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6796  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Why do I not understand all the fuss about Chrono Trigger DS? on: April 25, 2009, 02:28:40 AM
I don't think the end of Donnie Darko was actually time travel but who knows.

Speaking of time travel, CT mostly just used it to deal with the history of the world. The only time time travel was used in a "LET'S CHANGE TIME" sense was that thing in the beginning with the grandfather paradox which was sort of retarded and not in line with the rest of CT.

As far as exploring history goes though I think Terranigma is a thematically similar but better game :3
6797  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Why do I not understand all the fuss about Chrono Trigger DS? on: April 25, 2009, 01:28:54 AM
Trying to understand how time travel works in CT isn't really a great idea if you don't want to go insane.
6798  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: My Friends that plays rpgs... annoys me to no end on: April 25, 2009, 01:27:38 AM
Really trying to resist the urge to just say tl;dr and failed.
6799  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 24, 2009, 11:27:35 PM
True, but that's nowhere near as problematic as like, you know, totally axing party chat.

The bastards.
6800  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The hobbies thread. What do folks do other than gaming? on: April 24, 2009, 11:16:52 PM
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when im not playing games i peruse the net for hentai of those video game characters that catch my eye O_o.

That doesn't count >8/

Also stop it you'll go blind.

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seeing as i live in cleveland

Hey one of my Russian profs is from Cleveland, and I go to the Parma/Beechwood (?) area like yearly.
6801  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The youthful protagonists thread on: April 24, 2009, 11:04:07 PM
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The only people I know who hated college are the ones who were really anti-social or didn't even try to get involved with anything.  It's really one of the better parts of your life, try to enjoy it.

There's nothing to get involved with here, most of the people I know from classes don't live in town, and generally the people in town never get out anyway. And I don't drink and the bars look horrible here even if I did. I go down town all the time and I never see anyone down there. There ARE things down town but not a lot. Sometimes I just wander through town and I still rarely see anyone. Everything interesting is apparently in Toledo, except that's a half hour away, I don't have a car, and apparently Toledo's not a horribly safe city. I can't really describe it. It's just stifling here. There's no soul or culture or... whatever you'd want to call it. At least I graduate next year, and'll probably be going to grad school in a city I *like*.

Anyway, Alex was a little older in SSSC than in Legends or the original Lunar.

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Maybe I'm just not thoroughly thinking it out, but I don't really recall nearly as many annoyingly childish younger characters percentage wise compared to the newer games.  Eh...

SNES games didn't have very good character development. GOOD character development is a double edged sword in that while likable characters get more screen time and purpose, so do the, uh, really annoying fucks.

Vivi's sort of anomalous because he doesn't strictly *act* young, although when he does, it's in a very... eh, real sort of fashion? I feel that FFIX's story had a lot more humanity than most FF storylines.

Also think Gabo from DQVII works. Doubly so were it to have had a better translation.
6802  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The youthful protagonists thread on: April 24, 2009, 07:31:49 PM
The problem's more when you have 16 year old characters that act like 10 year olds and 10 year olds that act like four year olds. And then you have 20 year olds that act like 30 year olds, even though most 20 year olds act like they're 14.

I hate college :(

Anyway, in theory, I'd say they're using stereotypical youthful actions to drive home the point that the characters aren't adults tends to go a bit too far.

I also think Lunar was pretty good with having characters that acted their age. From what I remember. Less so with Grandia because Sue and Justin were... I think Sue was 9 and Justin was 15 and they basically act the reverse.
6803  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 24, 2009, 07:30:05 PM
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Finishing up Chapter 2 in DQIV. So far so good, although it's pretty annoying having to read through each town's dialects. I get what they're trying to do, but I would have preferred normal English.

