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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: January 19, 2012, 08:36:06 PM
They followed 3 takedowns, out of 14,500 claims (approx). That isn't compliance. It's just shitty lipservice.
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: January 19, 2012, 08:18:20 PM
It's a 2 year investigation which found that MegaUpload was quite deeply guilty. When 90% of your content is found to be illegal and you have taken no steps towards anti-piracy, there is a reason for your indictment.

Dude, MegaUpload are the bad guys here.
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 18, 2012, 11:50:15 PM
Dude, I have no idea HOW you forgive that game. Not only was it boring and pedantic, but that plot twist, as Penny Arcade so eloquently puts it, fucking MUGGED the player.

Also, some of the most annoying characters ever, prior to SO4.

Because it's a video game, not a book or movie. The right plot twist can totally fuck up a book, the purpose of which is mainly to tell a story, and to a similar degree a movie that would then need to fall back on pure spectacle, and that can only go so far. For a video game, unless it's something like Phoenix Wright good enough gameplay is always more important than a good enough story, especially when you can zoom past a bad story or it's largely inoffensive and more something that on reflection is really damn dumb (Fallout 3's similar in that regard). Speaking of which, it does have some really obnoxious characters BUT none (or almost none) are part of the core cast, so you'd only see them a few times, and even recruitable ones simply won't pop up in story sequences since it's easier for VA/writing/scene design to only account for those that are always there. Hell, part of it's just bad VA performances, Farleen would've been an inoffensive, forgettable character otherwise, much like her partner.

Though you could also mean the GAMEPLAY is boring, which... well, different strokes.

EDIT: Another angle to bring up actually: I remember enjoying the game long before that plot twist, and still had fun afterwards. As an extension of that "it's a game" point I mentioned, I'm not going forget and ignore that simply because of one dumbass twist.

It's an RPG dude. Story is NOT something you can dispense with. Dialogue, yes. "Plot" as it were, sure. But a major component of an RPG's gameplay is the progression of the story. These are characters meant to associate with the player. The story is meant to carry the player through sequence after sequence. When a game up and discards the story, especially in a genre where story is important, it has failed as a game. It's one of the major items which distinguishes an adventure game from an RPG, and even in the adventure genre, what SO3 did would be nigh unforgivable. Maybe you like to be more forgiving, but I don't.

Let's not forget the battle system was bug-ridden, plonked you down on a boring mudball for half the experience, had some of the most illogical world construction (HI THERE 5-MINUTE-APART-CITIES), and  it featured shit like Farleen. I don't care if that was "good VA", the choice was fucking stupid.
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 18, 2012, 10:27:00 PM
SO3's hated pretty unfairly. Yeah, the plot is stupid, and at best the plot twist was just executed really badly (there's similar examples out there that are no where near as offensively dumb), but it's still a really fun game more often than not, and the characters generally aren't all that obnoxious. Fair enough if you DO hate the gameplay, but terrible story =/= terrible game.

Dude, I have no idea HOW you forgive that game. Not only was it boring and pedantic, but that plot twist, as Penny Arcade so eloquently puts it, fucking MUGGED the player.

Also, some of the most annoying characters ever, prior to SO4.
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 18, 2012, 01:54:43 PM
NO

NO!

NO!!!!


I DEMAND AN INTERNET FIGHT!
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Leeky Cauldron: The RPGfan Food and Recipe Thread on: January 10, 2012, 01:06:19 PM
and siracha red chili sauce


Sriracha.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 08, 2012, 12:01:32 AM
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 07, 2012, 10:29:22 PM
It's fine if that's all you want out of it. Entertainment-wise, it's... silly and fun. But as a companion to FFVII, it's pretty awful in the way it plays around with canon, invalidates major plot points (re: Sephiroth), etc etc.

Also, shitty character resurrection.
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 07, 2012, 09:52:20 PM
In the realm of RPGs, FFVII is a really, really good game, replete with good design choices. It has two very large problems, however:

1. The fanbase is nucking futs, and so is all the extra material associated with it. Advent Children, like it or lump it, invalidates enormous portions of the original plot and cheapens the product as a whole.

2. The translation is atrocious and leaves a lot of gaps in logic in the game.

It's easily one of the best games in the series. I just can't admit to liking it in public because of its fans.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 07, 2012, 04:41:34 PM
13 for being the single, most inexcusable development in Square-Enix's franchise, especially given their resources in this day and age. Final Fantasy 1 and 2 are similarly bad games, but for better reasons. 10 isn't awful, but so many parts of it stand out as the wrong direction for JRPGs to take and it was a herald for many of them (incorporating J-Pop fashion being the stand-out issue). I actually like X-2 in places better for a variety of reasons, but as an overall product it's sufficiently worse.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Kingdom Hearts series plot, summed up in one Google Doc on: January 06, 2012, 07:56:57 PM
For me, the draw of the games has always just been the novelty of running around familiar Disney worlds. That and the gameplay is pretty solid. I've never cared the least bit about the story- takes itself way too seriously for its own good.

Yeah, I hate the melodrama of the end game parts, they DO take themselves to seriously.  But it is wonderful to walk in a Disney setting.

Until you had to swim anywhere. Or jump on hippos in a box.
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Kingdom Hearts series plot, summed up in one Google Doc on: January 06, 2012, 02:20:24 PM
I think what's really baffling is how juvenile products like these affect people over the age of 25. We're way, way too entertained by bright, shiny colours and childlike innocence.

Buncha pedophiles.
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Kingdom Hearts series plot, summed up in one Google Doc on: January 05, 2012, 10:12:17 AM
God KH is an overwrought piece of dickshit.
44  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Seller Review thread on: January 04, 2012, 06:53:39 PM
Dice showed me her goods so I showed her the money. Had a really good time. Would do again.
45  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: The Last Guardian on: January 04, 2012, 01:50:32 PM
Maybe the devs don't really know what the fuck they want the game to be.  Gameplay mechanics might take forever if they aint sure what the hell  they're trying to do... Just a thought..

Deeply unlikely. The Ico guys are really, REALLY concerted on what their vision is. They make big "A" Art with intention, after all.
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