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Dear Jack Thompson...
 
  

03/29/08 @ 07:47:20 pm, Categories: Baka-chan vs. The Gaming Community, Baka-chan on Games, 562 words, 1039 views  

Now that I have your attention…

I don’t like you personally. I find your conduct to be deplorable. You are impulsive, ill-mannered, and occasionally quite juvenile. All this aside, I can’t help but want to ask some straight forward questions, out of curiosity. Because I don’t think you put your best foot forward a lot of the time. A lot of the things you say or do border on absurdity, and I can’t imagine you have gotten so far in life being only that way…so what changed?

Believe it or not, there ARE some things we agree on. Rap music is vile crap, and I don’t like the kinds of messages that most of it contains. I also don’t believe that minors should be allowed to play mature video games. I don’t think many of them should be allowed to access a lot of the internet, either…but that’s a fight for another time.

I think the major difference in our views is that you think that the game companies are responsible. And I think the responsibility is more personal. Not literally ‘personal responsibility’ because I don’t think it’s fair for kids to be bombarded with ads for the latest mature videogame, hear about how it’s so great from everyone, and then be expected to force themselves not to buy it.

Videogames have a ratings system. It’s SUPPOSED to prevent mature games from being sold to minors, and last time I checked, it’s the policy of most games retailers to try and enforce that. So, where does that leave us? The kids either buy the game online, or have their parents buy it for them at retail. (Since they need their parents’ credit card to buy online, it’s the same thing anyway…)

So, if a parent goes in to Gamestop and buys Grand Theft Auto IV for 12 year old little Jimmy, who’s at fault? Unless I am mistaken, you say it’s Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games’ fault. Why is that? Now, if little Jimmy went in and managed to buy it himself, who’s fault would it be? It should be Gamestop’s, shouldn’t it? They’re not supposed to sell him a Mature-rated game. It’s not the game companies’ fault, because their game isn’t illegal in any way, and it is rated in a way that if everyone else is doing their jobs, little Jimmy shouldn’t be able to have it.

Let’s take games out of the equation altogether.

‘Little’ Jimmy is 19 now. He can buy all the mature games he wants, but right now, he wants some beer. If a clerk isn’t doing their job properly, and sells him the beer despite being underage, the clerk and/or the store is in trouble. Likewise, if he got someone of legal age to buy it for him, that person would be in trouble. Not the beer company.

See how similar the situations are? It doesn’t make any sense to treat games differently. Instead of trying to punish videogame companies for exercising their first amendment rights*, wouldn’t it make more sense pushing for parents and retailers to adhere to the rating system already in place to keep little Jimmy from buying the game?

* I do not make any sort of moral judgment here about these games… Quite honestly, I don’t like them either… But for completely different reasons. They’re just not fun for me.

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A week in Adobe Illustrator
 
  

03/23/08 @ 09:28:31 am, Categories: Life of Baka, Pretty Pictures, Random Randomness, 292 words, 2008 views  

As I’m sure you all know, one of my functions on this planet is that of a graphic designer. As such, I have a certain affinity for Adobe software. I love vector-based graphics. So clean, elegant, and unlimited resolution, almost without any kind of overhead.

Adobe Illustrator is one of my favorite programs, period. I can, in a short period of time, churn out all sorts of craziness.

One of my ‘Damn I’m bored’ activities, is to recreate a logo or image in Illustrator. Many of you, I’m sure, are familiar with the concept of ‘vectoring’; taking a screenshot from an anime, and creating a vector-based image of a character or scene. I wish I could do that. I don’t know why I can’t, maybe I just don’t have the patience… But all attempts to do that have ended in failure. I am, however, extremely good at logos and other such things.

Here’s some stuff I’ve done in the last week.


FULLANI

The title logo from the mahjong eroge FULLANI from Leaf/Aquaplus. (I’m really proud of this one, because I pulled off an extremely complex logo and effects, with very very few objects.)


NERV

If this requires introduction, leave my site now and ever come back.


NERV

The new NERV logo from the movie. Not 100% accurate because the source I was basing it on was not the final design. Once the movie comes out on DVD, I should have a better reference. (There are some very small differences in the final)

I also showed the guys in #moe what my $500 printer and its CFS can do. (When combined with the moe.imouto image repository)

Other than that, I’ve got some stuff going on, hope to have something cool to share in the immediate future.

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Congrats, you made the front page!
 
