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46  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: July 21, 2015, 12:45:54 AM
I have a nephew who's been into Zelda and Pokemon for as long as I can remember (he's 12), and this summer, he has jumped head first into the FFTA pool, and never wants to come out (he thinks FFTA was much better than 2, partly because he finds its story more compelling).  We'll see if he goes back and plays FFT, but I thought you guys would appreciate the fact that these games are definitely relevant to younger people than I might have expected.

To be fair, TA1's story was better than TA2's. Its not every day that you get to play as the bad guy.
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 20, 2015, 12:53:51 PM
Holy shit.  Yeah the slowdown was an issue (IIRC Muramasa on the Vita fixed that up, no?), but the new Odin Sphere is a PROPER enhancement if I've ever seen one.  Looks like they took its flaws of the game pretty seriously...  I'll definitely be throwing money for this one.

Slowdown is one issue but the biggest flaw of the game was that enemies completely ignored being hit.
I mean, why would you make a side-scrolling 'beat'em up' where enemies don't stagger?
It's just a terrible design decision.

While the utter lack of hitstun was pretty fucking stupid (a number of character combos were just straight up garbage due to comboing yourself into an enemy), there were ways around that. That slowdown though was just total and complete, absolute bullshit and led to fights like Velvet's take on that one Dragon boss who was comboing with that wizard boss where you died where you stood while one of the million or so projectiles flying around in that fight basically froze inside your hitbox, tearing through your HP in about a second, while you could do nothing but watch helplessly (also the Wizard had that utter piece of shit gimmick that prevented you from actually dealing with him in spite of the fact that you absolutely needed to deal with him in a desperate effort to get him to stop murdering the framerate, and because trying to take the Dragon while that guy was still around was tantamount to fighting the law of averages; and the law of averages will win almost every time).

That's probably the single most bullshit fight I have ever fought inside a videogame (not even the most ridiculously contrived scripted loss could hope to compete with that fight (namely because it too was a goddamn motherfucking scripted loss as well; just to really rub it in there)).
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 20, 2015, 09:31:40 AM
https://youtu.be/OzrPqNHB1bo
For a series with so many 'staple characters' I always love seeing what's added to Street Fighter or any other big fighting game series.

So here's Necali: A Super Saiyan Blanka x Akuma x Wolverine.... But I still think it's pretty damn cool.

He looks more like an SSJ3 Akuma than anything else (probably effectively is too).


And in more relevant gaming news: http://gematsu.com/2015/07/odin-sphere-leifdrasir-announced-ps4-ps3-ps-vita

You have one job guys, fix the bloody slowdown.


Also: http://gematsu.com/2015/07/atlus-vanillaware-tease-new-project-details-coming-september

A new challenger approaches... Possibly an Odin's Sphere sequel or possibly something entirely new. Looking at it again, this can't be anything but a entirely new game. Ignore my previous speculation.
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 19, 2015, 04:16:06 PM
The glowy eyes and what looks like hexagons on the limbs are probably what make people think its an alternate form of Zygarde.

That, and the fact that that's pretty much what they've done since Gen 3. They made games that "starred" the third legendary which basically did nothing in the games before (Rayquaza, Giratina, Kyurem).

True. And I fully suspect that Nu Emerald will have a Nu Rayquaza (I know its not going to be Nu, its probably either going to be Delta or Sigma or something that I'm too lazy to check right now) as its emphasis, but for this movie in particular, the image seems to involve something fuck off large and with a crown which would fit something with the word Regi in it.
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 19, 2015, 08:17:26 AM
I'm sure less important to everyone is the fact they did some teasing for a strange silhouetted Pokemon which looks similar to another existing Pokemon.
...which Pokémon does that look similar to? It isn't ringing any bells for me. I was assuming it was an enhanced version of Volcanion since it still needs to be released. I just checked on Serebii, where people seem to be convinced that it is a new form for Zygarde (although I do not see it at all).

If Regigigas hasn't already gotten a Megavolution yet, then my bet would be that.
51  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 19, 2015, 07:45:28 AM
Beat Lord of Magna yesterday. Game was alright. Better than I was expecting when I started but not good enough for me to work on another run through.

