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61  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: October 20, 2014, 03:33:06 PM
Am I weird for liking pretty much everything from Mana Khemia to Rorona? Give me plenty of synthesis and a good battlesystem and I'm a happy player. And to be honest, I think it's a good thing they don't stick too closely to a formula. If they just swapped out the storyline and characters every year, I'd wouldn't look forward to these games as much as I do.
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 20, 2014, 03:29:37 PM
Is it alright if I steal that mug?
63  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 20, 2014, 10:48:22 AM
I think they were counting on groups of friends who already owned DSs. By the time Echoes of Time was released there were over 125 million DSs out there, so they were not exactly rare. So anyway, group of 2-4 friends, each with their own DS, and the only thing they have to invest in is gamecards. That's not unreasonable.

Unless you use this logic, that is.

64  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 20, 2014, 03:22:51 AM
I played the original one and Echoes of Time. The original was a ton of fun, but yeah, you need enough hardware and friends for proper multiplayer. Echoes of Time is slightly more userfriendly. If you have the Wii version, you still need a bunch of DSs and DS version of the game to play with people in the same room, but hey, it's wireless!

They really should have called these games Chronicles of Mana or something...
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Shout-out to coop multiplayer gaming on: October 16, 2014, 06:54:17 AM
With all our hardware combined friends and I actually managed to play Crystal Chronicles and Four Swords Adventures together (2-4 players, depending on the circumstances). It was so much fun when we were on the same wavelenth and got epic shot done! My main problem was that I was the only one with an old GBA instead of a SP and always had trouble seeing what was happening on my screen ~_~

66  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: October 15, 2014, 04:26:46 AM
The console that worried me most was my NTSC U/C (a very early model) but I've managed to find a slim PS2 as back-up, so I'm good. I hope. I guess I could play my old games on my PC thanks to the wonderful world of emulation, but that just isn't the same. It's a good thing the typical PS2 problems are quite easy to fix.

There are actually some games I can't play right now because I don't have the proper old hardware. Lightguns don't work on modern LCD and plasma screens. Now, a CRT is something you could fairly easy get, but think about all sorts of arcade cabinets with weird parts. Or storage mediums that deteriorate over time. Some games will be lost forever. Best case scenario you could make back-ups and use emulation to keep the game available, but you won't be playing it the authentic way. And even that may be tricky because it wasn't uncommon for companies to delete source code back in the eighties and nineties.

I wonder if games will ever be considered an artform worthy being restored and saved for future generations.
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 15, 2014, 02:51:51 AM
Try becoming a gamejournalist and switching from a Nintendo to a PlayStation magazine. Fortunately most readers don't give a fuck, but some of the younger ones don't really get that someone may want to play games on more than one platform and have the means to do so. They'll complain about you being biased towards the platform you're not currently writing about. Meanwhile, most of the critics/journalists I know have more than one platform at home. Many of them are fans of genres or series, not platforms.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 14, 2014, 05:05:18 PM
Do understand guys, there ARE a lot of real respectable and ethical artists doing amazing work out there. It is unfortunate that the guys and gals doing that type of work are the exception and not the norm is my main point.

It's like that in any creative industry, isn't it? You've got the medoicre loudmouths who manage to get all the attention and the quiet artists who don't get noticed unless someone else shoves them into the spotlight.

As for haps... Anyone got any idea of how to make Windows 8.1 easier to understand for old people? I bought my parents a new PC (their last one was 8 year old wreck running Vista), just a decent one that worked straight out of the box, but it seems like the OS is a bit of cultureshock. I already installed the Opera mail client for them, which works really well because they can pretend it's 1998 (and it got some neat features such as labels for colour coding your mail). Anything else you guys would recommend?

I feel kinda weird worrying about this, because it used be my parents who were the computer literate ones. They started early with a Commodore 64 and everything. Now they plan on calling me whenever there is trouble. Not that I mind. I'm glad I can help them with this. Plus, they may be awkward with new technology, but they understand the importance of virus scanners and firewalls. Maybe I'm worried because I may not be able to live up to their expectations. For instance, I can't replace all the new things with understandable old ones. Well, I guess I could go out of my way and downgrade them to Windows 7, but that will only delay the inevitable. And sometimes I get the feeling their expectations aren't that high in the first place because I'm a woman. It's not like thing think I'm stupid, but I have the feeling they think my brother knows more about computers. (He's far from stupid, but for some reason he thinks my parents' old PC, which was actually his first one, has salvageable parts he can use in his newer systems. I checked, the most impressive things in there were a 5 year old video card and like two pieces of 1GB DDR2-RAM.) Or maybe it's just my own insecurities talking. I dunno.
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: October 14, 2014, 03:59:36 PM
And it will make it easier to make the switch to the slightly different battlesystem. When I don't put a few different games in between Tales games I always make stupid mistakes during battle.
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 14, 2014, 10:27:31 AM
You've touched upon the biggest problem I have with artists in my industry. And to answer your inquiry, tattoo artists thinking they are rock stars sort of coincided with the commercialism that came with the "TATTOO TV-SHOW" invention.

At Tegendraads' (my craftsclub thingie that sells cute things) last animeconvention we were talking about tattoo's and of the women had problems with that as well. She was looking for a good artist for a more complicated design, but the popular shops she checked were pretty 'meh'. Yet atleast one of these shops had a line outside the building on busy days. I guess they just kept yelling 'we're awesome and totally like those guys on TV' so loud people started believing them.

