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"Shilling thread" , posted Mon 25 Jan 16:35post reply

No point not being up front with this: this is a place for shameless promotion of something that you have a personal and vested interest in. If you need to say that you have the greatest bunch of steak knives ever created that will cut through anything, even the other steak knives, then discuss here.

My personal shill:
Mass Effect 2 is in stores tomorrow.
For awhile I wasn't sure how great it actually was because I was involved in finding and articulating all the worst parts of the game. Then I went back and played Mass Effect 1 and found ME1 almost embarrassingly terrible in comparison.

ME2's combat is dramatically superior to ME1.
ME2's use of color and its lighting models are dramatically superior to ME1.
ME2, for all the doom and gloom it is supposed to be about, is full of comedic moments that are genuinely funny.
ME2 has a fish tank that you can buy fish to put in.

2010 is a year that's going to be filled with blockbuster games, and I hope that ME2 starts the hit parade with bang :D






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"Re(1):Shilling thread" , posted Tue 26 Jan 13:28:post reply

This is great, and not just because Spoon appears to have been a tester (?) for Mass Effect. More about that?

I , as usual, have a vested interest in promoting Fuurai No Shiren, not only because it's MY WAY OF LIFE even after it came out 12 years ago but also because if more people played, they could rescue me via wifi in the DS version when I get killed. Play up, kids!





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"Mass Effect 2" , posted Tue 2 Mar 04:56post reply

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ME2

It saddens me that nobody else is posting in this thread, because ME2 is truly one of the best games I've played this decade, improves almost everything from the first and is enjoyable from beginning to end with lots of replay value and amazing production values.

I know Hungrywolf and Juan played it, who else did?





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"Re(1):fish in the citadel" , posted Tue 2 Mar 05:20:post reply

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I was involved in finding and articulating all the worst parts of the game.



Did you tap someone in the shoulder and some point to inform them that scanning for minerals was dumb and not letting you carry over your collected minerals to a new game+ was ultra dumb?

oh Garrus you are so dreamy

Edit: To contribute, deadly premonition is an awesome game. Not only it looks like a late generation dreamcast game, it has a similar goofy storyline of the survival horror games you would see in the era of that console. Granted, this was probably not done onpurpose, but it is hilarious and enjoyable anyway.





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"Re(2):fish in the citadel" , posted Tue 2 Mar 18:24post reply

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I was involved in finding and articulating all the worst parts of the game.


Did you tap someone in the shoulder and some point to inform them that scanning for minerals was dumb and not letting you carry over your collected minerals to a new game+ was ultra dumb?

oh Garrus you are so dreamy

Speaking about probing in ME2...





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"Re(1):Mass Effect 2" , posted Tue 2 Mar 18:57post reply

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ME2
It saddens me that nobody else is posting in this thread, because ME2 is truly one of the best games I've played this decade, improves almost everything from the first and is enjoyable from beginning to end with lots of replay value and amazing production values.



But you already know that FPS and mainstream gaming discussions do not belong here... There are plenty of other places to talk about such games, but not the Cafe. It does not fit the clientele.

A bunch of elitist pricks? Delusional geeks who refuse to submit to the tide of time? Maybe we are both. The thing is that people here have quite different tastes, both in a good and in a not so good sense. In fact, that's why I appreciate this board so much. If I feel like talking about mainstream stuff I can go wherever I want, there's plenty of sites and boards to do so. But when I'd rather avoid all that blockbuster crap and just enjoy some obscure, underground gaming talk (which happens very often to me), I know the Cafe is pretty much my only shelter.

No offense intended, I'm not lecturing you or anything. Of course you're free to comment whatever subject you want. It´s just that I have too much spare time at work and it struck me as weird to see these games discussed in the Cafe.





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"Re(2):Mass Effect 2" , posted Tue 2 Mar 19:45post reply

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But you already know that FPS and mainstream gaming discussions do not belong here... There are plenty of other places to talk about such games, but not the Cafe. It does not fit the clientele.

A bunch of elitist pricks? Delusional geeks who refuse to submit to the tide of time? Maybe we are both. The thing is that people here have quite different tastes, both in a good and in a not so good sense. In fact, that's why I appreciate this board so much. If I feel like talking about mainstream stuff I can go wherever I want, there's plenty of sites and boards to do so. But when I'd rather avoid all that blockbuster crap and just enjoy some obscure, underground gaming talk (which happens very often to me), I know the Cafe is pretty much my only shelter.

No offense intended, I'm not lecturing you or anything. Of course you're free to comment whatever subject you want. It´s just that I have too much spare time at work and it struck me as weird to see these games discussed in the Cafe.



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"Re(2):Mass Effect 2" , posted Tue 2 Mar 20:11post reply

The multitude of ugly women and super sci-fi turned me away from Mass Effect (2), but the game has received so many raves that I decided it would be worth a rent at least. Last time I tried, it was checked out, but I ended up getting Bioshock 2 instead, which proved that I can have fun with a FPS after all.

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But you already know that FPS and mainstream gaming discussions do not belong here... There are plenty of other places to talk about such games, but not the Cafe. It does not fit the clientele.



I would've agreed with this a few years ago, but I'm not sure how to characterize the board here anymore. I think I said "disenchanted gamers" at one point? "Homosexual" might have crept its way in there.

I came here to talk to people who were playing games than no one else was. These days, I seem to end up talking to myself a lot, even on titles that I consider "big" releases. A lot of people tend to either wait for the English version (if one ever comes) or not bother. I think the only poster who plays like...every game I play is Zepy.

I don't mean that like "nobody plays as many games as me", just "not many people play the same games as me at the same time."





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"Re(3):Mass Effect 2" , posted Tue 2 Mar 23:55post reply

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I came here to talk to people who were playing games than no one else was. These days, I seem to end up talking to myself a lot, even on titles that I consider "big" releases. A lot of people tend to either wait for the English version (if one ever comes) or not bother. I think the only poster who plays like...every game I play is Zepy.

I think the Café has turned more and more into an actual virtual version of a café in small villages, where grumpy stinky old men gather and share about their experiences, memories and lives while ranting about the weather and stuff that are not like in the good old days.
More than the topics or the "theme" of the Café, it's really the people who bring me back here and hopefully will for some time. I really need to embark in a world tour to meet everyone one day.





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"Re(3):Mass Effect 2" , posted Wed 3 Mar 13:03post reply

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These days, I seem to end up talking to myself a lot, even on titles that I consider "big" releases.



These days I seem to find myself thinking a lot about video games and not really playing them...





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"Re(4):Mass Effect 2" , posted Thu 4 Mar 00:57post reply

I beat ME2 and loved it. I wish I had more time to play the more obscure titles on my backlog list but my list goes all the way back to SNES days. Not to mention remakes of my favorites like Lunar. I recently purchased Ico and Yakuza 2 to try to catch up on my backlog. I'm trying to keep up but there are so many new releases. I still have to buy Bayonetta as an example. Anyways, as Iggy said I come here for the people. You guys are the best bunch of people I've ever met on the internet.





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"Re(5):Mass Effect 2" , posted Thu 4 Mar 01:26post reply

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I beat ME2 and loved it. I wish I had more time to play the more obscure titles on my backlog list but my list goes all the way back to SNES days. Not to mention remakes of my favorites like Lunar. I recently purchased Ico and Yakuza 2 to try to catch up on my backlog. I'm trying to keep up but there are so many new releases. I still have to buy Bayonetta as an example. Anyways, as Iggy said I come here for the people. You guys are the best bunch of people I've ever met on the internet.

Glad to know I'm not the only one with game backlogs. With the constraints of time, money and whether or not I own the console a title is on it can take awhile for me to get around to trying out a game. For example, while I would like to play ME2 I first need to buy a 360 and play ME1 first. While I think that games have improved since the arcade days the requirements to play them have increased beyond the price of a few moments and a few tokens.





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"Re(6):Mass Effect 2" , posted Thu 4 Mar 03:24post reply

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backlogs.


Oh, you are definitely not the only one. While I have improved from a few years ago, I still maintain a stupid amount of games that are 'in the queue', which would be great if I didn't constantly fill it with new game that jump the queue.

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cafe members.


The patrons of the cafe are a unique blend of passionate about games (often obscure ones) and milder, more sophisticated temperaments that is rarely paired with that level of passion. As such I never have that feeling of 'you're wrong because you feel this way or that about that game' that I have had at other boards. Everyone has pleasant, fun discourse, and great civility that is not found often elsewhere, Internet or otherwise.

