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General Discussion / Re: World Cup!
« on: June 17, 2014, 12:30:21 am »
We have a couple saving graces. There was a Red Card against Pepe on Portugal, and Zusi is very good at corner kicks and set pieces in general. Brooks ball was solid, certainly not reflective of how we played for most of the game, but both were subs, and they played up to the competition, plus Zusi has been tradtionally good at corners.

We play Germany last, so assuming we even tie Portugal, we could be through based on that alone. Portugal is going to need a lot of goals to make up the differential.

All that said, they're pretty beat up. The long delay will be good for the U.S. team, but they may not be full strength even if everyone comes back.

And yeah, U.S. tried to play defensive, which you can't do for 89 minutes straight, it's just not feasible when you score that early.

General Discussion / Re: World Cup!
« on: June 16, 2014, 08:01:21 pm »
The U.S. went up early, then gave up a goal late, and then, just like last WC, scored in the final few moments. An amazingly thrilling game for sure. Finally beat Ghana, who knocked us out of the last two World Cups.

General Discussion / Re: World Cup!
« on: June 15, 2014, 03:10:16 pm »
Honda did indeed get that goal I mentioned in my first post last night. Unfortunately (for people rooting for them) Japan lost after leading 1-0 for much of the game.

General Discussion / Re: World Cup!
« on: June 13, 2014, 11:06:02 pm »
So the Netherlands smoked Spain 5-1. It was very fun to watch if you were rooting against Spain. The collapse happened after Spain was awarded a Penelty, and scored. Then there was an amazing diving header right before the end of the half. It was one of the best goals I've ever seen, and after that it was all Netherlands as Roben turned it on, and played like a man almost half his age.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: June 13, 2014, 11:02:03 pm »
Would you reccomend a purchase, or should I wait for the inevitable MGS5 complete package? I'm a huge MGS fan obviously, but it's hard for me to justify paying $20 U.S. for something that really sounds, from reviews, and people online at least, like a glorified demo.

At the same time, when DLC for games is $15 a pop, and most of them last 2 hours, this sounds like something that can be replayed a lot of times.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: June 13, 2014, 05:48:00 pm »
I never technically beat the game, as I never got all the way through Chapter 5.

The game is fun, and I have to admit the squad building/RPG elements make for a really fun experience, but it has the same problem that a lot of PSP games with systems like that have. You have to grind out hours, and hours worth of the same mission to get the unlocks. It's extremely frustrating. I had a great time with the HD version, but I don't envision myself ever dedicating 100+ hours to unlocking all the missions, weapons, etc.

And that's to say nothing about things like Emblems which require you to do stuff like have an all-female staff. If I had to fire everyone, just to regrind missions for the best staff members for one single emblem, then I'd lose my mind.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: June 13, 2014, 12:16:53 pm »
It's all good, but it is messed up. Everyone that ended up buying the game when it came out got royally screwed if they bought the DLC. That's a wasted $30 U.S. unless you're serious about getting your trophies, or seeing content as soon as it comes out.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: June 13, 2014, 11:57:50 am »
I bought in via PS3, and I got Bladewolf and Jetstream Same for free. My understanding is that they were made free after the PC version came out. The VR missions DLC however, were not included for free.

General Discussion / Re: World Cup!
« on: June 12, 2014, 05:55:34 pm »
Brazil got very lucky on the calls. Certainly the penalty will be the one that's actually talked about. Not to say that wouldn't have won anyway, but I hate to see a game come down to things like missed calls, or bad officiating, regardless of the sport, or outcome.

General Discussion / World Cup!
« on: June 12, 2014, 03:07:01 pm »
In less than an hour, the World Cup will be starting. The greatest sporting event in the world. So, once again I'm going to huddle up for the next month and watch a lot of soccer.

After 2010's South Africa WC I'm really pulling for Japan. I'd love to see Honda have some fantastic games. Very disappointed with the lack of Donovan on the U.S. team, and obviously saddened by some of the events surrounding the event due to political, and economic reasons.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Nintendo announces Mario hack app
« on: June 12, 2014, 12:50:57 pm »
How was ROM hacking acknowledged? It's just a game with a built in level editor. That's been done many times before entirely unrelated to ROM hacking.

