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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 20, 2014, 02:26:48 AM
I heard the Fatal Frame games don't have much combat, is that true?

No. A large part of the Fatal Frame games involve combating ghosts with a camera. You play in 3rd person while you explore, and when you combat ghosts you switch to the camera and it goes to 1st person. Ghosts have health and by taking pictures you damage them. I've only played the first two, and there are definite required battles in each, as well as final bosses.

If you're looking more for a combat-less console horror game, I'd check out the PS1 Clock Tower if you haven't already played it. It has terrible controls (point and click with a PS1/2 controler *shudder*) and ugly graphics, but it's definitely worth quite a few scares and some uneasy tension.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 20, 2014, 02:18:30 AM
4. Housebound (Watch this fucking film, it's fantastic)

Your suggestion intrigues me. Hence I must ask, are you referring to
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0160434/
or
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3504048/
?

The latter; bolded for emphasis. It's a horror comedy, and I know that might not be everyone's cup of tea.

I don't think I've ever been out near Capital University. That's like right on the edge of Bexley and Whitehall, and I went to Whitehall like once and I am /never doing that again/.

I'm kind of tired of Columbus as a whole though. I've lived here for four years no and I've never felt like I belonged to any sort of community or been anything more than a perpetual visitor living amongst people that give more of a shit than I'm able to.

This was my first time in that part of Columbus, and it wasn't bad, although I rode with my sister and we stuck to the area near the theater, so the rest of it could be shit, I dunno.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 19, 2014, 11:15:56 PM
Went to a 24-hour horror movie marathon yesterday in Columbus that lasted until today. Watched 13 films of an array of qualities. One of them was a 1960's porno, and I don't think anyone in the audience knew it was a porno, and since I went with my sister and her husband, watching that one was hella awkward. Otherwise, I made it through the whole thing while only nodding off a few times during this crappy psycho sexual thriller film.

The line-up for those who are curious

1. You're Next
2. Nosferatu (1980 version)
3. Red Luck (local film)
4. Housebound (Watch this fucking film, it's fantastic)
5. The Shining (original)
6. Manitou
7. The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (the one I nodded off during)
8. The Satanist (the porno)
9. Demons
10. Tenebrae
11. The Wicker Man (original, thank god)
12. The Invisible Man (original)
13. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original)
4  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: THE EVIL WITHIN (ZWEI) on: October 14, 2014, 10:06:05 AM
Played through the 1st Chapter last night.

Let's just say I'm really bad at stealth games and the part where

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You need to avoid the guy with the chainsaw made me want to pull my hair out. I spent a good 45 minutes trying to get by him. However I see that using a bottle to create noise is also used to good effect in this game, since I was able to grab the nearest bottle, chuck it into the hallway around the room, and when the guy runs off, I hobbled toward the exit and had no more problems.

The environments for this game are fucking amazing. And what they did with the save room is pretty genius. I'm definitely enjoying it so far, so I can't wait to get a chance to play more tonight.

5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: October 09, 2014, 11:02:52 PM
pre-oredered the game because I'm pretty excited for the multiplayer actually, hopefully some people will have this on the ps4

*raises hand*
I will certainly be rocking this game for the PS4.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 01, 2014, 10:51:02 PM
I started up Alan Wake the other night. It took me a while to get used to the controls on the computer. I so very rarely play games this way that I pretty much hate it. I wonder if I can use my PS3 controller somehow. I understand that a 360 controller can be used, but that would require whatever cord is needed for that.
Anyway, controls issues aside, I'm pretty intrigued. I'll definitely keep playing.

Alan Wake definitely is a good time, and I feel like this time of year is a great time to play it. Additionally, it's not terribly long, I was able to finish it in a week playing a couple hours a night. What's great is how the game is naturally broken up, which create great stopping points for the night.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 01, 2014, 10:47:00 PM
I listen to music created by drag queens when I work out. Or more realistically, music sang by drag queens created by other people.

I tried listening to game music to get pumped, but maybe I wasn't listening to the right stuff but it just wasn't doing it for me. That being said, one of my go to songs for when I'm feeling down is Bayonetta's version of Fly Me To the Moon.
8  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: THE EVIL WITHIN (ZWEI) on: September 17, 2014, 05:40:05 PM
サイコブレイクTGSトレーラー2014 -- Bethesda Softworks JP, YouTube

This is it guys. This is the Survival Horror I've been waiting for so, so long.

It's gonna be great. I feel it in my bones.

