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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 18, 2014, 12:21:30 AM
By complete accident, I have enough money in my XBox account to buy something up to $20. Problem is, nothing else besides what I already own truly stands out. So suggest me some stuff!

Here's some highlights of what I've bought on XBox:

- Puzzle Quest/Puzzle Quest 2
- Gyromancer (I liked it, nobody else seems to)
- Dust: AET
- Banjo-Kazooie N&B
- Castle Crashers
- BattleBlock Theater
- Half-Minute Hero
- Crystal Defenders
- Bastion

Any suggestions are welcome, I'd hate to just leave the money sitting there, especially since I plan to be done with XBox once I finish my backlog on the console.

Radiant Silvergun's supposed to be amazing.

... I'm not terribly fond of it though :T
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 18, 2014, 12:15:29 AM
Suik 3 - I thought he game had gone totally bullshit but then I realized I could just walk around the giant golem on the mountain path to Le Buque instead of fighting it.

I am not very smart.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you're ashamed to like? on: April 17, 2014, 09:52:09 PM
Baroque on Wii.  Nobody I've witnessed to has liked it, but I think it's brilliant.  

I also liked Last Rebellion.

Closer to actual shame, though, would be my fondness of Time and Eternity.  I'm sure I'd have gotten less shit from my friends for playing any of the Neptunia games.

I god I played some of Baroque on the PS2 last summer, and afaik that's the same as the Wii version, and I REALLY liked it. What I though it captured really well was the way stuff just went completely insane/off the rails -- something you'd see a lot in older PC roguelikes but something I think has been missing from more recent/reasonably designed games.

Youtube videos of the Saturn version make it look more atmospheric, but the 3rd person combat feels like it's way less obnoxious.

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I actually like Unlimited Saga, although I don't really like how the combat works -- I'm more into it for the dungeon crawling mechanics, because they're very Riviera-ish and I like Riviera.

My issue with the combat is mostly with how the weapon attacks are balanced, which is to say, because this is a Square game, they're not balanced at all. So every weapon type has 4-6 attack categories, which in turn have three to five levels of attacks within them. The problem is that the damage spread is completely arbitrary. You can't really say the Javelin tech set is better than the Grasshopper tech set -- there's some general tendencies that the attacks follow, like maybe Grasshopper does more damage but has less accuracy -- but it's usually subtle.

I guess the idea is that you're just supposed to experiment and observe what ends up doing more damage/hitting more, idk. I usually just stuck with unarmed and magic, because those were a lot more transparent in terms of what they did.

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Speaking of legitimately shameful games though, was anyone else addicted to Helen Mirren's Super Puppy Abortionist Quest? Subject matter aside, I'm not even usually into grinding but somehow that roped me in.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 17, 2014, 09:16:04 PM
Gonna start using the phrase "babycoat" instead of "sugarcoat."

Also that's a word, not a phrase.

Shut up Mesh, I don't care.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 16, 2014, 11:23:47 PM
Shining Force 3 - Did the battle after Quonus. Pretty much everyone died except like, Synbios, Grace, Khan, and Cybel somehow.

In retrospect I probably should've gone north, where the one army was distracted, and just beelined for Franz.

Suik 3 - Sort of wish I'd played Suik 1 and 2 more so I could pick up on the references to the previous games. Anyway, up to Geddoe Ch. 2. This game makes me feel... sane. I think I'll do Thomas Ch. 1 next. I heard the Thomas chapters sort of spoil stuff if you do them too early though.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: April 15, 2014, 11:34:51 PM
CNN: Sweet Regina's gone to China, cross-legged on the floor of a burning jet that's smoothly flying.
7  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: April 15, 2014, 08:49:44 PM
Up to the last page of Hyperion.

... I got my copy of this when I was 13. I... never had much of an attention span.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 15, 2014, 08:28:31 PM
My job's... feeling less like work and more like school. At 9:30AM we have these stand up meetings, where everyone... stands up in a circle for half an hour, talks about what we did on the previous day, and talks about what we're going to do today. And this is a huge waste of time because no more than two people are really working on the same thing right now so the information being shared during these things is... non-helpful. Also I find standing in place for thirty minutes to be immensely uncomfortable.

