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Re: Gaming thoughts of the day

sure is philosophy 101 in here, so how about some games? I'm really enjoying dead souls, the part with Majima is hilarious, the substories especially, it was a breath of fresh air after akiyama that started to feel a little boring and too serious in the end
by south carmain
Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:24 pm
 
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Re: Facebook

Just unsubscribe from updates from boring people, problem solved. It's useful for setting up events and such, something I do.

Peter, added ya'.
by Yama
Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:30 pm
 
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New York Renaissance Faire

http://www.renfair.com/ny/

Has anybody been there? The fair was pretty cool. Tons of mead and beer along with big turkey legs.

If your in the NY area, I suggest you check it out.

They had a guy to throw rotten tomatoes at, lots of archery, knife throwing, and axe throwing. It was just a great time.

Group photo.

http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p622/shengoro86/185074_10151227975441320_843705823_n.jpg

I'm holding the mead of course.
by shengoro86
Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:24 pm
 
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Re: Deletion/Moving of the Junk forum

AG Pete is right I changed the topic title I should have asked but now Pete has the power to change it back. He-Man! I was Skeletor Pete is He-Man. Hey my avatar and sig look like Skeletor. I must have Castle Greyskull back!




***MEANWHILE AT THE HALL OF JUSTICE***
by Bluecast
Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:38 pm
 
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Re: You crazy sexy SOBS What is on your minds!

This is such a bad ass track

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDAAp2qWMHI[/youtube]
by Who Really Cares?
Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:04 pm
 
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Re: You crazy sexy SOBS What is on your minds!

It's such a relief not seeing "Administration Control Panel" at the bottom of the page anymore.

Also dear god I'm hope I'm right but after all the people getting shit off their chests which is healthy and I got shit off my chest in a rebel without a cause fashion. Hopefully now things can be normal again.
by Bluecast
Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:43 pm
 
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Re: What movie are you watching right now?

@Peter Have you ever seen The Conversation? Enemy of the State references it enough that it almost seems like a sequel. Its not as fast paced or action oriented as Enemy of the State, but still a great film. If you haven't, Check it out!
by Rakim
Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:36 pm
 
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Re: Deletion/Moving of the Junk forum

I don't agree with everything AG says, but I can sympathize with his over all sentiment somewhat. I recognize the dojo less and less lately. Not even unmodding Ryudo, which everyone felt was the shinning silver bullet to all the problems and drama of the place has panned out quite like everyone may have expected if gaming thought a few days ago was any indication. I still see some deeply fractured cracks in the community that at best seem only obscured by the total overhaul. To be fair, I feel I must give kudos to Yama for trying so hard in what he feels are all great changes to the site. Passion to make things better is commendable even if ones views cannot always be reconciled with the same vision. Stagnation can just as easily cause as much harm as the wrong change. All the more so, that he would acknowledge and address concerns from animegamer rather than brushing such sentiments under the rug.

I just feel some what of a sting when I see an iconic board like the junk forum that has always been a part of the dojo up and deleted outright. It was never the most philosophical place of discussion, but I think it helped add to the over all flavor and personality of the place. It had qualities that are harder to quantify than something one can place on a spread sheet. When I was a moderator, I likely would have agreed with all of this. My view of perfection was total order. No clutter, no disorganization. Rules always enforced to the letter in a black and white interpretation of a terms of service. It's only now in my later years that I see some what of an intangible quality that is lost in the apparent squashing of any perceivable chaos.

In any event, the dye is cast and no ones opinion can halt change forever. Ryudo's staff departure marks a polarizing in the staffs resolve to overrule any form of dissension that contrasts the greater vision and is a reality we must all come to terms with if we are to stay. I am forced to consider the possibility that perhaps this is in fact the Shenmue Dojo as it was intended to be at this stage in it's life and members like Ryudo/Animegamer and myself are just relics of a begone era that are now the odd piece out in the new order, not the elements we now find alien to ourselves. Our dojo is now dead and a new dojo for a new generation has taken it's place. The last remnants of the old republic have been swept away. Such is the will of the Force. I would call upon animegamer and ryudo at this point to let the remainder of this matter go. There is no more to be further accomplished.
by Sonikku
Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:21 pm
 
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Re: Linux Users

I've just really started using Linux; I'm mainly using Fedora (although I have used Ubuntu), since Fedora's the closest (except for perhaps CentOS) to Red Hat.

