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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars topic on: May 21, 2015, 02:21:09 PM
If they were only going to have one generation, it's obvious it'd be AGE-3 because that way you can have all 3 leads in the game.
2  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 21, 2015, 10:25:08 AM
Saw the new Mad Max movie since I heard people were raving about it, I actually didn't really have much interest in it before that.

Like Dice said, it's a very unique and ridiculous (in a good way) action movie. Really liked how so many things in the world are told visually instead of just spoonfed to the audience like most action movies seem to enjoy doing these days.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars topic on: May 19, 2015, 08:15:06 AM
Raijinoh, Nadesico, Dunbine and Gaogaigar are old favorites of mine. Hell I won't really mind seeing AGE in a game either, if nothing else that show had a few cool mech designs and a handful of decent characters I'd like to play with.

Of course, I still can't get excited for it since 3DSs are region locked (Thanks Nintendo).
4  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 17, 2015, 06:31:12 AM
A friend recommended Log Horizon to me after hearing that I was a big fan of .HACK//SIGN.

I've heard there's something of a "fad" right now centered around people getting stuck in video games, but I don't really see that given that the only two recent ones I know of are this show and Sword Art Online (which I have not watched, but probably will at some point). Two shows isn't really a fad.

Anyway I'm up to episode 13 of this show, and I'm of mixed feelings on it right now. There's some interesting ideas thrown around here and there but I have a lot of problems with how its being executed. When the show's not throwing unfunny jokes and tired character archetypes at me many of the characters don't feel like they're acting natural at all given the situation they're in, and the show keeps acting as if the main character is brilliant when in fact he's maybe slightly more resourceful than the typical guy while everyone else is an idiot.

Despite my gripes I still feel positively about the show overall, in the hope they'll expand on some of the more interesting ideas presented.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 15, 2015, 02:00:33 AM
you should leave your computer on her page and make your computer spam the f5 key or whatever
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem If on: May 15, 2015, 12:05:04 AM
I'm inclined to agree as well, until I realize that basically every fantasy SRPG I can think of is dead.

Shining Force: Died when Camelot left.
Tactics Ogre: Basically dead.
Langrisser: Dead.
Sakura Wars: Pretty sure its dead Jim.
Vandal Hearts: Was it ever alive?

I guess there's those Sting games like Riviera etc?
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: May 11, 2015, 11:56:11 PM
Fallout 4 rumors afloat.

http://www.pcgamer.com/fallout-4-cinematic-trailer-listed-on-cg-artists-linkedin-profile/

Like the article says, huge pinch of salt, but it's not like it's entirely unexpected. There was already a bit of speculation since everyone found out about Bethesda showing up at E3 this year. Between Fallout and TES the former was always a lot more likely given the time frame.

Somehow it's already been half a decade since the last Fallout, I think I'm ready for another one.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bloodstained Ritual of the Night on: May 11, 2015, 11:09:23 PM
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kotaku

Yuck.

Also yeah, Taelus is correct, this thing's on UE4, and as I recall that's not compatible with 3DS/Wii U/etc, as opposed to Mighty No. 9 which was made on UE3 or Shovel Knight and Shantae which I believe use in-house engines of some kind.

Personally I'm a bit wary of backing it at this point, all they have is concept art and no gameplay footage of any kind. Wish they wouldn't go with the 2.5D thing, I honestly can't think of a lot of games that made that work. Guilty Gear Xrd I suppose but that thing had a huge budget.
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 06, 2015, 09:54:12 PM
I'll watch for nostalgia

That probably applies to pretty much all of us- probably exactly what they were banking on.

Also yeah there's a bit of sameface going on, but it's not like the original art was really any better.

Sucks that it won't come out until November, I was actually really looking forward to it- and the fact that it's a movie means it'll probably be several more months after that before any of us get to see it. I really hope these 6 movies won't take years to come out like how it is with the Evangelion movies.
10  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 06, 2015, 11:41:28 AM
They apparently changed their minds on it being a TV series.
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The staff also announced that the anime will be a 6-part film series, with the first film titled "Saikai" (Reunion) premiering on November 21.
Really nothing to see in the teaser, it's just a cast announcement. They changed literally every single voice for the Chosen Children so I expect lots of anger over that. For some reason the Digimon have the same voices though.
Also that's one hell of a delay. First Mighty No. 9, now this. What will I do all summer?
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 04, 2015, 09:53:14 AM
The Inner Light and Darmok were always two episodes I really liked too. Though personally my favorite TNG episode was always The Drumhead.

My favorite episodes from DS9 are actually the more "traditional" Trek stories, including one from the first season (Duet and The Visitor). The story arc episodes were usually great too, and the heavily serialized ending was something they should've done with Voyager/Enterprise (well, the better option would've been to not make those shows at all).



