Open Forum #014
posted on 10.17.12 at 12:00 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Open, off-topic discussion.

Our fourteenth Open Forum has been readied for discussion.

The Open Forum is your domain for anything and everything. Whatever you feel is inappropriate to discuss in other threads, you can discuss here. Want to talk about sports? You’re in the right place. Have a random question? Ask it here. Want to poll the community? Do it here. The Open Forum is what you make it.

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  • http://moefx.wordpress.com/ barklight

    Just want to let everyone know that CD Projeckt will be streamed a conference this Thursday, they will announce the official name of their new IP based on RPG Cyberpunk. Get hype!http://en.thewitcher.com/community/entry/306

    • Skerj

      Oh I am, The Witcher is one of the few IPs in Medieval Fantasy that I don’t abhor and it’s due to how CD Projeckt handled the games. Can’t wait to see what they do with a setting I actually like. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/cbosak1 Christopher A. Bosak

    Why do so many Western Gamers have to hate on JRPG’s even modern ones can be fun, and the Gameplay formula isn’t always the Same. 

    FPS games like rehashed COD dry out the fun of the FPS experience

    • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

      I’ve loved J-RPGs for as long as I can remember, but even I can see the staleness that comes with a lot of them. They can even be considered just as badly rehashed as the CoD games you’re talking about. I can’t tell you how many J-RPGs can be summed up with this:

      “Teenage protagonist teams up with friends to stop bad guy from taking over (or destroying) the world.”

      After gaming for 20+ years, you are hardly amazed by the stories being put into games since a lot of them are very similar, just told from different angles or have a slight twist to them (but with the same end result). Fortunately for me, I only really play games for the gameplay itself these days. It’s very rare I even follow the story any more.

      The last time I actually did that was with Nier, but for those of you that played that, you’ll know exactly why and how that captivated me, heh.

    • MosquitoLemon

      Back in the day, most normal console gamers only played a few games a year (because games were mad expensive and small children had no money!!!). So if you got a sweet JRPG, you had to sit your ass down and ENJOY it. Today, every freakin’ ‘gamer’ has 1,000 games that they’re playing, constantly whining about the ‘backlog’, yet still purchasing crap they’ll never play from Steam, and mowing through games like they’re a chore (and then somehow justifying this as a good hobby because it’s such a freakin’ chore). 

      JRPGs do not make for a fun chore when you have 20 items on your laundry list. “Ugh, how am I ever gonna get to play Indie Platformer #87 when I’ve still gotta level up and eat this princess in Garbage Warrior VI!?!?” JRPGs take a back seat, and then the losers who still have time to complain about it on the internet decide to confuse, “JRPGs are not worth my time when I have 19 other crappy games to play” with “JRPGs are teh sux!!!”

      Contrast this with Japanese otaku who get their grubby hands on a game and proceed to SUCK ITS LIFEBLOOD DRY!!!! 2 months from now you’ll talk to them and it’ll be like, “I AM ON HOUR 1,240 of Garbage Warrior VI. THIS IS MY 50TH PLAYTHROUGH, THIS TIME I AM USING THE ALGORITHM I DERIVED FROM…” 

      • Kobracon

        While I don’t care for the tone, I have to wholeheartedly agree……

    • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

      And then there are people who only like Japanese game and Western game are shat to them. And there are people who only play on PC and other kind of gaming device are shat to them, etc, etc.
      It’s all about preferences and we can’t change it. What we can do is just enjoy what we love.

  • Adam Meadows

    Hiii everyone. 

  • Haku_Luvs_You

    Having trouble getting through Tokitowa. I blame my addiction to XCOM :( What’s everyone else playing!?

    • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

      Nothing at the moment actually. I’ve just been spending this time to focus on making music and coloring. That will change soon enough though! I just got an e-mail notification a few hours ago letting me know my copy of Zero no Kiseki Evolution has shipped and I’m expecting it Friday.

