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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: May 07, 2016, 11:13:12 AM

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

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I seriously just watch LPs to see how native English speakers butcher common words.
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 05, 2016, 10:55:03 PM
Hm okay.
So let's say you had twenty-six letters, corresponding to the latin alphabet, which consisted of a single, rotating line.
Rotating at different speeds, with A being the slowest and Z being the fastest.
I wonder what the minimum increase in speed for each letter would be such that it would still be perceptually distinctive from the next slowest/fastest letters
33  Media / General Games / Re: Do You Take the Path? on: May 05, 2016, 10:44:22 PM
If you're walking through a public space -- say, a park, or an office plaza -- and there's an elevated bit of concrete, do you walk on the elevated bit?
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: May 05, 2016, 08:32:08 PM

(I'm assuming this is shopped and not an actual production error, but still, "corrupted" amiibos amuse me way more than they should :SSS)
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: May 05, 2016, 08:24:53 PM
Can Kasich being the only opposition to Trump force a contested convention now?

Apparently not. Kasich gave a cute parting message though. That or they already had it made but they didn't want it to go to waste so they just released it anyway.

BTW I feel the need to clarify that I don't really think there's anything wrong with supporting Bernie, like with anything else you shouldn't let a fanbase influence your opinion on the thing itself. But with the SCOTUS majority at stake (and we're not just talking Scalia given how ancient some of the other guys are) it's suicidally naive, especially this year, to have a Bernie or Bust attitude assuming you consider yourself progressive.

It's only May though, maybe they'll come around.

p sure Sanders is, at the least, still going to be in the senate no matter who wins the Presiserpship, and a lot of recognition there. He'd probably have a LOT more /sway/ in a democratic Senate with Hillary as president than a republican senate with Trump as president. I think it'd also be a lot more reasonable to expect/lobby Clinton to give Sanders a cabinet position than, uh, it would be to expect Trump to do that.

(Trying to get Sanders as VP would be sort of dumb though. VPs aren't really supposed to do much. You could also make the case that he'd have more opportunities to get his policies enacted from the cabinet than from the presidency anyway).

... More importantly, though,

... Doubly More importantly though I seriously thought Koch was pronounced like, kawtsh. And I remember thinking this was weird because the actual German-ish pronunciation would be more like Coke (last consonant being a fricative, not a stop, but w/e). But no, it's pronounced like Coke.

(Triply more importantly, ex-HP CEOs seem to be in this year, so still hoping for that Trump/Apotheker superticket).
36  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 04, 2016, 09:43:58 PM
@ Klyde: Did you play the original SD1? Also if you do play Sword, your house isn't set in place once you plant it -- you can access it from *any* flowerpot.

The shrunken text is a lengthy, incoherent rant about Sword of Mana.

(These two sentences sound really strange together but it's too, uh, late for me to try to say anything more coherent. Whee!)

Honestly tho I think my biggest issue with Sword /is/ the story. Like gameplay wise it ends up even easier than LoM (especially if you get the BB Ring, which is really easy to find) but I don't care about action RPGs being too easy, it's just like...

(I think I said this in another thread but) SD1/SD2/LoM really sold me on their sense of worldbuilding/history and... not so much storylines per se, because none of them really have traditional strong (strong as in well-defined) overarching narrative structures -- LoM's all vignettes, SD1/2 are like Earthbound (Find yr Melodies! Find the Mana Seeds!) where you have some guiding end goal but it's more about these tangentially related events you get into on the way -- but those vignettes/events all tended to be, well, impactful/evocative/moodsome.

Sword's following SD1's structure mostly but it falls apart -- and I think Aeolus said as much -- because it just adds a bunch of stuff that has nothing to do with the original game, and then they still follow the original plot exactly anyway so nobody ends up acting consistently.

