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General Games / Virtual Console and the Switch
« on: August 07, 2017, 05:12:18 PM »
Will Nintendo EVER get their shit together and release a proper platform for legacy titles? Or will we just have to deal with piecemeal Neo Geo releases and non-committal double talk from their execs until the whole (genius) platform goes up in flames?

Despite its false scarcity, this amazing device is starting to reach SEGA/Vita levels of botched.

http://bgr.com/2017/06/19/nintendo-switch-virtual-console-yes-no/

blarg

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The Soundroom / These two songs sound suspiciously alike...
« on: January 22, 2017, 04:10:17 PM »
https://youtu.be/dwO5TyuIkjc?list=PLPDoxoGA-MPQX6G_praYBdPDpM4VEbvdR

Trails in the Sky - Engaged People in Secret Maneuvers

https://youtu.be/cLC1Pljj01c?list=PLBdL0iJj-imYL0i1kzPXHwuLs5w5-YXXn

Final Fantasy 6 - Another World of Beasts

I'm getting a serious Vanilla Ice/Michael Jackson situation vibe here.

The bridges are different but it's almost the exact same melody.

Has anyone brought this up (or other instances like this) before?  Or are they nothing alike and I just have that bad of an ear for this sort of thing?

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Single-Player RPGs / An oral history of Final Fantasy 7
« on: January 09, 2017, 05:10:14 PM »
Amazing article from (usually sub par) Polygon about FF, in the creators own words.

Is it amazing enough to deserve it's own thread?

http://www.polygon.com/a/final-fantasy-7

you be the judge

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RPGFan: Site / Editor's Choice
« on: December 31, 2016, 04:41:22 PM »
Not that you probably haven't thought of this before, but why isn't there a section just for editor's choice games in the reviews?

I'm not saying they should be precluded from the regular review sections, just that it'd be pretty nifty to be able to sort them independent of all the rest.

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RPGFan: Forums / Statute of limitations on spoliers
« on: December 29, 2016, 04:05:29 PM »
How long does a game have to be out before we can stop worrying about whether or not talking about plot details is "spoiling" what happens?

3 years?

5 years?

indefinitely?

it seems pretty stupid to worry about whether or not I'm spoiling the plot to Final Fantasy IX when it came out 16 years ago, but it would be pretty helpful to have this established in common areas like the haps or the game journal.

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^ I am so in love with this drawing, I could legitimately puke

My God, this game

My older brother told me last week that he'd actually intimidated his best friend's kid brother into letting him "borrow" FFVI forever in the summer of of 1995. So I'd like to take a moment to retroactively thank little Gregory Kloosterman for being too scared of a 13 year old who already had sideburns to ever ask for this masterpiece back. Since Final Fantasy VI is still my favorite game ever,  I truly owe my subsequent lifelong love of RPG's to your cowardice.  My hat's off to you, pee-pants.


So what do I mean by natural magic/no esper?

Only natural magic means that I will abstain from using (or learning) any magic that isn't learned simply by either leveling up or through a unique skill like Relms sketch or Gogo's mimic.  For those of you who don't know (and shame on you if you don't) the overwhelming majority of magic in FFVI is learned by equipping espers or (less frequently) equipment. So, in a natural magic run, you aren't allowed to use either.  This means that all rods/shields/etc. in the game that teach a spell are to be sold off or discarded and under no circumstances is magicite to be equipped to any character.  A secondary effect of this is that since equipped magicite gives characters stat bonuses when gaining levels, that I'll be missing out on that too.  On top off all of this, I'm going to do my best not to power level, so if I can take down Kefka in the low 50's then I'll consider that a job well done.

Am I doing all of the bonus dungeons/recruiting all the extra characters??
Obv. (or at least as much as the PSX version contains. So no Kaiser Dragon)

The Single Greatest Opening Theme In All of Gaming, Ever. Shut Up
https://youtu.be/NGC_EzojK6E
When people (like me) get all dreamy eyed over what Nobuo used to be, they are usually thinking about something like this.  10 year old me simply couldn't function while this song was on. I don't think I ever skipped it on the original SNES.

More to follow this evening after I've had a chance to like, actually start playing the game.

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The Bazaar / Some old games I'm trying to unload
« on: June 16, 2016, 08:52:39 PM »
Hi All,

I've been trying to clear out the chaff from my ever growing pile of games and thought it would be better to put them up for sale on here before I took them in to my local used game shop (or auction them off elsewhere).  I've had good experiences with doing business with members before so it seems worth it to give things another shot.  Prices are VERY negotiable.

