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6406  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Most under-rated games ever? on: November 16, 2009, 12:22:31 PM
Haunting Ground reminds me of all those weird Haunted House dreams I had when I was younger, only get to to play with a dog while you're at it. I never got very far in that game, but I really should.

Also it doesn't use RE style movement so it immediately gets a million bonus points in MY book.
6407  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Dante's Inferno on: November 15, 2009, 08:01:16 PM
mr. nails, even ignoring the possibility that you went to a really horrible highschool with a completely sub par curriculum, Dante's Inferno is so heavily ingrained into human culture, in a very international sense, that if you don't know what it is I'd have to question whether or not you've ever left your house. The other option is that you're twelve.

So given the choice between assuming that you're a forty-year-old basement dweller that hasn't seen the light of day in decades, or a twelve-year-old that just doesn't *know* what Dante's Infero is *yet*, I'm going to assume that latter, because that's the nicer of the two options, and I'm just a real nice guy like that.
6408  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Parasite Eve is five hundred fucking dollars on Amazon on: November 15, 2009, 02:51:22 PM
One of my all-time favorite games, "E.V.O. The search for Evolution" on SNES is a great example. It still took a lot of liberties, but a good bit of what it taught was actually rather accurate. Plus, it was just a kewl game.

6409  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Dante's Inferno on: November 15, 2009, 02:49:58 PM
hrm.  all right.  did not know this.  learn something new everyday.

How old are you O_o
6410  The Rest / General Discussions / December is language learning month. on: November 15, 2009, 02:38:33 AM
Not officially because I just made this up, like,  right now*. It's sort of like nanowrimo except more futile but potentially more interesting.

About a million years ago on the how to learn any language forums I introduced this idea of a group Learn A New Language Month sort of thing, where the goal, obviously, wasn't fluency, but just learning a lot about a language that was new to you, or working extra hard on improving another language, or whatever. Nobody was interested, though.

Then a few months later some guy proposed the exact same thing and everyone jumped on it. F'ing bastards.

Anyway, I'm trying to revive this. The basic idea is that you pick a language you want to learn some of, and, starting December first, you start studying it, and see how far you get by January first. It's sort of a personal edification thing. Log your progress. Make Language Buddies. Whatever.

So, just throwing the idea out there. RPGfan's a somewhat international community, this seems like it could prove interesting! Any takers? I'm thinking of maybe doing Inuktitut.

* Someday I'm running for king of Ohio on the platform of making this real and also legalizing peyote because I want to grow lophs because they're adorable. It's like if someone combined a cactus with a bunny and filled it with mescaline.
6411  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: November 15, 2009, 12:02:24 AM
Found the dungeon in Ragnarok, after getting raped by wretchweed. Also there's somthing in the forest causing lava to erupt everywhere, so... glad I'm out of there. Got diseased, briefly. Found out NOT to eat the grey speckled mushrooms. Hit level 10 and multiclassed to a blacksmith. Not sure when I get blacksmith skills. This game is depthy.
6412  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Parasite Eve is five hundred fucking dollars on Amazon on: November 14, 2009, 11:54:30 PM
Yeah, like the thargoid ship at the center of the galaxy.
6413  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Parasite Eve is five hundred fucking dollars on Amazon on: November 14, 2009, 08:05:23 PM
I never heard the rumor. It's patently false, in any case, because the science in Parasite Eve has about as much to do with real science as, uh... some analogy expressing the notion that PE has really bad science.

If only I hadn't relied on videogames to teach me literacy then maybe I'd know what words did.
6414  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Parasite Eve is five hundred fucking dollars on Amazon on: November 14, 2009, 04:32:09 PM
I should get back to PE sometime. It seems like it avoided some of the stupid crap Square used to/still does with their games.
6415  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: November 14, 2009, 02:13:52 PM
Though some of the monsters are completely overpowered (got wiped twice by the same damn group).  Ah well, just makes the value of conversations all the more important when I don't have the proper abilities on hand.

I noticed that a lot about EP and the original SMT games as well, where it was harder to cover your bases and talking your way out of fights was more important. I think it worked better in the Persona games. SMT1, at least, could be sort of... weird to converse through.
6416  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I just got word of this: GravelTrain on: November 14, 2009, 02:02:38 PM
The art, for some reason, though, reminds me a bit of Secret of Mana. Not sure why.

Color scheme, mostly.
6417  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: November 14, 2009, 05:47:50 AM
Got a ring of locus mastery in Ragnarok a while ago. Found a knilb that left a corpse, ate said corpse, and uh... knilb corpses force you to randomly teleport (Hint: Blink is knilb spelled backwards to make it look Norse. Blink, as in blink dogs...*). A ring of locus mastery let's you CONTROL teleportation.

In otherwords I can fly sort of. Also you can still teleport randomly, albeing without control, if you're asleep or stunned, meaning you can't get hypnoraped.

Oh, another cool thing about Ragnarok. You encounter *armies* of enemies. Unlike in ZAngband or other wilderness *band variants where all the enemies are solitary, Ragnarok also has hordes of amazons or whatever that sometimes come up. Occaisionally when you're on a map with friendly creatures. Epic battles ensue.

* Subsequently,
6418  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Dante's Inferno on: November 14, 2009, 03:17:03 AM
That picture is of Dante Alighieri, the guy who wrote an epic poem called the Divine Comedy, a third of which was comprised of a section called Inferno.

Inferno was essentially the product of Dante getting emo as fuck and sticking everyone he didn't like--mostly political rivals from the hostilities between the Guelphs and Ghibellines--in hell. By all accounts nobody gives a damn about Purgatorio or Paradisio, because they are not set in hell and as such do not appeal to goths (being the primary group of people that enjoy this thing when they read it in highschool).

Mostly it's just some pissed off Italian guy making crap up that never happened and then he got famous for it.

(He probably also didn't get enough sex).
6419  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: November 14, 2009, 03:09:28 AM
My first Megaten game was actually EP. I ordered P1 off eBay a week later. This was back when I was in highschool. A freshmen, actually. That fall!

Then new years eve during my first semester at college I finally beat P1. Still haven't beat EP.

This is how glacially I play games, by the way.

Nocturne has a kind of mystique to it you don't really see in JRPGs that often. A peculiar sort of dream-like quality and a way of operating in the negative space.
6420  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Aldorlea's Millennium: A New Hope on: November 13, 2009, 08:50:45 PM
If you're selling your game, as far as I'm concerned you're a professional and should exhibit professionalism, and you really need to check this stuff out before it becomes an issue. Ripping assets and using them in a commercial game is grounds for actual legal action. And this was from a Nintendo game, so... potentially *costly* legal action.
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