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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: May 26, 2016, 06:25:10 PM
I thought I was a liberal but I don't really know what that means anymore.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 25, 2016, 09:46:02 PM
I think the SF games expect you to fail some of the missions sometimes. In SF3 in particular I noticed that if you just save/reload a lot in battle you end up underleveled or with weird level distributions. (I want to say SF1/2 didn't let you save in battle).

Mother 1 - Tried going up Mt. Itoi again, party got wiped, realized this just respawns you back at the last save point which is the mountain house. Got Eve, immediately lost eve, realized that was a bad, reloaded to an earlier save. Redid Itoi again, got Hank's bat, about to go get Eve again.

Honestly the underwater lab bit, taken in the context of the era, is pretty damn cool, with the fish swimming around the windows and the glass eventually cracking.

Also Freeze Gamma in this is lovely.

... why does the Ninten/Ana dance music sound like softporn music on that vocal album >:TTTTTTTTTTTT

Tales of Phantasia - Went back and got gnome. The PSX version at least has this REALLY pleasing Valkyrie Profilish feel to it, with the way it's more, uh... I wanna say timing oriented than getting huge combos. Also spells/Hi-C being found in books instead of having any complicated character progression systems to deal with is uh... I like games that encourage you to explore the game world, and that accomplishes that.

Anyway I think I can take the boat back to Altavista, although I'm tempted to walk back to Venezia because I feel like I'm overlooking /something/.

Aquanaut's Holiday - I'm not feeling ambitious enough to go dig out my copy of the original release of this, but when I was playing Memories of Summer 1996 the other day, the seaweed sprites looked REALLY different to me. idk if they were changed or what.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gaming habits and routines? How do you fine folks get it in? on: May 25, 2016, 09:11:57 PM
I noticed that I hit a point on games where I... overconsume a particular game and kind of end up hating it.

This is why, lately, I've adopted this approach where I have fourish games in rotation, and I try to force myself to quit playing a certain game for a little bit /before/ I hit that point. Kind of took this after watching a... I think PBG or Do You Know Gaming? video about how f2p smartphone games cut you off (unless you pay more) when you're MOST addicted to keep you addicted. I don't like feeling addicted to games either -- and I think that overconsumption feeling might be /related/, if not totally the same thing as addiction. Maybe this kind of reflexive revulsion when I realize I'm slouching towards addiction -- so yeah, actually wanna stop before that point.

Also I think I probably need caffeine to game properly (or do anything, really). I seem to have some mild ADHD-ish symptoms so idk, the caffeine helps me organize my thoughts enough to feel like I'm playing a game instead of just moving pixels on a screen.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 24, 2016, 10:07:06 PM
I'd update my resume if I had any idea who I was actually employed by.

5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 23, 2016, 06:24:47 PM

re SunOfAGun,

He's a bit of a puzzle boss. Be mindful ow how much damage your quick attacks, medium attacks, and strong attacks do relative to eachother.

Also the most important bosses to steal from come into the picture when Fargo's your thief anyway.

WPJ - Robbed the shop after realizing that you can, in fact, train Pino to open doors properly. Messala is possibly being hinted at as being a gijin. About to join Lynx on a heist in the castle which I'm sure won't go wrong at all.

Anyway, I'm on a bit of an Artdink kick lately. Thinking about giving A-Train 9 another go. Probably gonna go spend some time with Aquanaut's Holiday tonight.

... I need more nonviolent exploration games. Preferably ones with furniture collecting. Maybe I'll just go play Jambo Safari and scrub down virtual leopards.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 21, 2016, 02:04:58 PM
old shame but i remember being a total asshat to the eternal eden guy for some reason.

Eternal Blue - Got out of the Mystic Ruins/maybe whilom Grindery. Didn't have any issues with the last moving platform room? The one in EBC, short as it is, looks more confusing. About to head back to Noto. Not nearly awake enough to process relatively simple non-English text tho.

Oh, did get the third Dance Magic for Jean.

