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226  The Rest / General Discussions / What makes one "good" at RPGs? on: March 22, 2006, 07:43:39 PM
I think "patience" make someone good at RPG. Most of the time someone who takes a lot of time to build up his levels will meet no difficulty, the same thing concerning the side quests.

For my part, I'm starting to meet difficulties with RPGs due to my busy schedule, which mean that I don't have as much time as I had when I was 16 years to crazily leveling up all my characters or doing time consuming side quests.

Back then when I was around 16-20 years old I put a lot of times into RPGs. In FFIV and FFVI all my characters were to level 99, and I had every existing item in the game. Also I was always challenging myself such never equipping characters, or only Terra and Celes (FF6) could use magic, etc. Or with FF6 I was crazy enough to never save my game except at the very first save point and I tried to be level99 at the very beginning of the game (since we kept experience when dying).

But now I donít have anymore time to do that kind of stuff.

With next gen consoles Iím not very patient either due to loading time, and random encounter annoy me more than during the SNES era.
227  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Thought-Provoking RPG Suggestions on: March 22, 2006, 05:53:25 AM
Every idea already exists. Itís only the way elements are brought up together that makes a piece of art excellent or looks innovative.

Iíve been using my creativity for more than 15 years now, and even if most of the time I was proud of my ideas I was deceived (but accepted it somehow) to find them somewhere else one day or another.

Originality is only a group of ideas that are used in a low frequency. Back then I thought Western Lords was original, but then I heard about Wild Arm. And now there's Shadow Hearts: FtNW that use most of the elements used in Western Lords.

Itís like cooking. Every recipe already exists, but the way ingredients are mixed together really determine if a pizza is tasteful or not.
228  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / User Submitted Reviews on: March 21, 2006, 08:27:11 AM
I wrote a full review about Shadow Hearts: FtNW. Here it is;

ďShadow Hearts is chill!Ē

I'm so proud of my first contribution. Will I receive a free game for it? :P

Nah seriously, I was asking myself a question. Do you receive games from game companies to review them in advance? I noticed that you reviewed some games before they were released in stores.
229  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Thought-Provoking RPG Suggestions on: March 21, 2006, 08:17:58 AM
Quote from: "Robert Boyd"
Grandia 3 is a waste of money, and I've heard nothing but bad things about Wild Arms 4 from friends who've played it.

Can't comment on WA4 since I haven't played it (although unlike you, I've heard mostly positive things about it).

I'm going to buy WA4 today, it's only $39 CAN. I watched some trailers and the gameplay looks insane.
230  The Rest / General Discussions / Introduce yourself here on: March 21, 2006, 08:09:35 AM
Quote from: "Losfer"

I like poutine.

ah we have everything in common to be GREAT friends!

I just ate poutine two hours ago :D Actually I'm very addicted to poutine... Iím doomed because there's no therapy for it... :P
231  The Rest / General Discussions / Introduce yourself here on: March 20, 2006, 04:03:38 PM
Iím living in Shawinigan Falls (Quťbec, Canada). Iím just an ordinary guy among many others. Iím now 28 years old, and luckily Iím still looking young so I guess I have plenty of time ahead of me to exhaust my dreams :D

I'm pretty pacifist. I just love to make plenty of friends and I rarely find an occasion to dispute with them.

Iím currently working in the gaming industry as a producer. Iím both starting my own company, and working for another company. After working like a crazy guy, I finally earned my first true salary, not the biggest one though, but it does help.

I have plenty of hobbies. I enjoy composing music, writing and drawing. I like watching movies, playing videogames and reading.

In other word, Iím a pretty common guy.

Iím 100% Caucasian but strangely everyone think Iím Latino. Maybe I have Indian blood, who knows :D

Here some pics of me I'm using on MSN;


besides, my MSN is karvboy@hotmail.com if you wish to kill time. I'm pleased to meet all of you!
232  The Rest / General Discussions / Introduce yourself here on: March 20, 2006, 02:05:52 PM
A community is nice, but is better when we're knowing each other :D

RPGfan is a great place. It's the only forum I truly enjoy hanging around. So Iím just eager to know more about everyone!

