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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 10, 2016, 02:33:54 AM
Saw a sign for Adult Sunday School.

There are multiple ways to interpret that.

The correct interpretation, however, is that it was in rural Ohio so it's probably some kind of cult.

Beyond that, I went to the post office, and Indian buffet, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and a wedding. The food at the wedding was... distressingly beige. So I didn't eat any and got dinner from Wal-mart because my life is a mess and I'm okay with that except when I'm not.
62  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 10, 2016, 01:08:05 AM
I kind of miss the "wandering around in abandoned shopping mall" aspects of the first 2.5 Persona/first SMT game. Being from suburban Ohio originally, half-dead shopping malls hold a special place in my heart. Also I genuinely miss that 90s mall... feeling.

Anyway, decided to break down and buy a certain game about visiting new planets and cataloguing alien fauna.

That's right, it's Map Quest's PSX city builder, Neo Planet! (Which is actually for sale on the US PSN, albeit not in English). Some initial observations about how the game seems to play:

- Basic layout is like SimCity 2000. Mechanically, it feels like SimIsle + a bit of SimLife + idk Outpost 2 or Fragile Allegiance.

- There are 24 or so animals in the game according to the manual. I don't know if all 24 inhabit each planet. There's a food chain present -- Titan Bulls eat trees, Three-eyed Dogs eat whatever the weird rabbit things are, etc. Presumably you can make ecosystems collapse by building so much that you don't have enough spare trees to feed the herbivore, who would then die off and starve out the predators. I don't know what the impact of this would be. You probably get a bad ending or something.

- You can build fences around animal populations. Also relocate them, do something with their DNA, and... something else.

- In terms of what you can build...
-- You build cities by building spaceports, and then like... inhabited housing tiles kind of spring up around them.
- You can also build five other kinds of structures which I THINK encompass things like schools, factories, and recreation facilities. These also look like they have five kinds of buildings or five levels of building within each type.
- Energy production facilities, and pipes to connect them to things. Or possibly terraformers. Actually if they're terraforms that'd explain why I wasn't able to get energy production up.
- Some other kind of pipe. I don't know what it does.
- Trees.

- There's some kind of research system in place. It looks like Theme Park/Master of Orion, where you dump money into different areas.

- I like how the cover art is like a mixture of Christian Riese Lassen, Hiro Isono, and 70s Sci-fi Novel.

Also screwed around with whatever Monster World game is on Steam, 'cause watching Vinesauce play Zelda 2 made me want to play a sidescrolling RPG thing and I'm not really in the mood to figure out Sorcerian's town screens right now. I quite like it but gosh dangity the music in the Genesis version is NOT good, also the slight atonality that the emulator Steam uses introduces is NOT good either.

Anyway, I also noticed that the Sega Genesis collections on Steam apparently added workshop report for, uh, legally distributing romhacks. I made a thing for Phantasy Star 2 that made the *mate items restore PP instead of HP, which had some interesting results. Maybe I should revisit that, clean it up, and figure out how to convert it over.
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 08, 2016, 07:12:03 PM
So there's this taco place in Columbus called El Condado. I've been there like four times. I don't really like it that much so uh idk why I keep going back.

So of those four times, I've gotten slightly incorrect orders like twice. I also have no idea how much the food costs there. Case:

1. Last time I went there, I got two tacos + black beans (1USD upcharge) + special shell (1USD upcharge). Base cost per taco is 3USD so I was expecting to spend 10USD total, but my bill was 4.30USD. What?

2. Went there again today, got the same thing, and my bill was 8-something. Which is closer to what I expected but still off.

Also instead of the sauce I wanted they put like aioli -- I mean the bad kind of aioli that's basically just mayonnaise -- on it and blarlajdsflhadlfihlijglaijdflijlijfdglaifdjglbjlaijsdfladlfkjlajdsf
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 08, 2016, 06:45:01 PM
You forgot Jill Stein's North Dakota Bullzoder Vandalism Arrest Warrant

which is also the name of my new album


This has been stuck in my head for days and I'm going to make everyone else suffer the same fate.

Also fwiw I had an advisor in colluniversity that, when I was going into CS, asked me if I knew what arrays were, and my mind stuck a space in there and I was like, "WTF is a raise?"

(I'm also well aware that I misspelled bulldozer).
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: September 07, 2016, 08:22:14 PM
Ys 5 and Mask of the Sun sort of have bad reputations, though form what I played of MotS, it was still pretty fun, just not as good as Dawn.
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 07, 2016, 06:10:53 PM
Seriously though, Sengoku Tako Truck needs to be a thing. How moddable is the latest Nobunaga's Ambition game?
67  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 07, 2016, 12:11:59 AM
Trails in the Sky - Did some more sidequesting outside of Zeiss involving Faye's ex-boyf and a broken down forklift thing. Suspecting that most of my initial dislike for this game was /actually/ the result of mild RSI resulting from playing it with a mouse for like 30 hours.

Also LoH1 looks like it'd be a neat Dragon Quest clone except it has enforced grinding for plot advancement??? Like I mean you literally need to hit certain levels before events happen????????