That's a great trailer. It made me so tense just watching it. I cant wait to shit my pants.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 11, 2014, 01:00:17 AM

"oh...you're a librarian...so you must like books right??"  I get asked this on a weekly basis.  Unfortunately I don't read much outside of Comic Books and Manga so it leads to a lot of awkward conversations with people who still don't understand that a library is so much more than just print material.

which system do you work for?  I'm adult ref at a small carnegie branch of the indianapolis public library system.  I make appalling little for how much school I had to work through but I don't think I could ever do anything else.

I work for a north east Ohio system, part of the CLEVNET consortium. And I totes feel ya on how I'm being compensated, but like you, I don't want to do anything else. I'm lucky though, because part of my job duties is to develop our video game collection, so sometimes I get to look up games and select some for purchase. :)
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 08, 2014, 09:22:32 PM
Fuck it, I'm finally going to slog through all 7.hack games... I've owned them for years and it's about time I got them all out of the way. Dragon Warrior VII can wait another few months.

I actually had a scare over the weekend when I found out my copy of Outbreak had a scratch and froze at a part near the beginning. Thankfully, I have a super nifty device that works wonders on scratched discs.  So now I'm back in the game.

It's kind of funny too, because while everything else .Hack related I have is in pretty good condition, the only other thing that's seen better days is my copy of ".Hack//Another Birth Vol. 3_Outbreak"

I'm a librarian so locating either of those and having them delivered to my branch would take me all of 5 minutes.

Off-topic but:


*librarianfistbump*
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 08, 2014, 11:41:59 AM
Also have been playing Five Nights at Freddy's. I'm stuck on Night 2 but I'm loving it. I'm making sure to play in the dark, alone. The game makes good use of the player's tension, since you want to know where the characters are at, and when I see that someone has moved, I panic a little bit and start checking all the cameras until I find them, inadvertently using up power. I've jumped quite a few times. Definitely a worthwhile investment of 5 bucks.

Thats a scottgames game isn't it?
I remember him from his early stuff. Very "unique" art style, rather quirky and a bit creepy. He was also one of very few indie developers that made RPGs in MMF. I'm not sure what Five Nights is made in, but if I was a betting man Id go with MMF or whatever clickteam calls it now.

Beats me. This is my first exposure to his work, albeit a very positive first exposure. I would be willing to check out his other stuff after I finished with FNaF.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best First Towns in an RPG on: September 08, 2014, 02:20:15 AM
BG2's Athkatla is pretty memorable, which I'd hope so, since it's made up of like 6 different town areas, not to mention all the extra places hidden underneath.

And I'm gonna ditto all of Dice's picks. (SO2fistbump)

I know this is cheating, but I also love the first town you go to after the starting city of Alexandria in FF9: Dali. The music and the design for the town is so serene and calming.

This is also cheating, but I'm going to say most SaGa Frontier towns are quite good and very memorable.
13  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: THE EVIL WITHIN (ZWEI) on: September 08, 2014, 12:00:33 AM


"12.) The game has a save-room hub area"

Fuck yeah. I love it when games have elements like this. Part of what makes a really effective horror game, IMO, is managing the rise and fall of tension. Save-hub rooms are great places to relax a little, let the tension fall and let yourself catch a breath. Looking back to the classic Resident Evil games, I remember feeling relieved when I got a save-hub room, but the whole time there was a little bit of unease because I knew I would eventually have to leave the relative safety of the area and venture back into the dangerous unknown.

EDIT:

Or basically what Yoda said here:

Excellent. The save room music was fantastic in RE.

You felt safe and at ease from the SURVIVAL HORROR
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 07, 2014, 11:52:21 PM
I finished Xenogears about a week and a half ago. Overall I enjoyed it, but whoo boy, the way the story goes in the last 1/3 of the game. Also, the final boss was a decent challenge, although for the record I didn't spend time grinding or getting the best accessories.

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Fei's relationship with Elly is kinda incestuous when you think about it.


I started playing Fable 3. I played it some when it first came out and it disappointed me. However, now that I've had time to properly manage my expectations, I'm finding it to be a fun time. It's nothing "revolutionary," but I'm enjoying it. And the humor is pretty great, just like 2's.

Also have been playing Five Nights at Freddy's. I'm stuck on Night 2 but I'm loving it. I'm making sure to play in the dark, alone. The game makes good use of the player's tension, since you want to know where the characters are at, and when I see that someone has moved, I panic a little bit and start checking all the cameras until I find them, inadvertently using up power. I've jumped quite a few times. Definitely a worthwhile investment of 5 bucks.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 15, 2014, 09:05:46 PM
Silent Hill 2 is a great doors-with-broken-locks simulator.
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