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Gaming Discussion / Re: XBOX 360, any retro style controllers?
« on: June 03, 2014, 12:39:44 pm »
They sell cheapo chinese PS2 to XBOX 360 USB adapters out there.

So maybe SNES -> PS2 -> X360?  :P

Though I have no idea how the button mapping would even be, the SNES controller simply has less buttons than a 360 one. It's not like a PC where you could just configure it.

General Discussion / Re: RPG Maker Humble Bundle
« on: May 30, 2014, 01:20:58 pm »
If you think it sucks, why do you promote it?

The whole bundle thing lost its appeal to me over a year ago when all the unplayed, uninteresting games I accumulated cluttered up my Steam library to the point that it actually impacted the usability.

I guess their line of thinking is "hey, you want to play Smash with 4 players but you only have two controllers? Pull your ol' GC controllers out of the attic!".

As I said, it's Nintendo's 50 millionth useless hunk of extra plastic the fanboys can tell themselves they need.

Remember GBA to GC connectors for the gamecube? For the optimal experience, get 4 of them! ::)

Edit: Also this is pretty much Nintendo admitting that their big game that's supposed to save the Wii U works like shit with the official Wii U controller and needs a different type of controller entirely. Yay!

Wouldn't it be easier to do emulation, and just release the controller?

This isn't a device to run gamecube games as far as I understand it, it's simply a controller adapter, nothing more. So you can use your old GC controllers for the new SSB.

More plastic accessoires that are useful for 1 game.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Out-of-warranty game system repairs
« on: May 24, 2014, 02:34:11 am »
Looking eBay now and complete consoles (no games) won't sting you much more than $40

Yeah and I doubt you'll find someone who repairs this for less, especially if shipping costs get involved.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Re: Victoly!
« on: May 21, 2014, 01:50:07 pm »
After 280 hours played, I'm finally done with Marvel Puzzle Quest. But at the very least I should be able to give people a very thorough review of the game.

At 280 hours played, the game can't be that bad, right? So why stop now?

The core of the game is still really cool. You build up a roster of Marvel heroes and villians and level them up to build a stronger and stronger team. And the devs support the game relatively well with new events and new heroes so there is always something to do.

Still, they just pushed it too far. This game isn't really a game, it's a second job. I see no way to play this game casually, either you are all in or you are out. Every two weeks there is a new hero, accompanied by a 10 day long PvE event that's a pure battle of attrition to defend a placement in the leaderboards high enough to get the new hero. If you don't? Without the new hero you'll have already lost in the next tournament. The new always gives a insurmountable advantage for the next. There is no way to escape this sweatshop.

And the PvE events are less fun with each iteration. Retarded rubber banding and level scaling makes PvE tournaments an exercise in frustration and disappointment. Have a maxed out Lv141 roster? Enjoy being beaten in placement by Level 50 teams, because their enemies get scaled to level 20 and take 1 minute each while you slog it out against Lv300 enemies with 10k HP each.

And then the PvP tournaments... They used to be great. But then they changed the match making algorithm so that now every fight is a tired slog. And since there is now always an Alliance season running, you HAVE to do well in every single PvP tournament non stop or you are letting down your alliance.

Alliances are another thing... they are great socially. But the pressure they put you under is enourmous. And again, it's all in or all out. Without being in a good alliance, you'll miss 30% of each tournament's reward! You might as well not bother if you aren't in an alliance.

And the time commitment required to stay in the game is 2 hours EVERY SINGLE DAY. And even that is sometimes not enough, with retarded ending times in the middle of the night for EU players which means all your effort is wasted thanks to rubber banding of US players near the end of the tournament while you are sleeping.

Just do yourself a favor and don't get involved in this game. It's a bottomless black hole that you can't escape from.

Why I quit now and not weeks ago? Season 1 just ended and I could finally leave without fucking over my alliance. They are great people and they didn't deserve being abandoned halfway through the season.

Posting this in Victoly, since our Alliance managed to secure a Top 100 spot for season 1 (out of 20k alliances).

Gaming Discussion / Re: Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: May 14, 2014, 06:45:17 pm »
It's been quite a while, they could fork over a Wild Arms 6.

Most of my gaming time lately has been sucked up by Smite. Oh dear lord is it great. It's a Dota/LoL style game with the usual genre mechanics. The twist is that you play your character directly from a close 3rd person view, like you'd control a character in a modern MMO. It makes such a huge difference. It feels so much more immediate and intense when you are right there in the battles. It also shifts the required skillset to do well in the game towards good movement and 3D map awareness. Every damaging ability in the game is a skill shot so anything can be dodged. No more "I win"-button characters like Karthus et. al. And coming up on an enemy from behind is actually worth something now too because people don't have eyes in their backs.

I'm still going through the leveling phase, so it's possible I might end up quitting for the same reasons I finally left LoL: a toxic community. But so far, I'm having an absolute blast.

General Discussion / Re: Smoking
« on: May 10, 2014, 05:11:57 am »
You can smoke at home as much as you want (as long as you don't have kids), but people who smoke in public places need to be charged with malicious injury and locked away.

I imagine that WDAM's ignore list encompasses half the site by now.  PHEAR THE TOMATO!

