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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: April 15, 2014, 02:32:32 PM
We're over the hill at 24, study says
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140414172240.htm

*The researchers analyzed the digital performance records of 3,305 StarCraft 2 players, aged 16 to 44.

Now I know why all the strategic fighters in Ender's game were all youngins'.

2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 11, 2014, 01:00:41 PM
FFXIII-2 - Final area of the game, but haven't really had the chance to play with my wife playing Tales of Xillia everyday. Heh!

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Stuck on a vine level that's driving me nuts... Arg...

Fire Emblem: Awakening - Loving the game so far. I'm taking my time through the game developing my characters for fun. I'm on Chapter 10. This is the first Fire Emblem game that I've spent considerable time on. Did I mention I love tactical/strategy RPGs?

I'm trying decide what 3DS game to pick up next after this one. I may try to download or buy mini-cartridge for older Fire Emblem (2)DS games. Either that or pick up Pokemon X&Y so I can see what all the fuss is about since most of my fellow RPGFan friends I'm ablinked up with are playing those two titles. Seeing as I've only played Bravely Default and Fire Emblem: Awakening for my (still) new 3DS XL any recommendations are welcome. ^_^
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 03, 2014, 11:06:53 AM
I think, of all things, Mario Kart 8 is really delivering what the system is capable of as well, it's *gorgeous*
http://youtu.be/__qp9iPKeNs

Was thinking, oh.. another Mario Kart game. This one looks great though. Backgrounds look smoother, more detail & contrast. The glider option to the carts was surprising and cool to see as well. I also agree with Klutz, this is one of those misc. games you can play with family and friends, laugh and have a good time. I have Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze to keep me busy until I pick this one up, but I'm def. interested.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: April 02, 2014, 12:42:52 PM
Not as epic as "The Touch" from my childhood 80s classic "Transformers the Movie", but Stan Bush still has some impressive guitar riffs in his latest:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGSSuziWX3A - Stan Bush: Thunder in Your Heart (from the album "The Ultimate")
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: April 01, 2014, 01:07:27 PM
For my buddies on here playing FFX and FFX-2 remastered, two songs from YouTube's Smooth McGroove acapella master:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXE7nJPhgv0 - Battle Theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ptg2bhLcoRY - To Zanarkand

And one more "To Zanarkand" cover from a YouTube pianist I'm learning piano from (via his YouTube playlist), Andrew Furmanczyk:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11IYF0qMyaY
6  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 01, 2014, 10:42:44 AM
Watched season and show finale of How I Met Your Mother last night. I'm amazed the show ran as long as it did. There were some good seasons and some "ok" seasons. All in all, a good show. The whole final season focused on one long weekend leading up to Barney and Robin's wedding, meanwhile Ted is supposed to finally get introduced to the mother, so there were all these close calls to meeting the mother explained in the end. There were some surprises I won't spoil here, but sorta sad and happy the show is ending. It was the one show my wife and I DVR and watched together for years. She watches New Girl, Big Bang Theory, Once Upon a Time & O.U.A.T in Wonderland, while I really just DVR one show: Person of Interest.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 01, 2014, 10:30:31 AM
Beat Bravely Default last night. Loved the ending. If my TV is not being used for DVR purposes, I'll use the freedom to finish FFXIII-2 this week. I have 130-40ish/160 fragments, but can't really do a whole lot more until post-game opportunities open up to tie up loose ends. In the meantime I'll probably start up Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS).
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: March 31, 2014, 05:07:56 PM
Maybe somebody can answer me this not actually condescending question that is going to sound condescending... why max out every asterisk? You can only have 2 job abilities at once and like 2-4 skills depending on how they cost. I maxed out like 5 useful asterisks and stopped and beat the game.

Personally, I did it so I can experiment for the "fun" factor of abilities in battle. Each ability has a description when you scroll over the feature as you know, (I don't know if my experience was the same for other players) but I just liked experimenting with the gameplay when I stacked certain job abilities so they could play off or enhance a given player's attack magical or physical based on the buff from another player.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: March 31, 2014, 03:28:02 PM
I almost feel there's a 50/50 chance we'll see some sort of Vita port at this E3 (or a sequel announcement :P ). 

