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61  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Romancing SaGa 2 in English on: April 12, 2016, 08:19:50 PM
I got a copy of the SNES version back in last summer but I'm not even sure if it works because I think my couch out my SNES AC adapter :<
62  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 12, 2016, 06:57:15 PM
The battle system is definitely a learning experience. One which I am not sure I am an actual fan of, but it's slowly growing on me.

I like the battle system well enough but it's late-PSX square meaning they go all HRR DRR WHAT'S A FRAMERATE? A latish area called Gaea's Navel has someone enemies that are really obnoxious because of this but that's the only part where the slows really made me want to scream.

Also wrt the story, focus more on the themes and less on the events per se.

Also make sure everyone's alive when boss battles end so you get stat boosts. You can run and heal up if you need to. It's not a particularly hard game but you could really end up with a huge stat deficit on accident. Not LIKELY, but...

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Mother 1 - Went to Snowman and tried to get Ana but I couldn't yet. Given the train pricing and what some dude in Snowman was saying, I thiiink Spookane is my next destination. Though I might see if there's something interesting in Reindeer too.

Anyway I really need to get back to Mother 3 now :SSS

Mother 3 - Did the first little plot bit in Ch. 7. Now to talk to everyone around town again so I can delay this from getting as sad as I feel like it's about to.

So everyone's moving to the Big City, night club from the previous two chapters closes, the Magypsies are starting to die, and Flint has spent the last three years not coping at all. HAPPY!!!!

On the other hand, "Freshly Squeezed" as a description for the milk made me chuckle!!111one
63  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 11, 2016, 08:19:02 PM
@ Digimon: I've encountered this fun thing with Lunatic Dawn where, thanks to Japanese not really having gendered pronouns I guess???, there's no like, fill-in-the-blank tokens in place to use the appropriate pronoun depending on the gender of say a quest target, and no way to actually add that in. I'd be surprised if that's what's happening in Monster Buddy Puzzle Sleuths but even then, you could use gender neutral pronouns.

Mother 1 - First try at Duncan's factory. Managed to get to like, one item room (from the right-most ladder when you come in). Revival's free in Magicant and there's still some stuff I need there, so for now I'm not going to worry about my party getting wiped out. The robots with Beam attacks are REALLY problematic. I'll have to see if the flashdark works on them.

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Duncan's factory is done. That... wasn't really too bad? Got everything, didn't use a map, and only took like three tries. The game's pretty generous with exp/money even (Note: By Goo Generator for Loid) and as I said, even if your party wipes out, you don't really lose anything and can just warp back to Magicant for free healing, so you're never NOT making progress.

I really want a physical copy of this, but I'm waffling between the Famicom an GBA versions  :T Former would have to be strictly /for the shelf/, but it'd have a... neat 8i0s souvenir vibe. Also the music in the GBA version's kind of !@#%ed.
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: April 11, 2016, 08:12:03 PM
it SAYS he's dancing crazy but it doesn't look like he's FEELING it
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: April 11, 2016, 06:28:30 PM
I don't want to say I've got beef with Persona 3 because I don't actually know what that means but I do have some issues that I'd like to address with it.

- Battles are too easy, primarily from the free Persona switching and the way stunning enemies works.
- You can ascend the tower really fast, especially if abuse party splitup.
- So basically you can clear out a section of tower waaaay before the month's done.
- Options at this point are doing side-quests, which are WAY too dependent on random drops/getting certain rare encounters for me to cotton to.
- Other options at this point are focusing on the life sim stuff, which isssssss kind of shallow and mostly time management.
- Also nothing happens during the school day and the plot only advances on certain days so you kind of spend a lot of time just watching what amounts to loading screens.
- Biggest issue: I could either learn to draw good and how to speak French, or play a videogame about a dude where I PRETEND to learn to draw good and speak French. I acknowledge that's kind of silly but when I'm playing a game where the focus is on doing stuff I could actually do IRL it's just...

(At that, I'd probably like ETS2 less if I actually believed in cars).

(Also Black Mark >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Asian "Wienerhat McGee. I bet he can't even dance crazy. Look at that stupid facepaint" Mark)
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 11, 2016, 06:19:50 PM
To be fair, most US 'chocolates' contain very little actual chocolate now ;)

The syrups and such contain almost none!  That's why it's Hershey's Chocolate Flavor Syrup.

I've been hearing conspiracy theory rumors that because cacao beans are being overharvested, that chocolate could become extinct in 10-20 years. 

That's not actually possible if I understand the basics of agriculture.  There would be nothing to stop people from growing more cacao.  The problem is that the demand may outstrip the supply by quite a lot, making prices for the luxury good untenable.  But there really isn't anything out there to suggest the outright extinction of the cacao plant.

