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Multiplayer RPGs / Guild Wars 2 (Path of Fire comes out 9/22)
« on: September 06, 2017, 03:18:42 PM »
Well I make too many of these threads here in my opinion but that's because every game I'm playing I can't say I'm sticking with... something about each one has turned me off. Heroes of the Storm is just too stupid overall, WoW is too old and unable to keep pace with modern times, Black Desert Online doesn't have good combat, Star Trek Online stops being good after the first handful of chapters, and there's no way I'm ever playing either Destiny 1 or 2 because they just take way too long to get behind.

Which leaves.

Guild Wars! Still failing to disappoint me, I guess, somehow, with a combination of several factors. The first being that there is a lot of gameplay variety, and the second being that it's as polished as any MMO, with pretty cool looking environments and stuff.

So as a consequence that's now one of MP games of choice alongside FFXIV..

And here we are, the new trailer for the next expansion, and website with the info and such...

All right well I'm back to Tyria..

General Games / The importance of endings in video games
« on: August 29, 2017, 06:10:51 PM »
Ok so I'm trying to understand just why I care more about Game of Thrones than like all the other games that come out, or why I can't stand MOBAs and other popular genres, is because they lack what I would consider one of the most important elements in an artistic genre, which is a definitive ending of some kind...

Not necessarily the most happy ending, but definitely, an ending.

Even though Game of Thrones isn't a video game series, as Season 7 finishes I start to get the really strong sense that this is something where you have all the tension and drama and whatever else, but the ending will actually be something that you get to really finish. You walk away satisfied going, oh yeah! So that happened to so and so, and that's how what happened to that person, and so on and so forth...

Of course, most video games have endings, even really bad or old ones, or long and short ones... but some don't, and some are pretty popular.

Like take the World of Warcraft, which I've played for many years, as time went on, for whatever reason, the final boss, for lack of a better description, was removed from most player's possible completion.. unlike WC2 and WC3 which were beaten handily by moi, the MMO takes hours and hours and lots of mini-requirements like networking in order to finally beat the final boss.

That means leveling and busting through mobs, with no real resolution, which I think really sucks and is why I slowly stopped playing the game over the years....

But it's in other aspects now, also, I think about, even games with endings, how important is it to finish the game in order to evaluate it? I definitely have had my opinion changed dramatically over the course of an experience, from "this game sucks" to "WOW, I'm so glad I finished that"

One case in point would be Suikoden 3, which I think has probably the slowest and most unassuming beginning of any JRPG, but ends up in the 2nd half being a completely different experience that really challenged all my conceptions about what the experience was about...

I would say the same for Star Ocean 2, which ended up having a vastly bigger scope than what I had originally envisioned...

So I guess really what do you think about endings? Do you care about them? How do you define them? When is a game, ostensibly about which the goal is to "win" or "complete some objective" over?

I certainly don't subscribe to the idea that it's about completionism... in general I prefer to let the game designers themselves speak about the topic, such as when you would get the class "Fin" or literal "the end."

So in FFXIV, which generously included credits, even though it's an MMO, that was clearly the point at which the game concluded, for me, and it also worked in other ways because Minfilia and Co and all the characters had resolutions of a kind, similar to Game of Thrones.

General Discussions / Artimicia's Food aid plea
« on: August 20, 2017, 02:27:24 AM »
Ok, well I guess this is slightly redundant with favorite food and drink.

But yes I'm literally interested in the exact, precise, detailed specifications of how you eat and drink every day for each meal, where you go, what you do, how you end up getting this part of life done.

Are you cooking, eating in, out, delivery, what kind of food, what drink of drinks, how do you manage, I'm in desperate need of tips and tricks. I want to hear from all the pros how they manage this incredibly complicated and challenging problem in the modern world...

Multiplayer RPGs / World of Warcraft Thread
« on: June 28, 2017, 08:57:50 PM »
Ok so the other Blizzard game I play a lot.

Um wow so I've logged.. I should just check my characters... but yeah something like 10,000 hours on this game over the course of a lifetime and with the WC franchise in general (going back to WC2/WC3), it might be my single most played thing next to Nintendo franchises and related things (also way back to like Super Mario Bros 3, etc)

In retrospect I should of made this thread a lot earlier, since I still play, although again mostly for expansions and stuff.

Ahem, so here it is, wondering if anyone else plays.

General Discussions / Cement/construction/tools Thread
« on: June 28, 2017, 08:39:26 PM »
For all matters related to Cement! And relatedly building materials and fiberglass walling and installation and other things.

Why, because why not!

In it's kind of pure natural state

And hard yowza bowsa

General Games / Assassin's Creed Origins
« on: June 26, 2017, 01:28:19 AM »
Anyone else interested in this? Going to Egypt and basically an attempt to be the very first canonical entry in the AC series.

I'm not really an AC fan, but for some reason I feel like playing it.

Ok so apparently malcontents like MickeyMac and Ranadiel have doubted the supreme and sublime greatness that is Sands of Destruction, the single greatest artistic creation of the modern era, next to pogs and Licorice.

