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2611  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 18, 2012, 04:11:58 PM
Sure, massive spoilers for those unfamiliar with Fate/Stay Night:

By the end of Fate/Zero pretty much everyone dies.  Emiya Kiritsugu and Saber win the holy grail war but somehow his wish doesn't work and it causes a huge tragedy that destroys much of the surrounding town (the only survivor being a young Shirou, F/SN's main character, who gets adopted by Kiritsugu).  Kiritsugu is also cursed after that and his body slowly weakens until he dies so he spends what time he has left raising Shirou.  Kotomine Kirei and Gilgamesh survive, the latter being somehow turned from a heroic spirit into flesh and blood by the grail.  They go on to be major antagonists in F/SN.  The daughter of Kiritsugu and Irisviel becomes the vessel for the next grail.  Though I'm not really sure why Kiritsugu decides to spend his remaining years raising Shirou but not with his own daughter...
2612  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 18, 2012, 01:14:56 PM
Argh, I guess I should be specific: I want to make sure the ending is conclusive enough so I don't feel like I have to watch Fate/Stay Night to get the whole story. Because I'm not watching that show. Ever. Not unless they can rewrite the entire thing without my two least favorite characters ever. Besides, a non-conclusive ending is always bad, IMO, regardless of whether or not there is a sequel.

OK, we're getting off-topic here but how the heck can you know something has your "two least favorite characters ever" if you haven't even seen it...

In any event, Fate/Zero is a prequel about a mostly different cast describing the lead up to a certain event that's kind of the basis for Fate/Stay Night.  They're largely independent and there's just isn't enough wiggle room in terms of what has to happen to think that Fate/Zero's ending is going to be inconclusive.  While it's true that a lot of anime has inconclusive endings there's a reason for that, namely that they're based on manga or light novels that are still ongoing so the ending isn't actually the end.  That just doesn't apply here.
2613  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust announces new Atelier game: Atelier Meruru on: June 18, 2012, 04:01:52 AM
I have to say that while much of it remains pretty generic, game easily has my favorite soundtrack of the Arland trilogy.  I mean you've got stuff like this and this.  Although the real stand-outs seem to be limited to special scenes, sadly.  Like the fantastic opening, this wonderful little piece, and this.

For once the soundtrack CD that came with my limited edition is actually getting some seriously playtime.
2614  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 16, 2012, 11:37:48 PM
Er...you're going to watch the ending first?

No...I just meant that I'm gonna wait and hear what people say about the ending before I dive into it. Obviously I'm not gonna watch the ending first. That would just be silly.

Well, I don't get that.  Especially in this case.  It's a prequel so we already have a pretty good idea how it's going to end.
2615  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 16, 2012, 10:33:38 PM
Er...you're going to watch the ending first?
2616  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game-opinions no one else agrees with. on: June 16, 2012, 10:32:25 PM
this console generation sucks and is in fact inferior to the previous gen.

You and every other cynical gamer.

Well, I do feel it's worse outside of AAA western games, more often than not I'm liking them more this generation than I did last.

Seriously?  It's the "AAA western games" that I'm completely sick of.  Sure they're pretty and polished, but for the most part they all play exactly the same and rely on the same damn tropes.  There's no variety, no artistry.  It's the hollywoodification of gaming.

In fact, thinking back to the 90s there really wasn't such a thing as a "AAA" game.  There were just games.  Some were good, some were bad, but generally speaking they all had their own identities.  The technology didn't exist to distract people with fancy explosions so you actually had to use your imagination sometimes.

Sometimes I feel like gaming peaked around 2000 and it's all been downhill since.
2617  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 16, 2012, 10:23:43 PM
Have you tried Fate/Zero, Klyde?  It's seriously good.  Second season has been even better than the first.
2618  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: trading in used games on: June 15, 2012, 04:44:50 PM
I've never traded anything in and I doubt I ever will.  And unlike Mesh I don't feel the tiniest bit guilty about it.  Actually I don't even understand why anyone would feel guilty about that.  Denying others the opportunity to play it?  Unless it's something rare and out of print (in which case I really don't want to trade it in anyway because I'll want it myself...) then why don't people just buy new games?
2619  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 14, 2012, 09:30:46 PM
Now this is dedication

That's awesome.  There's actually a subreddit now with the save game file so other people can try to break the stalemate.  If I still had a copy of Civ2 somewhere I would give it a go...
2620  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: June 14, 2012, 06:24:56 PM
Shit, maybe I should skip Persona 4 

2621  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 14, 2012, 03:50:23 PM
If you hate lines and crowds then don't go to PAX...

2622  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: June 14, 2012, 02:19:27 AM
FFXII has a pretty large variety of locals, you just start in the desert.  And some of them are totally optional so you'll never see them unless you're exploring or doing sidequests.

Honestly, FFXII is probably my second favorite numbered FF game.
2623  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 13, 2012, 04:33:24 AM
Oh, that Fan Expo in Toronto.  It's humid indoors; the people make the heat, and the sweat makes the air...moist.

What, you don't have AC?  I've been to a lot of conventions, big and small, many of which are in the summer.  The heat inside is rarely a problem...
2624  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 12, 2012, 03:35:30 PM
OK, I'll talk about the current season:

Fate/Zero: Continues to be awesome.

Nyarko-san: Quite funny, if you like crazy over-the-top stuff.  Lot's of references to the Call of Cthulhu pen-and-paper games too.

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia: Meh.  OK, but the manga is better.

Bodacious Space Pirates: This show is almost done and I still can't figure it out.  It's a weird mix of serious space opera-ish stuff with things that are just stupid.  Who wears miniskirts in zero-G?

Kids on the Slope: I'm only watching this because of Shinichirō Watanabe and Yoko Kanno.  The music is decent, but most of the show is boring melodrama.  Can't recommend it...

Hyouka: Great animation...yeah, great animation.

Kore wa Zombie desu ka S2: What is this crap?  The first season was nonstop ridiculousness, but S2 doesn't even come close to the same level.  They just keep repeating the same jokes, and they're not even very good jokes.

Sket Dance: The only long-running series I still watch.  Er...it continues to be Sket Dance.  Funny, but not very serious.
2625  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Getting psyched for Gungnir on: June 11, 2012, 07:14:05 PM
Do the battles take that much longer than Yggdra Union or something?  That didn't have mid-battle saving either but it never bothered me...

Edit: The Classic Game Room guy loved it, though I don't know if that means much since he seems to like everything.
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