Speaking of Red Hat, they very kindly (if slightly randomly) sent a cake to the office where I work today for a ten year anniversary.
by Ash
Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:14 pm
 
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Re: Shenmue Collections

Nice peter. Great stylish pic you sex machine.
Hows the quality? Worth it? Can you do a video review and some action shots on the go?
jk. I want one.
Yay or nay?
by Axm
Sat Sep 08, 2012 2:44 pm
 
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Re: Random Thoughts! v2.0

So, who's responsible for this: http://shenmuestare.blogspot.com/

I don't believe he's an active member here, but ShenmueStare is a good chap and has contributed heavily towards the #GiveYuTheShenmueLicense campaign. The more outlandish campaign videos were made by him.

Whilst I agree that not allowing gay marriage is stupid, I see logic behind it in that it will allow them the same rights to adopt as straight married couples. I honestly don't think it's fair on the kid, even if they turned out to be great parents. On the flip side though, I'm a human and am 'raising' a cat.

My views are somewhat the opposite. In regards to gay marriage, well it's not that I have a problem with it, but I just really can't work out why exactly gay people want to be married in say a traditional catholic manner for example. Those certain orthodox religious sects clearly have rejected gay people, so why would a gay person desire to take part in one their rituals? Gay people are already more or less entitled to all the same benefits as married couples, through having a civil partnership (at least over here). So, it's just that very traditional religious ritual that's missing, and as as I said, I can't quite understand why gay people would want to be a part of a ritual that's so intrinsic to a group of people who mostly outright reject them. I mean, if the church clearly doesn't want you to take part in one of it's old rituals, why bother wasting time complaining about it and trying to force them to let you? Does it not make more sense to have your own ritual and celebration that has nothing to do with that old fashioned section? As I said, I don't have a problem with it, but if the benefits are already equal why give a shit about a ritual?

I do support gay adoption though. The usual argument of "the kids will get bullied" is just such a weak one, in my opinion. Kids can get bullied for every and any reason you can possibly think of! They can get bullied due to having parents who are Jehovah's Witness, they can get bullied for having parents who are poor, parents who are Muslim. parents who are unemployed. Kids can bullied for ANYTHING! And gay couples are much more accepted these days anyway. I really wouldn't put any money on a random child from a random heterosexual parent family being any happier than a random child coming from a homosexual family. There are a LOT of kids that are in need a stable family home, and there aren't enough heterosexual couples willing to take them in. Do you really think growing being bounced around different temporary children's homes and foster families is in some way better than being raised under a stable pair of loving gay parents? It's not.
by mue 26
Sat Sep 08, 2012 7:08 pm
 
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Re: Things That Made You Laugh Today

A naked black man tearing up petrol station.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OY-Oe9yKVCM[/youtube]

They guy singing "black man don't care" had me in stiches! XD
by Martin
Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:10 am
 
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Re: Things That Made You Laugh Today

Who Really Cares? wrote:
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:lol: Webcam of Blue being demoted?
by KiBa
Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:03 pm
 
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Re: Shenmue 1080p

Are you using 104 r136? How's the emulation? Any major glitches? (hair etc.)

the 104 version is really good, but i'm using the old glitchy version for those screenshots

I love seeing Takumi post. An old time vet, who doesn't get enough credit.

Wude, first of all i dont mean to sound like an ass, because i have no idea of the technical aspect of it all. But that shot you posted may be a bad angle from my point of view. I mean for HD, its a bad shot. What i am looking at specifically is the doorway on the left, and the fact that you cannot make out the poster on the window of the door. If it was in true HD then you could. Also, look down the bottom of the street yea? You cannot really read the black katana on the lamp post sign. Again that, to me, should be pretty sharp. I mean the SEGA sign at the top has came out awful.

