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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 09, 2015, 05:01:12 PM
Well, that's still total bullshit then :(
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 09, 2015, 03:30:14 PM
I've been binging on cartoons lately.
Sadly, everything I'm watching seems to be series that got dropped after the first season and just makes me sad =(

Just finished Sym-Biotic Titan.
Great show, but they cancelled the second season because it źdid not have any toys connected to it.╗ ...
Hahahaha ...
What a truly shitty reason.

(for the curious, every episode is available on iTunes)
 

They apparently cancelled Young Justice because ladies liked it and they didn't want to sell merch to them.
48  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: May 09, 2015, 10:45:13 AM
But what I'm saying is that the polygons look sharper on a PS1 and standard def TV than a PS3 (with smoothing selected) and an HD TV.

http://ps3media.ign.com/ps3/image/article/793/793775/playstation-3-upscaling-comparison-20070601071759915-000.jpg

This is Monster Rancher 2, but l looks like ht PS3 is just stretching the image and dumping some bilinear? filtering on it which doesn't look very good. If the models were actually rendered at a higher resolution and then had just the textured instead of the entire screen filtered, they'd look more like this youtube screenshot herebelow posted, although I'm guessing the PS3 isn't powerful enough to do that and still get a consistent framerate (my understanding is that the PS3 is running PSX games through emulation and not hardware [did earlier models have hardware for PSX/PS2 stuff..? Or is CC on the PS3 virtual console deely?] which is heavy enough of a thang as it is).

http://i.ytimg.com/vi/In781ZTHDKQ/maxresdefault.jpg (Although this also show's off what I was talking about with how like, you have inconsistent texture sizes and you don't notice this at the original resolution so much, but the grass looks really weird if the models are higher res).
49  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: May 08, 2015, 06:10:54 PM
CC's models look really good if you upscale them in ways I can't talk about here, although you start getting some weird issues where like...

FFIX and CC both did this thing where some of the NPCs were baked into the background, and weren't actually models. If you upscale by increasing rendering resolution, the models look great, but they backgrounds, being static 2D images, aren't affected by this at all so the models get out of sync with the background and the NPCs that are just part of the background looks super goofy.


They did what they could on the hardware.  None of the PS1-era polygons aged well.

Can you imagine how difficult it would be to re-create Chrono Cross' lush locales into a 3D HD video game?

I wondered about this with like Riven as well. Hi-res pre-rendered would look fantastic there, but I still don't think we're QUITE at the point where it'd look as good in real time, yet.

Also I'm... were CC's images pre-rendered 3D or just hand drawn 2D? I always though they were straight-up handed painted, which never really translates to 3D as well because you lose the /painterly effect/.
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 08, 2015, 06:05:06 PM
Oh, wow. I've, eh, disassembled part of kitchen cabinet once to get a kitten out, but that wasn't so bad (for me) since it wasn't my kitchen... I hope your cat (and shower) will be okay. It's sad when animals suffer :(

(Stupidest thing my cat ever did was claw her way out of the house through a window screen, get stressed out by the mere thought of being outside, flee into the neigbours' shed, hide in a cabinet, accidently lock herself in, and poop and puke everywhere during her mental breakdown. She was gone for just a few hours, but she looked like it had been days. Fortunately the neighbours weren't mad. They just felt terrible because they thought their own cats had scared ours. )

My parent's outdoor cat (which wasn't even their cat originally. It was like some feral cat that the neighbor was taking care of and then it just /moved in/ with them) did like 300 dollars worth of damage to the gutter on their roof because she likes to lay in it and she's such a fat piece of shit that her weight like, caused it to warp.

Anyway, weird treble with the earbuds seems to have been from the rubber plugs -- I noticed /background noise/ sounded weirdly tinny with them on. The foam Conform Tips sound a lot better, although they don't quite fit right. I'll need to see if I can't get a box of them in various sizes to try out.
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 06, 2015, 11:23:59 PM
You ever see a pregnant woman and think like, "Man, that ladies got at LEAST two skeletons in her right now"? Of course you don't, because that'd be a weird thing to think.

Anyway so I was googling for pictures of puppies, and I found like... scans of dog x-rays.

Pregnant dog x-rays.

They were basically dog skeletons full of really tiny dog skeletons.

This isn't even a weird medical anomaly this is completely normal and healthy and part of reality and I'm sorry but I can't cope with it I mean DOG SKELETONS FULL OF DOG SKELETONS.

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Also I got a 20USD pair of Brainwave Deltas for the bus, cause I don't really want to take 150 dollar AudioTechnica MH50Xs out in public. Sort of wish I'd just gone with the Brainwave Deltas now -- by my reckoning they sound nicer. Not quite as clear as the MH50Xs and the highs have this fragile sound to them, but 1. They actually fit and 2. The clarity of the MH50xs kind of made /listening/ on them unpleasant. It's like looking an pregnant dog -- you don't want to see /every single detail/ there because instead of getting nice cute chubby pregnant dog you get a high-res image of a dog skeleton full of tinier dog skeletons.
52  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 06, 2015, 10:09:44 PM
GTA - Did a Vlad mission in 4, shot two pigeons, did a stunt jump and failed another, played darts with Roman and got dinner with him later. Also screwed around with VC briefly. Engaged in rampage and robbed a hard warestore.

