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8026  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG Annoyances/Pet Peeves on: April 05, 2009, 03:50:36 AM
If an RPG Maker game uses borrowed graphics (from a copyrighted source. If they're graphics from a public domain artist, or some generic RPG Maker sprite repository of custom, free sprites made FOR RPG Maker, that's infe) I don't play the game out of principle. Ripped sprites, to me, is a huge sign of laziness, and seriously, every RPG Maker games with ripped sprites I've played is utter shit.

Anyway, I think there's a place for random battles. Reasoning:

Earlier this year I was hashing out the ruleset for this thing called Boolean RPG, which I won't really explain in depth because it's strange. Anyway, it's basically a first-person dungeon crawl. My original design had non-random monsters. There's sort of a problem, though, in that, without random monsters, there's a much lowered level of tension.

Now, I'm not saying you can't do random encounters like Earthbound did it -- randomly place a monster on a map, have it run at you, and if it hits, then go into battle mode. You know? But having all encounters be set encounters is a bit problematic because there's no surprise.

The problem with what I was doing, though -- an SMT-styled first person dungeon crawl -- is that your standard, random pop-up battles are the best looking solution.
8027  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 05, 2009, 12:53:46 AM
Played FFL2 a bit. Mostly running around inside of KI'S GUTS.

Also played the first Rolan's Curse for a bit. It's... interesting. I liked the second one and Ninja Taro (is that related? It seems like it) a lot, lot more.


Beat some bosses in saga frontier in the trinity base. Assellus kind of sucks when she's not the main on account of no asura but still having low LP.

I think I'm going to go play unlimited saga now and then when i get done with that, I'll draw some anteaters in the style of an Andrei Ryoblėv-ian icon.
8028  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy IV: The After Years on: April 03, 2009, 10:13:40 PM
Most JRPGs are pretty cotton candy, and just because FFX-2 had a lot more T&A than most of them doesn't mean that most of them don't have a lot of T&A.
8029  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: would you say the older you get, the less fun games are on: April 03, 2009, 10:11:05 PM
Also Hollywood sucks a lot.

I did like Apocalypse Now more than Heart of Darkness. I think everyone did, though.
8030  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: would you say the older you get, the less fun games are on: April 03, 2009, 03:29:45 PM
One of the greatest parts of reading a book is being able to imagine the characters and places and things looking however you want them to look.

I never really do this when I read. I also don't see it having that much relevance outside of like, fantasy or sci-fi. I also might argue that the author in question should be providing more concrete descriptions of whatever it is they're focusing on, maybe.

Then again, I haven't really read anything fictional since finishing Master i Margerita Freshman year. I've bought books since then. It's just that I've either hated them (Foundation), haven't bothered reading them (Ozhog, Babel-17, Gravity's Rainbow), or lose them (Stars in my Pockets like Grains of Sand). So what the hell do I know.
8031  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: would you say the older you get, the less fun games are on: April 02, 2009, 09:07:37 PM
My imagination is going to be filling in blanks for the DS DQ games and especially Etrian Odyssey because there's that much more room for my imagination.

I encountered this sort of sentiment a lot during my stay as a troll on the official Daggerfall forums. My response is basically that if I wanted to put effort into imagining the story, I'd be better off writing a story myself.

anyway, related question: Would you say that the older you get, the less fun life in general is?
8032  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 01, 2009, 09:05:34 PM
I killed my wife and hid her body in the basement.

APRIL FOOLS!!!!!!!!!111111111111111111111111111111oooooooooooooo

Sorsalux, I played Disciples 2 while cooking my laundry last night. Finally finished the second mission on the Empire side. Missions are long. They also have tons of optional stuff to do. And there are 9 campaigns with the expaks.

Content! Hurray!
8033  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: LOL @ RPGamer's April Fools Joke on: April 01, 2009, 09:02:08 PM
Oh jeez. I was assuming Tidwell wrote it, and just assumed it was sincere. Whoops.
8034  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG Annoyances/Pet Peeves on: March 31, 2009, 09:45:02 PM
My problems with the usual teenage cast can be boiled down to two: Quite often that's just not a plausible age given all that they're doing,

Gavrilo Princip dawg.