Also cacao trees shouldn't like, die from overharvesting. It's just the fruit (unless the harvesting process significantly weakens the tree in some way, which is conceivable).

Stuff like heart of palm IS a potentially issue though, since that does kill the plant. I think they're move to farm-harvested palms these days, though.

And stuff like heart of children is an even bigger issue although that goes without saying.
67  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 10, 2016, 09:13:10 PM
Eternal Blue - Out of the FOREST OF MYSTERIES. I'm just shy of 3000 MExp thanks to the troll enemies that keep calling in reinforcements. Whatever Hiro's second wind spell is is good crowd control on those. I like how when I usually have two hour lunar sessions it's because dictionary but in this case it was just a bunch of friendly green dudes wanting to give me magic lessons by dying on my dudes.

Also I totally love the artwork in the Sega CD version.

Also the dungeons in this aren't even all THAT long so far, so shortening them in EBC just made them feel really incomplete in comparison.

Anyway something else wrt Mother 1 I forgot to mention -- the... strange mix of nostalgia and bleakness in this game as a whole is doing /something/ nice to my mind, but Queen Mary's Castle in particular -- something about the music and the... forlornness? of the castle made me feel SOMETHING I can't really pin down.

Queen Mary's Castle reminds me of this really screwed up dream I had a few weeks and this is making me uneasy !
68  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII on: April 10, 2016, 09:12:06 PM

69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 10, 2016, 05:58:04 PM


This happened.

Quite near where I live. In a part of town I walk around in at least once or twice a weekend -- often later in the evening because I felt safe there.

Lately I've sort of been wanting a dog (the subjects of some of the pet blogs I follow died recently -- don't ask me to explain THAT mental leap) buuuuut I think I'm going to wait until idk maybe I move somewhere that's not going to hell.
70  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 10, 2016, 12:12:23 PM
Mother 1 - Got Loid, took him to Magicant to get the best armor, then back to Merrrysville for a boomerang. Still haven't had to do anything resembling grinding. Pleasantly not at all how I remember the game being. Maybe I spoke too sound when I mentioned this in the IWTLUBIHU thread. Anyway, now that I have more inventory, gonna go clean out Sweet's Little Factory, then it's on to Duncan's I guess, which will probably take a couple runs.

Also I forgot the SNES metal max game goat ranslated. Maybe that'll be my next thing after Mother 3. Or maybe revisit FFIV -- I remember that being as grindy as I remember Mother 1 being, so maybe it's not.

@ Below: I remember liking Shining Souls 2 back in the day, although I was into grindy roguelikish stuff when I was 17, and I'm very much not, now. Definitely recall it having fast, responsive controls, lots of options, and like... Okay, if you want a comparison for the newer Shining Games, Shining Wisdom seems pretty janky though so if you use that as a baseline for actiony Shining games...

That being said, SF3+SthA had really detailed/interesting stories/world building, and the newer actiony ones are apparently more in the OH NOPES EVIL DARGON genre than SF1 was. Which is really fine, different devs, etc. Golden Sun being in the OH NOPES EVIL DARGON territory is more troubling to me considering that it actually has dat SF3/SthA lineage. It's like come on guys, retroactively eat your Wheaties and change the past so that I don't have to be such an apologist over having come to like Golden Sun more recentlyish.
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 09, 2016, 06:41:32 PM
I jacked up my foot when I switched to a standing desk before getting a proper mat, and that still flairs up sometimes. PROBABLY should get better shoes. Or some goats and a tiny goat-pulled cart and just use that instead of walking. Does that require a driver's license?

Or learn to drive HAHA no. Walking for life, grr >:C

Speaking of which! It's really sunny out, but the sky is purple and it's snowing and all the trees are leafing out. what is this patchwork acid trip of a weatherfront.

i want to go outside and do stuff but i'm afraid :<

-- edit --

why did i get a bag of figs i don't even like figs they're just pissed off flowers that ate whatever wasp knocked them up out of revenge
72  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 09, 2016, 10:19:23 AM
Oh man I should totally do a let's play of Caverns of Zeux.

First Drelick, now Zeux. Gotta ask, were you a member of the MZX community back in the day?

Maybe! But maybe I just had some tenuous connections to it via overlapping with the JRPG/VERGE/OHRRPGCE communities, too! I ain't admittin' to nuthin'!

Mother 3 - About to enter the lookout tower in the fountain of sparks

Did some science. Up to Magicant, and Mother 1 isn't nearly as grindy as I remember. Or grindy at all really. In particular, the run success rate seems pretty good and bosses are susceptible to status attacks like in Earthbound. Taking advantage of this makes a huge difference. But going back to what I was talking about before, getting wiped in combat not mattering much plays into this too, since you can incidentally get a lot of levels just exploring the areas it seems -- do one pass to pick up any items and get the layout down, and another to take on the bosses, and if you die in between, no big, you still got a lot of experience and money.