What about your age?
Are you a guy or a woman?
Where are you living?
Do you have a picture of yourself?
What are your doing in life? Job? Hobbies?

PS: mods, it could be nice to stick the subject, isn't it :)
233  The Rest / General Discussions / Asian girls don't like Asian guys on: March 20, 2006, 01:52:17 PM
I don't know. When I go to Montreal, Chineses seem to be a pretty independent culture, and I rarely see a Chinese girl dating a Caucasian. Maybe itís different in the States in big cities such Los Angeles.

I think Asian girls have something special that make them looking very cute. Mostly when they smile.

Maybe I have my chances with CluelessWonder?  
 (please! please! please!)

joking heh
234  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Thought-Provoking RPG Suggestions on: March 20, 2006, 01:40:25 PM
Quote from: "Cauton"

There's also Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne, but that will probably not be any easier to find in stores than Digital Devil Saga. Your best bet for both games is eBay or similar sites.

It's too bad, I don't like/trust used games :(

It would be nice that someday videogames remains universal in stores like with movies. You still can find brand new old movies in popular stores, but not videogamesÖ After one year of existence, a game become a rare piece of collection (apart greatest hits, but they are mostly Sony related games or hyper popular games).
235  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Thought-Provoking RPG Suggestions on: March 20, 2006, 11:44:19 AM
I need good suggestions too.

I would like to play another great RPG but Iím hesitating between Wild Arm 4 and Grandia III. Thereís also Digital Devil Saga I never tried, but Iím not sure if it will be able to find the earliest episode in store. Which one should I pick? I love RPGs with a serious and deep atmosphere.
236  The Rest / General Discussions / Asian girls don't like Asian guys on: March 20, 2006, 03:33:50 AM
haha yeah it was pretty damn funny! :D

those guys are talented. It seems they've done other movies, I'm going to watch them right now.

I like Wong Fu Productions very much.
237  The Rest / General Discussions / Game journal yeah whoo. on: March 18, 2006, 08:11:53 PM
I've decided to take a break with SH:FtNW for a couple of days. As always, I'm playing random games with my NES and SNES emulator.
238  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Shadow Heart: From the New World on: March 18, 2006, 06:30:18 PM
I have a question, but please be careful not to reveal important spoilers, I just want to know if I'm in the last stage of the game. It seems to me it will be already the end...
239  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Shadow Heart: From the New World on: March 18, 2006, 06:21:15 PM
Quote from: "Cauton"
Half an hour? I don't think any boss battle in From The New World lasted longer than 15 minutes for me, not even the final one. What levels are your characters at?

Nearly 1 hour to be exact. But most of the time I was resurrecting dead characters and trying to heal them, and each time I was getting better the boss drove me crazy attacks. Thatís why I was extremely angry to lose the battle.

The bad thing when you resurrect a character he don't have anymore status improvements (barrier, rage, shield, etc)

I'm at level 40, the boss is Malice Gilbert. I will try to gain 5 more levels...
240  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Shadow Heart: From the New World on: March 18, 2006, 03:32:47 PM
Quote from: "LaVal"

However, I agree the boss battles are over-excessively long.  I've spent well over an hour fighting 2 bosses late in the game only to succumb to them nearing their defeat.  It's extremely frustrating to spend that kind of time, only to have to repeat it, especially since you have no idea how to prepare for them until you've spent a good deal in combot with them.  The length of the bosses has me thinking "Oh no, not another boss" every time I see one.

That's exactly what I meant. I can accept being defeated without trouble when bosses last 5-10 minutes, in such a context I just want to try it again right away, but it's not the case when bosses are desperately long like more than half an hourÖ
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