  

03/12/08 @ 07:30:00 pm, Categories: Baka-chan vs. Stupid People, Baka-chan vs. The Gaming Community, 615 words, 1063 views  

So, I’ve made about a half dozen posts on this thread on Kotaku about Fumiaki Tanaka’s (President of Konami, for the uninitiated) sales goal for Metal Gear Solid 4…

…all of them informed and thoughtful…

…except the one where I poked fun at someone for making a typo.

And then, I see this:

by Vecha at 12:04 PM
@Bakachan:
Wow…another fanboy blog. Congrats!

I imagine he clicked on my avatar or whatever the hell and followed the link in my profile… Whatever the details, I could care less…but this ignorant transgression cannot stand. (Also, I was bored waiting for dinner to be done.)

To paraphrase Tycho, “I have marshaled my words, and in doing so destroyed a man.” (I like my version better. It’s also considerably shorter than what I would rather paraphrase from P-A.)

My response: (In case Kotaku removes it, though I don’t believe they do that sort of thing.)

by Bakachan at 05:22 PM

@Vecha: 419 posts, and the latest three are… Two ramblings about how I want to– and am –buying a PS3, and the third is about my hating the English MGS dubs, and so now it’s a fanboy blog?

Do the world a favor and remove yourself from it.

A fanboy is someone whose advocacy of and loyalty to something ignores common sense or basic facts. Just because I would rather BUY a PS3 than be GIVEN an Xbox 360 does not mean I am a fanboy. The PS3 has its problems, but the Xbox 360 has nothing I want. Neither did its predecessor, until Steel Battalion came out. It’s still the only Xbox game I own that didn’t come with my refurbished console. (Splinter Cell)

A fanboy wouldn’t bother pointing out that if you search The Consumerist for posts about the Xbox 360, you get endless horror stories about failed hardware. Not to mention crummy, insane, or just downright malicious tech support and customer service.

Playstation 3 and Sony? There’s the guy who couldn’t get his PS3 fixed because it was ‘too dusty’. And the rest is just retailer shenanigans.

A fanboy would not point out things like this, because a fanboy’s opinion has no basis in reality, much like the religious zealotry that console fanboyism so often resembles. They make judgments based on blind hatred of whatever they oppose, and even blinder loyalty to their faction.

If you bothered reading my blog beyond the first three posts, you’d see that not too long ago, I did seriously consider buying an Xbox 360, pretty much just for Rez and Ikaruga. But I decided it would take more than that. Oh yeah, there’s also the fact that I BARELY TALK ABOUT GAMES, COMPARED TO OTHER SUBJECTS.

But hey, why let little things like truth or simple fact get in the way of name-calling?

At least mine is based on evident facts: You are ignorant. Go away.

So, there you have it. I have unleashed the amount of erudite curbstomping I felt content with and– Oh! I think that’s the oven timer. DINNER.

-Update-
Because I just can’t help myself sometimes…

by Bakachan at 08:09 PM

Oh, I forgot one more point… Fanboys like to call people stupid for liking any other system.

I have nothing against Xbox 360 owners. Many of my friends own Xbox 360s.

What I _do_ hate with a burning passion, is fanboys. Of ANYTHING. If you come to a rational informed decision based on your own judgments, you are my brother. Even if you bought a Phantom. (Just don’t ever touch me. Ever. I’m not kidding.)

p.s. When you comment on my blog (I went ahead and published it, even though they’re unpublished by default) it logs your hostmask and IP. Just sayin’.

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Year of the PlayStation 3
 
  

03/11/08 @ 12:31:37 pm, Categories: Life of Baka, Baka-chan on Games, 290 words, 1256 views  

I’ve said time and time again that I like the PS3 over the x360 for various reasons (I hope to write an editorial at some point detailing this) but that Sony hasn’t yet delivered on the promises they made in the year or two leading up to launch.

Well, 2k8 is the year of the PLAYSTATION 3.

With big titles like Metal Gear Solid 4, LittleBigPlanet, Gran Turismo 5, and Disgaea 3 coming, not to mention things like Armored Core: for Answer, PLAYSTATION Home, Metal Gear Online, echochrome, and WipeOut HD, it looks like a good year to get yourself a PLAYSTATION 3.

I’m definitely jumping on the opportunity. My recommendation? Be different. Get a Ceramic White PS3, like I’m going to. At only $30 more than the domestic Black 40gb, the Japanese Ceramic White 40gb is a steal!

The new DUALSHOCK3 controllers look nice, and I won’t get into a shit-slinging match over them not coming with the system originally… They have their reasons, probably patent-related, and their initial ‘Oh well, you can’t have rumble AND motion sensing’ was probably just an attempt at saving face. Because it sounded better than “We’ve been having legal trouble regarding these force feedback patents for like a decade now.”