That's a valid point, but it hasn't been done in this series to my knowledge. A series that has always been extremely popular to hack.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: June 11, 2014, 05:34:05 pm »
I bought, and beat Metal Gear Rising (when it was on sale a couple weeks ago for $15 U.S.). The game's much better than I thought it would be. From a gameplay standpoint, it's fun as heck, and Platinum did an excellent job at making combat that was extremely smooth. There are some rough edges, given the lack of development time, but those mostly show up in reused assets for the environments.

From a story standpoint the game was actually solid (and probably the best in the genre). I have to say I was impressed, especially given how much I (though not everyone) enjoyed the Metal Gear franchise. The game did a good job with some of its characters. The music and boss battles were the standouts, and the final boss is one of my favorites of all time. The perfect blend of absurdity (poking fun at Metal Gear, and the genre as a whole), and an epic and interesting fight. The music is also simply fantastic during all stages of the boss battle, finishing up with a song that really blew me away.

All things considered it's a really fun game for fans of the genre, or MGS fans, and I beat it twice (Hard and Very Hard) on fresh runs of both. The NG+ system is also excellent, allowing you to carry over your unlocks via level select, or start over with all your collectables intact, plus the two major story DLCs came free with the game. It's a short game if you just run through, but if you're like me, and listen to every codec call you can, it will last you twice as long (I got about 11 hours out of my first run, and 12 on my second due to dying a lot). Keeping with the trend of the genre, the game is very difficult.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Nintendo announces Mario hack app
« on: June 11, 2014, 05:26:23 pm »
Always nice to see stuff like this, and it's interesting to see romhacking being acknowledged, especially by a company the size of Nintendo.

I don't know if that was the intention, but keeping the homebrew section very specialized allows for it to be present. The site has never been homebrew-centric, but this allows things that fall within a very defined niche to be hosted, while not allowing the site to become overrun with things outside of its scope.

At least that's how I see it, assuming this was a conscious choice.


General Discussion / Re: Your Opinion On Game Making Software...
« on: June 03, 2014, 10:26:30 am »
It's not so much scoffing. I just don't think you can make generalized statements like that; especially when all the research that I have done seems to actually indicate that the Pokemon games have actually sold less and less since the GBA era. Granted, it's not a massive drop off (1-3 million copies out of 12+) for each system's peak.

To say that generations carry attachments to certain things, and are influenced by said attachments is a no brainier, but to say that everyone pines for the days of yore, and their toys will be tomorrow's business models is something I can't agree with.

What about things that are nearly universally cool? Universally in style?

General Discussion / Re: Your Opinion On Game Making Software...
« on: June 02, 2014, 02:27:56 pm »

My first guess on that would be the game (though that's one game I never had issues with). Then again, errors could easily show themselves in different ways. I'd try different games, and see if you also have any issues. The first sign of a dying laser is that games will take longer and longer to load up when you put them in the system. If it's just the disk drive, then it can be replaced (assuming you want to go that route). I know that disk drives for the older systems are still available, I don't know if they are backwards compatible.

I keep a PS2 around still, and I never got much use out of the PS3 in that regard (outside the PS2 Classics on the store).

Poor soldering led to a lot of issues. In addition to the soldering issues, which resulted in overheating (and perhaps in part because of that) the disk drives were also pretty poor.

The one good aspect is that the system uses separate lasers for DVDs and BluRays. The issue, at least for me was, the DVD laser burnt out really quickly. The BR laser worked for much longer, and the system survived a lot of abuse, but it was very finicky.

Edit: As an example (and this is strange I know), there was what appeared to be a soldering issue where I had to leave the system off for an hour every time I shut it off. It would work like a charm, run games for 7+ hours at a time after it was left off for a while, but it refused to read game disk if it was shut off, and not left off for at least 60 minutes. It survived like that for over a year and half before I finally replaced the disk drive as a whole.

That makes even less sense to me =p

I mean, I thought they already released a "classic controller" thing.

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