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4111  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Obama won't support building 'Death Star' on: January 12, 2013, 04:14:06 PM
Besides, Shawcross says, the Obama administration "does not support blowing up planets."

Damn, I knew I should've voted for Palpatine...

Or Newt Gingridge (or however Mr. "I wanna build a moon base!"'s name is spelled).
4112  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: DHS advises computer users to disable Java because of security bug on: January 12, 2013, 04:11:25 PM
Oh hey! Its that thing that is the reason why I still stick with Firefox. All I need to do is go to tools/options then uncheck the check box next to Enable Javascript. 3-5 seconds and I'm done.

But unfortunately, Youtube is functionally useless without Java or Javascript on, among other things.
4113  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 12, 2013, 12:39:24 PM
long series scare me...

That's the reason I'm never ever starting Ramna.
I missed it back then and it's just too much now.

Man, if you think Ramna is long. God help you if you ever decide to get into a long running shonen series.
4114  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 12, 2013, 12:36:09 PM
is nosferatu the one that ignores res? i recall that being of only limited usefulness on most druid's unless you spent time raising sophia. however therein lies the problem with speedruns and a scoring system. theres no consideration for characters used. should a player that beats map A in 5 turns with haar get the same score as someone who beats it in 5 with Jill?

No, its the one that drains life from damage. Otherwise known as Nosfertanking where you can stick a Dark Mage/Druid on the front lines without worry since any hits they take is going to be healed back from the damage they deal so long as they don't get OHKO'd in the process. Normally, its not a terrible problem since such weapons are difficult to come by and your Druid is likely only sporting 10-12 Def by their endgame averages while their Spd and Luk aren't entirely enough to avoid getting doubled/critted while Weight tends to be an issue as well (there's also a sword variant known as the Rune Sword and is pretty beastly since its not limited to dark magic users only but tend to be extremely rare as a result).

What makes the tome and its upgraded variant so gamebreaking this time is that a) you get more than one Dark Magic user, b) the tomes are plentiful, c) stat caps are so ridiculously high that even crits tend to be a non factor for most of the time, d) the revised doubling formula gives otherwise slow classes such as Dark Mages and Sorcerers more leeway (takes 5 Spd now to double or be doubled), e) no weapon weight at all, f) you can forge and upgrade the power of the spell among other things making it even more effective at draining life, and finally g) there's a skill that prevents weapon durability loss based on luck*2 and all promoted classes have a default Luk cap of 45 (not including personal cap modifiers or the skill that raises all stat caps by 10 save HP and Move) making making any weapon unlimited use for those who have said skill, and for hilarity's sake h) you can stack the Sol skill on top of that (proccing that makes the hit drain life) for even more unkillable fun.

Of course, the trick with those last two points is that you need to have the correct class combination to both learn those skills and use dark magic (only Dark Mages and Sorcerers can use dark magic and no other magic using class barring the use of a very specific skill which only shows up online or during the postgame). But then, you're guaranteed at least four people who can pull this combination off regardless as to who you sleep with (and much much more if you ever go online).
4115  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 12, 2013, 03:51:21 AM
Skipping DLC and grinding seems like a good combo when going with the no perma death mode, might actually make battles a bit more thrilling to ONLY worry about scraping through, rather than keeping everyone alive.

Anyways, there's ad scans drifting around that indicate the US at least will get the blue FE 3DS that Japan got. 3DS XL upgrade might've been nice, but it's still great to see that come over, it's one of the LE ones I would've actually wanted.

EDIT: For reference, the blue 3DS.


Aaaaand confirmed. Better preorder now before scalpers/Japanese fans who missed out on JP version due to low print numbers/other assorted assholes clean house.
4116  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: January 12, 2013, 03:48:43 AM

There's enough Persona now to form an entire studio around. In retrospect this was pretty obvious.
4117  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 11, 2013, 01:57:04 PM
I thought Inuyasha: The Final Act in 2009 was supposed to finish the series?

It was. The final act was literally the last couple of chapters of the manga. They ended up skipping at least an arc or two in the process but its Inuyasha and nothing of value was lost. Also I did read at least one chapter of the manga, the final one, to see if the Internets' vitriol was as warranted as it seemed. It was.

Bleach's problem was that it came up with this plotline involving things like Hollows and the hunting of them down and then the Soul Society arc happened which should've been a derail but ended up being so popular that basically every arc since tried to replicate that instead leading to, among other things, battles that consisted of "Now it is I who is behind you!" shenanigans and power levels that were completely arbitrary beyond the measurement of who could press their sword against another person's sword harder.

And Naruto's problem was that at first it started by focusing on the titular character's growth from being a dipshit loser to fulfilling his dream, but he was too much of a dipshit loser so the series wisely dispersed the focus onto his peers from his class as well making battles and events a team effort but then they also wanted to make angsty emo Sasuke into the main character despite being nothing more than a dipshit loser so they basically had him single-handedly hijack the plot and turn it into crap about asian wizards demanding your shottingguns.
4118  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 10, 2013, 07:55:22 PM
The tl;dr of Inuyasha is that it starts as an entertaining shonen style collectithon then by the second season that all but ditches that to become a full time romantic comedy for the remainder of the decade.

Even the bait and switch wouldn't have been so terrible if the plot wasn't put into suspended animation for the better part of a decade or if the show itself didn't devolve into that one early commercial from Adult Swim that consisted of nothing but the two leads shouting each others' names at each other with the occasional sword upgrade for Inuyasha thrown in to continue the pretense (seriously, whenever Inuyasha went "Oh shit! A new barrier!" it was time for a new story arc (or for Kagome/Kikiyo to save the day), but whenever Miroku went "Oh shit! Bees!" it was time to ignore him for the rest of the episode which was usually about two seconds into the episode's fight, and then there's Sango and Shippo, although at least the former did well enough with her stupidly huge boomerang and flying, flaming, murdercatfoxthingy).

