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Re: The Shenmue Dojo - 10th Anniversary Video & Members Gall

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It has been an interesting summer.
by Lan Di-sama
Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:49 am
 
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Re: Zhu Yuanda/ Yuanda Zhu

Shenmue 2 was translated differently than Shenmue 1, is all. In Shenmue 2, Xuiying is referred to as Lishao Tao whereas in Shenmue 1, Chen calls her Tao Li Shao. Other than those 2 characters, I'm not really sure if it comes up again, but it's not specific to Zhu. I think the game manuals' character bios also highlight the difference between games.
by Lan Di-sama
Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:16 pm
 
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Re: Lucky hit?

Here's a good one.

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by Lan Di-sama
Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:24 pm
 
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Re: How do you imagine the final fight between Lan Di and Ry

I always thought that a more interesting point to ponder would be the opening scene of Shenmue 3. 2 picked up (almost) exactly where the 1st left off, on the boat - time had passed, of course, and there was the infamous Chapter 2 events, of course, but I'd consider a direct continuation.

Now that the plot has expanded in many different directions, the 3rd game may not start in Ryo's point of view...and if it does, it probably wouldn't start in that cave unless something has to happen there that hasn't yet. I think we may see Ryo with Shenhua a few days or weeks after, getting to know the villagers of Bailu and perhaps getting a few answers.

Or it could start in another characters' point of view....Ren, Xuiying, Gui Zhang or maybe even Ine San/Fuku san are all possibilities.
by Lan Di-sama
Sat Oct 13, 2012 4:48 pm
 
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Re: Shenmue I & II HD Listed in magazine


Lmao, touche. But I find my avatar to be quite original and cool :mrgreen: But yeah, so if anyone figures out how to email the editor, go and attempt. I think it would be interesting what his response would be just for kicks. He might say something interesting, or he might not even remember putting it in there and brush you off, but still worth a look.

I was able to find an email address at that link. I just sent him a message, referencing the video and the Eurogamer rumor in March, and asked him if his magazine based the inclusion of Shenmue 1 and 2 HD on those rumors alone or something more. This is probably not going to yield any good news, but I've received responses in the past by simply being a little proactive. It could help clear things up.

I sometimes forget that Eurogamer is, or at least has the appearance of, a very reliable source. They trusted the anonymous source that said the games were more or less finished enough to make a front page article about it. IGN and CVG also chimed in, citing Eurogamer as THEIR source. Despite personal feelings toward gaming website honchos like IGN, they rarely waste time with Shenmue rumors.

I just hope we hear something in the next month or two.
by Lan Di-sama
Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:14 pm
 
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Re: Madame Butterfly the opera

Just a few days ago I played through this part of the game, and though I read about it years ago on these forums, I had forgotten what Oishi was referring to with the Madam Butterfly comment. Of course, I also forgot to look into it, so I'm really glad you posted this, Ryudo. Though, I'm not sure why we are being polled on our opera knowledge :lol:
by Lan Di-sama
Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:01 am
 
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Re: Rare Shenmue II DC video?

If anything, Kiyuu should be an executive consultant for Shenmue III, and get to play through bits first, and make recommendations on behalf of the Shenmue fanbase. Her salary will be 70 million dollars. Should fit in the budget for Shenmue III.

Back on topic, though - Hope can't hurt. Shenmue is valuable IP, but that value has to be transferred to a product that will recover costs and - god willing - even make money. It is possible.
by Lan Di-sama
Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:08 am
 
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Re: **VOTE FOR RYO TO (possibly) APPEAR IN SASASRT**

Ine San on a broom

Oh god, yes. Imagine, if Shenmue was a huge success, all the spin-offs that might have happened. Ryo Hazuki and Sega All Stars Racing (outrage when Sonic is excluded from the sequel).

Fuku-san on rollerskates. Megumi on a cat. Wong on his house-boat. Ren in that broken down truck.
by Lan Di-sama
Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:52 am
 
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Re: Salute

It looks like you still kinda suck.
by Lan Di-sama
Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:24 pm
 
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Re: Skies of Arcadia HD news (GAF topic)

Good news in the sense this pretty much leaves all but Shenmue. Plus Skies is a great game. Nice to see an epic RPG getting a re-release in this fashion.

I used to joke that Sega would end up porting Toe Jam and Earl before Shenmue, but that's actually happening now. So really, what's left? :???:

Also, Ziming/Peter...if you have non-public info that you aren't sharing (sounds pessimistic anyway), the least you can do is not make vague, public references to it. Shame [-X [-(
by Lan Di-sama
Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:42 pm
 
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Re: Skies of Arcadia HD news (GAF topic)

Gah, I remember logging on that day in '05....was totally out of the blue and I was quite literally doing flips and somersaults around the house.

