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Role Playing (Games)

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Announced 152

Posted by Soulskill
from the you're-doing-it-wrong dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Square-Enix has announced Final Fantasy XIII-2 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. According to Gamespot, 'The newly christened Final Fantasy XIII-2 continues the adventures of Lightning and her team of RPG vagabonds in a brand new adventure, utilizing the long-in-development engine (and, probably, some of the art assets) that powered the original game. And because Square doesn't have to spend all of that extra time developing the engine, players won’t have to wait nearly as long to get their hands on this newest iteration of the game. According to Square Enix, Final Fantasy XIII-2 (which, in case you haven't guessed, is a game title that is just as terrible to type out as it is to say with your mouth) is on track for release in Japan this year. [The game] should be available in English-speaking territories by "next winter."'"

Comment: Re:Successful game (Score 1) 352

by BerryMadness (#34861108) Attached to: Balancing Choice With Irreversible Consequences In Games
I completely agree. I feel that the second installment pulled even more RPG elements out of the game. One of my favorite parts of the first Mass Effect was regularly having to upgrade guns, ammo types, and weapon mods but for reasons that I don't understand the sequel has TWO shotguns/pistols/assault rifles/etc.. in the whole galaxy, a regular one and a better one.
Music

Atari Loses Copyright Suit Against RapidShare 198

Posted by Soulskill
from the game-over-play-again? dept.
dotarray writes "Online copyright lawsuits aren't all about music. Video game publisher Atari Europe recently became concerned that copies of its game Alone in the Dark were floating around one-click file-hosting service RapidShare, so it took the hosting company to court. While they won the initial case, the decision was overturned on appeal, finding that RapidShare is doing nothing wrong."
Games

How To Make a Good Gaming Sequel 150

Posted by Soulskill
from the forward-to-square-enix dept.
Kantor48 writes "In today's world of unimproved gaming sequels and saturated franchises, Arthur Kabrick looks at the best and worst sequels in recent history, and compares the changes they've made to the formulae of their franchises. By doing this, he comes up with a list of lessons that any game developer creating a sequel should follow, if at all possible, to ensure that the new game is a step up, rather than a step sideways or, as in some cases, a step down. The criteria include ensuring the game does not spend too much time in development, updating technology, and trying not to change the development team, as well as being wary of changing the basic formula so much that fans of the franchise are alienated."
Microsoft

Xbox Live Pricing To Go Up To $60 Per Year 199

Posted by Soulskill
from the nickles-and-dimes dept.
donniebaseball23 writes "Microsoft has raised the annual price of Xbox Live Gold to $60, which is a price hike of $10. The new price goes into effect on November 1, but gamers can lock in the current Xbox Live price by renewing now. EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich is not surprised by the move, nor does he think it will really have much impact on the Xbox momentum."

Comment: Re:Red light Cameras != Speed Cameras (Score 1) 567

by BerryMadness (#33062922) Attached to: Tennessee Town Releases Red Light Camera Stats

In the town where I live they put in a red light camera on an intersection with the downslope of a hill stopping about 7-10 car lengths back with no pedestrian crossings. The speed limit in this area is 40 mph. I live in IA so for a good portion of winter the roads are icy due to the highs are in the 25-34 F range and with the lows being in the 10-20 range.

"Driving without due care and attention"

If you are driving at a safe speed on a nice sunny day, lets say 30-40 mph, you will NOT have enough time to stop without endangering all the cars behind you on the hill, who may or may not have ABS, as they move from compacted snow to patchy ice or solid ice on a downgrade. I say run the fucking light 1-3 seconds after it turned red so you don't cause a 7 car pile-up.

If the cops are taking these types of things into account then I'm fine with it. Otherwise it's total bullshit.

Robotics

South Korea Deploys Killer Robot In DMZ 243

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction dept.
shikaisi writes "Not content with just killing people in computer games, South Korea has gone one better and is deploying remotely controlled sentry robots on the border with the north. According to the article 'If the command centre operator cannot identify possible intruders through the robot's audio or video communications system, the operator can order it to fire its gun or 40mm automatic grenade launcher.'"
Image

Chinese News Reports the Taliban Are Training Monkey Soldiers 232

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-want-to-shoot-like-you-oo-oo dept.
According to a Chinese news publication, soldiers in Afghanistan may soon come up against a deadly new weapon in the war: monkey soldiers. The report claims that the Taliban are training the monkeys to shoot and kill American soldiers. They also claim to have pictures of monkeys holding AK-47s and Bren light machine guns. From the article: "The New York Magazine has reported about this in jest and stated on Friday, 'No invader has ever conquered Afghanistan, and now we know why. The monkeys will not allow it. It was a good effort, but it's time to pack it in. This is no longer a fight we can win.'”

Comment: Manhole Cover (Score 2, Informative) 571

by BerryMadness (#32758266) Attached to: Mom Arrested After Son Makes Dry Ice "Bombs"

A childhood friend of mine lived at the end of a culdasac at the top of a hill with a manhole cover in the center. We must have been about 14 and had been lighting fireworks off for several years.

We just discovered how awesome "Artillery Shells" are when you light them off but don't put them in the tube. One of us decided that we had to know what they sounded like when they exploded while in the manhole. So we proceeded to throw about 6-10 of them down there and they did sound really cool.

My friends mom came home. Thank [deity of choice] that we ran out of artillery shells and had put the manhole cover back. We were just throwing bottle rockets and black cats down the little pry hole at this point. She exploded, no pun intended, on us and had a police officer come over and tell us: "If even the smallest spark got down there you would ignite the explosive sewer gas and blow the whole block up!" We tried not to laugh and rolled our eyes.

Kids do stupid stuff

It can't be summed up any better than that.

Comment: Re:AdDot (Score 1) 176

by BerryMadness (#32683104) Attached to: New Xbox 360 S Uses Less Power, Makes Less Noise

I can completely understand this. Its a brand association thing.

[not to troll] Personally I hate, and do not purchase products from, Apple("It just works" with all the hipsters being deutsch bags), Old Navy(Old lady and gay dudes frolicking around), as well as any other company whose ad campaigns I deam annoying enough not to purchase their products.

Comment: Re:AdDot (Score 1) 176

by BerryMadness (#32680034) Attached to: New Xbox 360 S Uses Less Power, Makes Less Noise

For some people the fact that the Xbox was the only choice for Halo might have done it.

Yep. That's one reason I didn't buy a 360.

One thing I've never understood is how a console having a certian game can play a part in making you not want to buy it.

I did a quick search of PS3 , 360, and Wii exclusives. There is alot that I would HATE on each console and a few that I would love on each one as well.

If someone could explain why OP could could hate X360 for being the only console that has Halo while it also is the only console that has Ninga Gaiden II, Fable, and Mass Effect I will feel satisfied.

p.s. I do understand how a console not having a certian game can play a part in your decision but not the other way around

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