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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: Yesterday at 05:21:21 PM »
Videogame stores are very awkward places, aren't they?

I honestly can never leave them quickly enough upon entering.

Also, huge ROFL at the way your Cold Steel I story ended.  Don't suppose you caught my rant about that exact same experience on the Discord?

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Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: Yesterday at 05:18:56 PM »
I WILL NEVER AGREE TO DISAGREE!!!

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Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: Yesterday at 09:36:32 AM »
It's implied that the entire story of "The Hobbit" was fictionally written by Bilbo, and the entire Gollum sequence in that would have been a favorite with young Pippin and Merry, et al.  There's really no reason to think Bilbo wouldn't have hammed up that entire thing and put as much life and detail into it as possible.

As for Grishnakh's reaction, well... it wouldn't be the first time our fantasy heroes got incredibly lucky.  You gotta suspend that disbelief, bro.

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Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« on: December 14, 2017, 02:11:04 PM »
FFIV: good characters and GREAT music, coupled with a smooth battle system and a "just ok" plot, all stuffed into an on-rails experience with little exploration, even less difficulty/strategy/planning, and no customization or party-building at all.  Everything is decided for the player and every playthrough is identical.

As much as I love IV (my favorite of the series), and want to defend it against your criticisms... I can't. You're not wrong.  ...Except that the plot is better than "just ok." It's "decent".

Well said, sir.

Heh, thanks! :)
I really believe that it's the characters that make it memorable.  The plot itself can delve into "downright laughable" territory at times (especially when it comes to Kain), but it honestly doesn't matter that much because of the (mostly) lovable and interesting characters.

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Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« on: December 14, 2017, 10:33:38 AM »
The After Years is...unnecessary

Ya got me there.  IV felt pretty well complete.  A sequel to... well, ANY other FF that came after IV would have made a lot more sense.

That said, I stand by the assertion that, from a gameplay standpoint, TAY easily trumps IV.

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Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« on: December 13, 2017, 05:16:59 PM »
Way.

FFIV: good characters and GREAT music, coupled with a smooth battle system and a "just ok" plot, all stuffed into an on-rails experience with little exploration, even less difficulty/strategy/planning, and no customization or party-building at all.  Everything is decided for the player and every playthrough is identical.

FFIV The After Years: good characters and great music, coupled with a smooth battle system and a MUCH more intelligent plot and handling of characters, tons of party building and potential for customization, as well as just the right amount difficulty to keep you playing with the myriad of cool characters you can use.  Tons of replay potential.

Those are just the facts.  I know which one I'd sooner go back to.

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Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« on: December 13, 2017, 03:47:27 PM »
Really loving the Memoria podcasts, guys!

But have to say: Final Fantasy X-2 is one of my Top 5 FFs.  It sounds like some of the hosts need to go back to that one.  Amazing combat, superlative job system, great soundtrack and visuals, and a plot that actually does get pretty good toward the back half.

You guys were also pretty unfair toward The After Years which, from an objective standpoint, was easily superior to IV as an RPG.  Come at me.

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Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: December 13, 2017, 09:52:18 AM »
You really don't think Pippin heard all about Bilbo's adventures while living in the Shire??  Bilbo probably told that story hundreds of times.  Everyone in the Shire could have made that joke.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: December 12, 2017, 02:55:34 PM »
while I've actually seen a lot of movies, I havn't seen a lot of boring action summer blockbusters.

Ok, it all makes sense now.  Good on you.

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The Soundroom / Re: Holiday music thread (tis the season)
« on: December 12, 2017, 11:40:47 AM »
I feel that Vince Guaraldi’s "A Charlie Brown Christmas" soundtrack always deserves a shout out whenever holiday music is mentioned.

Really didn't think I would be posting in this thread, but randomly saw the name "Vince Guaraldi" and now have to, once again, tell Frosty that he's a good person with excellent taste.

My Vince Guaraldi station is my most played Pandora station, all year 'round.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: December 12, 2017, 11:39:13 AM »
the last two Star Trek movies were some of the worst films I've seen

You must not watch many movies.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: December 12, 2017, 10:09:52 AM »
I'm sure there's a reason Tarantino's films are popular, but I certainly don't know what it could be.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: December 11, 2017, 04:00:08 PM »
Anyone else try the Lost Sphear demo?  Impressions?

I'll just go ahead and say that I was surprised at how good it was.  Not that it was omg so good, but that it was surprisingly good, while I expected bland nonsense.  Needs English voices, of course, and the animation could use some work.  Also, movement is kinda slow.  But other than that, I was surprised at how interesting the world and story felt (being obviously on the side of evil, at least for the run of the demo). The "good guys" that you're fighting not all really feeling that "good", either, was interesting.  I legit wanted to know more.

The music is superlative.  Loved every tune, it was right up there with the best of Gust etc.

And, of course, the battle system: surprisingly fun and varied!  The one boss fight feels absurdly difficult, even though I did beat it on my first try.  I'm curious if that's what we can expect from all bosses in this game.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: December 11, 2017, 03:52:52 PM »
First of all, you'd need an antiVIRAL. *pushes up glasses*

Second of all, I have no clue.  I just put it on 80% zoom for a week and then this Monday when I logged back in, everything was tiny, so I went back to normal zoom and it's all back to normal.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: December 11, 2017, 12:01:30 PM »
I seem to have recovered from the Big Text virus.

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