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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 23, 2014, 11:53:49 AM
Or if you want to get like really Pagan tradition out of it you could make cakes shaped like wood.

Pagans fucking loved eating wood.

47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 23, 2014, 01:19:01 AM
Many of the most prominent 'Christmas' traditions--including decorating trees and gift-giving--predate Christianity.  And nobody who has actually studied the question seriously thinks Jesus was born on December 25th.  Basically Christmas was created by co-opting pagan celebrations of the winter solstice into Christian lore.  So I really don't see anything wrong with co-opting it back.  It's really more of a cultural thing than a religious thing for most people (yes I know there are some people who take the religious aspects seriously, but they're definitely the minority).
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 22, 2014, 04:59:42 PM

Turns out that its just TitS 1 again, this time for PSVita. Welp!

I'm happy they keep porting these games to new systems, to be honest.  Maybe that means that by the time the rest of the series gets localized it will actually be available somewhere for current hardware...
49  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 22, 2014, 02:18:05 AM
KanColle has been confirmed for January for a while now.  There have been multiple trailers, advertisements, and so forth.  Very different for the situation over the summer where it had originally been announced for that season but then they went totally silent about it for months and nobody really knew what was happening until summer came and it wasn't there...

Switching gears, I actually quite enjoyed the first season of Dog Days.  It was lighthearted but it was also just interesting to explore and learn about this new world and its rules.  But by the second season I was already quite bored of it.  It mostly just rehashed the same points and the lack of real conflict started to show.  So I'm kind of skeptical about a third season now.  I feel like something substantive desperately needs to happen for that show to keep me interested.  But then substantive things happening seems contrary to the very nature of the show...

I know the Assassin Classroom manga has been getting rave reviews for a while now but I never actually got around to reading it.  But I guess I'll give the anime a shot.

But overall there's a lot of mediocre-looking stuff this coming season.  A lot of light novel adaptions of questionable quality.  Absolute Duo may be the most uninspired, derivative, and just plain boring supernatural-powers-school-battle manga I've ever read (and believe me, there are a lot of those).  I can't fathom why it got an anime adaption when I can list a dozen LNs that do the exact same thing better yet have not been made into anime.  It's a pretty blah-looking season.

Oh well I have Isuca and Shinmai Maou no Testament for incredibly ecchi guilty pleasures
50  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 21, 2014, 05:03:30 PM
Most of my SRs are event cards (I have never gotten more than the minimum you can get when scouting...) so when I said her stats were lower than SRs at the same level that's compared to event SRs.
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Obligatory 2014 Thread: Your Year on: December 21, 2014, 05:00:13 PM
This has been an odd year for me...

The game I have overwhelmingly played the most (like 10x as much time in as everything else combined...) would be KanColle.  But I'm still not completely convinced that it's actually a good game...sure it does some things better than a lot of similar style games, and the whole fan community around the game is pretty interesting...but part of that is probably just addiction.

The game I've put the next most time in is probably Love Live School Idol Festival.  Which as I've said before is actually a pretty good rhythm game if you can get past the surrounding free-to-play systems.  I still think the monetization setup is complete BS but my response to that is to simply not spend a cent on the game.  It's still quite playable that way even if I'll never be a top player.

Still, a browser game an a mobile game...I've become everything I ever hated.

My favorite 'real' game from the last year would probably be Danganronpa.  Wait, that's a VN, there are probably some people who wouldn't call it a real game either.  Oh well.

52  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 21, 2014, 04:39:45 PM
I didn't have any idolized URs (or SRs for that matter...) before the one they just gave away (and I haven't maxed her yet).  But man her stats aren't very good at all for a UR.  In fact they're lower than most SRs at the same level.  I guess I can't complain too much since it was so easy to get her, and being an idolized UR means she can hit level 100 so she should have good stats by then.

Also did you notice her skill is the standard Timer Charm ability?  On the plus side that does mean it should be easy to improve, but it's odd because even SRs seem to have unique skills.  Basically she doesn't seem like a 'real' UR...
53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS Vita worth it for JRPGs? on: December 19, 2014, 03:53:06 PM
The Vita is doing fine in Japan.  The real question is if the games will continue to be localized.
54  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 19, 2014, 02:08:23 PM
The Love Live event that just started offers not the usual 1 but rather 2 SR cards as a reward.  The first of which requires a lot fewer points than normal (so even if you don't normally get them that one should be pretty easy).  They've been weirdly generous with this game lately.  Guess it's because of the Christmas season or something...
55  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: JAST USA Licenses Steins;Gate Visual Novel in N. America on: December 16, 2014, 06:11:02 PM
So apparently this will be getting a PS3 and Vita release in North America.  Pretty cool, we don't get a lot of pure VNs on consoles here.

Edit: Europe too, it looks like.
56  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 15, 2014, 08:00:50 PM
Triple log-in bonuses in Love Live right now.  In addition to the normal daily bonus and the UR card thing I mentioned (you also get a gem everyday until the card), they're also running a promotion to celebrate reaching 10 million users and giving out even more gems for that.  If you're playing the game you really should make sure to log in everyday for the next couple of weeks.  If you're not currently playing it but think you might be interested...now might be the time to start.
57  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: December 15, 2014, 05:58:45 PM
But-but....the Japanese subtitled trailer was so much better. D:
"It's been a long time coming... Almost there"
Much better!

More accurate, too.  I don't really get what they were trying to do with the dub...it's not a literal translation and it's certainly not a natural-sounding translation.
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The SaGa (emphasis on the captials) Thread on: December 14, 2014, 11:34:33 PM
Yeah, who likes browser games!  They're terrible.

*Kevadu goes back to playing KanColle...
59  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 14, 2014, 11:28:56 PM
Important info for everyone who plays Love Live:
They are giving away an idolized UR card and all you have to do is log in 5 times (I assume once per day?  It's written kind of ambiguously) between December 16 and January 15.  Talk about easy to get.
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The SaGa (emphasis on the captials) Thread on: December 14, 2014, 07:59:34 PM
Poor Vita can't catch a break.  People are always complaining about the lack of exclusives but when an exclusive is announced they complain that it's not on system X.  There's no way to win...

Do people really complain about that? Not counting the backlog, I think I can count the number of NON-exclusives on the Vita on my fingers.

Are you serious?  "No exclusives" is by far the biggest complaint I hear about the Vita.  And while 'no' might be an exaggeration, it certainly is true that there are a whole lot of ports on the system.  Not to mention that it's actually lost exclusivity for things like Tearaway.

PS: I love the Vita, and I agree with Agent D. that it seems to get an awful lot of undeserved flak.
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