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I'm not really talking about machine Google Translate type stuff, but loaded files that are created by a team and customized to recognize certain points of the game and give them accurate translations. So, in a sense, it's kind of like a patch, but you won't need to use an IPS to modify the data.

It occurred to me that...

The news of 'Smart-Glasses' as an upcoming technological development means that a new window of opportunity is open for fan translations! Using your phone camera and augmented reality to translate various text in printed books has already been demonstrated. This could even mean the death of the patch as we know it, because translators will be able to make custom patches to recognize various fonts, dialogues, and even graphics like title cards. A multitude of other things will now be available to users of all languages! This is actually amazing, when you think about it! What do you guys have to say about this? You could even enable it on some TVs with this kind of technology, so no glasses needed, but imagine what could be done!

Gaming Discussion / Buster's page - what happened?
« on: October 16, 2016, 12:02:06 pm »
It seems E.Hashimoto a.k.a. Buster's website has gone to the dogs:

I don't even know what's going on, but all the download link is showing is a picture of that Elemental Saga game he did with no download links. He is, of course, the maker of Guardian of Paradise/Akuji the Demon. I can't find links to those or his other games and I can't even see the video he posted this year because it doesn't display in any of my browsers. What's going on?

Gaming Discussion / Re: Games you want to love but can't
« on: September 29, 2016, 04:09:03 pm »

Also the whole Dragon Quest series. The game themsevles aren't bad, and I like the look/feel/ambiance/athmosphere, however... I do not want to spend hours and hours grinding.

I'll also add the original Castlevania. As a fan of the series I should be a fan of the original... except I'm not, it is extremely hard and very short. Not bad per se, but it feels incomplete.

As I said, Phantasy Star 1 is the true underdog of 80's JRPGs. In fact, the original 4 PS games are probably more consistent and interesting than DQ or FF in general, aside from maybe the SNES FF games which are among my favorite JRPGs and deserve their praise.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: The BIG list of randomizers!!
« on: September 27, 2016, 02:43:28 am »
I wanted to know how true randomness is generated in video games or technology period. If I recall, it has something to do with chaos theory and quantum stuff, something about true indeterminism not existing in digital technology because it is linear, or at least indeterminism as we perceive it in the external world.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Games you want to love but can't
« on: September 26, 2016, 09:30:37 pm »
GunGriffon -- I can't understand the love for it. Clunky. I don't see how this is a better mech game than the first Armored Core.

Final Fantasy -- The first. Sluggish, ugly, tedious and aside from the class/spell system, it is a borefest compared to the later ones. I didn't play it during it's heydey to really see it when it was supposedly innovative. Then again, I largely prefer the first Phantasy Star for a respectable JRPG debut of that era.

Grandia -- Another game that I struggle to like. That ugly compressed background in the PS1 version really annoys the hell out of me versus the superior Saturn original, which is a decent game. But even still, it's braindead easy even without constantly upgrading equipment. Charming cast and story, though.

What is the most common method used in RPG games for creating random encounters?

If this is in the wrong forum, move it, but I'd like to know how these kinds of events are frequently programmed. I'd assume they're not all the same, but mostly have some techniques in common.

Yes, there is a better version of FF1, it's called Phantasy Star and it was released on Master System. Better than DW, too, IMHO.  ;D

Gaming Discussion / Re: Monsters carrying potions, etc. - Explanation?
« on: August 29, 2016, 10:21:27 am »
Thread necromancy, but I wanted to get back to another thing related to this topic.

Can anyone explain the mythological origins of the Diamond Bell in FF?

Gaming Discussion / Earth Seeker for Wii
« on: April 14, 2016, 05:08:31 am »
I managed to get this game off of eBay for a mere $12 shipped, new and still sealed, about a year or two ago. I really enjoy it so far, and know enough Japanese to hack my way through it but am definately not on par enough to be a full fledged translator. Language-related arts is one of my hobbies, but I'm still a bit away from attempting something like this. For sure, though, I'd like someone to be able to translate this for everyone to enjoy, seeing what has been done with games like Captain Rainbow. Is anyone else on the same train as I am? This little gem is like Monster Hunter but not as slow, and with more personality and charm. One of the last good games to be released for Wii besides Rodea (both of which were published by Kadokawa Shoten).

