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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The RPG Pet Peeves thread- 2016 edition on: April 29, 2016, 11:59:08 PM
Another pet peeve is "whitewashing."  I complain about this in detail in my Jake Hunter reviews.  Sorry, but I'm not buying the "Anytown, USA" setting when cars are right-hand drive and all the buildings in town, like hospitals, have Japanese signage.  And we're obviously not in an ethnic neighborhood like Chinatown.

Wait I thought dual-language Arabic/Chinese signage all over the place instead of English was a normal part of big city living in the US?

... Then again there's a restaurant in my neighborhood that sells bird's nest soup. Maybe I've been living in the C-bus equivalent of Chinatown this entire time without realizing it.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 29, 2016, 11:55:05 PM
Just got back from absentmindedly grabbing a piece of seaweed out of the fridge and...

Mother 1 - Did the airplane/tank/monkey cave stuff in the desert. Also noticed a cactus with a face I want to go back and talk to. idk what the monkey cave did, but it netted me some psi stones and a quick capsule for Ana. Monkeys are sort of pushing me towards getting Teddy in Ellay, though I think I can also get to Youngtown.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: April 29, 2016, 09:09:46 PM

4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 29, 2016, 05:58:29 PM
The hell's a bedknob for?

-- edit --

Two text messages that I apparently sent myself this morning and yesterday morning:

Kap chor wa
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 28, 2016, 11:57:01 PM
Motherbound Zerginnings
Ana's up to level 14 and hit 69 HP finally, so I should be okay to start doing the desert (might want a Repel Ring, idk. Not sure how much lasers will help Loid either, but eh, I have a lot of money so might grab too). Definitely should get Ana BEFORE the ghost house to avoid any additional grinding on her. Beyond that, I got that dragon's song.

(This NESing is giving me the urge to revisit that... Edo-era RCR thing that was like the only /real/ sequel RCR ever got cause the SNES ones were weeeeeeird).

Eternal Blue
Up to Temis. I was getting deeply confused about what people were talking about until I realized that Every. Single. House. is an inn.

1. The script is still pretty jokey, it's just... everyone's not a complete jackass.
2. I didn't realize how much WD just /completely made stuff up/.
3. The overworld's really pretty and reminds me of Albion!
... I wish Albion's magic system wasn't draconian to the point where it got stupidly grindy really fast!

(Personal observation: Seeing a word written with logographs and knowing what it means without having any clue how it's pronounced/what the word it actually represents is is... idk I went too deep and now 跳блят looks like a totally valid word to me).

That double gloucester/silton blue layered thing I got at Giant Eagle Market District GENERALLY tastes like Shropshire (it's the same cheesery so they probably use the same cows), but it's a lot milder/less cow tasting*, and the stilton's... got this tang/saltiness to it which is nice?

Though this reminds me that I have like half a wedge of granqueso in my backlog, and a brick of Cabot Alpine I haven't even /started/ on yet.

* You know the way fresh mulch smells? It tastes like that.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The RPG Pet Peeves thread- 2016 edition on: April 28, 2016, 07:43:53 PM
Dog-like enemies in RPGs.

Especially if it's an action RPG and they whimper when you attack them.

(Also I'll defend random battles because I think they're very appropriate for certain types of dungeon design/gameplay flow. I've said this before but I think the shift to non-random encounters has caused newer tales games to favor this big-and-empty dungeon design that I don't like and that Tales of Rebirth's small-and-detailed dungeons only work with random encounters, I don't think they worked very well in Eternal Blue: Complete because of the dungeon layouts either, and SMTIV's particular way of handling non-random battles is why I never got past the first dungeon. I don't see Shining the Holy Ark working well with non-random encounters anyway, because that would've mandated a more Dungeon Mastery approach and... Honestly my issue with how fighting in Dungeon Master-likes is... something else entirely but still

tl;dr, non-random battles where they don't belong == you spend more time trying to run away from enemies than doing anything else).
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 28, 2016, 06:35:22 PM
Marry Poppppins used to... creep me out a lot but I don't remember hating it (also The King and I s something I refused to watch cause I knew he died at the end HASHTAG SPOILERS also Yul Brinner's dead IRL now anyway DOUBLEHASHTAG DOUBLESPOILERS)

I used to hate Looney Toons and that one Disney period piece thing... I think it was Avonlea? Looney Toons I've mostly grown to like (still maintain it had a lot of dumb repetitive bits and got a little toooo misanthropic). Haven't seen Avonlea since the OG Bush era though. My favorite Disney Channel show back then was Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers anyway.

idk the main thing I remember about late 80s/early 90s Disney is that we had to have a special cable box thingy to get it, and then we got rid of the cable box and only had Disney on like... they'd do free weekends or w/e.