    • holly

       Rushed few days ago through Mega Man Zero 2,3,4, Maverick Hunter X and ZX. Playing now Pokémon Black 2. Looking forward to Virtues Last Reward :]

    • InsaneChronos

      Reading Valkyria Chronicles 2 artbook :P So how is Tokitowa?

      • Haku_Luvs_You

        It okay. I don’t know, it has a lot going for it, but it has some problems that really hold it back. I’m still pretty early so I hope it gets better. On a side note the art book is awesome lol. 

    • DarthBrian

      Playing XCOM and One Piece Pirate Warriors for the most part.

      EDIT: And Zen Pinball 2.

    • DesmaX

       I’m playing the first God of War on my PS3. I had the collection here, but never touched it.

      Since I didn’t had anything better to play, I’ve decided to get some easy trophies

    • MosquitoLemon

      SD GUNDAM G GENERATION OVERDRIVE!!!!!! They actually retooled the game so that it’s challenging and fun, and not just, “Get level 99 mech and pilot and pwn teh worldd!!!!”. I have spent a considerable amount of time customizing my teams, whereas in (most) previous installments I’ve just stomped everyone with an army of Wing Zeros.

    • Kobracon

      Borderlands 2 (PC), Guild Wars 2(PC), One Piece Pirate Warriors (PS3), Lost Heroes (PSP) and replaying the Phoenix Wright series on my DS. XCOM is on the way :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

      Boob physic simulator aka DOA5.

  • Skelter

    I’m officially disappointed in 90% of the upcoming releases for this gen of consoles and see no light at the end of the tunnel for the oncoming generations o_0. Of course this is personal preference, I’m sure there’s  alot of people that are having a field day with what’s out there right now. Maybe I’m too old school. I started gaming in 1996, getting a taste of the last days of legendary SNES, Genesis and also the uprising of N64, Dreamcast, PS1, PS2, Gamecube…….After 2005 games went straight up the bull’s ass for me, I think Rogue Galaxy was the LAST ps2 game I played and I never thought about 6  years later I’d be wishing I still had a PS2. Idk eversince the reveal of Xbox, games just started heading towards realism….then the Japanese started pulling out and being selfish, giving us all the scraps…..and now we get games like Neptunia and Agarest Wars? (Compare those to Xenosaga, Grandia, Digital Devil Saga, etc)……..oh well……this is just the rant of an old-style gamer…. -____-

    • xMCXx

       Ni no fucking Kuni.
      That is all.

      • Skelter

         Yeah that resides in the 10% lol…..after all it brought back the “overworld map” :3

    • MosquitoLemon

      You’re confusing “since Xbox… realism” with, “since XBox…. console gaming has slowly become a copy of PC gaming”. And if you weren’t a PC gamer to begin with, it sucks pretty bad to have your niche run through by a bunch of games you never wanted to play.

      Personally I blame Sony for releasing the PS3 too early. Sure, for Sony’s sake they had to release something to compete with the 360, but the result was, well, you know. The PS2 continued to get great titles in Japan, while the fools in the US that had already abandoned the PS2 were like, “Why doesn’t the PS3 have any games!?!?” Which soon became, “Why doesn’t this thing have backwards compatibility anymore?!”, to finally, “Why is this being released for PSP and not muh HD console, WAHHHHH!!!!!”

      A lot of the legendary developers of the PS2 era just gave up and became pachinko devs (or made a couple of crappy games on PSP, or both). Others turned to online social games, which (given optimal circumstances) bring in more revenue than their console counterparts. Couple that with mismanagement and misunderstanding of the consumer across all the ‘popular’ Japanese devs, and you get the sad state of gaming today. On the plus side, if you like old PC games, I hear there’s a great new X-COM out!

    • MosquitoLemon

      You’re confusing “since Xbox… realism” with, “since XBox…. console gaming has slowly become a copy of PC gaming”. And if you weren’t a PC gamer to begin with, it sucks pretty bad to have your niche run through by a bunch of games you never wanted to play.

