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1  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 29, 2016, 09:21:15 PM
I am kinda interested in  Princess Maker. I have been hearing that the translation quality is like really bad.  I know Mesh kinda alluded to it, but is it really machine translated level of bad?

Oh god no, not THAT bad.

Mostly just... stiff/bland with some occasional weird typos ("You spend time with in talking to the guard," "Adventurers stray at our inn", etc.). But since it's mostly fine the weird bits are like... I don't know, biting into an omelet and getting shell.

It's more of a problem because it's a very texty sort of game and those kind of... well, live or die by the text being pleasant to read.

Also Refine feels sort of /off/ compared to the original DOS version. Like the voices... don't quite work right, the fonts are weird, the new art is... peculiar.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 28, 2016, 06:55:16 PM
fwiw I'm really interested in the VP debates.

I think there's a not insignificant chance that, were Trump to win, Pence would basically be in charge of things.

Also I guess Pepe Frogs are hate symbols now?

The news is getting really weird????
3  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 28, 2016, 06:32:14 PM
Princess Maker 2 Refined coming to steam Oct. 3rd.

I am excited. So excited that I flew off the handle when I saw the broken engrish intro text scroll, not realizing that they otherwise farmed out a fan-translation (possibly the one I had been following, since that has now disappeared completely). The rest of trailer and screens they've shown are fine. This game is really ****ing good, and I also kinda hope they release one or more of the sequels (at least PM3, since that sounds like they beefed it up in a number of ways, while still retaining the awesome adventure mode that I know for a fact aren't in 4 & 5).

I just came here to post about this ffffffffff

So much nostalgia ._. Thiiiis does have a bit more T&A than I think I noticed when I was 13.

But still, bring on the weird oldschool Japanese PC games, son.


This is very clearly not professionally translated. Iiiiiiiiii might be refunding this :|
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: September 28, 2016, 12:34:53 AM
Living in Ohio:

5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 27, 2016, 10:22:30 PM
There was this old game for the Super Color Whiz called Ruff's Tuff Turf. It was about a dog that mowed lawns or something. I can't find any information on it anymore.

Suikoden - Doing the Neck Lord stuff.

Neo Atlas 2 - Miguel mentioned something about ships going missing in the sea near England, so I have... Ruiz looking into that. Maria's exploring Africa (the coastline of which is a mess). Perez is up in Scandinavia, pinned down by a giant lobster monster. He's got some quest to find an Emerald Stone which I think might make people like him more as a quest reward, which would also wave the docking fees he has to pay sometimes probably. I don't really have anyone that could take out the lobster thing right now, either, since I kind of lack warships.

Also Gomez got a quest to go face off against Morgan the Pirate in... Ceuta?

Also my trade routes are a mess. I DID get a faster merchant ship which should help, but uh... I'm trading two kinds of rocks between some towns, which is yielding gunpowder, and trading the gunpowder for quite a lot, but those supplies are ABOUT to start running low. Also the harp for ivory trade route I was doing, which was also like 80k a trip, just ran out of harps. I suspect that I could trade lead for glass to discover stained glass maybe.

I could probably shut down the stuff that's not in the gunpowder chain, set up another grapes <-> barrel route to get wine, and trade the wine to... somewhere in Africa maybe.

... I should probably try reading more of the text but I mean
If the game pops up a painting of a giant goshdang lobster and your ships return to port all damaged, the situation's p. self evident.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 27, 2016, 06:32:42 PM
IT SURE IS A SHAME THE DAILY SHOW GOT CANCELED.

tl;dr of tonight's debates
Trump: "(indistinguishable string of racist/misogynistic/mildly humorous/easily disprovable 10 second sound bites)"
HRC: "I'm only talking down to voters because it's embarrassing that half of America is voting for this guy. Apparently a lifetime of experience in politics (and a vagina) makes me less qualified to lead a country than 4 bankruptcies and a few months of fear mongering and angry facial expressions."
Lester Holt: "Mr. Trump, I'm a registered Republican, but since I'm also a black man, can you please describe to white america why I'm clearly biased against you and it's ok for them to be afraid of me?"
Media on 9/27: "trump trump trump trump trump trump trump trump trump sports. Also, here's 500 words about why HRC's choice in foot wear makes her look too bossy to be POTUS"

After huffing and puffing, shouting over both moderator and opponent (and lying through his teeth), every online poll I've seen so far is indicating that the nation believes that Trump won the debate. I am flabbergasted and disgusted. I fear the death of compassion and intelligence is already upon us. If they'd just do even a perfunctory amount of research most reasonable people would come to the obvious conclusion that he is so divorced from reality that it borders on sociopathy. But the populace does not care about frank discussion in an open forum (or you know, verifiable facts), they are only swayed by their own fear and hatred. The idiots really are going to win this and it's sickening. I love America, but I'm not overly thrilled with Americans right now.