WPJ - Met Rob and Ber. The solution to how you're supposed to surprise the cop with the ball is pretty clever -- I was worried that the puzzle solutions were getting kind of staid and the aspect of teaching Pino how to do things was falling by the wayside. Next bit's breaking into the Corlo Shop. I think I need to have intelligence cranked for thta.

Chapter 5 and 6 were kind of lame -- Chapter 4 gave you a forest to explore, the sports championship, and a dungeon crawling bit. 5 was a largely non-interactive martial arts tournament and 6 was a largely non-interactive singing and circus bit, neither of which had you really teaching Piro anything new. So hopefully it starts picking back up :S

I will say that I'm not liking this as much as Nanatsu Kaze so far although there's still a few chapters left so we'll see (Also liking it less than NtK isn't saying much :P). I thiiink my biggest issue is that, around chapter 5, you can kind of max out most of Pino's stats and leave them there. The fighting tournament gets his kindness/intelligence back down and you need to get that back up for the singing bit, but that's about it?

I'm also not entirely clear one whether some of the stats like Charm actually do much!

ToP - Got Arche. Went back to Belladem to see if I could get Gnome, although I can't figure out how to get it to come into range and I don't seem to have a corresponding rune ring anyway. Few things of note:

- Okay big agadgaduhgih point is typical Tales of non-worldbuilding. Although honestly, this really isn't much worse than your typical JRPG and as I said I haven't seen any EVERYTHING IN THIS WORLD IS GOVERNED BY CRUXIS ARTES SPHERE stuff yet. It's just really noticeable Linda Cube and Eternal Blue both have this really /lived in/quality to them. Beyond that, though, story/characters are nice enough.

- The muted visuals are appealing in their own way to me. They're more vibrant than in the SNES version, but like, still, huge departure from how colorful ToE an onward were.

- Also like how, for the most part, you've only got one primary melee character (tho I guess Suzu counts too) and everyone else is more of a support role. One of my main complaints about the 3D tales is that it feels like you get a lot of battles where you, as the player, are only dealing with one enemy while the AI swordguys go off and take care of the rest. The limitations and relative simplicity in ToP makes individual actions feel more meaningful. (Although this is NOT something I remember getting from the SNES version, so I think some of this is from the updated battle system).

Anyway yeah. Gonna try to do some Mother 1 and Linda Cube Again tonight, if I feel like kanjiing.

- e -

Linda Cube Again - Messed around in a previous save to see what was up with the Beastian Village prior to its abandonment. Then went back to Ozport. Ozport is... large and I didn't feel like going through it yet because I don't have much reason to be there. It DOES have a furniture store, though. So I think I need to go back for that? Also apparently they sell dresses for Linda..?

Anyway, beyond that, caught one gender of crab monster, both genders of squid (Ken has an ink attack now!), both genders of... some fish monster, upgraded my equipment a bit... Back in Hospico. Probably gonna try to grab another hunting dog soon. Also it became Autumn, and the Autumn overworld music is really pretty.

Earthbound Zero - Up to Mt. Itoi lake. BARELY got to the save house -- only Teddy was alive. Anyway, about to lose Teddy for Loid. Note to self: Pick up some Psi stones for Ana, get everyone H2O pendants for the caves and fire pendants for the lake, and uh... I THINK the way through Mt. Itoi was going to the farthest door, going to the near left most door each way, and then taking the door up the kind of zig-zaggy bits?
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 20, 2016, 06:33:31 PM
Columbus, OH's main fast food presence to me is Wendy's, Bibibop, Chipotle, Subway, and Panera. So basically 60% sandwiches, 60% watching people put stuff on bread/a wrap/a bowl.

Meanwhile one of my favorite restaurants, Till -- the one with the vegan poutine -- closed recently so fduacnkg.

Unrelated, but I was listening to Radiohead - Amnesiac and Future - DS2, and the parallels between Pull/Pulk Revolving Doors and modern trap music really hit me. Also reminded me that I'd REALLY like to hear Southside score a Megaten game.