      Personally I blame Sony for releasing the PS3 too early. Sure, for Sony’s sake they had to release something to compete with the 360, but the result was, well, you know. The PS2 continued to get great titles in Japan, while the fools in the US that had already abandoned the PS2 were like, “Why doesn’t the PS3 have any games!?!?” Which soon became, “Why doesn’t this thing have backwards compatibility anymore?!”, to finally, “Why is this being released for PSP and not muh HD console, WAHHHHH!!!!!”

      A lot of the legendary developers of the PS2 era just gave up and became pachinko devs (or made a couple of crappy games on PSP, or both). Others turned to online social games, which (given optimal circumstances) bring in more revenue than their console counterparts. Couple that with mismanagement and misunderstanding of the consumer across all the ‘popular’ Japanese devs, and you get the sad state of gaming today. On the plus side, if you like old PC games, I hear there’s a great new X-COM out!

      • Skelter

         LMAO @ “Pachinko Devs”

    • Kobracon

      Well I started gaming in 1994. Played the ole Sega Megadrive (oh Sonic….u used to be cool) then moved on to the PS1 and never looked back. But yet, I’m completely fine with the games we get. I am perfectly content with RPGs we’ve had this gen. Valkyria Chronicles was awesome, Resonance of Fate kicked ass, I personally enjoyed FF13. Yes even Neptunia and Agarest Wars because I understand they come from budget game companies but I support them coz they effing TRY. There is effort in their games and I appreciate it.

  • DesmaX

    So yeah…

    Sometimes the mobile version of gematsu opens on my computer
    And, sometimes I open Gematsu on my phone, and the normal version opens.

    That’s weird

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Clear your cache. I don’t think it should happen again after that. But if it does, let me know. ;D

      • DesmaX

        Well, truth be told, it stopped doing that yesterday.
        Just though I’d say that when a new Open Forum showed up

        Thanks, anyway

  • LordKaiser

    White Knight Chronicles II Rant Part 2

    After many days waiting for signatures on the petition 

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/wkc2/

    We reached at least 1k signatures meanwhile I I linked a link to Angry Joe website to not avail

    http://thesilentchief.com/2012/07/22/white-knight-chronicles-ii-dlc-debacle-whats-really-going-on/

    We where fighting to have a cømplete game trying to grab the media attention to not avail. Many of us contacted Sony of Europe and D3P.

    http://www.neoseeker.com/forums/49899/t1776559-response-got-from-sony-d3/

    We where responded with lies after lies. It seems D3 Publisher was planning to scam us from the beginning by releasing a incomplete game for a quick grab of cash and abandon the game complely. In all honesty I hate D3 Publisher with passion and I want this company to go bankrupt for being scammers and liars. Do not buy games from them. This publisher can’t be trusted at all and I also know that Namco Bandai is financing D3 Publisher so I won’t buy any games from them exept the Tales series.

    • FaithlessMr

       Just read that. Whoa. Why would the publisher refrain from doing that? I’m calling legal issues here, tho.

      • LordKaiser

        My guess is that they tought that the game would sell as badly as Europe but the sales where average instead of abyssal. I would not mind if this was a offline only RPG but this is a online RPG with a lot of content that cannot sustain itself forever but leaves revenue on dlc on the store by selling tickets to increase loot drop, gain more guilder, GR points, Ark Plans, geo town parts etc. I know people who had spent $200+ on DLC alone.

        Here in their FB page they dared to swith the blame to Level-5 saying that Level-5 told them that the content was for Japan only (Content in our discs.)

        http://www.facebook.com/WhiteKnightChroniclesII

        If you ask me this don’t make sense at all. I tought the Developers love to make money. In the end we are missing more than 40 quests (10 of them is the game true ending). These quests give us gear and balances the game.

        Does someone here knows how Dev and Publisher relationships work? Can a Dev deny a Publisher stuff?

        • FaithlessMr

           Don’t take this for sure, but I believe it’s always the publishers who decide what actually makes its way to the general public or not. Devs work on stuff, comissioned by publishers (most of the time, unless they can publish things on their own or unless their games are picked up at later stages by publishers), and then publishers always have the final say on whatever makes it’s way into the final build or not.

