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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 06, 2016, 01:25:31 PM
Yeah it's ironic that they pay so much for it but are uploading them earlier than the game to YouTube so they can get the social media conversation going on Facebook, Twitter and Reddit. Part of the fun of watching the big game is the element of surprise with commercials. You don't know which one is coming next or by who or what it's about. If they start uploading them too early and they're really funny then you'll have friends, family, or co-workers spoil them and they won't be as funny when you first watch them during the game. I hope they don't become like spoilers where we have to avoid the internet the few days leading up the game. For example, a big movie trailer reveal surprise that most didn't see coming but were pleasantly surprised. In then end, I know they're just pricey paid advertisements, but it's tradition to be surprised and laugh the first time you watch them during the game with friends.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: How deep is your backlog? on: February 05, 2016, 01:21:15 PM
Between working full time (40 hours) and going back to school again online for a second career transition full time (20 hours minimum a week class/study/homework)... I have zero time. That being said, I'm more likely to play and beat one game a year or two tops as sort of a "completitionist" rather than speed through a game's story mode. I know already that one game this year for me is going to be Xenoblade Chronicles X. I loved the first game, and bought a Wii U as soon as it was announced several years ago so I was all doe-eyed when I picked up the game in my hands during winter break.

That's the stuck between a hard place shtick with rpgs. They're incredibly fun and enjoyable to play, but hard to play casually or briefly. They're a time investment, but an amazing one when the quality of the game is top notch. It's sad to pass up games when I read various video games sites and get excited about upcoming releases, but it's a time decision that I have to weigh if I will have the time to play, so I don't waste money buying the game and letting it collect dust.

Back to my backlog though... I hope to get around to Trails. in the Sky: Cold Steel soon which may be my swan song for my PS Vita (unless there are other good rpgs on the horizon that I'm unaware of). I'll definitely binge Fire Emblem Fates because they are excellent games to pick up and put down... like waiting in the doctor's office, haha.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 05, 2016, 01:04:50 PM
People here saying black licorice is tasty, people in my breakroom saying they don't like bananas....wtf is going on.  Is steak terrible and broccoli amazing now too?!?!?!?!?!?!??!

Nah man, it's all about the cauliflower. And there's a shortage here in the U.S. to boot:
http://qz.com/581690/theres-a-cauliflower-shortage-in-the-us-and-its-making-prices-skyrocket/
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: February 05, 2016, 11:33:49 AM
Proving once again that Kotaku was mostly full of shit and continue to be a non-credible source of news.

Gotta get them clicks, yo. Personally, I can't stand those sites that sensationalize gaming news for more views/comments, but eh... whatevs. Honestly, I was a bit turned off by this whole video game censorship in the US debate. Has that dissuade me to not support Nintendo and not buy this game? No. I'm still going to buy Fates because I loved Awakening and all the map packs that I picked up via Nintendo eShop. Just going to drown out the noise here and love me some Fire Emblem. ;)
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 04, 2016, 12:50:23 PM
My MC is level 24, everyone else is 14-19, and I have no Skell license yet.

Does your MC or supporting characters have EXP Boost augment inserts yet or have rare/unique armor with EXP Boost augment already included? Might be worth looking into. It makes leveling up way faster if you need to grind a little to be more on par with indigens.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: February 04, 2016, 12:44:44 PM
Fire Emblem Fates "Downloadable Content" trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDz6u1xDCR0

"We've got trouble." DLC is here.
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread on: February 03, 2016, 04:24:04 PM
Chloe Bruce: Daisy Ridley's stunt double
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPVnRMhGNXI

Sweet Jesus. I don't if this has already been posted, but this chick is crazy good with the staff. Nice kicks as well. She needs to selected for the upcoming Power Rangers motion picture adaption.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: February 03, 2016, 02:51:59 PM
For those who didn't click my link:


9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: February 03, 2016, 12:29:46 PM
Ramza Beoulve Gets An Introduction Trailer For Dissidia Final Fantasy
http://www.siliconera.com/2016/02/03/ramza-beoulve-gets-introduction-trailer-dissidia-final-fantas

What the what? Ramza, waifu material now?
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 01, 2016, 05:06:29 PM
82 km/h winds today.
Damn...