Speaking of E3... I wonder if we'll see any coverage of Bravely Second. According to the Bravely Second entry on Wikipedia, 30% of the upcoming sequel is completed. June 10-12 still feels so far away. As for Bravely Default, I'm finally chipping away at the final boss after spending all my time maxing out asterisk abilities.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 27, 2014, 02:34:02 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCjsWpM9zFU
Cowabunga, dude! I was skeptical at first, but I'll eat a pizza slice on behalf of this new reboot that cashes in on my childhood nostalgia.
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 26, 2014, 04:53:33 PM
- Unicorn 7 comes out in theaters in mid-May, finally drawing that series to a close.
- Tomino returns to directing an all-new Gundam Reconguista in G
- After god knows how long of rumor and speculation, Gundam: The Origin launches in Spring 2015

Rad! Thanks for the Gundam update and video promos. I've been out of the loop of Gundam anime ever since Bandai stopped bringing over completed sets to the west w/dubs. I wanted to check out a blu-ray version of Mobile Suit Gundam UC, OAV but it's too costly for me to afford. I do know Playstation Network had subbed episodes available to rent in H.D. at a much reasonable rate, I just haven't got around to it. Anyway, glad to hear Tomino is back in the Gundam directing chair.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: March 24, 2014, 06:28:37 PM
There's also other references to it with characters, such as "Braev Lee."

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Or how about the subtitle of “Flying Fairy” for Bravely Default? I just discovered on the title screen that the letters around the subtitle get blacked out to just reveal "lying airy" which makes sense plot-wise when you get later into the game. My mind was blown, lol.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS3/4/Vita SRPG Natural Doctrine on: March 19, 2014, 01:29:29 PM
...and Vandal Hearts

THIS! My curiosity and attention are now ready.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 19, 2014, 11:24:13 AM
I got a love/hate relationship with smartphones. In this great year of 2014, I still own a basic phone. I might be making the leap to smartphone when my phone contract runs up in the next year or two.

Some reasons I've held out this long on getting one:

1) Wife has a droid that she's chained to. I'm usually out and about with her. If we need a place to eat, she pulls up the Yelp app. Or can check a flight status time via Southwest app while we wait in the cellphone lot. On the down side, her eyes are always glued to social media chat apps for her card based games or she's playing her casual games: Candy Crush, Words With Friends, etc. She's much more social than me, so it would be hard for her not to have the smartphone's easy access to the gamut of social media platforms she belongs to 24/7.

2) We're too cheap to pay for another data package, so we typically rely on her to use her cell since I'm always the one driving around.

3) I was an early adopter to iPod touch and are connected most places with wifi at home or work. If I get an iPhone I have basically the same iOS app features that I have with my iPod touch 4th gen (although Apple doesn't let me update to iOS7 with my 4th gen.) the only noticeable difference I would see is that with a smartphone I would not be restricted by wifi access.

4) I would be wary of a smartphone since sometimes it's hard not to put down shiny stimulating screens that compete for my attention to watch the latest funny pet videos someone just shared on Facebook or the latest video going viral on YouTube.

I'm wary like other members of the board said in the last page or two of social interactions. I'm already shy/introverted, so a smartphone wouldn't help me build my social confidence interactions and I don't want to worry about not being able to control my use with the smartphone in public shared places.

I'll leave this post on a funny less serious note. Coco-Cola aired this ad (I think during the super bowl and became an instant classic... not sure):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u3BRY2RF5I
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 17, 2014, 08:16:42 PM
Just got to the final chapter of FFXIII-2. Hooray! 45 hours in and I'm trying to decide if I want to invest more time to open a few of the remaining gates that I haven't got around to, obtaining more fragments, random games at Serendipity or just beat the game so I can go onto Lightning Returns. I've warmed up to the game quite a bit after taking a pause mid-way through. So much for a speed run, haha.

I'm at the end of chapter five in Bravely Default. 75 hours in. My town is rebuilt. I got the growth egg, so I can power level with exp and jp. Yay! I liked the game's first few chapters, but lately I've been losing momentum to continue... Summoning a few of you fellow RPGfans on here for special attacks on here has saved my tail a few times more than I like to admit, haha.

For random "palette cleanse" fun, I've been playing Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on Wii U. I grew up playing the heck out of Donkey Kong Country back in the day when the game was popular on SNES, so I had to get this new one for the nostalgic fun. Funny thing I'm realizing now that I'm older, is that my patience wears thin for side-scrolling adventures even though I loved them to death when I was a teen. Must be those rusty reflexes, heh.
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