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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 19, 2014, 12:23:10 PM
I don't think that's entirely the case -- if you attack an enemy that's in hitstun, there's lag between you hitting it an the damage being calculated/applied/displayed. I think specifically what's happening is that the damage is there but doesn't apply till the enemy goes back out of hitstun, and sometimes maybe it glitches out and drops attacks or applies damage to the wrong attack (like SD3 did).

But its hard to tell what's going on with that because the NPCs just dogpile the enemy anyway.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 19, 2014, 01:59:29 AM
Did you seriously just copypaste an entire fucking Wikipedia article.
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 18, 2014, 09:58:16 PM
 Holy shit X-Man Wolverine has UofM Wolverines colors

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3DS XL grip came. I still can't play action games on the system for any length of time without hurting my hand :T The extra bulk makes it easier to grip the thumpad and press more than two buttons at the same time, but the general placement of the face buttons just makes them deeply uncomfortable for me, and the d-pad's pretty awful either way.'

I don't know, I really wish I'd gotten a regular sized 3DS now. The big screens are pretty but the thing's unusable for me.

Also the case for the Jungle Brothers CD I ordered with the grip is completely fucked.

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Like twenty minutes out my thumb is still burning :T
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 18, 2014, 06:40:31 PM
Yeah but your hairdresser probably is.

And they're the one with the scissors and the cleaning supplies.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 18, 2014, 05:29:41 PM
@ Monsoon: You're basically in the worst part of the game right now AFAIK.

@ glassjawsh: I make a point of running all my PSX games through Alcohol 52% disc integrity stuff, since that usually turns up any disc problems. All of my EB discs were giving a read error around the same sectors, so I'm hoping it's just a case of some weird file system making those blocks unreadable on my laptops disc drive, and not a case of the discs actually being damaged :T

@ klyd: fwiw, the annoying slow text speed is only a problem in the cutscenes in Okami -- normal NPC chatter can be sped up by pressing a button and skipped altogether by hitting start. Also the cutscenes aren't really that long -- it's not like in Suikoden 3 or 5.

Anyway I played Okami for like an hour last night and fought a doggy and the fight went on too long because I forgot to get Amy drunk beforehand. I'm also pretty sure that I've neglected to pick up some special attacks or weapons r something. This is what happens when you don't play a game for like five years.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 18, 2014, 04:29:24 PM
Just once I'd like to make it through a week without living in the same building as someone furious at nothing worth being furious over.

"You catch more flies with honey than vinegar" is not an expression my family has ever heard.

I am thankful every day for finally leaving my parent's house, I visit on the weekends and that's it ever since I went to university, never again am I going to live there.. My father is the very definition of getting furious over the most inconsequential details of all fucking time all the time.

If my parents are together in a car and my dad's driving, if my mom points out an open space, my dad'll get really pissed and pretty much stop talking for a few hours.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 18, 2014, 02:36:04 AM
Animal Crossing - Managed to get fruit from Isabelle. Yeeey. Let's not screw this up. I guess I can cut down some of my existing orange trees and put pears there. SOUNDS like NL is more lenient about where trees can go?
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 16, 2014, 10:09:23 PM
Spent 3 hours playing Wizardry on the PS3 (when I could've been playing Secret of Mana)...screw this game. Level downs? Apraisals costing the same amount as the sell price?  Random Alignment changes? Enemies that are constantly unknown even though you've fought them a bazillion times? (It's fine if their level is unknown, but don't show a shadow of a Kobold when I know it's a freakin' Kobold!) What were they thinking?! Were old school Wizardry games this bad? I never got that far in any of them, but some of these mechanics just don't make sense!

wrt Wizardy 1-3, 5 on the PC...

-- You could get permanent stat hits in earlier Wizardry games but they were rare and mostly tied to really specific situations. It sounds like if your starting stats in Wizardry PS3 can exceed the class/races max growth potential, which is why they're going down.

-- Enemies tended to become known pretty quickly iirc. You'd get familiar looking shadows a lot but that's just cause old games had a lot of sprite re-use/palette swaps.

-- Alignment changes come from killing enemies of the same alignment as your guys, I think. Or of a specific alignment. Killing evil enemies would eventually make you good, and vice versa. It wasn't random, although there may have been traps or spells that changed your alignment.

-- IDK what appraisal costs were but I don't remember them being weird.

Wizardry 6 through 8 played considerably differently from the earlier games.

