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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 22, 2015, 04:34:56 PM
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: November 22, 2015, 12:16:48 PM
Going a bit too far to say anyone's opinion is "irrelevant"

If it helps, they are only "irrelevant" to those that "matter in life".   
(I am seriously not looking forward to spending the holidays with my relatives again, among other joys like the never ending barrage of shitty 'Christmas music', a constant, never-ending barrage of holiday shopping bullshit; horrible weather and just manages to piss me off, bullshit from all the ultra conservatives I'm surrounded by about how Christmas is under attack from the dirty Jews, Muslims, Mexicans, Women, Canadians, Starbucks, Space Aliens onboard the Mothership, etc; and a whole load of goddamn nothing, as I dread the passing of yet another goddamn motherfucking year.)

add in "so when are you two going to finally have kids?" and our holiday's mirror each other.


My job is like

"Guy's we're too busy this year, don't take any time off around Christmas and we'll let you roll it over to January."

18  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 22, 2015, 08:56:27 AM
GZ being really short is one of the things that makes me interested in it.

-- edit --

STHA - Went back to the Enrich Dungeon because I missed a secret dagger. Only it wasn't secret, it was in this huge, unexplored portion of the map that was /very clearly shown/ as being unexplored and there was even a path leading to it and I'd been on that path and just not turned right. Basically I suck at reading maps.

Anyway not gonna go back and get the stuff I missed from the GREYVJARD because I missed it on my own free will.

... Anyway it's November, I really should be playing Wild Arms something/Viva Pinata/Little King Story/games that I associated with Thanksgiving, but... STHA is seriously the most I've been addicted to a dungeon crawler since Nocturne.

I think it's the pacing. You can't really do a single dungeon in one go, but they're broken up nicely (into segments spatially, into bits blocked by key items, etc), the level and equipment progression is steady, and you can always get back to town easily. So it's like you're always just on the verge of finding something new.

Also I like getting nito combat just for the sake of looking at the monster sprites, they're really a joy to watch.

(Speaking of Sega games and games I associated with November, I guess Phantasy Star 2 remake got fan translated but apparently it sucks and everything was nerfed so it's somehow even more of a grindfest than the original version).

-- edit 2 --

STHA - Got Basso back. Exploring the snake dungeon. Basso is dead from Air Polyps. Oh god so many Air Polyps.

Forsaken - Uhhhhhhhhhh PSX version's controls are wonky and it's exceedingly difficult which isn't really what I want right now. It's like Machine Head but really mean.

I need some easier, shorter adventurey stuff from backlog but all the PS1 games I have are hard or long. Think I'll start digging through my PS2 bucket.
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 22, 2015, 12:06:27 AM
Steaming your library browse:

Also why the hell am I not living in Germany.

20  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Something similar to Tempest 2000 on: November 21, 2015, 11:36:23 PM
I never could get Tempest 2000 to work. That was Braben, wasn't it?

-- edit --

Wait I never had Tempest 2000 what the hell I was thinking of V-2000 fffffffff
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 21, 2015, 11:02:06 PM
Is the Vita powerful enough to do PS2 emulation..? I guess it's 2ghz quadcore so if you could use the cores effectively I guess it would work fine but if not I'd think it'd want more than 2ghz on a core :S
22  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 21, 2015, 08:15:37 PM
I can't say I ever got into XBC's battle system that much :S

I always felt like I was winning without really knowing what I was actually doing -- mostly just mash the skills whenever they turned on, and tried to get enemies toppled/dazed/whatever, which kind of amounted to doing the same set of attacks constantly. Which maybe isn't THAT different from how RPGs usually work although waiting for the skills to reactivate is sort of dull, because it's basically back in ATB territory, but really SLOW ATB.

Also you hit a part where you encounter these FFXII-ish elementals that get dragged into combat with you if you use a forbidden skill (and you invariably will do this) and they're not difficult but just massive damage sponges.


STHA - Met Garm/Galm? Do gotta complain that the translation's nooot up to SF3's level, although it's still far from bad :P Vampire was a pain because you don't have a ton of options to deal with him besides pumping out damage and healing. The knight guy you can sleep, which makes him easier (if you like realize this earlier than I did, especially :S). I still maintain that this feels a lot fresher to me than some of the more recent dungeon crawlers I tried.

Anyway guess I missed some push walls in something. You can't really SEE these, so that kiiind of bugs me, althouhg the ones I missed were just leading to bonus items, and not like, something you'd need to deal with to get through the dungeons, like the stupid hidden doors in Strange Journey.
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: LR:FFXIII to Steam -- the trilogy is here on: November 21, 2015, 02:59:54 PM
I'll enjoy my shake. <3

24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 20, 2015, 07:43:20 PM
Looks like Sony has developed a PS2 emulator for the PS4.  It's currently unclear if we'll eventually be able to play our old PS2 discs, or if it's just going to be used to sell PS2 classics digitally.

I wish sony would just develop a really well optimized PS2 emulator for the PC and like, sell it on Steam or something.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 20, 2015, 06:17:41 PM
natros, where you live :V


I actually like the background noise of living in an apartment. Like unless it's super loud, hearing occasional conversations/people walking around/drunken orgies/TVs is... idk weirdly comforting? I don't like complete silence.