The MegaTen series tends to handle it well simply because the teenagers aren't part of an army or whatever but actually are in school, and just have supernatural stuff happening on the side.

Or they turn into mutated clawstards. Or in the case of the original devil children games atlus just sort of runs with it for the sake of being weird.

Even RPG fans peeved about teenage protagonists would like the teenage cast in, say, Persona 2: Innocent Sin.

Teenagers in persona games actually act like teenagers though. I mean, I think that's really part of it. The problem is when you have teenagers trying to save the world while acting mostly like adults for some reason except with odd, teenaged insecurities. That just doesn't add up. Also, you have the whole thing where all RPGs need Dramatic Mental Anguish in their teenagers' pasts. FFXII gave you Vaan and something involving evil twin brothers killing Vaan's decidenly non-evil, non-twin brother. Persona gives you something like Brad or Eikichi.
8035  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG Annoyances/Pet Peeves on: March 31, 2009, 02:08:04 AM
IIRC all Tales games with cooking have TP restoring dishes. You usually get a recipe that restores 20% TP early in the game. Some games also have dishes that temporarily give stat boosts. For instance, in Tales of Symphonia you can make riceballs (small HP & TP restoration) and seafood stew (small TP restoration, temp. def+). You get both these recipes way before the end of the game.

Interesting. I missed out on most of the interesting early-game recipes in Abyss by accidentally screwing myself out of that antlion man sidequest (which is way too easy to miss) and some other ones because they game doesn't like you backtracking much.
8036  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: would you say the older you get, the less fun games are on: March 30, 2009, 10:21:10 PM
Console titles going up ot 60 is weird, honestly. It's not pre-1996 levels when prices were like, you know, 70-100 dollars for a single game cart (I don't honestly remember this, personally. I just know from old ads advertising CT as costing 80 bucks, and a receipt I have for SimCity 2000 when it was 70. Also that stuff I heard about PSIV...)...

Back on topic, though?

I think I have nostalgia problems.

For the past two or three years I haven't really been able to get into 16-bit games much. In terms of a brief rundown...

In regards to Square's output, I've been pretty vocal about how much I don't like FFIV. It's also possible I'm not being that fair here, but who knows. Final Fantasy V seems to easy for me to really find it interesting, and I just find VI to be an overblown mess that's kind of lacking in polish, balance, and direction. Hell, I don't even like the SNES SaGa games that much. Even as a huge supporter of the series and the only person that liked unlimited. I don't know if I ever liked SD3 much. Live-a-live just confused me.

on the Genesis side? I'm not that big on any of the 16-bit Phantasy Stars. Shining Force hasn't really aged that well for me.

Earthbound might be my favorite 16-bit game still, but I'd be lying to myself if I said I thought the gameplay was good. Strictly from a fun-to-play perspective, what DO I like? Shadowrun on the Genesis? Sure, why not. Rings of Power seems neat though I haven't spent a lot of time with it. I love the Blazer games, Ys 3 seems funner than expected, and my thoughts on Atlus are still that they were the Tolstoy of the JRPG even back then. And I guess I still like Secret of Mana and Evermore. but I'm just not hugely in love with most of these things, and I don't get any warm, fuzzy feelings of nostalgia from them.

But, like... Chrono Trigger used to be my favorite game. And every time I played chrono trigger last year, I couldn't help but feel like I was forcing myself to have fun; like I was convincing myself that I was enjoying what I was doing.

That's sort of how I feel about any gaming right now, though.

Maybe I should convince myself I'm enjoying myself, though. Maybe that's just what people do in general to not be miserable.

I'd rather do something where I have *something* when I'm done, though.

(The above line is the real end of the post in a compositional sense. A lot of times I feel like I need something more cerebreal, if you'll excuse the pretention there, than RPGs really provide. I mean, storywise, hell, I LIKED Tales of Symphonia's story, but that doesn't mean that it's not very lowest-common-denominator, anime-ish, and stupid.