Sorry again i dont mean to bash work i dont know who to create, but i just think theres a lot going on in that pic that it hasnt came off too well as HD. Or maybe its the snowflakes throwing the focus off, i dunno. But typing that has just made me hope and pray that this is the reason Shenmue HD is taking so long to come along!!

i see what you mean, and i love to get feedback, i can't change low res textures but the sharpness problem is caused by using a special filter, here is the original pic ;-)

http://i.imgur.com/JRaep.jpg
by wude
Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:45 am
 
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Re: Shenmue 1080p

Peter wrote: I love seeing Takumi post. An old time vet, who doesn't get enough credit.


Thanks mate. :)

I'm going to spend a bit of time with 104 today, see if it's any better than the last build I used.
by Takumi
Sun Sep 09, 2012 1:16 pm
 
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Re: Shenmue in CryEngine

Peter wrote:Have you finished Shenmue 3 yet Wude? Been waiting patiently, almost 10 years like.......

Not yet, too busy browsing the dojo :lol:
by wude
Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:51 pm
 
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Re: Post a PM

The VGM wrote:?
Sent: Mon Jan 31, 2005 11:44 pm
From: The VGM
To: Martin


You're a white nerd.


This is the oldest PM in my box, and probably the best. :lol:
by Martin
Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:13 pm
 
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Ace Attorney 5.

Ace Attorney 5 is basically being developed by the Investigations team. Takumi (the writer for Ace Attorney 1-4) will not have a major role in the development.

It will come out on 3DS.

Already confirmed for a Western release, however there are currently no release dates for any country.

Phoenix will be the main character, but Eshiro (the producer) has a made a point of the fact that Apollo Justice has not been retconned.

Some minor plot points released as publicity:

There will be a new side-kick; Maya is apparently in training in Kurain.

This game will take place one year after Apollo Justice.

The first case will be about a bombing in the Courthouse.

Payne's younger brother is the first prosecutor.

The theme of the story is "dark days for the law"; this is following from Phoenix's comment in case four of Apollo Justice.

The chain on Phoenix's jacket is from the locket that has Trucy's picture in it.

There will be more information released during TGS.
by Ash
Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:26 pm
 
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Re: Shenmue in CryEngine

:eekwtf: Isn't the piggy in Fuku-San's room?
by Yokosuka Martian
Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:09 pm
 
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Re: Yakuza series

Perhaps, but its my free choice to do so. If you disagree with thats fine, of course you are entitled to disagree. But dont disrespect my decision to do so by using it to claim that i dont like playing video games when thats not the case at all. You are wrong on that one.
This is exactly what I said to you:

I'm sorry , Peter, but it seems you simply don't like video games per se.
There is nothing disrespectful in that and I was merely saying how it seems to me.
by Dorian
Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:15 pm
 
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Re: The Last Of Us

After seeing the initial convention demos and, especially, the newest trailer put up on PSN:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBjQZP_rp5E

...I'm totally sold.
I think I'll be trying to do a media blackout on this like I did with Uncharted 3. I don't want to see anything else until I actually play the game.
by OL
Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:06 pm
 
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Re: Oddest Food You Had (Or Wanna Try)

^Yeah I had that in the US and also thought it tasted like chicken. It's weird all these animals are pretty rare to eat in the UK or certain parts of the US while we happily eats cows, sheep and chickens.
by Riku Rose
Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:08 pm
 
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Re: The Shenmue Dojo - 10th Anniversary Video & Members Gall

I take that as a compliment. I'm hoping you mean Noel Gallagher not one of the Japanese girls :lol:
by Rakim
Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:47 pm
 
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Re: Random Thoughts! v2.0

The Killers are awesome
by Yokosuka Martian
Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:41 pm
 
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Re: Help buying a Tablet PC

The Tab 2 I can only really find for just under £199. It's 195 here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0080OY3H4/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&psc=1&s=computers

Should you go with that Samsung are doing a cash back offer meaning you get £30 back bringing it down to £165. I recently did a cash back offer with them on a laptop and got it no hassle it just took awhile. You need to buy it by the end of the month.

http://www.samsung.com/uk/tab2cashback/?pid=uk_promotion_home_banner5_tab2promo_20120802

Should you shop at Tesco you can get it for £198 plus the £30 cash back but also 1000 clubcard points.

http://www.tesco.com/direct/special-offer/extra-1000-clubcard-point-with-samsung-galaxy-tab-2-7-free-delivery/promo14130080.promo

John Lewis also do it for the same price but you get a free 2 year warranty over the one year everyone else offers.