So, even though I sometimes disagree with someone's taste, I still think I can discuss it with them.

While my hermetic lifestyle begs me not to say so, I often think it would be interesting to meet a member or two here and there, but it might wash away the Great Illusion that I have of the cafe's mildness.

As such:

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I came here to talk to people who were playing games than no one else was. These days, I seem to end up talking to myself a lot, even on titles that I consider "big" releases. A lot of people tend to either wait for the English version (if one ever comes) or not bother. I think the only poster who plays like...every game I play is Zepy.



I often buy Japan-only releases (I'm playing Classic Dungeon on the PSP right now), but many times I won't buy a release if an English version is on its way since the cost is so much higher for the JP version, and since my Japanese is pitiful and weak. My suspicion is that this is the case for other here as well, although I come across many more import players here than elsewhere. Strangely enough, my import buying has declined somewhat over the last decade, but then again more games that would have been JP-only a decade ago are now being brought over eventually.

Out of curiosity, what does everyone else have to say regarding their import buying habits?





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"frontier cafe" , posted Thu 4 Mar 11:25:post reply

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I think the Café has turned more and more into an actual virtual version of a café in small villages, where grumpy stinky old men gather and share about their experiences, memories and lives while ranting about the weather and stuff that are not like in the good old days.
IGGY IS EXACTLY RIGHT (also: I am overdue for London/Paris...please prepare a guest suite)

The level of discussion around here really does amaze, even if we're quiet and small and perhaps grumpy and homosexual. Like, the Cafe is the realization of the small community/DIY mood of the original 1990's internet, with all the usual jackassery of most game sites removed since we're too obscure for the raving masses.
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These days I seem to find myself thinking a lot about video games and not really playing them...
Tai-pan and I are in the same boat...I do this A LOT more ever since finishing college. On the other hand, acquiring the DS version of Fuurai No Shiren means I now have amended this situation so that I think a lot about video games and don't play any of them except Shiren because nothing is better.





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"Re(1):frontier cafe" , posted Thu 4 Mar 13:42post reply

quote:

These days I seem to find myself thinking a lot about video games and not really playing them... Tai-pan and I are in the same boat...I do this A LOT more ever since finishing college. On the other hand, acquiring the DS version of Fuurai No Shiren means I now have amended this situation so that I think a lot about video games and don't play any of them except Shiren because nothing is better.



I tend to think and read (and work on--hooray!) videogames much more than I play them these days.

Also I have a terrible backlog problem.

I still haven't even beaten Xenogears! D :


Also, it's nice to hear people wax sentimental bout this board. It's the best one on the net for all the various reasons already described. I'm very glad I came out of lurking a few years back.





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"Re(2):frontier cafe" , posted Fri 5 Mar 01:53:post reply

Backlog problem here too, spanning generations. I still have never played a Castlevania game...Can you believe it? What does that say about me?!? And yeah, I do read more about gaming in general than actually playing, but that's really because, so much stuff competes for my time (work, life, movies, etc etc).

As for questions about what the Cafe "is" -- It's hard to tell. We're not really big into the mainstream (or, we don't talk about how we PWN N00BZ in HALO MODERN WARFARE LOLOLOL KTHX BAI). Nor are we super dedicated like Shoryuken or any number of JRPG fanboys. We're also not rabid PC-only fans, or TG16 purists. (Though, at one time, I used to be a Sega Saturn/Dreamcast purist, but I've matured a little since then).

We're somewhere in the middle, but not quite mainstream yet not quite fanboy.

Gaming Renaissance men (and women)? Maybe.






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"Re(3):Mass Effect 2" , posted Fri 5 Mar 02:08:post reply

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I came here to talk to people who were playing games than no one else was. These days, I seem to end up talking to myself a lot, even on titles that I consider "big" releases. A lot of people tend to either wait for the English version (if one ever comes) or not bother. I think the only poster who plays like...every game I play is Zepy.


Probably not anymore I don't! I have a huge backlog now because most of my time is going into running a retail store and all that

Also I (only) just recently finished Bayonetta and it is beautiful

Please continue to talk to yourself about the titles you like because then I'll know what games I should be adding to my backlog which I'll never finish now





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"Re(3):frontier cafe" , posted Fri 5 Mar 02:22post reply

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Backlog problem here too, spanning generations. I still have never played a Castlevania game...Can you believe it?



This is quite believable now days.

It's quite ventured to say "what we are", since we are mainly not a "new" community with a clear objective; but instead we are an old community who had a clear objective, but has expanded freely and diversely in both people and side activities. The fact that this was "the" gaming news site (not(?)) long ago brought many of us here. Also, since the community literally feeds on itself, it's quite likely that the people that frequent this place will not go away by natural means (Yes, even you Brandon, I KNOW YOU ARE READING THIS!).

Ha ha, I just recalled that washed up at this place using altavista, looking for dunno what pics, and I stumbled on a "recently published" article about the Rurouni Kenshin manga ending... Back then I was young, and had 'barely' heard of the mmcafe as a news site, and had 'barely' just cleared Final Fantasy VI 20 times or so.

To make long story short, I would say that we are simply a movie "who's" content and theme doesn't really sits down nicely to everyone.







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"Re(7):Mass Effect 2" , posted Fri 5 Mar 05:39post reply

While I appreciate and agree with the discussion about what the cafe's vibe is, a part of me also feels this thread is getting so sappy that I could spread it over pancakes.

On the subject of time vs. games, I actually find I have more time nowadays for games. First off, my life has settled into a comfortable routine as oppossed to the constantly changing, frantic world of higher education. Also, unlike my university days, I can actually afford to buy games. I always feel like I wasted my time in school by going to classes.

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Out of curiosity, what does everyone else have to say regarding their import buying habits?


The chances of it getting localized and the ease of being able to get around region lock-outs are the main factors I use when importing. I probably own more import Saturn games than I do US titles.





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"Re(8):Mass Effect 2" , posted Fri 5 Mar 05:52post reply

I feel more like a collector of games than a game player nowadays. I don't think I'll ever get around to finishing my list.





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"Re(2):frontier cafe" , posted Fri 5 Mar 06:46post reply

I wouldn't replied earlier, but I've been too busy playing (AND LOVING) Mass Effect 2. I would talk about it, but it's hardly the topic any more.

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Also, it's nice to hear people wax sentimental bout this board. It's the best one on the net for all the various reasons already described. I'm very glad I came out of lurking a few years back.



I didn't know you could just search on google and get a lot of SUPER OLD posts here. That robbed me of a good hour of my life. It really made me miss a lot of old posters, though.

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Please continue to talk to yourself about the titles you like because then I'll know what games I should be adding to my backlog which I'll never finish now


The only game I've played recently that made me think "I wonder if Zepy is playing this?" was Tales of Graces. I hope they do a "Vesperia-esque" PS3 upgrade. If they fix some of its problems (and I don't mean glitches), it'll be my favorite Tales game. As it stands now, I don't have a favorite and not because I love them all so much.





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"Re(4):frontier cafe" , posted Fri 5 Mar 13:32:post reply

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even you Brandon, I KNOW YOU ARE READING THIS!).
Following up on Toxico and also obeying Ish's suggestion that we are too sentimental, I propose we move into descriptions of just exactly what kind of voodoo we will perform on exodus if he doesn't reappear or at least archive Insert Credit or show he's alive damn you come back sob sob

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I didn't know you could just search on google and get a lot of SUPER OLD posts here. That robbed me of a good hour of my life. It really made me miss a lot of old posters, though.
Yeah, don't forget that the Professor added a search function at the top (and all thread pages at the bottom back to the 2004 apocalypse, I think) when asked, because he is a kind master.





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"Re(9):Mass Effect 2" , posted Fri 5 Mar 14:01post reply

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I feel more like a collector of games than a game player nowadays. I don't think I'll ever get around to finishing my list.



That is a great way to put it. My philosophy of late is that the very best games (a la Bayonetta) will rise to the top of the list.

Ishmael, I would say that my import Dreamcast collection may rival your Saturn one, but I am fairly sure that the Saturn has orders of magnitude more games than the Dreamcast.





