Persona 4 came out 6 years ago. So yes, I AM READY FOR SOMETHING NEW. I do hope the delay between Japanese and NA release is small to nonexistent.
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@fifichiapet: Wow! You have summed up all my thoughts much better than I could. It's true, people seem to use "empathy" all the time now in place of "sympathy", as if the latter is a dirty word, but there is a difference between the two. Being empathic and being sympathetic are very distinct. You can't "empathize" with someone unless you have been through the same experience/felt the same feelings. If you haven't, you can still "sympathize" with them. At least that's how it was taught to me. This isn't a hard and fast rule, if you look up "empathy" in wikipedia there is a range of interpretations. In spiritual circles, an empath is someone who can literally pick up on and feel other people's emotions. So I always used it that way: if I've been through what another person has been through, I can empathize. If I haven't, but still have caring and compassion for them, I can sympathize.
From Wikipedia's article on sympathy: "Empathy refers to the understanding and sharing of a specific emotional state with another person. Sympathy does not require the sharing of the same emotional state. Instead, sympathy is a concern for the well-being of another."
That Escapist article was really interesting. I always thought the crazy (to me) aspects of PW's legal system were just in service of making sure all sorts of injustices and plot twists and turns could happen with impunity. Had no idea Japan actually didn't have jury trials since 1942. I don't know where the 99% conviction rate statistic came from, but if true it's...horrifying, really. Never gonna look at the PW games in quite the same light-hearted way now.
I just hacked my Wii to play Fatal Frame 4. I don't wanna do something like that again but for Fatal Frame I will do it. So hope I won't have to. This looks amazing...all that rain adds more to the oppressive atmosphere than I thought it would.
I was first made aware of the serious risks of sleep apnea when I visited my grandparents' newly purchased house. The previous owner had been a 30-year-old man who had died in his sleep from it. Setting aside the most serious risk (death), I imagine repeated deprivation of oxygen to heart, brain, etc. and lack of sleep, every night, would over time cause great stress on the body. Health...quality of life...super important..what else to say? This is a good thread.
That's a really interesting coincidence, I also had a dream about Ryan last night, and the GB crew don't pop up in my dreams often. In the dream I was invited by Jeff to lunch with him, Ryan, and Vinny. It was philly cheesesteaks that were exceptionally amazing. The most remarkable thing about the dream though was how vivid it was, I really felt like Ryan was there, and when I woke up I didn't feel sad because he felt very present to me. Still does almost 24 hours later.
You guys, they've made meat gum. I guess it's like pizza? I have no idea of the scale of these things and I can't read Japanese...it just looks so disturbing I wanted to share. Clicky on the picture links to see photos of meat gum.
@darthorange It depends on what we're talking about. Personally I meant just the option to appear as a female assassin to others in their game while remaining the protagonist in yours but maybe that's too warped or simplistic. If we're talking about full-on, why can't the main character be toggled between man/wom, that's a different matter that, yes, would involve those extra things, but that seems like more of a narrative decision about what story they want to tell.
On the other hand, if there are just flatly no female assassins in the game including NPC assassins, that's kind of really weird given the precedent set by their previous games. Really I'm just starting to get more confused about what Polygon was even asking and why Ubisoft responded the way they did. If the question was 'why can't the player be a female character' then the answer could simply be, because the character we're writing about happens to be male. Now personally I'd like to see more main character female assassins, but fair enough, it's their game, their character. But if there are flatly no female assassins in a setting where female assassins are a noted and extant Thing, then that gets to be a little weird. There is a nonzero chance that they just happened to not include female assassins as noteworthy characters and that's...a little weird but fine. If there are Brotherhood-esque features though, it seems a little strange that there wouldn't be NPC female assassins for you to recruit ingame.
This this this this this. The fact that they made all the female assassins "disappear" when they are an established part of previous games is what pisses me off. It's insulting. I'm not asking for a second female protagonist, I'm asking for the female representation that was already THERE in previous games.