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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I Like to Spam on: July 11, 2016, 01:17:35 AM
Somebody get Wily Electrix on this.
32  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 10, 2016, 11:54:28 AM
@MESH-- I fear I really screwed something up with the Lil Cactus. He is still missing. I've finished like, a dozen quests since he left. Bud is still laying sick in my living room. I've come to terms with this and decided that if/when I happen across the solution I do, but for the time being I'm just moving on. My frustration compounded a bit when I decided to help Elazul "look for someone". He joined, we journeyed aaaaaaaaaaaaand.... Nothing!! I seem to be much further along in some respects but the Jumi stuff and my lil' cactus conundrum has seen NO progress whatsoever.

Oh!
Elazul's always at the bar in Domina on certain days. He'll just travel with you as an AI companion. Talking about looking for Pearl is just kind of his stock greeting. iirc unless you got a quest pop-up, he's not /actually/ involving you in any quest :S I think this is true for all of the NPC as well.

Small hint towards Lil' Cactus, but have you been doing any of the quests with Escad? If not, you should probably check a FAQ about where Lil' Cactus is -- the character Lisa tells you to talk to is encountered the first time in that questline.

FONV - Reactivated Helios One. Also found a finger.

Everblue 2 - Lost the salvage contested. Upgraded the boat. Encountered a shark. Salvaged an accordion and an electric guitar for some guy. Also found a finger. Still can't find that damnable marble that I need to build the aquarium. Though I think I got the plans for that toooo early. Basically I should stop obsessing over finding specific salvage and just enjoy the exploration.

Maybe I should stop playing games about finding junk in wrecked places and selling it.

Ultima 5 - Got the name for all three Shadowlords. Got skull keys and a spell to turn myself into a rat so I THINK I can get the magic carpet now. No clue how to get people to give me the mantras (maybe I'm supposed to remember them from U4, idk. I mean... I do, but I feel like that's cheap :S)

Boku no Natsuyasumi 2 - Same kind of thing as LIFE.CUE. Found some jewel underwater, a... poem on a red card, and a bottle cap, of which there are apparently 25 and they increase your lung capacity I guess but oh my goodness, screenshots don't really capture how pretty this is.

Also I guess you can shoot butterflies up with heroin. Heroin's pink, right?
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 10, 2016, 03:22:42 AM
what if i have that feeling where i want to destroy art but i'm not hungry???

what if i want to order sushi and then look the sushi chef straight in the eyes while i eat it with a fork and knife???

what if i want to cry because i got a Sabra hummus pod and the underside of the foil thingy say "made with love" on it but you know that's a lie cause that bitch got sodium benzoate in it??? also cry because it's not very good???
34  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 09, 2016, 06:56:51 PM
@Klyde: I want to say -- and I don't totally remember here -- that once you're done with Lil' Cactus you shouldn't have any super-unclear quests left. Or if you do they're all more... contained to the current area I think?

FONV - ABOUT back to where I was. Just need to pick up Boone. Gonna skip REPCONN for now. Also doing a considerably better job getting the Star Bottle Caps this time around :P Energy weapons are inaccurate as hell at long range, although they have a fun tendency to ignore DT I guess.

I know it's kind of a buzzword lately but New Vegas has this really pleasing coziness to it.

Metal Max Returns - Swapping out Okage for this (still might end up back with Metal Saga, although I did already play that one a bunch, even if I wanna redo it cause I missed a bunch of stuff). Just did the first dungeon and got a tank. Not really sure what governs when the weekly bounties changes. Also it looks like /all/ tanks weapons in this have limited ammo, where I think in MS it was just the fancy weapons. Also I'm not sure if you get dogs in this one :(

So yeah, main current rotation is FONV, MMR, Ultima 5, LIFE.CUE, and Everblue 2 for awhile.

(I'll pull the untranslated stuff back in once i get ambitious enough to workthrough some textbook I picked up :S)

-- edit --

More FONV - Assaulted Nelson with Boone and ED-E. Triggered another quest nearby in some cave. Got an NCR radio. Got a bunch of stuff I need to sell. Took the comprehension perk so I should go back and plough through some skill bowaaaaaaaaaait a minute, PLOW is the American English spelling? Anyway ranger in Novac has a Medicine book on his bed. idk if I want to steal it though.

Anyway, after said cleanup activity, I'll probably get to the next town and then take a break for a bit because my monitor is burning my eyes.

