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Link here.

I've heard some good things about the Witcher and Gothic... But if I'm getting anything from this sale, it might be one of the Gothic games; so which one should I get? Am I misguided and should instead get one of the other RPGs? I'm willing to buy just one and am unfamiliar with all of these games. (And who knows, I may get System Shock 2 if I get one of these).

Gaming Discussion / FBP: Full Body Pong
« on: February 15, 2013, 08:59:15 am »
So, there's Full Body Pong (despite being Kotaku, there's a video there, which is what I think is most interesting).

Apparently, this is just part of some arcade game called eSports Ground, which was shown off at this year's JAEPO. Rather than using a nub to control your paddle, you literally move your body around to play.

One of the commenters said, "It'll be nice when this concept goes fully 3D with holographic projection technology." This comment got me thinking about the Oculus Rift... Its promise was real VR, and yet, I think that with this eSports Ground thing, we may be on the first steps to getting true VR...

So, what do you guys think?

(If I could link to just the video, I would... but unfortunately, it's not a Youtube or other third party video)

Favorite paragraph:

Dark Souls drops players in the middle of a vast open world and says “go”, without offering any more guidance – exactly like the original Legend of Zelda. Zelda HD has the potential to do the same.

Gear-getting has long been the engine driving Zelda's game design, but it needn't be the only way the game guides you. In Dark Souls, if you wander into an area that's too tough you'll soon be decapitated by a vastly overpowered skeleton; Zelda HD could lay out its map in a similar way, warning you away from areas you aren't ready for with stronger enemies, rather than a cracked wall you can't get past without bombs.

The article isn't very well edited, but I did find myself agreeing on some things, particularly the above (although I wouldn't want bombable walls to be removed). Recent Zelda games are too blastedly story oriented. This was probably my gripe with Skyward Sword... Maybe. I'm not sure.

Anyway, Link is here. Warning: It may make you want to play Dark Souls, whose predecessor I haven't even touched (but own).

Link! So, if you wanted to play Final Fantasy Type-0, some hackers are translating it. Even though Square-Enix isn't releasing it here, at least we're getting a translation, y'know? Hopefully, you can soft patch like the Monster Hunter Portable 3rd English Translation. (Thought of Dank when I saw this, which is why I decided to share)

Gaming Discussion / Pathologic? Thoughts on it?
« on: February 06, 2013, 01:12:32 pm »
I just found an article on HG101 on Pathologic, a PC Russian game. It sounds interesting in its use of the medium. I'm not sure I'd be able to handle the subject matter well (heh), but I've taken an interest to it. Has anyone heard of this game? Any thoughts you'd like to chime in about the article and the game?


Project X Zone crossing the various ponds. We might not be getting SRW games, but hey, something's something.

I guess I will hold out on Fire Emblem and buy this instead, since I'm fairly certain most people will buy Fire Emblem. But this? It sounds more niche.

Anyway, thoughts? Impressions? Hopes?

GoG is having a 60% off sale on some games. The above two Guilty Gear games are included. Since they're cheap, I'm considering getting one of them, but it feels like a waste to get both.

So I'm asking RHDN to help me decide which one to get. And don't think back on the Life Lessons thread...

Gaming Discussion / Pokemon X/Y Announced! (Looks good this time!)
« on: January 08, 2013, 09:12:46 am »
Nintendo Direct Link Here (Juicy bit starts here)

It actually looks like an improvement! At least, the Pokemon models are now animated and the world is presented in a more "behind the player" perspective. (I skipped the Black & White series precisely because it looked like it was exactly the same as the previous generations, although I keep hearing good things about the story)

Hopefully, they've listened to me and let you pick your adventures, so you can let the Team Rocket Expies do their thing if all you want to do is get gym badges, or screw the Elite Four and just beat on Team Rocket. Or, let me play with my Pokemon however I want even if it means not battling ever. Seriously, they always tease us with "it's a Pokemon world" but no. It's a Pokemon... railroad... that goes up, down, left, and right. :/ It's really just an RPG instead of the promised 'world'.

Anyway! Thoughts! Speculations! And yes, Pokemon Red & Blue (and Gold & Silver) were the best generations. Done that, been there. Let's talk about this as if we've never heard of Pokemon before!

Gaming Discussion / Hawken for Android (Project Shield)
« on: January 07, 2013, 05:48:17 pm »
The Android version of Hawken will definitely be exclusive to the Tegra 4 chip, and likely exclusive to Project Shield, partly answering the question of platform exclusives I put forth in my analysis of the upcoming device.
Link [Kotaku]

So, Nvidia only just unveiled its "new" portable and it's already got a game promised for it. It's not exclusive, but as far as portable Hawken goes, it's near exclusive if the above ends up being true.

This is a good thing for it (and consumers), though. Exclusives are probably the main reason certain consoles move at all. Supposedly, the video game crash of the 80's happened due to a lack of exclusives on each console (basically, every console was the same deal). I know I would have never considered an iPod Touch if it had all the games I wanted to play available already for Android. Same about Wii, Xbox360, and PS3 (and well, older generations).

Thoughts on either topic? (just don't go on an Apple vs. Google tangent, it's done to death and I know that most of us probably prefer Google more than Apple- me included)

Gaming Discussion / Sony patents system to block second hand game sales
« on: January 04, 2013, 10:35:26 am »
The idea has been toyed with, but apparently Sony actually patented a way to make it work:

silentbrad writes in with a story about a Sony patent that would block the playing of second-hand games.
"... the patent application was filed on 9 December 2012 by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, and will work by linking individual game discs to a user's account without requiring a network connection meaning any future attempt to use this disc on another user's console won't work. The patent explains that games will come with contactless tags that will be read by your console in much the same way as modern bank cards. When a disc is first used, the disc ID and player ID will be stored on the tag. Every time the disc is used in future, the tag will check if the two ID's match up and, if not, then the disc won't work. The document goes on to explain that such a device is part of Sony's ongoing efforts to deter second-hand games sales, and is a far simpler solution than always-on DRM or passwords. It's worth noting that Sony has not confirmed the existence of the device, and the patent doesn't state what machine it will be used in, with later paragraphs also mentioning accessories and peripherals. ... There's also the issue of what happens should your console break and need replacing, or if you have more than one console. Will the games be linked to your PSN account, meaning they can still be used, or the console, meaning an entire new library of titles would need to be purchased?"


I can only imagine this hurting Sony. I see what they're trying to do (help developers and publishers earn money), but they're doing it wrong by tying it to the console. Tie it to an account and people may complain less. Although, it's not like authors and publishers prevent people from sharing and selling books (and physically distributed music, movies, and other objects). *shrug*


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