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2386  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Turn Based RPG, Do they no longer exist? on: May 07, 2009, 01:49:20 PM
I don't know, guys. Games haven't been just about "fun" for years. Games are entertainment. Is entertainment always fun? Look at movies, books, etc. Is it all always about fun? No way. Most of the time its about telling a story. Some of those stories are downright depressing, sad, or thought-provoking. Unless you define it differently than I do, Fun is not part of the equation. I hold modern games on the same level. Some are made to be fun, and others to be a bit more than that.
Saying games are just for fun insults the hobby, really. Tell all the people who work on a multi-million dollar game like Mass Effect that the game was just fun. I would think they would be a bit upset about this, as the game was quite serious and not meant to be just a silly diversion.
Perhaps I'm over thinking it, but when I think of fun games, I think of pick up and play stuff like Castle Crashers, not epic rpgs. There may be some moments in the game that are fun(I'm thinking Grandia II's battle system here) but for the most part rpgs are not fun at all.

It's not that games can't be other things, but if you're not enjoying playing the game then something wrong is going on.

enjoyment and fun are two different things. I can "enjoy" a serious movie/game/book but not necessarily have fun. Right now I am enjoying reading Tad Williams Memory, sorrow and Thorn book series, but I would not call it a fun read. To me, the term is almost too general. Lets say I'm talking about Dead Space or Gears of War. Both games certainly had moments that I would call fun, but as a whole were serious, intense experiences.  It seems I have a (far?)narrower definition of fun than others. To each his own.
2387  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kitase: Final Fantasy XIII not a JRPG on: May 07, 2009, 10:20:11 AM
Would you please explain for our friends out there in TV land why you don't like Western RPGs?

Ain't my cup of tea. :D



I prefer the Japanese charm of gaming, if you know what I mean. :P
I'm not quite sure this counts as a good explanation. Ya see, I used to be the same way. Western rpgs suck! Then I played Mass Effect and completely changed my tune. It wasn't hideously boring and confusing like the ones I tried in the past. I actually had some idea as to what I should be doing! Plus, the game is 3rd person w/ a simple battle system.
Now, I still refuse to play first person games like Fallout or Oblivion, but I don't like 1st person games as a whole, so thats that.
As for the topic:
Final Fantasy XIII is a JRPG.
Yup
2388  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Turn Based RPG, Do they no longer exist? on: May 07, 2009, 10:02:08 AM
If you don't play games to have fun, wtf is the freakin point then?

Quoted for truth.

I don't know, guys. Games haven't been just about "fun" for years. Games are entertainment. Is entertainment always fun? Look at movies, books, etc. Is it all always about fun? No way. Most of the time its about telling a story. Some of those stories are downright depressing, sad, or thought-provoking. Unless you define it differently than I do, Fun is not part of the equation. I hold modern games on the same level. Some are made to be fun, and others to be a bit more than that.
Saying games are just for fun insults the hobby, really. Tell all the people who work on a multi-million dollar game like Mass Effect that the game was just fun. I would think they would be a bit upset about this, as the game was quite serious and not meant to be just a silly diversion.
Perhaps I'm over thinking it, but when I think of fun games, I think of pick up and play stuff like Castle Crashers, not epic rpgs. There may be some moments in the game that are fun(I'm thinking Grandia II's battle system here) but for the most part rpgs are not fun at all.
2389  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: May 06, 2009, 10:04:39 AM
SOTN - Thoroughly enjoying this game now. Damn medusa heads drive me crazy, though. I turned into a wolf and was thinking it was pretty useless until I found a pot roast. Apparently, the dog allows for item finding. Doesn't appear to be useful for anything else. This game is addicting.
Bought me a copy of DMC4, cause I love these games. Better have an easy mode.
Saw that Fable 2 dropped in price to 29.99 on Amazon. Ordered that up.