If you want I can look for some offers on the Nexus.
by Riku Rose
Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:21 pm
 
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Re: Your favorite SEGA Console

Genesis/Megadrive easily.
Never had a Saturn, but I've looked through its library of games many times, and there are still only a scant few gems that really catch my attention. And the Dreamcast is great, and has a few of the greatest exclusives ever, but I think the system gets built-up a little too much by "cult" gamers these days as some kind of golden shining moment in gaming history, going on about some kind of nonexistent "cohesion" between the various Sega-made games in its library and whatnot. But at the end of the day, I just see it as another gaming console with only a small few games that truly appeal to me. Granted, some of those games are among the greatest ever made, but the amount of them is far too small for me to give much credit to the DC itself.

The Genesis is pure gold, though. The original Sonic games are near perfection, and the system is home to a huge host of brilliantly fun titles.
Rocket Knight Adventures, Ranger X, Shining Force, Wings of Wor, Comix Zone, Gunstar Heroes, Flashback, Shinobi III, Bonanza Brothers, Target Earth, Landstalker, Phantasy Star series, Alisia Dragoon, Beyond Oasis, Rolling Thunder series, Uncharted Waters and New Horizons... the list goes on and on.
So many games with so few negative points to them.
More than almost any other era of gaming, the 16-bit era was all about good, simple fun . And the Genesis/MD was absolutely exemplary of that.
by OL
Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:10 pm
 
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Re: QTE Champ! [XBLI]

I'm going to buy this tonight! I loved QTE Excite 2. Any chance for QTE Title???

It's in development!

When it's done and ready for release, I'll make a thread with a gameplay video. When it's actually released, I'll make sure to let you and the rest of the forum know. And I'll be here with download codes to giveaway as well.

Thanks for the support. Sincerely, I mean it.
by mseifullah
Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:46 pm
 
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Re: Shenmue 1080p

Started with getting Wide Screen HD images of Shenmue 2. Here's the first 2 I took.

3 Blades St.

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Pop Ice Cream

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by wdrpgwd
Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:09 am
 
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Re: Shenmue 1080p

Where??? I didnt see any, or is this an insiders tip?

Also, for someone who is supposed to be a huge Shemmue fan, i have NEVER been in Pop Ice Cream!! :-O

ah just saw people reposting the ones from march and may.

Wonder if it'll get announced leading up to sonic adventure 2 or after. I'm thinking its going to happen though. To be completely honest, I think Jet set Radio is a bit more of a niche thing then shenmue. Think about it, most JSR/JSRF communities are just folded into other ones. Shenmue communities have been born, become popular, lost people, died, and other sites have popped up. I mean shit, the Dojo has been around and active for years. If they've tapped a community significantly smaller then ours for money, it makes sense they'll try and make a dash for our wallets as well.

(and I say let them, milk me like the milky holsteen I am, moooooooooooo)
by Segata Sanshiro Jr.
Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:58 am
 
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Re: Things That Made You Laugh Today

May I just say that this might be the greatest thread I've ever seen on a forum. You guys rock, and it's nice to be able to post again.

:)
by Martin
Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:41 am
 
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Re: Gaming thoughts of the day

Gah. I will try it tomorrow. I started a brand new Shenmue game instead. Still all i can say is i am still fucking blown away. Its almost HD clear like, how unrealised was this damn game, and console! FUCK if anyone on here hasnt played Shenmue through a VGA box on a LCD TV, do yourself a favor and just get it all! The hair on the characters is so individual and crisp, fuck you can even see the jagged edges on the snowflakes!! Unreal, i am just floored, i have never seen Shenmue like this :shock:

Recorded using a Dreamcast VGA cable.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmMo88cDYe0
by Ziming
Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:43 pm
 
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Re: So whatever happened to...

