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#1 Edited by AURON570 (1675 posts) -

Hi, I was wondering if anyone knew a safe, reliable way of acquiring the Japanese versions of FF7 and/or FF8, for PC or PSN. Preferable PC because it runs faster, but either is fine.

I'm interested in having some more light practice with my Japanese, and I thought what better way to do it than revisiting 2 of my favorite FF games?! xD

Edit: Oh, I just found an article on Kotaku showing how to create a Japanese PSN account and buy/download Japanese stuff. Does anyone have personal experience with this? I'm only worried about potential currency exchange/credit card issues. I should be able to use my regular credit card I use for making purchases on my regular PSN account right?

Edit: Ack nevermind, it looks like Kotaku recommends simply buying PSN card codes from Play-Asia.com. They are a good vendor I assume? I don't have personal experience with them, but I have heard of them!

#2 Posted by AURON570 (1675 posts) -

I want to see the statistic of how many people who told Clem to shoot Lee at the end of season 1 also had Clem shoot Kenny at the end of season 2. I did NOT shoot Lee or Kenny. And I'm still shocked that so many people made Clem do that. You don't just up and shoot a guy because he's having a rough time! At the end of the day Kenny just wanted what was best for the CHILDREN, even back in season 1. He had a plan and stuck with it.

It was everyone ELSE who was constantly making a fuss over Kenny and interpreting ALL of his actions as crazy. And Arvo ugh... so he was playing the "oh my sister died, pity me" card. I felt betrayed when Bonnie and Mike were leaving with Arvo. I had a mind to shoot them right there, but deep down just wanted everyone to stick together. It was almost like the incident in season 1 where you find out Ben is slipping supplies to the bandits... UGH. Personally I spared and saved Ben because... I try to believe in being nice and stuff (or something..)

Was anyone else confused when they got to the house and Mike/Bonnie (don't remember) say to Kenny "This is your fault and you know it!" What are they saying is Kenny's fault? Luke falling through the ice? Them walking through the cold forest to find the house? They were ALL aboard letting Arvo 'help' us by letting Arvo lead us to the house. Then once they get to the house they start blaming Kenny for what? "Oh let's go back, Arvo wasn't lying about the supplies". Or maybe they're just blaming Kenny for beating Arvo? But then why use the wording "it's your fault"? They made it clear that there was no other way around to the house, so it's not like Kenny's treatment of Arvo led to Arvo leading them across the ice... and even if Arvo had used the ice run away, why would that matter? They would still have made it to the house and took the supplies, had a car, and a temporary shelter.

In hindsight alot of the criticisms of Kenny seem baseless. Although I have to say, Kenny's voice actor did a really AMAZING job of pushing Kenny to the edge, getting angry, accidentally telling Clem to 'fucking go away', or yelling when others don't like his plan.

Mychoices:

  • Went for cover: as someone mentioned, it looked like the baby was safe, the Russians didn't look like babykillers. I thought it was kind of silly that either way, Luke still gets shot in the leg... I guess they needed to prime the 'carefully walking across the ice scene'. And I guess they needed someone to point to and say "oh [X] needs to rest, Kenny SLOW DOWN you crazy mofo".. since Rebecca died.
  • Covered for Luke: Initially I covered for Luke, but wasn't expecting Bonnie to go to help right after saying the ice would be too heavy for her. Once I saw them BOTH fall through the ice I was like "NOPE, redo". I'm happier with the way Going to Help Luke played out. Luke being pulled down by a walker reminded me of Titanic... Never let go Clem.. never let go..
  • Threatened Mike: Wasn't much of a threat though. And all they had to say was "Clem we're sorry for backstabbing you, Kenny, AJ and Jane, but we have to leave, kthnxbai".
  • Stayed with Kenny: I really felt like crying during the fight scene, Clem with the gun in her hand. I couldn't do it. Then the baby is safe, showing that Jane just wanted to kill Kenny and have Clem as her replacement younger sister. How old was Jane again? I was still sad for Jane, but lost a lot of respect for her. Again it was another case of people searching for reasons to believe that Kenny has gone crazy. Bonnie and Mike decided to leave, Jane decided to kill Kenny. I bet Jane convinced herself that she was "saving" Clem, I don't blame her, but hiding the baby as provocation, that's just LOW.
  • Stayed at Wellington with AJ: Man.. I had to leave Lee at the end of season1 and now I'm leaving Kenny at the end of season2. I thought it was really funny that they included the "Is Christa there" dialogue option. It's kind of like a running joke/lingering hope. 'We made it to Wellington but IS CHRISTA HERE?' THAT is the million dollar question! I wanted to cry again seeing Clem leaving another longtime friend... it's almost like Kenny is dying. I just hope that Wellington is actually a good place, not like Crawford or Carver's. Well... the name IS "WELLington".. get it? Anyways they were well-off enough to spare a whole bag of supplies to strangers, so.. it's gotta be good right? RIGHT?

Anyways it's fun to read other's justifications of their choices.

