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76  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is your favorite RPG in one of the first five you tried? on: February 18, 2016, 03:40:26 PM
Do you still have them or did they burn up in an orphanage fire?

Heh... you know I can't remember what happened to them. They're most likely probably in a box in my parents storage with old comics, baseball cards, legos and such. I do also recall drawing purple and white ghost character from Persona 1 (name escapes me) and the characters from ps1 Beyond the Beyond https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/61/BTB_front.jpg
77  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is your favorite RPG in one of the first five you tried? on: February 18, 2016, 01:00:59 PM
The first five that I remember, might be out of order in release dates but... they are:

01. Final Fantasy I (1987 nes)
02. Dragon Quest (Dragon Warrior 1989 nes US)
03. FFIV (FFII 1991 snes US)
04. Secret of Mana (1993 snes)
05. Chrono Trigger (1995 snes)

Of the list, I would say that Chrono Trigger stayed my favorite. Amazing soundtrack, story telling, gameplay, etc. I beat that one several times and revisited the game many times over the years. I also loved the game art at the time. I can remember drawing and coloring the characters with my best artistic copying ability in the 90s and showing them off to school mates.
78  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 18, 2016, 12:17:33 PM
End game progression in XBXC slow grindin' it a bit. I'm about to start Ch. 11. I got my Mechanical and Biological level to 5. Killing a tyrant is preventing me from getting Archaeological to level 5. I'm out of insurance tickets for my main underpowered level 50 Amdusias skell ::sniff, sniff:: I would like to take on Tyrants for more FrontalNav completion as most of my continents are at 75% complete, but I'm sorely lacking in the kick arse skell front.

My engineered skell augments need some love and will probably require quite a bit of farming to improve my battle suitability with tyrants. My reward tickets won't cut it, so that just leaves me to farm. I know, I know, first world problems, amirite? lol. Apologies for the whining. ;)

I would like a god-like Ares 90 level 60 skell to fight uber tyrants or special squad missions, but after looking up this strategy recommendation on Gamefaqs (see: http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/701151-xenoblade-chronicles-x/72977406) and watching a few uber skell tutorials on YouTube, I'll have to farm till' the cows come home and reorganize all my FrontalNav probes. With Fire Emblem arriving on Friday and vying for my attention, I don't know if I'll stay as motivated to farm and grind in XBXC.

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Holey moley... also, why did they wait until Ch. 11 to recruit Mia? I was going through the progression of crossing off missions chasing her around Mira to get her until I looked up you have to clear Ch. 11 to get her. I guess I shouldn't be surprised as often in games the last recruitable character can often pose a challenge or be a near-end game recruit.

Worse case scenario, I drop all the extras, skell customization, affinity quests and jump straight to "Collect $200 as I pass Go" and beat the final two chapters.
79  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: February 17, 2016, 06:42:24 PM
Amazon will be putting this in my mailbox this Friday.

I'm excited.  It'll be my first Day 1 Purchase in........................... years.  I guess Skyrim was the last one....

Heck ya man! I usually wait a few days after a release to pick up a reserved copy at my local Game Stop, but with this bad boy, I'm getting it on Friday from Amazon as well ::fingers crossed:: It's my first time trying this, but from what I hear from people they're pretty accurate on the delivery date once the release date no longer moves. Plus, I didn't want to pay any scum scalpers on eBay for that hefty collector's edition. So I'm starting off with Birthright to get back into my Fire Emblem bad self, then I'll download Conquest and Revelations later.
80  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: February 17, 2016, 02:13:37 AM
Final Fantasy VII Summons reenacted by my Dad (new)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbg8g8hSZEU
Gaming dad strikes back! His Knights of the Round needs some work but shows some potential.

Street Fighter II Turbo Victory Poses reenacted by my Dad
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GUyron2Ghs
My favorite one so far if you haven't seen it.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U: All Taunt Animations reenacted by my Dad
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZ1CjLak1TM
Impressive skills. My dad should take tips from this dude.