Smokers Iiiiiii am not good with.

-- d --

Also wanted to note that I get the impression that utilities are a lot more expensive in a house. I think I mentioned this but one of my coworkers apparently pays like 300 USD on electricity a month to heat his house in the winter, whereas my winter electrical bills are like, 20ish a month.

ALSO also wanted to note that there was a time when I thought that not driving was making my evening commute really long but apparently my coworkers get stuck in traffic for two hours on a regular basis, so uh

-- d2 --

Also, wrt dogs, I've noticed that it's not a significant jump in the amount of work in taking care of them when you go from two to three/four dogs. At that point it's less like you're getting another dog, and more like you're getting a dog for your dogs, and they end up training it for you.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: November 20, 2015, 01:24:43 AM
I liked FFV's relative lack of character development. It was mostly like, yey, I get a bunch of little pixel people I get to play dress-up with! HOW DELIGHTS.

Whereas in the FF games with actual characterization I'm just like man who are these assholes that never shut up.

Also why aren't there affordable Red XIII figurines. ffs Square, just get Schleich to make one in the Bayala line it's not like anyone would notice.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 20, 2015, 12:02:40 AM
My coworkers point out how like
if you're in an apartment you're just paying 750 dollars a month and then it's gone
mentally I'm like, no, you're paying for a service. you're not just throwing money into a void.

Also the math for how home ownership is cheaper in the long run because you own property and can sell it doesn't really make sense to me.
Like if I'm paying 750 a month in rent and 750 a month in house payments, I'm still paying 750 a month.
And yeah I can sell the house and get that money back but I'm just going to go spend it on another house or apartment where i'm spending 750 a month again. It's not like I'm just going to sell my house and go live in a yurt in sprawling magical DBZ field in the middle of nowhere.

I mean I guess you can get lucky and have your property increase in value a lot but I mean
i remember 2007.

also I've heard that you should delay paying off a house because the money you owe on it somehow gets you a tax break, but that's like... sounds like more voodoo math to me.
28  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 19, 2015, 08:08:26 PM
DeltaZeal - Tried playing this without paying any attention to the score items. Managed to get through stages 1 and 2 without dying. Then I accidentally got into Stage 3b which is fried hell -- it's basically Darius Gaiden bullet patterns lain overtop some, uh, Raiden Fighters. Also I got the submarine WARNING things to trigger in Stage 4, only it was in blue water instead of red water and wasn't spawning the off-colored submarines that are worth more points.

And I still have no idea how to trigger the alternate path through stage 1.

I mean I guess there's a degree of jankiness to Triangle Service's games but they dynamic nature of them makes them so goddamn exciting to me.

Nandeyanen - This is not good.

STHA - Still drivin' around San Vandal Mansion in a stolen Bifta with my homes Rodi and Melody. We just picked up Basso an' about to go roll on some Ballas. Everyone's got lightning fingertips now. Rodi's sleep magic ain't work on the dead though. The dead already asleep.

I wish Strange Journey's dungeons had been this detailed and had such a sense of place :< Or most modern dungeon crollers for that matter. Or most other oldschool ones even.

-- edit --

STHA - Found the clock room and holy water in the mansion. Need some kind of clock winding key though I thiiiiiink. Not entirely sure what the skeletons hints are refering to. Might go explore the graveyard catacombs.

Oh wait no I think I know what to do with the holy water.
Note to self go back to the room where the furniture's being /playful/
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 19, 2015, 06:21:50 PM
Anyway I called other dentist (who was recommended by my former dentist) and am in the process of scheduling something there, but they need the x-rays before they can schedule anything. So uh, guess I'll have to sign an x-ray release on Monday.

Also really hoping they'll refund me the 600 dollars I paid for the appointment I'm canceling. Are you even supposed to directly pay for the part insurance doesn't cover? Someone told me they're supposed to bill the entire amount to your insurance, and then insurance bills you for the part they don't cover. And is it normal for dentists to offer a discount if you pay up front instead of at the time of the appointment?

and uh

Nnnnnn apartment's trialing letting us have pets, and the even-numbered buildings on my street are in this group. Tempting, but I don't have a yard or the emotional fortitude for a doggy (also I sort of would prefer a pony. And cows. Obviously those wouldn't fit in an apartment), but


Also I think it's a one pet limit like if I could get a pair of dogs so they could keep eachother company while I was at job

also nervous about walking dogs around the city

also nervous about having to beat up children who would try to pet dogs and not take no for an answer

also i'm kind of a neurotic manchild that really shouldn't be trusted with anything (which is why I sort of work for the state government in a by proxy fashion obvsly).

but i mean, doggies. This wasn't a thing I was thinking about but now that the potential is there it's...

alternatively I could just go buy some more Saturn games and plastic Irish Cobs and talk to those instead. that's my usual standby when I get lonely. That and cuddling a box of Cheez-Its.
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest 7, 8 and Bravely Second announced for 2016 on: November 18, 2015, 11:40:48 PM
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