Like I think you could note a theme in the entire series but in SD3/LoM in particular where the character arcs be all characters unwaveringly following some course of action out of principle and then /the drama/ happens when principle butts uncomfortably against reality up. I THINK they were trying to do this with Sword and the weird /MORAL AMBIGUITY/ that's injected but again, it falls apart because it's less characters making bad decisions out of principle and more ostensibly moral characters doing bad things for no apparent reason/really dumb non-principled reasons (but they're still good anyway for some reason, so it's ambiguous!).

Also the game does kind of never shut up. SD1/2/3/LoM all had pretty economical scripts. Paraphrasing some Earthbound review I watched a bit ago, since it applies here, a bunch of terrible stuff happens, the games don't dwell on it, and it's all the more delightfully uncomfortable for it!

Oh and SSDFA1 somehow feels a lot more post-apocalyptic than Sword, which is... doofy because Sword sort-of incorporates the nuclear holocaust that SoM implied into its backstory, so it actually IS post-apoc now. But the world doesn't have that "Yeah this place is totally fucked" feel that FFA's had.

(also the atmosphere's kind of lacking because it's aesthetically a weird mashup of LoM and SD3 and it doesn't really go THAT well together and just kind of feels like a fanmade game cobbled together from ripped art assets. From stuff sort of around that era, the original FFCC gave me more of Mana vibe, especially with its like, muted melancholia and apocalypticness also there's huge mushrooms in the huge mushroom dungeon).

It's still pretty solid though!

... wait what


Wonder Project J - You ever get mad at a game for having an impossible boss fight

and then you realize that your HP caps out at 999 instead of 100?

Anyway, unlocked the COMBAT J-Circuit. Also retracting some previous misgivings I had against the dungeon exploration bits because, uh, your HP does not cap at 100 like I thought.

Eternal Blue - Finished Temis Mystery House, TG&P Lemina accosted the party, did Temis Mountains, encountered... Zeke the... Risen? Spritework in this game is still goddamn beautiful. Also unless I'm really misreading things, Ronfar's very much way less of a manwhore in the JP version and the vice he keeps getting called out on is, uh, being a conman/gambler. From what I played of EBC, it's like he's just Kyle 2.0 in the US version of that????

Also Lucia's a lot spacier/bizarre and not Manic Pixie Dreamgirl in the JP version.


Technos Samurai - Okay much as I used to like this I have some major issues with it:

- The more varied stage layouts are cool, but they're hard to navigate and the AI does not really deal well with all the z-axis stuff.
- The areas don't link up... clearly. Like, sometimes you leave a map by going to the right, and you'd expect to start on the left of whatever map you go to, but nope, you end up on the right of it again. Also depending on /where/ you leave the screen, vertically, you can go to different areas. Which also isn't clearly conveyed at all.
- Other AI problems: Given their navigation issues, you can smash them against a wall and just kind of... hitstun them against the wall and kill them with a bunch of chip damage.
- Enemies are kind of hitsponges unless you grind. Also you only level up from experience and don't get stat boosts from food like in RCR so

And then the FPS hits make it impossible to really move comfortably because it's like, not just /slowness/ but also input laggy FPS hits, so doing the stunlock + chip damage is the only thing that feels comfortable and not prone to overshooting?
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 04, 2016, 08:07:19 PM
Oh god.

More dumb NSFW ads at work.

I was checking accuweather because it's May and you get storms in May and I want to be informed before I walk out to CVS for my habitual lunch of a fistful of protein bars and regret. Usually Accuweather's safe but nope, totally got some ad -- a huge banner ad thing -- for one of those boobygirl Civony browser game things.

i mean gosh i kno these lightning storms can be a real zappa' but i wasn't expecting a g-spot tornado


(seriously though, i installed adblock after that. it was getting kind of gross and ridiculous and every time I see someone complaining about people using adblock, it's like, hey, moderate your ads better).
38  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: May 03, 2016, 10:59:52 PM
Brian Eno - Fickle Sun Pt. 1

Okay grabbed this last weekend, didn't get a chance to listen to it but GODDAMN the horns that come in around the 7 minute mark? It's like Red House Painters meets Mt. Eerie.

