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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: Today at 02:31:19 AM

Jim Sterling on "Re-Animators" (I'm having a shit time trying to 'write up' something, so I'll just post the video description):

The age of the re-animators is here. Game genres previously thought "dead" by so-called AAA publishers are getting their revival thanks to the crowdfunding efforts of such projects as Pillars of Eternity, Yooka-Laylee, and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

The big-budget world has made the message quite clear - it neither wants nor needs creative, passionate developers anymore. It would rather clone Clash of Clans and Call of Duty all day. Fine. Creative, passionate developers don't need the big-budget world either.

What you all think?
I definitely think the Trip-A mindset is flawed and not working, and games expecting 5 million in sales are just outrageous...  And I do like the idea of developers making what they want, especially if it means some harking back to olde-school titles that worked (Yooka-Laylee, Might No9, Bloodstained Ritual, etc.).

Hmm.  I like Sterling (though I know he's not popular in all circles) and the vid got me thinking.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 25, 2015, 01:57:06 AM
At least for when we were all 13.

Honestly, this 'aspect' you're hitting on here could be a whole new topic.
I thought Wind Waker was hard [when it came out].
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: Klutz64 Stumbles Through Persona 3 FES on: May 24, 2015, 08:51:16 PM
(I wish I remembered this game/was better at it to discuss it more).


I actually really wanna do a replay of the Portable version to get some Fem-Hero action going on (I love her design times-a-billion more than the fella)
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: May 24, 2015, 08:45:41 PM
I get the feeling the designer/programmer who created Rose's special attacks was either sexually frustrated, really kinky, or both. 

I've lol'd at the last two messages. xD

Oh and this one

The period one, called Demon's Gate

5  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: May 24, 2015, 01:28:47 PM
And you have to love Rose's special attacks, particularly the one where she emits a healing beam from her crotch and the one that starts with her dripping period blood.  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3vvw42jvxUs

This is frighteningly (and hilariously) accurate xS
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: May 23, 2015, 12:13:23 AM
Animator's love letter to Miyazaki (creating a short animation that is a lovely hodge-podge of stuff you'd see in his film, including gooey monsters, pretty nature scenery, "hair flairing", and fancy fantasy-tribal-esque outfits)

Game of Thrones: The Musical (ft Coldplay and half[?] of the main[?!] cast).  Amazing stuff.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 20, 2015, 11:26:50 PM

It holds dear in my heart but I never finished the game - shame really I know :(

Hey you and me both, avatar-wise

8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: May 20, 2015, 11:14:04 PM
Does anyone else think the Tales team needs to split up into two teams again? Or is it just that Hideo Baba sucks?

Hm yeah.  I'd agree to that.
Or they're just on a really unlucky streak with Xillia and, going by reactions, Zesty... 

I finally started English Tales of Hearts R. I wasn't mistaken, this game is definitely better than Xillia. It's formulaic, but I'm enjoying it way more than Xillia, which felt painfully perfunctory and rushed.

Also played some Graces F for the first time, and I like that, too. I hear the cast is awful, but I'll be damned if the area design isn't more interesting than Xillia.

Basically I really don't like Xillia.

I liked Hearts for its cast, but I still found it a pretty lazy port; the return to generic 3D battle system is a bit of a shame.  I've said it before, but I think ToH had more going for it as a NDS game than it did as a more "advanced" Vita game.  Still, good for a roll around, and it definitely "felt better" than whatever the fuck went on in Xillia, a series I feel a ton of hate (but still just a wee lil' smidgen of 'love' for... mostly in the form of Alvin and Leia).

Oh, and talk to the animals.  Talk to all the animals.  They're pretty funny.

And Taelus, for real, just about *anything* has a better layout design than Xillia.  That poor excuse for a 'world map' was even worse to travel through than FF13's ultra-linear corridor gaming since at least the sights changed.  But I think I've said enough about why I've really disliked Xillia over the years.
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 20, 2015, 12:22:18 AM
In seriousness, I'm actually starting to enjoy this game more than I did when I first started...

And it begins!
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 19, 2015, 09:41:54 PM

I'm sorry, did you mean this guy?

This way into the hall of facetiousness if you please.
I feel bad cuz now I'm almost singling you out timmyfdEPRRSSING, but Beatrix blows. Hated dat bitch and her funky ass music.

Objectively speaking, you are wrong.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 19, 2015, 07:19:24 PM
I can save you time on that one. Beatrix wins!

I'm sorry, did you mean this guy?

