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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 5 JRPGs for Total n00bs! - Post Yours! on: July 31, 2015, 11:52:44 AM
A pox on everyone above me for forgetting my first entry. Considering it was designed specifically for this sort of thing. :-P

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest
Pretty much THE quintessential tutorial to RPGs. It'll give you a taste of everything the genre has to offer so that you know right out the game if this is or isn't the game-type for you.

-Experience with RNG battle values, delivered right away from the very first Bull-Boss that can just outright slaughter you with lucky critical. Yet completely forgiving due to the retry system.
-Teaches you about grinding by offering incentives via upgraded gear in the Battlefields; if you can't handle FFMQ's grinding then you know JRPGs aren't for you because it only gets worse.
-Very basic magic system that instructs on the fundamentals of elemental systems and limited casting costs; even rewarding you for thinking outside the box via the Healing-Hurt factor.

Who really needs RPG tutorials tho? It's not a hard genre. Read some bits, walk around and fight shit. Rinse and repeat. Mystic Quest's excessive hand holding and juvenile dialogue is more likely to bore new gamers than inspire them to try more RPGs.

But that sweet music though




2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 31, 2015, 11:12:32 AM
My two most recent audiobook narrations just went to retail on Audible and Amazon.  Yay! 

You should be prouder and LINK US TO THEM. >:(



Since you asked, Dice, here they are on Audible: http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_mn_mt_ano_tseft__galileo/184-8497444-9057653?advsearchKeywords=Neal+Chandran&x=0&y=0

I feel particularly good about the Plastic one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY2tCJMNI3o
3  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: The ETHEReal String Project on: July 28, 2015, 08:55:41 PM
Hey, thanks for starting up a thread for this, Kater! I was stuck at work all day to start one. ;)

My review more or less gives my impressions on the album. If I had to add anything else, i'd add it to the review. ;) But in all seriousness, I've been following this album's progression since last November. I've waited patiently for this thing to come out and when it did, I HAD to love every bit of it (I love string music).

Also, He knocks Trisection the heck out of the park (Especially when he has the end of the "victory theme/jungle" end the piece). A very nice ending to it! ;)
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: July 28, 2015, 08:50:32 PM
Gotta say, really like this new podcast AND the choice of games so far.  I may even try to tackle last story as that has been sitting in my backlog waiting for an excuse for me to play it.

It would mean taking a break from ff4 the after years, but that's something I think is easy to come back to.

Please play The Last Story with us. Experience exceptional bri'ish voice acting and awkwardness as the main character, Zael, along wit'is motley crew, trying their best to be the best friends ever. ;)
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 27, 2015, 11:09:16 PM
I'm feeling more lucid than I've in long damn time right now, so here's fiteen years of repressed emotional bloodletting!

I feel a lot of derealization and self-dislike over being circumcised; I project the dislike I feel towards myself onto pretty much everyone, which manifests as paranoia, feeling disproportionately antagonized over (frequently imaginary) slights, and going out of my way to invent reasons NOT to get close to anyone (or even making myself hate them); and the derealization means I spend too much time stuck in my own thoughts and being, frankly, delusional (or writing lengthy and incoherent forum posts).

Anyway, I've had too much caffeine, my knee's still fucked up from when I tripped on the steps two weeks ago, I really need to take the recycling out, and hip-hop sounds better to me on IEMs than headphones.

6  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The best decade for cartoons on: July 26, 2015, 02:13:51 PM
@Wild Armor : The Mortal Kombat cartoon xD Such a masterpiece.

YES, YES!

(i'm aware this is streetfighter ;))
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The best decade for cartoons on: July 26, 2015, 02:00:01 PM
So the 80s had many great shows, but the 90s really cashed into that video game scene. You get masterpieces such as Mega Man, Double Dragon, Street Fighter, Sanic the Hedgehog, The Super Mario Supah Show, Mortal Kombat, and other goodies.