1. "Save the best til last". It really is the most talked about game of the Dreamcasts tenure. Wether you loved it or hated, it it still got people talking. Someone severely hating Shenmue and thinking its boring is as valuable to me in terms of its legacy because its as much an emotion given towards it, so its re-release will be the most talked about game from the Dreamcasts list of games. Also, its easily the biggest game, in terms of size, following, and legacy so its a good game to possibly be the last Dreamcast title to be released, at least for a sustained period of time.

I don't see it as the same thing. I know 'any publicity is good publicity', but in the gaming world this generally only equates to controversy. Something like GTA or Manhunt kicking up a stick, thereby generating interest, thereby boosting sales. If Shenmue is known as a shit game, that will not encourage sales.

2. The bigger and more logical reason of the two for me, is that it surely will take a long time to upscale this entire game, both visually and audibly. All of the items, locations, characters...... i mean if you forget how huge Shenmue is, just spend your first day in the Hazuki household and try to lift every possible item, explore every possible room and also open every cupboard. I did it last night, and i didnt get to visit Fukuhara in the dojo until 9.45pm. This game is huge. Fact. Having to sit and go through its entirety will be no easy feat, and also not one that can be achieved overnight.

I don't think the graphical 'upscale' is really much of an issue. If you look at the existing Dreamcast HD re-releases, the only actual work done to the graphics is in the fonts/menus and so forth. All that is done to the game itself is that the framebuffer is told to spit out rasters at 1920 × 1080 or 1280×720, rather than 640 x 480, which was the SD 4:3 that the Dreamcast version would have been coded for.

I'm sure it's not quite that simple, but it's not a big issue. Sure, they'll have had to tinker with the graphics engine in some instances so that geometry is rendered all the way out to the edges of the 16:9 aspect, but that's about it. I guess in Crazy Taxi HD they had to do new textures for stores and stuff, because the licence to include KFC and GAP etc had expired. But Shenmue doesn't have any real-world IPs or anything that'd need to be changed.

Redo the fonts and menus in HD, make sure the graphics engine can deal with the widescreen aspect, rasterise the graphics at HD rather than SD. Done.

The audio of Shenmue (not VA work) is what doesnt age as well as the rest of the game. I have been playing Shenmue again with a VGA box and LCD TV and it looks as close to HD as you could get, but you can tell the quality of the audio isnt up there, especially with gaming headphones on. Again,this is something that will take some time. Add to that, if they are also going to include both native VA with subtitles, as so many fans have requested. Again more time.

I agree with you, here. The soundtrack is beautiful, and the music needn't change. A lot of the sound effects are quite low-fi, though. I actually would include the VO in this assessment. So a decision would need to be made; leave as it is, or redo this stuff. In my opinion, this would mean redoing all the voice work as well. I'd be fine just leaving the sound how it is, personally.

Then there is also additional features that Sega would surely want to incorporate into the game. First thing that comes to mind is the difference of todays controllers compared to the Dreamcast controller, namely a second analogue stick. Obviously for Shenmue, this would be used as a camera stick, and some sort of freedom camera development would have to be organised. If this is to be a double planned release, then not only would i say it would take double the time to do so, but id say it would take more than double the time for it all to be finished.

Well, the 'free camera on right stick' thing was already implemented into Shenmue II Xbox. So not exactly a new feature, or a headache. It's already been done in Shenmue.

I do believe that Shenmue has been in development for DLC. I also feel that Ben Harborne was more or less announcing this with his interviews earlier in the year. I have watched the two interviews a load of times, and in the first, he practically couldnt wait to say Shenmue. In the second interview, he made a slight joke about it with his facial features. I still maintain its coming. Just gotta be patient.