2390  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: May 01, 2009, 03:27:18 PM
Hell, I've never claimed to be that great of a game player. I generally play games on easy when its available, and rpgs normally take me 2-3 times the average hours to complete.
While save spots ARE plentiful, I have still found myself in some tough situations. Plus, the point remains that there are no healing items, or they are very scarce. Me and my weak gaming skills have barely made it from save spot to save spot so far. Maybe I just went too far ahead or something. Or far more likely....I suck at gaming.
anyway...
2391  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: May 01, 2009, 09:42:33 AM
SOTN - I don't get all the talk about how easy this game is. I've already died a few times  mostly due to a severe lack of healing items. There aren't any! Sure, you get healed at save points, but I've found myself stuck in some corridors with some tough monsters, and no way to heal myself. You'd think the game would at least heal you upon leveling up, but nope. I'll manage because I like the game, but I wouldn't call this easy.
2392  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 29, 2009, 02:35:54 PM
Downloaded Castlevania: SOTN, Streets of Rage 2, and the Outrun trial. Despite owning it since it first came out for the PS, I have never finished SOTN(barely even played it, actually). I  figured as long as I was playing it now I might as well get achievement points.
Streets is to play with my son. I dled the trial first, and he was amused, so I bought it.
I like Outrun, so I'll probably get the full game.
I wonder why there are no futuristic type racing games for the 360. Stuff like Wipeout or F-zero. I love me some space racing.
2393  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The youthful protagonists thread on: April 24, 2009, 03:39:16 PM
Adult characters with adult problems suck.  I want unicorns and fairies.

It actually bothers me when I see people who only want to play "Rated M for Immature" games.  The people who can't appreciate simple childlike fantasy are depressing, IMO.

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I don't think the general age of protagonists makes my experience any more or less fun, with RPGs. I'm not that shallow. :P All that I ask for is an interesting set of characters, as well as a sufficient amount of side-dialogue, to keep things fresh outside of the main story (Stuff like Private actions, skits, cosmospheres, etc etc).

I think this quote sums it up pretty well.  See also: Lord Scottishes' signature.  I have the rest of that quote posted on my wall at work.

Goddamn man, stop taking everything so literally. Of course I mean in a fantasy/sci-fi/game setting. I'm not talking about adult problems in cubicle land. I'm am NOT one of those only M for mature people. I'll happily play a game of any rating as long its appealing to me. I'm pretty sure the Zeldas are E for everyone. I loved Okami, too.
Ya know what? Generalizations suck. It really comes down to a game by game basis. I might like one game that has kids that don't annoy me, then hate another.
2394  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The youthful protagonists thread on: April 24, 2009, 02:38:09 PM
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I sure as hell do NOT want him to suddenly play a part in my next rpg. Or ANY kid for that matte I play games to get way from the real world, not rehash it.

So you went on amazing adventures when you were a child?

One of the reasons I like younger characters in my games is because it lets me stand in their shoes for a while and pretend my early life was as exciting and awesome as theirs.  I dunno about you, but I never got to fight through a war and become a legendary hero when I was 13, so when I get to play as Rolf in Fire Emblem 9 and do exactly that, it's a great feeling.

You know what I meant. I don't want whiny brats in my video games. period.
Honestly, that second paragraph just makes me roll my eyes. I enjoyed being a kid when I was a kid. I do not use video game characters as stand ins for a better life. That just sounds...odd. Being 34(Buddy is 38? I always thought I was the oldest dude here) I relate better with adult characters with adult problems. Who'da thunk it? ; - )


