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  • Quote from Kerest: “bbc.com/news/technology-47708144 It seems Article 13 passed. This is as contentious as the U.S. ending net neutrality, and potentially far worse in impact. The U.S. impact is mostly limited to America; we're only screwing over ourselves. The EU impact covers every nation part of the EU and can be enforced in other nations through trade sanctions, in addition to direct changes companies will be forced to make to comply that can also affect nations outside the EU; the EU is pot…

  • Ah, well, I guess that's some big parts of P4 potentially spoiled for you. (Also, it's not like core P4 doesn't have its intro few hours be just...walls of text. Dancing All Night captures that part perfectly. :P) But yeah, they are pricey. I think the P4 one is generally at a reasonable price for the amount of content. P3/P5 is iffier. What's there is very well done, but there's less of it than I'd like. When Project Diva: Future Tone costs less than Dancing in Star/Moon-Light and has >200 song…

  • Clearly your next step should be to play the Dancing in Starlight rhythm game. (The Dancing games are actually quite fun, if a bit short. The P3 and P5 ones add some development to the cast. Nothing major, but fun little interactions between them that help flesh them out a bit. Especially ones who didn't get too much screen time in their original games. P4's has an entire plot of its own that's kinda overdone, but not bad, just be prepared for a lot of text. Also, a warning that all of the rhyth…

  • Quote from Big Daddy Biggles: “Quote from Monika: “Yo Daddy whatever you do, do not open those spoilers under any circumstances. Please. ” Lol, thanks for thinking of me but while I was sick over the last 5 days I put some serious miles on the game and all of that is old news for me. Speaking of which, time to give my update: (Hidden Content) ” (Hidden Content)

  • There exist console exclusives by 3rd parties, though. Sony, MS, or (occasionally) Nintendo pays a publisher a large sum of money to release on their console first. Very rarely they pay enough to keep the game exclusive to their system for all time. There's no real difference there, but people are just used to it and so don't raise a fuss.

  • Tips for breath of the wild ?

    John - - Modern Zelda

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    I went for the towers first, then did a mixture of wandering around and hunting for divine beasts. Basically, up until you unlock all the stuff on your slate the game not-so-subtly directs you where to go next, and it can be a good idea to follow it so that you get a feel for the gameplay systems and acquire side-quests to do and stuff. What I found helped the most was setting two goals. The first would be distant ("Do the next beast" or the like) and the other would be close ("Do that shrine yo…

  • Quote from Creiddylad: “In addition(Hidden Content) ” To add to that comparison: (Hidden Content)

  • Quote from Pyrax: “Quote from FroyoClaus: “I have a feeling she might just be the Required New Female Character In Atlus Remakes that's seen so often lately. ” That's the vibe I'm getting too. Just within SMT/Persona we have P3's FemC, Mari, Miyako, and Alex. She's probably going to be another detective character, a foil to Akechi. ” I feel that Akechi already has a foil. (Hidden Content)

  • The subtitle, "Royal", is weird. I'd usually associate that with casinos (well, "Royale") but we've already had a casino-themed palace. We also already have Haru as the kinda rich/powerful family archetype, and the woman in the trailer doesn't seem like she'd be in a similar role. I can only assume it's some sort of thematic tie-in to the fact that the dungeons are "palaces", but I'm not sure. Given what's been translated of the trailer, it definitely seems unlikely that this is a new protagonis…

  • See, I wouldn't want a smaller map. I adore the huge one that I have to explore. My point about the two different feelings to the game is a bit different from having the whole game be different from ones that came before. When the whole game is different then you get, say, half the potential market not liking the game. But when you change styles mid-game you get most of the market not liking half the game. So when they write reviews or talk about the game you'll have almost no one saying "this w…

  • The problem there is that you've hugely increased the amount of development work (doubling the amount of maps that need to be made, at a minimum), and there's also problems with how hugely the tone and feeling changes part-way through, which could easily lead to people who only like one half of the game.

  • Quote from gamtos: “I think that the media res format destroyed my ability to relate. Watching Hyrule Castle Town get destroyed would get me a lot more involved if I got there during or even just RIGHT after. Now, my revenge is just served very, very cold and bland. Thank you Link, you're the Hero of Hyrule. Or what's left of it. You saved all of your friends from being a slightly less comfortable version of dead. Another felt problem is how Link's motivations and outlook do not change during th…

  • Wonder if this is P5 DLC, a new party member with their own mini plot to go through.

  • Mueller Report

    John - - Serious Discussion

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    I doubt Mueller's report will actually hurt Trump all that much. Impeachment won't be on the table unless it reveals he's attempting to assassinate 60% of the Republican party, or something, and anything else he can pardon or bully through. I also don't think it'll sway many votes.

