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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars topic on: March 03, 2015, 12:31:52 PM
Nono? She's the lead character from Diebuster.

Feels like a lot of people forgot about that show after it aired.

Great to see the Laevateinn in action since we'll probably never get an actual anime. If we do we'll be like in our 80s when it happens.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: March 01, 2015, 06:20:47 AM
I think the moral of the story should be don't donate to kickstarters unless they have preview footage.

Given how preview footage these days, even from non-KS projects, are full of bullshots and fake gameplay, even that wouldn't help much.

Kickstarter sounds great but the majority of the projects I've been interested in have turned out to be duds. I'm sure that's coloring my expectations for this game somewhat, but like I said, I still want to give it a chance.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: February 25, 2015, 11:50:16 PM
My problem with the screens isn't that the graphics look "objectively" bad or anything, it's that it lacks style. Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre both have technically unimpressive visuals but are nevertheless really nice to look at. FFXII was impressive in both regards but that would be an unfair comparison. This can get fixed by appropriate lighting and whatnot though, which is why it's hard to really pass judgment on early screenshots like these.

As far as the flanking thing goes I don't think it'd be too difficult to display (I think FFXIV does it really well by having a ring under enemies that let you know exactly what range is considered the back of the enemy), but I will agree that most games that try doing the circular movement thing don't design the maps to accommodate that very well.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: February 25, 2015, 08:20:24 PM
The art I've seen of the game look great, but I really hope those screens only look that way because it's early development, and not because they're a preview of what the game will look like.

that's kind of a normal thing we all do every day walking around.

If you wanted to simulate real-life movement you'd probably just use movement circles and sized units. Four way movement works because a 2D plane only has 2 axises. I mean you could use 8 way movement and then try to simulate real-life movement closer but at that point why not just use circles?
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: February 06, 2015, 02:57:00 AM
1. Mass Effect 3
2. TES III: Morrowind

3. TES IV: Oblivion + Shivering Isles
Mixed feelings about the game. On the gameplay side, movement and attacking feel a lot more fluid than Morrowind, but to compensate for the removed accuracy mechanic they instead gave every enemy 10 billion hit points, which combined with the block/stagger mechanic makes fights drag on forever. At least playing a spellblade isn't a pain in the ass though.
Unlike with Morrowind, I was pretty thorough with this game and completed pretty much every major questline and quite a few sidequests as well. For a game which was praised for having good quests, I still found the majority of them to be pretty straightforward barring maybe 1 or 2 interesting Thief and Dark Brotherhood quests. The artstyle is laughable, especially the elves, no idea what they were thinking with those.
The biggest downfall of the game though, is the world. Cyrodiil is a bore. Putting aside the fact Cyrodiil looks nothing like what it was described as in other games, there's no cultural or religious conflict, no political intrigue- it's like they tried to make it as bland as possible. The Shivering Isles was actually an even bigger disappointment. I kept hearing about how it was interesting, but that's only in comparison with Cyrodiil. After the initial room which turned into a swarm of butterflies, nothing was particularly interesting to me. It's basically just a more colorful Vvardenfell, with mushroom trees on one end and swamplands on the other. You would think a prince of madness wouldn't constrain himself to having a realm that's basically completely coherent to a mortal, instead of just "slightly weird".
6  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Robotech movie apparently going ahead on: February 05, 2015, 01:53:22 PM
Macross Plus also came to my mind as the best choice if you had to make a live action Macross movie, but keep in mind that this is Robotech, and not Macross, so it's definitely going to be the original Macross series.

Unless they look to the Southern Cross or Mospeada sections of the show, which they probably won't. The only section anybody remembers is the Macross one. It'd be like making a Voltron movie and then using Vehicle Voltron.

Putting that aside though, I was more pointing out how silly the concept of Macross is in general. Space idols caught in love triangles while inspiring troops in fights against aliens. It's the sort of thing that only really makes sense in anime.
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Robotech movie apparently going ahead on: February 05, 2015, 07:08:02 AM
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Nic Mathieu

Who?

Also Macross is really silly when you think about it, I really don't see it being in live action without being a trainwreck. Too bad the original is the only one that was part of Robotech, I'd at least get some twisted enjoyment out of seeing a live action Macross 7.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: January 29, 2015, 06:05:16 AM
Good a time as any for me to start keeping track of games I finish.