2395  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The youthful protagonists thread on: April 24, 2009, 02:01:13 PM
Personally, I haven't had a problem with Van, Tidus, Squall, etc. At least they are grown physically. The problem comes when you have 10 year olds or younger participating. I just started playing LO, so I don't know how old Cooke and Mack are, but it sounds like they fall under this. I have a feeling I won't be playing LO much longer as its already a bit off putting even without them.
Thing is, after many years of playing games, I've finally gotten tired of silly bullshit. I have completed 4 games so far for the 360. Mass Effect, Gears of War, Dead Space, and Castle Crashers. Taking CC out for a moment, I think the similarity in these games is clear. A distinct lack of silly bullshit. Now CC was quite silly, but it was awesome silly. Totally old school good time.
I don't see any Jrpgs producing anything as remotely interesting, especially when they insist on including completely idiotic characters, scenarios, clothing, etc.
Atreyu was badass because he wasn't a whiny little shit with a tutu on. I swear he was older than 10. I saw him as 12/13. Whatever.
I did not like Enders Game at all. Hated the Ender character. Totally unrealistic.
Jrpg developers haven't quite realized that the people who played the games they made 20 years ago are, in fact, 20 years older now. I know its hard to grasp, but adults tend to like games that appeal to adults.
I have an 8 year old son. Great kid. Love him to death. BUT...
I sure as hell do NOT want him to suddenly play a part in my next rpg. Or ANY kid for that matter. I play games to get way from the real world, not rehash it.
If they HAVE to have a kid in it, at least relegate them to a bit part, with the annoyance factor on low. This just seems so common sense to me.


2396  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 23, 2009, 09:59:14 AM
Lost Odyssey - I haven't even left the first city yet. I DID manage to see two of the "Thousand years of dreams" sequences and was quite impressed. So simple, yet so effective.
I'll admit that the LO thread is making me a bit squeamish about playing this. I like it so far, though.
2397  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 22, 2009, 09:02:58 AM
Beat Gears of War last night. I definitely had a good time with it, and will play #2 in the future.

I think I'm going to play Lost Odyssey now. I need an rpg after Gears and it's whats available at the moment. I want to play Vesperia or Fable II, but am too cheap to shell out full price for games. I imagine these 2 won't drop until the Fall.

As for my comment about 2 player games. I enjoyed Streets of Rage 2 the first time around. Don't think I want to pay any more for it though.
If Alien Hominid is really hard, then I'm out. Same thing with that N+ game. The idea is to play and have fun together. Not kill each other in frustration.
Maybe I should look and see what is available for WiiWare.
2398  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The hobbies thread. What do folks do other than gaming? on: April 21, 2009, 11:48:44 AM
I garden. A lot. It is really not just a hobby. It is what I DO. I know when some people hear the word "garden" they think of veggies, but they are only a small part of it. I enjoy the design/layout, the constructing of stone walks and walls, and tinkering with perennial combination's. Over the course of 10 years I have created my own personal sanctuary, and am quite proud of it. It is ongoing, though, which I love.

I read a lot. Mostly high fantasy, but some sci-fi and mystery stories too.

I like taking pictures. Mostly nature influenced, but all with the goal of being meaningful and artistic. Moments in time captured forever. I take my picture taking a bit too seriously...

I love movies, and would love to get to the theater WAY more than 3-4 times a year, but life has a way of getting in the way.
Even my home viewing is a lot less than I would like. Maybe one a week with episodes of BSG in between.
2399  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 21, 2009, 11:04:15 AM
The kid and I finished Castle Crashers. Pretty kick ass game. Some of those bosses were quite tough. I imagine we'll play some more just for the fun of it. I might DL Alien Homind, as well, although it looks a bit too similar.
Anyone have any recommendations for fun 2-player games I can play with an 8 year old? (preferably 360 arcade type)
I'm at the last stage of Act 4 in Gears of War. I'm supposed to run across a locust infested courtyard to get to an APC in a very short amount of time. I am having a VERY hard time accomplishing this, and have died repeatedly. I may have reached my limit on this game.

2400  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Girl turns cute to ugly on: April 19, 2009, 05:18:46 PM
Poor Megan. I was trying to think of a "hot" girl and she's the first to pop into my head. I would take Rachel Weisz or Jennifer Connelly(before she got all skinny) over her, although I still find her quite attractive. I could probably find flaws in them, too, if I stared long enough.
I actually do not think the opposite is true. If I stare at someone unattractive they do not suddenly get redeeming features. They just get uglier. Sad but true. Then again, I don't find myself staring at ugmos too much.

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