(Also did the first mission in STALKER: SoC just to see what it was like in like... 60FPS and not the 10~ FPS I was getting playing it on my old laptop. Not doing anything else with this for now).
35  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 09, 2016, 01:42:33 AM
FONV - Did Nipton again. Should probably start looking for some turpentine so I can tan gecko hides.

Ultima 5 - Swapping ToP out for this. Wandered around Trinsic unproductively before deciding to check out Minoc. Got a boat and headed to Lycaeum/Moonglow and made a good bit of progress as such. Super-lower on funds right now, though. Do have a bunch of stuff to sell.

Also broke into Lord British's chamber with a cannon.

... My monitor's too bright and my corneas literally feel sunburned.
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 08, 2016, 06:37:05 PM
Dunno why you edited out your earlier post Mesh, it made me laugh.

I posted it before I noticed the other /national tragedy/ posts and it felt really... petty and dumb in that context (also a lot more combative than I intended).
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 08, 2016, 12:16:45 AM
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38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 07, 2016, 06:30:09 PM
Doesn't the olympics ruin wherever they're hosted?

Why can't we just stop the olympics?
39  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 07, 2016, 06:23:00 PM
@Klyde: Planescape is pretty damn great but the... first hour or two kind of blows (and I remember getting the impression that it was going to be very pretentious and humorless which ended up not being the case /at all/). So just like get past that.

@Draak: The weird thing about New Vegas is, from what I can gather reading about it at least, most of the unfinished bits restored in these uncut mods actually /were/ finished and were cut right before it came out or patched out shortly thereafter because the PS3 didn't like them. I think I'd avoided the Uncut mods because I'd assumed they were just some guys re-interpretation of what might've been leaked design documents from a million years prior to the game coming out (Exception being the mod that adds... Betsy the Brahmin back in I guess), but noooo, with a few exceptions this stuff's all there and just /turned off/.

--

Replying @Draak again. I was referring to the cut content that the Uncut mods deal with, not in general. I didn't really make that clear :S

In comparison, that Fallout 2 cut content mod looks like it's just pulling in a lot of stuff mentioned in dev notes that wasn't ever in the game in any form. So I think New Vegas uncut has a lot more... idk, legitimacy in sticking to authorial intent, if that makes sense?

(Also NMA was involved with the latter and I have feelings about them)

-- Actual Game Hap

ToP - Up to Dhaos' CastlOH GOD THE NINJAS. OH GOD THE RSI. oh god the floor switch thing with Arche was dumb >:T

FONV - Got ED-E again. I left a carton of cigarettes and a fission battery somewhere but I don't remember where /exactly/.

I think maybe my interest in more traditionally linear JRPGs is crashing more generally right now? Maybe I'll give them a break until August -- nostalgic though I be for BoF4, I think what I want is something with... more of a lack of direction.
40  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 07, 2016, 12:40:44 AM
@Draak: The last time I tried it it broke a lot. I don't think anything CHANGED though. I think using it with a non-new save just breaks it a lot in really subtle ways. Also, you're not supposed to use the other NV Uncut mods that impact Freeside with it because they're already merged with it. It kind of stutters a bit when loading in stuff for me, but that's to be expected.

Although again I just cheated myself there to make sure the first part of GI Blues wasn't broken -- because that was the the thing that breaks REALLY obviously for a lot of people -- and it was fine. Maybe it'll break when I get there properly. I suspect the last time I played it I either had some conflicting mods or an invalid load order.

(Tho Wasteland Uncut and Outside Bets are honestly the more interesting of the content restoration mods because they're primarily restoring stuff that was actually in the game when it shipped and was subsequently patched out for weird reasons).

With regard to your sentiments on BG2... I could never really get into it either? It's... it throws some really difficult bits at you early on and seems to require a lot of knowledge of AD&D rules, and I also felt like it's quests... it was very easy to activate quests that you didn't want to, so it felt kind of railroaded in a way? I remember getting to Amn and just wanting to check it out explore at my own pace, but it's like /anything/ I did would trigger an event (and I think one... put some status affect on Jahira that really gimped her, etc).

I remember playing Morrowind when it came out a few months later and really preferring how comparatively relaxed it was.

Or when I got around to Torment several years layer, it was just a whoooooole lot easier which is maybe offputting to some people but the focus there is more on the puzzles and NPC interactions, and hard combat would've been kind of distracting, if that makes sense. (The de-emphasized and comparatively easy combat in Ultima 4-7, likewise, are part of the reason why I still like those games so much. A lot of DOS RPGs could get super grindy).

Anyway.