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"Re(3):frontier cafe" , posted Fri 5 Mar 14:56post reply

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I wouldn't replied earlier, but I've been too busy playing (AND LOVING) Mass Effect 2. I would talk about it, but it's hardly the topic any more.

You can always derail the thread.
By the way, I didn't know the default male Shepard was based on some dutch model.

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"Re(4):frontier cafe" , posted Sat 6 Mar 09:01post reply

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We're somewhere in the middle, but not quite mainstream yet not quite fanboy.

Gaming Renaissance men (and women)? Maybe.

I've always wondered if MMC derived most of its expertise from the late insertcredit forums.

Funny you've mentioned Renaissance. I've seen a lot of Assassin's Creed fanart on pixiv, particularly of 2. How did the games become such a hit there? Did Ubisoft just know how to market/localize their games better than most other big publishers like EA?





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"Re(5):frontier cafe" , posted Sat 6 Mar 09:32post reply

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We're somewhere in the middle, but not quite mainstream yet not quite fanboy.

Gaming Renaissance men (and women)? Maybe.
I've always wondered if MMC derived most of its expertise from the late insertcredit forums.

Funny you've mentioned Renaissance. I've seen a lot of Assassin's Creed fanart on pixiv, particularly of 2. How did the games become such a hit there? Did Ubisoft just know how to market/localize their games better than most other big publishers like EA?



I think that game has an esthetic that is much more potentially appealing to an Asian audience than most other non Japanese titles. It's a very nice looking game.





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"Re(6):frontier cafe" , posted Sat 6 Mar 11:47:post reply

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I think that game has an esthetic that is much more potentially appealing to an Asian audience than most other non Japanese titles. It's a very nice looking game.

Eh? I'm an Asian born and raised in an Asian country and I don't find Mass Effect 2 "less" pleasing aesthetically or anything like that. I will say ACII uses a lot of red/white color scheming. I'd eventually get the ME trilogy once I have a decent rig of my own. Right now Ubi's DRM practices are questiable.

I also don't think Asian cultures necessarily adhere to the kawaiisa principle of only liking something just because it looks cute. That's a pretty persumptive stereotype and from much of the fanart I'm seen, most of it is also with the secondary characters (Al-Mualim, Mario), much of them rendered more realistically than the other works that these fanartists usually draw.

I guess the Holy Land and Renaissance Italy are just pertty cool settings for a game. Perhaps that's the reason it stood out among the rest.

That or Hideo Kojima's shilling actually helped.





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"Re(7):frontier cafe" , posted Sat 6 Mar 12:48post reply

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I think that game has an esthetic that is much more potentially appealing to an Asian audience than most other non Japanese titles. It's a very nice looking game.
Eh? I'm an Asian born and raised in an Asian country and I don't find Mass Effect 2 "less" pleasing aesthetically or anything like that. I will say ACII uses a lot of red/white color scheming. I'd eventually get the ME trilogy once I have a decent rig of my own. Right now Ubi's DRM practices are questiable.

I also don't think Asian cultures necessarily adhere to the kawaiisa principle of only liking something just because it looks cute. That's a pretty persumptive stereotype and from much of the fanart I'm seen, most of it is also with the secondary characters (Al-Mualim, Mario), much of them rendered more realistically than the other works that these fanartists usually draw.

I guess the Holy Land and Renaissance Italy are just pertty cool settings for a game. Perhaps that's the reason it stood out among the rest.

That or Hideo Kojima's shilling actually helped.



A beautiful digital recreation of Renaissance Italy should be aesthetically appealing to all but the angriest of luddites. Still, your protagonist in it is a person who looks cool, moves awesome, and kills lots of people in dramatic and stylish ways. I'd be happy if the game was just running around in Renaissance-era clothing and plotting how to get the upper-hand in having your favoured candidate elected Pope, but that's neither here nor there.

I don't think it's a case of whether or not ME2's aesthetic is better or worse; it's whether or not it fits what people like/expect. Western-envisioned sci-fi is just as full of sexbombs as anything Japan throws out, but is the brand of sci-fi that you want one that looks inspired by Syd Mead (ME2), one that looks like it comes from the 1950s (SMT Strange Journey's suits...), or one that features stereotypically anime-pretty men and stereotypically anime-pretty/cute/beautiful women? ME2 also has a lot of stubbled, wrinkly, middle-aged men, as well as various anthropomorphic aliens that are not space elves, cat/animal people, or gorgeous Asians.





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"Re(8):frontier cafe" , posted Sat 6 Mar 13:44:post reply

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ME2 also has a lot of stubbled, wrinkly, middle-aged men, as well as various anthropomorphic aliens that are not space elves, cat/animal people, or gorgeous Asians.
I don't think stubbled wrinkled middle age men has stopped any piece of work from becoming successful in Japan, sci-fi or not. Also, you forget the Asari race in ME are all a bunch of space amazons who are also bisexual. How does that not count as a "space elf"?

I'm starting to suspect it might be more with having to do with the localization. From what I know, AC got dubbed, while Mass Effect was merely subtitled. Talk about limiting its appeal.





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"Re(9):frontier cafe" , posted Sat 6 Mar 14:00post reply

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How does that not count as a "space elf"?


no pointy ears, duh :)

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I'm starting to suspect it might be more with having to do with the localization. From what I know, AC got dubbed, while Mass Effect was merely subtitled. Talk about limiting its appeal.



If it were dubbed, I wonder if it would've gotten treatment as good as the infamous MW2 translations. Actually, I'd probably want to play it just for that, even though I'd be sad to see Mordin's lines butchered.





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"Re(7):frontier cafe" , posted Sun 7 Mar 01:55:post reply

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I also don't think Asian cultures necessarily adhere to the kawaiisa principle of only liking something just because it looks cute.


That's not really what i was getting at.

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I guess the Holy Land and Renaissance Italy are just pertty cool settings for a game. Perhaps that's the reason it stood out among the rest.



That's what I was getting at. It's a great looking game, very universally beautiful because it's steeped in more classical ideals and that's also what makes it more appealing to an Asian audience. I was hoping to actually fight against the stereotype that Asians only like Kawaii things or that Japanese are xenophobic and only like Japanese things. Last time I was at the airport in Taiwan, they had Milo Manara books for sale. If you go to Amazon.co.jp and look up Street Fighter art books, their code usually suggests "other people who bought this Street Fighter book also bought this Burn Hogarth book" (and also Frank Frazetta and other western artists if you keep scrolling). I was just hoping to suggest that Asians have broader tastes than some writers tend to give them credit for and that the success of Assassin's Creed overseas is demonstrative of that.

Eh... i really didn't mean to turn this into an East vs West thing at all. It's just a topic that's constantly on my mind (aesthetics on a personal and generalized cultural scale) and I'm still trying to figure out a way to discuss it without stepping on peoples toes.





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"Re(8):frontier cafe" , posted Sun 7 Mar 03:43post reply

Hey Polly, tell us why you love ME2.

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East vs. West... again


Well, I think it's impossible to deny the fact that there are differences in tastes and opinions across the different parts of the world. Whether the regions up for comparsion are some gigantic chunk of Asia vs. the European + North American continent (it's kind of amazing that comparisons to that extent are even possible... but people try!) or something a little more geographically modest, it'd be wrong to say that there are no differences and everybody accepts everything equally.

The best way to discuss it without stomping on other people's feet is to do so with research and analysis. If you can clearly articulate the technical differences in aesthetics between the major hit games of demographic X vs. demographic Y, then you're doing well. It's a not an insignificant thing to do: more than one MMORPG right now that are doing ok in the "West" is determining how to (reasonably) modify their aesthetic so that it can be more successfully marketed to parts of Asia.





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"Re(8):frontier cafe" , posted Sun 7 Mar 05:05post reply

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I'd be happy if the game was just running around in Renaissance-era clothing and plotting how to get the upper-hand in having your favoured candidate elected Pope, but that's neither here nor there.

I'd play that game.





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I was just hoping to suggest that Asians have broader tastes than some writers tend to give them credit for and that the success of Assassin's Creed overseas is demonstrative of that.




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"Re(8):frontier cafe" , posted Sun 7 Mar 06:05:post reply

LOL, it's really starting to feel like an old cafe, isn't it. That reminds me that I need to fix up the registration page-- the filter's been a bit *too* tightened in the past half year or so due to the spambots.

I can emphasize with game backlogs-- the DS and arcades is where most of my gaming is taking place nowadays.

