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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I am Setsuna (or whatever name you changed it to) on: July 21, 2016, 03:41:04 PM
"I got wrecked at RPGFan.com and all I got was this lousy sign!"

(Ha, I hope this means you didn't hate the review, at least!)
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I am Setsuna (or whatever name you changed it to) on: July 21, 2016, 02:21:18 PM
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: May 05, 2016, 02:43:30 PM
A note: I talked about Severed in the most recent episode, and I was incorrect when I said you graft enemy limbs onto your arm. Now that I've completed it, I know that you only graft one thing onto your arm, and it's not an enemy limb. You do cut off pieces of your enemies and wear them elsewhere on your body, though. I apologize for my mistake!

(By the way, Severed is a super easy game to Platinum-- it only took me about 6-7 hours, tops.)
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: May 05, 2016, 11:54:54 AM
We're gonna miss you, Stephen. :'( T'was a great episode! And I love where you cut it off at the last second, haha.

RE: Transistor (and Bastion), I dug both games, but I was not compelled to start a second run of Transistor when I beat it, whereas Bastion I restarted right away to get the other ending... so figure that one out, I guess. I agree with Rob's point about finding the "win" button in Transistor's combat, though- I like the idea of it, but what ended up happening was I just slotted the ability that left a trail of mines into my dash and just dodged everything while stuff blew up around me. Effective, but never felt compelled to stop doing that.

Excited for Pyre, though.

Also, Derek, a Bravely Second conversation with no mention of Chompcraft? For shame. :P

My Chompcraft empire extends far beyond the eye can see. My plushies are as soft as my reign is uncontested. Every man, woman, and child in Luxendarc knows my name.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: May 04, 2016, 05:33:50 PM
With regard to the discussion of Supergiant games on the most recent episode: I found Transistor to be much, much more compelling than Bastion, although I enjoyed both games.  I didn't find the talkative sword to be at all annoying or hipstery, and really I just got very drawn into the world.  It didn't seem like anybody on the podcast really shared my enthusiasm for the game, but I binged it over two days, and when I beat it it left me feeling that melancholy you feel when you finish a really good book.

Also, you guys should totally do something at Magfest, because I'm seriously considering going to the next one that happens, so you'd have at least one panel attendee!

Lastly, goodbye Stephen! Good luck in future things!

I totally get where you're coming from-- I liked Transistor more than I liked Bastion, as its overall audiovisual style was more to my taste. I bought it on release day and powered through about 2/3 of it all at once, and then didn't pick it up again until I completed it over a year later. I think there's a great game somewhere in Transistor, but I wanted a little more context for everything that was happening in its world. Pyre looks sweet, though!
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: April 27, 2016, 02:37:33 PM
Thank you for the thoughtful commentary, Arvis! Always glad to hear that somebody is enjoying the show. :)
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: April 14, 2016, 10:35:16 AM
Yeah, we're frustrated by the weird volume levels in this episode too. It's not normally an issue, and we'll be looking into a new recording solution for the next episode and beyond.

Just pretend like you're playing Bloodborne and that's the sound of a werewolf breathing down your neck.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: April 13, 2016, 05:17:31 PM
And on that note, episode 108 is live. Enjoy! Send us your Noctis X Gladiolus fanfics: podcast at RPGFan dot com.
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help Der Jermeister beat Dark Souls! on: April 05, 2016, 09:26:24 PM
Fuck no I'm not gonna make like a Frenchman and give up on the game. I want to beat it and tell the world how shitty it actually is despite your obvious delusion that it's somehow "rewarding" and a "masterpiece." You cultists are all the same. It fucking sickens me that fantards like you engage in journalistic fellatio and actually reward developers for defecating feces such as Dark Souls while bitching and moaning about games being easy. I fucking know I'm not alone in my opinions. You are the fucking cancer ruining game journalism. I actually wrote a civil critical review on the original Demon's Souls and had it posted on Amazon, and you know what happened? All the rabid fantards bitched and moaned about my opinion and tried to hurt my Amazon reviewer score by somehow idiotically voting that my review was "not helpful," which ultimately led me to pull down my review to salvage my ranking.

I don't like Dark Souls at all-- I've been quite critical of it on our podcast-- but I can also acknowledge its strengths and accept that other people enjoy the game.

That said, consider this an official warning about your behavior. Several people have popped into this thread with friendly advice (which you solicited), and you are responding with vitriol. It has no place in our community. Take a step back and breathe.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: September 28, 2015, 07:35:21 PM
My notifications to this thread are clearly borked, because there are way more responses than when I last checked.

Annubis, I legitimately laughed at those clips you cut. I'm... touched! And a little embarrassed. ;) I'll endeavor to say more borderline stupid things that are worthy of your attention.

I haven't seen more than a single episode of Firelfly, so I'm staying out of that argument. I know Mike Salbato would have stepped up to defend its honor, had he been there.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: March 31, 2015, 01:23:21 AM
Hi Kristina! Thank you so much for listening to the show, and kudos to your clearly excellent taste. ;D

Regarding the weird text for Life Tasks in Shallie, I honestly think that's a bug/localization error. I also encountered instances where I'd get progress on my task bar for, say, "Swing 100x" even though it was clearly going up whenever I jumped. It's kind of confusing, but like you said, you can usually check what the actual task is by going into the menu and pressing square to see a detailed rundown of any given objective. I didn't see that sort of issue pop up too often in my playthrough, so hopefully it doesn't cause you too much more trouble!