DQV's localization was so much better. The only stupid accent is Sancho. I mean, some other characters have accents but Sancho's is the only stupid one.
6804  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Why do I not understand all the fuss about Chrono Trigger DS? on: April 24, 2009, 07:25:13 PM
[quoteIt's a fun, light-hearted romp...[/quote]

...where you inadvertently commit genocide :3 Also a bunch of OTHER rather-much-unhappy bits. It also uncannies its own valley* around Zeal or thereabouts, but not the extent that Earthbound uncannies ITS own valley with, uh, everything after Twoson.

Anyway, it's a good game. When I was younger it was my favorite game. Now not so much. It has a nice story, probably one of the best videogame soundtracks ever, and lots of really nice little personable touches. Gameplay wise, combos are cool, definitely make ATB meaningful for, uh, once, and it has some sidequests. More disadvantageous, it's incredibly easy except for a few bosses, dungeons kind of tend towards largeish and empty, and all of the sidequests are wedged into the very end. Also, the towns are very small and unimportant. And while a lot of people mention the fast pace as a plus, I... really wish it would've slowed down. Sometimes it feels like it's rushing the player.

* I think I explained what that means elsewhere.
6805  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1up: Essential RPGs on: April 23, 2009, 10:22:46 PM
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the DS list sucks and if zelda is an rpg so is super mario galaxy lol.

That rational person in me wants to just got ">:/" and leave it at that. The less rational person in me wants to point out the inherent elitism present in the RPG community, and in RPG-ing as a whole, circa... whenever the hell Ocarina of Time came out till about 2001, except that's a a lot of analyzing and conjecture and not fucking going there.

Pokemon are totally kids games. I play them all the time because I'm a totally nedorosl.
6806  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1up: Essential RPGs on: April 23, 2009, 03:05:09 PM
GS also seemed to use some of the sprites from Beyond the Beyond in places at times.
6807  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Your Favorite RPGs and Why on: April 23, 2009, 11:36:49 AM
Unless you're cheap and only have single player.

(And even then it would've been a lot of fun if you didn't. have to. kill. every. enemy. in a room. to. progress. >8/)
6808  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The hobbies thread. What do folks do other than gaming? on: April 23, 2009, 11:35:41 AM
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You have the be strict, but at the same time you need to try to understand why the animal does the things it does.

Yes, just like with my 20 children, or five trophy wifes.

(j/k of course)

So, since my other hobby is plants, last year I tried to grow bananas. I never potted them out and tried overwintering in the garage (the foliage died back of course. You don't water the, when you do this) but I think they still go too much light and ended up rotting. The corms feel mushy. I'm going to plant them out this weekend, maybe. We'll see how they do.

And today, I discovered that certain species of palms hardy to around zone 6 can, if given protection, can be grown outdoors as far north as zone 6. I think I just got an awesome idea :]
6809  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's worse than a $100,000 horse dying at a polo match? on: April 23, 2009, 08:29:01 AM
Oh crap dawg just got one.

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What's worse than a $100,000 horse dying at a polo match?

100,000 $1 horses dying at a polo match.
6810  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The hobbies thread. What do folks do other than gaming? on: April 23, 2009, 08:28:11 AM
Actually Tomara you just sort of reminded me of something weird I noticed when, uh, reading about exotic cats being kept as pets just to see if anyone had ever had success raising manuls in captivity (Odd interest of a friend. Don't ask).

I think people just have really skewed concepts about pet ownership in general. Most of the stuff mentioned on said exotic cat pages, which was marked as being really special considerations and bold, thrice underlined bulletpoints just struck me as stuff that should be common knowledge. I'm wouldn't expect it to be easy to raise an exotic cat, of course, but it seems like things like "Animal-proof your house to prevent cat from eating your oleanders, hot electrical wires, and bleach" or "Your cat might pee on things and bite you" or "Know about the animal's personality, dietary needs, space requirements, etc. before buying" are kind of, uh... duh?

I guess improperly socialized rats are also a huge problem. I know nothing about rats, but apparently people just sort of leave them in their cages and ignore them, which is bad.
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