I still think Doree wasn't bullshitting us, and that - as he said - the situation changed after that article was published. He really was a big Shenmue advocate and I don't think he'd fabricate that story. I think his eagerness and excitement as a Shenmue fan clouded his judgment. It's a damn shame. That was 7 years ago! Crazy. I never would have thought it would have taken this long to play more Shenmue.

Shenmue is valuable IP. Even if it doesn't make money, there is value there. I just hope Sega finds a way to set up a realistic budget. Problem is, even if it is announced, officially....there's a huge wait from that point, and lots of time for things to take a disastrous turn. I don't even play video games at all anymore, and I'm not even too sad about it anymore (wistful and nostalgic, yes), but I do think if the day ever comes that I hold a copy of a new Shenmue game in my hand that'd it be one of the more surrealistic and memorable moments in my life.

"I feel like I've known that tree, from a long time ago.....it's a strange feeling."
by Lan Di-sama
Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:25 pm
 
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Re: XBox mag: Why Shenmue III is a bad idea

Heavy Rain sucked, imo. Don't know how crap like that sells when Shenmue can't...when basically it consists of dumbed down QTE cut scenes. The story was silly, from what I played (I have played Indigo Prophecy in its entirety), and the gameplay was just...boring. People think Ryo was hard to control...damn. And you were sort of subjected to whatever environment that plot placed you in...no exploration at all. Which could have worked, if the story didn't suck and the gameplay wasn't boring.

/endrant
by Lan Di-sama
Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:52 pm
 
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Re: Skies of Arcadia HD news (GAF topic)

The random battles' frequency is a huge deterrent for me to play this game again. Damn Loopers. And Fina plain fucking sucks.
by Lan Di-sama
Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:22 pm
 
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Re: Vote for Ryo in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transforme

If Iwao didn't die, we wouldn't be in this mess anyway. On the 29th, we should all unsign the petition. That would really send Sega a message.
by Lan Di-sama
Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:04 am
 
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Re: Vote for Ryo in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transforme

Even if he doesn't make DLC, he won the contest and we've made our point.

The members at the Sega forums bitching about it are clearly misguided and probably too young to understand our plight. We are not "one person selfishly promoting only Ryo" (yes, I read that), we're a group of Sega loyalists (mutinous loyalists) who are grasping at every means necessary to stir up some Shenmue-related discussion again. We deserve closure in the form of another Shenmue game and it would have been unacceptable for us to pass a chance like this up to at least vote Ryo into a racing game he should have been included in from the get go.
by Lan Di-sama
Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:23 am
 
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Re: What tablet/e-reader do you use? Reviews/thoughts?

Fuck this reading shit, I'm buying a bong :lol:
by Lan Di-sama
Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:10 pm
 
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Re: Its almost Christmas/Hanukkah = Time For Replay

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That was a bitch to find. Good thing I only have 2 exams left I should be studying for.... (I suck)
by Lan Di-sama
Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:52 pm
 
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Re: Last Game/System/Peripheral You Bought

Wow, I can finally contribute to this topic, that I apparently made 8 years ago. I don't believe I've bought a video game all year, other than the Nights HD download.

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Finally felt brave enough to pick up an RPG. I was interested in this game as well as Xenoblade, but this won out because it's a few bucks cheaper, harder to find, and much shorter game length. Hopefully I can manage to find the time and interest to ride this one out.
by Lan Di-sama
Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:35 pm
 
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Re: Random Thoughts! v2.0

The gun control argument is not only very annoying, but its timing incredibly insensitive. It also goes nowhere because, as with anything political, there's 2 extreme views that get attention and our leaders in government (and most of the human population) haven't figured out how to compromise and look at situations independently - nor actually suggest ideas for legislation that have even the slimmest chance of passing and making an intended effect on this country.

Those statements about the media's portrayal of events such as these are right on the money, of course. When disturbed young white men who commit these acts find guns easily, though, there also lies a problem. It's also the sad truth that people who live in their own personal hells like that are rarely reached out to or comforted, but rather scorned, bullied, or ignored entirely - forcing them further into isolation.

This discussion always happens too soon and then it fades away. I appreciate Obama's emotion but we'll see about that "meaningful action".

I did find this graphic to point out some obvious discrepancies in the way things are and way things should be, if people only had a little sense.