          I’d like to believe this has more to do with licensing issues, or legal issues that just go way over their heads. Both the devs and the publisher heads. But yeah, they could be playing the blame game here, and trying to push this over one another in hopes of tarnishing their name somehow.

          • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

            I more or less agree with your post. Honestly, if we managed to dig really deep, I bet the problem is a very familiar one with games this generation.

            Yeah, I’m talking about money. If someone was holding out or whatever just to save some cash, that wouldn’t surprise me one bit. There is a number of different scenarios with this idea, so I think it’s very possible.

            • Barandox

              Probably gonna lose alot more cash than they saved, while sales were not super, they were pretty good for JRPG in US/EU with around 250k unites sold per VGChartz, that accounts for about half of all global sales of the game.

              Per VGChartz, WKC2 outsold Disgaea 3 & 4 in the US/EU market as well as games in the Alteria series and several others. It was not even that far behind Star Ocean 4 and Tales of Abyss really and if you factor in all the money from Tickets, GeoRama items, colors, guild avatars and Knight armors the extra money had to be pretty decent.

              Now D3P has upset alot of customers who are fans of the WKC series and I am willing to bet a good number of them will not purchase products from them or Level-5 in the future if the DLC is indeed never released, bad move on their part.

              • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

                Oh, I agree. My point was, someone probably didn’t want to pay someone else to get the job done. All the little fees involved with updating a game, adding the dlc to the store, possible licensing issues from Japan, etc.

                I’m not trying to give D3P or whoever is responsible a free pass or anything, not one bit. I just wouldn’t be surprised if this type of junk is responsible for it all.

            • FaithlessMr

              Money runs the world, eh? :P

  • Gaara D.Dragon

    Here’s what I find disturbing. Siliconera and Gematsu are supposed to be sites that focus on Japanese gaming and old school console gaming and at the same time seem to be supporting the most abrupt case of westernization to date. You know that I’m talking about, that game that lowered expectations so much we are happy the guy simply swings a sword… or a whip or a feather duster or whatever…

    • Kobracon

      When was it stated Gematsu was focused on Japanese gaming and old school gaming??? Its a about GAMES in general.

    • DichaTesoro

       It’s nice to read about eastern and western games on a single site. Most game sites focus entirely on popular titles and don’t cut less main-stream titles some slack whether it’s not reviewing them fairly or just plain ignoring them. Gematsu is good because it does focus on more niche titles while still giving most major releases some attention—you see headlines for AC3 alongside Tales of Xillia.
      I do notice the community does seem to focus more on eastern games here however.

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    Hey guys I will be taking some time off from Gematsu in November for some while to focus on other things but I will be dropping in from time to time for any big announcements to comment on. I will return on 1/12/13 under a new name “Prodigy-X”.

    • Kobracon

      Phew…..a few moments of peace…..

      • KingOptimusOrigins111

        How rude, but I guess I deserve it for the way I’ve been acting lately.

        • Kobracon

          Sorry, but at least you realize.

          • KingOptimusOrigins111

            I realize I have my own opinions and people will have deal with what I put in the comment section that is what I realize.

            • Kobracon

              You must also realize OTHER people have opinions as well. And no we don’t have to ‘deal’ with what you say as much as you have to ‘deal’ with we have to say.

              • KingOptimusOrigins111

                Yes y’all will.

  • Zuhri69

    I miss the Jrpg era. I wish it will return soon. Well, not all of them. I wish that a classic can be born in this hd era. On hd console. I guess thats too much to ask.

    • Kobracon

      Valkyria Chronicles? Resonance of Fate?

    • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

      There are still game like that but only a few. Upcoming games like Ni no Kuni and Tales of Xillia are best example. We won’t get 1999 JRPG treatment anymore where each month we got 1-2 quality RPG. Just look at this 1999 release line-up. Legend of Dragoon and Mana in the same month, Chrono Cross and Valkyrie Profile in the same month, it’s insane. What I do to survive these year is trying other genre and I’m sure you will find other genre that are fun to you.