This has gotten to the point that I'm afraid I might end up dissociating myself from anyone I know who ends up voting for the man.  He stands against everything I've ever believed was right about the country I was born in.

If it makes you feel any better, the consensus right now seems to be that Trump lost the debate somewhere between badly and really, really badly.

-- edit --

https://twitter.com/HPE OH MY GOD MY COMPANY ACTUALLY DID SOMETHING VAGUELY TOPICAL WHAT SORT OF TWILIGHT ZONE HAVE I SLIPPED IN...

wait do I even work for them anymore?
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 26, 2016, 08:03:19 PM
i wanna preface this by saying that look, i don't have anything against the wall. i actually like it a lot! but i've got some issues with it

i think the biggest problem with the wall is that side two has these moments where it kind of drags because they're going for narrative coherence without embracing the symphonic insanity that you get on sides 3 and 4 although really i prefer the final cut for the raw emotionality and vulnerability of it that the wall kind of strangles out with its adherence to conceptuality anyway.

(also, The Wall naturally loses points for the white nationalist stuff showing up on sides 3 and 4 not being AT ALL prescient).

I think he mean that when you read those titles he highlighted with red boxes together as a single sentence, they're sound hilarious. And/or disturbing as hell.

Also yes. Weird Headline Triplets are better than pairs, but eh. The rookie quarterpounder was too good to pass up.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 25, 2016, 10:26:56 PM
America's giving me the paroxysms. I can't even BS how I feel about this election. I don't understand it, I don't understand the factors driving voter preferences

Anyway my mom does this thing where like, if someone's talking to me and I'm not being conversational enough for my mom's liking, she'll start talking about me to the other person on my behalf. Maybe bringing up stuff I'd rather not be brought up. And then the really awesome part is this means I'm not an active participant in the conversation anymore but am, instead, the /object/ over the conversation.

I have no idea how normal this is but it's really pissing me off.

... Bohemian Rhapsody and You Never Give Me Your Money sound a lot more similar than I remember.

-- edit --

Aww yisssss got some pawpaws ripening on the counter. Smells like fall.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 25, 2016, 12:52:05 PM
fwiw I remember, from Eastern European Recent History class, which was one of the very few classes from college that felt useful, that former Soviet states which adopted parliamentary systems did a lot better than those which adopted presidential systems.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 25, 2016, 10:59:57 AM
As for who I voted for, it was the Nunya-Biiswaks ticket.  

Looking this up was the most horrifying experience I've ever had. There's some messed up stuff on the internet. And I never did find those candidates, are you sure you're spelling their names right?

Biiswaks has been trying to get their name purged from google search results after some shady dealings of theirs with the candlemaking and lip balm lobby came out.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: September 23, 2016, 10:11:34 PM
Could this be the power of the Monado?

Also the Turkish memesphere.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 22, 2016, 10:47:25 PM
I need to get back to Suikoden and whatever else I was playing but...

Neo Atlas 2 -
* Explored Africa further and found some bay/cape there. Also found the Africa musical theme stone nearby.
* Still have Perez exploring Scandinavia/Russia. Possibly stumbled onto a sea route to Japan, although I've been ignoring what the King's been saying about that.
* Did a little sidequest near Lisbon involving catching edible locusts made of vegetable carapace that are good sauteed in butter. Because Artdink.
* Found a flying frog thing that looks rather much like the ones from Nanatsu Kaze. Assuming that's a Japan thing.
* Found a tiny winged elephant in a chest in Africa. Because ArtdinkRoger Dean.
* Found a dowsing stone! ... Dowsing is expensive.
* Got a chest from some alchemical lab trying to extract oil from Lappland Gum (?). They need a dead man's hand or something for this. ??? Artdink ???
* Invented wine!
* Invented some powdered stuff made from stones!
* Found pearls. Apparently I can get a lot of money by finding all 24 gemstones. Anyway, gonna ship them off to the cities I have selling rings and necklaces to see if that makes anything.
* Also found a book that let me get a ship upgrade. Went for a better exploration vessel. The upgraded trade ships are expensive.
* Oh and I'm trying to find some other sailor name Shiris/Shiriz/something. Some bartender (who wanted to serve the locust things at his bar before I exterminated them) told me he went to some town that I haven't been able to find.

