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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSP RPGS, which ones to import? on: July 27, 2007, 09:38:41 AM
The only one you could import in English is Tales of Eternia, out in Europe.

The others for the PSP (besides Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology, which has just been released in America) are Japanese-only.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / KH3 full trailer on: May 13, 2007, 04:56:54 PM
Quote from: "Lucid"
Seems kind of heavy handed for a game featuring disney characters.

That's what I was thinking the whole time I was watching it. "Wait... this is Kingdom Hearts??? Seriously?" And I laughed when Mickey showed up.

But I do like KH. So I'm hoping for the best here.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Pet Thread (not safe for dialup, if you still have it) on: May 01, 2007, 06:24:57 AM
This is Jamie. She's a Saluki-Greyhound mix; we got her just over a year ago. She's ultra-smart, ultra-devious, and ultra-hyper. Great dog. :-D (She's also the first dog I've owned sans-parents, so I'm quite proud of the fact that she's well-trained.)

And this is Rhea -- her cagemate, Mnemosyne, died a few months ago, and we decided Rhea was a bit old to get a new cagemate (she's 2 1/2, old for a rat). She seems to be enjoying single life...

4  The Rest / General Discussions / Tips on how to fight burnout? on: April 10, 2007, 07:28:49 AM
God, do I know how you feel. I'm in my last term at university, I've got my biggest workload ever, and... I found myself spending most of February and March not doing a damn thing, because, well, why bother? What's the point? Etc. Reconsidering going to grad school next year, even though I've been selected for one of the best programs in the world in my field, wondering if I should even bother to get up in the morning when there's nothing but tedious books and papers to look forward to... yeah, so much fun.

I'm getting back on track a bit now (although to be honest, I'm supposed to be working on an essay, and I'm here instead), and I've found that working in very small increments can help: do an hour or two of work, then go do something else for awhile. I think most of the 'burn out' for me comes from feeling like I've got a constant pressure on me, so I'm trying to convince myself that taking a bit of time off -- just a bit, mind you -- isn't going to make or break my average. It's slowly sinking in. Spending an hour reading a book that I want to read (something way too many university students never do), playing a game, going for a walk... it does help. Helps me, at least.  

Do you have anything planned for post-graduation? Having something to look forward to can help, as well; it puts the tedium in perspective. I've got a big trip planned for next month, between the end of term and exams, and when I'm not working, I plan that, which is a lot more fun and lot more invigorating; it wakes me up a bit.

And now it's back to that essay. Consider me re-invigorated courtesy of RPGFan. ;-)
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Don't Meet People From The Internets on: April 06, 2007, 07:12:09 AM
I married someone I met online. ;-)

But you have to do it safely. And if you're under 18... you have no business doing it without parental permission, and probably with parents THERE. I don't care if it's cool or not; get over it. Teenagers/older pre-teens, girls under 16 or 17 particularly, are generally all ready to declare themselves 'in love' if they can, regardless of circumstances, and a lot of them would still go out to meet that 40-something who claims to have an interest in them even if they knew his age, because they're craving being able to feel, and say they feel, head-over-heels in love. I did meet a couple of people I'd met online before I was 18, but I had a parent with me both times, and they were people I'd talked to extensively on the phone -- one of them was someone I'd met online in 1996, when the internet wasn't yet the place of choice to seek potential children for molestation.

Now, just for future reference: with grizzlies, are you supposed to pretend to be dead or run away? Or is that completely negated by the fact that it's rabid, as well? 'Cause I'm moving to Canada in a few months, and I've talked to some people there on the internet, and... well, you just never know. I want to be prepared if any of them turn out to be... not what they claim to be.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Cutesy-ness on: March 31, 2007, 06:56:11 AM
Quote from: "Losfer"
Next thing you know, Solid Snake will have his own collect and battle mech card game.  He'll use special secret ops C.A.R.D.s (Complex Attack Radical Droids) to train and battle against Liquid Snake and Gas Snake in one on one duels and sometimes D.U.O.s (Destroying Uber Orders) where he will team up with Meryl.

Oh, but just imagine how well Top Trumps: Manhunt will sell...!

I commented yesterday on how the 'cuteness' of the FFTA2 characters didn't bother me much, but I'll join the masses here: that's a step down for Castlevania art. Castlevania is one of the few series I've been following for a large part of my gaming life, and I've loved the artwork for the past few years. It fit with the way I viewed the series; there's some dark, wonderfully fantastical stuff in there, and the art reflected that.

What's the rating on Portrait of Ruin? Teen, isn't it? I guess I can see wanting to appeal to a young(er) market, but Castlevania is one of those series that most people I know who game will want to play -- and they're all older than 'teen'. Then again, if they're going to buy it anyway, why not change the artwork to try to attract a different demographic?

