I was also just the right age when Blair Witch came out - it took me a few days to figure out it wasn't actually real. And let me tell you - that movie done freaked me out good.
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That was some great public speaking @patrickklepek! Well done!
Sometimes with stuff like this I'm torn. I want Giantbomb to be mature and pursue critical analysis on topics but then I also want them to continue bringing the fun and hi-jinx hilarity. Can the two coexist? Without people getting upset, can we have a serious conversation and then on the flip side laugh about things? I don't know. It's weird because usually critical conversation has a tendency to be quite dry, I hope we can have a best of both worlds on the site without people losing their shit like they did in the chat. Although I do fully realise that probably 95% of that was 4chan trolls.
Both should be able to, but it's a tough balance, and the age and maturity of the site's audience can make it difficult to be receptive, particularly toward the more serious, critical side. It was really telling when people, in response to the censoring of Ryan's unfortunate choice of words near the end of the final Lantern Run stream, leaped to his "defense" and saying such language is in the spirit of the site and community. Which of course is total horseshit.
I think Gamers With Jobs is a great podcast/site/community that is aimed at more mature audience, but who're still capable of fun and hi-jinx. They're way less crazy than GB, but in turn, their community seems way more friendly and the asshole-percentage seems lower. I'd like it if GB moved towards that as the crew gets older, while still holding on to their own brand of crazy.
I played 2-3 hours of it and got my character to level 9 before I got too bored to continue. The comments so far have been nothing but praise and maybe that happens late game but I was too lazy to find out and now that the beta is over I probably never will find out. From the tiny bit that I played; the combat seemed generic and boring, there was nothing new there. The questing was the worst it consisted of mostly - fetch this, talk to this character, deliver this, kill x amount of this and the public quest or fate as they called it were just kill x amount of creatures.
The game could be amazing if I went deeper, but I didn't have time to dredge through boring shit to get to the good stuff.
Well, in the end, it's still an MMO. There are no big breakthroughs in FFXIV, nor in any other upcoming MMOs. Even EverQuest Next, while promising to try something new and interesting, will still be an MMO and will come with a lot of familiar stuff. Just because they are trying for emergent AI, doesn't mean that they won't have "Kill X number of X creature" quests - they're the bread and butter of MMOs (and other RPGs for that matter) and they'll always be there, no matter how well the game tries to disguise them as something else.
If there will be some kind of true innovation in the future of MMOs, it is something that goes beyond my imagination. The best they can do is give us an interesting world to explore and hang out in. And in that, as far as I've seen, FFXIV does succeed admirably. Especially so, if one happens to be a fan of the Final Fantasy franchise. Though it remains to be seen, how well it'll hold up in the long run.
And really - it's more the people than the game itself, that keep you playing. Whether I'll stick around in FFXIV will depend completely on the people I meet up during these early stages of the game.
Had tons of fun in Phase 4 and will definitely be playing this some more. The cutscene during the first airship trip totally blew me away, since I wasn't expecting it. All that Magitek goodness - combined with those cute Cactuars and Moogles, it's giving off some real nice FFVI vibes.
Looks awesome, sounds awesome and this is the first time I've played an MMO with a gamepad - I love it. Compared to the usual KB&M style I've used in every other MMO so far, it feels great.
As for voice acting - I turned it on Japanese and haven't regretted it one bit. If you watch any anime at all, you'll probably recognize the voice actors - they're all doing a fine job. Only issue is that the translations don't match the Japanese VO - so if you don't understand Japanese at all, you'll probably find it a bit weird.
I don't really understand the point of Sarkeesian's videos. I mean, the message that I get from them is this: "There are too many games with male protagonists saving damsels in distress and I believe it to be harmful to how society views and treats women.". Or something along those lines. That is, she wants more games that subvert those tropes we're all used to.
But doesn't that mean, that what she is really saying, is: "Hey Developers, you need to make games that do this and this and this, but not this or that.". Isn't that a bit weird? If you allow me a bit of hyperbole - it's like walking up to Monet and telling him that maybe he should stop with the impressionism stuff and try out some surrealism instead.
It's fine to critique the games that you don't like. But to ask creators to capitulate and create only things that suit your purposes is something totally different. But maybe I misunderstand her intentions. If awareness is all she is after, then I suppose she is succeeding in that.
@darji: The name rings a bell, but I guess I never did get around watching Love Shuffle - I'll have to check it out.
As for FFX - that love story was way too tragic (though good - will be buying FFX HD for my Vita when it comes out). Too many of the video game romances end in tragedy.
Though sometimes, they do throw us a bone.
@cale: Basically everything he is in is really good no matter the genre.
Funny you should say that because I watched the anime movie REDLINE recently where he is the voice of the main character and I was surprised at how good he is, especially as someone whose main occupation isn't voice acting. In fact all of the traditional movie/TV actors do great voice work in it. It wouldn't be inaccurate to call it a romance movie either.
Yeah in one of his drama he plays the Japanese prime minister he holds a like 20 minute speech all in one shot with no re-take and it was so well done it was incredible. He is really a great actor now matter what role he plays. The opening song for that Drama was even sung and I think written by Madonna because she really thinks high of his talent^^
It's weird how most of Kimura's series are really good, despite being quite similar in some ways. But still, I've watched almost everything post-Long Vacation, and that really is the best one. Another favourite is Kekkon Dekinai Otoko - Abe Hiroshi is my favourite Jdrama actor, ever since I watched Trick (eagerly waiting for the next movie). His characters are always great. I would also recommend checking out Orange Days - just thinking about the ending makes me tear up, in a good way.
Should do my annual check again to see if there're any new good series out.
I got 7066 points on High (Desktop) with 1980x1080.
Running Win7 64-bit, i5-2500k @ 3.3Ghz, 8GB and two 6870s. Though since there is no CAP available yet, I had to enable CrossFire manually. Score might improve with tweaked drivers once they're released.
Love the idea of releasing a character creator before the game like this. I always spend hours in them anyway. This way I can get all that done before the game is out. Settled on the Monk as the job, but still messing around with the different races.