Gaming Discussion / Re: Front Mission 5 patch
« on: April 08, 2016, 08:33:00 pm »
With this patch being from the same site that hosted the Front Mission 2 translation, I would also suggest that Spinner and the gang add the patch for that one to the database as well.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Graal
« on: April 03, 2016, 12:22:10 am »
I played the hell out of this as a youth. I no longer play MMOs because of the bad behavior of people being so rampant and lack of effective moderation. That, and they have no real goal or end. I like completion in my games. There were some good memories I had with Graal, but many ugly ones too. I remember the main map having a bank which allowed a PK zone outside of it, so when people went to deposit money, they'd have PKers hunting them outside and looting them, until they made it to where you no longer dropped money for looters. That was a real pain in the ass and drove me crazy to no end. The only lasting thing that came out of playing Graal was that one of my best online friends is a veteran player of the game, though I don't think he has time these days to invest in it. I don't even remember what our meeting at the time of playing was even like, it's just that I always had him on my AIM list, then one day he got bored and started talking to me and then we became more close after that.

If we're going to talk about corruption in moderators, then DragonSpires was a good candidate. It was as if the game was being run by Beavis & Butthead. It had some good moments, but it was a nightmare seeing it's head figures being so immature and rude. I've never seen an online game controlled by such a team of blithering jackasses. But there may be some that are/were just as bad, but I can't imagine worse.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Front Mission 5 patch
« on: March 31, 2016, 10:05:20 pm »
Spinner saves the day again! Thank you so much for helping me, as usual!  :thumbsup:

Gaming Discussion / Front Mission 5 patch
« on: March 31, 2016, 09:10:46 pm »
I don't mean to irritate anyone but for the love of me, I am really frustrated looking for any traces of the patch file for this game! The site seems to have disappeared, which this site references, saying that the team requested it, but that site no longer exists. Other sites offer a downloaded copy pre-patched, but I do not want to DL them and want to patch my own (pre-Ultimate Hits) copy when it arrives in the mail. This along with Namco x Museum are some of the reasons I got a Free McBoot card and really want to play them, as I am on a strategy binge lately. Please, if you can, let me know where I can get it or at least where I can contact a team member to send me a copy, if that is preferred.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Venus and Braves: Which version?
« on: March 31, 2016, 05:23:09 pm »
If there was to be a V&B translation, would it be the PSP version or the PS2 original? I have both systems and got a Free McBoot card so I could buy and play patched copies of Front Mission 5 and Namco x Capcom on my system without modding it. V&B is one of the other games I'd definitely play if it was translated, but has there been a decision regarding which version is the most likely candidate to deserve a translation?

Gaming Discussion / Re: XBox dies as Microsoft exits console market
« on: March 03, 2016, 09:29:39 pm »
3DS is the only console that I currently own and support this generation. Not interested in PS4 or XBOne. I am more interested in the RetroUSB AVS system that's coming out for NES/Famicom than this shitter. I like some games on the original Xbox, but very few. Never got the 360.

Now, while 3DS has a smaller library, it's still quality over quantity. I enjoy having a handful of games I really love and am engrossed in for each system I own than just a hundred mediocre games scattered across each.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Famicom Wars patch question
« on: March 03, 2016, 09:21:52 pm »
Your gracious help is greatly appreciated. Last thing: do you know if Famicom Wars works on NesterJ for PSP? It refuses to load the patched rom at the menu, not even going as far as giving a blank screen, whereas the other roms I dumped work fine. I don't have many other options at the moment for portable emulation, so let me know.

Gaming Discussion / Famicom Wars patch question
« on: February 28, 2016, 05:31:12 pm »
I dump my Famicom games legitimately with my Kazzo NES dumper by InfiniteNESLives. I recently got a hold of Fire Emblem and FamiWars and want to apply Aka Translations' patch to my copy of the latter, but apparently it was only meant for the overdump featured in GoodNES. Will it work on my clean dump or will I have to download that one? Thanks.

Aside from shmups or arcade ports of any kind, what kind of text-driven japan-only PS1 and PS2 games are worth seeking out? I'm talking about stuff that hasn't been fan-translated yet, as I am aware of Namco X Capcom and Front Mission 5 being done in this manner. The one major PS franchise that I wish had been localized was the PopoloCrois series. The PSP offering which consisted of three abridged episodes felt like a sampler that left me wanting more, but I enjoyed it for what it was. It seems the PS2 had most of the best games localized during its lifetime which was not so in earlier generations. So I want to know what are the top untranslated games for both systems?

Gaming Discussion / Re: Enix and the quality of their games
« on: December 29, 2014, 02:15:34 am »
I wasn't impressed by Illusion of Gaia, but I hear many good things about Terranigma. With the volume of what they've done and what I've had the opportunity to play, that determines my impression of Enix overall. That's not to say there aren't some hidden gems.  ;)

Personally, I want to try that Nanatsu Kaze no Shima Monogatari game they published for Saturn.

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