(And maybe I don't get tattoo's, but it doesn't make sense to me to line up for it. I mean, getting a tattoo done seems like a big deal to me, so it'd make more sense to make an appointment and not treat it like, I dunno, buying ice cream.)
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 11, 2014, 03:04:36 AM
I should take up crossdressing and get some more Febreeze while I'm at it.

Can't blame you if you want to wear a skirt/dress. Those things can be amazingly comfortable! :D
72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: October 11, 2014, 02:56:44 AM
I guess what I'm saying is I am tired of getting all hyped for these games and then being massively  disappointed when in the past they have made games that were fun or better then what they have now.

There's a trick to dealing with that: stay away from big fad news sources catering to avarage gamers and find sites that resonate with you. Could be the blogs of small developers, maybe even the official site of your favourite publisher. Stick to that and the gaming industry will look a lot nicer :)

As for games, some of my favourite things in my Steam list are games made by three or less people. Heck, don't even let a lack of (matured) talent stop you. This six year old made a game together with her dad and it's adorable: http://ponycorns.com/ Seriously, play it right now, it'll cheer you up. Or hey, remember Kingdom of Loathing? Text and stickfigures.

Figuring out how to achieve your goals with limited resourches, that takes creativity. So really, don't worry about not having much cash or skills, but start small and see where it goes.
73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: October 10, 2014, 04:17:41 PM
It's just you.

RPGs aren't all on a set path. If you'd look around you'd see many different trends, from games that really want to be Monster Hunter to a 16-bit revival among indie developers.

The new releases I played this year (and I played plenty) all had their own strengths and weaknesses. Memories of Celceta was an amazingly fun action RPG. Atelier Escha & Logy had me hooked again thanks to synthesis and a pretty cool story in the background. Ar nosurge surprised me with it's fairly clever way of connecting the player the gameworld (and the soundtrack was as amazing as I expected). Etrian Odyssey is still doing the 'streamlined retro dungeon crawler' thing really well and I'm glad more developers are giving this subgenre a chance and make things like Demon Gaze. Do you want me to go on? No problem. Sorcery Saga was a fun classic roguelike with a funny theme. The Witch and the Hundred Knight may have been a mess of a game, but I appreciate the creators were trying to do something very different in regards to story and characters. Xillia 2 may have some structural problems, but it's great they decided to explore some darker ideas. The Banner saga was so beautifully tragic it made me cry.

There's still more were that came from, but a wall of text isn't exactly super effective in a discussion, right? So here's some very simple advice: if you're fed up with what you're playing, play something else. There's no lack of diversity within the genre.

Its pretty much everything Glassjawsh everything is for profit nowadays without much way to change it except video games. It is one of the few markets that is controlled by the people, if you make a great game and people like it you can make money to do even more maybe even change the world.

Also, this? This is bullshit. Whenever there is creativity involved there will be people who will pursue it for fun. The good ones may be able to turn their hobby into a job. Ambitious people will need more support and they will form companies or find companies that can provide the support they need.

There is nothing wrong with this. We like entertainment, some people make it and we reward them for it.

Now, you may not like certain companies. That's fine. There's a good chance you have some very valid reasons. But hey, you know what's great? There's always an alternative. If you yearn for the RPGs of the 90s, go to Steam and find some indie developers who feel the same and dealt with those feeling by developing games that celebrate their old favourites.

Don't think of playing those games as a big statement. You're just doing what you're supposed to be doing as a consumer: enjoying the things you enjoy. Yet your enjoyment will be a hundred times more effective than some rant on a small fan forum, because you're showing the industry what you want to spend your money on. If you really want to make an impact, make a habit out of recommending those games to people who may like them as well.
74  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 10, 2014, 03:36:54 PM
Maybe I should get a trackball, too. The mouse is fine for work (which is mostly typing anyway), but my wrist starts to hurt when I play games using a mouse and keyboard. Too bad they're so expensive over here (like 35 and up) :/

Anyway, my friend visited today and we continued his Final Fantasy XIII playthrough. After over a year of gaming we made it to Nautilus. We had a good laugh about... well, a lot of things. Like how someone must have spend a lot of time on everyone's teeth. And Lighting impossibly short skirt. In case you were wondering, yes we managed to get the camera near her legs and catch a glimps of what's under there: a black hole. Despite our slow progress we're confident about making it to the end. Someday.

I also showed him Ar nosurge, after joking that I had just given the game a score fans will complain about. It was fun hearing someone who had never even heard of the Ar Tonelico games react to Ar nosurge. I think he was pleasantly surprised at how complex the gameworld is despite the games all being very low budget. Actually, we're e-mailing back and forth about it right now. I just linked him to a Rhaplanca song.

Oh, and we played some Ys Book I. The only Ys game he ever played was Ys Strategy (let's call it an occupational hazard) so he didn't really get why people were so enthousiastic about the series. To his surprise proper Ys games are totally fun action RPGs. He might even buy the first two games himself now.

I did good today :D
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: October 08, 2014, 10:47:02 AM
Agreed. Guys should be able to enjoy hot springs without being turned in yaoi fodder (or being the joke reward for players who half-ass sidequests).
As funny as some of it was, I felt bad for them.

Now that I think about it, Ar Tonelico 2 probably had some of the most, well, non-sexual bath scenes in games ever.
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