    • GetOffMy_Lawn

      Tales of Vesperia is a classic, IMO. 

  • Kobracon

    To those that play Borderlands 2, ever notice that Zer0 has 4 fingers? is he a Salarian o_O?

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    I’m playing boob physic simulator aka DOA5. I’m fighting game n00b so I still got my ass kicked even on Rookie mode, lol. I love Kasumi especially her black leather costume, it’s so cool. I hope she will become playable in Ninja Gaiden 4 or even better on Razor’s Edge.

    • DichaTesoro

      Boob physic simulator! The boob thing is quite funny, especially during the story-mode, during gameplay, though, I hardly notice it. DoA5 is the first DoA title I’ve played and I’m enjoying it—the tag team matches with four players are plain fun. Hayate is my main, Helena second.

      • Kobracon

        Y’know they had that all the way back in DOA2? The dreamcast version could play four-man tag teams as well. The main criticism of the DOA franchise is that nothing much has changed in each iteration. Just new characters, but DOA5’s addition of those special ‘knock into environment’ moves and the insane stages do add some much needed spice into the mix.

      • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

        This is my first DOA too. I always know this game but I don’t have Xbox and in PS2 days I don’t play that much fighting game so I just know them from magazine.

    • z_merquise

      Don’t forget sweaty boobs. Combined that with them gasping and breathing heavily when they lost.

      “Why!? Why can’t I win? (haaaah . . . haaah . . . haaah . . . haaah)”

      • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

        There’s even a trophy that have us to see all character defeated pose. They must be proud of it :D

        • z_merquise

          Really? I’m not into trophy collecting but I do like to collect them as many as possible especially for games that I like but they’re not a huge deal for me.

          Still, nothing hurts to see their losing poses. It seems like they put a lot of effort for that. Especially for the female characters.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

    Some interesting comments in here. I don’t have time to quote and respond to them all, I’ll just touch on some of the topics in this post. (Sorry for my lack of posting, I’ve only had time to read the comments lately.)

    The discussion about the good old JRPG days

    I can understand where some would look back on those days fondly. I know I do… My only advice is to invest in the portables, the PSP/DS etc have some of the best Japanese games from this generation.

    I know that some gamers just prefer to game on a console with HDTV/Surround Sound/ Comfy Controller. I prefer to game that way myself, but even I have to acknowledge that most of the great Japanese games are on the portables this generation. It’s one of the reasons why I’m saving up, looking to invest my money into the portables. I have some catching up to do, but both devices have some great games, especially JRPGs.

    I could go into great detail about why I think this happened, and discuss my thoughts on the possibility of this changing next generation… that would be a really long post though. I’ll keep it simple and just point out that Japan has been playing catch up with the tech this generation. I’d also advise looking strongly at video game sales numbers in Japan, and the changes in the average age of gamers in Japan. How strongly series like Monster Hunter sell tell the story. The younger audiences have become the main consumer for video games in Japan.

    Where in the west, the amount of consumers buying video games has grown substantially, I’d say that number has shrunk in Japan. I can’t even begin to say how much or anything, I don’t live in Japan, and this is my opinion, based on research and a wide variety of discussions with online friends, who live in or visit Japan quite often.

    With the huge growth of gaming in the west this generation, what was once considered a success is questioned. When a game can sell over one million units, and that result in the entire studio getting shut down/canned, well… what more do I need to say? This greatly affects what type of games are greenlighted etc. This process is effecting game development in the west greatly, and I think we are starting to see it being applied to game development in Japan as well. I’m not saying this has not already been happening this generation, it most certainly has, but I’m saying that it’s really starting to make waves. We see less and less niche titles being made… I could keep going on, but this money dominant side of gaming is kinda disgusting in some ways to me. Okay, that might be a very strong word, but I feel like all the money dominant choices is hurting video games.

