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  2. 7th Dragon 2020 - Complete Guide

    7th Dragon 2020 is an RPG for the PSP 287 pgs published December 28, 2011
  3. Ore no shikabane wo koete yuke (Over My Dead Body) is an RPG for the PlayStation. (Its sequel was released in the US as Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines for the PS Vita.) This guide covers a newer version of the game released for the PSP in 2011. 431 pgs published December 10, 2011
  4. Ore no shikabane wo koete yuke (Over My Dead Body) is an RPG for the PlayStation. (Its sequel was released in the US as Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines for the PS Vita.) 303 pgs published June 1, 2000
  5. Dai sōdatsu!! Legend Card is a collectible card battle game for mobile devices (released in the US as Legend Cards) 78 pgs published August 4, 2011
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  7. Artbook for Senjō no Varukyuria 3, a tactical RPG for the PSP. 255 pgs published November 24, 2011
  8. Artbook for Senjō no Varukyuria 2: Garia ōritsu shikan gakkō ( lit. Valkyria of the Battlefield 2: Gallian Royal Military Academy), a tactical RPG for the PSP (released in the US as Valkyria Chronicles II) 303 pgs published October 8, 2010
  9. Western games in Japan

    Well, of course the place to find such information would have to be a Japanese website. But I've never come across such a list anywhere, probably because no one in Japan is interested enough in non-Japanese games to make a list of them. I do find it interesting that people can so readily accept the idea that almost all Western games are somehow inherently unappealing to Japanese sensibilities. Hell, it may even be true, which is even more interesting. Because while it's true that some of the most popular Japanese genres like dating sims and visual novels are never going to penetrate Western markets as anything more than niche titles, we obviously DO import quite a few Japanese games with great success. Are Westerners just more open to different types of games? For the longest time, just about the only success story I can recall were the PS1 Crash Bandicoot games. I was never a fan, but they sold really well in Japan for some reason. Recently Minecraft has done very well and is without a doubt the most popular Western game (of the top 25 best selling games in Japan from 2016, only 2 were non-Japanese, and both were Minecraft.) Other recent games targeting older audiences like GTA 5 and Call of Duty (fill-in-the-blank) have done respectably, if nowhere near the level of success they have elsewhere in the world. The best-selling non-Japanese game of 2017 thus far is Ghost Recon Wildlands which has sold 209,000 copies in 30 weeks (#1 overall is Dragon Quest XI with 1,762,000 copies in 10 weeks).
  10. What do you use to watch media in your living room

    Same. My PC is a lot newer than yours (I buy a new laptop every 2 years or so), but otherwise the same. Just a laptop hooked to a monitor and an array of 7 external drives to hold all of my stuff.
  11. Net Neutrality and Zero Rating

    Title II regulations was applied to broadband service providers in 2015. The discussion at hand, at least initially it seemed, was on the subject of Pai's attempt to repeal those regulations. To my understanding, this would prevent the FCC from exercising any authority over your ISP (well, my ISP anyway) if they chose to really put the screws to their customers. I could spend a LOT of time looking into the finer points of this discussion, but when you have the telecom industry on one side of the argument, and everyone from content producers, to non-profits, to open source developers, to civil rights advocates, on the other side of the argument, it's pretty obvious to me which side of the argument is motivated by profit, and which is motivated by free speech and the exercise of it. I have nothing against the free market, I'm actually a huge supporter of it, as I stated in my last post. That said, I don't believe the internet is something that belongs to a select few companies either, no matter how much they may invest in infrastructure. Let's address one of my main points, that the ISP has no right to modify bandwidth to any particular website. Forgive me if I'm misunderstood here, but this is Zero Rating, in a nutshell: ISP provides access to X page, with no impact on your bandwidth allowance, while accessing Y page does have an impact on your allowance. This will have the result of the majority of the ISP's customers accessing X page rather than Y page. To me, this is an anti-competitive practice. I'm not fond of such large companies having such control over what is available to the user. To be both gate keeper and producer / provider of content seems an ethical conflict of interest, as you will use your ability to direct as much traffic as you can to sites you own, and hinder traffic headed to sites you don't own.
  12. Call me old fashioned, but I understood very little of your post. Not that I'm a technophobe, but I haven't been around anyone who does this sort of thing in a long time. For the last... 11 years now? I've simply used my pc attached to my tv. Current setup is literally an 11 year old pc, with wireless keyboard and mouse. No cords, no fuss, no issues, apart from modern media requiring a bit more muscle than my computer has. As far as the software side of things, stuff is organized via folders that suit my needs on the computer, through windows. Hell, I don't even know what version of windows I have haha. Use VLC media player, it handles just about everything nicely.
  13. Western games in Japan

    I don't know that you'd ever find the info you're looking for here bud. Sounds to me like a niche subject of a niche role of the available entertainment in Japan? Not that I don't find it an interesting concept, I just wouldn't know where to even begin looking. I wonder if it wasn't largely due to a lack of marketing, as I believe you mentioned. I mean, a western developer makes a game, with US sensibilities in mind, why bother trying to sell it across the ocean, if your target audience is right there? Might have been difficult to convince management of the value of exporting games to Japan. Didn't know that Japan still did sports games, or at least I never really thought about it. Not my favorite genre, but I do remember some of the sports titles from Japan back in the SNES / Genesis era. Are there any big western titles that have done well in Japan? Perhaps we could start a list here...
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  15. Artbook for Senjō no Varukyuria (released in the US as Valkyria Chronicles), a tactical RPG for the PlayStation 3. 400 pgs published January 20, 2010
  16. This is an artbook for 7th Dragon, and RPG for the Nintendo DS. 239 pgs published October 1, 2009
  17. This is an art/reference book for End of Eternity (released in the US as Resonance of Fate), an RPG for the PS3 and XBox 360. 175 pgs published June 11, 2010
  18. This is an artbook/databook for Steins;Gate, a visual novel for the Xbox360. 128 pgs published February 26, 2010
  19. @KillerInstinct @rstrax Ah nice, I'm familiar with @DynamiteComics. They've done many cool adaptations of movies an…

