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1  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.
2  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.
3  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.
4  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.
5  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.
6  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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7  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.
8  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
9  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.
10  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.
11  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.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 12, 2014, 08:21:48 PM
@ game collecting comments, I was mostly talking about people that /just/ buy stuff up to manipulate the scarcity and inflate the prices. This kind of applies to a lot of areas-of-interest, though.

Suik 3 - Did an army battle early in Chris Ch. 2. Despite making a /really/ bad first impression I keep getting more and more sucked into this.

I need to force myself to play some Shining Force 3 tonight. Actually I saw someone compare /that/ to S3's trinity site system, although from what I've heard, Sc1 and 2 overlap somewhat but Sc3 takes place after both.

... Also maybe I should be leveling Julian up. I've been neglecting that since I know you lose him early on in Sc1 but I have no idea what transfers to Sc2 and 3.

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SF3 - Oh god I suck at this. Doing the battle in Quonus church. Get Julian killed early on. Get Cybil killed. lich spawns in and kills Synbios.

Take two. Get Julian killed on turn one in the /exact same way I did the first time/.

fff. At least I got Eldar to gain a level.

... Also I never really noticed this but the meshes in this game actually look pretty good -- a lot of them are quite well animated.

-- edit 3--

I got bored and GIS'd for Shining Force 3 fanart and somehow one of the search results was a picture of one of my plants that I posted on RPGfan several years ago.

How the hell?
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 12, 2014, 06:05:36 PM
On the other hand: miniskirt + midriff

Addendum: Luchador Exorcist.

Why did Vincent get his own spinoff game and Greco didn't? I'm picturing something like Godhand but with a lot more ghost wrasslin'.

Anyway, further wrt to retro game collecting:

You have scalpers and you have people that actually want the games. Let's be realistic -- if you're talking about stuff from the 32-bit era and earlier, sure, there's emulation, you don't strictly need to go out and buy this stuff to play it. What I'm saying is that, legal issues aside, the inflated prices of Panzer Dragoon Saga or Suikoden 2 aren't really stopping you from /playing/ them.

With more recent systems that's not as much of an option for a variety of reasons. Legal issues aside, legit Dreamcast/PS2/GC/Wii games are desirable just from a playability perspective.

So I think what you get here is a positive feedback loop involving people trying to make a profit and people just wanting to play the game -- profit guys hoard stuff because it might be worth more in the future and they're going to want to make a profit, people wanting to play the games hoard stuff because they don't want to wait and then have to idk spend a hundred dollars for Xenoblade.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys fans- I need your help on: April 12, 2014, 02:00:16 AM
Felghana's easily my favorite action RPG. Only thing I didn't like was the first real boss fight, and that's only because in retrospect I missed picking up the flame boosting attacking. All of the individual mechanics are really simple but the interplay between them is spot-on. Nothing feels extraneous or like it's dragging the game down.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 11, 2014, 11:27:04 PM
What, I still use a desktop.

...of course, it runs Linux.

I like desktops but it's just that the phrase "desktop experience" bugs me. Computers are tools, they're not these nebulous experiential things.

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I have a bunch of stuff like this in the assembly project I'm working on:

lui t9, 0x800b
ori t9, 0x41a4
lw t9, 0x0000(t9)

This sets the register t9 to the address 800B41A4, and then loads the value there into t9. I think I can reduce it to two instructions though:

lui t9, 0x800b
lw t9, 0x41a4(t9)

idk if it's faster but it's more compact.
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