1. Mass Effect 3
As much as I loved the first two games I never got around to playing the third until a few months ago, but it wasn't because of ridiculous backlash about the ending, I just never got around to it. I finished it about 2 weeks ago, and I enjoyed it for the most part, definitely the best gameplay-wise of the three overall, although I did still like the incremental skill boosts the first one had. I had the extended cut and I still thought the ending was bad, but I'm not going to be mad about it for years and years like so many people on the internet seem to be.

2. TES III: Morrowind
About a year or two ago I played Skyrim and it was the first TES game I bothered playing until the end (My first experience being about an hour of play of my brother's copy of Oblivion which I always found myself shutting off after I left the jail cell). I kept hearing people rave about Morrowind so I decided to give it a try. After several hours of tolerating the awful combat I really got into the game. The creativity of the lore and the themes of the story were miles beyond what Skyrim offered so I can definitely see why people love it for that. The gameplay is unbalanced irredeemable garbage though, and I'll never understand why people praise it. It would've benefited from just being an isometric RTWP CRPG or at least had turn based combat since some would argue the first person view is key to the experience.

I only beat the main story but I might revisit it so I can do more sidequests and at least complete the expansions. I really need a break from that terrible combat though, so I'll be giving Cyrodil another shot for a while instead.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: January 18, 2015, 03:39:54 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI7tWd7B3iI
Play PC games with a Toaster. Watch the whole video before you turn it off.

Yeah, that's about the usual argument you hear for some guy defending the need for hot women to stay in games.

I'll just say this; The "I can't handle the sexy" brigade is beyond stupid from where I'm sitting.

I don't really know who feels like that exactly though (besides a minority of "'triggered' tumblr feminists").  Sexualization in videogames isn't about "not being able to handle sexy" or being a prude, it's about the disproportionate and (at times) extreme ways women are sexualized or depicted compared to men  --- that's. it.  This is especially the case with the second video where IF Japan does indeed have an open culture about sexuality then it doesn't answer why there is an imbalance.   But again, this just sounds like a guy defending sexy girls in his video games ("rocket heels need a heel for the rocket tubes!!!"). :P

For the record, people hate how Photoshopped models in magazines, even if it is "made by women" (which is such a funny argument to make in the first place) as if men are never (which they are).

EDIT: I will go on record and say I did stare 'a little downward' for Shulk's bathing suit outfit a few times (there it totally bulge so um yay!)

To me, I love the occasional exaggerated or campy game, much like how I'd watch a campy 60s show or an Ahhnold movie and love it. But I still think there's a problem with it being normalized to the point where it shows up in games when it isn't necessary, though. For me this is most noticeable in medieval fantasy games when female characters get stuck with nonsensical bikini armor (you see this a lot in Korean MMOs for example), especially if one of the goals is to immerse me in a fantasy world.

I only watched that guy's video of oversexualization in games but I find it odd he is acting as if cultural attitudes towards sex is the only factor in this equation when deliberately marketing towards NEETs/Otaku is a real thing in Japan, and men are no different in Japan compared to the rest of the world in the sense that men generally have stronger sexual drives. I'll give him that he seems like he's trying to encourage discussion and only wanted to contribute one aspect of it so he wouldn't get a bloated video, but to point to that video alone as evidence of anything seems like a lot of confirmation bias to me. On the note of men having stronger sex drives though, I'm not too sure there's much that can be done about women being disproportionately sexualized in games (or at least the ones we tend to play- 50% of gamers might be women but a lot of those women only play casual/touchpad games where this isn't an issue to begin with), because it's for this same reason sexualization of women is more common in big-budget summer movies. To me the best you can do is encourage them to add more eye candy for women/gay men in games like that.

But for me, I'd rather there'd be more games that don't have a juvenile attitude towards sex to begin with and maybe integrate it into the fantasy world. In cases like that I would hate for an obsession with being PC to interrupt with the creative process, because if you wanted to reflect actual human behavior women being sexualized more would just be...more "realistic".
10  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Marvel: Ant-Man to retain core Edgar Wright 'DNA' on: January 16, 2015, 06:03:18 AM
I'm always up for watching a good movie, but it's going to take some convincing for me to think a movie directed by the guy who directed Yes Man and written by the guy who writes those crappy Will Ferrell comedies will be any good.

The fact that these are the people they chose to replace Edgar Wright, regardless of what I think of him, is what bothers me.
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Marvel: Ant-Man to retain core Edgar Wright 'DNA' on: January 07, 2015, 09:03:42 AM
I'm not really one to focus on actors myself, for the most part. This trailer, though, was trite.