Doubly unrelated but is this a real megaten thing or just someone's fursona?
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 18, 2016, 10:39:14 PM
- I used to go to Walmart a lot when I worked at the old office in Dublin because there's /nothing else/ in Dublin near that office (Seriously, it's crappy gyro place, crappy Chinese place, the Subway where the guy  I sort of knew from Magnolia Thunderpussy was rubbing his dick all over the bread, Quiznos which was actually good but got shut down, Pizzeria Uno is not even remotely healthy, uh... there was a Noodles and Co. which I could sort of walk to, and also the PF Changs where I found the the caterpillar in the bok choi that one time, uh... Actually I think the first year at that office I was eating fistfuls of Clif bars from the Turkey Hill like every goddamn day for an entire year.

The food situation in downtown Cbus isn't much better though fffffffffffffffffffff god I hate everything).

The main reason not to go to Walmart's really just that they don't carry anything good. I go there to get boots a few times a year. That's it.

(I also use to go to the Walmart in Bowling Green for fun but that uh... I didn't really buy much there. I just went there. Bowling Green is not a fun town. Why do I miss the swamp).

- I'm never going to stop going to McDonalds because I genuinely like their coffee a lot. Also the staff at the one in my neighborhood are always pretty awesome.

- I do try to go to locally owned stores, we just don't have a lot of locally owned groceries. Lucky's Market is pretty close to me and quite nice, and I do go there pretty frequently.

- That being said, most of my grocery shopping's done at Kroger or Giant Eagle. I live next door to a Kroger, and Giant Eagle Market District generally has the best stuff around here.

- I remember Whole Foods being really good up to like 2012, 2013ish, but around here at least they've... gotten considerably worse since then.

- What was I talking about? I'm getting flashbacks to the old office.
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 18, 2016, 07:51:11 PM
@ Klyde:
<Modern Yoof 2> AWWW YISS SON. *let's fall a single tear*

Seriously though, Mother 3 has a lot of costume changes and that was one of the things I loved about it. Most of them are cute! The final one is not!

Also wonder if this is why Cecilia's haircut thingy in WACF didn't do much for me, although they kind of cranked some of the scenes in that up to, uh, excessively maudlin levels. I'm aware of this idea that, in writing, sometimes it's better to use plainer, more matter-of-factly writing on emotional bits because the idea is to let the reader/player feel the emotions, instead of having emotional writing that does the feeling for them.

(Mother 3, as I've mentioned several times, is more in the plain-written camp!)

Any!way, ToP came! Might go back to that for a bit since I think the last part of Mother's pretty long and will need to wait till this weekend. As previously noted, it came with Xenogears and Lunar: TSSS, which aren't that interesting since I already have them, and some insane looking dog RPG I've never heard of which looks quite, uh, scarequotes interesting!? (I feel kind of bad -- I WAY way way underpaid on these :S)

-- journs --

Eternal Blue - Got stuck in the mirror maze for WAY longer than I should have. Unclear if Magic Exp level increases do anything during the off-levels where you're not learning spells. So currently hoarding mexp to dump onto Jin since I'm vaguely aware that she has a solo fight or SOMETHING at some point.

i love the ambiance in this ._. limited genesis palette lead to some neat color choices. I remember the panzer dragoon guys saying the same thing about the Saturn.

... Also I just watched a video of the EBC version of the dungeon and it's just a single floor, moving platform puzzle? >:T

Tales of Phantasia - I remember the Moria Gallery really making me mad in the SNES version but in retrospect I don't think I ever got that far. Anyway, off to go meet Sylph. Might switch the combat onto hard mode since I've got a better idea of how it works now.

I'm kind of surprised at how... un-Tales like this feels compared to my mental model of the Tales games? I guess ToD's where that started???

Also I found this map of Zestiria but I'm pretty sure it's just dickbutt: https://embed.gyazo.com/ea0a2ff7125dfb4ed643e4877e1723ea.png
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 17, 2016, 06:26:33 PM
has anyone else on here paid the dollar for shoot1up? (does anyone else on here even play shmups with regularity?)

sort of but I suck at them a lot :[

I tried the demo for shoot1up and it seemed really cool but I remember the last level /really/ squicking me out for some reason.

