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7516  The Rest / General Discussions / The influence of the fanbase on things you like on: August 05, 2008, 08:49:42 PM
SMT elitist know-it-alls are funny because they usually get stuff wrong. I think they still tend to insist that Persona 2: IS never got a US release because of the entirely wrong reasons, along with believing that Persona 1's good ending (where you get like, five other dungeons and an ending that makes sense, sort of) was removed, when it was just the snow queen quest that got taken out (and for that matter, no, it's not the best translation in the world, but it's hardly the worst and it's at least on par with the non-WD stuff from that era. Also, I SWEAR that there's some odd racism behind the dislike of Black Mark in a lot of circles. Not so much a dislike of black people, but a weeabooism and "how dare they make him not Japanese" or something. Does that make sense?)

I think they're a bit pissed off that the games are getting sort of popular and it's not their little Super Magic Secret Funclub anymore :(

Also the suikoden hardcore fanbase seems like it might be a little bit wonkers.
7517  The Rest / General Discussions / The influence of the fanbase on things you like on: August 05, 2008, 06:35:37 PM
Hey guys I'm a fucking janitor full time this summer.

Anyway harassing XG fanboys is way more fun than harassing FFVII fanboys. XG fans tend to be smarter but in a really shallow sort of way. Like, they know all this crap about everything but they can't form coherent sentences or something. It's incredible.
7518  The Rest / General Discussions / The influence of the fanbase on things you like on: August 05, 2008, 04:11:53 PM
Dude, I always thought Sephiroth being goofily over the top was the point. He's not supposed to be an evil badass. He's just... Like, okay. Cloud's sort of faking being a badass because of his thinking-he's-Zack complex. Seph's sort of doing the same thing. Except Sephiroth isn't even Sephiroth but like, a jenova clone or something? I can't remember. But basically I don't think he was supposed to be taken that seriously. Or, to take it in a different direction, if there was one character in FFVII that was aware they were in a videogame, it was Sephiroth.

Same for Kefka. I always thought he was insane to the pooint where he really had no idea where he was doing. which to me honestly makes it more interesting.
7519  The Rest / General Discussions / Favorite plants. on: August 05, 2008, 04:10:13 PM
I like these ornamental grasses they plant up in my uni's town. They get these huge flower spikes. Like, at least ten feet tall. Taller than the one-story bank they're next to.
7520  Media / Single-Player RPGs / FFIV DS Impressions Thread on: August 05, 2008, 04:06:24 PM
Wait I thought people didn't like FFIV's japanese voicework.
7521  The Rest / General Discussions / Favorite plants. on: August 04, 2008, 07:58:17 PM
I've seen a number of banana plants here in Cincinnati (some even fruit), but I've never seen anyone growing a pineapple. Do you really do this?

Pineapples are incredibly easy. Moreso than bananas, because they do fine indoors and have lowish water requirements. So whereas bananas needs gallons of water a week and you have to take interesting steps to overwinter them, pineapples are just like, water when dry, move inside during the winter and put next to a sunny window.

Basically, you just start them from a top. Specifically the leafy stuff. You need to remove all of the fruit or it rots and Fucks Shit Up. Rooting hormone also helps.

They sort of spazz out if not fertilized. They don't need a LOT of fertilizer, but if they've got a nutrient deficiency, you can tell. In general though if you want a decent fruit, it'll take more fertilizer and a large enough container that the plant can get huge. Fertilizer for flavor, hugeness for fruit hugeness.
7522  The Rest / General Discussions / The influence of the fanbase on things you like on: August 04, 2008, 05:41:18 PM
Whatever the gaming equivalent of a foodie is, that's me. I don't obsess about any particular game or measure my eDick by how many Tales of Symphonia points I've shoved up my XBox (That sentence made no sense but you get what I mean). I don't even care about FINISHING games. I like playing a lot of games, just to see what they're like.
7523  The Rest / General Discussions / The influence of the fanbase on things you like on: August 04, 2008, 04:40:22 PM
So much bickering between Tos and TotA fanboys...

I'm pretty sure both groups have played and liked both games so it's not like saying you like one more means you think the other sucks.

Anyway I tend to not like gamer culture as a whole. I like gaming, but gamer culture is more than a little insular and insane. I don't mean like... not RPGFan. But like the sort of crap you get at gamefaqs or lots of other places. I'm especially unfond of how a huge part of the gaming community isn't willing to get beyond whatever they decided the golden age of gaming is and just says that everything newer than that sucks.