Yeah. Guess who fell into that trap! This guy! I didn't even bother watching the ending because I already knew by that point that it was just going to consist of wrapping up every goddamn plot thread the space of one season and ending with both Inuyasha and Miroku getting their respective girls.

And then the author immediately started a new series that was exactly the same thing except more ghosts instead of demons.

Which, by the way, don't bother with Rin-ne or whatever its called. Its guaranteed to be garbage.
4119  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 10, 2013, 07:22:09 PM
Skipping DLC and grinding seems like a good combo when going with the no perma death mode, might actually make battles a bit more thrilling to ONLY worry about scraping through, rather than keeping everyone alive.

Anyways, there's ad scans drifting around that indicate the US at least will get the blue FE 3DS that Japan got. 3DS XL upgrade might've been nice, but it's still great to see that come over, it's one of the LE ones I would've actually wanted.

EDIT: For reference, the blue 3DS.

If so then Hell Yeah! The conservative investor profits once again...*ohm nom nom*...My sandwich!? I'M RUINED!!!

In addition to avoiding DLC and grinding, you'll also need to refrain from using the Nosferatu tome and certain class/skill combinations.

If you haven't tried FE12 please do so, I think it's a better game in terms of classic FE mechanics, difficulty, and balance. It also has casual mode.

Or the better Nosferatu tome for that matter.

But then again getting said class/skill combinations is probably going to take you all main game to accumulate on even the one person who has nothing better to do than to get all of those (aside from getting together with someone like Kellam so that her daughter has those options as well as a bunch of other options that she'll probably never need).
4120  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 10, 2013, 04:07:43 PM

Got to go on a squeaking mission.
4121  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest 4 DS quick question regarding items in the game on: January 10, 2013, 02:42:13 PM
...but damn are the battles slow and boring and it takes so long to gain a level. Really getting frustrated with this

Not going to lie, that was the main reason why I hated Dragon Quest for a while.

Haven't played the DS version so I don't know what level you need to be for the post game stuff but I did my best grinding on the island that has the entrance to the underworld in the NES version. Nothing like sicking Alena on any unfortunate Metal King Slimes foolish enough to draw near and watching the ensuing mess of critical hits flatten them.

Also, and I don't know why you wouldn't have done this already, but if you haven't cleaned out the casino for Metal King Shields for everybody who can equip them then you should. Remember, its a game. There's a save point nearby. Buy maybe 10 tokens, save whenever you end up in the black, and set a reset threshold once you have more than enough tokens to play for a five minute long losing streak so you don't actually have to play for more than five minutes before you realize you need to give up and try again.
4122  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII coming to 3DS (Japan) in Feb. on: January 10, 2013, 01:51:09 PM
I have the playstation original and haven't touched it yet probably not interested in this version

Your call, but the original is so massive and clunky that I can't imagine this not being the definitive version.

(Although that could just be my lack of faith in OG Playstation hardware due to failures which caused me to not finish the PSX version of the game when one of my memory cards got reformatted to make room for an Inuyasha fighting game save file. I had an endgame save that was a grind away from beating the final boss on that memory card among other things. Also PSXes suck and overheat causing them to freeze at the drop of the hat. And the ingame CGs of the PSX version were ugly as hell.)

The tl;dr is that the PSX did not age well at all.
4123  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 10, 2013, 01:39:59 PM

And speaking of DLC, looks like the first one's going to be free for a while just like in Japan.

Also pics.
4124  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Games of the Year 2012 Discussion Thread on: January 09, 2013, 09:38:56 PM
out of all the western developed, testosterone fueled, blatantly misogynistic, male gamers' power fantasies on display last year
What are you talking about?

The 2012 VGAs (I think I died a little watching that thing and then reading the trip reports of the online coverage).
4125  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 09, 2013, 09:30:26 PM
I tried to list things that weren't Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Fairy Tail or some other well known big name.

I also didn't list those tournament fighters because most of them aren't really anything special.
Who here wants to watch Beyblade?

I guess there's Shaman King that's a tournament shonen fighter, right? I never watched it myself... so can't say.

There's Shaman King, Blue Exorsist, Soul Eater (which I swear he said he saw some of), JoJo's, Hitman Reborn (which you listed. I blanked on it earlier), Hunter X Hunter (2011), Dragon Ball (not Z. A lot of people never saw the original, which is way different from Z), Gintama (more of a comedy I guess, but it still sorta counts), Beelzebud, Fist of the North Star, Rurouni Kenshin, and Yu Yu Hakusho. All of Which I enjoyed much more than Naruto, Bleach, Inuyasha, and Fairy Tail. Those four are bottom of the barrel in my opinion. Not Better than One Piece, though. That show is the shiz, man (I dunno if Klyde would be into it, since it tends to be very silly a lot of the time, though).

Wait. Why do you consider Fairy Tale to be bottom of the barrel material? I thought that it was basically Rave Master with a better cast?

Also I'd like to add Bobobo to the list of unwatchables. Trying to watch that is like locking yourself in a closet with a truckload of cigarettes and chain smoking each and every one until you're ready to swear off of them forever, except replace the cigarettes with Japanese humor.

And Fushigi Yuugi is about as Shonen as Seikerei except genderswap everything (including the genre) and make the premise less retarded. Or to put it directly, it's a pure blooded Shojo series (modern day girl falls in magical sudo history and into the waiting laps of her harem of pretty bishonen) that borrows a few Shonen elements to give the pretty bishonens something to do while the MC tries to figure out which of her lovely harem she wants to motion towards first base with without just giving in and taking the Tenchii solution.
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