Def one of the occasions where him not joining -- even in the Director's Cut/International Edition -- just makes my head hurt to think about.
12  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 19, 2015, 06:39:07 PM
Ex Machina

spoiler warning

Hmm.  Same writer as the guy who did Sunshine, Odyssey (the PS3 game), 28 Days Later, and a few others... it kinda shows, the plot style is sort of the same, where it has a plot twist that isn't really M Night Shyamalan levels of bad but... sort-of genre/plot-changing. 

= The stuff with the AI is well done.  Hell, I admire Nathan as a robot "artist" for even giving his fembots AIs unique breasts and everything!  Alright, I'm being facetious here... Still, I thought the visuals were very effective and the tone and mood are well developed. 

= Best part
Caleb: You tore up her picture.
Nathan: I'm gonna tear up the fuckin' dance floor, dude. Check it out!!

= I do like the sort of moral ambiguity in this film.  I really don't know who's good or bad.  I think the film sets up Nathan as a "bad guy" effectively... I mean, he's an obnoxious drunk, but to say he treats the AIs poorly feels more like the 'darker side' of what he's simply experimenting with, a necessary evil in a way that Eva unfortunately got too smart for it.  But I didn't see him as "the bad guy". 
I saw Caleb as a bit of a sucker though, and unfortunately despite being a pretty good guy he really gets nothing out of this... the exact opposite in fact (and probably my least favourite 'cliff hanger').

= I liked the ideas of consciousness and the chess game at hand between the player's staying ahead of each other (and I like these film's with small casts really engaging with each other).  I was pretty involved during the 'sessions' Caleb has with Eva!  I dug it!  But then...

= Bah.  Eva.  A great character but by this point I think it would be more interesting to see an AI film that doesn't have them going nuts --- Eva is a failure whose lack of empathy just makes little sense even despite the situation (it just feels too hollow and her machinations all too evil, even abandoning "comrades" for freedom).  The movie never says it like that (it'd be great if it did, it'd make her look less like a conscious-minded back-stabbing asshole), so I guess we assume she is just a "bad robo".  I think a "plea" for freedom might have been better.

At least the 2013 AI film "Her" makes this examination of synthetic intelligence under a new context and light and follow through with a different plot direction (murder-free!).  Ex Machina was, in a way, predictable and contrived, and dropped its relationship sub-plot with Caleb entirely for a more predictable one about freedom (whereas 'Her' kept me guessing).  Or similarly, I think one reason "I, Robot" (with Will Smith) has held up at all is thanks to its excellent supporting character Sunny, a subversion to an otherwise trope-y sci-fi film.  And finally I appreciate Quantic Dream's "Kara" tech demo similarly set up a TON of depth (for its 7 minute length) and a similar idea in a much more effective and unique way.

I liked this film but it never pushed the envelope into it's original direction but went with a change of pace and style that altered the mood.  The film sets up great character dynamics but cuts them short of something truly unique and settles on a somewhat unsatisfying ending; as I stated in the last point, the idea has been done in much more unique ways that didn't resort to homicide and deception as the answer and "proof" of robotic intelligence, or maybe my reading of the film is way off.... I suspect many will like it anyways.

7 Fembots /10 for a first go but I think another viewing would lower that.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 19, 2015, 11:36:51 AM
I liked Quest 64 =(
There was something 'cute' about its simplicity.

For its time some of the location were outstanding (the crystal place, secret desert palace, and the towns were huge and complicated, etc.). 
Unfortunately the battle system is absolutely backwards (MAGIC...but you'll only use Earth and Water elements) and nothing really makes sense.  I actually don't think the game has a single cutscene, it's just assholes talking to you from time to time.


10. Radiant Historia
9. Ys Origin
8. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
7. Xenosaga III
6. Live a Live
5. Skies of Arcadia
4. Tales of the Abyss
3. Baten Kaitos Origins
2. Shadow Hearts: Covenant
1. Xenogears


(Edited immediately because I forgot about Baten Kaitos Origins for a moment!)

ooo sexy choices
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 19, 2015, 12:06:39 AM
(but seriously, I love RPGFan features, I can't wait for this one and you should do these more of all fun types like towns n bosses n superbosses n tracks n shit).

Next feature!
NPCs that should have been PCs.

*gasp!*  Yes... <3

A little very off-topic, but I always like that about House MD.  For the most part, character's like House are so often the 'supporting character' and not the starring one.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 18, 2015, 11:55:38 PM
This is quite a coincidence - we're currently putting together a new feature for the site where each editor writes about their all-time favourite RPGs. Stay tuned!


(but seriously, I love RPGFan features, I can't wait for this one and you should do these more of all fun types like towns n bosses n superbosses n tracks n shit).
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