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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 06, 2014, 04:42:45 AM
Last three years I've taken the week of the 4th off, and every. single. time. I end up having a psychotic break after two days and spend the entire vacation mired in bizarre thoughts and paranoia and anxiety and an inability to not be disappointed, trying to convince myself I don't exist, instead of relaxing or having fun.

Last year I remember giving up on Street Fighter 4 because it seemed like a lot of work to get good at and I felt like videogame skills were sort of useless. Now, though, I'm thinking I should start forcing myself to play bullethells for like an hour a day because maybe that'll force me to start thinking with some clarity.

Every time I'd go to the vets office when I was 16, they had two TVs set up -- one was playing cartoons, and would inevitably be showing Digimon. The other one would be running advertisements on chemical castrations. This is why I can't watch Digimon anymore.

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Screw that, went to the grocery and they had the vegan dish soap I like so much. BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS, FIZZOLKS.
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New "Secret Of Mana" for home consoles on the way on: July 05, 2014, 05:26:00 PM
I heard that your stats didn't actually do anything in Secret of Mana, most of the stats in SD3 didn't really do anything, and my experience with disassembling LoM's battle engine has lead me to the same conclusion there -- basically LoM and SoM only seem to use weapon power, armor power, and experience level for all damage calculations.

This begs two questions:

1. How many other JRPGs kludge things like this?
2. Is this new Mana game going to have functioning stats?
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 05, 2014, 02:50:40 PM
I want to go lie down in a field somewhere beyond the Outerbelt and listen to Low while staring at shifting patterns of light on cornfields.
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 05, 2014, 04:33:50 AM
Vesperia - Playing this a bit further -- I'm in Humectress, just after hunting down the eggbear in What Forest.

1. This is basically TotA but without all the stuff I didn't like about TotA.
2. Estelle is totes Starfire from Teen Titans.

Ultima 5 - For the sake of nostalgia, I messed around unproductively in Paws and the Greater Britain Metropolitan Area, before heading off to Yew. Got some decent drops from a Headless.

Also did one mission each n GTAV and San Andreas.
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 04, 2014, 05:22:29 PM
Vesperia's colours are probably the most vibrant in the series... I'm surprised you think it looks bad unless the plug ain't in too well.

Aww naw I mean I'm getting a lot of weird visual artifacts from 360 games in general. I think I had the 360 configured wrong for my display is all. I had the Reference Mode? set to Standard, which is for TVs, and since I'm using a monitor that was probably screwing up the contrast.

You're looking too hard for/at doggy dick (I never noticed; might be extra dog fuzz, not sure they'd animate a full dick unless they just went "bulge" route).


You might need to zoom in but it's definitely there and the camera is focused right at it. It's a lot more noticeable on the largish monitor that's right in front of my face.

Anyway I don't really mind the stiffness I just need to quit being so terrible at the combat I guess. I mean the pacing of it feels like it wants me to not be so button mashy like I could do in ToS.


@ Klyde - See, I need to try SH:C again. The last time I played it I was in highschool and only had a rather poor CRT TV, which made the text unreadable. I got a better CRT TV when I moved away to college eight years ago, so I think it might be adequate for SHC. Or I could get a component to HDMI/VGA/??? converter and hook it up to the monitor.
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 04, 2014, 04:22:43 PM
Estelle doesn't seem to even attack ever?

Just go and change her strategy.

How do I do this? I could only find the thing for setting overall party strategy.
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 04, 2014, 01:10:04 PM
I have TLO and TLS but I've yet to play either. TLO looks legitimately interesting to my tastes. TLS... does not but I just got it because <something something new jack swing>.

Started playing Vesperia. Initial couple obsevations:

- First shot of the game proper is centered squarely on Repede's butt. GOTY right there, folks.
- Load times seem less than TotA. Feels p. silky.
- Antialiasing looks gross on cel shading :( Antialising looks gross in general. SR2 has some slight antialiasing and it's just bleh.
- Colors looked weird in the cutscenes. Are they compressed or do I have the color settings on my 360 messed up?
- "Take it easy with the water sports, old man." OH GOD I JUST READ THAT WRONG A LOT.
- ... I feel like playing Chrono Cross now.

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Also did some more Sweet Lily Dreams in the Jekyll world. WTH up wit some of the paintings in that house? I should probably go back to town and see if I can make some furnitures/scrolls.

Also I should probably get back to Suikoden 3.



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Up to Deiden Hold. Repede's model appears to have a wiener.

Combat feels kind of stiff to me, especially the way it doesn't retarget after you free run, also the AI doesn't seem very good at, uh, maintaining pressure. Estelle doesn't seem to even attack ever?