Unrelated, but I just found out that Givro was behind the second SNES Kunio game, which explains a lot. Anyway!

Wonder Project J - Finished Chapter 6. The whole aspect about the government ruling the island being dictatorial and !@#%ed is starting to show up again.

Linda Cube - jk did Lunar 2 for a bit. Lucia has a new dress. About to enter some ruins. Remia or w/e is freaked out by Lucia's voodoo earth magicksz.

... Also it's May so I'm getting Morrowind desires.
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 16, 2016, 06:21:53 PM

I do want to note that I feel like a lot of the Japanese-only SNES RPGs... seem to have a lot of technical issues. This is sort of apparent with SO1 -- it's not glitchy, it just was on hardware that couldn't really handle what they wanted to do -- and also seems to be the root cause behind my problems with SD3, the SNES Ys games, and.

I recall distinctly having the same notion after trying my hand at sampling Romancing Saga 3 and then Treasures of Rudra/ Rudra no Hidra (sp?) a year or two ago.

I remember the biggest issue I had with RS3 was... I wanna say quest targets/quest givers not reliably spawning and sometime you'd have to go in/out of a room a couple of times to get them to show up. Also I remember hearing something about the dragon car battle being prone to breaking, and the audio quality was inexplicably really compressed sounding which I notice with a LOT of SNES games.


Mother- Up to Ellay. Ana go KO'd by an unlucky Smaaaaaash so she didn't get as much experience out of the going through the swamp as I wanted but w/e. Of to explore the Ellay watchtower next, I guess!

Update: Got Teddy, and got all his equipment. Live House song's one of my favorites. Salt/ash piles around downtown Ellay are a bit disconcerting. I don't know why but I find the kind-of-bleak landscapes in this game really evocative.

Next stop's Mt. Itoi I guess.

Eternal Blue - Up to the carnival. Possibly misread this but I thing there was a bit of a pun in here -- tanoshii's Japanese of fun, tan is phlegm. I THINK Lucia said something like "Carnival? Is that a place where people go to for phlegm?"

-- edit --

Buh other points about EB before I went to sleep last night but was too tired to make -- original version's really focused on how alien Lucia is. WD script up to this point, from what I can tell, took out nearly all of her bizarre misunderstandings and, like, indications that she doesn't quite get human emotions either. That's like her entire personality, though.

Second, regarding technical issues with SNES games, Eternal Blue by comparison runs super fast/smoothly, is responsive, and just has this technically solid /feel/ to it that I don't get from a lot of SNES games that aren't idk Chrono Trigger.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 14, 2016, 01:48:28 AM
Linda Cube Again - Initial Impressions: This is the best Phantasy Star game. Aesthetically, it's very Phantasy Star 2 meets the Iria anime meets Paranoia Agent. Gameplay-wise, it's about monster catching, only you don't fight with the monsters so much as eat them/craft with them/register them with the ship for stat bonuses and abilities. Also Metal Saga's bizarre sense of style.

Combat's sort of normal Dragon Warrior combat, although enemies can attack you from each of the primary directions, this impacts whether you can run, and I THINK terrain might be a factor, but I'm not sure. You can also transform into hybrids with monsters you've caught? Combat's really fast paced, in any case, and battles aren't random (actually finding monsters is part of the game, since you need to capture a minimum number to finish a scenario).

Sooo far, I've caught male and female pigs, "ostriches", hedgehogs, and squirrels. There's some ghost squid thing floating around Ozport, although I can't beat it yet. Seems to be gone now anyway so idk how to get it back.

Holding off on getting a second guarddog for now since I don't want to take loans until I have access to more monsters that I can sell for good money (the hedgehogs go for like 10? 20? a piece, but the pigs and squirrels are only good for meat. Idk about the ostriches).