In other news, I watched seasons 3 and 4 of Korra. I enjoyed them well enough, but I didn't like how underdeveloped the villains felt, they only would've needed a couple changes to make them a lot more sympathetic, as it was they weren't very interesting. Also this is probably a broken record, but the ending just felt like it was out of nowhere. There was maybe one scene before that in the entire series that implied something was going on, and claims that audiences are missing out on some kind of subtlety will not be taken seriously given how the show handles every other instance of romance.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: May 02, 2015, 12:28:46 AM
There was always some rumors circulating on the internet from decently reliable sources as to why Banjo Threeie never got made or what happened to it. It's pretty similar to the story of how Mighty No. 9 came about.
13  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Inafune's latest project The Mighty No.9 looks Mega Rocking, man. on: May 01, 2015, 11:08:01 AM
Don't worry too much about it, I take things too seriously when I start writing tl;dr posts
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: April 30, 2015, 08:55:35 PM
I think I've been on record before as someone who really hates stupid things like bikini armor in my fantasy games especially when the men are wearing completely realistic suits of armor so as far as complaints to Cidney's outfit not fitting her profession I'd agree, but I think it's disingenuous a lot of people are acting like that's why they're outraged because it's plain for everyone to see that there's a brouhaha about Cindey's outfit and not the rest of the cast wearing designer clothes in battle (though I've heard plenty of snarky comments about it). It's a sexualization issue and nothing else, it has nothing to do with realism.

For the record I don't care for hyper sexualized characters in my games because I'm not a teenage boy anymore and I just find that stuff condescending (unless the game is being up-front and ridiculous about it like Bayonetta or something, then I just laugh). I think if any of us wanted to watch porn, we'd...go watch porn.

Speaking of Bayonetta, I've heard in some places that Japanese women actually find the character empowering- whether or not that's true would require some digging, but if that's true there's a really big culture gap here in terms of how sexiness "empowers" people. After all, it was only a few decades ago when skirts were apparently considered empowering to women on television, and now they're back to being sexist.

Back to Cidney- They've mentioned that they'll try to hold back on sexualizing her in terms of showing off her character (so camerawork etc)- whether or not they actually do that or it's just PR talk is up in the air of course. Also as far as the way male characters treat her- doesn't that fit into the whole concept of this apparently being a story about bromance? I mean, all 5 of them are young (and presumably, uh, healthy).
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: April 30, 2015, 10:58:34 AM
Actually, I fail to see how "outgoing" can translate to wardrobe at all.

That's a pretty hard question to answer because culture is going to play a big aspect in this. Just to name one weird example, if a character drinks orange juice in a Japanese work, it's some kind of joke about childishness because Orange Juice is a children's drink, or a single gigantic bang in someone's hair in anime meant something or other (forgot what exactly). Some more universal ones would be things like wearing sunglasses or all black because you're too kool 4 skool, sleeves extending past the hands would imply naivete, etc.

First thing that comes to my mind for outgoing? Wear less clothes because it's hot as hell outside I don't want to be sweating like a pig into a long sleeved shirt while I'm hiking. I guess other things could be like convenient storage space (a small backpack or something), probably tanned skin too. I'm betting that baseball cap was also from that concept. It doesn't make sense when you think about it for a second as far as her profession is concerned, but if you were going to make an "iconic character" you'd probably use design aspects like that.

Remember this is the same franchise that originated with characters (and kept doing it for the majority of the installments) wearing no shirt or armor in battle because that looks more monk-y or covering their faces in combat against monsters even though it'd serve no purpose because that's just how ninjas roll.

While I suppose I could see outgoing in the warm, bright colors, I also agree that they're a bit full of it. No one who looked at Cindy "didn't realize" exactly what they were doing. Chalking it up to "we're all men" is also pretty weak. The mere fact of their dude-ness makes them incapable of not naturally swerving towards "EVERYONE'S A LAPDANCE!!" territory when making things?

And the equivalency between the bro-party and Cindy doesn't quite work for me. The bros look ridiculous in a different way, in that 'unbelievably perfect and perfectly-dressed' type of style. They're a bit monotone, but they also wouldn't look inappropriate in a city or as rich, royal people. Cindy doesn't really look appropriate for a mechanic.

If someone has the problem that they all have stupid costumes then I think I get that (but of course the dev team only got asked about Cindey so the majority of people who posed the question probably weren't actually thinking that)

A really important question I think worth considering is, do you think they did this purely as a marketing strategy, or do you think they designed the character this way because that's what they wanted to do? Because if it's the former it has far less artistic value and should be changed because its not like they cared about it to begin with. If with the latter its, "we made a character we think looks great and was based off a concept, sorry if you think its sexist" it might be trickier to change it, because it means the character's wardrobe was meant to inform us of the character. I mean, personally I actually liked the jumpsuit a lot, but at the same time I can see why they would want to keep it the way it is if it actually is the latter (also I'd venture a guess that they've already made  a bunch of cutscenes involving her and they don't want to spend truckloads of money changing it).

And to me, there's a certain equivalency in the bro party because every character in the party has been designed to appeal to different tastes in women (or gay men). Noctis and Prompto fill the bishounen quota for more Eastern tastes, and Gladiolus and Cor fill more Western tastes, and you have Ignis who's probably going for that whole "I'm totally a nerd except not really" look. I'm pretty sure I've seen Dice make a few cyber-bedroom eyes at Cor before actually =P (might be remembering the wrong character though)
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