True that. It's been crazy here, in So Cali. Was supposed to have my first archery lesson (of 5 total) yesterday in a park, but it was bumped till next week cuz the crazy wind and rain sweeping through.
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 01, 2016, 02:56:09 PM
Snapple juice. I reached max BLADE level of 10 in Xenoblade Chronicles X and forgot to read the memo about making sure to level up Mechanical to 5 by BLADE level 10, so it looks like I may miss a few probes. Whoops. Lol. Good news is I got my main char to level 50 and bought the best skell in new LA so now I can take most purple and blue colored enemies down quickly. Aeolus had it right, if you can isolate a purple colored enemy from his homies, it's a lot easier.

I read some rumor on a Gamefaq thread that there is a mission that can allow you to max out remaining perks (mechanical, biological or archaeological). If it's true and I get that mission great, if not the game goes on.

Tyrants are still intimidating, but if I play my cards right I can tackle one or two. Mira is starting to build up a little better as well, so I think I finally got past the "wall" in game progression.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 29, 2016, 01:26:13 PM
So yeah, I've played for over 20 hours and I would say about 4 of those were spent looking for a spherical EM motor.

Welcome to the random XBCX fun where you can timidly accept an affinity quest, mission, story quest and have no clue if it will take 2-5 minutes or a few hours. LOL.

I bought the $30 game guide, but TBH I was a little underwhelmed on quest info/details so most of the time I resort to my three friends when I can't figure it out on my own:


Hey Aeolus, what's your best Mira-racking-up scheme? The best one I've read so far is to switch division to Prospectors and do donuts in the Rockmole's Burrow to rack up shards/collectables to 99, sell them back in new LA wash/rinse/repeat. It's a bit of a grind, but I'm trying to "git gud" to buy better skell gear and frames so I don't get spanked by sniper tyrants, lol.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: January 29, 2016, 12:59:25 PM
I swap in Elma and Lin when I'm going up against heavy hitters (typically affinity quests or places sprawling with xenos above my level) that my other party members can't handle. Otherwise it's fun to level up the other support characters and see heart-to-hearts appear in new LA.
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 28, 2016, 11:04:00 PM
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky

Oh hey, I finally booted this up! I didn't get to play as much as I wanted to, though, since I had to watch the first scene 5 times before I figured out that the opening movie just flat out wasn't going to work with Fullscreen on for some reason, so I had to disable it. Which makes me very sad. The opening song is amazing. :(

But at least I got through the tutorial...or at least, I got my Bracer badge, so now I can go on my Pokemon journey and become a- oh wait, wrong game. Now I get to go back home and deliver my dad's newspaper. But first: I have to learn how to obtain cooking recipes.

Step #1: eat food

Step #2: write down the ingredients of the food you're eating, based solely on what your tastebuds have discerned.

...I feel like they're missing a couple of steps here, but videogames.

Funny response mac! I just booted this game up too today. Apparently I bought it via PSN on my (then new) PS Vita and played 20 hours of it. I forgot I had the title because for some reason I thought I had the older hard copy on my old PSP anyway. What I do remember is running from trail to trail for a long time dashing to get to the next place... so a lot of back and forth completing quests from the Bracer board. Right now I'm in some dark dungeon that I can't seem to recall what I'm doing and I'm trying to get out. So ya, I have no idea what I'm doing or where the plot is going since I haven't played it since 2012, lol... I'll have to get reacquainted with the game since I just picked up Cold Steel and want to finish the first game before moving onto Cold Steel. Happy trail time!

I didn't play any video games last year when transitioning back to becoming a full time student who works full time as I work toward a new career field. I got a few games for Christmas to devour on my winter break but mostly have been consumed with XBCX, I do want to play the two Trails games before going back to school again. Oh ya, and there's the new Fire Emblem coming soon which is like SRPG crack, haha. Yikes.
15  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: January 27, 2016, 03:43:36 PM
http://gematsu.com/2016/01/ea-skipping-e3-2016-own-ea-play-event Oh noes! Now who will fill the dead air between Microsoft and Sony now?...is what I would ask if anyone was actually filling that dead air instead of being that dead air.

Wow... so first Nintendo now EA (I'm probably forgetting other names, but these two stand out). I wonder if it's developers feeling increasing perceived irrelevance of E3, cost cutting, or what.
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