Story-wise (also, this is a lot harder than Eternal Blue to understand :SSSS), I did the registration thing with the ship, the uh... ship has a fleshy room where you can register monsters and it kind of /moans in pleasure/ when you do that? Beyond that, I leveled up to level 3, because Linda won't go out with you or whatever until you are (I think she said she was level 2?). You're supposed to meet her in Minago after this but Minago's abandoned and the ranger chief called and said she was in Hospico. Sooo, I'm either going there or Ozport next. I know the game has a time limit, although in the first two scenarios it's supposed to be hard to run out of time.

Actually no I think I will go back to Ozport. I just realized Minago wasn't de-populated until I progressed the plot so

I regret not playing this sooner.

(Also apparently I need to stock up food and furniture for Ken and Linda's sex cave on the Ark).

-- edit --

I do want to note that I feel like a lot of the Japanese-only SNES RPGs... seem to have a lot of technical issues. This is sort of apparent with SO1 -- it's not glitchy, it just was on hardware that couldn't really handle what they wanted to do -- and also seems to be the root cause behind my problems with SD3, the SNES Ys games, and.

I'm not stumbling into caches of neat, obscure, unfantranslated stuff like I am with the PSX and Saturn, tho maybe I'm just not trying hard enough.

That being the case, I think a lot of my beeves picked with ToP were technical too, so I really wanna check out the PSX version now.

(Beeves is a valid plural of beef apparently).

-- edit --

Okay, ended up playing ToP PSX for like 3 hours. My issues with this are almost entirely resolved from the SNES version and I really like it now. And even if Cless is Generic Anime Dude, he's not a Lloyd, so that's a plus (unless he starts Lloyding-out in the skits, like Reid did).

...I wonder what would've happened if SD3 got ported to better hardware.

... The cheapest copy on eBay came with some some junk I don't want though. Like some weird game called "Zenogaias" about Dan Hibiki? WTF is that? I don't like King of Fighters!

-- edit --

Anyway, so current rotation's Mother 1, WPJ, Lunar: EB, and Linda Cube, though I'm PRETTY near the end of Mother 1 afaik (Swamp, Ellay, Mt. Itoi?), so putting ToP in rotation around June should be nice.
13  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 13, 2016, 10:51:57 PM
I thought The Jungle Book was really hollow and heartless (but pretty) and full of phoned-in acting.

But...everyone else seems to LOVE this movie. LOVE. Nothing but positive things I've seen so far.

I've watched a couple of video podcasts with people's thoughts on the movie, and the reviewer I watched were very confused by the 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. I guess it just played to the nostalgia of current reviewers or something?

I didn't see the movie but I saw the trailers and the CG looked /really/ janky in them. Is this from color correction?

http://static5.businessinsider.com/image/570c6b6752bcd029008bc0b2-2028-1014/jungle%20book%20light.jpg <- Like, it's good enough that it's not uncanny valley but it still looks completely wrong.

Also Mowgli looks like he's CG and I'm pretty sure he's not so how the hell did THAT happen.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: May 13, 2016, 10:35:15 PM



More mammals (moremals).


Mammals, but this time in disguise ( can YOU keep the secret ?? )


And as some bonus mammals, here's some stock footage of Ohio.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 13, 2016, 07:12:26 PM
... So I realize that I'm in favor of gay marriage except I'm not actually in favor of marriage in general and nearly all of the gay guys I know don't have any interest in getting married.

oh welpers.

LOL, I thought my intentional overreaction was large enough to be clearly comical.  Figured that was a more interesting post than "What on earth is absinthe ice cream?"
Yeah, and besides, he's a prude, not a saint, lol.

I'd try absinthe ice cream...doubt I'd like it though. Not big on alcohol flavor.

The alcohol content in the ice cream is super low -- like, on par with vanilla extract. It's child-friendly. Mostly it just tastes like licorice.


Briefly considered giving modern gaming another shot and found this:


Steam is like wandering through that mall in the bad part of town, where the only stores still open are a GCN, Sbarros, Cindy's Wigs, another GCN, and hundreds of kiosks selling really off-model porcelain clocks based on whatever IP was popular five years ago.

... What was the word for IP before IP replaced it, anyway?


ffs people, disenfranchisement and disenchantment are different words.
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