There are also great shows like Captain Planet, Angry Beavers, Arthur, The Magic School Bus, Darkwing Duck, and Rupert that were great. Of course, the only show that really mattered and deserves more episodes is Freakazoid!. ;)

@Mike Dude, Pirates of Dark Water was one of my favorite shows ever. I still have my Ren toy!
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 19, 2015, 05:46:55 PM
My buddy is OBSESSED with those models. The amount of time (and money) he spends on the crazy-scale variety is astounding.

I tip my hat to he who can assemble those. I barely had the patience for the snap together DBZ imports from the 90's (damn rubber'ized clothing REALLY tried my patience!!!)

Lol, yeah I don't reccommend them to people who have no or little patience. I do them occasionally as a self-reward when dealing with heavy amounts of unnecessary stress. I enjoy putting them together. ;) However, I only build Zeon/Zakus. I don't venture far out of that territory. Perhaps when I have my debts paid off, I'll buy a larger scale of a Zaku II. ;)
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 19, 2015, 02:25:27 AM
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 19, 2015, 01:24:30 AM
Nothing is different. Move along.

(All credit goes to the lovely and amazing Dice! )

Love that avatar and sig. ;)

Also, this came in the other day!

11  Media / Game Journals / Re: Starmongoose - Let's Play Fire Emblem Path of Radiance! on: July 13, 2015, 05:03:16 PM
Whoa there's cake?!
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: Starmongoose - Let's Play Fire Emblem Path of Radiance! on: July 12, 2015, 03:52:19 PM
Woo, thought things were starting to get hot around here. ;)



Hope the Let's Play goes swimmingly! ;)
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 12, 2015, 12:42:13 AM
A few months ago they moved the elderly from the nursing home to a home elsewhere. I just found out that this made this village's population shrink by 20%. This place is so doomed XD



Yes, they "moved" them. ;)
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 09, 2015, 11:30:20 PM
finished watching these anime in the last couple of days:

  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions + Throb
  • Oreimo 2
  • Chaos;Head

I'm also re-watching some of Haganai before watching Haganai next. I'm almost certain once I finish those two up, I wont watch anime for the rest of this year.

You have my condolences. RIP, your last couple of days/drive to watch bad anime.

It's funny because I think of the group I watched/currently finishing up, Chaos;Head is definitely miles ahead. The whole schizophrenic would have been beautiful had they not introduced the whole...

Code:
megalomaniacs and government conspiracy trash. Honestly, I was getting a kick out of him finally trusting that blond chick and then she grabs him and he freaks out. That was comical. ;)

I'm rewatching Outlaw Star.  I have only seen it on Toonami (and not in its entirety) and am watching the DVD boxset, subtitled.  I only watched the first 5 episodes last night and my feelings are similar to what they were before.  Yes, Cowboy Bebop is objectively the better series, but Outlaw Star is just more my style of anime, "what the huh?" moments of 'anime logic' be damned.  But if I didn't allow myself to succumb to the oxymoron that is "cartoon logic" and nitpicked all the niggles I wouldn't enjoy anime and cartoons (especially 80s cartoons) and would need to be admitted to the Please Please Please Get a Life foundation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNJ6dFwh8a4

And although Bebop has excellent music, Outlaw Star is no slouch in the music department either.  Its opening and ending songs are quite good and the music throughout the series is solid.  Again, Cowboy Bebop has arguably superior music, but Outlaw Star's music is more my style. 

Bebop has the superior dub, though.  Bebop's dub felt effortless whereas Outlaw's sounded a bit "try hard." That being said, Jim and Aisha are a hoot in the dub. 

I know the trinity in those days was Outlaw Star, Cowboy Bebop, and Trigun, but I never quite got into Trigun.   

EDIT: 10 episodes in and loving it!

Outlaw Star is best waifu, hands down. ;)
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: July 09, 2015, 11:23:14 PM
I think y'all are going to get a kick out of how we handle these fights. ;)
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