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5281  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 04, 2007, 06:00:00 PM
+ Good soundtrack
+ Great graphics
+ Interesting battle system

- Not all the stories are interesting
- Sometimes difficult to figure out what to do
- Gets repetitive at times.

Hmmm. My next choice is......

Tsugunai Atonement
5282  The Rest / General Discussions / Best blog ever! on: November 03, 2007, 06:21:24 PM
And no, it's not mine.

5283  The Rest / General Discussions / Russia is collapsing in on itself. on: November 03, 2007, 06:08:57 PM
I thought so too. Though I did a little digging and there has been some mining in that area, apprantly.

Looks like it's a giant sinkhole.
5284  The Rest / General Discussions / Russia is collapsing in on itself. on: November 03, 2007, 03:38:42 PM

Apparantly, it's some giant sinkhole that noone knows anything about.
5285  The Rest / General Discussions / Study: Men play casual games as much as women on: November 03, 2007, 03:35:49 PM
It's a stupid term, whatever it is.

You either play games or don't play games.
5286  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Heroes discussion on: November 03, 2007, 03:17:02 PM
IGN posted a story that the December will (possibly) have the season finale because of the writer's strike.
5287  The Rest / General Discussions / Study: Men play casual games as much as women on: November 03, 2007, 03:09:33 PM
What the hell are "casual" games?

Games that you play once in a while?
5288  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenosaga III aka How I gave up on Xenosaga II on: November 03, 2007, 03:07:21 AM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Quote from: "Shiguma"
KOS-MOS is in Namco x Capcom, if you weren't aware.  It's a good game.

Wait, it is?

Wasn't it?
5289  The Rest / General Discussions / Gov't Commissioned Study Finds Downloaders Buy More Music on: November 03, 2007, 03:05:22 AM
A newly study commissioned by Industry Canada, which includes some of the most extensive surveying to date of the Canadian population on music purchasing habits, finds what many have long suspected (though CRIA has denied) -  there is a positive correlation between peer-to-peer downloading and CD purchasing.  The Impact of Music Downloads and P2P File-Sharing on the Purchase of Music: A Study For Industry Canada was conducted collaboratively by two professors from the University of London, Industry Canada, and Decima Research, who surveyed over 2,000 Canadians on their music downloading and purchasing habits.  The authors believe this is the first ever empirical study to employ representative microeconomic data.

The two key findings:

When assessing the P2P downloading population, there was "a strong positive relationship between P2P file sharing and CD purchasing.  That is, among Canadians actually engaged in it, P2P file sharing increases CD purchases." The study estimates that one additional P2P download per month increases music purchasing by 0.44 CDs per year.
When viewed in the aggreggate (ie. the entire Canadian population), there is no direct relationship between P2P file sharing and CD purchases in Canada.  According to the study authors, "the analysis of the entire Canadian population does not uncover either a positive or negative relationship between the number of files downloaded from P2P networks and CDs purchased. That is, we find no direct evidence to suggest that the net effect of P2P file sharing on CD purchasing is either positive or negative for Canada as a whole."
Bear in mind, this is not a study with a particular desired outcome or sponsor - it is the government commissioning independent research to help it make better policy decisions.  The results of that research, consistent with earlier Canadian Heritage sponsored study by Shelley Stein-Sacks that refused to blame P2P for the industry's problems, is that P2P actually increases CD sales since those that download also tend to buy more music.  
The study also addresses a number of other frequently discussed issues.  It finds that:

there was no statistically significant relationship between P2P downloads and digital download purchases from stores such as iTunes.  In other words, P2P downloads neither increase nor decrease the likelihood of such purchases.
CD prices have little impact on CD purchases, though there was some indirect evidence of pricing being factored into those that P2P file share.
people who buy digital downloads are not less likely to buy CDs
people who own MP3 players are less likely to buy CDs
people who buy large numbers of DVDs, videogames, cinema and concert tickets also buy a higher number of CDs.  In other words, consumers of entertainment consume more entertainment, not less.
household income has no statistically significant effect on CD or digital download purchases
The study is a tough read for the non-economist, yet given the breadth of its data and the importance of its findings, it is a must-read.  When combined with the income generated from the private copying levy, much of which is seemingly linked to P2P copying, it becomes increasingly clear that the industry has benefited from P2P and that there is no "emergency" that necessitates legislative intervention.
5290  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: October 30, 2007, 05:47:21 PM
Double post - sorry
5291  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: October 30, 2007, 05:45:02 PM
Grandia II

+ Solid voice acting, overall
+ Great combat system
+ Great graphics

- Soundtrack is only okay compared to Grandia 1 (too Midi for me)
- The "religion is bad" plot that's forced down your throat
- Millenia is a fucking annoying bitch

My choice? Pool of Radiance (Not the remake)

If you haven't played that, then do Tsugunai: Atonement
5292  The Rest / General Discussions / MP3 Players on: October 30, 2007, 11:33:57 AM
Quote from: "Hidoshi"
Quote from: "Bernhardt"
Quote from: "Lard"
I have a minidisc player.

Is that ever old-fashioned...I hear those things malfunction more than all get-out.

Not... really. Depends on what player you get, but I have an old one that works fine and rarely mucks up.

Actually, mine works quite well. Had it for ages.
5293  The Rest / General Discussions / MP3 Players on: October 29, 2007, 12:16:50 PM
I have a minidisc player.
5294  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenosaga III aka How I gave up on Xenosaga II on: October 27, 2007, 01:22:31 PM
Quote from: "Dincrest"
 Lard- Allen is still the same voice actor; he probably just sounds somewhat different because Xenosaga 3 has a different voice director.    

Didn't know that, thanks. I noticed later that it was the same guy - sounded different at first though.

Quote from: "Dincrest"
And since Xenosaga discussions often end up talking about the voice acting since that's been a source of change/contention in the series, I'll give my own opinions on that.  

Shion- I preferred Shion's voice in 2 over 1 and 3.  Her voice in 2 was far less shrill and "nails on a chalkboard" than in 1 and 3.    

Here I disagree. The girl voicing Shion in X2 was like a bad highschool student reading lines from a script. Utterly awful.

Quote from: "Dincrest"
MOMO- I actually preferred her voice in 2 and 3 over 1.  She sounded less whiny and stronger/more mature.    

I thought she sounded *wayyy* to kiddish in 2 and 3.

Quote from: "Dincrest"
chaos- His voice in 2 and 3 blows his voice in 1 out of the water.  

Completely agree here.

Quote from: "Dincrest"
KOS-MOS- is there any contest?  Her voice in 1 and 3 was awesome and her voice in 2 was godawful.  

Agreed here, too.
5295  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Overrated & Underrated (with a twist!) on: October 27, 2007, 01:14:23 PM
Quote from: "Bernhardt"

Maybe I'm getting the wrong impression, but y'alls just seem like you don't enjoy your video games anymore, like you can't just appreciate them for what they are, because you're thinking too much about, "This is a cliche, that's a cliche, the whole damn thing's chock full of cliches!"

I still enjoy video games alot. I just get tired of seeing Cloud/Sephiroth/FF7 on tops of polls like "Greatest invention in the history of mankind" etc.

I agree with Suikoden III being underrated. It got great scores, but nobody seemed to like it...or buy it. I went back and played it earlier this year, and it still holds up. The trinity sight system was a cool method of story telling.

Final Fantasy X overrated? I still like it and it's still one of my favourites. It really seemed like they put some effort into creating a game with a cohesive world and a distinct style of its own.
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