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That's what I was getting at. It's a great looking game, very universally beautiful because it's steeped in more classical ideals and that's also what makes it more appealing to an Asian audience. I was hoping to actually fight against the stereotype that Asians only like Kawaii things or that Japanese are xenophobic and only like Japanese things. Last time I was at the airport in Taiwan, they had Milo Manara books for sale. If you go to Amazon.co.jp and look up Street Fighter art books, their code usually suggests "other people who bought this Street Fighter book also bought this Burn Hogarth book" (and also Frank Frazetta and other western artists if you keep scrolling). I was just hoping to suggest that Asians have broader tastes than some writers tend to give them credit for and that the success of Assassin's Creed overseas is demonstrative of that.

Eh... i really didn't mean to turn this into an East vs West thing at all. It's just a topic that's constantly on my mind (aesthetics on a personal and generalized cultural scale) and I'm still trying to figure out a way to discuss it without stepping on peoples toes.
This is a subject that I've been interested in myself as of late.
All in all, it seems to differ slightly from country to country in the east, depending on a number of factors, including

1-whether English is used frequently in that country
2-whether that country has a history of selling printed matter from the west, prior to the advancement of the internet
3-how big the artist community & market in that country is.

BTW, the 'also purchased' list on Amazon's Street Fighter book-- that 300page chunk is like a perfect exercise book for art students, especially for those learning anatomy. That's why there's some western artworks.


For Japan's case, one easy way of seeing the latest art preference is to check Pixiv's daily top 50's (account required).

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Funny you've mentioned Renaissance. I've seen a lot of Assassin's Creed fanart on pixiv, particularly of 2. How did the games become such a hit there? Did Ubisoft just know how to market/localize their games better than most other big publishers like EA?
AC2 sold about 49 thousand copies on its first week ranking at 10th and then fell below the top 20's on week two; whether you can call that a hit, I'm not sure. I think it's at least safe to call it a silent success. As for Pixiv, it's mostly boy's love artists, the kind that were into Metal Gear Solid. Except this time, it's all about Altair and Malik.





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"Re(9):frontier cafe" , posted Sun 7 Mar 06:19post reply

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Hey Polly, tell us why you love ME2.



I love it because it's one of the best games I've ever played. I might go so far as to say it's one of the "definitive masterpieces of gaming", whatever that means.

I'm not quite done with the game...I'm about to do the final mission and I hate to pass judgment until I'm completely finished with a game. What if it fails to capitalize on the ideas it's presented? What if the theme doesn't come together? A bad ending doesn't make a bad game, but it might make you wonder if the themes and feelings that you experienced were all in your head.

I was only going to list the things I don't like about the game, because everything is so fantastic that I could say "well, these little things don't suit my fancy, but everything else is practically perfect" (or at the very least, perfect for what they were going for).

I guess if I had to pick why I really like it...what elevates it from just "excellent game"...I would have to say it's because the writing is consistently excellent. The game totally works on a "save the universe from scary alien monsters" level, but if you asked me what the game was about I would say "social dilemmas" with a bit of moral ambiguity. I like that it's an adult game, not because it has people getting shot in the head or sex or dirty language, but because it has concepts that younger players wouldn't appreciate. Not that they necessarily wouldn't understand, but that they might not look for in a game. And it's not really preachy about it either.

One of the subtleties that I really got a kick out of was the sort of generation gap in Quarian thinking. That is to say, Tali's pessimism about returning to their home world made a lot of sense to me from the perspective of a generation that is as far removed from the time on the world as it is from a solution. This wasn't a big part of the game, but these little things here there and everywhere really mean a lot.

And the great thing is, the game would still be insanely fun, even if it wasn't so cleverly written.

Anyway...I could go on and on, but I'd rather be finishing up the game.





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"Re(9):frontier cafe" , posted Sun 7 Mar 15:28post reply

quote:
East vs. West... again

Well, I think it's impossible to deny the fact that there are differences in tastes and opinions across the different parts of the world. Whether the regions up for comparsion are some gigantic chunk of Asia vs. the European + North American continent (it's kind of amazing that comparisons to that extent are even possible... but people try!) or something a little more geographically modest, it'd be wrong to say that there are no differences and everybody accepts everything equally.

The best way to discuss it without stomping on other people's feet is to do so with research and analysis. If you can clearly articulate the technical differences in aesthetics between the major hit games of demographic X vs. demographic Y, then you're doing well. It's a not an insignificant thing to do: more than one MMORPG right now that are doing ok in the "West" is determining how to (reasonably) modify their aesthetic so that it can be more successfully marketed to parts of Asia.

I think clumping togther all parts of Asia into one giant "East" and saying European tastes do not differ than much from Americans doesn't help matters much for comparisons. Take, for example, how Star Craft became such a huge hit in South Korea. It was pretty popular in places like the Phillipines, too...And it has all the tropes of "bald-spacemarineville" that you can find. I wouldn't be surprised if people also feel for characters like Jim Raynor.
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AC2 sold about 49 thousand copies on its first week ranking at 10th and then fell below the top 20's on week two; whether you can call that a hit, I'm not sure. I think it's at least safe to call it a silent success. As for Pixiv, it's mostly boy's love artists, the kind that were into Metal Gear Solid. Except this time, it's all about Altair and Malik.

I thought I saw some amazing oil paintings posted there. I'd thought I'd find more talent of that ilk. Guess I might have to look elsewhere.





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"Re(10):frontier cafe" , posted Sun 7 Mar 16:06post reply

Finished Mass Effect...more discussion later, but for now:

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I thought I saw some amazing oil paintings posted there. I'd thought I'd find more talent of that ilk. Guess I might have to look elsewhere.



No no nononono! Keep at it! There's a TREASURE TROVE of amazing art on Pixiv, there's just a lot of trash, too. For example, the top 20 has been totally overrun with fanart of Plushenko.

If you find a good artist and stick to his favorites, you're bound to run into a lot of amazing stuff. I can "favorite jump" from one amazing artist to the next for hours.





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"I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Sun 7 Mar 19:04:post reply

... and this is my favorite thread on the MMCafe!

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Finished Mass Effect...more discussion later, but for now:



So, what do you think? Did it get better or worse with that ending?
I love the first ME, everything in it, even with all its problems. I had a few problems with some changes implemented in the sequel, like the ammo system, the omnigel feature or how they switched around a few buttons like Save/Load (I loaded once instead of saving, thank heavens for that smart quicksave feature) and the X/B setup for the galaxy map, but I quickly forgot them after seeing how they managed to improve the combat system, the technical issues (no texture popup this time!) and the variety of the missions (and while they are still the same "kill everything that moves" kind, at least you don't have to do them in the same boring warehouse with the crates rearranged). One thing I really miss is the Mako, I know most people didn't like it but it wasn't too bad (except on that planet called Nodacrux, stupid mountains).

But I'll tell you something, even if the sequel hadn't improved anything of that, I would still love it, because the writing is great, it triggers a wide array of emotions in me, I genuinelly care for the characters, it is a joy to see them develop, I get anxious when they are in danger, I laugh a lot with this game and sometimes it brings tears of joy to my eyes.

I started the first game as renegade, being an asshole to everyone, killing and outright executing people (and genocided a couple of races!) left and right, telling my crew not to bother me with their petty problems, punching reporters and talked some into committing suicide, etc.
I loved being the bad guy, I loved giving the finger to the government, but then I played a second time, this time as paragon, and I liked it equally! Suddenly I cared about my crew, I cared about helping people, I wasn't the murdering asshole of the first playthrough, but a compassionate and caring yet imperfect human being.
Then I played the game again, and again and again, memorizing every line, reading the codex over and over and being nice to my crew even if I was still a murderous bastard to everyone else (kiss my ass council!).

It goes withouth saying, that Mass Effect 2 was my most anticipated game for a couple of years.
The intro sequence gave me goosebumps, it was so powerful and moving, and I almost shed a tear when the piano notes marked the end of the beginning.
I wanted to play as a full renegade, (to conmemorate the first time I played ME) but I couldn't! I could not be an ass to my former crew, but most importantly, I didn't want to. Sure, I was still a bad guy to some of the new characters (but even they won me over pretty quickly. Oh Mordin, how I love you!), but I was overjoyed when I found Tali, Garrus and the rest of my former team, I felt I was encountering old friends, not just the cast of polygons of some game.
Both games are full of powerful and emotive moments, even a line of dialog from the news network can bring a smile to your face.