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by Lan Di-sama
Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:56 pm
 
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Re: I'd love to start ShenmueII but I have a problem/questio

MiTT3NZ wrote: but English dub > Japanese w/subtitles.


If I was a site moderator, I'd ban you on the spot.
by Lan Di-sama
Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:52 am
 
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Re: Tom's White

I might have to get in touch with this guy and request a signed copy of Shaemu
by Lan Di-sama
Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:24 pm
 
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Re: Got Banned From Riding The Bus Today

Wow she must have been crazy. I've never known a girl on a bus to react poorly to the sweaty guy next to her placing his hand on her leg before exchanging any words. Sounds like a bit of bad luck. When your ban is lifted, I suggest trying this again and letting us know how it goes.
by Lan Di-sama
Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:15 pm
 
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Re: ShenmueDojo Book Club

I've only just become aware of this topic. I love to read and would be interested in participating. Alas, with school, and my small personal list of books I want to read, I may or may not find the time.

I read Fahrenheit 451 about 3 years ago for the first time, but as it was the first and only time I read it, my memory is a bit murky. I saw a theater adaptation of the book a few months back, which was entertaining and reminded me of the themes of the book. It's an important novel and a good read, and pretty indicative, albeit extreme, example of how society has responded to the importance of reading. Which reminds me, I tried reading "Something Wicked This Way Comes" by Bradbury this past summer but couldn't get the literary ball moving quick enough before putting it aside for something else.

Any suggestions on what to read next, Book Club? "Ender's Game", which I've never read, will probably be the next book I read after I finish up what I'm working on now. I think a lot of you guys fit the demographic of people that I've come to associate with enjoying and recommending me this book, and it's been a long overdue one with me. Anyone interested? Other suggestions include something by Murakami, Danielewski, Garcia Marquez, or Stephen King, even.

Also, not picking on Mittenz, but I got inspired to modify his original post about his opinion on reading:







I just hate books. They're boring. I used to read em, but I found that they tested my patience too often to enjoy. Why read a whole page on describing the conditions of a table and the state of the wallpaper in a room when I can just plainly see them in a comic? Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that books are shit, but a lotta authors tend to go overboard when writing novels, and I get to the end of a scene thinking "six pages... coulda just been done in one" I mean, it ain't like they build suspense or set the atmosphere or owt, it's just utterly unnecessary.





I just hate video games. They're boring. I used to play em, but I found that they tested my patience too often to enjoy. Why spend hours on end on collecting money and gathering food and completing quests when it's much more important and practical to focus on doing these things in the real world? Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that video games are shit, but a lotta designers tend to go overboard when making games, and I get to the end of a scene thinking "six boring ass QTEs... it was cool in Shenmue but it's getting to be too much" I mean, it ain't like they build suspense or set the atmosphere or owt, it's just utterly unnecessary.
by Lan Di-sama
Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:51 pm
 
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Re: VOTE SHENMUE 3 AS YOUR MOST WANTED XBOX 720 TITLE

We're too small? How so? Timesplitters was pretty mainstream, and spawned 2 sequels. The fact Shenmue 3 is even in the rankings is somewhat impressive. You know there are people who are looking at/voting in that poll and wondering what the hell this Shenmue thing is all about. Sparking curiosity can never hurt.
by Lan Di-sama
Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:05 pm
 
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Re: VOTE SHENMUE 3 AS YOUR MOST WANTED XBOX 720 TITLE

Not sure, but the all caps might suggest a fan added it. I was tempted to vote for "super fisting simulator" or "new super mario bros wii", but settled on Shenmue.
by Lan Di-sama
Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:21 pm
 
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Re: Yu Suzuki At Monaco Anime Game Show On The 2nd/3rd Of Ma

Sebastian just tweeted that the interview with Yu Suzuki is coming soon. I'm assuming he means a transcript or video of the interview he tweeted about earlier, as it's late in France - the event is over now, correct?

Anyway, when it gets posted, let's hope it clears somethings up and maybe contains another nug or two of juicy info :)
by Lan Di-sama
Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:06 pm
 
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Re: Yu Suzuki At Monaco Anime Game Show

Yu Suzuki doesn't remember the story of Shenmue? It really has been awhile :lol:
by Lan Di-sama
Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:09 am
 
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Re: Yu Suzuki At Monaco Anime Game Show


To keep this thread on track (well, sort of), I remember seeing a video of a 360 gamer magazine, with Shenmue 1 & 2 HD listed in the upcoming games section. Did anyone ever contact that magazine to enquire about that?


Welcome.

