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Front Page News / Re: ROM Hacks: Final Fantasy VI: Stand Guard released
« on: September 16, 2011, 12:02:58 pm »
Yes it certainly is too long, I was trying to throw out more that could be cut down to less. In time I may be able to distil it more.

As for the tone, I used the original as a reference. I figured it should give a reference point, be thematic, and fit into the dramatic intro ahead. I wouldn't put it past banon, and this will be the first that gamers meet his character, but I'll try to reword.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Famitsu's top 100 games...
« on: September 16, 2011, 03:03:47 am »
holy hell are they out of their mind.

also, KH is an action RPG, and according to some people so it OoT.

I can't believe they think FFX is the best game ever. it is.......... astounding.... to say the least.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy X HD Coming to PS3 and PS Vita
« on: September 16, 2011, 01:05:17 am »
swap magic with a replaced lid is just a matter of unscrewing your stock lid and screwing in your new lid. No messing with your motherboard required.

Front Page News / Re: ROM Hacks: Final Fantasy VI: Stand Guard released
« on: September 16, 2011, 12:45:09 am »
Technology wasn't the way of life in the old times, it's a new phenomenon that has emerged by the ingenuity of man.

I would say something more like.

"Over the eons, the ways of the past have been forgotten.
   In time, new tools have developed, such as Steel,
    Gunpowder, and Steam Engines based on the intellect of man
      rather than the power of the soul, and peace reigns once again."

EDIT: I see you already used eons in your first page, perhaps

"As the tides of time eb and flow, the ways of the past have been forgotten." or to be shorter "as time ebs and flows, the truth of the past has fallen into obscurity and myth"

you could also replace my last line with "... and tranquility returns to mankind"

It might also be useful to establish that magic was prevalent, common, and the power of the day in the past before declaring that it vanished.

you could also end with something like

"Could the ambition of man drive it extinction once and for all?"

Most of what I've written is too long, but feel free to use and condense it for your own evil purposes if you find any of it worth a damn ;)

an "I'm gonna kill you!" would fit that scenario fairly well. With sprites like that, words are needed to convey the characters emotion, otherwise a gamer could miss the weight of what was happening.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy X HD Coming to PS3 and PS Vita
« on: September 16, 2011, 12:32:42 am »
I didn't have trouble beating the game, I had a hellish time trying to track down all the items to get all my abilities and best items.

it may be the same basic concept, but it forces your hand a lot more, and it takes longer than just picking a spell. It's just slow. I don't mind strategy, I mind the game saying "ah ah ah, you're not playing it the RIGHT way, c'mon, we told you the RIGHT way to play in the tutorial, this is a cookie cutter game, you can't do it another way"

when you are trying to get through battles to grind experience of trying to get an enemy to drop an item, it makes battles longer.

I guess that is the difference, if you're just coasting through the story it's pretty effortless, but if you're trying to get the most out of the game, something Final Fantasy games have shined with in the past, it's a royal pain in the ass.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy X HD Coming to PS3 and PS Vita
« on: September 15, 2011, 11:37:27 pm »
the battle system often left little choice on how to dispatch enemies. I admit that it is a staple of final fantasy to have enemies that you have to learn a specific weakness and exploit it, but it's also known for having multiple and unorthodox ways of killing enemies like healing undead.

I felt very forced to comply with the rock paper scissors system of FFX, oh it's a flying unit, switch out to wakka, oh, this unit has weakness to magic, get lulu. It made using other characters besides the obvious choice impractical. This slowed things down even further as you had to constantly switch people into your party in battle as many scenarios you couldn't get past with a set party.

I love strategy, but having to deal with this through all battles and grinding became annoying. Yes if you are massively overpowered you can just bull through things, but if you are at a normal level, many enemies are barely scratched by regular physical attacks. This is an anomaly of this game and isn't as wide spread an issue in any of the other core games to my memory.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Reading suggestions?
« on: September 15, 2011, 11:32:53 pm »
It is a euro mag but has original interviews with devs from Japan (the super metroid and shenmue issues come to mind) and plenty of US devs (this month's issues has some words from John Carmack and John Romero)

I like Darkness Saviors version a lot. It conveys the exact spirit of Tellah without losing meaning to an English audience by being to literal.

It's always good to start with the original context. I concur that spoony bard was way too out of place and PG for Tellah, he was pissed, he wanted to kill the guy.

Gaming Discussion / Re: 3DS getting big price drop in August
« on: September 15, 2011, 06:11:16 pm »
I want to see lower price tags on both handhelds as well as AAA downloadable titles the likes of which you see on Steam and XBOX Live, and to a degree PSN, but I want to see more awesome original stuff on PSN.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Reading suggestions?
« on: September 15, 2011, 04:20:42 pm »
If you like podcasts, listen to 1up's Retronauts podcast from the beginning. Its changed a bit since they launched retronauts live, but the original series was full of amazing info and the experts really knew their stuff instead of just being a bunch of fluff.

There is also All Gen Gamers by the YouTube gaming and game collecting community

If you are looking for magazines  Retrogamer is a fantastic one with high production values and great interviews and articles. They also have an ezine on IOS and possibly Android but there is nothing like the real deal.