The ignore list is useless though. All the posts still show up and are just hidden behind a spoiler tag. The curiosity is usually too great and you end up looking at the post anyway  :'(

Gaming Discussion / Re: Remake of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire in 3DS!
« on: May 09, 2014, 04:50:42 am »
They had less features, for example no phone calls from trainers. Most importantly you couldn't revisit the old regions after becoming the champ. I think after gen 2 a lot of people were disappointed with that the most. (This is all IIRC - i Haven't played these since they were new).

So what? Do they make another console now and try to cater to their fanbase some more?

If only.

They'll do fitness accessoires to make some more money on the side. And maybe they'll throw another Mario game on the market every two years to shut up the fanboys.

What I don't understand is how Nintendo can make a loss that big at all. The Wii U is being sold at a loss or so I heard, but not that much. One or two games sold for the system and they are even again. Their games aren't 100 million budgets like GTA or CoD. Donkey Kong Country certainly didn't cost 100 million. Where do they lose all that money? What are they spending it on?

What do you mean used to?

Too bad Frank Herbert's son butchered them.

The originals still exist and you can just stop reading after the third. 'Cause honestly, the original 4-6 were already pretty meh too. (Though nowhere near KJA levels of awful, I'm with you at the butchering part).

KingMike: It's not so farfetched. Sometimes when I look up in a university classroom, waiting on a prof to arrive, I see everyone but me staring on their smartphone. It is quite scary to look at.

AI uprisings have been one of the biggest topics in SciFi for half a decade now. And it just makes sense, it is simply logical. If you create an intelligence that is smart enough to achieve consciousness, then it won't be happy with just doing menial labor.

But we are sooooooooooo far away from that. Don't let sensationalist articles fool you otherwise. (Not refering to this article, but stuff like that gets written every now and then throughout the media).

meanwhile, the Wii is still the best selling console of last generation, while the Wii U still has more sales than Xbox One. The Xbox One must be doomed to bankrupt all of microsoft forever..... yeah.

The Wii U is now as old as the Dreamcast was in the US when it was cancelled by Sega. And at that point the DC sold much more than the Wii U has sold so far... That seems like a much better comparison considering the XBone was just released...

Gaming Discussion / Re: Re: Victoly!
« on: April 15, 2014, 01:28:34 pm »
I've beaten The Last of Us on PS3. It's considered THE flagship title of the system, isn't it?

I'll certainly say that the environments and the presentation alone make this a must-play for PS3 owners. Though I personally wouldn't buy a new PS3 for the game. The gameplay is ok. Console standard cover shooting with sneaking and artificially bad shooting controls. Also the sneaking just isn't deterministic enough for my taste in the passages with a bunch of zombies. Sometimes it works beautifully and other times they seem to be psychic and sniff me out no matter what. Still, it works good enough, sometimes the sneaking is even excellent, when it's against human opponents in the dark.

But the environments, geez they've really outdone themselves. There are views, images and scenes that are just mesmerizing. This is one of the closest a game has come to giving you the illusion that every wall is hand-placed and no part of the game world was recycled from somewhere else. So even if the gameplay is only good business as usual, the environments are worth it IMO. The story goes through all the common zombie survival clichees, depending on how much they are into that genre it might still feel pretty fresh to many, at least in video games the only other comparable game is Telltale's Walking Dead. TLoU is definitely better than that though. Also big props for the ambiguous ending that stays deep in the moral grey area and doesn't go for cheap cringeworthy tear jerking.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Septerra Core: A total ripoff?
« on: April 09, 2014, 04:03:00 am »
Septera Core was released in 1999 by western developers.

Bahamut Lagoon was translated into English by Dejap in 2002.

It's pretty disappointing to harp on the most unique feature of SC, when the vast majority of JRPGs take place in "generic fantasy world 101" instead. Even if it was strongly inspired by BL (I highly doubt it), it would still be way fresher a setting than most fantasy games. It also hasn't been done since, it's still a fresh concept today!

And most characters in JRPGs fall into one of half a dozen archetypes and just get different hair colors. Unless it's Shadow Hearts or another game with a truly unique cast, you can make this claim against most JRPGs ever released. How can you tell me with a straight face that "Someone is a mechanic" is a character wholly original to Lucca from Chrono Trigger? Unless CT was the only piece of multimedia entertainment you ever consumed.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: April 03, 2014, 03:10:52 pm »
Playing Age of Wonders 3. It's brand new but feels very old school and is brutally hard. If you never heard of the series, think Heroes of Might & Magic. It's basically Civilization empire building coupled with very strategic hex-based tactical battles and lite RPG elements. So all the best things you can ask for together in one package >:D The battles can also reach quite large a scale with 7*6 units on the field in total. The graphics are quite excellent, though I hear some people complain about performance issues, it's running smooth as butter on my rig though. I can only imagine that people just equate turn based strategy with "runs on a toster".
I played the first two story missions so far and those alone took me 10 hours to complete. The third mission ended in failure in my first attempt. The AI is absolutely ruthless and will make use of every weakness you leave open. And so far the campaign didn't leave me the luxury of competing with just one enemy either, noooo, two front wars all the way.

General Discussion / Re: Ukraine
« on: March 28, 2014, 05:04:57 pm »
So which one is closer to the truth, the Russian or the Western propaganda?

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