Not sure what I'm going to go through next. I was thinking Tales of Heart R would be next when I started Lord of Magna, but I am also getting an itch to play a visual novel. I don't have any good ideas for visual novels with official releases though.

Tears to Tiara 2?
52  Media / Game Journals / Re: Starmongoose - Let's Play Fire Emblem Path of Radiance! on: July 19, 2015, 07:44:13 AM
Thanks for the advice dude. :) I don't think I'm going to follow most of it, but I appreciate you wanting to help all the same.

It's not really about filling air time, for me it's just doing what I enjoy. For example I only watch LP's where the text is being read aloud, because usually I'm flicking between other pages during those parts and I like to hear what's going on. Some people like having it read out, some people don't - I'm okay with that. And shooting the shit and such feels more personal to me. To me a let's play is a social thing, where you get a close experience to being in the same room as a friend while you play a game together. Whenever I play games with friends there are usually jokes, general chat and such untop of the gameplay objective.

I wouldn't watch a Let's Play like the one you want me to be, so I won't act like it. I'd never ever want to listen to a scripted post-production Let's Play for instance.  I do what I enjoy, there are many ways to do a let's play and I don't think there is a wrong way - and I don't think "nobody wants to hear" what I have to say, I've already gotten feedback that it's actually something they enjoy.

I'm not dismissing you or anything, I'm genuinely happy you're trying to help, but we may just enjoy different things in our Let's Plays?

No, that's fair. It sounds like you'd be better off doing Live Streams instead where you can have actual people in on your playthrough and get live commentary for you to respond to, but either way, its your prerogative.


Though I do have one last piece of valuable advice to impart before I depart and that is to never, under any circumstance, do a Youtube catalog dump on another LP site. Its one of the faster ways to earn yourself an instantaneous flaming, trolling, perma-banning and thread gassing all in one go.
53  Media / Game Journals / Re: Starmongoose - Let's Play Fire Emblem Path of Radiance! on: July 19, 2015, 06:05:56 AM
Thanks Dice. :D It means a lot. I'm really enjoying doing these.

Big channel update guys! ^^ Lots of cool art and also a new video! That's Part 5 now.

Clicky!

Defense Maps. Cool when they work, a glorified Rout map when they don't, and this one doesn't. Titania and Shinon basically guarantee that you can't lose this fight outside of sustaining a causality and resetting for it, and you only really need to feed Ike, Oscar, Soren and Boyd to boot. Even Hard Mode's FoW doesn't mean squat in the face of your people unless Ike or Boyd have done something to offend the RNG gods or something.

As for this channel, I really hope you put an end to reading out the dialogue. Giving us a start of turn run down on the Enemy Phase and what your gameplan is in response should be enough to fill the air time. Let people read the dialogue on their own, you don't need to draw it out or anything thanks to the magic of the pause video button, and the game's music should be enough to fill the dead air. Keeping things shorter should improve viewership as well since shorter videos mean less of a time commitment. Another strategy is to spend time talking about some of the side objectives that you're going for like the boss having a stat booster on hand but the time limit making it difficult to claim that prize without getting someone killed or cutting the stage and potential Exp short. One of the biggest mistakes I see in Youtube LPs all the time is that they narrate as they play. Post-production is a thing that exists for a reason. Look over your video and see what you actually did and formulate a script based upon that. Multi-tasking hurts your gameplay and fills your video with noise pollution that nobody wants to hear.

If you do all of this, your LP's quality will definitely improve, guaranteed.
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 19, 2015, 05:29:20 AM


And it leaves out the Ice Cream. D:
55  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 17, 2015, 10:01:08 PM
Eh. I'd still argue that a solid number of LNs are trashy as well, but at this point, the argument mostly comes down to a matter of there always being a bigger fish (or piece of shit in this case) and the question of how far is one willing to delve into the abyss to find it.
56  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 17, 2015, 07:50:52 PM
Just want to mention that thinking about Re:Monster really had me pissed off for most of today. Like, I tried to imagine what it would be like reading a novel with stuff like that and I was disgusted. Then I tried imagining a protagonist for a story like that, and I felt nothing but pure contempt. I can only hope the end of the story involves some sort of Gene bomb, preferably delivered through a tragically ironic manner involving the protag, thus forcing the defeat of the goblin race (hopefully with some sort of civilized society left standing in the process).