Maybe I should revisit Phantasy Star 2 with a similar approach although I thought you got a flat game over in that.

-- edit --

Up to chapter 7 in Mother 3.

The room full of Mother 2 stuff was neat! It's also really obvious who the Pigmask Commander REALLY is, unless the game's being intentionally misleading. Also assuming Kumatora is a Magypsy.

Eternal Blue - Up to Dalton. I can understand way more of the text here so yey. On the one hand I do feel like a total dumbass for taking like 10 hours to get to the second town, but I do feel like I'm... NOT relying on decoding sentences so much as getting meaning from identifying key words (kanji are super terrif for this !!11)/context/etc. So education !!?!?!?!? Maybe I should get better hobbies. Then again, snow + unexplained murder = not going outside anyway, so.

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@ Below post: I think the other thing that Mother 1 has going for it compared to PS2, I've noticed, is that the opening dungeon areas aren't really that big and magic's cheap enough that as long as you're a little careful about pacing yourself you should have enough to use. You're not really getting enough TP that you can actually rely on it in PS2 until, uh, about the same time you get the megaphone.

Also the upgrade cycle doesn't seem very harsh in Mother early on at least -- you could probably do the cemetery with the first bat you can buy, you don't need the best weapon in Podunk until you do the zoo, and by that point you should already have enough money. PS2 requires you to buy a ton of stuff before you can even consider doing the first dungeon and there's no real incidental exploration you can do at that point besides getting Rudo (and even then you sort of need to either take the short cut or grind enough that you can GET to that town).
73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The RPG Pet Peeves thread- 2016 edition on: April 08, 2016, 09:50:02 PM
0. New rule - If a game has dogs or wolves, you're not allowed to kill them.

1. The way that being delightful is out of style and everybody's gotta be all Johnny Badass in a gritty fantasy world where all the trees are really pretty but everyone's dead and miserable. It's like, bro, you got a story about saving this world, but nobody's gonna want to form emotional attachments to said world if everything's all irreparably terrible there, now :(*

2. The way that using GPUs as secret space heaters is in style so everything's covered in millions of shaders that cause like a 5-10FPS hit to put some shadows on the grass, when you could've just done the same thing by just putting some shadows on the grass textures.

3. The way everything's this photobashed mess that looks like everything else because art direction is hard.

4. That thing where everything has to be voice acted but voice acting's expensive so let's just take general directions out of the NPC dialogue and put it in the quest journal secretly, because that's not at all confusing!

5. The way that everything's gotta be Minecraft. Stop being Minecraft.

6. The way that everything's gotta be Dark Souls-y dodgeyrolly combat. Not everything's gotta be Dark Souls.

7. The way that whenever you go to an inn in an RPG or even camp outside if that's an option, when you're done resting, all of your HP/MP/Status ailments are restored, but then you're like, Shit, Bowie and Phife are still dead, Why did I even bother waking up again?

8. Maybe give the roguelikes a break too okay?


* I need to dwell on this -- I feel like establishing a rule that anyone can die is being abused as a shortcut for signifying "Hey, this game's DARK and MATURE!" But the reality of it is that, for me at least, getting involved in a story-driven game means that you have to be able to care about the characters in some capacity. It doesn't even matter if they're well developed--maybe it's just some goofy NPC that only has two lines that you're getting attached to.

But that connection's there and when I feel like ANY character could die at ANY time, it's hard for me to trust the narrative. To feel like there's a reason to make an emotional connection with the story.

I want something where it felt like the game staff cared about the world they came up with, and not something where it feels like the only thing they cared about was how much they could shock the players!
74  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 08, 2016, 07:55:54 PM

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/P3ALwKeSEYs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

(Or whatever you use to embed videos onto this site.)

On the plus hand, yey.
On the minus hand, smartphones and it looks like whatever interns were behind FFVI's art also handled this.
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: April 08, 2016, 05:48:18 PM
Speaking of anime
I'm vaguely recalling some anime where like, this lady had... I wanna say wrist nipples and she was feeding some kind of mutant from them? I THINK I'm conflating some scenes from Xenogears and one of the Iria movies.



It's an ASMR video about that time you were just looking for some harmless Zootopia screencaps but instead you walked in on a podcast someone was recording at 3AM in the back of a Tim Horton's about five minutes after the kundalinis unlocked but five minutes before the rest of the fermented Gila Monster venom kicks in, when suddenly, raccoons!
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