So many games I've played over the past year that I wish I'd known about when I was younger ._.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 21, 2016, 09:30:34 PM
I'm glad the Ambien's working for ya!

--

Unrelated but I think, going back to a previous random memory, it may have been one of my uncle's that beat up a gay guy at a rest area one time back in the 80s, and not my dad.

Oh welp still never going to ask anyone else about this and just let it gnaw at my mind forever /like everything else/.
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 21, 2016, 12:04:21 AM
Neo-Planet seems like it was kind of a bust (though I'll revisit it at some point) so I decided to play Neo-Atlas 2 for a few minutes instead and then that kind of turned into an hour. Yey for my weird Artdink obsession.

Neo-Atlas 2 - Sent Perez and Gomez out to explore a bit, and then got some story thing that pointed me to a shipwreck. Swapped out Gomez for Maria, because she can dive and I need her to get to the shipwreck. After that, sent Perez up towards Scandinavia and Maria down towards Africa (Africa doesn't like Perez for some reason, and I'd have to pay to get him to dock at ports there).

Thoroughly wrecked the coastlines of both. When you send your dudes out to explore, you can believe/disbelieve them about their finds. So if they're likeYEAH AFRICA'S COAST IS THIS WONKY GARBAGE and you're okay with that, you're stuck with it.

Anyway, Maria blessed the rains turned up some cacao and coffee down in Africa; also ivory. So now I'm trading ivory with some city on the... Baltic? for stupid amounts of money, also raw cacao for necklaces. Had my trading post start selling cacao as well and traded it with a city producing sugar cane to invent chocolate (also I was secretly hoping trading ivory to the harp place would invent pianos, but no such luck).

Anyway, triggered some story bit involving pirates interrupting my explorations, and then some Zorro-looking dude showed up to chase them off.

Also King... whatever the king is in the painting where he's eating a turkey leg that doesn't actually keeps showing up to give me money for some reason.

Iiit's pretty text heavy but not toooo bad to kind of intuit out what's going on.

Anyway, I also found some weird priest guy standing around, gorillas, a blue thing in the ocean but I'm not really sure what it's sprite is, uh... and a music track in Ireland? Also various equipables that I gave to Perez to increase his friendliness/view range.

I don't really understand the pricing mechanics tho. I'm assuming you trade high-value stuff to other places with either high-value stuff or high populations. Mostly I just click through a few cities and see who pays best :S

Also unclear if Miguel is a character in the game world proper or just... some little helper pixie that lives in your head.

The older The Atlas games (the ones on Steam) apparently model disease spreading through trade. Curious to see if neo-atlas 2 does as wellll.

In any case, while I haven't played the original The Atlas games, this feels like it handles the series on consoles better than... I don't know, Lunatic Dawn Odyssey appeared to from what little bit I played of that.

-- edit --

<- This is Miguel. afaict he's basically Navi, if Navi were a tiny Portuguese man in a frock. If you find screenshots from Neo-Atlas 3, he got turned into some Chridoffian Poser hell mutant in that one.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 20, 2016, 12:52:22 AM
From CNN:

"Trump Jr. likens Syrian refugees to Skittles"

idgaf about anything anymore, especially not dumb clickbaity garbage on erstwhile reputable news sites, so I'm just going to assume this is incredibly literal and the Trumps are literal cannibals that literally eat Syrians by the handful and the only reason they want to ban them from the US is to lose weight.

tbh accidental headline haiku should be a thing too. Beserve:

Braving a thin rope between mountains,
Killer robots will exterminate lionfish,
A blind horse, and his best friend

(Commas added by me. To make it... more narratively sound).

(Also, whether or not lionfish, a blind horse, and the best friend, or whether we're just dealing with a blind horse named Lionfish and his friend is an exercise left to the reader irrelevant because they're probably already dead).

-- edit --

Okay they're doing this on purpose now.
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