So starting with square 1, the story of Sands of Destruction, in contrast to your typical JRPG protagonist/situation, is one of the unrelenting brutality and destruction of the modern world. In Sands, dreams are shattered by the Ferals, a race of muntant creatures bent on destroying everyone and enslaving every other person to their will. Yeah, gruesome, horrendous stuff here.

But wait, there's more. Instead of falling prey to these malicious malignants, humanity has come up with a solution of it's own, to destroy the entire world, yep, I guess there's something to be said for making a bad situation even more bad, I mean, not normally, but you know, something along those lines.

So that means we are introduced to Morte, who is the second leftmost character in this tri-tych Flemish tryptych painting

So Morte is just your typical girl, wants to destroy anything and everything, leader of the "World Destruction Committee" so yeah, she's pretty much your girl next door. Oh well she does want to destroy the entire world, there is that... wrinkle.

Anyway, what else do we know about Morte, well basically she starts off the game getting... oh  yeah I've never done this before, well then I will adopt a basic template that I see repeated because because.

Chapter I. Introduction and getting to know the characters.

Okay, so right off the bat, we know the game is gruff because we come across...

Edit: Hm is that a good start? I saved this draft eons ago... for whatever reason, I just noticed it, but yeah as long as people don't mind me throwing a start here I'd like to try and finish it all somehow.

General Games / Underrated Classic Games
« on: February 19, 2017, 02:49:37 AM »
Don't know what prompted this, but yeah anyone else want to share and talk about classic games that are often under the radar, a sort of "underrated" games kind of thread.

I had two in mind also for starting off

Yeah I pretty much loved everything about this game, campy B humor, time travel, robot dog, heavy amounts of action and doses of crazy and whimsy.

It's pretty much completely isolated too as far as I know no sequel was ever made, but yeah one heck of an experience IMO one of the best.


Pretty much just pure and simple joyous sports game, nothing complicated or complex, just drive your jet-ski around courses and hope for the best time. I used to spend hours just driving around in the kind of training area messing around, felt like just being on vacation in Hawaii or something every time I played.

General Discussions / The calm thread of relax
« on: January 12, 2017, 02:26:51 AM »
Here is a thread where the rule is you post something gentle and non-confrontational and just kind of affirming and positive, nothing negative!

So, today, for dinner, I had some chicken and I also ate some ice cream bars.

Single-Player RPGs / Artimicia's JRPG battle
« on: December 28, 2016, 04:42:03 AM »
Ok I don't know if this will be fun or interesting or not, but I had an idea which was to give a choice between 2 JRPGs, possibly kind of random or different, sometimes similar. I feel like it's often FF6 or 7, and not enough Tecmo: Secret of the Stars vs Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals remake.

Ok! So I'm going to start with 2 and then if people join in and discuss for awhile maybe I'll try another two, just pure heartfelt which one you like better and would rather play/find captivating. It's sort of like, if you had to pick one.

Ok so Breath of Fire 3 and Persona 3.


(If enough people contribute then the next one I want to try is Xenosaga 1 vs Wild Arms 1)

Ok! So results so far

Breath of Fire 3 vs Persona 3: FES -> 2-2 TIE
Wild Arms 1 vs Xenosaga Episode 1 -> 3 -1 Wild Arms 1 WIN
Suikoden 1 vs Saga Frontier 1 -> 3 - 0 Suikoden 1 WIN
Super Mario RPG vs Pokemon Red -> 1 - 1 TIE
Final Fantasy Tactics vs Kingdom Hearts 2 -> 4 - 0 Final Fantasy Tactics WIN
Chrono Trigger vs Final Fantasy XIII-2 -> 3 -2 Chrono Trigger WIN
Ys I and II Chronicles vs Shadow Hearts Covenant -> 0 - 1 Shadow Hearts Covenant WIN
Tales of Symphonia vs Nier -> 1 - 1 TIE
Shining Force 1 vs Power Quest -> 2 - 0 Shining Force 1 WIN
Lunar Silver Star Story Complete vs Demon Souls -> 4 - 3 Lunar Silver Star Story Complete WIN
Tecmo Secret of the Stars vs Beyond the Beyond -> 2 - 0 Tecmo Secret of the Stars WIN
Phantasy Star IV vs Fire Emblem: Awakening -> 3 - 2 Phantasy Star IV WIN
Final Fantasy 4 vs Star Ocean 3: Til the End of Time -> 4 - 3 Final Fantasy 4 WIN
Final Fantasy 9 vs Pokemon Yellow -> 3 - 1 Final Fantasy 9 WIN
Final Fantasy 7 vs Legend of Dragoon -> 5 - 1 Final Fantasy 7 WIN
Final Fantasy 8 vs Pandora's Tower -> 2 - 0 Final Fantasy 8 WIN
Suikoden 2 vs Final Fantasy 6 -> 3 - 7 Final Fantasy 6 WIN
Secret of Mana vs Illusion of Gaia -> 4 - 2 Secret of Mana WIN
Earthbound vs Pokemon Blue -> 3 - 3 TIE
Tales of Xillia 2 vs Star Ocean 4 -> 7 - 0 Tales of Xillia 2 WIN
Lufia 2 vs Lufia 1 -> 4 - 1 Lufia 2 WIN
Granstream Saga vs Valkyrie Profile 2 -> 0 - 3 Valkyrie Profile 2 WIN
Xenosaga Episode 3 vs Lunar Silver Star Harmony -> Xenosaga Episode 3 4 -2 WIN
Ys vs Legend of Heroes (Trails of the Sky and Cold Steel) -> Legend of Heroes 3 -1 WIN
Suikoden 3 vs Parasite Eve -> Parasite Eve 3 -1 WIN
Harvest Moon 64 vs Odin Sphere -> 0 - 0 TIE
FF10 vs FF13 -> 3 - 1 FF10 WIN
Star Ocean 2 vs Tales of Destiny -> 5 - 1 Star Ocean 2 WIN
Xenogears vs Ar Tonelico 2 -> 2 - 2 TIE

