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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: NX title delayed to '17) on: June 21, 2016, 06:47:53 PM
well it's more the rationalizing that's a problem, because it makes a thing that wasn't a thing and would've gone on not being a thing otherwise

Honestly I'd be happier if devs quit trying to rationalize everything.


cut the crap about the balance of the triforce, Aonuma or whoever's making BTW. just be like

"Yeah the main character's Link and he's a boy because this is my game and I want to do it that way."
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: June 20, 2016, 09:48:43 PM
this atari 5200 commercial is everything I'd ever dreamed the 1980's could be


That's using hummer in a context I don't understand. Thanks, Ronnie?
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: NX title delayed to '17) on: June 20, 2016, 07:05:29 PM
calling it now: There's going to be some ZELDA MODE DLC.
19  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 19, 2016, 01:16:36 PM
Morrowind - Played this for a bit out of nostalgia. idk if I'm gonna spend any real time with it tho -- either this or Everblue 2 til the next stable Subnautica patch is out, since they're both similar to that in their own ways. Anyway, did the one merchant quest in Ald-Ruhn, got the merchants frennly, sold them some ebony that I had for some reason. Someone said something about guar herders west of the town having fallen into a trouble so maybe I'll find them if I spend more time on this.

American Truck Sim - Having got my own truck, took some delivery job leading my closer to California. Having got my own truck, proceeded to damage it in ways that I clearly don't when using the borrowed trucks from quick jobs so ????????

Some commentary on mods in general, and this gets back to something I was talking about earlier wrt SD3's bugfix v. rebalance patches, but I FEEL LIKE modding culture has gotten people to immediately jump the gun and assume that developers are always wrong about their game design approach, which isn't something I agree with -- different isn't wrong, choosing to emphasize certain aspects of your game over others isn't wrong, not making everything Minecraft isn't wrong. And I'm definitely guilty of this myself, but I think there's also a tendency to not /learn/ how a game works and assume it's wrong and that you need to mod it to fix it.

But at the same time I think this might be having an impact on how developers make their games. I mentioned finding Banished kind of bare in terms of what you could build/the production trees, and Cities Skylines at well (some of the district stuff was very definitely just stubs for future expansions, and out of the box you seem to have fewer buildings available than SC4). So this isn't in terms of core mechanics, but I kind of wonder if there's this assumption among developers that modders are just going to make their own content and throw everything out anyway, so why spend all this time on making content?

Just Cause 2 - I had to stay up till like 3:30AM last night so I just took out one of the, uh, radar base things to kill some time. Sort I mean okay I was tired and flying around with the parachute is really amusing when you're tired. Original complaint still stands that it feels like you see everything the game has to offer after you clear the first few bases though.

-- morevidya --

Tales of Phantasia - Element puzzle in Moria mine. The instructions you get on the tablet don't really help. I think this is a language gap -- death is associated with the number 4 in Japanese so when it's talking about the "Path of Death" it's referring to the one room that has four torches visible. If you use THAT as a frame of reference, everything else makes sense. That's just a guess tho. Fanslation probably would've been justified in taking some liberties here if that's the case.

Anyway, fought Maxwell. Gungnir got upgraded. Things aren't hitspongey anymore :>

I'm also n
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: June 19, 2016, 11:53:42 AM

21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Too many cut scenes @_@ on: June 18, 2016, 08:15:38 PM

The chair thing in Xenogears was unusual and I think it fit the mood they were trying to convey. Like, everything's gone to hell and everyone's REALLY distant. The narrative break really gave me the mood that... things had changed in the game world. I almost think continuing normally would've felt abrupt with everything that happened after Solaris fell?

(Also for all intents and purposes I don't remember the cutsceney bits being THAT long. I think it covered like two dungeons, a boss fight, and then went more or less back to normal?)

Also it's not cutscenes really bad how long was Star Ocean 3's intro? And VP and Persona 3's were really long too!
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 18, 2016, 08:13:21 PM
Re Youtube:

Anyone ever watch younger people LPing older games and get completely confused by like... idk, being unable to chop trees down in Chrono Trigger and spending five minutes ramming into trees even though it doesn't do anything because they don't get that not everything's Minecraft? But then it turns out they're like 30 and it seems like they probably should be more familiar with things?

--- original post below; above is what I wanted to post but forgot to! ---

Actual Haps:

Went downtown to get a coffee grinder and new Radiohead album. Got a really frisky migraine. Tried to drink it off with some espresso and tonic water. Didn't help. Went to some expensive hotel restaurant and got gruyere puffs and a cheese board for lunch. Went to North Market, got a coffee grinder (because the other kitchen store in the Short North is only selling bowls now and some lady was blocking the door for reasons???), and then went to the Katzinger stall at North Market because I had a migraine and was thirsty and celery soda sounded good, so I got that and a box of apricot hamentaschen.