... Only downside is that Eno sounds... heartbreakingly Bowie-ish here.
39  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 03, 2016, 10:57:19 PM

40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: May 03, 2016, 09:56:05 PM
The more extreme Bernie supporters need to get over themselves- they basically act like a left wing equivalent of the Tea Party with their whole "my way or the highway" attitude.

I mentioned this before but I was for Bernie last year, but the, uh... thing you're talking about started becoming a lot more visible to me around Decemberish? I liked a lot of Bernie's policies but I... feel like they were getting tied to a movement that was making me quite uncomfortable.

But screw that, the democrat side is boring.

Is Cruz going for a third party bid? Can Kasich being the only opposition to Trump force a contested convention now?

More importantly, https://spookypuppies.com/2015/05/07/spooky-tunnel-face/
41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 03, 2016, 09:01:46 PM
I like when I'm checking the news during downtime at work and I get like, ads on the news sites

that are for viagra

and it's just like... a cross-section of a dick.
42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: May 03, 2016, 08:03:35 PM
Legits question though, does anyone even live in Ft. Wayne or Gary? Where are all these votes coming from? Automated steel mill robots and tumbleweeds???

-- edit --

oh snap apparently Cruz is dropping out.

I have no idea what Kasich is doing but I admire his, uh... surrealist approach?
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: May 03, 2016, 07:07:14 PM
yo okay I don't wanna get all /the politics/ but I kindof have a beef to pick with Sanders.

it's my understanding that he's been criticizing the superdelegates because they can overturn the popular vote/pledged delegates in a primary, which is undemocratic and kind of skeezy and this is a totally valid criticism and something that very nearly caused problems in 2008.

but at the same time he's losing in pledged delegates by like ten points and the popular vote by 16ish and is apparently trying to get the superdelegates to come over to his side/force a contested convention just so he can overturn clinton's pledged delegate/popular vote lead?

isn't that a bit eeeeeeeeeeeehn?

(Spoilers: Don't actually care, I just want "I have a beef to pick" to catch on as a phrase).
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The RPG Pet Peeves thread- 2016 edition on: May 03, 2016, 06:57:42 PM
Suikoden 3?  I wanna say both of Chris's parents are in the game but I could be wrong.

Her dad's definitely in the game, but her mom's dead. Hugo's mom's definitely in the game, though. Also idk if Hugo's dad is ever mentioned but I kind of assumed it was secretly Jimba.

... Wait is Macha married to Orcha? If not oh my god they need to hook up and I want a CC dating game entirely about this.

Grandia 1 handled the relationship between Justin and his mom pretty well. The Mother trilogy, too!

Mother 3's mean about the absent parent thing.
45  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 03, 2016, 06:52:23 PM
I think in general I'm not... as big on the RCR games as I used to be :SSS I do want more famicom stuff, though. Maybe I should check out the Silk Road games, or Shadow Brain.

Star Ocean - First Departure: Breezed my way to B rank in the coliseum and then got obliterated by the first A rank baddie I faced off against.  Roddick is level 45 and most of his attacks just bounced right off the little slime thing (that kept multiplying).  Wondering if there is a secret to bagging A Rank or if  just have to power level my way to victory.

Also, I'm sure this is already an open secret but SO and early Tales games are exactly the same...

TP1 and ... TP1? WTF is that?

Definitely but

ToP and the original SNES SO1 weren't QUITE SO similar feeling to me -- ToP is strictly sideview and kind of ATBish, SO1 is more top-down borderline-Growlansery -- it's more ToD and SO2 where they started to converge I guess? And then First Departure uses is just the SO2 engine, which was a lot more Tales-y. Probably. Don't listen to me, I'm a liar.

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Eternal Blue - oh my, the little sleep fairy things /go to sleep/ after you fight them :D That's adorable!
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