I just can't help but wonder if Edgar Wright had written something that was actually original for these movies and they felt the need to water it down to be another one of their Marvel Assembly Line movies.
12  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 31, 2014, 04:39:17 PM
Give how Smaug
Code:
dies before the title even showed up

It really makes me wonder why they ended the second movie the way they did.

Funny thing- since you brought up that old cartoon version- people always like to argue that The Hobbit couldn't have been made into 1 movie by directly comparing it to that one, but they always seem to forget that one was only like 70 minutes long as opposed to 3 hours. I'm confident a single 3-hour movie would've made for something great. Everyone keeps calling for a fan edit of the 3 films and I think it's definitely justified in this case. Removal of every scene that includes Legolas and Tauriel would be a good start.

Thankfully, Viggo Mortensen also realized it was stupid, which is why he refused the chance to be Aragorn in the Hobbit movies when they asked him.

Viggo Mortensen in general seems to care a lot about the craft. IIRC he's even been a bit critical of the latter 2 LOTR films before, and I think those are fantastic.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: pokemon purchase decision help on: December 24, 2014, 08:42:17 PM
Technically Brendan always had those sideburns, but I'm sure there were lots and lots of arguments as to whether he had a hat or he just had two colors for his hair.

There's a couple things to consider when you buy.

They did not patch Pokemon X or Y when ORAS came out, which means they're doing an obnoxious gen 6.5 thing with ORAS they've never done before in any other gen. This was something that really annoyed me but I'm just mentioning it in case you want the most up-to-date game- you won't be able to get any of the ~20 new Mega Evolutions without ORAS, and most if not all of the XY stones are in ORAS anyway so this isn't a case of needing to buy all 4 to collect them all, but just a straight outdating of a game that came out 1 year ago.

If you don't care about that, I'd say if you've never, ever played a Hoenn game before, ORAS is the better choice (But strictly speaking I'd probably just go play Emerald if I really wanted to experience Hoenn, at least I'd get the Battle Frontier). XY was a far bigger advancement for the series, introducing the Mega concept and having a huge jump in graphics. The Kalos region itself, however, is one of the most boring ones in my opinion. It doesn't have the same personality the Hoenn or Sinnoh regions do. ORAS also has the soaring on Pokemon thing which is a neat feature.

Still, I'd pick a region I have never played before over one I have. Unless you really like one of the ORAS Megas then go with XY.
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 21, 2014, 01:29:45 AM
Grim summed up pretty much how I feel. I really liked AUJ myself. It wasn't great, but I liked it.
I didn't like DoS very much but it had a few cool scenes. Smaug being a video game boss was probably the worst part.
I just sat there bored for most of BotFA which was interrupted by several cringe-inducing scenes. The worst ones are undeniably the ones involving original-elf-character-do-not-steal and Legolas, who is only in these movies because he was popular. Instead of wasting time with those two yahoos and a useless Grima Wormtongue expy maybe they should've developed more than 3 of the dwarves, apparently they never cared about being especially faithful to the book anyway, so there's no need to stick with the "Dwarves are all in the background" aspect of it. Comparing how much I cared about them vs the 9 fellowship members is like night and day.

I should note I never expected these to be on the level of LotR, that's just way too hard of an act to follow. IMO the LotR films are probably the best fantasy movies that have ever been made and we're not going to have anything that good again for decades, if ever. Even with that, I felt pretty disappointed with how The Hobbit series turned out.
15  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 20, 2014, 03:15:46 PM
As much as I want to make a wisecrack about good riddance to bad comedies or something, I can totally understand why people have a problem with it in principle (unless it had been an Adam Sandler movie, in which case I would be applauding- even I have my limits).

Am I to understand that you said Deathly Hallows doesn't have enough content to fill itself out elegantly? If so, that's crazy talk because that book is the most satisfying conclusion to a major series that I've read. Did the movie-makers capture that magic? That's up to debate but there's certainly more than enough going on to fill up two movies.

The Deathly Hallows movies were so full of nothing they needed to have like half a movie filled out with a ridiculous laser battle between Harry and Voldemort as opposed to what was probably intended as a suspenseful "less is more" thing in the book.

Unlike you I didn't like the book very much though, so maybe that colors my view of the movies too.






Also I saw the last Hobbit movie.

It wasn't very good.
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