At any rate, my plans for the console are to import a 40gb Ceramic White PLAYSTATION 3, get a couple DUALSHOCK3 controllers, various cables, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (That’ll really make my dad’s year, he lurves GT.), and Armored Core for Answer. Maybe Eye of Judgment. Then I’ll wait for MGS4 and LittleBigPlanet.

In other PLAYSTATION news, SCEI released an echochrome demo for the PSP. The controls aren’t as smooth as I imagine the PS3 version’s SIXAXIS controls would be, but it’s a great play…albeit very short in demo form.

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Weekly wrap-up
 
  

03/07/08 @ 03:25:24 am, Categories: Life of Baka, Baka-chan on Games, 338 words, 979 views  

First and foremost, I would just like to say that as someone who enjoys Pen & Paper RPGs, and has played D&D on more than one occasion, Gary Gygax will be missed. Like the specials board at Coffee of Doom reads this week in Questionable Content, ‘Pour a 40 for Gygax’. (Or a pint of Ale.)

Well, here it is. Almost Q2 2k8 already. What do we have to look forward to in the coming months? Playstation 3 owners, a demographic I hope to join soon, have Senjou no Valkyria in April, Metal Gear Solid 4 to look forward to in June, as well as a Metal Gear Online beta, and possibly a LittleBigPlanet beta rolling into its September release. I’m really enthused about getting a PS3. The hardware has always been top-notch, especially compared to the x360… (Then again ‘will not self-destruct or burn your house down’ isn’t that hard a standard to meet.) But even I will admit that the library hasn’t quite been there. Well, that changes in 2k8. Expect to see more used 360s up for sale, because the first wave of truly great software for the PS3 that we’ve been promised since launch, makes landfall this year like a goddamn tsunami.

I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a new camera, and generally spiffy-ing up my apartment into more of a proper workspace and getting some things done.

I’m really enjoying this new computer as well, though I can’t wait to get a second HD 3850 in it, and another monitor. By the way, I’ve had that render going for 85 hours now and the cores still haven’t gone higher than 41°C, and are right now at 38°C. Ontop of that, I don’t know what it is about the architecture of the Phenom…but my computer doesn’t ‘chug’…ever. I’ve had the cores maxed out on that render for three and a half days now, and not ONCE have I been unable to use the computer normally. There’s no noticeable slowdown. It really is incredible.

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On David Hayter...
 
  

03/05/08 @ 07:26:33 am, Categories: Baka-chan on Games, 238 words, 699 views  

Okay, as much as I hate on videogame and anime dubs… It’s not just some random weeaboo impulse or something. I’m not so Wapanese that I just detest English dubs on spec.

I think the Metal Gear dubs are great. I think David Hayter is fucking awesome, I do. But I just don’t like the dub as much as the Japanese version. (Akio Ohtsuka is one of my 3-4 favorite Japanese male VAs and his portrayal of Snake is at least as good as Hayter’s.)

One of the things that makes David Hayter so great is that unlike a large percentage of English VAs, he actually gives a shit. Like, deeply gives a shit. He invests a lot in the performance and in the case of Metal Gear, he’s very enthusiastic about his work, because he likes what he’s working on. (For instance, he’s played and beaten every Metal Gear game he’s voiced… I can’t even claim that. In fact, I’ve only ever beaten MGS)

I just want to get that off my chest, because I’ve drawn ire for being pissed that MGS4 won’t ship dual-audio. I mean, I can play the Japanese version just fine… But I’d rather get the voiceover I want to hear, not have to think so damned much to read, AND be able to use the English voiceover for the benefit of others when need-be…without buying two copies of the game, you know?

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Kind of chilly, actually.
 
  

03/03/08 @ 11:16:27 am, Categories: Life of Baka, 134 words, 700 views  

Well, the virus thing got taken care of pretty easily. Apparently that particular one doesn’t really DO anything anyway. Meh.

I think my cooling setup is finally kicking some ass. I’ve got my Phenom’s four cores maxed out driving an unbiased physical light renderer working on a complex scene, it’s been going for like six or seven hours now, and the CPU is only running at 38°C with a peak of 40°C.

Also, it’s overclocked. :)

-Update-

On to hour 48 of the render… Still running at 37°C…with a peak of 41°C reached the night before last while cooking dinner. That’s right, kids. I’ve had all four cores of my Phenom 9600 running at 2400mhz at 100% load for TWO SOLID DAYS now, and it’s running TEN DEGREES COOLER than the IDLE TEMP on my X2 5200+ box.

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