  • My understanding is that the "Masquerade" part of the name is just to make sure it's tied in with the original Bloodlines (which has much more name recognition than the WoD), and that it'll be using the latest edition of the WoD setting (which Paradox, the publishers, also own now). Which has lead to some worry, because apparently the 5th edition of WoD had some...real bad stuff in it, offensive enough that Paradox fired a whole bunch of White Wolf staff over it. However, the people making the g…

  • There seems to be come confusion about what's meant by "story". Character arcs are one kind of story, things that change the world are another kind, and lore is yet another. BotW focused almost entirely on character arcs, and I think it did a decent enough job at them. I used to be all about intricate plots with twists and turns, but these days I much prefer strongly-written characters, so I've no complaints about what BotW did in that regard. Letting us see how characters grew and changed over …

  • I think you've got your history a bit wrong. As I recall, Hitler never won a majority, he just got enough power to work his way into a leadership position in an already-fractured country. Anyway, I also don't think your objection really applies here, unless you're alleging that these sites have a majority of the US population as members and that shutting them down will make them feel even more oppressed than they already do and drive them to...elect Trump again when they otherwise wouldn't? Or b…

  • I mean, the main villain will almost certainly be Ganon, but I'd kinda love if it was someone else. Bring back Vaati! Or, ooh! Bongo-Bongo's revenge!

  • Interesting, the teasers very strongly suggested either a sequel or remake, and while I'm not sure which I would've preferred I'm certainly not upset by this. The article had me worried at first, it sounded like too much of a retread for a sequel, but they do seem to be changing stuff up and doing their own stuff, which is neat. I'm also curious how this ties in with the WoD canon. I...don't know a lot about it, but my understanding is that things have changed quite a bit since the first game, s…

  • Quote from Canyarion: “I know I used to play Warcraft and stuff, but these days I'm not very comfortable with dark magic. So with this being about a necromancer, I'll probably skip it. ” I mean, it's about fighting a necromancer. Not being one. ...A rhythm-themed necromancer, at that.

  • The Nintendo Switch

    John - - General Gaming

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    I'm not huge on shooters, but I really enjoy the Splatoon titles. The art and music are fun, they've got a lot of character to them. The gameplay is simple enough that even I can play 'em and not be terrible, but with enough room for growth that I can definitely tell when someone is better than me. The single player is a bit "eh" in both, but the multiplayer is so good I don't really care.

  • The butts are at least optional. Never realized before just how much that image evokes the Ghibli film Castle in the Sky. Anyway, my desktop's running with the attached Okami-themed one that I got for buying the remake on Steam. zeldauniverse.net/forums/Attac…93cc7fc74aebb28f5c3e61e18

  • Glad to hear both that you're feeling better and that you do plan on looking for more help. I think starting with the helpline is a good idea, it doesn't commit you to anything, you call and talk and what you do after that is up to you. They should be able to give you help and advice on what to do next.

  • Let’s talk about JRPGS

    John - - General Gaming

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    Quote from JPineapple: “What is it about tidus that you don’t like ? ” Let us be fair, Tidus is simultaneously a buffoon and a jerk at the start of X. He's arrogant, dismisses the opinions and feelings of others, misses really obvious things, and jumps in without thinking. He definitely grows over the course of the game, and he's got some redeeming features even early on, but I can't blame someone for really not liking him.

  • Quote from Vulpes: “And I am being harmed. The integrity of a series I love is being injured, and my affection for it is being insulted by the implication that I'd like this just because it shares certain superficial elements in common. ” How do spinoffs harm the integrity of anything, even truly atrocious ones tend to not be seen as reflections on the core product, especially when made by a 3rd party. How is this an insult, either? The implication here isn't "You like Zelda ergo you'll love thi…

  • Let’s talk about JRPGS

    John - - General Gaming

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    Heh, I'd actually dispute both of those being JRPGs. NieR maybe, but Dark Souls seems a stretch. But yes, there are loads of 'em, and a fair few are quite good, even if another fair few are also not so great.

  • I mean, it is a single-player (though probably has optional co-op) action-adventure game, it's just also a rhythm game and a roguelike. But even if it wasn't, why isn't, say, Mario under the same restrictions? Most Mario games aren't platformers, after all. If this was a game being made by Nintendo then I'd be more willing to concede the point, development resources that could, at least in theory, be spent on a "real" game might've been directed to this one. But that didn't happen here, so there…

  • Shrug It's not like it's taking resources away from core Zelda games, it's entirely 3rd-party developed.