I'm in my 4th playthrough with my paragon female Shepard imported from the first game and I'm still encountering small details that bring a smile to my face.

Can't wait for Mass Effect 3!





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"Re(1):I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Sun 7 Mar 20:49:post reply

True.
Mass Effect is a very good saga to play, rich in terms of bacground and characters, very uncommon in western games. The basic story is crap as hell
but the whole universe is simply fantastic.
Not only if you love scifi, but also if you're into originality and "alien" settings.
This and Fallout 3, are the only gaijin-rpgs that I trust completely.

Can't wait to play the Firewalker exspansion coming the end of the month!

BTW, I started FF13....is linear as hell but have a nice gameplay and storywise is not as boring and childish as the previous ones. Seems good ^_^





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"Re(1):I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Sun 7 Mar 21:18post reply

Before I start rambling, has anyone read the Mass Effect novels? Are they worth looking into?

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So, what do you think? Did it get better or worse with that ending?


The ending itself was the most absurd cliffhanger I've ever seen (this isn't a bad thing necessarily), but the end MISSION blew my mind! At first I thought "you spend the entire game recruiting your crew and then it's practically over!? How empty!", but when I saw the importance that every character played in the final mission, and how your decisions and relationships with them all came together to decide the outcome, I understand why they did it that way.

The fact that it's possible for anyone to die scared the crap out of me. There's always that "who knows if we'll be coming back" moment in RPGs, but here it MEANT something. I was so proud of my Shepard when everyone made it out alive. I wanted to play through again on the Renegade path, but I just can't. I'm too attached to the Shepard that (maybe?) saved the galaxy for me.

Also, Renegade seems just a little silly to me because it denies so many characters closure. I felt like one of the big themes in the game is "there's always another way". When two people are locked on a path of ruin, Paragon Shepard saves them both...helps them grow stronger...alleviates their doubts about themselves. That's what makes Shepard special...someone worth bringing back from the dead. I can't believe that the captain who talks crap to his/her crew at any opportunity and shoots anyone who disagrees with him/her is the right person to save the universe. Besides, Shepard is still tough and snarky, even on the Paragon path.

Still, having Renegade there is an awesome option. The idea that "I can save the universe because I'm the biggest badass who ever lived" is an appealing one...it's just also a little silly.

I played pretty steady Paragon, but I had to indulge in renegade actions every once in a while. Some people just deserved to be told off/punched/shot. The temptation was too great...the fact that it is a temptation is awesome. I wish there were more negative consequences to the Paragon path, though. Every situation ends with minimal violence and everyone feeling better about themselves. There's that one Asari girl (forgot her name) you can spare that gives you a sense of moral ambiguity, but other than that, Paragon almost always seems like the "right" choice. I would have liked it to fail me more...like "maybe that person really was better off dead" or "if I had been more aggressive, I could've saved someone's life". Or maybe you spare a criminal out of kindness and they kill someone innocent.

But anyway, long story short, ME2 is one of the very few games that I would call a masterpiece. It succeeds on every level...all of its elements come together flawlessly. It made me feel every emotion under the rainbow, it never got on my nerves, it was a dream to play, and both the writing and the game itself are strong enough to stand on their own.

I do have some complaints with the game, but most of them fall into a preference thing. Like...it doesn't specifically appeal to me, but it works well within the game itself.

My only legitimate (I believe) complaint is that the hair in the game looks so awful. The haircuts (which are few) are poorly designed, repeated sickeningly among NPCs and look greasy as hell. The game looks amazing...there are so many excellent designs in it. Hair does not stack up.

Also, in a related issue, it's very easy to make a total freak Shepard. With female Shepard you're given a wealth of options that
nobody in their right mind would pick. Don't get me wrong...I like the fact that you can't make her too cutesy or feminine, but I think they should've put a bit more thought into the many many choices that make her into a complete beast.

I can't fault the game for this (you can't have it all), but I was a bit sad that you didn't get to see the crew interact with the other crew members much. All of the characters had a strong story and a strong relationship with Shepard, but most of them had little to no relationship with each other. In ME3, I'd like to see some sort of "crew dinner" or whatever option where characters who normally might not interact have a chance to talk to one another.

On a final note, I don't want to go on and on about (romantic) relationships in the game (Garrus 4ever!), but I thought Thane's love-love scenario was kind of...weird, especially with the sudden "I want you" option. It's like "talking about your DEAD WIFE, CHILD and FINAL DAYS really gets me hot!"

Although my favorite awkward scenario is Samara's loyalty mission:



Spoiler (Highlight to view) -
"Act really cool and seduce my bisexual serial killer daughter so I can burst into her apartment and kill her."

End of Spoiler



And Shepard doesn't even bat an eye. There's no mission s/he isn't up to!





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"Re(2):I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Sun 7 Mar 23:26post reply

quote:
Before I start rambling, has anyone read the Mass Effect novels? Are they worth looking into?


Don't know what comes up with the second novel but you can skip the first one.
It's about Anderson and his mission of evaluation as a Spectre. Is an episode briefly summarized in the first game and pretty useless in the ME universe. Unless you have a thing for Anderson or Saren.





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"Re(2):I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Mon 8 Mar 00:20post reply

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I wish there were more negative consequences to the Paragon path, though. Every situation ends with minimal violence and everyone feeling better about themselves. There's that one Asari girl (forgot her name) you can spare that gives you a sense of moral ambiguity, but other than that, Paragon almost always seems like the "right" choice. I would have liked it to fail me more...like "maybe that person really was better off dead" or "if I had been more aggressive, I could've saved someone's life". Or maybe you spare a criminal out of kindness and they kill someone innocent.



I got an interesting email at some point about a guy who got out of prison because of one of Shepard's paragon actions. I don't know what it meant, since nothing seemed to happen in ME2 as a result, but he did make a roundabout threat to kill someone close to me. So if something comes of that, maybe there will be some meaning to not going paragon.

quote:

Although my favorite awkward scenario is Samara's loyalty mission:

And Shepard doesn't even bat an eye. There's no mission s/he isn't up to!



And compounding the awkwardness of that mission:



Spoiler (Highlight to view) -
If you can choose paragon/renegade options when she's trying to seduce Shepard, you will get the bizarre choice to kill Samara instead, at which point her daughter replaces her in your crew. You can even pursue a relationship with her, which of course ends... badly.

End of Spoiler



I can say I love ME2 also. I wouldn't go so far as "masterpiece," since there's always room for improvement, but I do think Bioware really hit the sweet spot for the development model with ME2. It's like they completely read my mind on everything that was bad about ME1, even the things I never mentioned to anyone, and not only improved those things but instilled a method to continue improving.

I'd like to say that I'm surprised people here would like it, but when I think about it the game resembles a JRPG in more ways than one now. There are quite a few similarities to aspects of the Star Ocean series at its peak. But with a tighter story.





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"Re(3):I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Mon 8 Mar 03:43post reply

There are lines between being nice/trusting/naive which Paragon should always have to grapple with. Being Paragon shouldn't mean being a pacifist, and it doesn't make sense that someone who has had the life that Shepard has had would be overly quick to trust anybody. The Asari on Ilium being a good lesson in that. The universe is full of assholes, and having events that "punish" you for being too trusting would have the nice effect of not only making you want to pick neutral/Renegade options out of your own personal experience, but also make picking the Paragon choice a more conscious act. It's certainly something that has been discussed at length in the offices.

One thing that I hope will be more fully explored in ME3 is the conversation interrupts. Often if you are able to do an interrupt that jives with your Paragon/Renegade alignment, it doesn't feel like there is a very good reason NOT to do it. Sure lashing out at every opportunity might fit certain molds of Renegade, but taking that approach ought to have more consequences.

I tend to agree that the basic plot of ME2 is merely ok, but that the strong characterization and writing that permeates the game more than makes up for it. There is a huge amount of stuff in the game that is genuinely funny, and the establishment of each species' culture and voice that allows for all the funny/interesting ambient conversations is great.

Mordin is certainly one of the most favourite characters, what with his often hilarious lines and his absolutely perfectly acted and filtered voice. Any standouts for you guys, character-wise or conversation-wise?





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"Re(3):I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Mon 8 Mar 04:03post reply

quote:

I'd like to say that I'm surprised people here would like it, but when I think about it the game resembles a JRPG in more ways than one now. There are quite a few similarities to aspects of the Star Ocean series at its peak. But with a tighter story.