#3 Posted by AURON570 (1675 posts) -

Just got the retail version. O.o" Unsurprisingly I still suck at this game xD. Feel free to add me for light play.. psn: AURON570.

#4 Edited by AURON570 (1675 posts) -

Quick question about general table manners that has been bugging me for a while. I'm the quiet type, so usually at the dinner table I spend more time eating and listening to others talk than talking myself.

Sometimes when my mouth is full, someone (in this case my mom) will ask me a question when I clearly have my mouth full and stare at me waiting for an answer. Usually one of two things happen, either I garble out an answer she can't understand, at which point she scolds me for speaking unclearly and with my mouth full OR I continue chewing intending to answer after I have properly chewed and swallowed the food stuff (choking is no joke). At which point my mom repeats the question thinking I'm deaf, and she along with whoever else is at the table stares at me waiting for an answer.

I don't really see a good way of dealing with this situation, and it kind of feels like I'm being mildly verbally assaulted each time this (or something like it) happens. When I raised this point to her, saying that I can't talk with my mouth full and how I think it's pretty rude to knowingly push someone to talk who has their mouth full. When I told her this, she just sarcastically replied "ohh okay I'll make sure to not talk to you when you have your mouth full".

So my question is, how do you "properly" excuse yourself from talking with your mouth full?

#5 Posted by AURON570 (1675 posts) -

You guys mean $79 right? (tax included) Or is this another one of those "things are cheaper in US" things? I guess this will still be great for people who have a ps4, but have not played Last of Us yet. I have trouble imagining how much better it could look, but I guess Ground Zeroes might be a good example of console graphics differences for a game.

#6 Edited by AURON570 (1675 posts) -

About Sarah: Just because someone is sensitive doesn't mean they have a psychological disorder. Also even if they did have a psychological disorder that would not preclude being able to appreciate the character in a nuanced way.

It's this kind of negative, jumpthegun, armchair psychological assessment that continues to prevent people from opening up and understanding more sensitive characters like Shinji from Evangelion or Kasuga from the recent Flowers of Evil.

I'm not saying Sarah has the same depth or nuance as either of those characters. But automatically calling Sarah a basket case can stiffen your way of thinking about her character as the story progresses.

It's the same reason that saying "oh that person has depression, so that explains their behavior" actually helps perpetuate the stigmatization of mental illness, by stopping at that conclusion and not thinking further about why that person might behave or think the way they do.

Carver is right, you don't really know what any of these guys have been through before. It may be convenient to label them by handy heuristics like basket case, protective father, black pregnant lady etc. But we should only do so in a flexible manner, to allow for a deeper understanding of the characters going forward, the role they play in the story etc. And THEN turn it around and examine our own expectations and interpretations as we approach the story and characters.

#7 Posted by AURON570 (1675 posts) -

I had a similar experience with Demons' Souls. Bought it roughly 2 years ago. Even though I ended up looking at the wiki and stuff quite a bit, and farmed, it still felt like an accomplishment. I haven't played Dark Souls, but I'm considering picking up Dark Souls II when it drops. I still don't know if "hard" or "difficult" are the right words to describe the Souls games, oh well.

#8 Edited by AURON570 (1675 posts) -

I was roughly 7 years old when this came out, and remember wanting to buy it just because it was made by Squaresoft. I think my parents said no and never ended up getting it. Also my excitement ("omg Squaresoft game, must buy!") was because Final Fantasy 7 was literally the first game that made me care about video games, so yeah. Good to know that this game was a gem, and perhaps I will get around the playing it some day... But for now I'm busy and content with waiting for the FFX/X-2 HD collection and MGSV.

#9 Posted by AURON570 (1675 posts) -

I'm pretty sure Ellie said she was joking when she said the pages are stuck together. In any case it never occurred to me until that scene that Bill might even be remotely gay/bisexual. What made his character interesting didn't revolve around that fact, so I find it weird that people seem to want to bring it up so much. What makes his character interesting is that he's human, and I agree more human-like characters in games would be awesome. I'm just not sure we need to point out every time a current minority is represented in a game, whether it is a positive/negative/humanistic representation. In other words.. Bill might have been gay/bisexual, so what?

SKIP TO around 4:30 for the scene where Ellie makes the joke.

#10 Edited by AURON570 (1675 posts) -

Still not sold on Gone Home.. I mean it just kind of reminds me of that feature in games where you can view a 3d model of an object and read its description.. Like how you could view treasures in the Uncharted games, or something similar.. and that's all I see in the gameplay. I think I need this game to be spoiled for me, because "sorry I don't want to spoil it for you, it's sooo good you have to play it for yourself" isn't really doing anything to get me any more interested in the game. I just can't see myself enjoying that kind of gameplay.. searching around for bits of story and piecing things like an amateur detective.

On the flip I think my interest in Brothers has piqued a little, seeing that it's compared to Germanic folktale. Like Gone Home, still don't think the gameplay is impressive but.. I think with both I would really need to set aside some time to REALLY dig into their worlds, the stories.

Or just have it spoiled for me, which I'm okay with, because I don't know when I will have that time to actually play the games..