Or at least have some L to Re:monster's Yagami. (at least I'm assuming they're trying to paint him as an anti-hero and not just a pure villain...)


Dude don't. Just don't. This particular hill isn't worth dying on. You're far better served just straight up dismissing LNs and LN-inspired products in general.
57  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 17, 2015, 11:25:05 AM
The thing with a lot of LN is that they end up as cesspool of ultimate male power fantasy.
From the few I've tried reading, I'd say that if the main character starts off powerful because of xyz reason... that's a very bad sign.

Hell, all you really need as an indicator are the title being way too long, and a cover that's totally blank outside of the 'obviously a waifu' and said title.

"Re:Monster" disagrees with that one though =/



The manga is kinda OK since the mangaka is cutting a lot of the 'less desirable' content.
In my mind, this is the mangaka after reading a chapter of Re:monster thinking of how much rework/cutting will be needed:

«Oh look, they just defeated an elven army, enslaved every surviving men and women and then drugged them all until they had so few of their wits left, they 'willingly' accepted rape...»

Read the 1st chapter of the manga. Expected the rape after I saw that it was based on goblins in Japanese fantasy. Goblins in those settings if its not comical  tend to rape anything that moves. The fact that they need human females to reproduce is  Hgame/Hentai  101 for rape incoming. 

And Elves are basically code for belligerent fantasy racism, and if largely female, rape bait.
58  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 17, 2015, 09:26:36 AM
The thing with a lot of LN is that they end up as cesspool of ultimate male power fantasy.
From the few I've tried reading, I'd say that if the main character starts off powerful because of xyz reason... that's a very bad sign.

Hell, all you really need as an indicator are the title being way too long, and a cover that's totally blank outside of the 'obviously a waifu' and said title.
59  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 17, 2015, 08:03:44 AM
I started reading a light novel that I thought was interesting.
The first volume was a good read and it had an original premise.
Starting from the second volume, the main character basically rapes something every chapter.
At volume 3, it's a mix of raping new thing and 'consensual' sex with the girls he's previously 'broken' through rape.
I kinda stopped reading there...

Worst is, I'm sure that this description can easily refer to dozens of LN out there.
I am going to pray that you are wrong and that description is an uncommon LN series description.

Sadly, its more uncommon to find an LN series that the above doesn't describe.

OP'd protagonists and their waifu fucking by any flimsy pretext necessary is practically a requirement. Making the protagonist's sister and/or cousin part of the harem is also highly recommended (though they must be begging for the protagonist's big honking cock for the screentime where the protagonist isn't fantasizing about fucking her but denying himself due to being too virtuous and righteous), and vilifying China or a China-expy is a sound business tactic as well (US and Russia and/or expies are also acceptable).


I'm surprised Mio doesn't play a Warwick bass, though.  She's a lefty and that company offers all their models (except signature and limited edition models) lefty at no extra charge, which is why the late Paul Grey of Slipknot endorsed them since he's a lefty who had trouble finding lefty basses.  But then again, it seems like the creators were more into more traditional gear like Les Pauls and Fender basses.  

That, and the licensing limiting it to promotional tie ins.
60  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 16, 2015, 10:36:09 AM
Moero Chronicle characters make me happy because they remind me of that cool holographic sticker texture
http://i02.i.aliimg.com/img/pb/932/658/262/1281953356511_hz-myalibaba-web9_9210.JPG Paper
http://img.gamefaqs.net/screens/7/3/e/gfs_371549_2_6.jpg Chara

You seriously have an eye for stuff.  I never would have compared these two, but looking at them both I can really see what you mean.  You really are fart and smunny.

Not really seeing it, must be because of the anime wearing gloves with fingernails (with fingernail polish even) on them. Why is she wearing gloves with polished fingernails on them? And why doesn't her booties similarly have polished toe nails on them?
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