Okage - Went back to Rashelo since I wasn't supposed to be in Madril yet. I want to reiterate that I like this a lot, however I'm not really sure if I want to keep playing it /right now/.
- The way the non-random encounters work is giving it a really odd-feeling flow to me. Kind of like what I got from Eternal Blue Complete or TotA. There's... a feeling of wading through something very dense.
- Actually, dense describes the game as a whole. Lots of little side quests and stuff tucked away on the maps, but it's also a bit... well, claustrophobic? I need something breezier.

I'll do the next dungeon and see how I'm feeling after that.

Feeling equally nostalgic for Breath of Fire 4 and Metal Saga -- both of which also have some stylistic similarities to Okage, in their own way -- so I might swap out for one of those. Or maybe those weird... vacation sim things I got. Those would be shorter :S
41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 06, 2016, 11:13:06 PM
Isn't Pauline Hanson senate-elect in AU?  From what I've read, she sounds like a Lady Trump.

I like when all the dumb australian internet memes i made fun of back in the aughts are suddenly in power again?????
42  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 06, 2016, 06:12:21 PM
SMT III - I started over because I didn't feel confident in the magatama I was working with.  Since you only gain new abilities when you level up, I figured it would be easier for me to start from scratch and get the abilities I missed early on than power grind at lvl 20+ (yes I know what MESSSSSSSH said but I want to master ALL of the skills, which I think is a thing).

You literally can't master all of the skills (you CAN max out magatamas I think but idk what the benefit in that is). It's on Pokemon rules -- if you forget one you lose it forever. If you skip taking a skill on level up, you can't get it back later. In spite of that it's hard to come up with non-viable builds unless you really TRY to, but it's still better to pick one... archetype and kind of stick to it once you hit the midway point. Also you get enough magatama so that it's hard to screw yourself over too. If you decide to forget Zio and later realize that was a mistake, you'll get Zionga again later.

Lastly I'm seeing a trend here. Every time I go to a new environment I wish I could take a vacation there. Seriously, this game is wrought with gorgeous. Between playing this and Ori, I feel like everything is now ugly by comparison.

Oh god this yes, and the only other game that's really hit the same /mood/ for me is Nanatsu Kaze.

Anyway, vidya.

FONV - Started over and played up through the Bison Steve bit. Open Freeside isn't glitching Orris anymore so I can actually use that now. Anyway, went with a more survival/science based character. Considerably more suitable for Hardcore Mode. Also took some... time-based perk which introduces and interesting game mechanic on top of the existing need for sleep in Hardcore mode.

... WTF else was I playing recently?
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 06, 2016, 01:28:14 AM
MESH'S SIMPLE 9-STEP DIET STRATEGY:

1. Move to an area with a lot of fantastic restaurants.
2. Get your friends to move there too.
3. Realtors will notice the sudden influx of people and decide that the area, being a /destination location/ on account of all the restaurants, is gentrify.
4. Multiple housing and apartment projects start
5. More people move in because more housing.
6. Property value increases! Rent goes up for business!
7. Restaurants can't afford to stay there so they all leave and get turned into more housing.
8. There's absolutely nothing to eat anymore, except for the high protein but flavorless meal replacement bars from the GNC that's never going anywhere.
9. Slowly adapt to a diet of high protein but flavorless meal replacement bars and wonder what went wrong.
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 06, 2016, 01:21:01 AM
The WORST part is, if you ditch the conspiratorial thinking and note where he was actually born, you realize that "Lyin' Hawaiian" actually rhymes and they completey wasted that opportunity.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: July 04, 2016, 10:41:13 AM
And even looking at gaming culture nowadays, mobile/tablet games are popular and the most popular of those don't have flash explosive graphics.  Heck, it's simplistic games like Agar.io and Slither.io that are digital crack to kids these days.  Because phones and tablets are such dominant gaming platforms now, the newer generation of gamers aren't quite the "graphics whores" of yore. 

Also completely true (and there's Minecraft which is, again, really visually simple).

The subset of gamers I was talking about is more like...

I guess gamers that are old enough that you'd expect them to remember the SNES/Genesis, or at least PSX/N64, era, but didn't start gaming till the last gen? I don't know, where do the people that take the PC Gaming Masterrace stuff and #gamergate too seriously pull from? Maybe that's just a Steam culture thing and not gamer culture as a whole?

Does that make sense at all? It's what I keep running into, at least, but maybe there's some selection bias there because I idk hang around on the wrong side of town to much.
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