Interesting observation. Could you elaborate on this? I've never really liked the idea of "JRPGs" and "WRPGs" as separate exclusive camps. I would love to hear what common ground you see between Mass Effect and other console RPGs of the past.

For instance, I'd love to hear a comparison of the character interactions of ME2 with those of Azure Dreams.

>>Polly

Thanks for posting your impressions. You have a way of honing in on the most intereseting qualities of games that I would normally ignore (I wasn't planning on getting FFXIII till I read your posts).

You mentioned in the past that ME2 was kind of off putting at first. What made you change your mind? I had very little interest in the game before I read this thread. My impression of the game is that it aspires to be like various Sci-fi channel shows that I could never get fully invested in. Will I still enjoy the game, even if I am unable to enjoy shows like Babylon 5, Firefly, and Battle Star Galactica?

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I felt like one of the big themes in the game is "there's always another way". When two people are locked on a path of ruin, Paragon Shepard saves them both...helps them grow stronger...alleviates their doubts about themselves. That's what makes Shepard special...someone worth bringing back from the dead. I can't believe that the captain who talks crap to his/her crew at any opportunity and shoots anyone who disagrees with him/her is the right person to save the universe


One of the biggest disappointments I have with alot of recent open ended RPGs is that the role playing choices seem too goal oriented. They generally play out as "act this way to get what you want from this person." They often feel kind of naive. What you described above sounds great though. To be able to derive such feelings from a game is rare. I think I will give this game a chance (by which I mean I'll encourage my roommate to get it and then watch him play it).





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"Re(4):I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Mon 8 Mar 05:02post reply

quote:

Interesting observation. Could you elaborate on this? I've never really liked the idea of "JRPGs" and "WRPGs" as separate exclusive camps. I would love to hear what common ground you see between Mass Effect and other console RPGs of the past.



One major feature of JRPGs is the distinct division between gameplay modes. When you are exploring a town, you are in the "exploring game". When you are fighting monsters, you are in the "fighting game". WRPGs have had that, but from even a very early stage they've tried to make it so that at any time you have the full set of actions available to you: you might enter "combat mode", but you aren't suddenly in a different dimension from the rest of the game (usually). You can fight anybody anywhere, no matter how bad of an idea it may be. Constantly having a huge breadth of options/actions that you can try makes the game world as a whole feel a little more integrated, a little more connected, but oftentimes, a little more sloppy. In most FF, when you are exploring, you can open up your equip screen, cast healing spells, and otherwise hit A to attempt to interact with anything that has been marked for interaction. The parts of the JRPG may seem a little more deliberately designed, but at the same time the player often has to play exactly the game that the designers made. WRPGs are games in which stuff can happen because the player decided that trying to steal from somebody in the middle of town and getting caught resulting in a gunfight that kills everybody in town and the player goes, "well, now I have to sort through all these piles of loot... on the plus side, I now have access to everything the shopkeepers were carrying because they're ALL DEAD". In a JRPG, such an event probably only occurs because the designers scripted it to.

In ME2, you have only one real button while in "explore" mode: Interact. It might be Spacebar, it might be the "A" button. In any case, in a given level where you can hit the "A" button on something, that something was very deliberately placed there for the purpose of hitting the "A" button, not just a room decoration that you happen to also be able to Take/Smash/Light On Fire/Throw/etc. When you are fighting, you might still be able to hit the "A" button on things, but you can't try to do crazy stuff like put enemies into your inventory or equip coins in your right hand and that pot you picked up from a kitchen in your left hand; anything in your (highly restricted) "inventory" is there deliberately, you can either Shoot or Melee or Use Power on enemies. Your options are more restricted, more designed, and exist intentionally.

The feeling/illusion of total freedom and the capacity to just "mess around" is largely absent in ME2 compared to games like Elder Scrolls series, Ultima 7, etc.





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"Re(5):I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Mon 8 Mar 05:09post reply

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WRPGs are games in which stuff can happen because the player decided that trying to steal from somebody in the middle of town and getting caught resulting in a gunfight that kills everybody in town and the player goes, "well, now I have to sort through all these piles of loot... on the plus side, I now have access to everything the shopkeepers were carrying because they're ALL DEAD". In a JRPG, such an event probably only occurs because the designers scripted it to.
Good points, Spoon, though it's worth remembering too that either kind occurs because the designers scripted it, it's just that Western RPG/adventure games in the old style just scripted a wealth of non-story events like this whereas most Japanese RPG's never did. I think it was really a difference in focus---in older Western RPG's, there was never that strong of a driven narrative story, with the focus instead being on experimenting in the environments and getting into long conversation trees with people. I think that the desire to make movie- or book-like stories in Japanese RPG's made for a lot fewer random events, which both made for better overall stories but a lot less fun exploring around.

I never played many Western RPG's, but I sure loved Quest for Glory. I'd play that in a heartbeat if I could get DOS Box to work. And I'd get into the same kind of trouble you mention by accidentally threatening people with my knife or stealing things or falling off roofs.





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Will I still enjoy the game, even if I am unable to enjoy shows like Babylon 5, Firefly, and Battle Star Galactica?



I am not Pollyanna, but I can try to answer that for you. I haven't seen any of the shows you mentioned, yet I enjoyed the game from the beginning. The universe they created is huge with convincing background for almost any concept you can find within the game.
That said, I think you should give the first game a try, that way you'll enjoy the sequel a lot more.

Speaking of things I didn't like was the exclusion of Cam Clarke as the codex voice, but at least they got someone that sounds very similar to him. Also, I missed Admiral Hackett, even though I received an email from him.
Speaking of emails, I wish they would have given the option of at least replying to them once, since it was nice to hear from people you helped or interacted with in the frist game. I laughed out loud with the "space nigerian scam" message I got, Morlan's spam or the chain letter from some unknown person.

What about the advertisements? Remember, you haven't experienced Shakespeare until you have heard him in the voice of Elcors!
The salarian salesman wondering why people make a fuzz about GTA (Grim Terminus Alliance!) if it's only a game (who cares if you beat slaves?).
And who else wants some kind of spin off or DLC featuring Blasto, the first Hanar Spectre? I want to see him team up with The Biotic God and Conrad Verner, righting wrongs in the galaxy (like that guy trying to get a refund for two years!), even if they poke through crates for a few extra credits from time to time.





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"Re(4):I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Mon 8 Mar 07:21post reply

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I'd like to say that I'm surprised people here would like it, but when I think about it the game resembles a JRPG in more ways than one now. There are quite a few similarities to aspects of the Star Ocean series at its peak. But with a tighter story.


Interesting observation. Could you elaborate on this? I've never really liked the idea of "JRPGs" and "WRPGs" as separate exclusive camps. I would love to hear what common ground you see between Mass Effect and other console RPGs of the past.



Well, I think I first need to clarify what I consider to be the primary difference between JRPGs and WRPGs, since this point of contention varies with your personal perspective. To me a JRPG is focused heavily on story and characters, to the point where you are not so much in control as you are directing control. The systems tend to take a back seat - even if they're good, they won't overshadow the story or characters. WRPGs tend to be much less focused than this; as long as it has classes, stats, item management, and a non-linear world it can be a WRPG. Anything else is just bonus appeal.

There's always a lot more to talk about with this, but hopefully I can leave it at that.

So when I say ME2 is like a JRPG, I mean it's very focused on plot and characters. Not only that, but it has abandoned a lot of the WRPG standards that were forced into ME1. There is almost no point to leveling now; it's just something that happens as you progress. There's almost no item collecting either; outside of the four elements you use to get upgrades, your stock of healing items, and a few new weapons scattered about, there's nothing to find. The battle engine has no depth, no stats or numbers flying everywhere; just find cover, shoot/use power, repeat. So in the end you're just looking for more places to go and more people to interact with, but since this is what the game is best at, it's not a problem.

The relationship aspect strikes me as especially JRPG-ish because well, the Star Ocean series has pretty much the same thing. Private actions in SO may be a bit more abstract than Mass Effect's straightforward courting choices, but they are nonetheless similar. And what do they add to the gameplay? Very little, if anything. It's just to get more in-depth with your favorite characters, not much else. And again, since that is what the game is best at, it's not a problem.

