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1  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Reviews are sometimes inaccurate on: Today at 01:25:35 AM
Dan Carlin?

History According to Bob
2  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Reviews are sometimes inaccurate on: October 30, 2014, 07:16:18 PM
We treasure Neal (Dincrest) because he's brave enough to go down the gaming roads many shy away from.  He knows that he can find hidden treasure there, and that he's hardcore enough to survive the garbage he's got to wade through to get to it.

One more Tears to Tiara II note - I bet about 0.1% of people will pick up on this, but the main characters are named for historical figures (and gods and places) from Carthage, a kingdom who fought against Rome.  The guys most famous for Hannibal and the elephants crossing the Alps.  I only know because I listen to a history podcast that happens to coincidentally be talking about Carthage now.  (That is, not because I'm some smarty pants history guy.)
3  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Reviews are sometimes inaccurate on: October 30, 2014, 01:48:11 PM
I just got Tears of Tiara 2

I'm working on a review of that game! :) Life is getting in the way of making swift progress, but I will have good things to say when I write it.

As Yeager mentioned, we do have readers vote as well, and publish the results along side our staff awards each year.  I can't remember the category off the top of my head, but there was one category one year where we chose not to award any game because none of them were worthy.
4  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Reviews are sometimes inaccurate on: October 29, 2014, 12:47:35 PM
I don't speak for the other staff members. :-)

You can speak for me any day, Yeager.  I agree on all points.

There's one other thing I think I can add.  Scoring things is the worst... but that's the form that reviews take across all media.  As has been said, we've discussed eliminating scores a number of times, and we've also discussed changing our ratings scale in a number of ways.  But if we do, then when sites like Metacritic add our review into the rest, they interpret the review and put their own score on it.  That is, if we go with "good," "neutral," and "bad," they might choose to call those "80," "50," and "30."  But that's not what we meant at all!  Also, it means that games like Diablo II would end up with the same score as a game like Mugen Souls, which is worthy of being called "good," but isn't remotely in the same class as Diablo II (or Yeager's examples, which I also love).

We've also discussed eliminating our categories and simply giving a game an overall score.  That bypasses the issue of our overall score getting misrepresented on aggregator sites, but we feel like it creates a different issue.  Doing this takes away our ability to tell readers at a quick glance "this game looks pretty bad, but it has an awesome story, and it's really worth playing."
5  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Reviews are sometimes inaccurate on: October 28, 2014, 08:17:23 PM
Sorry, he meant Yeager.
6  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 27, 2014, 03:33:20 PM
My wife is a huge Leo fan, so she bought this right away when it came out on DVD and watched it... and was similarly underwhelmed.
7  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Destiny on: October 23, 2014, 12:29:46 PM
Speaking of songs, thought you guys might like this one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2gs4TZIzqs
8  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: October 18, 2014, 12:30:29 AM
Trilogies are swell, but yeah, it's definitely nice to read a standalone book sometimes.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Shout-out to coop multiplayer gaming on: October 15, 2014, 08:57:41 PM
Diablo 3 on consoles is mighty good, and a fun co-op experience.  It's not flawless, but it's a lot of fun.

My wife and I also enjoyed Deathspank.  The second player is absolutely player 2, but it was still fun.

What consoles do you have available?
10  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Destiny on: October 14, 2014, 05:20:23 PM
The one thing that really stood out for me when I played a Phantasy Star game was that all of the different weapons actually felt really different.  Destiny doesn't really get there.  But the similarities are kind of funny. :)
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 14, 2014, 05:15:39 PM
The Last Exorcism... I know there's a sequel...

That's like the Final Fantasy of movie titles.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 12, 2014, 10:27:24 PM
look up "Jeju Loveland"

Can't post pics, NSFW as HELL

Haha - that is a crazy park.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: October 12, 2014, 12:02:59 AM
And you know what they say-- big feet, big... love for RPGs.

We actually talked about that on an episode that I was on!  Can't remember if it was Rhythm or Random Encounter.  But at the time, I thought it was "big feet, big... shoes."
14  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: October 11, 2014, 11:48:46 PM
I read Night Watch this week, and I really liked it.  It was originally written in Russian, and as someone who hasn't had a lot of actual exposure to Russia, I found the cultural differences very interesting aside from the fact that the book's well written.  Definitely gonna grab the next one in the series when I get a chance.
15  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Destiny on: October 01, 2014, 10:49:57 AM
from what I've seen its pretty much borderlands with more players and less stuff to do.

To me, it doesn't feel much like Borderlands at all.   It lacks any of that goofiness that pervades that series.
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