Endonesia - Found some dude wandering around with parrot (puppet?), looking for a house. Recharged two emos (happiness and whatever kakkoii is). Also got fear. Going to go blast the parrot guy with them. Not sure what he's supposed to do. Apparently the lake guy wants me to find a missing baby Water Mole. Also the magic lamp I found has like, dossiers on the /emotion gods/ or whatever so maybe I should check that.

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ETS2 - Get to Sweden and immediately do like 30k euros worth of damage to my Renault. WHOOPSIES.
53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: May 06, 2015, 08:31:43 PM
Wait why are people complaining about the lack of dungeons here? The straight-up dungeon-dungeons XBC had felt really out of place and unnecessary.
54  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: May 06, 2015, 06:07:55 PM
It's funny because FFVII is oldschool now.
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 06, 2015, 12:29:02 AM
Redoing estimates at work.
Management said the estimates I gave yesterday were too high so I redid them to be in line with the contract.
Today, they told me the new estimates were too low and that the ones from yesterday were right.

Really don't give a fuck anymore.
56  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 05, 2015, 08:25:05 PM
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PS1 had its moments of oldschool bullshit too, though generally speaking it did more to avoid the usual pitfalls that many of its contemporaries fell into.

Definitely, but I felt it was pretty thoroughly frontloaded with them. The early bits on Palma are kind of a meh grindfest, but once you get /past/ that it's a lot better from most games from that era. It also had that 80s Sega vibe a la Outrun/Space Harrier/Fantasy Zone.

Anyway actual game haps:

GTAIV: Did two story missions and a streetbro mission. Also got drunk with Roman. No crashes -- I think manually disconnecting from XBL MAY have fixed that. Apparently the game tries to dial in every so often and if you have network issues it freaks out.

Anyway, from what I played of GTAV, GTAV is a much better designed game than GTAIV. Exceeeeeeeeept I'm enjoying GTAIV a lot more than V and I don't entirely know why.

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Endonesia - Cooked a sweet potato. Found a blanket, so I can save now. Saw an old couple talking about something (I'll go through that later). Got the... kakkoi? emo by talking to some weird guy sitting by a lake that showed me ducks. Found a magic lamp. The mushrooms are glowing now.

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I think the lake guy might be a pedophile. Also the ducks were possibly moles.
57  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 05, 2015, 06:10:09 PM
I rather liked Phantasy Star 1.

The other genesis ones that aren't PSIV though...

My major problem with TitS:FC were basically excessive RNG screw in combat, especially wrt who gets to attack first during boss fights, lots of dungeon crawling and sidequesting except neither were very interesting, and it seriously feels like a ten hour game that takes 50? hours to play through.

Also the sidequests were basically mandatory to not become undereleveled (the game has weird difficulty spikes layer on) and they were all permanently missable and got shut off as you advanced in the plot so the game progression is basically get to town->do every single sidequest before doing anything else. So it ends up feeling like you're playing a bullshit RPG that has a ton of grinding before you can do anything.
58  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 04, 2015, 06:00:46 PM
TitS feels like a very generic and also very wordy JRPG. I have to actually avoid NPCs to not get stuck in their conversation loops, especially I don't appreciate it when the talk option is at the top when visiting shops.

fwiw, the amount of NPC dialogue in the game was probably its biggest selling point.

Vice City - Did RC Baron Race, Phnom Penh 86, opened the rest of the island, and did a rampage.

Also picked up GTAIV for the 360 for the hell of it (it doesn't happy on my laptop) but it keeps hanging for a bit every so often. Even after installing it to the harddrive. idk I'll try disabling the internet connection to the 360 completely, but...

Endonesia - Played this briefly. Got the name god thing and the food chain god thing. Looks like the puzzles are more observational so the language barrier shouldn't be too much of a thing, though I got screenshots of the dialogue thus far that I'll go through whenever. Also I have like, four mossballs or something, and no other food, which could be a problem.
59  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: May 03, 2015, 07:55:03 PM
So wrt what you were saying about how CT was about actions and CC was about consequences -- never thought about it that way but Leena's last line's a cool way of bringing that /full circle/, with new potentials arising from consequences that get dealt with.

Also I feel like Schala's final speech was also a refutation to like, this theme running through both games about how humans were just a /food source/ for Lavos, rendered the Reptites/Mystics/Demihumans totes preterite on top of that, and then the thing in CC where it's implied that Serge's existence made the events in CT completely irrelevant. (This is also why I thought her additional dialogue in CT: DS made /no/ sense. She's like saying the opposite conclusion there).

(Also think the story's initial nihilistic leanings are why it can be really offputting if you're a fan of CT, 'cause it starts off looking like it's setting out do destroy everything CT established, even though it doesn't really, or not permanently in any case.)
60  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 03, 2015, 03:39:10 PM
I'm probably also going to try Legend of Heroes, but I really don't know much about this series. If someone could give a quick rundown it would be appreciated. The combat seems quite meh, but I kind of need something with a Falcom feel. I just worry it'll end up like Golden Sun, which I enjoyed quite a bit, but then just kind of forgot to ever play the sequel.

I played like thirty hours of the first game and nothing really happened in it so you could maybe just skip to the second one whenever that gets released.

GTA3 - Finished up one of the phone mission lines on Portland and got about three or four hidden packages. Might take a break from this, though -- while a lot of it still holds up really favorably in light of the later games and it has a really cool atmosphere, the way gangs work is kind of getting on my neeerves.-- they get super aggressive as you complete story missions.

7KnSM - Started chapter 4. OH MY GOD HYUU IS ADORABLE. More games need dapper skeleton crows that bite your face as a form of greeting.
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