Meanwhile, Lunatic Dawn script revisions don't stop.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 05, 2016, 11:22:22 PM
How I Spent my Labor Day Weekend:

Friday: Slept at a normal time!

Saturday: Went to the post office, ??????, went out to Clintonville in the evening because getting a pizza from Northstar sounded like a good idea (Ohio State was playing off against Bowling Green's football team [ahahahahahahahaha] so it seemed like there'd be less traffic if I headed north, away from the campus). Pizza ended up being kind of crap, but on the plus side, I had a nervous breakdown on the way there and I ALSO saw this like, smashed... pelvic bone and lower spine region from what I'm assuming was a possum. It was on the sidewalk. I'm not really sure how it go there. This city is gross.

Anyway then I got home and stayed up till like 5AM watching Lindybeige videos.

Sunday: Did not sleep at anything resembling normal times. Had weird dreams. Presumably worked on doing a script translation for a game that nobody will ever play in a language that I don't know. Also screwed around with setting up a Windows XP VM on my Windows 10 box and then that didn't prove useful for anything.

Monday: I went to Kohl's and bought a pair of normal shoes, which I don't expect to hold up well but my boots are screwing up my ankles, as well as some normal looking socks to go with them because I don't think I have a single matching pair that doesn't have at least ONE hole in them right now and you can actually see the socks with these shoes. Also I saw some like sandalwood+musk flavored candles for like 2 dollars each so I just grabbed several of those and I'm not really sure why.

I'd like to point out that the Kohl's in my neighborhood is like, situated in the floodzone of the Olentangy River and surrounded by abandoned child care facilities and the remnants of whatever Touhou Auto was/is. Also there's a Bob Evans there. It's a great place for eating breakfast with your family when you don't really want to.

Reference photos (ctsy. Google Earth)

Anyway then I went to Skyline.
69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 05, 2016, 11:52:33 AM

A special Combo attack in an RPG where the Main Male Character and Main Female Character, who are, naturally, love interests, instead of attacking, immediately begin making out.

Swayed by the display of affection, the monsters they're fighting immediately lay down their arms and take up the frock, to pronounce the MMC and FMC man and wife, right then and there.

The wedding cutscene finishes, a brief cutscene plays of them heading off on their honeymoon, the scree suggestively fades to black.You get the rest.

Several flash forwards happen. The MMC and the FMC playing with their baby, their child now age 10, running around in the mountains fighting slimes, their child now age 16, blossoming into a skilled swordsman in their own right, and...

The sky darkens.

The MMC and FMC, now both early middle-aged and serving simultaneously as the mayor/masters-at-arms of their home town, gaze out across the horizon. Hordes of enemies drawn in, slaughtering everyone around them, led by the very same monster from that battle all those years ago, now a corrupt priest.

He tears the MMC and FMC down. In her dying breath, the FMC hands a special pendant to her son, granting him the power to travel back in time.

At this point, you take control of their son, and go through a few dungeons to recharge the time travel crystal, getting a party member that knows the proper spell for using it, and ultimately getting to the Holy Peaks, which is the only known location where the crystal works consistently. Finally, after a long journey, he embarks on a trip to the past.

He shows up right as the MMC and FMC start making out, and tears all the monsters apart. He then nods silently, before returning to his own time, unsure of what new future awaits him.

The game resumes normally at this point.
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 04, 2016, 08:32:18 PM
Prior to selective breeding at the hands of humans, octopuses were actually tacos, and the word taco comes from the Japanese word tako, which means taco, and was adopted as a loanword into the indigenous languages of Central America after contact with Japanese settlers in the early 500s AD.

Also while we're at it the US totally needs more gun control cause THESE PYTHONS ARE SICK

... wait no that's not I don't wait just a ?????

Sometimes I worry that I'm witnessing the signs of some onset mental disease and not doing anything to help. :(

fwiw I was aping that stupid cracked.com article about how ZOMG U GUYS, ZUNI IS REALLY JAPANESE!!!!!!1111111111one

it was a staggeringly beautiful display of bad linguistics and also just kind of bad everything. The part where it's like, "Zuni and Japanese are both SOV and only half the world's languages are SOV so CLEARLY RELATED!!!!" was pretty amazing in particular. Less obviously bad was pointing out the five vowel alignment system they both share.

It's like pushing the notion that English, Castilian, and Arabic are related* on the basis that they all have inter-dental fricatives (or, more in the spirit of the original article, that Japanese and Swedish are related because they both have that weird velar 'f' sound).

* Okay so Al-Andalus was a thing so and I don't feel like looking up whether or not Arabic barfed interdental fricatives into Spanish right now but w/e.
71  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 04, 2016, 06:55:27 PM
Konami Presents a Fantasy Suikoden Adventure - Went to the next town, recruited two people, discovered that the "match 5" version of the tile game is obscenely easy, uh, went back to Milich Land, bought paint, recruited Qlon, ground for a Nameless Urn, recruited the guy that needs the urn.