I did contact an editor at an email address we found, but was not dignified with a response. I heard that in subsequent issues, Shenmue was removed from that list. Based on how the media reported on but failed to investigate this Kickstarter mumbo, I have absolutely no faith in the investigative integrity of gaming media.
by Lan Di-sama
Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:33 pm
 
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Re: GDC manager tweet rumors Shenmue 3 for PS4.

I received an emailed response from Mark Cerny regarding GDC 2011. I tried again, as it couldn't hurt, but did state I wouldn't publicize his email address (I think it's out there to find), or his personal response to me. I suggested he might want to nip this one in the butt early, perhaps by providing a response on his own Twitter or Facebook account (if he has one).
by Lan Di-sama
Sat Mar 30, 2013 2:49 pm
 
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Re: Shenmue Dojo & First 4 Figures 70 Man Battle Competition

I wonder if the 100+ hours I spent maxing out every move will finally pay off.

There's no doubt I forgot about which save file that was and over-wrote it ](*,)


Edit -- I still have the file! Huh. I gotta work on not sucking at free battle...I'm rusty. Also have to master throw moves and not the stupid counter throws. And find a way to record a video, I'm technologically impaired. Will current fast times be publicized so we know what we have to best, or is it a mystery?
by Lan Di-sama
Fri May 03, 2013 7:37 pm
 
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Re: Latest Purchases

A blender, a flask, a tye dye shower curtain, some dry erase markers, a cheese steak, a pair of casual dress shoes, two pairs of sexy short shorts, and a replacement adapter for my lap top.

Spending money is fun.
by Lan Di-sama
Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:03 pm
 
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Re: What age were you when you lost your virginity?

19 woman.

22 man (last year).

I've been a total slut since then!

:)
by Lan Di-sama
Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:28 pm
 
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Re: Shenmue III Mini Discussion Series

I respectfully disagree. I would be nowhere near as invested in Shenmue if it ended after the Disc 3 rooftop fight.

Just because Guilin felt like the start of a new game does not make it seem out of place, in my opinion. I thought it was perfect denouement to what had so far been an exciting and faster paced second installment, but one of little plot development. Yes, Ryo made it to China met some important characters (and these characters were fleshed out so well over the course of the game, especially Ren) but I would have been disappointed if it ended after Kowloon because he really did not get much closer to his goal. It took the entire second game just to find the guy who wrote a letter to his father at the beginning of the first game.

Another reason the Guilin chapter had to happen when it did - Shenhua is as much of a protagonist in this story as Ryo is, and she had to be introduced. It had taken long enough already. Disc 4 as it stands would have been too slow paced for the beginning of a new entry in the series, and speeding it up would not have given this new turn on Ryo's journey and perspective the time needed to sink in.

Again, I'd be nowhere near as emotionally invested in this story if it did not end how it did. While rough around some edges Shenmue is really the best showcase of how video gaming can be a great medium for storytelling.
by Lan Di-sama
Sat Jan 11, 2014 10:17 am
 
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Re: Shenmue III Mini Discussion Series

Really? So ending a game following an epic fight in which you defeat a major crime syndicate, complete the objective set at the end of the first game, find out (one of) the true purpose(s) behind the mirror, miss catching Lan Di by mere minutes (possibly even seconds), and get a true "it's only just beginning" line from Ren, that wouldn't get you amped as fuck for the next instalment?

I find that slightly strange tbh.

I too would find that strange, if that had been what I said. The final scenes of Disc 3 were perfect and of course it would have got me amped even had it ended there.

But there would have been some dissatisfaction - and a different kind of dissatisfaction that I naturally feel after the unresolved Disc 4 cliffhanger. There would have been very little indication as to where the story was headed other than Ryo's next stop (Guilin) and it would be hard to even come up with predictions and theories as to what would happen next.

The Guilin segment blew the top off the scope of the story and while it proposed about a hundred new questions and answered very few (if any), it presented so many possibilites as to what it all might have meant; tangible ideas that fans still discuss and base theories off of even after all these years. If the game ended in Kowloon there would have been a lot less to mull over other than the epic-ness of the rooftop battle - those scenes are remarkable but the way Suzuki and AM2 managed to gut the entire series and turn its on its head in those final 2 hours of gameplay is what makes Shenmue so unforgettable. The fact that less than an hour into Guilin portion and I already feel so far removed from the climax at the Yellowhead building amazes me - though I realized this is part of your point that it feels like a different game and would fit better at the start of Shenmue III. I totally understand that opinion and respect that belief but I am just sharing some of the reasons why I think Guilin was perfect as is.
by Lan Di-sama
Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:26 pm
 
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