Most of my life prior to like 1995 or so I would... probably be a lot happier not remembering.

Anyway, just made some microwave pasta pillows up in this bitch. Time to go wash my spoon and have nightlunch.

-- edit --

Oh hey I open tumblr for the chicken blogs I follow and there's like Gadget Hackwrench softporn on my, uh, dash? what's it called? What a coincidence!
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Best and the Worst endings on: April 27, 2016, 11:27:00 PM
I got the impression that by the end of the Dune series, all of humanity is a Duncan Idaho clone except for Babymode Paul, who turns into a giant robotic penis with a human face.

... This is what I get from looking at the cover art, at least.
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 27, 2016, 10:04:38 PM
WPJ - So I did two things.

1. Got Pino to learn how to play the trumpet so I could, uh... do a thing. This boosts his sensitivity stats a lot.
2. Had him do a bunch of sports stuff for the sports contest. Working out lowers his intelligence stats.

Pino gets kind of loopy if he as high sensitivity and low intelligence. Watching him spontaneously break into song convinced me this is /maybe/ one of the more technically impressive SNES games.

idk, I think in some regards grinding his stats up could be perceived as tedious, but I've always had this interest in a-life stuff, so in this case I don't really mind.

(This also makes me wonder what Jaruu Tenk would've been like had it had... well, more variety in what happened/what was on the island. It'd be cool if that worked on modern PCs -- wouldn't necessarily remind revisiting that, although it'd probably just make me want to play BG&E again which is NO. NO DISTRACTIONS).

EBZ - I can get to the desert or go fight the dragon, but Ana's level disparity is causing problems because her HP is /really/ low. You can PSI-Block the dragon, at least? Maybe go back to Spookane and get the LifeUpCreams I left in the haunted house, or I could go back to Reindeer and do some mouthwash peddling to get beams for Loid (which is probably a good idea if I want to go to the desert).

Actually the mouthwash thing probably makes the most sense since that should make about 2000ish each run and get Ana some incidental experience points? Also there's some red snake wandering around Spookane that's... basically a metal slime. Maybe I will go back there.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Best and the Worst endings on: April 27, 2016, 06:34:32 PM
Dune's probably the most off I've been pissed by a book's ending.

There's nothing to really spoiler here. It just stops. There's no real buildup or climax, all of the bad guys die very quickly (and Feyd does basically nothing) and then I guess the real ending is in the next two Dune books that nobody liked.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: April 27, 2016, 06:28:26 PM
Didn't that Ecto-Cooler flavor just taste exactly like their orange flavor?

Maybe you're backwards. Maybe it's oranges that actually taste like ghost fluids.

also our like third-worst CEO is back in the news cycle again i guess whoooooooooooo
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 26, 2016, 10:20:26 PM
Eternal Blue - Defeated a plant that was also a naked blue lady. Finding Hiro's air spells more useful than I'd heard (they're weaker than the sword stuff, but cheaper so it sort of balances out), although idk if I'm gonna bother developing Ronfar's dice things so much. Script complexity stillllll feels not-too-far beyond what I can deal with.

Might play some Earthbound Zero although there's a storm that just rolled through and I'm... feeling the barometer.

... Famicom carts are purdy.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 26, 2016, 06:10:49 PM
One of my new bosses smiles at me... A LOT... and it's starting to make it uncomfortable for me to be around her.  What's worse, she is VERY attractive (but not at all my type, I would never date a librarian), and it gets me over analyzing why her constant smiles are making me so uncomfortable in the first place.  I don't THINK it's a sexual thing (and even if it is, is a straight white man even allowed to be uncomfortable about something like this in today's society). Does her intent matter? Do I even have a right to be upset?  Oi. She is a very nice woman, but I hate her goddamn guts now because every time I see her I spend the next 35 minutes stuck in a perpetual harassment paradox.

edit: every time I think about this woman, I always imagine that she has FREEZING hands, and that makes me hate her even more.

... I have no idea why exactly but like... So I follow some artists on various places and their art's totally safe for work but SOMETIMES they put up something... just SLIGHTLY skewed that makes me think there's maybe something sexual going on but the fetishism's too /deep/ for me to really tell. Like say 90% of their art's cool anime landscape stuff but sometimes they draw ladies and the feet are a little TOO emphasized.

And you can't tell if it's harmless or if it's kind of squicky because it's got some not-so-innocent intents masquerading as innocent?

Tho speaking of unwanted, uh, comments directed at your person, what the hell is it with people feeling the need to shout at you when they see you walking/biking/whatever outside?
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The 3D on the 3DS on: April 26, 2016, 06:09:50 PM
Not gimmicky per se, just poorly used a lot, and also prone to like... doubling.

The Sega 3D Classics stuff uses it to really good effect tho.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 25, 2016, 11:25:19 PM
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