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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: May 13, 2016, 10:35:15 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXKDu6cdXLI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Mammals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRAcip_-wbs

More mammals (moremals).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqdPaw9eFdU

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK7fQlyXr1U

And as some bonus mammals, here's some stock footage of Ohio.
17  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.

[redacted]

Briefly considered giving modern gaming another shot and found this:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/375580/?snr=1_4_4__133

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.
18  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 13, 2016, 12:42:45 AM
Eathbound Zero - Got Loid a new gun, talked to baby, learned how to teleport, picked up the buy spray for Loid, and talked to a cactus.

Linda Cube - Okay, text in this is quite a lot harder than in Eternal Blue, although I'm... getting it enough to get by. Didn't do much besides the intro stuff (which was text heavy) and captured three pigs. I need to go register as a hunter on the Ark, which I probably should've done before getting the pigs, and then get up to Level 3 before Linda will... join the party? Also I guess I should take out a loan and get another dog. I think I can register the male and female pigs on the Ark and then sell the excess pig I have.

I need to figure out how the phone system works too I guess. I think it's mostly just saving, although there's some fortune teller option and you can get weather reports???

-- edit --

o i should get NieR, that would probably satisfy obutse japanese artgame desires
do i already have nier
google my couch is neir on it
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: May 12, 2016, 09:24:03 PM
@ Rook
I don't think 25 hours is too short, honestly. 25 hours is usually long enough for a game to fully explore its mechanics but not so long that it overstays its welcome. Of course there's tons of cases where this isn't the case but in this case it's probably okase.

@ Artimicia
Mother 3's probably a better example wrt divides between the Japanese and US fanbase. US fans consider it a staggering work of genius, Japanese fans consider it the most disappointing sequel ever.

@ Dice
I wonder if Amazon has as many, uh, joke reviews as Steam does, for that matter?
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 12, 2016, 06:00:58 PM


-- edit --

Favorite ice creams from Jeni's are:
Sweet corn and blackberry
Salty Caramel (which they always have)

BUT THE BEST one is this like, absinthe/meringue/orange candy thing they have rarely. Absinthe ice cream needs to be more prevalent.

also i haven't had tofutti cuties in awhile. maybe i'll get some tomorrow, gosh.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Best and the Worst endings on: May 12, 2016, 05:57:48 PM
I liked the stuff leading up to the end, I mean the /ending/ ending was just kind of ??? compared to that. It's basically like a ton of stuff happened and then the ending itself is just "Hey look it's snowing. Ain't that some shit."

(Also LoM's ending theme is deeply Swedish, not Japanese).
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Best and the Worst endings on: May 11, 2016, 08:55:23 PM
Fav Endings:
Mentioning Mother 3 here since I just finished it. I can see why it'd make some people mad, but given how stuff escalates in the last hour I can't think of any other way to have ended the game or de-escalated it without it being a major copout.

Chrono Cross' good ending is one of my favorite. Speech at the end is a bit weird, although it's nice for contextualizing things. The... credits music video though perfectly captures

Chrono Trigger's bad ending! More games need special endings when you lose to the end boss like that! Actually Radiant Historia sort of does that, doesn't it? In terms of the /doomed timelines/?

Photopia. If Mass Effect 3 had done what Photopia did /deliberately/ it would've been really gutsy.

The Sea Will Claim Everything. Because the thing this is a metaphor is still happening and it's fucked.

Favn't Ending:
Chrono Cross's bad ending. Which I never actually saw but from my understanding there's nothing TO see.

Secret of Mana's ending proper is also kind of twee for all the stuff that happened right /before/ it. It's sort of the opposite of Mother 3 -- everything kind of deescalates in a way it shouldn't have.

DemiKids. This does not have an ending.

Phantasy Star 1 - This is still one of my favorite games but the stuff with Dark Falz really comes out of nowhere. Unless he was in the cake or sometOH MY GOD. HEADCANON.

Anyway yeah, those are my thoughts on every single game I've managed to play through to completion.

It would also help if the game it's at the end of weren't a grindy mess of poor design decisions, so that way GETTING to the end weren't an impossibly tedious task.