I should get one of those scalp squid things.

... I was also going to make fun of people on Gamefaqs for hijacking messages boards as their personal soap boxes, but then I realize that something like 90% of the posts on the Legend of Mana board over the past month were from me.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 14, 2014, 08:48:34 PM
Speaking of arts 'n crafts I need to get back to my MIPS project, but I'm too lazy :( I even wrote out the algorithm I was doing in plain english and it's not even that big (maybe like 40 lines, tops) it's just UUUGUHA I'M TIRED.

I need more caffeine to be self-motivated I guess.

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Screw it, refactoring this whole function. I don't really NEED to conserve temporary registers where I'm putting this, so I'll just designate specific purposes for T4 through T9, and be consistent for the sake of readability.

Also I am going to listen to Will Oldham while doing this, because country music + programming.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 14, 2014, 08:29:00 PM
Quote from: Darilon link=topic=13646.msg328970#msg328970 date=1397341364
That seems a bit extreme. It isn't any stranger than collecting stamps or books.[/quote

I'm guessing here, but I assume he's more annoyed with people who collect to re-sell and gouge the people who want to collect just to play.




Shining Force 3 - Finished Quonus mansion fight, got Noon, and talked to the robot.

I ended up having Eldar finishthe fight. Eldar, who could do all of 1 HP damage to the Vandal, managed to get the last hit when it was exactly at 1HP.

I think I lost three dudes in that fight (Hayward, Masqurin, and... probably Cybel? Oh and I lost Kahn too, definitely. Maybe it was just those three.) I somehow didn't*. Also Obright managed to not die despite having 1HP left for, uh, almost the entire time I opened the door with the Vandal in it.

Anyway I noticed that both the skeletons and Dantares were crit'ing a lot. IDK if it was SSF being weird or if skeletons just crit a lot.

Also my god, the liches. I'm not going to say that SF3 is an extremely hard game, but if it decides it wants you dead it doesn't fuck around.

* I have no idea what this sentence is referring too, sorry.

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11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The official waifu thread on: April 13, 2014, 07:30:53 PM
My waifu is the sound of a migraine aura shifting over the melting distant face of someone I don't remember opening into rainbows while sitting on the porch on the hottest day in November as the golden retrievers run through the grass and leaves and we wait for the flash to come and the hit.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 13, 2014, 06:37:32 PM
Suik 3 - At Iksay as Chris. This game very definitely has simultaneous attacks.

Srsly though fvkc Ernie's quiz. "I ate cactus for dinner" is an impossible phrase?

tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus tender cactus 8DDD
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 13, 2014, 05:44:31 PM
Gonna find some toothpicks and glue and do stuff with the toothpicks and glue.

or lose the glue (and your sanity)

Already did both :D

Eyelids Mesh...eyelids...toothpicks and glue

I can't get eyelids at Kroger though. Or Michael's for that matter, not that I live near one.

Also man that feel when you give someone a handshake and the return with a buttpat. Don't overstep, son. That's oversteppin'.

Listening to Palace Music - Lost Blues and Other Songs. This album reminds me of the parts of college I liked -- sitting in my dorm in the un-airconditioned heat in late August when everything smelled like carpet and leaves.

This is something that's never going to happen again.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 12, 2014, 10:26:32 PM
It's more like I was making weird branch-based case/switch things that had sort of looping functionality instead of just... making a loop.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 12, 2014, 08:27:04 PM
I forgot that you can do loops in MIPS and also implement case/switches as loops. I'm not very good at things.

wrt Steam, I really see Valve as being important to the future of PCs. If PCs are viewed as one a major game platform -- not just in terms of playing them, but in terms of a really low entry hurdle to start making games, since, uh... there's seriously nothing stopping you from making PC games. There is no bar for entry besides your own knowledge -- then they're never going to die.
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