Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Mar 2013 21:06 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Change platforms. Whenever you can. Ever since I got into computing, I've lived according to a very simple adage: change platforms all the time. For reasons I won't go into, the importance of this adage was reaffirmed today, and I figured I'd share it with you all - and hopefully, get a few of you to follow this adage as well.
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by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 21st Mar 2013 21:51 UTC
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2005-06-29

A recent example I didn't put in the article for focus' sake is Japanese RPGs. I've never been a fan of Japanese RPGs, especially not of the ones released over the past decade or so. Still, one of my friends is a huge fan of the Tales series. So, I decided to play Tales of Vesperia.

It was an awesome experience I wouldn't want to have missed for the world.

And it's now in my personal top five of best games of the current generation (that I've played!), alongside Dragon Age I, Mass Effect I, Fallout: New Vegas, and Skyrim. I'm already looking into buying a PS3 for more Tales games.

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RE: Gaming
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 04:52 in reply to "Gaming"
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2006-12-05

Tales of Symphonia on GameCube was my introduction to the series and it was an amazing experience, easily one of the best games I've ever played (and very few RPGs can claim this--I'm not normally into that style of game). Tales of the Abyss was also excellent, although being on the weaker PS2 and having to deal with that system's controller hampered the experience somewhat for me.

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RE[2]: Gaming
by ssokolow on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 05:15 in reply to "RE: Gaming"
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2010-01-21

Tales of Symphonia on GameCube was my introduction to the series and it was an amazing experience, easily one of the best games I've ever played (and very few RPGs can claim this--I'm not normally into that style of game). Tales of the Abyss was also excellent, although being on the weaker PS2 and having to deal with that system's controller hampered the experience somewhat for me.


I'm curious to know which controller you prefer most and why.

I have practically every type of controller kicking around the house except the XBox ones (Gamecube, PS2, PS3, Wii, etc.) and the ones I consider the best and use pretty much exclusively with my PC via an adapter are the PS2 controllers.

(My PS3 DualShock controller needs no adapter and I can access the pressure sense data on the buttons too if I want, but I don't like the rocking L2/R2 buttons)

I pretty much avoid all Nintendo controllers (the Gamecube ones are for my brother's Wii and my Wii controller is for IR head-tracking experiments) because they always have a problem with wearing out too readily.

(It happened with every controller type I've owned. SNES buttons, N64 analog stick, and Gamecube analog stick. I haven't played Wii enough to know if the Nunchuck's stick wears out.)

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RE: Gaming
by Wafflez on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 10:02 in reply to "Gaming"
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2011-06-26

Oh my God, you should try another japanese RPG — Dark Souls.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pV5r4ePww8

Personally I think 90% of games are retarded and a time waste. But this game is simply amazing. So far it's the only game that actually made me feel emotions for NPCs. And it was the first fantasy world outside of books that I got drawn into.

And it achieved all that with less dialog or written lore than first Mass Effect scene. That's why I liked it - it's just a very solid framework with one or two key genius details that we get about characters, places and for the backstory we must fill with our own deductions. And our own deductions are not idiotic like Bioware's writings. ;) I mean Wolf Sif is just a wolf, but I felt sad for killing him. In any other game I would kill everyting FER EXPERIUNC POINTS, but I spared Crossbreed Priscilla when she asked to leave her alone. ;)

It's also a game that doesn't fuck around. Like in other games when someone says "despair" or start to panic, it just makes me facepalm and annoys, because game developers blow and they cannot portray any sense of doom, they just say that. But when you play Dark Souls and see "Despair" written by another player in Blighttown, you just nod and start crying. Atmosphere is amazing, it feels like a "place", not just some random colors in background.

play it

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RE[2]: Gaming
by anevilyak on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 14:08 in reply to "RE: Gaming"
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2005-09-14

If memory serves, he actually wrote a review on this site for its predecessor, Demon's Souls.

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RE: Gaming
by henderson101 on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 11:24 in reply to "Gaming"
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2006-05-30

Thom, do yourself a favour - if you have never played Shenmue, give it a go. It's only on Dreamcast, but there are a couple of emulators that run acceptably under Windows and it's not too hard to find the ISO's online. Playing Shenmue under emulation drove me to buy a Dreamcast and a copy of Shenmue 1 and 2. It's an iconic game, and really worth playing at least once in your life.

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RE[2]: Gaming
by grumpyoldman on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 16:25 in reply to "RE: Gaming"
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2012-10-08

Shenmue was awesome!

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RE[2]: Gaming
by robertson on Sat 23rd Mar 2013 05:56 in reply to "RE: Gaming"
robertson Member since:
2010-04-30

Shenmue was the best! I almost studied East Asian Languages and Cultures at college on account of that game.

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RE: Gaming
by Soulbender on Sat 23rd Mar 2013 03:24 in reply to "Gaming"
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2005-08-18

So, I decided to play Tales of Vesperia.


I really don't see how this relates to changing platforms. Playing a different kind of game (once) is not the same as switching platform.

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