Why would you have to grind in LoM... Also there's nothing particularly Japanese about Song of Mana? ???? confuse ???
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy IX Steam Release -- ACHIEVEMENTS! on: May 10, 2016, 10:36:33 PM
I remember reading some post on some other review site (that I can't find anymore so maybe I imagined this) that basically described FFIX as a "nice game for children" in this really dismissive way and now I'm too worried about getting emotionally invested in age-inappropriate videogames to want to play anything.

oh welpers.
24  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 10, 2016, 06:22:20 PM
- Item creation still seems pretty flakey, and nobody I started with has cooking talents, even though that'd be the most useful early-game ability so

If I remember right, initial talents are random (like SO2). You probably didn't "roll" well.

Probably, although I mean I still don't like randomized talents for the same reason :S

I was thinking about this today: my biggest issue's still the combat (I don't care about crafting systems much these days. They're kind of overdone (THANKS SVERIGE)).

In general it feels like stuff happens way too fast, and the controls are too cumbersome to deal with it.

From what I remember about SO2, you move slower, battle fields are bigger so you have more time to react before stuff happens, and you had a couple targeting options + free move. Free move with auto-targeting was probably the most important change, since manually needing to target and attack an enemy in SO1 before you can use specials was meant you already had to be in their striking range, and by that point mashing normal attack to stunlock them felt safest. In SO2 you could kind of move out of range during the wind-up time for your specials.

Am I remembering SO2 correctly?

Thing particular to the pirate dungeon that annoyed me, though, was that they way to progress is by using the flint the midboss drops to create sparks and blow up some natural gas. Which makes sense, except the game gives no indication that the flint isn't just some crafting fodder, that you need to equip it, that pressing A launches sparks, or that map objects like that are even a thing. Maybe it was in the manual idk, the game doesn't make it clear in-game though.

-- edit --

I still might want to revisit SO1 at some point -- I think it'll probably get more interesting once you get a proper spell caster. The early party of Iria/Ratix/Cius is really uninteresting combat-wise because you don't have any good options besides attacking anyway, even without the, uh, stunlock stuff I mentioned. Since your specials at this point are almost entirely close range attacks anyway.

... Also this is driving me nuts but I remember starting a new game and playing up to Salva back in 2011 or 2012 and I'm pretty sure that his didn't actually happen, so

ANYWAY.

WPJ - Made Roboson read picture books until he got friendly enough not to harass the cops. Did some circus training. Then he found a poster in the back alley telling me to come to some bar so that I could do performances to please the Gijin customers. This actually involved singing. Piro can't sing so he just insulted everyone. Taught him to sing. Will revisit that later. Also got the generator int he house on, though I don't know what THAT does.

I like how this is also similar to Nanatsu Kaze in the sense that, on the surface, it's really cute and child-friendly and storybookish, but there's this like understated, lurking, uh... synonym for menace/growing dread.

Eternal Blue - Up to Noto. Norto? Noot? Didn't do much besides explore town and get new equipment. Bought a bow for Lemia that I probably won't use because her staff has free ice spells. Going to go over to, uh, west Noto and then probably do those nearby ruins.

Also dicked around in Linda 3 for a bit. Got a dog and did nothing productive. Managed to find a complete and labeled JP script, which is going to be really useful since I can just copy and paste from that instead of having to manually re-type everything to look it up.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 09, 2016, 11:52:04 PM
Speaking of ice cream,
Jeni's hasn't had a listeria outbreak this year.
So we've got that at least.

-- a haiku

Speaking of Jeni's,
Gentrification happened.
So that's ALL we've got.

-- a sonnet.

-- edit --

It's 11:58PM on a Tuesday and I think I jus

WHAT THE HELL IS THIS https://www.youtube.com/user/1093Music/videos
26  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 09, 2016, 06:15:12 PM
ffffff

Star Ocean 1 - Played up to Hot. Got Cius. Quibbles with the UI (no real freemove in combat) and portraits (AM I KAWAII? UGUUU) aside, this is pretty gosh darn great so far. Combats nice and fast paced -- it's more like Growlanser + real-time Lunar than than Tales or SO2, but that works for me --, world's lovely, the lack of a world map thing works a lot better than it does in SO3, vintage Sakuraba music, etc.

Except I just finished Mother 3 so happy/fun JRPG Star Trek feels really slight compared to the... well, statement that Mother 3 was. idk, maybe I WILL go back to Nanatsu Kaze/Secret of Mana/Legend of Mana -- they have that oblique Japanese art game vibe I want with the same kind of atmosphere. (alternatively put EB on the backburner and bash my head against Moon again).

-- edit --

Mother 1 - Magicant's spitting me out in Youngtown now.

Miiiiiiight hop back and get the SuperSpray for Loid at some point, since there are a few things around the desert I wanted to see (like that cactus with the face!). Also he's got access to a better weapon in Youngtown as well.