Gaming Discussion / Re: What to do with those brick power supplies?
« on: September 15, 2011, 04:14:27 pm »
Yessir. Otherwise I would've said "SMB USA"

Not that it matters, but no bros, its just Super Mario USA, just like Super Mario Yoshi Island.

Neither are part of the Super Mario Bros main series which include:

Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario World: Super Mario Bros. 4
New Super Mario Bros.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Windows Thin PC, eh?  Hadn't heard of that one before.

Ever heard of windows for legacy pcs? It was a custom build of the old windows embedded standard and in essence was Windows XP lite.

It functioned just like XP with a few missing features, but ran on really low end and old hardware.

Windows ThinPC is essentially the next version of Win FLPCs.

Windows ThinPC is a custom build of the new Windows Embedded Standard, and is essentially Windows 7 lite.

It has some missing features, but essentially runs windows 7 with a smaller footprint and uses less resources.

I need to do some tests to see how Win ThinPC compares to Win8 as far as resource management as Win8 is supposed to be decently more performing than Win7, and take less resources.

Gaming Discussion / Re: What to do with those brick power supplies?
« on: September 15, 2011, 11:32:28 am »
The coleco is the largest I've seen. Even larger than the X360.

I do love the simplicity of the power port on the coleco though.

Sadly, it won't be supported forever.  Then again, there aren't quite so many screaming security crises these days as there used to be, or so it seems.

Sure it will, just wait for ReactOS to go gold and you can live in Windows XP-ness forever!

of course I can just run a virtual machine of XP if I am feeling particularly odd. Personally if I really want to run on a low powered device I'll just use Windows Embed Standard or Windows ThinPC. You get the lightweight side of XP with the freshness of modern windows.

Gaming Discussion / Re: 3DS getting big price drop in August
« on: September 15, 2011, 01:07:40 am »
you'd think it'd be a pack in with Monster Hunter, like the expansion pack in the N64 games

no Windows 95 for you? ;)

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy X HD Coming to PS3 and PS Vita
« on: September 14, 2011, 09:53:43 pm »
don't feel sorry for getting antsy, I can be a bastard sometimes intentionally, other times unintentionally. Also, good luck with your gig. Ever considered posting videos on youtube? or is that too personal?

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy X HD Coming to PS3 and PS Vita
« on: September 14, 2011, 09:46:25 pm »
Why do you care what I think?

no desire to argue actually. I just wanted to hear what you thought about the characters. You've said your bit, and I've offended you in the process. I apologize, and thank you for your thoughts.

Often times when people make sweeping statements (myself included) they don't really think about all the titles they are including in their statement.

In this case I'm referring to your statement that you don't like any of Nomura's art from Final Fantasy X on up. I just wanted you to think if that was certainly true or if it was just a generalization.

to be honest, I won't argue for or against his art style in later games, he never really was one of my favorite artists, but I certainly haven't thought his work has gotten worse.

I just thought that I'd see what you thought, about some of his more recent work (except FF Type 0 which isn't his art) since you are an artist and you might have some insight on what exactly has gone wrong with his art style in recent years in your opinion.

when you started talking about the story of FFX instead of the character art I just asked again because I thought you misunderstood. Furthermore when I saw you were confused about Final Fantasy Versus I thought it might be interesting to show more as you may have not heard of it before.

I don't mind you PMing me at all but I figured everyone could benefit from our thoughts. I'll be sure to clean up my inbox :)

I'm sorry you took my post the wrong way. I'm very direct, but it's not to be meant as insulting, I assure you. I like to encourage people to think, and elaborate on their statements. It's not for the sake of conflict, argument, or debate, it's to pick people's brains to see what everyone thinks.

I'd have to agree with you on the probability of bad English voice acting on Type 0 but I suppose you can't win em all.

As for Stand Guard? I still need to spend more time on it to give a fair assessment. As far as hacks go I think you've done quite well. You already know how I feel about augmenting character's personalities if you are still telling the same basic story, but that doesn't mean that it can't be interesting or entertaining.

I think you've done a good job overall and is a good first start. Would I herald it to all my friends? no, but that's not a slight against you, you're doing something original, and learning and growing, and that's what this place is all about.

I certainly can't be critical as I haven't released any hacks myself. Eventually if I put more time into it, I'll try to offer you some useful criticism, but until then, keep up the good work.

they kept reiterating in yesterday's conference that they are going forward with a zero compromise solution.

In other words, they are going forward with both UIs, and multiple kinds of input such as keyboard, mouse, touchpad, and kinect.

I guarantee enterprises and a lot of current users will only use the Desktop, while many people who are practically living on phones and tablets will probably exclusively use the new Metro UI.

I don't know if it's possible for microsoft to bet the farm since it's such a spread out entity.

They are looking to turn windows into a service where people have a personal ID logon whether that be Live ID, Google ID, or Facebook. They are pushing skydrive to help users to backup their content, I've even heard the idea of using new server space saving technology to give people enough space online to backup their entire windows installation online and be able to take most of your important files to any computer and simply just login at any computer with your ID and it will pull down all your personal settings and critical files.

They also are looking to aggregate all online services from photo services, social media sites, etc, and strip it all down so instead of customers going to facebook.com, they just log into windows and look at a photo or status stream from windows that aggregates it all down without even looking at any facebook branding or ads.

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