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I love psychology, philosophy, literature, and video games.

Sun 11th March, 2012

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Ralizah commented on Review: Conception II: Children of the Seven S...:

The map not being displayed on the second screen baffled me to no end as well. I never expected to prefer the 3DS version, but I did think the 3DS port would at least utilize the that system's strengths somewhat. The awful 3D and complete disregard for the bottom touch screen make no sense whatsoever to me.



Ralizah commented on Nintendo Direct: Nintendo Shows Off The Peculi...:

Oh. My. God.

It's like... The Sims if it was populated by Miis, but with a completely anarchic sense of humor.

And they talk!

This just went from "I'll wait for reviews" to "Must buy on Day 1." Good job, Nintendo.

On another note, I wonder if this is going to become a trend: Nintendo Directs for single games.



Ralizah commented on Super Smash Bros. Direct Will Bring the Hype o...:

I won't be able to watch it live this time. Hopefully we get some solid info from it, though.

I'm a bit disappointed, though. I won't rest easy until America has its Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney release date.



Ralizah commented on Video: Atlus Serves Up an Early Look at Person...:

No, everything screams Persona other than the more SMT/EO-ish battle view (and the first-person labyrinth exploration), actually. Those enemies are enemies you'll find in Persona 3/4. The music is much closer to Persona 3/4 than EO. The battle animations are much less static than in EO. There are Persona 3/4 characters. And, I'm only assuming, there'll probably be Persona 3/4 movesets for the characters. i noticed the rushing mechanic is still in there as well. This game, so far, actually seems a lot closer to Persona 3/4 than older Persona games were.

Also, why are you disappointed? Were you expecting a pure Persona game? They announced that this was being developed by the same team that made EO pretty early on. Did you expect them not to include any EO-ish elements?

Not sure I'm hot on the music, thus far, as it has neither the awesome dramatic flair of most of the EO battle themes nor is it the catchy J-pop of Persona battle themes. The rest looks pretty cool, though, and hopefully the audio presentation will be fixed by release.



Ralizah commented on Round Table: Let's Talk Endlessly About Mario ...:

Bah, it's hard to defend the Gamepad when Nintendo won't even utilize it fully.

Still, this game sounds fun, and seems to be a major step up from the mediocre Mario Kart Wii. I'm glad they're taking the casual appeal out of the games this gen (Mario Kart Wii and its constant bombardment of race-destroying items; SSB Brawl and its tripping mechanic; etc, etc.)



Ralizah commented on Talking Point: The Logic Behind Game Boy Advan...:

I don't see how this is going to motivate people to buy a Wii U. People are going to buy Wii U for Wii U games. Sure, people with the console might buy the games, but the same applies to 3DS owners. All Nintendo is doing here is telling a huge portion of their audience (3DS owners without Wii Us): "We don't want your money."

Which is fine. I can buy second-hand copies of all those games for GBA SP, if I want. Nintendo unfortunately won't see a dime, but I'm not about to buy older handheld games on a home console, much less buy a home console to play older handheld games.



Ralizah commented on Square Enix To Focus Less on the 'Global Aspec...:

There is no way we're not getting Bravely Second. The good news about this is that Squeenix is finally realizing we don't want Japanese brands transformed into something they're not, we just want the opportunity to play them. Hopefully that translates to more high-quality JRPGs being localized.



Ralizah commented on Review: Yumi's Odd Odyssey (3DS eShop):

I am planning on buying this (ESPECIALLY considering the good review), but I don't have a lot of free money these days and April/May are seeing an number of good handheld releases.

Still, I'm encouraged to hear it's worth the buy.



Ralizah commented on Feature: Looking at the 3DS Revolution on its ...:

Like I've said before, even if the handheld market is less profitable than it was in the past, it certainly won't disappear. 3DS/Vita scratch an itch that mobile games just can't. Not to mention the epic roster of awesome IPs that Nintendo commands.



Ralizah commented on Video: Steel Empire Proves Sega Aren't The Onl...:

It's a little embarrassing when you compare the quality of Ninty's and Sega's 3D Classics releases. Not only does Sega give you a multitude of customization options in the re-releases, it also chooses super-iconic games to release in this way. I mean, granted Nintendo has Kirby's Adventure, which is an absolute gem, but most of them are horrible choices. Xevious? TwinBee? URBAN CHAMPION?! Imagine how awesome a 3D Classics version of Super Mario Bros. 3 or A Link to the Past would be.