Though I think I might take a break from this for a bit since I've still got Mother 3's ending on my mind, and knowing how THAT turns out, EBZ's kinda /giving me the sads /by proxy//.

Star Ocean 1 - Okay played this a bit more and I don't think I like this as much as I initially thought I did.
- Party member AI seems to just, uh, turn off at times.

- Same for the enemies too?

- On the other hand, Radix seems to get more attacks than everyone else and can just kind of stunlock everything to hell??? Like it feels like there's not much going on besides just mashing attack, since Radix's special techniques have enough of a wind-up time that they seem less than useful?

- Also there's too much reliance on random misses/blocks.

So it, uh... adheres way too much to turn-based RPG conventions and that makes the action RPG thing it feels like they're going for break?

- As pretty as it is, areas feel really on on the empty/samey side, and the... pirate dungeon's layout is very ToP-y and I'm not big on that.

- Item creation still seems pretty flakey, and nobody I started with has cooking talents, even though that'd be the most useful early-game ability so

IDK maybe this gets better later but... It's not bad, it just has the same kind of sort-of-unfinished jankiness SD3 had for me? Which as also sort of true of SO2 but for various reason SO2's battle system worked a lot better and the dungeons were neat?
27  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: May 09, 2016, 06:14:28 PM
New radiohead album's got my interest piqued in general but like

didn't radiohead used to say that they were saving a studio version of True Love Waits for their final album?

nvm, I was thinking of some comment they made about covering Neil YOung - Fucking Up like a a decade ago :SD
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: May 08, 2016, 06:59:36 PM
Started playing OG SO1. Why is Dorn doing the butt thing.

Also I think I mentioned this but my biggest issues with SO2 were:
- Energy Nede felt really... idk like there was less there than Expel?
- There were a lot of not-very-useful characters.
- Item crafting seemed too flakey until you were really late game, although I optimized skills more for stat gain so maybe that was my fault :SSSSSSS (Also maybe the non-combat-useful characters are supposed to be where you dump all your crafting skills. I should try that sometime).
- (Also the translation sort of but that doesn't count).

That being the case the game was fun as hell and is still probably one of my favorite PSX RPGs? So I'd really wished SO3 had fixed the balance issues without abandoning the core elements that /worked/ for me.
29  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 07, 2016, 02:11:14 PM
Finished Mother 3. That was, uh... one hell of an experience and kind of waffling on what to even follow that up with.

- Played Radia Senki a bit but it's... ridiculously slow and not really... very detailed feeling.

- Moving on to something sort of in that ballpark, though, Star Ocean 1 (the SNES one) or Bahamut Lagoon both look like they'd fill in that "aesthetically mana-ish but not actually mana game" niche I've been looking to fill. Leaning more towards SO1.

- Also copy of Linda^3 showed up at the post office, though I'm still doing EB so idk if I want multiple non-English games to deal with right now.

- Oh, I have that copy of Okage I forgot about if I want something else sort of Earthboundsian.

... Seriously though, last hour of Mother 3 was... emotionally draining in a way that I did not expect at all.

(fwiw, I've still got Mother 1/WPJ cycling too, but I've found that if I force myself to stop playing a game when I'M MOST interested in it, I won't burn out and I'll still be interested in it enough to come back in a few days. Mostly I just force myself to not play the same thing two days in a row!)

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@ Klyde: Whoops, caught that mid-edit. As I mentioned before, FD didn't really appeal to me for pretty much the reasons you mentioned. It looks like SO1's story dropped into SO2's engine and seems like it's kind of lacking an identity for it?

I'd say SD1/FFA's definitely worth playing though once you get past some of the technical weirdness from it being a GB game (collision detection is strange).

I remember liking Golden Sun eventually, although it's nowhere near as good as Camelot's Saturn stuff. fwiw, it ends on a cliffhanger and GS2 apparently doesn't really hold up at all.

--

... Unrelated but I love when I hit up eBay for weird japanese stuff and it's like, CIB copies of Bahamut Lagoon are hovering around 20 bucks and somebody's jank reproduction cart with the English romhack dumped on it is being sold for 70.
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: May 07, 2016, 11:13:12 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEVa4509A7c

It's a video comprised of a bunch of detritus washed up from a dead world that can't hurt you anymore.

- edit -

https://youtu.be/cB1odFACmCs?t=500

I seriously just watch LPs to see how native English speakers butcher common words.
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