  20. I am currently looking around and researching what the best device is to use to play my media in my living room. When I first started doing this, I had the simple WD TV HD Live. It was slow and ugly, but it worked. Then I got the model up, which looked a bit nicer and had WiFi, but was still ugly unless you created thumbnail images for every file and folder. Then I funded the EzeeCube on Indiegogo and was happy with it for a while, until it just stopped working and basically needed me to take out the hard drive, reformat it, and start from scratch. And then needed me to do this yet again. I have yet tried to set it up with a different drive. It also doesn't help that the company is basically gone, and promises of a return have so far been empty. After dealing with that headache, I set up a Raspberry Pi 3 with LibreElec and Kodi, and combined with a Flirc so I could use my Harmony remote, it worked great for several months. Until it crashed. After that, half the buttons on the remote wouldn't register. I tried another board, I tried another install, An older version, a newer version; same deal. The remote will work fine for a bit, and then suddenly for no apparent reason, some of the buttons stop working. If I put the Flirc into my Surface Pro and use it with Kodi on there, it works perfectly fine. Then if I put it back in the Pi, it works perfectly fine. Needless to say, this is a huge hassle. So I am looking for something that will just work without me needing to babysit it or constantly tweak it so it will keep working. I am convinced that a DIY solution running on a version of Linux with Kodi is going to be nothing but a hassle. So at the moment I am looking into the Nvidia Shield TV, and an Intel NUC. I know the Shield runs some sort of variant of Linux, but it's basically plug and play. And I like the idea of a NUC because the Windows version of Kodi seems to always just work, it has an IR receiver so my remote will work with it, and it can be a proper computer in the living room. The startup cost is quite high though. So what does everyone else use? And how do you have your media organized? All mine is on my NAS and is stream to the living room through the Pi over ethernet. And do you use Kodi, or something else like Plex? Plex isn't as pretty as Kodi, but it's more "set it and forget it", which I like. My NAS isn't powerful enough to do any transcoding, so I won't be able to access stuff outside my home or over WiFi if it's 1080p video, but that's fine with me. I watched a video comparing Plex on six devices, including the Shield, NUC, Xbox One, and three others. Sadly, it was very slow on the Xbox One, which is a shame because if it was any good I could just use it as my media box since it has a Plex app (NUC was the best, followed by the Shield).
  21. E-day's Work In Progress

    You did not, but I can understand why; it's awesome Have I mentioned lately how much I hate editing posters? It seems like no matter what, I can never get it super perfect. It takes me about 3-4 hours to scan one Nintendo Power on my Canon flatbed. I am sure if I didn't scan as TIFF and lowered the resolution, and didn't scan it as a magazine it would go much faster. But why sacrifice quality?
  22. Net Neutrality and Zero Rating

    I think it's worse in Canada. Not including public broadcasters like CBC and Radio-Canada, individual provincial public channels, and APTN, almost all the television and radio stations are owned by Bell Media, Rogers Communications, and Corus Entertainment. And I think Internet is even less, with Bell and Rogers being the two major "owners (having invested the most), though Vidéotron basically replaces Rogers in Quebec as the major player, and out west Telus has a large presence.
  23. This art book contains the official illustrations for the PS2 action RPG Shining Wind 160 pgs published August 31, 2007
  24. This art book contains the official illustrations for the PS2 RPG Shining Tears, including those done for promotional materials and magazines. 132 pgs published March 7, 2005
  25. Net Neutrality and Zero Rating

    The repeal of Title II regulations in 2015 was not a handout to ISP's. It was set into motion in the 30's to regulate Bell telephones from controlling the entire market. It was also a law designed for public utilities such as electricity, railroads and water and never designed for something dynamic as broadband internet. In fact the Obama era FCC decided to classify broadband as common carriers in 2015 so as to simplify the means of enacting net neutrality which resulted in regulation becoming worse rather than better. It also had the unintended consequence of shielding broadband providers from the FTC's authority over online privacy. Futhermore, implying that chairman Pai has colluded and conspired for what I would assume in you're mind would be power and financial rewards is a baseless claim. Pai has consistently supported the basic principles of net neutrality: ISPs should not be allowed to block specific legal websites or devices, intentionally slow some traffic to benefit others, misrepresent their network management practices or otherwise behave in conduct long-considered anti-competitive in American law. Right now 6 companies own about 90% of the media business in US: News Corp, Disney, Viacom, CBS, Time Warner and Comcast. Only 7 companies own the internet backbone in the US. They are UUNET, Level 3, Verizon, AT&T, Qwest, Sprint and IBM. Many people purchase their internet access from smaller ISP's who purchase their bandwidth from the larger companies. I have long supported's goal of keeping the larger companies from dictating to these smaller ISP's how much speed, how many gigabytes of data they allow and most importantly how much they have to charge. These have been long hard battles through the years and alot of them have been won although it is not over.
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