Proceeded to walk around the pride fest carrying a coffee grinder and a box of hamentaschen, wearing entirely inappropriately unfestive clothing (gray tucked in shirt, black khakis, hiking boots), getting accosted by hare krishnas the entire time.

also protip if ur gonna walk around mostly topless at a summer festival put some damn sunscreen on ffs. so many inflamed, peeling shoulders. eugh.

Also I wanted to comment on one of the above posts but that migraine's not totally gone yet so what are words?
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Too many cut scenes @_@ on: June 18, 2016, 12:29:10 PM
I still don't understand why but for various reasons, disc 2 of Xenogears never really bothered me!
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The great pet thread on: June 18, 2016, 12:54:28 AM
I don't have any pets but here are some things my parents found outside that they keep sending me pictures of:

25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Too many cut scenes @_@ on: June 18, 2016, 12:46:38 AM
This was exactly my problem with the back-half of Wonder Project J >:T Well, not exactly -- it's more that WPJ turned into nothing but cutscenes.

Also some other game that I can't remember at all right now (I want to say FFXII but, while that had some longish cutscenes, it wasn't really cutscene heavy as a whole).
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: NX title delayed to '17) on: June 17, 2016, 10:54:15 PM
I'm seeing people expressing concern that Link isn't a lady/that Zelda isn't the main character but like
maybe Link really is a lady and they just didn't reveal it yet, because that'd ruin the surprise
maybe it's part of a secret ending where if you get a high enough completion within a certain period of time
Link just rips his skin off and was Zelda the entire time and has inexplicably green hair.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: June 17, 2016, 08:37:26 PM

I have no idea who this is but I will never be this cool.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 17, 2016, 05:59:01 PM
why the hell did I wake up at 12:30 and start ranting about trying to cook my pets ._.

i think I'm done with drinking caffeine after 7PM for awhile.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 17, 2016, 12:50:34 AM
[semi-redacted; I was nooot fully awake when I wrote that and it feels kind of creepy to read it now]


I remember when I was in highschool and the dogs were still puppies and I guess I was more OCDish than I was now, I always felt this... low-level dread around them because this /thought/ kept lodging itself in my mind, that they were small enough to fit in the microwave and that there was nothing /really/ physically stopping me from microwaving them. I wouldn't have done that -- I think animal abuse is horrific and people that kill dogs for fun are like, the lowest of the low to me, but it was still this thought I couldn't shake. That it was /possible/.

And I think I mentioned this several times, but, uh, when I was seventeen I sprained my ankle jumping over a gate because, even though I logically knew it was a bad idea I had this compulsion and it's like I couldn't /not/ act on it.

You can get things in your mind that you can't get rid of even though you logically know you should and it's... not really a case of letting good advice sink in or just growing up and sucking it up and getting over it. It's like a tape record playing on loop that doesn't shut up, getting... more irrational, more reduced, more magnified, more not-part-of-reality with each playback.

And the worst part is when you can't tell the difference between that like, obsessive, gnawing, delusional feedback /noise/ and your core beliefs or real pain. Is this thing a hobby or do I just have an /obsession/ with it? Am I having fun or am I /addicted/? Do I really hold these political views or is it just a bee that got in my bonnet and I convinced myself I cared about it more than I do?
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 16, 2016, 06:24:59 PM
@Tomara: This is my biggest problem. I DON'T have even a vague idea of what direction I want my life to take. I'm not really passionate about anything.

Saying I'm in the same position probably won't make you feel any better, but I'm in the same position; and people telling you to follow your passion, or that you NEED passion, just makes it worse. And I don't even think I'm on an axis where I can recognize what passion even is. Seeing people saying follow your passion to me is like... people telling you to wear lucky charms if I want to win big or follow the invisible rainbow-colored magnetic wavelines emanating from your third eye that leads to a pot of gold.


unrelated but I usually get videogame ads on RPGFan because, you know, obvious reason. So today I see this and immediately think it's some epic duckling RPG coming out of E3:

It wasn't but lord have mercy do I wish it were.

-- edit --

In which I note that the mouthwash I use really, really deadens your sense of taste but I don't consider this a bad thing because dining options are so limited in downtown Columbus that not being able to taste what I eat for breakfast/lunch every day is probably for the best.
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