  • Let’s talk about JRPGS

    John - - General Gaming

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    X does some stuff well, but it has some problems. My biggest gripes are with the English dub. The need to match everything to the Japanese lip flaps and a bunch of other things resulted in a dub that feels really awkward a lot of the time. Beyond that, the story takes a bit to really get its feet under it, and until it does so it's not all that compelling. There's...huh, I don't think there's any FF game I've finished (I know the plot of most of them, and I've played some of them to, like, 2/3rd…

  • Could be, but I suspect it's a Poe instead, especially with that lantern. Anyway, I'm hype for this. Necrodancer is a lot of fun, Zelda has great music, and I can easily see the two of them combining really well. For those who haven't played the original Necrodancer, picture a fairly simple rougelike (grid-based movement, enemies move when you move, randomly-generated levels, random equipment and items) with the twist that unlike a normal roguelike every turn is on a timer, based on the rhythm o…

  • Sure, but the Epic store has a much smaller userbase than Steam, which could mean less net even with the better cut. I mean, maybe they are just developers deciding to take a gamble without any prompting from Epic, but given how only a select few titles are allowed on the Epic store and how they're all exclusives I strongly suspect it's a case of Epic offering some sort of bonus in exchange for the exclusivity.

  • Oh, for sure. They make a mint off the Android app store, and the Stadia is clearly a move to do the same for bigger-budget games. They're gonna end up competing with Steam, and...I really hope Google loses. Hard. I loathe the idea of streaming games, where whenever Google gets bored, or the license runs out, or whatever you lose the game forever. Just like how Netflix is continually dropping shows and all the music on MySpace is now lost forever.

  • Quote from Topaz Mutiny: “Correct me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression Epic was another company that was quite well off, at least as much as any of the others listed (especially considering Tencent themselves have invested not insignificantly into Epic). Before now it seemed like they had huge success with their line of game engines, and in recent years Fortnite has happened to them which has undoubtedly increased their revenue to a significant degree (forgetting lootboxes, the mercha…

  • The problem there is that you need serious money to fight Valve on their own turf. They have over 90% of the western PC gaming market, or something ridiculous like that, and are rolling in cash. No one can create a store that can compete with that without serious resources of their own, and you don't get to be a company large enough to gamble that kind of money without almost certainly having a shady-at-best history. Right now the companies I can think of that are known in video game circles tha…

  • Quote from Mozly Alice: “Quote from John: “So, I'm not a fan of exclusives, but the Epic store ones are probably the least-bad way to do them? They're mostly time-limited and they're for a free platform. It doesn't cost you any extra money to use it, just some time, a small amount of storage space, and giving your info to another company. Plus, Steam has had de facto exclusives for over a decade now. A huge chunk of PC games are Steam-only, and people haven't really complained about that. I get …

  • So, I'm not a fan of exclusives, but the Epic store ones are probably the least-bad way to do them? They're mostly time-limited and they're for a free platform. It doesn't cost you any extra money to use it, just some time, a small amount of storage space, and giving your info to another company. Plus, Steam has had de facto exclusives for over a decade now. A huge chunk of PC games are Steam-only, and people haven't really complained about that. I get it, I don't like having to have yet another…

  • The Nintendo Switch

    John - - General Gaming

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    The "thanks to Microsoft" for the Cuphead announcement was interesting. They seem to be leaning into this partnership surprisingly hard. As for letting indies have access to Zelda, I suspect Nintendo's gonna be rather involved with deciding what is, and isn't, allowed. They've also been leaning into licensing out their IP in smaller ways to other publishers, which is real interesting to me.

  • The Nintendo Switch

    John - - General Gaming

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    Necrodancer is fun, and Zelda's got great music and enemies that are readily adapted to the Necrodancer style, so I anticipate this being quite good. Quote from Guinea: “Plz tell me they don't hop the entire game... Edit- But even if they do, I still gotta get this Putting this on the Hyrule Warriors timeline. ” That's how movement works in Necrodancer, you move to the rhythm of the song, with each move being a hop.

  • Feel free to hit me up if/whenever you need or want someone to talk to, JP. As for what to do...I don't really have much. I'm not a professional and I don't know your situation well enough to give specific advice. All I can say is to repeat that professional help is a good idea. And yeah, telling your family about it is difficult. Weirdly, I found writing it down was easier than speaking it, but that may not be the case for you. I'm afraid I'm not very up-to-date on US suicide prevention resourc…

  • Let’s talk about JRPGS

    John - - General Gaming

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    It's so frustrating, Square used to do (or, at least, publish) really good remakes of old games. Like, brand new sprite work that kept the feel of the original but looked much nicer, QoS improvements, updated translations, the works. Then about a decade ago they just...stopped caring. The remakes became much sloppier, with translations getting worse, somehow, and poorly redone tilesets with shoddy post-processing slapped on top to try and hide it and lazy use of already-existing art assets (I'm …