I don't really thing most videogame storylines are better.

When I was younger, honestly, the only reason I played RPGs was because they made me feel smarter than everyone else, because they weren't action games.

And I'm kind of in a weird place, because I'm a comp sci major and I really should be programming little games to build up a portfolio, and I feel utterly bereft of ideas and inspiration in every context and implications which the notions of inspiration and ideas might entail).
8037  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Something bizarre just happened. on: March 30, 2009, 09:49:32 PM
Phil Collins


Fruits Basket


In all seriousness, I've never had an order get screwed up before. CLOSEST I came was like, when I tried to order Albion from some guy, and I'm... I think he died of diabetes -- he said he was in and out of the hospital from some diabetic foot infection. Maybe he just stayed in there a really long time and got better. I certainly hope so -- before the order could be completed. That's by far the creepiest thing that's ever happened to me in regards to online ordering.

This is kind of surprising given that I'm sort of a game collector and have this history of having ordered a bunch of stuff on import (P2: IS, the original three devil children games, SMT1, SMT2, RS1 and 3, SD3, Terranigma) and a lot of old PC games on eBay. Amazon DID lose my copy of... X-Com: Apocalypse, although I got a full refund, and a few weeks later I saw X-Com Collection with MechWarrior 3 bundled together for like, 15 bucks at gamestop.

I've never had anything truly weird happen, like getting a fleshlight full of live tarantulas by mistake. That would really suck, though.

Of course I also seem to remember QVC bollocksing stuff up but I never order from them given that this is the goddamn 2000s*.

* Also the fucktard from Cottage Farms on QVC. Good god. The stupid cunt was on friday hocking Adeniums along with his usual outside plants. First, he said it was good for the kids. IT'S A FUCKING OLEANDER RLEATIVE you fuck. Second, it's a succulent, so he's including a pot with it which is plastic and those doesn't leach out excess water, is WAY too big for the plant he's selling, and comes with *water retaining soil*. Maybe that's a safety feature, so you rot it out before your kids eat it and die. Finally, he's selling fairly small Adeniums for 22 bucks, which is like, twice as much as they're worth at that size.

Somewhat relevant because this summer I'm going to be ordering various plants from places because you generally can't buy any araucarias besides Columnaris in ohio.

Are there any RPGs that involve plants :333
8038  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: would you say the older you get, the less fun games are on: March 30, 2009, 12:52:54 PM
I don't really like gaming anymore, although that has less to do with jadedness and more the realization that Pushkin was dead at 38.

I still play games all the time because there's absolutely nothing else to do here, though.
8039  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG Annoyances/Pet Peeves on: March 29, 2009, 09:19:46 PM
When do you get stat boosting and TP restoring foods in the Tales games :/

DDS2's hard mode practically REQUIRES combo spells.  You can't waste even one ability slot, so having access to the Ma- versions of spells without actually having to equip them is beyond priceless.

Okay, never got that far in 2. Just assumed it was like the first where the combos weren't that interesting and sort of a pain to get.
8040  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: March 29, 2009, 04:15:46 PM
I don't know why but I can't play the game for more than 2 hours at a time

I generally can't play any given RPG in general for more than like, half an hour to an hour at a time O_o. I mean, even GAMES in general. The big exception being turn-based strategy games.

I beat Ys 3 on the Genesis last night. Really awesome backgrounds on the outdoor areas and cool graphics and music throughout. However, it is definitely short and easy (which is no problem with me). I beat the thing in about 9 hours probably.

Funny you should mention that. I... was playing that quite a bit yesterday. And in the YEARS since I've had it, I JUST finally got done with the first dungeon. I'm... liking it more than Ys 6 so far.

Also played Stratosphere and kept dying because I suck at it.

And then I played this obscure PC RPG called Wizards & Warriors. It's sort of like a proto-Wizardry 8. seems interesting. Doesn't work right on vista.
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