I'm pretty damn sure that Tales of the Forsaken Land did NOT do the stuff you're talking about.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 16, 2014, 09:53:39 PM
So at work, I have to test how this digital camera works with our software
Because my system's the only system that's set up to work with it currently.
Anyway it has facial recognition stuff, and if it can't properly identify the face as a face, it throws an error at you.
I was testing some of the functionality wrt these error codes, and my process for doing this was just taking pictures of random objects on my desk. Like if you want to freak out facial recognition software just take either pictures of things that aren't faces or pictures of pictures of faces but at weird angles.
Whoever checks the screenshots is going to think I'm an idiot.

I know Conan O'Brien isn't dead but sometimes I still feel like he is.

I sort of want cream cheese.
25  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: October 16, 2014, 08:55:15 PM
A Tribe Called Quest - After Hours
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 16, 2014, 12:27:03 AM
We <3 Katamari - Played around with one of the levels and managed to get the katamari big enough to like, make the person requesting it happy. Also messed around in the underwater level more but didn't do anything productive there.

Okami - Saved the little sparrow girl. This was my first time playing the game since I was in college.

Huge nostalgia trip all around, only it's not the fun kind of nostalgia, just the kind of nostalgia where I'm subtly aware that I screwed up, somewhere.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation TV (formerly known as Vita TV) on: October 15, 2014, 07:22:00 PM
Apparently they JUST removed a bunch of games from the compatibility list.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 15, 2014, 01:58:27 AM
Gamer factionalism's weird. It's like I seriously just play whatever's interesting to me at the moment on whatever platform it happens to be on, but if I mention I'm playing a PC game anywhere it's inevitably going to set of a PC GAMING MASTER RACE argument, or if I mention playing older stuff now people be all LOL PRETENTIOUS RETRO GAMERS.

Seriously man what the dang >:T

Also do you guys ever stop and reflect on the fact that you ARE edible? My lack of mental filters is why I'm a vegetarian.

I've also discovered that I'm getting /kind of/ annoyed when people that aren't from the US refer to it as 'Murrica. It's like, it's okay to refer to yourself in an self-deprecating/effacing manner but it's not cool when someone does it /to/ you. It's like shit son I don't watch Duck Dynasty or have any particular brand loyalties to Wal-mart, don't lump me in with that.

Anyway I went for a walk in the rain around a track next to my apartment complex (it's one of those spongey tracks that are nice to walk on). Never really walked it before, although I walk BY it all the time (and the few times I set, briefly, foot upon it were just to avoid goose herds hogging the main sidewalk). Walking in the rain's fun when you have glasses because the water on the lenses distorts everything to bokeh and oil paint and you can feel damn small within that distortion.

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Okay protip don't shotgun a 16-oz coffee on an empty stomach it makes you feel bad.
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: October 14, 2014, 07:45:07 PM
I'm mostly concerned about the Dreamcast TBH, cause there weren't really a /ton/ of those made, the later models are very prone to breaking, you can't really find spare GD-ROM lasers much (I don't think you can put the GD-ROM laser from a NAOMI unit into a DC but even then), dropping in a normal CD-ROM drive into a DC and playing burnt games isn't really ideal because you have to gut the sound before doing that, and Dreamcast emulation is kind of terrible.

It's like the one system I can realllllly think of where you're kind of screwed if you don't have a Rev. 0 or Rev. 1 model in good working order.

Doubly problematic for me 'cause I've got a bunch of Dreamcast games now and I can't think of any that I really would be fine with not playing again (maybe with the exception of VOOT, since the 360 port's superior) :( And I've always got /that fear/ cause my first Dreamcast died on me, and that's pretty much the second console failure I've had ever, period (family's toaster oven NES died a looooooooooooooooooooong time ago).
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 14, 2014, 05:54:28 PM
Suikoden 5 - Pedophiles for days.

New Leaf - GODDAMMIT MY TOWN IS FULL OF MONKEYS. Anyway sort of surprised how much I'm enjoying this? idk if haven't play an AC game since the GC one so it just feels a lot more robust. Tho I wish it still had the 'episodes' and Blathers banter I'm reading about from Wild World.

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Okay played some more S5. While I can recognize that the graphics are bad, I still like how the game looks. I don't really know /why/, I just do. S3's visuals grew on me after awhile too because of how Dreamcasty they looked.

Eschatos - Tried Advanced Mode on Hard. Advanced Mode on Hard is hard a lot, although my theory about the ton of more bullets you get upping the scoring potential seems true. Also unlocked a green ship color.

Anyway, wanna play some Okami and Katamari whatever tonight.
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