    It’s like, okay, playing video games used to be viewed as an enthusiast hobby. I think it’s fair to say that much. Now, it’s went from that to something that “everyone” does. This is resulting in many types of change, and some of it I’m not so sure is for the better… in fact, I know some of it is not for the better. When a fun but fairly quirky franchise has to be put aside, I think one publisher was quoted as saying, “The franchise is in a resting state.” … it was something like that. The point is, when these types of games are no longer being made, simply because the publishers feel like they won’t make them millions… yeah, that is just not cool with me. Making video games wasn’t always about the profit, but these days it sure seems to be…

    I’m really getting off topic, allow me to stop there for now.

    What games am I currently playing?

    Trying to find more time for Guild Wars 2. I purchased Dishonored at launch, but I’m sorta ashamed to admit I haven’t gotten around to playing it yet. I’ve been spending what spare time I find trying to get all the trophies for a few games. Why? I guess this sorta leads me into the next topic.

    The discussion about hate on JRPGs and the amount of games we play

    I think some of the hate is based on taste, and maybe a bit of it is cultural. If you don’t like Japanese culture, chances are you won’t enjoy most Japanese games. I think lots of the hate just comes from trolls, angry people, etc. Why are they so mad? I’d say the low amount of high quality JRPGs to be released on consoles is one reason. Consoles/PC is how most gamers play games in the west. Like some of you have discussed in this very open forum, most of us remember the previous generations. They had tons of spectacular Japanese games, especially JRPGs. I understand why some gamers are upset about it, just compare the JRPGs that were released on the PS2 versus the ones released on the PS3. I understand that anger, and sometimes it does annoy me. I touched on some of this above, but production cost and portable dominance in Japan plays a role. If some of these angry gamers would do some research, they would see this. I’m not saying they have to like the answers they find, but they could… perhaps… stop being so angry. I’d even suggest they do what I’m trying to do, and look to invest some cash on a portable device.

    One thing people never talk about with Japanese gaming hate. Don’t peoples taste change over the years? I mean… think about it. Just because you love something when you are 13, that doesn’t mean you will still enjoy it 10 years later. How many times have you remembered enjoying a movie or series as a youngster, only to re watch it today and have different feelings? I know that has happened to me before. My taste has changed with anime for example, I’m far more strict than I was in the past. I used to just watch everything I started, but I think my time as a fansubber, combined with getting older etc. I think that started to change my taste. I also think that anime used to have more western influences than it does today. It’s a mixture of things for me, I’ve grown to enjoy reading manga quite a bit, where I used to be an anime only person. I’ve found that some series are much better in the manga, when compared to the anime series. This is my personal opinion of course, but it’s an example of how a person can change. Time is also a factor, we don’t all have the same amount of free time that we used to.

    This all applies to video games as well. Some of you touched on the time thing, and how so many games are being released these days. I agree with how incredibly difficult it is to keep up with it all. I never imagined that it would get tougher as I got older. I remember thinking when I was 15 or 16, that soon I would get a job and have plenty of cash to spend on games. It was going to be easy to keep up, the money held me back when I was younger. Now, it’s mostly all the games holding me back, lol… I typically spend over 80% of my cash each month on something game related. I still don’t have enough to get everything I want, I still have to save up, and I still don’t have time to play everything. I’m not married, and I don’t have kids or anything. I have a few friends who do, and they are jealous of how much time I get to play video games, when I think about that, I kinda feel ashamed about me complaining. It really is to much for anyone to keep up with.

    I do have some friends that have taken up the process that was discussed below. They simply rush to complete a game as fast as possible, and they move on to the next game. I must admit, they do manage to keep up with the new releases much better than I do. You know what? I really don’t care. I think about falling behind with my games all the time, I have a huge backlog, and plenty of games I don’t own that I really want to own. My friends joke with me, oh? You are buying more games to add to the backlog? I always laugh and respond, yep!