I'm in two minds about this, personally. While it could be seen as clandestine confirmation, it could also just be the Sega are eminently aware of Shenmue's fierce little fanbase. We love our game, and over the years we've clung to to any pathetic glimmer of hope as if it were confirmation. After all these years, I still can't go on Kotaku without feeling betrayed.

I would personally just see it as a nod to the Shenmue fans, that they haven't forgotten it or us. It's clear that a lot of people within Sega love Shenmue, but it's a financial-minefield. Pretty much nobody cares about Shenmue except it's creators and relatively small base of fans. It's like the The Grim Fandango in that respect. Awesome game, fiercely loyal little fanbase. Not much else.

It's for that reason that I'm loathe to see Harborne's comments as anything near to confirmation. He confirmed nothing. At most, I would personally say that his comments confirm that certain people within the company are looking for any way they can release Shenmue HD without losing money. In my opinion, that would mean fairly basic ports in the style of Jet Set Radio HD with nothing done to them except HD fonts and menus. If we're lucky - online leaderboards for the arcade machines.

I believe nobody would buy it except the fans, and for that reason, if we do get it, it's not going to be all remade up to top-notch standards. It's going to be as basic a port as they can get away with.

I'm fine with that, too. I just want Shenmue again. I've gone through enough Dreamcasts now to not ever want to bother with them again. I've got my two favourite games gathering dust. It's been years now since I've played Shenmue. To play it again in HD, widescreen on my reliable console which works all the time without giving me any bullshit would be wonderful, and I think that's probably the market for any Shenmue HD.
by Martin
Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:07 pm
 
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Re: So whatever happened to...

:lol:

Christ sakes bud, i will buy you a Dreamcast if you want.

Hah, you're OK. If I do buy another one, it'll be to make my Satcast.

Also i am not technically minded in how these games are developed, but i still think that due to the overall size of Shenmue (it is the biggest game on the DC) that it will take quite a while.

Well basically, simply upping screen resolution is essentially no effort at all. When I say 'rasterising' I'm referring to how the frames are converted from polygonal vectors into raster graphics; i.e. pixels. This is the last stage of the rendering pipeline, and is done so that your TV/monitor (a raster device) can display the image. Rasterising eats up fillrate, and higher resolutions demand more powerful hardware.

Ergo, in these Dreamcast HD offerings where all the textures and models remain completely untouched, the 'extra work' to display the game in HD resolutions is being done by the hardware, not the developers. They simply have to change the line of code in the rendering pipeline to tell its to render at 720p or whatever instead of 480i.

There are other things they have to do, such as redoing the fonts and menus. These would look bad in HD, since they'd either be tiny and unreadable, or take up their original amount of screen space (by scaling them), but be very pixellated. I suppose in the latter instance they could employ a filter to smooth the pixels, but this generally produces less-than-ideal results. A HD re-release (notice I'm not using the word 'remake') done right would at least have remade fonts and menus.

The biggest thing would be making the game run on new architecture. The Dreamcast code itself wouldn't just work on 360 and PS3. The latter two have PowerPC-based CPUs, whilst the Dreamcast CPU is SuperH-based. Both are grounded in RISC, but there would be many differences. They'd be reprogramming a lot of the language calls so that everything works. They'd probably emulate the Dreamcast for tiny chunks of the codebase in order to make some jobs easier.

Then there'd be the differences between 360 and PS3. Former has DirectX API, latter has a variant of OpenGL. They'd develop it primarily for one (probably 360), then use wrappers to emulate API calls on the other one.

In short: most of the real work would be nothing to do with the graphics as such, but stuff under the hood.

The only reason i place so much emphasis on Harbornes interview though, was his openness in regards to mentioning Shenmue, in regards to a Sega standpoint. If any employee from Sega was questioned about Shenmue, they seemed to have had a well rehersed response, or even none at all. But Harborne wasnt even provoked to say Shenmue, he was asked a generic question which he could have answered in any way at all.

