to watch, though.)
73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: February 26, 2015, 10:05:13 AM
The more I think about it... This thread makes me want to replay Star Ocean 3. I remember really enjoying that game and I'm curious how well it held up. I'd have to consult a FAQ, though, because if I want to recreate my first playthough, I'll have to figure out how to keep Albel in my party as much as possible (and pick up Nel again later, cuz Nel is awesome too). Yeah, I should probably do this.
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 26, 2015, 04:00:23 AM
Yeah, but lettuce needs to make friends with other foods first before you shove it into your mouth, because it's, well, lettuce.

I guess I'm lucky. Worst I've had to deal with was an university graduate who could not do basic math. Circles looked like some sort of dark magic to her.

75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 23, 2015, 08:59:10 AM
Call me old-fashioned, but I'm perfectly happy to talk about things on forums. If you let people dump their thoughts directly under whatever, bad things happen. Discuss whatever needs to be discussed elsewhere and a good portion of the bag eggs won't bother.

Speaking of saying mean things, apparently I've been scaring the newbies at work. It was frustrating to see some really enthousiastic first year journalism student try to reinvent the wheel and I said so. Some things are done certain ways because we know those works and that the other ways don't work as well. And then there's how some people think I'm responsible for three people leaving, two of them longtime writers. Which I guess is true, but they hadn't been pulling their own weight in ages, if ever. I was just the first one who dared to say it out loud. There's also how I tried to make the magazine more uniform by making writers use their real name or a realistic pennames if they wanted to remain anonymous (no anime forum bullshit), not everyone was happy with that. It's stuff that needs to be done and I don't really mind playing the badguy, but I've become so, well... pragmatic and honest would be nice ways to put it, that I'm afraid I'll scare off some of the people working on that new website I was talking about.
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