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1951  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 01, 2013, 07:21:15 PM
Personally I didn't care for "A Certain Magical Index" at all.  I agree with Klyde that the main guy is a terrible character, but Index is just as bad (if not worse).  There is some interesting lore in the setting but they never do anything interesting with it.  I found it very generic and forgettable.

But oddly enough I enjoyed the spin-off "A Certain Scientific Railgun".  Better characters and better plot development.
1952  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2013: New Years REVOLUTION!! on: December 31, 2012, 10:20:13 PM
Dice's resolution is getting drunk?  Setting the bar pretty low there, Dice.
1953  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 31, 2012, 07:24:57 PM
Well, I borrowed the heat gun from work today to try and fix my PS3 again.  This time I did it for a lot longer than the first time and I also added some Kester 951 flux so hopefully the fix will last longer than a day.  I'll keep my fingers crossed...

Edit: Passed the first test, it boots again.  It's still half-unassembled so I'll see how much I want to reassemble it before trying long-term...

Edit 2: Things are looking good.  Everything is working right and I put the case back together.  Played some games on it a bit and there weren't any problems.  Looks like the YLOD really was fixed, just a question of how long it lasts now.
1954  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2013: New Years REVOLUTION!! on: December 31, 2012, 01:26:08 PM
I resolve to finally finish my goddamn PhD.  I remember thinking I would surely be done in 2011 at some point...
1955  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Best Anime No One Has Seen on: December 29, 2012, 12:53:26 PM
Mostly passed it off as a simple comedy with no strong interlinking plot - I'm not a fan of those kinds of shows. Any chance that's an incorrect assessment? It's hard to tell by looking at the ANN and Wikipedia pages.

Nope, your assessment is spot-on.  There is very little plot in that show.  The comedy can be pretty good, though.
1956  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: December 27, 2012, 10:54:52 AM
They're doing PSP remasters (it's not really a port, more like emulating the PSP environment on the PS3 with some higher res. art) of the first three games. Sen was announced for PS3 and Vita, not PS3 only.  And Falcom hasn't done a PC version since Trails TC.  Both Zero and Ao were PSP exclusives, though Zero got an enhanced Vita port.
1957  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Best Anime No One Has Seen on: December 24, 2012, 04:32:54 PM
LoGH is fantastic.  One of my all-time favorites.  Not sure it counts as obscure, though.  At least among anime fans it has a reputation (though I too don't know how many people have actually seen it).
1958  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI on: December 24, 2012, 04:27:18 PM
VII is still my favorite but I think VI would benefit much more from a remake than VII.

Sadly I have no faith in today's S-E to do a proper remake of FFVI without ruining the very things that make it great.
1959  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI on: December 24, 2012, 10:49:39 AM
Opera House timed segment sucks beans too.

Oh no you di-nt!
1960  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 24, 2012, 01:42:25 AM
So I just finished season 2 of Sword Art Online (SAO) and god did it suck.
A full 12 episode of suck.

Complete cardboard villain and magical god interventions plot powered bullshit stupid non-blood related sis-con NTR story.

I agree with everything you said except the NTR part.  Where the heck was there any NTR?

Honestly, when they first announced a SAO anime I had just assumed they were only going to do the Aincrad story.  There was plenty of material, lots of stuff they skipped or glossed over.  The Alfheim arc (which is easily the worst part of the whole series) was bad enough when I read it in book form, but somehow comes across even worse as an anime.  Just...why...
1961  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Best Anime No One Has Seen on: December 24, 2012, 01:36:16 AM
Oh man, you had to go and ask this question while I'm travelling.  If I was at home I'm sure I could dig a few gems out of my multiple bookshelves full of anime DVDs...

But here's one off the top of my head:  Here is Greenwood.  This obscure 6 episode OVA is one of the funniest damn things I've ever seen.

Not exactly obscure, but difficult to find thanks to the giant licensing kerfuffle would be the original Macross series.  No, Robotech does not count.  Harmony Gold can go fuck themselves.  The AnimEigo version is good if you can actually find it.
1962  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI on: December 24, 2012, 01:20:04 AM
Why do you think I'm still rocking a Kefka avatar after all these years?  Of course FFVI is great!  I can't think of another RPG with the same kind of scope, sense of adventure, and great characters.  Maybe the Kiseki series if you look at the series as a whole.

My only real criticism is that it's so easy.  There are so many ways to break the game but no enemies challenging enough to require them.
1963  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 23, 2012, 11:42:53 AM
Also had the weirdest fucking nightmare that was a mixture of that anime Chihayafuru and Corpse Party.

That sounds weirdly awesome.
1964  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 23, 2012, 02:26:19 AM
Been working on my PSP/Vita backlog (I have backlogs for every system...).  Mostly been focusing on Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time lately.  I think I've mentioned this before but this is my first Growlanser game so I wasn't quite sure what to expect.  Thus far I've found it both quite addictive and incredibly frustrating.  The addictiveness stems from the combat system, upgrade system, and occasionally the story (though sometimes it advances at such a breakneck pace I don't know what's what).  The frustration, on the other hand, stems from poorly explained bullshit mission objectives/parameters combined with a lack of goddamn save points.

Look, I don't mind a challenge.  In fact I like a challenge.  I just want to know what is going to make me fail a mission ahead of time instead of having to figure that out by trail and error.  And if I do fail because of that then I want the opportunity to retry a mission without having to go back and trek through a forest fighting minor battles for half an hour first.  I guess I could deal with the first problem if it wasn't for the second, but the combination of the two is a killer.  Withholding save points is unforgivable this day and age.  Or at least have a retry mission option or something.

Heck, there was one time when I was supposed to escort a merchant back to my little town to setup shop and immediately when the mission started I accidentally took a step back and went to the previous screen.  Instant game over.  For walking off a fucking screen (f you're going to give a game over for something like that why even let the player do it?).  Of course there was no save point before this mission, so I had to work my way back there and do it again.  Then somehow (don't ask me how...) I accidentally walked the screen a second time...I was about ready to chuck my Vita at a wall or something.
1965  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The world is ending. Last thoughts? on: December 22, 2012, 11:32:13 AM
Wait, someone was actually tense?
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