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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: March 31, 2015, 07:15:02 PM
Oh, wait. I forgot. I'm "the strange one"

Meanwhile I was considering vajazzling my Dreamcast today.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 31, 2015, 06:21:33 PM
idk i THINK? the main reason you'd want to run older FMV-based adventure games on an older OS is if they're reliant on a version of QuickTime or something that isn't available past like Windows 95 -- like with Tong Nou for instance I think the current best approach is to run it through Windows 3.1 in DosBox.

But that's not really a "Japanese PC games" problem so much as it is an "old PC games" problem in general and it's wonky and game specific anyway.

I'm vaguely curious what this guy's doing now.

My current rant everywhere:  The skinny jeans on guys trend needs to end.

I'm weirded out that the fashion trends that were popular when I was in highschool are still popular. It's like everyone just forgot the aughts.

Not that I'd blame them of course !!
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: March 30, 2015, 11:20:40 PM
Man I bet in the 40s Alan Turing was all like

SOMEDAY COMPUTERS WILL BE UNBELIEVABLY POWERFUL -- POWERFUL ENOUGH TO SOLVE ALL THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS.

AND WE WILL USE THIS POWER FOR RENDERING BLACKHEADS.
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 30, 2015, 10:01:05 PM
Chinless Bobo - Did spy training. Tried to handrail training and failed. Set the clock to run on 15 minute days. Got a new ladderbro. And I think I know how to do the thing that lets me do the thing that the pirate wants me to do. Mrs. Sanderson has issues. Gave Tao a thing and remembered that IRL Tao is dead.

--- edit ---

OH MY GOD, JENNY'S SAD FACE. I need to do something else for awhile, just... I have never seen a videogame character look so completely desperate and confused.

Darius Gaiden - I feel like rank works differently in the Saturn version. Even taking out the doubletapping you can do, it feels a little less ridiculous than the arcade version?

Aquanaut's Holiday 2 - Found spidercrab plateau. Regretted finding spidercrab plateau.

Also I was going to go play Contact and then I realized that Wifi Connection is dead and you can't friend people in that anymore.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: March 30, 2015, 07:16:19 PM
http://www.lakupo.com/qu/fanfics/landp22.html

I FOUND THIS BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S FOR.

addendum:

RINOA IS PRONOUNCED LIKE REE-NO-AH.

QUINOA IS WHEN RINOA IS IN LESBIANS WITH QUISTIS. IT IS PRONOUNCED...

wait how do you pronounce Quistis?
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 30, 2015, 07:14:49 PM
Well, that was fast. A friend asked me to take part in a panel and we're doing introductions through e-mail. Two mails in and I've already insulted someone. Guy want to spend 10-15 minutes of the hour we have discussing the finer points of how to get Japanese PC games to work on European systems (the panel is actually about visual novels/dating sims as a genre). I told him that's not a very good idea, because while useful that information is unlikely to stay with the people listening unless they're avid note takers.* Then he got upset because apparently he's been working on that for three months and I should let him do what he wants because I hurt his feelings. Ugh, I hate super fans. Emotional blackmail, too.

*See, I was being nice! What I wanted to say was more along the lines of: 'At most two other people in the audience will be interested in how you get your foreign fap material to run on your PC, how about you share your secrets discreetly?'

You... just install applocale and run them through that. And running them through AppLocale is literally just open AppLocale and select thing you want to run with it. How would that take 15 minutes to explain, let alone take /three months/ to come up with? Also I think you only need to do that if the source thing uses shift-jis encoding instead of unicode or some bitmap, anyway.

Like I figured this out /on my own/ in a very short period of time when Lunatic Dawn hit steam, and I'm not particularly lucid even.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 29, 2015, 08:56:48 PM
Amazing news of the day:

SHIMOMURA IS GOING TO BE AT ANIME BOSTON!!