I'm not particularly sold on it, but... eh. Maybe they'll go back for the PSP release of Rondo of Blood/Symphony of the Night.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / First pictures of Final Fantasy Tactics A2. on: March 30, 2007, 09:16:52 AM
I actually think the characters are rather appealing looking. But I've never been known to be turned off by anything 'cute' (Japanese or not, I might add, before anyone accuses me of anything in that direction ;-)). I do wonder how long it would take them to get dressed in the morning, though...

Could be decent fun. I may be in the minority, but I'll be looking forward to this one.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Can* English Voice Acting ruins Characters in RPGs? on: March 27, 2007, 08:49:41 PM
I'd rather have no voice-acting than bad voice-acting (in English). It doesn't ruin a game, or its characters, for me, by any means, but... I prefer the option to turn it off.

Like Fadedsun, I can't tell good from bad in Japanese, because I don't understand the language and its inflections well enough to do so. I do like the way Japanese sounds, but it might become distracting to play a game where the characters were talking in Japanese while I tried to read captions/subtitles in English. If I did particularly like a character, and found I preferred their Japanese voice, it would be nice if more games offered that option.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Awesome Zelda-Modded Wii on: March 24, 2007, 08:37:43 AM

I want.

And now I will close that window slowly before the urge to bid becomes too strong...

That's just... awesome. Hint, hint, Nintendo?
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Absolutely disgusting... on: March 24, 2007, 08:32:55 AM
Quote from: "Degolas"
Sad thing is, crap like that happens all the time on buses where I'm from in London, although admittedly it's usually guys getting beaten up for no reason. It saddens me that I'm just used to that kind of thing.

Considering the behaviour I've seen of idiots on buses here (Norwich), particularly drunk teenagers who come on looking for trouble, I can sometimes sympathise with the drivers not wanting to get involved in skirmishes -- particularly after an incident last year when some belligerent moron, after being told to get off a bus because he was harassing people, started threatening the driver. But if I were a bus driver, I don't think I would be able to sit back and just go about my job as a group of kids attacked a teenage girl. I just can't imagine ignoring that. A couple of guys heckling each other, maybe, if it didn't come to physical violence, but a group attacking a lone girl... no, I don't think I'd be able to let that go.  

As Dincrest said, there should be a button or something that alerts the police -- and telling the girl to "go to a priest" is rather callous. Don't they usually have first aid kits on buses? Even if it wouldn't have done much good, it would have at least been a comforting gesture -- for her -- if he had shown some concern.

Poor kid. I hope they make enough off suing the MTA that Miss Martinez can take a taxi in every day for the rest of her school days.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Jeanne d'Arc bound for US PSPs. on: March 24, 2007, 08:18:09 AM
This was definitely one I had my fingers crossed for.

Demons in the Hundred Years War? My medievalist heart sighs in contentment...
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Will you be buying a PS3 for the Level5 and S-E games? on: March 23, 2007, 07:55:00 AM
I think I'll probably continue to be way behind on games, because I'll buy a PS3 when it comes down to under 100/$200 and I can get tons of good games at ridiculously low prices. I only finally got a PS2 a few months ago... so I'm rather overwhelmed by choice, which is a good thing. I want to see how the PS3 does with RPGs before I invest in one, regardless of the cost; though I don't doubt we'll be seeing some quality ones. And I'm still patiently waiting for Tales of Destiny 2 to appear on English-language PS2s, and yes, I know, I'll probably be waiting patiently for some time to come... like, forever.

When it comes to buying new consoles straight off, Nintendo is the only one who has my loyalty there -- because I can actually afford the damn things.

So yeah, I'll be sticking with what I've got for the time being.
13  Media / General Games / Watchmen is being made into a video game.... on: March 17, 2007, 05:24:53 PM
I'll believe it when I see it. (And then not buy it. If that needed to be said.) If they haven't managed to massacre it in film-form yet...

Halo Jones might make a pretty good game. ;-)
14  Media / The Soundroom / I call for the destruction of Marvel Comics. on: March 08, 2007, 06:23:41 AM
Actually, although I haven't read the issue yet, I don't believe the comic itself says categorically that he's dead...? (Anyway, he's coming back. But you knew that anyway. Will it be that he wasn't really dead, that he's a clone, or that someone has figured out how to resurrect him?)

I never liked Captain America. He was okay in Civil War, but otherwise... meh.

How long did the so-called "death" of Superman last? About a year? And even then, you had all those are-they-or-aren't-they ones running around...
15  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: March 06, 2007, 05:50:53 AM
I've just gotten my copy of Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box -- I had to get it from the States, as it's not out here yet. I've barely cracked it open, but it looks like it's going to be a good one...
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