    I’ve always been someone that likes to complete games. I suppose I get that from my past. I played lots of JRPGs, just like most of you. I only had that game to play, and I’d play it all summer long. I loved it! I never got super crazy like some people do, you know, trying to beat FF6 with everyone below level 20 and stuff. Now that takes crazy dedication! I do like to unlock all the secrets the game has to offer though. That has translated into me unlocking trophies quite often. I typically only do this when I really like a game. Why? It’s simply because I’m having fun doing so. I’m not one of those trophy collectors that rents and plays Wheel of Fortune just to unlock the trophies. I enjoy unlocking everything when playing a fun game, a game that I really enjoy. It’s just part of my gamer DNA I suppose. I do despise online only trophies though. Those really suck.

    Holy mother of god… I didn’t mean to type all of this… It just sorta happened. Those who follow my crazy writing know that I’m bad about this. Sorry! xD

    If you decided to read all of this… well… thanks! I’ll do my best to respond to any responses.

    • LordKaiser

      Would be good if all Vita games received HD ports on PS3 or in the future make consoles that accept portable games as well.

    • Kobracon

      Money makes the world go round sadly. The cost of having more ppl sharing our hobby is the desire to cash in on all these new players. On the flipside, as I mentioned earlier, we get more gamers, for better or for worse. 

      Thats why I feel that I would love to work with Platinum Games one day. Coz they just love games. They’re in it for the joy of making games for ppl to enjoy, not for the cash or the glory. I mean just LOOK at their requirements to be a game designer:

      http://platinumgames.com/jobs/game-design/

      That has ME written all over. All I need now is to get fluent with Jap.

      Also look at the programmer requirements

      http://platinumgames.com/jobs/programmer/

      God I love these guys XD

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16DQegLLy8c&hd=1

    This game looks beautiful. Have oldschool FF battle system.
    I presume it’s a PC game but I hope it’ll be released on PSN/XBLA

  • Locksus

    Hey, guys, Mirai Nikki is like the best anime since, like… FOREEEVEEER! It’s so damn good. Seriously, all fans of animu should watch it NOW!

    I haven’t finished watching it as of yet, I’m about 11 episodes in and it’s awesome so far.

    • Kobracon

      Too dark. Sry dude. Not my cup of tea, That pic of that crazy girl scared me off.

      • http://moefx.wordpress.com/ barklight

        Dude, yandere is the best

        • Kobracon

          0_0…….*backs away slowly*

          • Locksus

            I highly recommend it. Seriously, guise!
            And by the way, it ain’t as dark as Higurashi no naku koro ni. That’s one twisted anime. 

            • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

              If I can find some time, I’ll give it a try.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Ng/100000854638739 Dylan Ng

      At the very least its an entertaining and dark anime IMO. Though Yuno faces O.O Yanderes are creepy.

      • Locksus

        Indeed :P I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and even though my limited intelligence couldn’t fully understand the ending, It still is one of my favourite series. 

        The 1st season’s ending theme video and song are badass!

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Ng/100000854638739 Dylan Ng

          The ending is actually a shorten version of the manga ending. Whether or not you want to read it is up to you.

          • Locksus

            Yes, I remember reading something about it. Thanks!

  • new_tradition

    I don’t understand what a sandbox rpg is. Can someone explain and give some examples? ‘Cause the name leads me to believe it’s a liner experience, but I see the term used to describe wrpgs, and those tend to be open world and what not, so I’m kind of confused :P

    • Kobracon

      Well its not for ALL WRPGs. It fits games like Fallout, Oblivion and Skyrim more. Lets break it down. We all know what an RPG is so I won’t bother explaining that, a sandbox game is a game like GTA and inFamous where the player is completely free to move around all over the map without ‘levels’ or ‘loading areas’. 

      A good sandbox allows the player to play at the pace they want, allowing them to continue the story at any time when they’re not going around finding collectibles, killing enemies or just plain causing havoc for the hell of it.

      A sandbox RPG is just that with RPG stuff on it. Like Skyrim, you can completely ignore the main story and just go about on your own adventure and do anything u want. Pickpocket every citizen in a town, steal all their shit right under their noses in their house, KILL. EVERYONE!!, explore random dungeons for sweet loot or whatever you want.

