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Gaming Discussion / Re: Your #1 RPG you ever played?
« on: June 18, 2013, 12:52:40 pm »
I find it hard to believe that a game like Xenoblade would be legitimately on anyone's on JRPG list unless they grew up with a Wii. The game is very overrated IMO, and I get the feeling that most people that list it as one of their favorite JRPGs either are young (which I'm not saying is a bad thing) or are so JRPG-starved with their newer consoles that anything looks good. Xenoblade isn't bad, but it's certainly not that great.

Funny, many people could say the same thing about the old classics. CT for example is certainly good, but I wouldn't even put it into my top 5. You know why? There is nothing more subjective than a personal top x list. The order in which you play the various games plays an enormous role for example, no matter how cliche a story is, it might be awesome the first time you hear it. The same goes for graphics and storytelling standards. And when looking back many years, also our personal state of mind at the time when we first play a game will also play a huge factor. None of those things can be objectively weighed against another, they are variables that will be different for every person. Trying to convince someone their choice is wrong is futile, if not even unfair.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Playstation 3
« on: June 16, 2013, 04:51:29 am »
Not a fan at all of Shadow of the Colossus personally, I played until the first boss, fell off three times and then never looked at the game again. Style over substance.

MJ: Have you played Red Dead Redemption before? It's basically GTA IV in a wild west setting. But IMO much more fun. The storytelling and presentation are just superb. I played it on the 360 back in the day, but I just checked and it's on PS3 too.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Playstation 3
« on: June 13, 2013, 06:05:02 am »
I still have a working PS2, so no worries about backwards compatiblity. Thanks for taking the time to mention the intricacies though :)

FWIW I got the Slim variant with 12GB flash storage. I'll get a 2.5" HDD with 320GB to put into it soon, that is still waaaaay cheaper than a model with larger HDD.

Programming / Re: How to tell type of compression used?
« on: June 12, 2013, 04:05:59 pm »
You can always write a "dumb" decoder by just translating the decompression ASM routine instruction by instruction into your language of choice.


That carries you two thirds of the way. Then you just need to write the data you get into an image format, with the right library that should be trivial.

Gaming Discussion / Re: E3 Topic
« on: June 12, 2013, 09:06:43 am »
One might consider Nintendo's presentation even worse than Microsoft's if the only noteworthy news from it is the addition of a character in the xth sequel of a fighting game.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Playstation 3
« on: June 12, 2013, 08:07:11 am »
So... yeah I ordered one. Should be here tomorrow or the day after. I wouldn't have done it if I couldn't borrow a ton of games from my sister and a good friend though. Console game prices are completely stupid insane, coming from someone used to PC games.
This really puts another light on the used game stuff on Xbox One for me. Just a day ago I wouldn't have considered it that important to me personally. Then I browsed Amazon for games to order along with the console and died inside.

More game suggestions are still welcome by the way  :)

Jorpho: My sister has LBP so I'm surely going to check it out at some point. I'll check out the other two/three as well.

Gaming Discussion / Re: E3 Topic
« on: June 11, 2013, 10:05:13 am »
I don't mind as much as long as the main titles themselves don't share worlds. Also, to be honest, most of my statement stems from me not liking XIII's world.

I honestly can't even remember what XIII's world was about, and I beat XIII. That probably says it all :-\ Though I do remember the characters so I still want to play XIII-2 some time.

Gaming Discussion / Re: E3 Topic
« on: June 11, 2013, 05:28:32 am »
but what I always liked about the Final Fantasy main series was that each game had its own unique world/universe.

What did you think about FFXII revisiting Ivalice?

Gaming Discussion / Re: E3 Topic
« on: June 11, 2013, 05:25:32 am »
That was excellent news but don't you find it slightly troubling that the annoucement that got the biggest applause of the event was Sony saying they wont screw us over?

Welcome to Steve Job's magical post PC world! :crazy:


Programming / Re: How to tell type of compression used?
« on: June 11, 2013, 03:15:15 am »
Well you just need to know how compressions work, then they are pretty distinct. Is it reading a control byte that tells it to copy the same char multiple times? RLE. Is it traversing down a tree? Huffman. Is it working with a buffer of earlier printed text and backreferencing parts from there? LZwhatever (it really does not matter which).

You can always write a "dumb" decoder by just translating the decompression ASM routine instruction by instruction into your language of choice.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Playstation 3
« on: June 10, 2013, 03:01:10 pm »
Good, I won't touch the filthy Persona series again anyway. I don't think I'll actually want to import anything (I wish I could play SRW games effectively in Japanese but I can't), but it's always nice to know the option exists at least.