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Yeeeep Repede def'nitly got a thang. NEXT GEN GRAPHICS FOLKS.

Who did the music for this anyway? It sounds Arc the Lad 2ish as heck. Wait it's Sakuraba? It doesn't sound like Sakuraba.
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 04, 2014, 05:42:49 AM
Klyde just do what I do:

1. Buy everything.
2. Play each of it for like five hours.
3. Get a cold that lasts for a month and forget everything that happened prior to it, so you don't have to feel guilty when you never play the games/call your parents again.

Also there's a bunch of yew bushes by my bus stop at work and I think yews are really terrible smelling and they bring back unpleasant memories of both being in middle school and working as a custodian at my old middle school, cause the building was SURROUNDED with the things. That was a non-sequitur.

More relevant though, Blue Dragon has the worst boss battle music in the history of anything.

Anyway, did another two missions with Franklin in GTAV. It's swung from disturbing back to charming. with a brief detour into oh my god did the Ballas become a zombie horde.

Wevz, planning on doing nothing but Vesperia tomorrow since all the stores are gonna be closed and Columbus is a ghost town on the 4th.
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 03, 2014, 09:01:05 PM
GTAV - Did the Friend Request mission. Gory, fatal head injuries make me /really/ uncomfortable. The scene at the end of this mission did it. The driver getting shot in the opening bit did it.

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Christ I think I'll just start Vesperia, anime RPGs aren't as mentally intensive.
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Van Buren: A Fallout Adventure on: July 03, 2014, 05:05:28 PM
Neat, more vaporware!
56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 02, 2014, 07:17:06 PM
How's NIER, anyway? Looks interesting to me, and I've heard some people say it plays really poorly, but the reviews here made it sound like it plays fine, it's just nothing particularly original or mindblowing?

Did I mention that I made a Japanese XBox Live account for the hell of it, and got the name BearishPilot69 assigned to me? Yeeeeah.

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Ended up re-buying Saints Row 2 for the 360 and played. Now that I can play this at a decent framerate I'm really appreciating how explorable the game world is -- it has a lot of 'special' locations, vehicles at points of interest, and better collectibles than SR3 does I guesssss. Anyway, just replayed the first two missions and found some CDs/tagspots.

Meanwhile, in Radiant Silvergun, I got to Stage 4 in Arcade Mode after giving myself like 10 lives per continue. I am not good at this game at all. The spinny laser guy is a pain. The wall elevator boss isn't too bad though if you don't take out his side parts.

Crimzon Clover - Played against the level 3 boss on training. Managed to do it without dying or only dying once, I don't remember.
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 02, 2014, 03:31:50 AM
I'm planning on just getting a bunch of jewel cases and migrating all of my XBox/360 games into those, since apparently it's the cases that cause the cracking. Don't have this issue with PS2 or Wii cases. GC makes me nervous -- might get some jewel cases for those too. Anyway.

Akai Katana - Fun as hell. Enough so that I feel like importing some other Cave stuff now although previously mentioned disc cracking issues makes me concerned about going for the (considerably cheaper) used copies.

Radiant Silvergun - I can get up through the second boss without dying some of the time, and I'm getting better at that zig-zaggy bit, but I've not been able to do ANY damage to the third boss.

GTAV - I think I got this at Target on Monday. I don't really remember Monday. Anyway. I did two missions as Michael, took him to a therapy session, and then jumped into Franklin and just... walked around doing nothing in particular. Not even running or looking for a car -- just... normal, slow walking. For quite awhile. And then I stood in one place for five minutes and watched helicopters land at the airport.

Good lord does the story in this feel depressing though.

Sweet Lily Dreams - Did the Hypercube bit. The art direction gets kind of ??? in this game.

Screw it, people are boring and I got Triscuits.
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 01, 2014, 09:51:28 PM
I thought D said he was only living with/working with his dad to... basically babysit him.
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 01, 2014, 09:07:37 PM
Your dad sounds terrible. Why not just... move?
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 01, 2014, 06:41:10 PM
My mother kept me off school on my birthday. :P

Hey hey Stargoose more like YO MAMA kept you off school on your birthday.

... Wait.

Anyway, so gamestop.com locator showed thaaat a store on the other side of town had some games I wanted. Ergo, I went out there to get them and it took me like an hour.

Get there, find them, turns out one of the discs is cracked. Fuq.

I think I might just stick to download-only now. I had issues with original XBoxen discs being prone to cracking too, and not having to use discs would be convenient. Then again if Microsoft ever flakes out and removes their online XBox servers (Hi G-Fwaffle), I'm up a crizeak without a pidaddle.
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