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61  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: November 09, 2014, 02:43:25 PM
Yeah, stuff slow walking speeds and stupidly high encounter rates sure beat whatever games have to offer today...
62  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: November 09, 2014, 12:29:25 PM
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Maybe I'm old, maybe I am just burnt out on games all together

This. Those bad games you liked were, well, bad. But, it's easy to overlook shortcomings when you're a kid who doesn't have many games to choose from. Those games did something different and you liked them because of it. Liked them to the point you forgot the bad parts. That's nostalgia speaking.

Start enjoying games for what they are, instead of disliking them for not being what you want them to be. And yeah, maybe you'll need a break in order to do so.
63  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: November 09, 2014, 10:55:37 AM
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I didn't even realize Level 5 made the Dark Cloud games I could see how you were upset they never made another one. That's a company that other than Ni No Kuni I had no idea of where the hell they came from or what they made. Sigh I miss those innocent days where I could buy a RPG game never looking at the company or any of that nonsense and it would be a fun game.

Yeah, it could be fun, or it could be...

The Granstream Saga
Beyond the Beyond
Secret of the Stars
Unlimited Saga
Quest 64
Ephemeral Phantasia

Or any of the many other shitty RPGs that were released somewhere between 1990 and whatever year you draw the good-old-days-line.

As someone who suffers through some of the worst the JRPG industry has to offer on a regular basis, I can honestly say things aren't better or worse quality wise. It's just easier to learn about the stinkers and I think that's what makes things seem worse.

Plus, the internet can't quite agree on how to define good or bad. Here's some quotes and scores from user reviews I saw on Metacritic:

Time and Eternity
"Yes, the game has a lot of problems." 10/10
"It's certainly not nearly as bad as everyone makes it out to be." 8/10

Xenoblade Chronicles
" it isn't worst game i ever played" 0/10

So, yeah, no wonder the industry looks all *bleep*ed up.
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 08, 2014, 03:28:30 AM
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I secretly imagine that's why parents don't mind play time with kids.... a chance to play again brings the inner kid out in all of us (my brother and his wifey are expecting and he can't wait to be buying Lego again in a few years).

I'm pretty sure that's the case. It would certainly explain the huge amount of creative toys we had as kids. My dad worked as a mechanic and we had everything from Meccano to Lego to K'nex. If he got or raise or bonus, he'd surprise us with a new set and helped us put it together. So yeah, I'm sure he liked those toys just as much as we did XD
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 07, 2014, 04:31:24 PM
Yeah, those Bratz dolls are scary. I mean, I'm not a fan of Barbie, but those are just... yeah.

Plus, I don't really get the whole fashion doll thing. If they're about fashion, why do they all look like hookers? Fashion isn't about combining as much sparkle with as little fabric as possible, it's about creativity! Wouldn't it be way more fun to make clothes for them yourself? Knitting a small scarf, crocheting a tiny hat or sewing a simple dress is something even a young girl can do. That what I did for my Barbies, even though they were really hard to dress because of their weird proportions.

I actually had a huge dollhouse as kid. The thing was nearly as tall as I am now and I had several pieces of furniture my dad made for me in it, because all the official Barbie crap was an ugly shade of pink. He'd even sew bedding and pillows for me from fabric scraps. Looking back, my dad's really good at the whole gender equality thing.

Hah, now I suddenly remember what happened to some of the larger Barbie stuff I had! Every year, on Queen Day, kids get a chance to sell their old toys at de 'vrijmarkt', kinda like a huge yardsale. I wanted to get rid of my Barbies to get some money for games. The biggest thing I was selling was Barbie's car and of course the entire thing was pink. Exactly one person was interested: a five year old boy. Actually, he made it seem like that car was the best thing ever. Not what I expected. But, what surprised me even more was his mom: she was happy to seem him so enthousiastic and bought it for him. Thought that was pretty cool of her. I know many parents who wouldn't buy their son something that was obviously designed for the pink aisle.
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 07, 2014, 02:07:04 PM
So, I saw this ad today. I had never heard of GoldieBlox before and the fact that it exists makes me happy.

Then I made the mistake of reading the comments under the video. Some of them are really hateful, bashing the company for daring to making a white doll with blonde hair. I guess they don't appreciate that the design is a reaction to the dumb blonde stereotype? I know representation is important, but you can't represent everyone in one single design. I took a good look at the website and the character seems to have plenty of friends with a different skin colour. The company is only two years old, so who knows, Goldie's friends might get their own dolls in the future.
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 07, 2014, 12:27:49 PM

This here... This is a gold mine.
Comics looked like that for waaay too long and were really...I dunno, "steeped" with their demographic.


Here's something similar for regular weird old books... that are for some reason still found on library shelves today.
68  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: November 07, 2014, 11:30:49 AM
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I realize NIS probably doesn't put much money into the games the graphics are always behind the time which is fine I love NIS for their weird settings and odd fun characters. But I also feel they are doing their bare minimum to improve the depth and quality of their games game play wise. In Disgaea  it took them 4 games to finally make your main characters feel cool and unique in battle. In all their games but one terrain is just there to throw some bad guys on, there is nothing unique and its all completely forgettable. There is a limit to being safe and its starting to show is the main problem with NIS.

 I really liked La Pucelle tactics and I still think it was one of NIS best games they have made. It had everything the original Disgaea had but with more defined characters and stages that actually reflected the story/characters. I still wonder why it took them 4 Disgaea games to recreate that, maybe La Pucelle didn't sell well it was a pretty hidden title I had to go out of my way to obtain it. I believe if NIS put more effort into their games they could topple today's RPGs in sales without even spending half the money most of them do.