Personally, I'd say that just amounts to 'hearing what you want to hear'. I'd love to be wrong, though!
by Martin
Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:58 pm
 
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Re: QTE Champ! [XBLI]

I bought a copy! :D
by James
Sun Sep 16, 2012 5:02 pm
 
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Re: Random Thoughts! v2.0

Finally have a permanent place to stay. Trying to get the school thing sorted out for Fall and also signed up for little jobs for voice acting and set work. Hope I get callbacks on those.

Also been going through PMs that critique the DEUX script. You guys know who you are, your input about the whole story has been nothing short of invaluable. I did a sweep and now i'm at the final leg of this four year monster. At page 82, can't wait to change that ending!
by Kenny
Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:45 pm
 
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Re: Random Thoughts! v2.0

Watch it every Christmas Eve without fail. Fucking brilliant film, and the humour's only rivalled by Blind Pierre's scene in Treasure Island. One thing that always pissed me off though...

"Do people play games at Christmas?"
"I love games!"

HE DIDN'T ASK THAT, NOW ANSWER THE FUCKING QUESTION YOU THIRTY FOOT PEDO!!!
by MiTT3NZ
Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:42 pm
 
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Re: Random Thoughts! v2.0

Like Petes new av.


Dear god.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TRBwKFfJv4[/youtube]
by Who Really Cares?
Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:29 pm
 
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Shenmue Picture Extravaganza!

Welcome to the Shenmue Picture Extravaganza! Rules are simple:

Found something that truly speaks to you? That screams Shenmue? Take a picture of it!

All entries are welcome until October 22, that's one month from today yo!

Together, as a community, we will vote on our favorite pictures and the winners will receive some pretty sweet prizes! Word.

So go out there and take those pictures.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQyBS5QK3GM
by Thief
Sat Sep 22, 2012 4:39 pm
 
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Re: Shenmue Picture Extravaganza!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/264379_3972094414174_1789006619_n.jpg

....My hoodie looks like Ryo's jacket :rotflmao:

Did I mention I'm also carrying a backpack? It might not be green, but... Oh yeah and I felt like I was hiking through Guilin. I did see a couple of Asians walking up with me and taking pictures, so that helped matters.
by Yokosuka Martian
Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:39 pm
 
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Re: TWITTER

Ok
by Bluecast
Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:57 pm
 
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Re: TWITTER

MiTT3NZ wrote: Yeah, just been PMin Riku about our next bullying strategy...


Pete is going to be so pissed when he get's to the airport and finds out we canceled his Australia tickets.
by Riku Rose
Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:19 pm
 
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Re: Few tech ????? Suggestions wanted

If you get a tablet make it the Nexus 7 or Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

If you get one of those you can skip the smartphone. Or vise versa. Getting a tablet imo is a luxury on top of a smartphone if youre tight on money.
by Axm
Sat Sep 29, 2012 5:37 pm
 
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Re: Things That Made You Laugh Today

Watching the Yanks smiles leave their faces bit by bit as they lost the Ryder Cup.
by Who Really Cares?
Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:55 am
 
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Re: What Game/Games Are You Currently Playing?

As some of you know, I have been playing GoldenEye 007: Reloaded on PS3. I'm now about halfway through the campaign (decent size game!). I'll just get it over with now; it's not earth-shatteringly revolutionary like the N64 classic is. It's an all-round solid shooter, with great poroduction-values, and the shooting feels great. There's a sense of 'fun' in the shooting that I'll get into. In this game, it's really fun to gun people down!

Now, I've been playing on 007 Classic difficulty, which emulates the N64 original settings of no health-regeneration and sparodic, hidden body armour. There might be two, maybe three in each level. All added objectives. I wanted the give the game the best chance I could give it. No regenerating health on it's own is quite a big difference, in addition to the hardest difficulty (AI are crack shots).

On a few levels, I was too careless in the early stages, and laboured on through the rest of the level with a spec of health, living off my body armour. Having to be extremely stealthy, eliminating cameras, shooting guards silently in the head. Just about scraping past the finish line alive. Had I been as careful in the early stages, the home stretch would have been way easier.