Gaming Discussion / Re: E3 Topic
« on: June 10, 2013, 02:12:01 pm »
The price is waaaaay above the pain threshold. Which makes me really sad about a lot of the exclusives, because there were really interesting games among them. Titanfall looked really good and Quantum Break is probably going to be good too, though I'm not sure if it'll be exclusive or not, probably at least time exclusive.

But at least they did listen to the devastating reveal feedback and made this one all about games.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Playstation 3
« on: June 10, 2013, 11:31:29 am »
So the PS3 isn't region locked in any way? That is good news.

Gaming Discussion / Playstation 3
« on: June 10, 2013, 03:04:23 am »
So with the PS4 coming later this year and this generation going into maintenence mode (we all know there won't be many new games beyond a few movie tie-ins, sports games, delayed releases or low budget ones) I'm thinking about picking up a PS3 after all. There are a few games I'm interested in that I couldn't play this gen and I think it's enough to make me make the jump, but I'd like to get you folks' input.

Do you think another price reduction of the PS3 is realistic in the next 6 months? Or is the slim as low as we are going to get it for now?

Some games that I'm interested in:

MGS HD Collection (Mostly for peace walker)
Dragon's Dogma
Valkyria Chronicles (Loved the PSP game)
Heavy Rain
The Last of Us
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (my 360 died before I could get to that)
Tales of Graces
That Ghibli JRPG thing

I barely followed PS3 news so I'm probably missing a lot of interesting ones. Any further suggestions of games that I definitely have to take a look at if I'd get a PS3? Just skip anything multiplatform, chances are high I already played it on 360 or PC.

Site Talk / Re: Staff Crisis
« on: June 07, 2013, 02:45:56 pm »
Just mod snarfblam.

Mods =/= Staff. Very different things.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: June 07, 2013, 02:44:45 pm »
I always said I would try STO once they put the Romulans in. It just took them a while.

Make sure you actually play Romulan too. Their new storyline and mission designs are heaps and bounds better than the old Federation stuff. (KDF falls somewhere in between). If I played STO for the first time today as FED I'd probably uninstall it after 2 hours. They want to remake the fed campaign sometime this year, but it won't be anytime soon. But the Romulan campaign is really good. Endgame is the same for all factions anyway and future story progression will also be cross faction.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: June 07, 2013, 11:37:18 am »
I have mostly played Star Trek Online recently. There was just a huge new expansion released (for free) that added Romulans as a third playable faction. Who doesn't love that?
I love the new login screens, makes it a joy to show off your crew:

After quite a while I also played something else just yesterday. Prime World: Defenders, an indie game that just hit Steam. Actually it has been available for a while, but only as an "early access" game and now it's an official release. I must say it feels very polished and bug free so far. But the game itself, eh...

The game is basically a combination of Tower Defense and Trading Card Game and RPG.
The core gameplay is pure classic tower defense, plain and simple. But which towers you can bring into a map is determined by your deck, which, (you guessed it!), is determined by tower cards that you can obtain as random drops in the game. The RPG aspect is that you can also fuse and upgrade your cards to be more powerful. The problem is that sooner or later the quality of your cards is more important than building a clever defense and you start grinding ramdomly generated missions over and over for useful card drops and money to buy booster packs with a shitty chance of useful card drops.

I mean really? At least (and that is its saving grace), it is not a free to play game and the cards do not cost money and can't be traded. It is a self-contained singleplayer game. If buying and selling cards for real money had entered the equation, I would have called this Satan incarnate. As it is, it only makes me die a little inside  :-\

Gaming Discussion / Re: Deus X announced for ios
« on: June 06, 2013, 10:12:19 am »
Without the first announcement, I think most people wouldn't care at all about this game.


Site Talk / Re: People making post which is a raw link
« on: June 05, 2013, 05:03:19 pm »
Ignore Kaioshin's potential trolling... I'm not sure what to make of that response.


What I mean is, if he is bothered by where badly described, unknown links lead to, no one forces him to follow them. Yes, such links are bad form to begin with, but in the end if no one clicks them, the people who posted have failed by not giving enough information to make people interested. It is self defeating by them. Not sure what else can be said, unless you want to add "useless post" as a reason for mod intervention in which case... *PANDORA'S BOX OPENED*

Now let me add some more smileys to make sure no one can construe this post as trolling.

 :crazy:  :woot!:  :cookie:

No wait that didn't come out right...

Site Talk / Re: People making post which is a raw link
« on: June 05, 2013, 03:38:18 pm »
Sooo, don't click on such links?

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