Here's the list of what I'm looking to part with:

Mass Effect 1-3 (360)
The Witcher 2 (360)
Skyrim (PS3)
Assassins Creed I,II, Brotherhood (PS3)
Beyond Two Souls: Special Edition (PS3)
Atelier Iris 3 (PS2)
Dragon Quest 8 (PS2)
Shining Tears (PS2)
Dynasty Warriors 4: Empires (PS2)
Soul Nomad and the World Eaters (PS2)
Breath of Fire III (PSX) (no manual)
SaGa Frontier (PSX) (no manual)
SaGa Frontier 2 (PSX)
Final Fantasy VIII (PSX)
Star Ocean: Second Story (PSX) (no manual)
Threads of Fate (PSX)
The Legend of Dragoon (PSX) (turns out I had a copy all along...)

I've just come to a point where I've realized that I'll either never play or replay any of these wonderful titles ever again. All are in perfectly playable condition.  kthnxbai.

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The Bazaar / Looking for: BoF: DQ
« on: June 14, 2016, 09:09:44 PM »
Does anyone on here have a North American copy of Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter they are willing to unload?  I'm willing to buy it (I'm no cheapskate) and pay for shipping.  I also have a pretty large stack of titles I'd be willing to trade as well. I just hate to go to through a shady online store when there are perfectly good people on this site I can do business with.

holla

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General Games / Do You Take the Path?
« on: May 01, 2016, 08:03:57 PM »
This has nothing to do with branching storylines.

My question is as literal as possible.  If you're on a world map, and there is a dirt path/road to where you're going, do you follow it?  Or do you just go the shortest straighest route?

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The Bazaar / Saturn
« on: April 22, 2016, 04:34:38 PM »
Is anybody looking to part with theirs/know a reputable place I can buy one that works?  I bought a new Dreamcast off Amazon recently and it shipped with a Gamecube power cable...

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The Soundroom / Something similar to Tempest 2000
« on: November 20, 2015, 11:08:52 PM »
Hello friends,

I have a buddy of mine who runs of a local late night rhythm room radio show in Little Rock, Arkansas.  I recently introduced him to the Tempest 2000 soundtrack and he's been in love with it ever since.  He wanted me to ask any of you audiophiles out there if there was anything remotely similar from games (or even not) that you could recommend to check out.  As I understand it break beat hardcore was a fleeting genre of music so any tips or leads to this end would be much appreciated.


Edit: I posted this on the wrong board. It should probably be in the sound room

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AKA Data Dump 7

If any of you don't remember, here's a link to YET ANOTHER giant waste of time of mine http://www.rpgfan.com/boards/index.php?topic=14539.0.  

Basically, in a horribly misguided attempt to ingratiate myself with everyone on the forums, I went ahead and sifted through the member lists (that are freely available to all board members) and made a big stupid list of how many people posted how many times and when.  Some people liked it, most were indifferent but, more than any other "Data Dump" post I've done, it didn't feel like I was spending hours I would never get back on something totally pointless.

So to commemorate the sole moment in time I wasn't doing something to make myself look an ass around here I put together a NEW list of post counts a year after the fact.

Do with it what you will, frenemies!

Forum Data as of 11/1/2015

Number in parentheses is change from last year

Members: 2311 (111)


POST COUNTS!

Members with 0 posts = 1017 (55)

Members with 1 post = 239 (9)

Members over 10 posts = 586 (15)

Members with over 100 posts = 250 (21)

Members with over 1000 posts = 86 (6)

Members with over 10,000 posts = Dincrest, Dice, Taelus, Eusis, Tooker (Taelus, Tooker)


POSITION!

Administrator = 9 (3)

AMG A GIRL = 6 (0)

Banninated = 56 (11)

Contributing Editor = 13 (9)

Editor Emeritus = 2 (0)

Rainbow Club Members = 5 (0)

Restricted Members = 1 (0)

RPGFan Editor = 14 (2)


I will post my line graph chart break down of month to month registration tomorrow morning.


Yup, I'll probably post this again next year too.



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RPGFan: Site / Data Dump 5: Josh Reviews the Reviews (with sexy results!)
« on: September 25, 2015, 01:50:09 PM »
So I went ahead and did another exhaustive statistical survey of something that most of you don't care about.

Why? Because my life leaves me largely unfulfilled, and deep down I am a highly disturbed individual.

ANYHOW, this time I went through every review of a console or handheld game released in North America that this site has ever done (over 1000) and took down the numerical score assigned to it.  Then I compared the RPGFan score to that of the aggregate scores from websites like Metacritic and GameRankings.

THE PURPOSE of this was to see if I could notice any meaningful trends in the grades the RPGFan staff and the general gaming media at large have given rpgs in the last 2 decades plus.

YES.  I realize it's incredibly difficult to get a substantive number from a process that is both subjective and non-uniform.  Aggregating review scores is undoubtedly a mess of differing opinions and stars and percentages  But my (horrendous and stupid) logic for still going forth with this dictates that since our society very often gleans important information about what millions and millions of people think from research polls that question 1001 people (with a relatively small margin of error) the data I ultimately collected still might be able to puke out something significant.