So I think overall in the way the game flows, the manner in which it forces you to play, and the things it emphasizes, it's quite a bit like a JRPG.

P.S: Sorry but I don't believe I've played Azure Dreams.





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"Re(4):I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Mon 8 Mar 09:17post reply

So much to talk about! Let me hit on this one first...

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You mentioned in the past that ME2 was kind of off putting at first. What made you change your mind? I had very little interest in the game before I read this thread. My impression of the game is that it aspires to be like various Sci-fi channel shows that I could never get fully invested in. Will I still enjoy the game, even if I am unable to enjoy shows like Babylon 5, Firefly, and Battle Star Galactica?



Let me just say that there is no one who likes video games I would not recommend this game to. It's almost like recommending Wander and the Collosus. It's not like the two are anything alike, just that they're both unmistakably excellent.

Gojira hit, in great detail on both the WRPG/JRPG thing as well as what changed my mind about the game. Generally speaking, I don't like WRPGs. I don't like "open world" type games. When I realized that ME2 was a character and story driven RPG with excellent writing and non-vomit inducing aesthetics, where it came from made no difference. It embodies everything I want in a game. I was also grateful to escape all of the horrid conventions that plague JRPGs...like stereotyped characters/stories and preachy, painfully repetitive dialogue. For a game that brings up so many tough issues, ME is surprisingly non-preachy. It lets you draw your own conclusions. It encourages debate.

Then, to touch on what Onslaught said...

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The universe they created is huge with convincing background for almost any concept you can find within the game.
That said, I think you should give the first game a try, that way you'll enjoy the sequel a lot more.


The universe is fantastically well-constructed. The social and racial issues in the game are especially strong. You find yourself wondering how you should feel...you may find yourself being racist. There's a pull between "we are all alike" and "you can't expect every race to be the same". The decisions you make in the game aren't always difficult, but the ideas that the game leaves you with linger long after playing it. It opens discussion.

I am not a big fan of sci-fi anything outside of maybe Galaxy Express and the universe appealed to me tremendously. Time and time again I found myself saying "this isn't normally what I like, but it's so overwhelmingly good that I can't help but love it." Unless you have an AGGRESSIVE loathing for Sci-fi, I don't think it's an obstacle to enjoying the game.

However, I do not necessarily think you should play the first game. I watched a small part of it being played and I read up on it a bit, and ME2 still became one of my immediate all-time favorites. In a perfect world, it would be nice to play the first game, but with limited time and money, ME2 is definitely the better choice. I would recommend checking out a summary of the first game, but even going in blind, you'll catch on pretty fast. Just my opinion, though.

Speaking of opinions:

A random note on Shepard

I think the game is more interesting with a female Shepard. I'm trying not to be "Grrl power" here, I just think she's a more unique character. I like that you can't make her stunningly beautiful...that she's "just a woman". But...she's "just a woman" in a man's role, whereas male Shepard is "just a man" in a man's role. By not altering the game (much) to meet the needs of the opposite gender, it ends up being unusually refreshing (and not sexist) to use a female character. Also, I like her voice better. She ended up being my favorite character.

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Mordin is certainly one of the most favourite characters, what with his often hilarious lines and his absolutely perfectly acted and filtered voice. Any standouts for you guys, character-wise or conversation-wise?


There's way too much for me to mention in specific when this post is already monstrously long. Mordin really was an incredible character, though...and aggressively unique. The conversations you have with him are both funny and strangely touching. I found myself laughing with a tear in my eye more than once. His scenario embodies some of the hardest-hitting concepts in the series and his perspective is terribly unique.

Of course, his VA is great, but it's hard to find a bad performance in the game. Almost everyone is outstanding. I would say it's my favorite English language dub, for sure. I guess Mordin is a bit special, though, since he handles both comedic and dramatic things so well...simultaneously.

One a sidenote, I blame Kelly for the (Varren, was it?) STD issue he brought up. I think that line made me laugh harder than anything else in the game.

Garrus' romance scenario was INSANELY cute, with more awesome lines than I can shake a stick at. He may not be handsome, but Garrus is a catch, for sure.

As far as touching lines go...there were quite a few, but one that hit me especially hard was one on Tali's loyalty mission:



Spoiler (Highlight to view) -
"I don't know what's worse: thinking that he never really cared, or thinking that he did and this was the only way he could show it."

End of Spoiler



Also Miranda's line about

Spoiler (Highlight to view) -
"only being able to take credit for her mistakes"

End of Spoiler


was strong.
Aaaaand....

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Don't know what comes up with the second novel but you can skip the first one.
It's about Anderson and his mission of evaluation as a Spectre. Is an episode briefly summarized in the first game and pretty useless in the ME universe. Unless you have a thing for Anderson or Saren.


Thanks for the advice. I was more concerned if they were a good read, regardless of if they were necessary to the overall universe or not. Maybe I'll see if I can check them out from the library instead of throwing down money.

Sorry if I forgot anything!

I agree that the E-mails are totally awesome, but I don't have anything to add...





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"Re(5):I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Mon 8 Mar 11:36post reply

If you have the chance to play the first game, by all means, go for it.

Pollyanna:

I think you would enjoy ME2 a LOT more if you had played the first game.

As I said before you encounter lots of small details and references to the first game, that you can't avoid smiling at them.

Spoilers for the first and second game



Spoiler (Highlight to view) -
The talk with Legion becomes a thousand times more emotive/awesome if you experienced this.

When you encounter Ashley or Kaidan in Freedom's Progress you feel happy because you encounter an old friend/lover, but feel sad at the same time, because the music that plays is this one.

You get to hear through the whole Citadel that you are "The Man/Woman that stopped Saren", but if you don't know who Saren is it won't have the desired impact.


End of Spoiler



I could go on and on, but I strongly advise to play the first game, watching it on youtube is not enough. I repeat, not playing it won't stop you from enjoying ME2, but if you do, it will greatly enhance your experience and it will be a lot more emotionally impactful.

Sorry if my english sounds worse than before.





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"Re(6):I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Mon 8 Mar 11:50post reply

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Sorry if my english sounds worse than before.
But, but, you write better than most native speakers! Your original description a few posts earlier of the wonder that is ME2 was super-articulate. Have the confidence of the wrestling legend/superboss that you are.

Man, even I want to play Mass Effect now.





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"shilling Just Cause 2" , posted Mon 8 Mar 14:36:post reply

In the spirit of this shilling thread I feel an urgent need to recommend that everyone go out and download the demo for Just Cause 2. I have never played the first game, I don't know a single thing about the developer, it just came out of nowhere for me and blindsided me with how RIDICULOUSLY FUN it is.

This is the best game demo I've ever played. There is more fun to be had from this demo than most entire well regarded games.

Just Cause 2 is a sandbox game done right. I don't even know where to begin, you'll have to excuse the stream of consciousness nature of this post.

Here are the best things about it:

1) awesome, truly unique grappling mechanic
2) GREAT controls with incredibly focus on agility and mobility
3) truly expansive, completely explorable and interactive world
4) sparkling personality that comes through not in the story or art design, but in the things you are allowed to do.
5) truly open ended gameplay that encourages and rewards creative solutions

I'll try to go into greater detail about each point.

1) In the game, your character is armed with a grappling gun and unlimited instant parachutes (to glide to safety from any height). It allows you to do all the standard grappling stuff you can do in other games, ie climb onto any surface and speedily vault your way through environments. BUT, there is an extra dimension to it. The game allows you to tether things together. You simply shoot one thing with the grapple gun, then shoot another and bam, they are tied together.

This is simply the coolest weapon in a game since the gravity gun in HalfLife 2. I dare say its actually way more fun.

Here are some of the things you can do with the tether mechanic:

-shoot a guy then hang him from a tree and shoot him again
-shoot a guy and tether him to a propane tank, shoot the propane tank and watch as it pulls him away then explodes.
-shoot a guy, tether him to a car, run him over with the car then drive the car off of a cliff parachute to safety (while dropping a grenade) and listen for the satisfying crash and explosion.
-tether a car to a helicopter then drag it along as a battering ram.

The possibilities seem endless. And this is just the demo.

2) The controls are extremely responsive and intuitive. You will find yourself barreling through the landscape switching vehicles left and right engaging in incredible acrobatics with ease. The grappling gun has incredible reach and accuracy, and the parachute is really fun to control. You can even bob up and down on the wind with it, like Mario's cape (but much more forgiving). There are no lame QTEs either (well, very few of them), you're in full control all the time.