May take an enforced break from this. Not feeling burnt out by any means, it's just a shorter game and I want to savor it :S Think I'll check out some Falcom stuff or maybe go back to Okami.

Also revised most of the remaining random NPC dialogue from Passage of the Book (sans 25 or so lines that I couldn't figure out).

Tori no Hoshi - Briefly messed around with this out of curiosity. It's cool but I'm not sure it's something I actually want to get into. It seems like it's less open-ended bird discovery game, and more of a linear survival/puzzle thing, where observing bird behavior is the solution to stuff. Which is definitely neat, but there are a LOT of invisible walls where it doesn't make sense for them to be. So you can be flying after some birds to scan and when you get close the game's just all NOPE OUT OF BOUNDS and resets your position.

Also the opening island at least is... rather poor looking. It doesn't really have the visual interest of... idk, anything really. No landforms or anything /interesting/ from what I can tell. Maybe this changes later on but still

Anyway, also tried setting up a Japanese Windows XP VM to play some old Falcom stuff but that introduces some weird harddrive speed issues that just kind of ruin everything. so uh that was pointless :(

-- e --

Trails in the Sky - Got a job to fix the hot springs in Elmo, but first I need to test out some shoes and find some missing forklifts. Killed the Ritter Road monster (aka Ritter Critter) and outed a guy as a cigarette addict.
72  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 04, 2016, 06:37:17 PM
Prior to selective breeding at the hands of humans, octopuses were actually tacos, and the word taco comes from the Japanese word tako, which means taco, and was adopted as a loanword into the indigenous languages of Central America after contact with Japanese settlers in the early 500s AD.

Also while we're at it the US totally needs more gun control cause THESE PYTHONS ARE SICK

... wait no that's not I don't wait just a ?????
73  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 04, 2016, 02:42:36 PM
woke up from like an hour and a half nap
eating floor salmiak to try to wake up
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 04, 2016, 02:32:45 PM
A part of me wonders if that dude made the taco truck statement intentionally knowing it would spectacularly backfire the way it has in that everyone I know loves the idea of taco trucks on every corner.  Hell, I'll gladly introduce Indian food to a Mexican taco truck for some good fusion.  Indian food cooked by a Mexican would probably be the most delicious thing ever!  Arroz con pollo tikka masala!

there used to be a place near the campus called Currito that had like
channa masala burritos

they closed down though but still the concept works

fwiw they got replaced by a place that has like bibimbop burritos

legits though, why is Trump complaining about illegal immigrants coming to the US and murdering/raping people?

Isn't moving to a country illegally and without the consent of the original inhabitants and then preceding to murder/rape/force like several centuries of de facto genocide on them the most American thing of all?
75  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 03, 2016, 01:00:13 PM
That copy of Suikoden I ordered arrived at the post office so I decided to take a break from Suikoden to play Suikoden but I ended up getting super lost about what I was supposed to do an ended up playing Suikoden instead.

Suikoden Tendou 108 Sei - Didn't play this much because I'm kind of lost about what to do -- it's considerably more text heavy than Bandit Kings and I think, compared to the PC version, it's a lot more focused on the interactions/events involving your bandit troupe and less about city-building per se.

Started a game as the Long Haired Cool goodfellow (I'm calling him Gremio), settled some province with a goodly amount of land (Maps in the console versions are 14x14 tiles or so; ones in the PC version are 28x28, so lands at more of a premium and the water-heavy maps have limited building space), and started improving the pair of fisheries that were already there.

Oh also I found two bandits when I was walking to the province and they taught me how to do thief things and uh... I forgot what the other guy was. Also I think the thief wandered off to go fishing or raid a fishery somewhere. I didn't really catch that.

Anyway, it's a good bit faster than the Saturn version.

Suikoden TenmBandit Kings of Ancient China - Started a game in 1101 as Shi Shin (whoever the fresh-faced, short-haired goodfellow is); accidentally tried to settle in a populated province on like the first turn and restarted.

Started another game as the same guy. Discovered that he freaks out about doing things when his health gets down to like 30ish. Eventually got invaded and outright lost.

Started a /third/ game as the headscarf guy (Leopard Headed? w/e, I'm calling him McDohl), managed to get starting province well-enough-developed, hunted for furs to get an initial gold pool going, got some guys to join me, feasted, up to like two provinces now. Moved onto the second province to control it myself since the bandit I put in charge there was either out of money are not healthy enough to do it.

Oh and then the Evil Necromancer guy (I'm calling him ChiepooKraze) invaded the pink province owned by one of the AI bandits, so they had to flee to a province I wanted to take over and now I've got a border with Kraze's provinces which isn't good because now he'll raid me more.

Genso Suikoden - Rescued Liukan, beat Milich, a certain somebody became one with the plants (Sure am glad nothing horrible happened to my duckbando from S3). Picked up some Good Fellows (The artists in Milich's house, the snobby lady that wanted an Opal, Milich). Ground Pahn up to level 33, survived his duel.

(I'm too lazy to make this so just imagine I embedded a picture of Chiepoo shooting rainbows out of his hands with the subtitle "Too Many Suiks" under it).
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