First off, HERE is a link to what I ultimately ended up with (in convenient spreadsheet form) ----> https://www.dropbox.com/s/lwwuaokj7cstn1e/Josh%20Reviews%20the%20Reviews%20%28with%20sexy%20results%21%29.xlsx?dl=0

I admit that it's fairly unwieldy to look at (especially the master list) but there are quite a few things to take away from what I put together.

1. The RPGFan Bias

This is kind of silly to get into but I think it needs to be explained.  Over the course of nearly 20 years and over 1000 reviews RPGFan has, on average, rated games 6 percentage points higher than the gaming "media" (little m) at large (81.5 to 75.5) the reasons for this are two fold (and somewhat obvious).  The first reason is qualitative.  This site is operated and maintained by "RPGFans" (obv) and that lends itself to a certain natural bias towards the games themselves.  They rate them higher because they like them more than the average person (which is a dumb sentence but makes sense in the greater context). 

The second, and far more important, reason is quantitative.  Basically, because Mickey or GhaleonOne or Sensei Phoenix or whoever, chose to use a ratings system that's actually out of 5 stars (but not really) even though it looks like a percentage system, the numbers were always going to skew high. 



In a nutshell that means that:
100 - 90% = 5 stars
89 - 80% = 4 stars
79 - 70% = 3 stars
69 - 60% = 2 stars
59 - 0% = 1 or (very rarely) 0 stars

See the disproportion at the end?  That's were the 6% positive skew comes in.  So, if you've ever thought the sites' reviewers were too easy on a game, that's because they are, but not really (SIMPLE RIGHT?!)


3. YEAR (aka are the games really getting worse?)

Well, are they? Since I haven't played a 7th or 8th gen rpg that I was totally ga ga over, this is a question that is very near and dear to my heart. 

The short answer? The numbers point to "Yes". 

Below you will find a table of the averages of all reviews collected for each year since 1991.  The Results Might Surprise You (#3 LEFT ME SPEECHLESS!)



fuck it, GRAPH DANCE PARTY!



With the scores being the Y axis and the year a game was released being the X, there is actually a very clear trend of leveling off after the high water mark years of 94-04.

At face value it would seem to be fairly obvious that reviewers are less jazzed about new games than they were 10 or 20 years ago (cue the "things aren't like they used to" bunch). But I also think it might have something to do with the game "media" at large (and on the internet in particular) transforming from an amateur collective of gaming enthusiasts into a much more professional outfit of most likely probably "real" journalists.  Basically, it takes a lot more to impress someone who is doing this as a job than it does to impress someone who is at it because they love it. The real answer is probably somewhere in the middle.


4. Devs (aka Everyone Hates Idea Factory)

I'm tired of typing so I'm just going to leave this here and let you guys (or no one) debate over what it means.

All I'm saying is, Square Enix is pretty much the poster child of the "leveling off" I referred to earlier.  Just look at the difference pre and post merger.  You all knew it, now here's your proof.




I will post a bunch of "Top 5/Bottom 5" lists (as well as the mysterious #2) in the comments later today.


I hope everyone hated this and, as always, you can direct any questions or concerns here http://goo.gl/A49MKV


 



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RPGFan: Site / Reviews: Typo and Fact check
« on: September 11, 2015, 02:55:07 PM »
You have John (not Tooker, the other one) giving Dead Island Riptide an 85 in the Xbox 360 page even though he only gave it an 80 in his actual review.

Also, and you guys can correct me on this, but I'm pretty sure that The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing has only ever been released on PC.  I keep reading that it's 360 release was cancelled.

Christ, I'm starting to annoy myself.

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General Discussions / Developers vs Publishers (whose game is it anyway?)
« on: September 11, 2015, 12:44:42 PM »
I've actually been wondering this for a long time.  What is the biggest determining factor when considering which company is most responsible for a game?  

Ok, that was awkwardly worded.  

I guess what I'm asking is, do you think of the developer or the publisher first when deciding if a game is "their's"...

Nope still horribly worded...

How about I just give you all a few examples instead.  

Dragon Quest is considered a (Square)Enix series.  Enix was almost exclusively a publisher. The series has been developed by Arte Piazza, Chunsoft, and Level-5 among others.  So that would lead me to believe that the Publisher is the one I should be looking at.

But then what about Xeno?  That's unequivocally a Monolith series.  But Monolith is a Developer.  So the series has been consequently published by Namco and Nintendo.

Oi.

This kind of thing happens all the time.  It reminds me a lot of the writer/director/producer dynamic in movies where it's hard to pinpoint who exactly is in control (and who to blame/praise for the finished product) unless you get a Tarantino situation where he's in charge of all 3 (Something that ALSO happens in the game industry).

Any thoughts?

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