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46  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: January 22, 2014, 01:44:34 AM
It certainly adds a lot more to a smaller scale story with lots of character development that makes the characters feel more like actual characters than a larger scale one with none of those qualities whatsoever.

Aesop's "The Fox and the Grapes" is an incredibly simple story that makes you think about cognitive dissonance.  There is no character development.  But it's not needed, because that's not the point of the story.  Every author has a different purpose for what they are writing.  Each author determines what they want to focus on.

You like character-centric stories.  That's fine, there's nothing wrong with that.  I however, take issue with your notion that stories that aren't character-centric aren't told well.

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The stretch goal for Vita being lowered to $1 million makes me really happy.  I was originally just observing how the Kickstarter performed, but that number is much more realistic.  Definitely donating now.
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 21, 2014, 10:57:23 AM
It's funny that LinkedIn is being discussed, because I'm in the process of working on my profile and getting it all set up.  On the issue of the point of it all, disregard your personal feelings on the matter for a moment.  You each individually may not see the point in it, but it may be a factor for potential employers.  Maybe they care.  By not having a profile (or an up-to-date one), you are at least one step behind your competition in an ever-shrinking, increasingly competitive job market.  It's about missed opportunity.

So yeah, working on mine.  Heh.
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: January 21, 2014, 03:29:12 AM
That isn't to say I dislike political stories of any kind, just when they're told well.

That is quite a shame that you think that way, since Persona 4, and 3 to a lesser extent, have some of the best writing in most video games. I don't understand how the interpersonal collisions grate you even though those collisions add so much depth to the characterization of the characters that make them have so much emotional impact near the end than any of Matsuno's work. Not saying the teenagers in Persona are any real than what actual teenagers act like, it's just the emotional connection is what's real. Like, whenever I see someone die in either of the Tactics games I'm like, "Um, wait who was that guy again and why should I care?" Not to say I'm right and your wrong, that's just how I feel.

Do not mistake your desire for smaller scale stories as the metric for determining what is and isn't told well.  War and Peace isn't exactly Harry Potter or The Hunger Games, but I don't think Tolstoy was aiming to write a teenage drama.  There's nothing wrong with disliking large scale stories, but they aren't badly written just because the director didn't feel like informing you what a character's favorite ramen flavor is.
49  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: January 21, 2014, 02:12:01 AM
The music for the area in Thanalan directly outside of Ul'dah and all of the music in Coerthas is my favorite of the 2.0 stuff.  The generic battle theme is okay, with the Coerthas version being my favorite version.  The 2.0 battle themes outside of the generic one are pretty good.

I will say though, that I really miss hearing "On Windy Meadows" while running through La Noscea.  It was easily one of my favorite songs from 1.0.  I also really miss "Quicksand", the best standard battle theme from 1.0.
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 14, 2014, 12:20:22 PM
Just ordered the 64 59 GB memory card for my Vita.  Such a damned rip off, but I want the space.  I can't believe I'm spending all this money on a portable, but the Vita is seriously awesome.

Though this also means that I have a 32 GB card that will be available to purchase when the new one finally gets here.  For those interested.
51  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Listen to his story again... on: December 25, 2013, 05:55:03 AM
Not really, and it's nothing to do with nostalgia.  There is an excessive amount of reverb, and the mixing is really off.  It's like the difference between this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElPq2u74bMk

...versus this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weewaTuUheQ


The new arrangements could sound a lot more like the latter example with some work, which would require time.  But it doesn't.  It mostly sounds like the former example.  Sound levels for instruments are off.  In its current state, it sounds very unpolished.
52  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys (IV) Memories of Celceta on: December 04, 2013, 08:34:05 AM
Silver edition finally arrived for me in the mail.  In the middle of P4G though, so it's going to be awhile before I get to it.  Stoked though.
53  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: December 04, 2013, 02:35:19 AM
Ps4 version scheduled for april next year.

Sweet.  I should be back home in May, probably in time for everyone to have moved on, haha.
54  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: November 17, 2013, 08:48:01 AM
I really miss playing.  Blargh.
55  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: November 03, 2013, 06:53:12 PM
exclusive footage of titan extreme difficulty
56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: If you could invent/discover one thing on: November 03, 2013, 11:44:18 AM
Net-gain fusion power generation.
57  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: October 15, 2013, 11:57:07 PM
Not into bikini armor myself, but I also don't feel like roleplaying Siegmeyer of Catarina.
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 15, 2013, 10:41:42 PM
Pokémon Gijinka

These are amazing...


Zapdos


Marill

Two samples of the 163 there are.

They ARE amazing.  I could post about 20 I'm in love with...



I may or may not have saved many/all of the images to a folder....

Also:




Why can't I stop laughing at this gif?

59  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: October 15, 2013, 09:49:11 PM
I noticed a slight change.  My Immortal Flame's quest originally told me to do Ampador Keep.  Post-patch, it now tells me to do Aurum Vale instead.  I think they're being a bit smarter about progression of content.  This also helps a bit with the current catch-22 situation of people expecting you to come with at least your i55 grand company weapon despite the fact that before, you couldn't even get to the appropriate rank to even be eligible to purchase it.

I've actually avoided doing end-game content for two reasons: for starters, don't feel like dealing with assholes at the moment, and secondly, darklight tank armor looks fucking awful.  I'm disappointed that the appearance tab won't make it for 2.1.

Prices are a good bit different on coeurl versus what I'm used to on Typhon.  Goods also flow... differently than I'm used to.  Guess I should prepare to adjust.  I'm really used to my fishing items flying off the shelf.
60  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: October 15, 2013, 06:13:43 PM
Got onto coeurl with no issues.  Glad I avoided this morning's apparent (expected) clusterfuck.
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