      Hope that clears things up ^_^

      • new_tradition

        Thank you! That does help out a lot. Like said, the term confused me, but your explanation showed me a different perspective that makes sense ^^

  • PrinceHeir

    hello i wanna ask which game should i buy during december??

    Hitman Absolution Professional Edition or Resident Evil 6 Anthology??

    im having a hard time deciding which one to get, although Zone of the Enders HD Collection LE is already A MUST for me.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

      I’d go with Hitman Absolution, but I’m probably a bit biased.

      I haven’t been on good terms with RE for a few years now, and the reviews I’ve read, along with recommendations, seem to tell me renting the game is the best choice, or waiting, and buying it for a lower price. I’ve kinda been told that the only way to play it and enjoy it is via Co-Op. I really can’t be all that certain, but that’s just what I’ve been told.

      Once again, I’m not so sure I’m the best person to ask this question to.

      • PrinceHeir

        ohh i see :D

        yeah Hitman Absolution does look amazing and i just saw the disguises trailer and wow O______O

        for me like RE6 just for having 4 campaigns and mercenaries mode.

        but i realized i don’t need Anthology since i have most of the DL games(Except for RE4 HD) plus there only download codes.

        if they were disc i would probably buy it ASAP.

        but yeah i’ll probably get HItman Absolution first then maybe RE6 by the end of the year

  • Locksus

    I have a Swedish exam tomorrow, wish me luck! I’ll need it.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

      Good luck!

      • Locksus

        Thanks :)

  • Locksus

    by the way guys, apples are delicious.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    I watched this anime called Air Gear last night.

    I’m oddly enjoying it, despite it not being in line with my regular tastes. But at the same time, I don’t like it. What’s that feeling called again?

    • Locksus

      Hmm.. contradictory? No, I don’t think that’s it. Anyways, I just finished watching a series called Ookami Kakushi and it was pretty good in my opinion. Anyone here ever seen it? 
      I just finished downloadin 103 episodes of D. Gray-Man but haven’t started watching it as of yet but I’m looking forward to it.

      Also, I’m not sure what to think of SAO anymore. I really hate the looks of Kirito’s character in the Alfheim Online game and in my opinion Sword art online shouldn’t have ended this quickly. 

      What do you guys think?

      • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

        D. Gray-Man is a pretty good series.

        It gets heavy on the fillers I hate to admit. It was a project I helped fansub, and the team was ready to drop it so many times. I’m pretty sure like episode 30-50 is fillers. (It starts to kinda prep the fillers in the 20s.)

        Episode 51 picks back up the manga, and the latter half of the series is really awesome up until the last episode. It was actually cancelled on TV in Japan. Despite the series really picking up, most of the hardcore fans from the east and west blamed poor ratings to the fillers. Almost everyone dropped the series because of the fillers, we could also notice a drop from download numbers.

        The team all agreed that this was a great example of how fillers can hurt an anime series. The fansub team I was on was pretty heartbroken over the entire thing. I have real mixed feelings about it all, I kinda think the team would have dropped it without me keeping it alive. For it to be booted off TV because of the filler bullshit… I haven’t even picked up the manga because it still makes me angry.

        It’s upsetting because I love the series. Perhaps, I’m also ready to finally move on and try to pick up the manga where the anime ends.

        If anyone wants to know why I tend to despise fillers for any series, this is a prime example.

        • new_tradition

          I thought the anime fillers were based off the novels..? At least that’s what someone told me once *shrugs*

          Though now I’m reminded of how slowly the manga is progressing. It’s the only series I’ve actively kept up with to boot, so the wait time is a killer xD

          • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

            I suppose I need to start reading the manga. The fillers being based off novels is news to me. The translator who was leading the project was a HUGE DGM fan, and he never mentioned anything like that. He talked about the manga and novels quite a bit back then. I can’t make any promises, since this has been a few years ago, but I want to say no. ^^

    • Kobracon

      I started reading the manga not too long ago. It may be the constant fan service thats pushing you away, but the awesome and ridiculous skating moves and comedy thats pulling you in.