Incidentally, who did you pick as your heroine? I went with Shallotte. Y'know, if you're in Shallistera's story, that may actually explain why you've seen more weird Life Task errors, assuming they occur more frequently on her side. I just penned my review of the game this afternoon, so it should be up on the main site in the next couple of days. (Spoiler: I really liked it.)

Thanks for your feedback, by the way. I'll pass it along to Rob as well (although I'm sure he'll see the thread). And welcome to the boards!
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: December 03, 2014, 02:44:08 PM
I love good video games on any platform they're available. (*'-')b I don't know why this is a debate.
13  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: October 09, 2014, 11:12:56 AM
Derek's shoes are too big to fill, and we won't even try to do so. Instead, we'll make new shoes to stand alongside them. Hurray!

My shoes are bigger! I mean, not my podcasting, metaphor shoes that you're talking about here. Just my literal, gigantic shoes that are on my actual feet. (They were even the highlight discussion at work today)

We all appreciate what Derek has done with the show, but we also didn't want to let the show flounder; He'll be missed, but we also hope you all stick with us and enjoy where the show goes from here. I'm going to be more involved with the show as well, which is why you're seeing a rare post from me of all people here.

The next episode is coming sooner than you may think - please let us know your thoughts!

Are you sure? I wear size 13W. ;) And you know what they say-- big feet, big... love for RPGs.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 16, 2014, 04:14:42 PM
Dice, for the record, the lack of controversy I speak of regarding Southpark is that amongst gamers themselves where The Stick of Truth is concerned.  - In general hardly anybody in the gaming world, mainstream review press included, seemed to have any problem with the content in that game. I know the mainstream zeitgeist has made controversy where South Park is concerned from the very start, but gamers could seem to care less. 

However, in comparison, Conception 2 has a pretty long thread going at virtually every major gaming discussion board out there right now debating its very nature.  I'm just pointing out how its funny these big debates pop up everytime when it happens that an anime-styled game dares to be a little saucy- but unquestioningly has far tamer material overall than South Park. 

Embryon, you have every right to your review and opinion that it isn't a fun game.  I value THIS website very much for its content and opinions, which are always very well stated.  I enjoy many types of games in all genres, styles, and tone too.  RPG and overwise.  Just remember, fun is a subjective thing.  Games like Conception 2 exist because some of us do like them and buy them, and I'm one of them :)

I appreciate this response very much. I love being part of RPGFan because I think we have an intelligent community that can have reasonable discussions.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 16, 2014, 03:38:19 PM

Also kinda find it very pot and kettle how many people here railing on Conception II with one fist but used the other to handwave pretty much all of Stick of Truth; which anything South Park is pretty much as juvenile, low-as-you-can-go, bottom of the barrel not-funny humor. I'll point it out again. SoT utilized ABORTION and ANAL RAPE (possibly of a minor; have no desire to research this particular topic but considering how many characters in the SP universe are children I think the odds are good enough to assume this until someone corrects me) multiple times for 'comedy'. Guess what it got? Editor's Choice. And yet Conception II is being ragged because of minor to moderate innuendo? *brain blown*

Real glad you brought up South Park- I was contemplating it in my defense of Conception (and games like it) but afraid I'd get shot down brutally becuase it isn't really a JRPG, anime, or tonally similar.  Conception 2 gives a lot of corny innuendo, a horny (but harmless) old man, some jiggle, and an accidental grope or two.  Southpark did indeed have your 4th grade character being sodomized on screen, graphic violence as well as straight up actual sex acts- ON SCREEN.  Granted, nothing in South Park was made to titilate, or be anything remotely serious- its all done in the name of outrageous/gross out humor.  But still- no outcry/controversy at all surrounded this. 

But bring up some light harem anime inspired game and here comes all the white knights. 

Look, I'm not saying Conception 2 is anything near GOTY material- but its just the kind of visual Novel/jrpg hybrid with attractive girls and bawdy boob humor I like to play once in a while.  I know the ladies have quite a few options geared towards them these days too, especially in the visual novel/dating sim world, which is fine.  People can debate the humor itself which will always be subjective, but it just rankles me to no end how a certain element out there just wants to outright drive these games off the shelves in the interest of having everything be just like Dark Souls or whatever other "hardcore" experience is popular at the moment.  Having variety is what makes life interesting. 

For what it's worth, I dislike Dark Souls and love games like Atelier, Trails in the Sky, etc. I also enjoy dark thematic material like in Shin Megami Tensei, Silent Hill, Valkyrie Profile, and so on. By no means do I want Conception to be "off the shelves," either, because I respect that it appeals to a particular crowd. My disdain for the humor may indeed be subjective, but I don't think you can deny that it's incredibly fixated on repeating the same type of joke over and over.

Also, it's not a very fun game. That's the most important thing I tried to drive home with my review. :)
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