Anyhow, as long as the game is priced similar to Sega's 3D re-releases ($5 - $10), I'll totally pick this up ASAP. Might hold off for a sale if it gets more into the $15 - $20 range.



Ralizah commented on Advance Wars Bringing the Battle to the Wii U ...:

It was originally a portable title. It's too bad Nintendo doesn't have a handheld video game system with the ability to run virtual console titles, as it would make so much more sense to release this game on that device's online story. Oh well, maybe in the future...



Ralizah commented on Two Tribes Shoots Down the Possibility of Toki...:

I was planning on picking up TT2, but I won't after reading these tweets. The comments reek of a snotty, entitled attitude and disrespect people who DID support them. I won't be supporting any of Two Tribes' future projects, either.



Ralizah commented on Nintendo Download: 20th March (North America):

I'll be downloading the Conception demo on my Vita. Really curious about Yumi's Odd Odyssey, but I'm trying to save some money, so I probably won't be getting this for a while. The chess game sounds like fun, but same deal. I have money put aside for Mario 3, and nothing else.



Ralizah commented on Animal Crossing: New Leaf's Team Was An Even S...:

New Leaf feels very progressive on gender issues, particularly for a Japanese game. It blew my mind when my male character decided to try on a female article of clothing in Labelle's side of the store (the clerk just assuming I was buying it as a gift rubbed me the wrong way) and was told something along the lines of: "Well, these clothes are usually reserved for women, but I feel like you can pull it off!" It's not really the ability to cross-dress that shocked me, but the easy acceptance and lack of judgment of it from the townspeople. Same deal with my female character: she could run around wearing a tuxedo and a fake mustache and nobody judged her. Mable can get a little shocked by it when you want to buy a dress, but, again, she'll say "I guess it's OK to be adventurous sometimes" and be done with it. Not her cup of tea, but there's no disapproval or chastising.

Interesting, then, that there was such an even gender split in the development team.



Ralizah commented on Masahiro Sakurai Takes Us Through the Multifac...:


That's the main reason I feel confident that this game will have good online multiplayer. Uprising's online multiplayer was a pretty smooth experience, and SSB is Sakurai's baby. No way this thing isn't getting a top-class multiplayer support for both versions.



Ralizah commented on Review: Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: A...:

Game is coming out over in America. I think they're just pushing it off until later in the year due to the later release of Azran Legacy in the States. With that said, I'd sure appreciate a release date. I bet we'll get one when the next Nintendo Direct hits.



Ralizah commented on Masahiro Sakurai Takes Us Through the Multifac...:

Excellent. I don't see the Wii U version really selling that console, though. Why buy a new device you don't yet own when you can play essentially the same game on a device you already own?

I haven't pre-ordered any first-party Nintendo games since Kid Icarus: Uprising back in 2012, but I will definitely be putting money down on this as soon as a release date is given for the 3DS version. A portable Smash Bros... if it runs well and has solid online and local multiplayer, it'll be the greatest release on the machine yet!



Ralizah commented on Little Inferno Has Sold A Million But Gamers D...:

Amusingly enough, this was actually just published today:

Nice to see the Dunning-Kruger effect is as relevant an idea as ever. Why believe a vast majority of climate researchers who have spent their entire lives studying this stuff when an army of keyboard warriors is ready to inform you differently?

On topic: More meaning can be read into a work than was intended by the authors. This isn't unusual. It also isn't the case that the only legitimate reading of a piece is what the author intended it to mean. I've played the game, and even if they didn't intend to focus on it, there are some pretty blatant stabs at freemium games. Interesting to hear their take on the game's "underlying meaning," though.



Ralizah commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

The marketing was probably a bit crass, but the controversy over this title is blown out of proportion. It's not like this is some other extreme title that actually is deeply offensive. Our culture is already inundated with sexual objectification of both men and women, only we pretend not to notice it.

Let's be honest: people aren't offended by this game because of the fanservice. They're offended because the game doesn't apologize for its juvenile preoccupation with the female body.

And, to be frank, I see nothing wrong with female characters being designed to fit male fantasies if it has a primarily male demographic as its intended target. Plenty of media aimed at women portrays the men involved as impossibly handsome and sexy individuals. Should we ban that, too?



Ralizah commented on Nintendo Releases an Extended Gameplay Trailer...:

Resisting the negativity as much as possible, but I wasn't a big fan of the one on the DS, and despite liking the visuals, I've not been impressed with much else that I've seen thus far.

If there were no other big platformers on the horizon, I might give this a go, but with an utterly incredible looking Kirby game coming out in a couple of months, I think I'll just hold off on this.