That would be awesome...to attend...BUT NO ONE IN JAPAN COMES TO CANADAAAAAA

Wait what about like the entire west coast?
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 29, 2015, 04:14:08 PM
Chirble-dobro - So I JUST discovered that you can open the drawers in this game. I thought that was an ability you needed to get. Anyway found gunpowder in the house. No idea why that was there.

Nanatsu Kaze - Played around in Chapter 3/4/whatever I'm on. Got a thing to open a certain door I've been wondering about. Also forgot how this game has like the best sprite art in anything ever, fullstop. Also need to stop getting ri and so confused in the game's katakana font AHYUCK.

9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: March 29, 2015, 01:05:57 PM
Including this?



10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 28, 2015, 06:03:55 PM
Chibi-robo - You know I wasn't expecting this game to bring the feels, but it done brung 'em. No spoilers (for this IDK 30 year old game), but when you get to the basement for the first time, that's a cool damn scene.

LKS - And in this, I'm up to some boss in the Onii's lands. Going to unlock the hunters before I go after this guy though.

V- Note to self, pick up Overclocked sometime. HRRDRR CRASHES IN THE ORIGINAL.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Their early stuff was better" discussion on: March 28, 2015, 11:00:08 AM
BLAISE kcufING PASCAL.

... God remember when XKCD was funny?
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: March 27, 2015, 11:04:32 PM

I know I've said this before (like in every thread where FFVIII came up) but I really feel like FFVIII changed writing staff at some point. The gaps in the story don't feel like they happened for budgetary reasons -- it's like there's this really big shift in tone shortly after Disc 2 starts and a lot of the rest of the story felt like it was being pieced together from someone else's notes.


Isn't that what happens in most Final Fantasy games though? The traditional Deus Ex Machina rears its ugly head around the 2/3 mark usually.

This is more the plot resetting itself completely at the 1/3 way through mark.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 27, 2015, 10:14:39 PM
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: March 27, 2015, 06:53:02 PM
My tl;dr is that FFVIII was probably written with an actual plot in mind, but the writers failed to produce an actual storyline. They basically had a sequence of events leading to a particular (and probably clever) twist in mind and didn't do enough to connect them or flesh them out beyond serving as buildup/payout for their twist.

I know I've said this before (like in every thread where FFVIII came up) but I really feel like FFVIII changed writing staff at some point. The gaps in the story don't feel like they happened for budgetary reasons -- it's like there's this really big shift in tone shortly after Disc 2 starts and a lot of the rest of the story felt like it was being pieced together from someone else's notes.

I've said it before, FF8 is my favorite FF game (beat it 3 times), but it is the one I complain the most about.  Everything that's wrong with the game, I've probably complained about.  The plot with more holes than Swiss cheese, iffy design choices for gameplay mechanics, Rinoa (though I don't dislike her as much as I used to), all valid reasons to dislike the game.  

I think we all have one or several of these.

... Also I want swiss cheese now.

For legitsies, sometimes I think the only reason I bitch about games I don't like is because I'm actually mad at myself for being unable to like them.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: March 26, 2015, 10:53:47 PM
FF8 is by far the worst game, if only for its god awful, insult to intelligence story.

The fact they all magically forgot they were muppet babies together and the villain was their nanny was the only time I have rage quit a game because of its plot.

Truly, truly awful.

The dumbest part of that was that there's at least one legit, in story reason why that would've happened.

Cid would've wanted them to forget Edea if he knew the were going to have to face her at some point. It stands to reason that he could've forced the GFs on the cast to make them forgot for that very purpose.

Except that's not the route they went.

Imagine you took like idk FFIV's story and removed all the causation. Dark Billy and Chortles still take the Bomb Ring to Summonburg, but then it blows up for some unrelated reason. And then Rydia show's up coincidentally. And then the Detroit Red Wings are there for equally no reason. You don't get a story about one country attacking another country, you get a story about soldiers just spontaneously fading into and out of existence.
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