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7486  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Arc the Lad 2 Help x_x on: August 16, 2008, 03:57:25 PM
I've yet to finish Arc 2 but from my understanding, if you've done all of the hunts and sidequests, your levels should be alright.

Personally I'm sort of glad to hear it gets really hard at the end, as the early parts are sort of easy.
7487  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Let's have a visual novel thread! on: August 15, 2008, 07:53:44 PM
Gabriel Night 3 sounds like it has really stupid-ass puzzles in it. like that catfur moustache one.
7488  The Rest / General Discussions / Cultists starve a baby to death. on: August 14, 2008, 08:38:19 PM
At least they didn't starve FDR to death?
7489  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: August 13, 2008, 11:33:34 PM
Did the Sun Stone stuff and got the rainbow shell equipment in CT.

Still in Ft. Dragonia in CC. Debating whether or not to go do some sidequests to get some more stars so I can get Nikki's sixth element slot open a trap a deluge off of that blobby thing. Also stopped working on mutating Pip for awhile since that was taking forever. Gonna maybe do that before I do the rest of Dragonia. Not sure what level Nikki's sixth slot opens up though.

Got to Trodain in Dq8. Didn't do much. Gonna go back and explore for treasure outside for a bit.

Got to Verdham Pt. 2 in DQ7. Forgot what the hell was going on from not playing the game all summer. Need to read a walkthrough or something.

Sort of want to play TWEWY but that's too autumnal for right now I guess. Same for P3 and SMT:N.
7490  The Rest / General Discussions / Teen Pregnancy: The more you know.... on: August 13, 2008, 06:56:10 PM
I'm in favor of teen pregnancy. It's best to get them pregnant while the eggs are still fresh so the babies are less mutated. Like, the older you get, the chance of deformities go way up. For the sake of your children, you really should start sooner or else.
7491  The Rest / General Discussions / Dating people younger than yourself on: August 13, 2008, 04:43:39 PM
I'm 20.

Most of my coworkers are 19.

I get this huge sense of a generation gap, there. It's weird.
7492  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Baten Kaitos? on: August 13, 2008, 04:37:05 PM
Does 'decent' mean good or bad these days? I'm a bit out of touch. Also, from reading home of the underdogs, "fun" and "good" apparently also mean bad. That site has stupid-ass reviews. Christ.
7493  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Baten Kaitos? on: August 12, 2008, 08:41:56 PM
I liked what I played a lot but I never really felt compelled to play it for some reason. I always INTEND to. I mean, it's card based, but the battles are non random so the fact they're slow doesn't matter so much, and it's not really card based in the traditional sense. It's sort of hard to describe, but kinda neat. Setting is gorgeous.
7494  The Rest / General Discussions / Cultists starve a baby to death. on: August 12, 2008, 08:36:30 PM
At least they didn't starve Samuel L. Jackson to death.
7495  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Let's have a visual novel thread! on: August 11, 2008, 09:32:47 PM
I wanna write a text adventure sometime, but none of the existing engines seem to do what I want*, and I can't really write my own.

* I found something utterly stupid about TADS syntax, and Inform 7 wasn't really powerful enough.
7496  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Stupid RPG conventions/cliches you can't get past. on: August 11, 2008, 07:27:20 PM
Fun idea:

Chrono Trigger has five or so fairly small towns in in 1000 AD. Yet CT's world feels like a complete world and I think that's why some of the weirder analysis holds up and continues -- you're not talking about the author's intent but picking apart what they created and looking at meaning they DIDN'T intend.

Similarly, Secret of Mana feels like it has a complete world, to me, where as SD3 does not.

The question, here, is what IS a complete-feeling world, and why do some worlds feel more complete than others?

In the latter example, SoM's world is less defined, and at the same time more detailed in a sense. You have little areas that aren't really important to the plot, like Kippo Village, in addition to a vast, unkown stretch of land just past what you can see. SD3, on the other hand, fleshes out every kingdom in a very clear and rigid sense. You know what's there and that there's nothing more beyond it and the illusion falls apart.

In a sense, SoM's world is a world in a motion and SD3's world is a world in stasis -- albeit a warlike and turbulent stasis.

The idea of a world in motion also applies to CT, although there, maybe, it's a world where something's ABOUT to happen. This is 1000 AD, at least. Nothing really HAS happened yet. The adventure springboards there, but it's the new millenium -- a turning point, ultimately -- and humans and Mystics share an uneasy, segragated peace, and 1000 AD really stands out as a world where not a lot IS happening, but where a lot of stuff is ABOUT to happen.

Additionally with CT, the setting itself is a sort of narrative, and I do maintain that very intentional theme of the game is the idea that the Planet (or entity) is leading the characters around, not just to defeat Lavos, but to narrativize itself.
7497  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: August 11, 2008, 07:02:10 PM
I like what I played of TotA except for some quest-progression stupidness that I talked about elsewhere, and in general, it improves on Symphonia in pretty much every way, but for some odd reason I still like Symphonia more.

Anyway, beat Son of Sun last night, headed to Ft. Dragonia, and just got through the desert thing in DQ8.

How big IS DQ8's world, anyway?
7498  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Games you are going to buy the last half of the year on: August 11, 2008, 06:56:10 PM
New games:

Dragon Quest IV
Persona 4

Old stuff:

Avernume 3
Parasite Eve
7499  The Rest / General Discussions / The Megahyper Summer Olympics Thread O'Awesome on: August 11, 2008, 04:55:56 PM
I like it when America loses. It's called "schadenfreude."

Some people thing I like using german words because I'm pretentious but it's really just the result of studying german for so damn long and I can't even speak that crazy-ass language.
7500  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Let's have a visual novel thread! on: August 11, 2008, 04:49:16 PM
By industry convention, a product is a "visual novel" if text is superimposed onto the entire background. However, it's simply an "adventure game" if the text appears in a little box at the bottom of the screen (like the older interactive games). IMO, that kind of classification scheme is needlessly confusing.

You still mean in Japan for that part, right?
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