81  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Project Setsuna (or 'Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna') on: February 11, 2016, 07:05:36 PM
Nice update from Gematsu today: http://gematsu.com/2016/02/20-minutes-ikenie-to-yuki-no-setsuna-gameplay. 20 minutes of game footage from Square Enix and Tokyo RPG Factory.
82  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: February 11, 2016, 06:47:15 PM
I'm not a physicists by any means, but if you watch the video in the article above as well another one I found here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvJAgrUBF4w you can get a pretty good understanding or grasp I should say of mass, space and the distance between two objects. Or as Tesla is quoted in the beginning of the video: "If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration" - Nikola Tesla
83  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: February 11, 2016, 12:07:33 PM
Holy Moley! Scientists Have Confirmed the Existence of Gravitational Waves
http://gizmodo.com/holy-shit-scientists-have-confirmed-the-existence-of-g-1755465297

Major breakthrough in physics. Excellent video included in the article breaking down how gravitational waves work.

84  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: February 09, 2016, 02:36:40 PM
A sigh's not just a sigh - it's a fundamental life-sustaining reflex
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/feb/08/a-sighs-not-just-a-sigh-its-a-fundamental-life-sustaining-reflex

Intriguing stuff! There's more going on the body with oxygen, blood flow and state of mind when it comes to coping with stress and depression. Gotta release them neuropeptides to keep the alveoli reinflating to fend off threats to the lymphatic system and more.
85  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 09, 2016, 03:17:08 AM
Anyways, XBCX: Been doofing around some more. I'm finally starting in on Aug crafting and Ground Loadouts for realz.

Sounds cool man. You'll have to let us know how they turn out. My builds are iffy and a work in progress, but I can usually get by. In XBCX tonight I finally got my skell wings. I can't believe I'm quoting Leo in Titanic, but...... I just have to say, "I'm king of the world!!!!" I was all smiles ear to ear because I've been doing all the affinity quests and tons of other side missions before moving on to this point of the game.

It's amazing to think how much Monolift Soft has improved as an overall video game developer from Xenoblade Chronicles to XBCX. Seriously impressed. Going to take down a few more quests before moving onto the final chapters. Most importantly the Off the Record missions to complete my remaining level 5 BLADE access.
86  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Reading more on: February 08, 2016, 04:52:46 PM
Different folks can speed read and comprehend what they just read, or they skim and can just pull the facts. I also know that speed of reading can be dependent on knowledge of material first, level of interest invested in what's read. For example, mechanical maintenance of sophisticated auto systems or repair aren't quick and easy reads, heh! Me? I'm a slow reader because I often drift off into my own thoughts. I think the moral is we all read differently, but if one's struggling to be motivated to read more (points at self) then commit to a small goal then work on increasing number of pages read.
87  Media / Brush and Quill / Reading more on: February 08, 2016, 04:44:49 PM
Read an interesting article for people who struggle to read books on Lifehacker today:
http://lifehacker.com/a-simple-plan-to-start-reading-more-1757768694.

Some books can be intimidating. I'm looking at you Atlas Shrugged. You've heard so much buzz about them and want to read them so you can you contribute in social circles or for one's own personal pleasure. I've only had a few books in my life that I enjoyed so much I wasn't able to put down or without at least much restraint like sleep, work, school, or social callings. Namely, Dune and Lord of the Rings.

The author of the Lifehacker article suggests starting with a daily goal of reading 25 pages. I won't write out all the math here, but if 25 pages are read daily then quite a bit of literature can be devoured in a year.

I view books kind of the same way I see the gym. You have to work out on a consistent basis, whether that's time of day or how many times daily/weekly to see progress. Getting the reps in and increasing the weight. So maybe that's increasing how many pages are read daily or how long I can sit and read in one setting 15, 20, 25, 30+ minutes. With 25 pages a day, suddenly Atlas Shrugged doesn't look so bad.

I start class again tomorrow, so I'll have to dial back my rpgs, dvr, netflix binging, archery or social events, but hope with a simple goal of reading 25 pages a day or 30 minutes I can enjoy some great books this year that are in my endless backlog simultaneously reading classroom textbook material.
88  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: February 08, 2016, 11:31:46 AM
Well there goes $50 buck-a-roos. I read the memo on Kickstarter. It seems like such a weird reason to put a game on indefinite hold because they're obligated to finish a previous video game title. Which, I'm confused I thought Unsung Story was going to be Playdek's first game? In any case, with key staffers leaving and trying to get an influx of new staffers after this other title is finished to return to Unsung Story sounds like a weak cop-out to me. I wasn't really timid about backing titles on Kickstarter because Shovel Knight and Shadowgate were completed and delivered to me, but unless I see more game development in the pitch rather than big names and concept art, I'll have to think more carefully about committing to a project without more to show for.
89  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.
90  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.
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