General Discussions / What's your favorite food/drink, period?
« on: December 14, 2016, 12:41:07 AM »
Inspired by Dice's thread, I've decided maybe we should have a thread about just the best tasting stuff in general.

So right off the bat I have to sorta repeat myself and say really tasty ribs are some of my favorite.

As far as drinks go a tie between good lemonade and coca-cola (with sugar, no carbonated version)

Single-Player RPGs / Alliance Ailve for 3DS (maker of Suikoden involved)
« on: November 23, 2016, 02:35:36 PM »
So I guess maybe a thread about this?

I kind of think of Suikoden in general as like the grand master of JRPGs in many ways, or rather the series as a whole, even 4 and 5 which have often been much maligned. I don't think 4 (or 5 for that matter) reached the heights of the first 3 but there ya go.

I guess I just don't know what to expect from this, but honestly it does look kinda fun so here's the trailer and all.

And the gameplay teaser which is sort of the same deal (other trailer shows gameplay)

So people are commenting oh my god Chibi should be yes goddess chibi because some of those characters look pretty cool to me.

Like every other JRPG not named FFXV though there aren't a lot of details right now because it's coming in the future.

Multiplayer RPGs / Heroes of the Storm Thread
« on: November 02, 2016, 12:41:08 PM »
Ok so Artimicia's secret is that I've been getting into this game in recent times. I played League of Legends and SMITE but I haven't been too into MOBAs in general. However, that changed a bit with this game which honestly I think is kinda like a sleeper great game at this point. I mean, I don't know how many other people are playing in total or anything but it's pretty easy to get into games and start playing.

So the setup is basically just like all the other MOBAs you have lanes, champions, and you fight with your forces against the enemy in kind of small battles. The maps are quite a bit smaller than LoL and other MOBAs in my experience so far, so it's more about small combat and the creep situation is different. They also took out gold and the item shop, as well as made leveling the same across all characters.

All in all, in my opinion, just about all these elements are improvements on the MOBA genre. For instance, I feel like I am basically just playing a game with friends similar to the old play 4 player N64 or something, just there to have fun and not to obsess over everything.

I can write more but I'm not sure if anyone else here has tried it out.. it's worth mentioning it's still very RPG like other KOBAs you have levels in the game but also an overall level outside of the game as well as things you can buy at the shops with gold won.. I don't know... seems like a few people here are possibly playing =-)

Ok so, I didn't see a thread on this, maybe because of lack of enthusiasim, but yeah basically the mana series is one of my favorite JRPG series (or ARPG series, if you will)

It was announced some time ago but they referenced it again in the recent Nintendo Direct, it looks really cute exactly like all the other Mana games.

So yeah, I guess I'm kind of excited.

Hello RPGFan.

So... this is something that's been on my mind for a long time now. Like many, I grew up playing a combination of video games, consuming anime, watching movies, and just generally doing a variety of things.

In recent times, I found that habit or tendency has kind of been even more exaggerated, now I will play a bit of a video game, but then decide to watch the related movie or something over and over, like with Star Fox and this silly gem.

One thing I know, is that I definitely care if something is "interesting" to me or not, if it's fun or exciting, than that takes precedence over whether it's interactive or not. A video game with a really interesting backstory or something about it I'm going to want to engage with one way or another, but I wonder just how important it is that it's necessary? Even more to the point a lot of Nintendo games have related media and I find myself just engaging with them almost as much as just playing the games.

I bring up the Nintendo example because those were most of the games I played back in the day.

Meanwhile, when it comes to RPGs, these are games that were always just partially interactive, in the first place, many of them focusing on characters,  music, etc, as well.

So, for people who have played games or been gamers for a long time, what does the interactivity element achieve for you? I know we had a controller thread here and I think it reminded me how being active and thinking about those things were interesting, but now I've also played Dark Souls 2 on a keyboard and honestly it is the weirdest way to play that game but I was kind of basically fine with it.

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