3) These are some of the most expansive environments in any game. You'll spend alot of time high up in the air seeing the landscape stretch far into the horizon and amazingly, you can explore just about everything you can see.

4)This game has an awesome attitude to it. I usually don't like sandbox games cos I derive no pleasure from hurting innocent people. But Just Cause 2 doesn't have such a sadistic feeling to it. It's very silly, like a Chuck Norris movie. In fact, it even has some hilariously campy cut scenes with inexplicable editing.

5) I can't stress enough how good the gameplay is in this game. I typically play games more for their esthetic qualities than anything else. This game, i play purely for fun. Just Cause 2 is a case study in how to make a fun game. EVERYTHING about it is rewarding and encouraging.

The controls are tight. The mechanics are well thought out and reward expirmentation as I've mentioned. There are always multiple ways to fulfill any objective (go in on foot, steal a vehicle and attack from the air etc). But it has an extra Nintendo-like layer of polish beyond this.

EVERYTHING about the game has been considerately implemented and just FEELS GOOD.

The game has an excellent physics engine. But rather than being there for realism, it is geared towards fun. Vehicle collisions are generally tilted in your favor. If you crash your car into on coming traffic, you usually come out on top. If you spectacularly flip your vehicle, odds are it'll roll back onto its right side and you can keep driving. You can parachute out of high speed collisions at the last minute and send yourself sailing into safety. Explosions are huge and satisfying and send everything sailing. Everything has way more hitpoints than it would in other games, but it's OK because it gives you more room to mess around. Helicopters have unlimited rockets, why? Because you deserve to have fun with them. Everything about the game is extremely rewarding without feeling pandering.

As I'm typing this, my friend has a took took tethered to a helicopter (with the rider still inside) but he's built up too much momentum with it, and now it's twirling out of control like a mace. Losing control is usually the opposite of fun, but in this game it is HILARIOUS (because you have to build up to these situations).

I could go on and on, but I've probably said more than enough. Much like Mass Effect 2, this isn't the kind of game that's typically discussed on the cafe, but I really think it warrants a look for anyone remotely interested in games. I'm definitely getting this game when it's released and I'm definitely going to find out who the developer is and keep and eye on them.





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"Re(5):I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Mon 8 Mar 16:31:post reply

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One a sidenote, I blame Kelly for the (Varren, was it?) STD issue he brought up. I think that line made me laugh harder than anything else in the game.

Garrus' romance scenario was INSANELY cute, with more awesome lines than I can shake a stick at. He may not be handsome, but Garrus is a catch, for sure.



Yeah, the whole "Varren scale itch" issue implies buggery, and the only person on board who professes interest in all species and sexes is Kelly...

Garrus was so adorable and so genuine in his awkwardness, and the results for the "let's just be friends" option so depressing, that once that event triggers everyone who I know of who has played the game didn't want to pick the "let's just be friends" option. Everybody who did, just for the sake of seeing what happened, professed feeling horrible afterwards and loaded game. The relationship simulation might be kind of simplistic, and the total amount of conversation to be had with Garrus is actually not that much (and certainly nothing compared to those visual novel games) but when they manage to create that kind of endearment and impact with that said, you know they've managed to make something special.

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just cause 2


I've heard a lot of good things about it, too!
I'll have to try it out sometime.





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"Re(6):I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Tue 9 Mar 10:43post reply

Another recommendation for the Just Cause 2 demo, and you can get around the timer in the demo with a glitch, look it up on Youtube.

I like these kinds of games but I always get my fill from the demo. I don't know if the extra environments will make me want to spend money on the full game, although it looks pretty expansive.





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"Re(7):I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Wed 10 Mar 06:08post reply

quote:
Another recommendation for the Just Cause 2 demo, and you can get around the timer in the demo with a glitch, look it up on Youtube.

I like these kinds of games but I always get my fill from the demo. I don't know if the extra environments will make me want to spend money on the full game, although it looks pretty expansive.



Yeah, I'm the same way. The demo was enough for me. At the same time, I'm grateful for the recommendation, because I wouldn't even have noticed the game, otherwise. I like the "why? Because it's fun!" mentality and the music quite a bit, but the whole package just isn't for me. It sure has some...powerful voice acting.





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"Re(8):I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Wed 10 Mar 08:23post reply

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It sure has some...powerful voice acting.



Haha yeah. The woman in the cut scenes has the worst Malay accent I've ever heard. And then everyone else seems to be having a hard time deciding if they're supposed to be middle eastern or south east Asian.

I think I enjoyed the game as much as I did cos I had a group of happy friends around me enjoying the hell out of it too. That really really helps.





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"Re(9):I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Thu 11 Mar 02:05post reply

Thanks for pointing out Just Cause 2. For a game that wasn't even on my radar that was a fun demo. I do wonder if the full game will eventually degenerate into being yet another sandbox game or if that goofy Bionic Commando rope gizmo will be integral to the gameplay. Then again, at least I'm now actually thinking about the game which is a big step up from not even knowing it existed two days ago.





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"Re(10):I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Thu 11 Mar 10:58post reply

It's funny because in these types of games, it's not about the designer leading the player through a specific, use this skill kind of challenge, but more like a real sandbox where you can do whatever you want.

I think this is good and bad. On the one hand, yes I can grapple one guy, then hook him to another guy and watch them fly into eachother and knock eachother out.

On the other hand, 99% of the time it's faster, safer, and easier to shoot them quickly.

That's why I get bored with most sandbox games kind of quickly , because in the end there is one method that is best, and you gravitate towards that one. Some of the better sandbox games require you to use all your skills though (Assassins Creed 2 is a decent example, and GTA4 makes you snipe/drive/shoot in specific missions).





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"Re(2):Re(10):I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Fri 12 Mar 23:58post reply

Returning to ME2 topic.
It was announced a new content by April 6th.
It is called "Stolen Memory" and features a new character for Shepard's squad and a new weapon.
The new character will be a female thief named Kasumi who lost her memory....hope not crappy and useless as Zaeed (most ugly, stupid, uninventive and unecessary character of ME. He exist only to appeal young teenagers who play only fps and army games)





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"Re(3):Re(10):I'm Commander Shepard" , posted Sat 13 Mar 04:50:post reply

quote:
Returning to ME2 topic.
It was announced a new content by April 6th.
It is called "Stolen Memory" and features a new character for Shepard's squad and a new weapon.
The new character will be a female thief named Kasumi who lost her memory....hope not crappy and useless as Zaeed (most ugly, stupid, uninventive and unecessary character of ME. He exist only to appeal young teenagers who play only fps and army games)

Great news! So this Kasumi character is real after all?

By the way, I liked Zaeed a lot, even though I'm not a teenager or an fps army gamer.
He brought nice balance to a deep cast, he's just a simple man with a simple job, he's blinded by revenge, nothing else matters. He also gives good pointers when you take him along for the different missions.
Sure, he's no Mordin or Tali, but I found him enjoyable enough.

Oh, by the way, I blame Grunt for the Varren STD, you know, adolescence...





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"SHILLING PaperDoll" , posted Tue 6 Apr 05:37post reply

Hello internet friends. In the spirit of the shilling thread I'm about to engage in shameless self promotion. Or rather, shameless promotion of a band I'm really invested in.

I recently finished working on a Chinese language version of a music video for the kick ass NY band Paperdoll. The song is called Anything At All, and it has been lovingly rearranged and rerecorded in Mandarin. You can see it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu1j9Ldi_NY

I hope this video will be enjoyed by the music lovers, animation fans and Chinese speakers (are there any?) on this board.

If you like the song, please take the time to vote for Paperdoll in this battle of the bands contest:

http://beta.wnyc.org/thegreenespace/articles/2010/apr/05/battle-boroughs-manhattan-vote/

This is a very personal project for me. We did that entire video on our free time because we just love Paperdoll so much and want them to succeed. They're an awesome band, one of the best live acts I've seen. They work really damn hard and I think the American music landscape is a better place with them in it. So thanks to anyone that takes the time to check out the video or vote.





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"Re(1):Shilling thread" , posted Tue 6 Apr 12:40post reply

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ME2 has a fish tank that you can buy fish to put in.



WHY CAN'T GODDAMNED EDI FEED THE FISH WHEN I'M GONE!?!?