Same for the indie music culture. I listen to a lot of indie and alternative music. This does not mean thta I hate people that are on major labels, or that I'm into the whole scene thing, or that I give a damn about pretty much anything else that people are always bitching about.

Also, No Mutants Allowed. Seriously. Have you ever seen a bigger group of fucking fuckshits?

Will you see me making fun of people wearing or buy said headband? Yes.

Watching Naruto means you're an anime kid.
Cosplaying as Naruto means you're a nerd.
Wearing a Naruto headband as an actual piece of clothing means you're a douchebag.


Also yeah, FFVII fanboys that take the game too seriously are stupid. I like FFVII a lot because I think that, from a gameplay mechanics standpoint, it's damn solid, and the storyline's a lot of fun. But you have a talking dog and an angry, drunken astronaut in your party. I don't think it's supposed to be taken that seriously.

Also, I'm pretty sure Aeris was 2D and shallow by design (like, she's 22 and acts like she's 12 or something) and Sephiroth's conversation after he kills her is basically "Nopz dude you never cared for her that's just an extension of your Zack thing."

Unless I want to get REALLY meta and say that the real reason cloud never cared for Aeris, really, was because Cloud is quite literally a puppet being controlled by the player, and the only reason he had anything romantic going on with Aeris is because the player picked her over Tifa.

But I totally won't go there.


Anyway getting into why Sephiroth is taken way to seriously is another manner altogether, although the seph in flames thing was most likely just a chance for square to show off their flame effects (Mid to late 90s 3D game. This is mandatory) and had nothing to do with characterizing seph.
7524  The Rest / General Discussions / Favorite plants. on: August 04, 2008, 04:34:02 PM
Gymnosperm trees:

Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Dawn Redwood)
Araucaria heterophylla (Norfolk Island Pine)
Wollemi nobilis (Sort of. I don't have one. They're expensive. They might be really annoying to be around).
Cyptomeria japonicas are also pretty cool. They look kind of like araucarias and there's a billion cultivars.

Angiosperm trees:

Tulip trees


Asplenium nidus
Any sort of tree fern.
Platycerium bifurcatum (Not hillii. Those are really annoying).

Other angiosperms:

Sansevieras are pretty fun.
Ananas comosus, because they behave predictably and they're pretty easy to grow and start.
Banana plants are also pretty but whether or not I think they're a favorite will depend on how well I can overwinter them here. I mean, lots of people grow bananas in ohio, but that doesn't mean it's EASY.
7525  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Choose me a game! on: August 03, 2008, 09:01:26 PM
Chris is funny because he sort of goes insane after that.
7526  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Choose me a game! on: August 03, 2008, 07:50:29 PM
Oh, I WILL recommend Arc the Lad 1 and 2 (Arc 1 is, for all intents and purposes, the first chapter of Arc 2). Gameplay's good but I'm gonna talk about the story. It's not so much morally ambiguous as rather !@#$ed up. There's also definitely political stuff going on. There's any evil empire, but they're more like organized crime on a huge level.

Do play Arc 1 first, though, because it does a really good job of convincing you that the state of the world is ONE way, when in fact it's very, very different. Also Arc 1 is seriously only 10 hours long.

Also good luck finding this :(
7527  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Flood of rpg games for 08... How many can you afford? on: August 03, 2008, 07:23:16 PM
Attention duelists: AIDS.

Anyway, I had a question about the DQ4 remake since it came up (and also DQ3, by proxy). DQ4 has the immigrant minigame from DQ7 and the DQ4 PSX remake. However, I heard it was dumbed down from the PSX remake. Can someone explain how it's changed?

(Also, DQ3. I hear it has an immigrant minigame. When do I unlock it).
7528  Media / Single-Player RPGs / FFIV DS Impressions Thread on: August 03, 2008, 02:13:00 AM
Feeling more compelled to buy this now. How do the hi-tech dungeons look?
7529  Media / Single-Player RPGs / FFIV DS Impressions Thread on: August 03, 2008, 01:31:36 AM
Can you use status attacks like blind and poison against bosses in FFIV successfully?
7530  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Choose me a game! on: August 03, 2008, 01:31:06 AM
Does cooking restore a meaningful amount of HP on hard mode or does it still only restore 5% of your HP because I'm not really seeing how that would be useful. and as I said I already missed out on two recipes (Ant Lion Man and the Miyagi one. Dunno if I can get the second one later) and at 17 hours in, those two still wouldn't have been useful at all.

also where do you get to pick if it's hard mode or easy mode? I never saw an option for that.
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