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2146  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG Makers on: January 08, 2009, 01:14:48 PM
A pretty simple example of feature creep would be if you said "I want to implement fire attacks," and then that somehow morphed into fire and ice and lightning.  You had a defined thing you were shooting for, and then you let the scope of that target expand to other things.


I don't want to threadjack with what I'm about to write, but I felt it was too related to justifiably start a new thread over.

I was looking at heaven only knows what today, and I ended up finding out about people who make games in Excel.  An acquaintance of mine and I wrote a spreadsheet that solves Sudoku puzzles (or can be used just as a place to let you solve them yourself), but that's as far as I have delved into the idea before now.  (If you'd like a copy of that, PM me and I'll send it to you.)

One thing immediately caught my eye as something I had to look at and pass on: an Excel spreadsheet-based RPG.  It's not a finished project, but you can download the alpha and play it for some good old proof-of-concept-style fun.
http://www.dzikosoft.com/rpg-xls/
2147  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: January 08, 2009, 12:58:32 PM
Been playing more of SO on the PSP.

Fun game, about 10 hours in.
Not too difficult at all, this game could've used difficulty levels.

So that translates to what - 15 minutes of gameplay? ;)

(j/k - never played it, but people have been talking about how long the cutscenes are)
2148  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: At what point does a game become a good deal to you? on: January 07, 2009, 12:02:02 PM
I got many hours of "gameplay" out of the game, but I didn't enjoy it so what's the point?

Well, that's part of what I'm saying - how much entertainment did I get out of it, not how long did I play it.  I've had the same issue you mention with some games - it wasn't fun at all, but I kept playing anyway for one reason or another.  (Generally it was because I was writing a review for a website.)
2149  Media / Miscellaneous Games / At what point does a game become a good deal to you? on: January 07, 2009, 08:37:23 AM
The Song Summoner discussion in another thread got me thinking today: I wonder what people's standards are for a worthwhile purchase in a game?

I tend to judge things by the movie ticket standard.  That is, I'd spend $10 for a movie ticket (OK, not exactly, but that's good enough and makes the math nice and easy), and I'd get roughly 2 hours of entertainment out of it.  I leave out the fact that I'd also buy a ticket for my wife, and maybe popcorn and drinks.

So if I spend $5 on a game from the iTunes store and get 4 hours of enjoyment out of it, then get sick of it, I still figure it was worth it.  Comparatively speaking, it was 4 times as good a deal as buying a movie ticket.

A 360 game would cost about $60, so I'd have to get at least 12 hours of entertainment out of it to meet the minimum standard.  Of course, meeting the minimum is like getting a D-, so I'd really prefer that it does better. :)

What is your standard?
2150  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan Game of the Year on: January 07, 2009, 08:31:06 AM
Yeah, I was surprised how well the interface worked in Song Summoner, and disappointed in the battery sucking... of course, I had the same problem with the other game I bought (Phase).

It was fun and forgettable, but definitely worth the $5 I put into it.  When the next episode comes out, I'll probably pick it up.  Of course, now I looked at the store, and saw that they came out with another FF-themed game for iPods... so I'll probably give that a shot too.
2151  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: January 06, 2009, 01:51:05 PM
I only took up hardcore long after I first played, and I never cared for it as much as soft.  I had a tendency to forget that I was playing as someone who could die permanently... which is bad. :)
2152  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Name your favorite rpg. You can only choose one on: January 06, 2009, 10:05:18 AM
I've only played Mario Kart online with my DS, and it had pretty good performance.  I didn't notice lag problems.
2153  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 05, 2009, 02:52:59 PM
I loved Shoot Em Up, in large part for just the reason you said: it's exactly what you expect it to be.  Plus, he kills guys with carrots.  Awesome.
2154  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Name your favorite rpg. You can only choose one on: January 05, 2009, 02:50:12 PM
Diablo II.  No question whatsoever.

(Although Planescape: Torment was a big bowl full of awesome with chocolate on top.)
2155  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: January 04, 2009, 12:36:43 PM
To throw in a totally different game than those that have been mentioned thus far: Marvel Ultimate Alliance.  Definitely worth having if you didn't play it elsewhere, or even if you did play it before and loved it.  The PSP version has some great exclusive gameplay modes.  (I talked about them in my review, if you want more detail.)
2156  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Sales are one thing, but how much do consoles get played? on: January 03, 2009, 07:33:45 PM
My wife's kept the TV so busy lately with Wii games that I haven't been able to play much of anything on any console.  The good news is that means she likes games, though.  I wonder what the "other" category is.  With my new setup, I just plugged in my Dreamcast again.  Maybe I'm not the only one. :D
2157  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Sales are one thing, but how much do consoles get played? on: January 03, 2009, 01:29:31 PM
Interesting new info from Nielsen, who does TV ratings.  Apparently, even if people have a PS3, they don't play games on it much...

http://www.nielsen.com/media/toptens_games.html

And here are the numbers in case that link dies:
Rank     Console     Usage Minutes %
1    PlayStation 2    30.2
2    Xbox 360    18.3
3    Wii    13.5
4    Xbox    9.1
5    PlayStation 3    7.7
6    GameCube    4.4
7    Other    16.9

So even the old Xbox gets a higher percentage of playtime than the PS3, and the PS2 is on top by a hefty chunk.  Wild.  Of course, these are just from the US.
2158  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: January 02, 2009, 03:13:17 PM
I have officially moved into gaming overload.  Crisis Core on the PSP, Untold Legends on the PS3, both Burnout Paradise and Last Remnant (although LR is the back-burner game) on the 360, No More Heroes on the Wii, and I just found and picked up a copy of Dragon Quest VIII, which I've been meaning to play forEVER.  Before I got all of that, I was working on a new game plus playthrough of Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters... but I don't think I'm ever going to finish that.
2159  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 01, 2009, 12:00:34 PM
...I can always stick forks into my eye and read the Wheel of Time again.

I've been thinking very hard about doing that too.  Er... reading the Wheel of Time books again, not the fork thing. :D  I know I'm going to need to before I read the final book, and it will supposedly be released late in 2009, so I'd probably better get started.

I recently read the last book in the City of Ember series, and it was really good.  In case you haven't read that series, I must say it's a quick, easy read (it's technically for teens), and books 1, 2, and 4 are great.  Book 3 is a crappy prequel that has nothing to do with the rest of the series, so feel free to skip it.
2160  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Boards / Re: General Discussions is GONE. on: January 01, 2009, 11:50:08 AM
As am I.
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