In the case of Disgaea I think there's a reasonable explanation for a lack of big changes/improvements. The systems used in those games are quite complex and every change could alter or even destroy the balance. It takes time to take all those gameplay mechanics and turn it into a 40+ hour game that's actually fun to play.

As for the graphics, I personally think that's part of the charm. They're using the limitations of 2D sprites and the like to their advantage. For instance, making a sprite move takes more time than when you use a 3D model, because a sprite needs new frames for every bit of movement. That makes it economical to re-use bits of movements and poses. NIS does that, too, knowing full well players can see they're recycling things and they do so for comedic effect.

Now, I'm sure NIS could upgrade the graphics to something fancier even with their limited budget, but why should they when those sprites are something player expect and appreciate? One of the great things about gaming nowadays is that gamers aren't so obsessed with realism anymore and that there's plenty of room to do things differently. We've got everything from super realistic looking triple A games to artsy fartsy 8-bit indiegames. That's great, isn't it?

Oh, and it's not like NIS never tries something different. The Witch and the Hundred Knight was something else for sure, just now in a very good way. Hopefully they'll come up with something better next time. If they need to make/port a Disgaea or two to fund a new project, I'm totally okay with that. Disgaea may not be as revolutionary as it once was, but those games are still really fun and I certainly don't mind playing a new one every 2-3 years.
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: November 07, 2014, 09:58:22 AM
It's not like everything was perfect back then. The more experimental games also tended to be the most flawed ones. Balance issues, glitches and much more. An old fan favourite like Seiken Densetsu 3 is a wreck by today's standards.

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My guess is they just don't care because there will always be people dumb enough to buy them without asking questions or getting angry enough to boycott them until they produce something worthwhile.

Development costs have gone up tremendously in the past 15 years or so. Developers either pump millions upon millions of dollars into a big project with mainstream appeal, or they concentrate on a more niche market and produce something a small group of players will appreciate. That's what developers like NIS do. They make games for a specific audience and more often than not, the people these games are meant for will like them just the way they are.
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: November 07, 2014, 04:10:18 AM
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The same could be said for the Jrpg though its like neither genre other than a few rare games can get over the hurdle of mediocre and their answer is just copy whats most popular right now with a dash of stupidity.

You know that goes for pretty much every genre, right? No, what am I saying, every medium.

Something is popular because people like it and when they like something, they'll probably want more of it. Can't really complain there as long as creators add their own tough instead of blindly copying whatever is popular.

Besides, it's impossible to think up something completely new every time. There's nothing wrong with starting with what you know and work towards something new from there. Heck, a good creator knows their limits. If you stuff just about every idea into one game, you end up with messes like The Witch and the Hundred Knights.

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The point of this post was just my opinion that overall RPGs have gone down in quality  and are mostly continuing down that path. Now with the new age games coming in who knows things might get better again but we don't really know till they are released and as always I have my doubts.


I still think it's a personal thing. You're getting a little older and new games no longer have the exotic allure they had when you were a teen. Because back then, even when something wasn't new, it felt new to you. You don't want to doubt your own taste, so you blame the genre/medium/creators/someone who isn't you.
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 06, 2014, 12:36:07 PM
Mandatory link to Stupid Comics: http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/

I've actually read atleast half of these as a kid: http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/stupidcomics101.html
72  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 05, 2014, 02:38:41 AM
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Also I'm really tired of owning plants but idk how to rehome them. Part of me just wants to throw them in the dumpster. I spent a lot of time and money and them in college and now I hate them. There's probably something in there about why I have no personal connections irl.

Give them to other people? If you don't know anyone who might take some, you could post a note on the notice board of your building. I dunno. Is that something people do over there?

73  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Halloween on: November 01, 2014, 04:39:13 AM
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I never knew of that tradition. That sounds so pleasant.

I think the lanterns have the same origin as the carved pumpkins (early lanterns were made from beets or turnips), except people in these regions decided to carry them around. It can turn into a bit of a competition though. Instead of a cool constume kids want a cool lantern, and of some parents want to spend more time/money on it than others.

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I saw several Spidermen. Even a girl one, which is awesome. I really hate seeing nothing but the stereotypical "boys as superheros", and "girls as fairies and princesses". Dammit, parents, stop perpetuating this crap! My brother is doing this exact thing to my little 5 year old niece. She's gotten nothing but pink crap since she was a baby. We've always bought her science crafts, and cool building type things. Of course, she's a friggin' pink fairy for Halloween. ugh.

My youngest cousin went through a pink fase at that age despite her parents not being a fan, but she soon grew out of it. Now she likes all sorts of stuff, from science and legos to dolls and crafts. I bet your niece will follow the same path as long as there are people around her who encourage her to try new things.
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Halloween on: October 30, 2014, 03:21:49 PM
I don't celebrate it. Soms teens and twenty-somethings have more or less imported Halloween as an excuse to dress up in slutty costumes and get drunk, but in many parts of the Netherlands St. Maarten, on the 11th of November, is the day for collecting candy. There's no dressing up, but children get to walk around with (hand-crafted) lanterns after the dark. They knock on doors, sing a song and get candy (or perhaps some small coins or a tangerine) as a reward. Most kids prefer the funny songs, but you actually get the best rewards with a good old begging song.
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: October 30, 2014, 03:20:48 AM
And here I thought the way I treat my pennames was weird (one of them has her own Steam and PSN accounts)...

(But I guarantee I'm the real me here!)
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