I digress. The point is, that reminded me of the N64 game. It's a good feeling to have eked your way through a level on three bar because of a careless mistake early on. That tension, then sense of relief as you complete that level. The AI on 007 Classic will kick your ass if you're not careful, as well.

What doesn't remind me of the N64 classic are the levels, and the mechanics. It's not all bad news, either. Gone are the N64 GoldenEye controls, in come COD copy-pasta mechanics. Sounds grim, I know, but it's actually not. Although it controls the same, I've actually heard it doesn't run on any COD engine/variant at all, but a proprietary one from Eurocom. Easy mistake. Controls the same, runs at 60fps.

It's not actually the same as COD to play , though. All those skills will be useful (007 even as the 'snap-on aim' from going out of and into RDS). The game itself is slower, though. Not much, but it's palpable. The shooting feels oddly different from COD. Again, not bad. Different. I have to say, this game has some of the most fun shooting in-game! People falling over railings all the time, destructible environments (cover gets worn down). It's a blast.

The other difference is levels. They're not completely linear lines filled with cutscene markers like COD is, but we're not really talking the playground-esque trappings of the N64 classic, either. There, you were given (a sometimes huge) area, told to complete x amount of objectives, and sometimes one or two no-nos ('Minimise scientist casualties' etc). It was up to you what route you took through the level and what order you did everything in.

Here, it's more mini, interconnected areas. You might start on the top floor of an office complex. You might head for the objective (waypoint marker.. joy), or you might explore an often surprisingly large amount of optional rooms, etc. These searches often yield Janus symbols (shoot them for some reason), weapon crates, and if you're lucky.. blessed body armour.

There's usually some bullshit thing that happens when you go from one major area to the next which makes it impossible for you to go to the previous area of the same level. So you better make sure you search everything your side of the waypoint marker if you want to complete all those objectives! You might lose one to a self-locking door. Cunt. Then there's the radar, which shows you where all the bad guys are.

That's probably all the bad things. The area thing is just a result of how games are more cinematic, now. The radar isn't bad, either, I guess. It promotes stealthy gameplay. This game actually reminds me of Black on PS2, believe it or not! Same general sense of 'awesome' and similar structuring of levels. As I said before, the shooting is very fun!

This game rewards you for being a good marksman more than most. Now, a quick kill with a silenced weapon doesn't alert anyone to your presence, unless they were in close proximity to the recently-deceased. Headshots are a one-hit kill even on 007 Classic difficulty. The controls are smooth, and shooting the guns feels great.

The best part about the shooting is the fucking Bond audio cues that the game rewards you with for being badass! A headshot gives the player a gratifying 'crack' sound. A headshot from your silenced PP9 gives that same sound, and an addition Bond music cue. Two guys near talking to each other. You headshot one in said fashion, get said audio treat, you quickly (and silently) kill the other one quick enough before he alerts anyone, you get another badass bit of music!

In other words, it feels great to be Bond in this game, even if it doesn't feel like the N64 game it has stolen the identity of. The game lets you know that you're living up to the Bond persona when you pull off nice shots. It's not things the game is telling you to do, either. Eurocom build good shooters. In fact, this isn't even their first Bond FPS. Their first was on the N64! Anyway, that I compare it to Black isn't an insult. Black was a totally badass game.

So if you liked Black, wouldn't mind a very similar thing with current-gen graphics and James Bond accoutrements.. get this game! Even if not, consider it if you fancy shooting some stuff. It's like playing COD, bit a little slower with slightly 'heavier' guns. The enemies often die in comedy ways, and cheesy movie set-pieces, explosions everywhere at times, etc. All with Bond characters, music and stuff.

It's pretty awesome. Just don't expect it to be the N64 game. If you imagined a Black 2, canned and reskinned as Bond.. you wouldn't be far off!

Edit: The other bad thing is the load times. They're not horrendous , but they aren't nice and snappy. In COD when you die, you're generally back in the saddle in moments. In this, it might have to load for ten or fitteen seconds. A problem if you're stuck on one bit.
by Martin
Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:53 pm
 
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