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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: Today at 02:43:20 AM
At this point I think even Keiji would've screwed the pooch with MML3. He has too much emotional investment in the project, and he comes off as the kind of guy who needs to be reigned in rather than being left to his own devices, much like George Lucas...

Well, speak of the Devil...

I am so conflicted on this game.  MML is one of my favorite games of all time so on one hand I want to see more of the Megaman Legends style and gameplay.  On the other hand I really want to see a conclusion to Legends(which is never happening now).  This may be the best we get though so I am still really hyped for it. 

Watch it start as our hero in some kind of moon base that he has to somehow get down to earth from, preferably with help from that girl in the blue cap, her recently on-truce rival who's also some kind of sky pirate and a dancing penguin that used to be a dancing monkey before he got remodeled off-screen.

oh man, if it does I'll fucking die, the abrupt set-up would be like skipping straight to the punch-line of a joke haha
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: Today at 12:06:43 AM
Hey everyone! I've had a bit of a "way too much because I'm moving to Japan" going on-- it is totally my fault that the episodes are delayed. But know that both 2-2 and 2-3 are recorded and comign VERY soon, and the 3-series should be on time as usual.


Fix it by helping me translate the FF9 artbook, you fiend*....  *which if I'm not mistaken is FFX terminology and therefore on-topic

But congratulations to all your recent success and future, you're awesome super-duper and all that bizz-nass.
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice Plays FFIX on: July 02, 2015, 11:49:17 PM
I don't think it's fair to talk about Eiko without sharing how you choose to pronounce her name. When I first played, I pronounced it EE-KO, but after I heard others pronounce it AY-KO, I decided that sounded better and now I pronounce it in a way that sounds like "Echo" with a Y after the E (So, sort of UH-Y-KO) I guess

Also, I noticed looking through the Final Fantasy IX artbook (Do you own that one, Dice? It's honestly my favorite artbook ever) that it was Iifa tree and smugly shared this with my friends who still thought it was Lifa.

Speaking of which, a bit embarrassing to admit, but after playing FFIX I started writing a fanfic (didn't get very far before quitting, this IS me we're talking about) about the origin of the Iifa Tree an the history of Terra. Honestly, as well as Square has handled prequels in the past, I wouldn't mind them doing one for this game.

EDIT: OH!! And am I the only one that thought for the longest time that Amarant had some kind of beak thing instead of a mouth and beard?

Yeah I keep flip-flopping on Eiko...Eeeko... Ay-ko....bah.  I keep forgetting to check the Katakana.  But I just did and I think it's "Echo", which..yeah definitely is pleasant!

The FF9 artbook is SO good but SO underloved.  I love that Udon has been getting game/anime artbooks to us overseas and translating the interviews and little teeny-tiny art footnotes.  The FF9 book is so damn beautiful but I feel like I'm "missing details" since it's all in Japanese.  I should hunt down Taelus and work on a scanlation with him.  I got it at Chapters (Canadian ver. of 'Barnes&Noble') for like $20 used.... I so happy...

We need that fanfiction.

I saw Amarant for the mouth and the beard (I think he looks super cool) but I STILL DO have a tendency to "see things" in sprites that arren't actually what they are.  A particular popularly one:

It's easy to swoon over fantasy romances, I think Tidus and Yuna have a much more 'magical' love story where love-at-first-sight bonds them, a connection makes them inseparable, and then they share some smooches at Make Out Lake Under the Magical Moonlight

With Kimahri watching, that furvert! 


xD  I gigg'd

EDIT: OH!! And am I the only one that thought for the longest time that Amarant had some kind of beak thing instead of a mouth and beard?

Nope. For the longest time I couldn't figure out his face. Maybe a bit of poor character design or 3D modeling work on Square's part. I really liked Amarant at first, but I just wish he had more presence in the game. He never really becomes a friend to my knowledge. He mostly just stays as an outsider. The only exception I can think of to that is the "You're Not Alone" sequence, but it has been so long since I played FFIX that I don't remember much about that aside from the cool music.

I think he has "enough" presence, and I think that works for him.  I definitely don't like how a big piece of his backstory is left to an ATE (where Zidane frames him for theft), but amongst everything else happening I can see why FF9 didn't take the time for "character 'main-quests'" like FF7 did during the world tour on Disc 1.  That said, I do find it a small flaw; the game focuses on some really spectacular scenes and has some of the most beautifully crafted areas, and characters, and details, but it really picks and chooses which; I feel certain things get more focus than needed and some not enough.  But that's kinda nit-picking since everything else is pretty brilliant.

I'm looking forward to the big 'You're Not Alone sequence".  Disc 3 [of 4!!] finally has the whole party together.

Man, I've forgotten so much about this game... Thanks for the extra details! It's cool how likeable and interesting the characters come out to be. This journal really makes me want to play it again.

Aw thanks Natros.  And my pleasure, give it a play again, I highly highly recommend ti and we can geek out about it together!
4  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Inafune's latest project The Mighty No.9 looks Mega Rocking, man. on: July 02, 2015, 11:06:57 PM
I enjoyed the first MML well enough, but the second was a 'rent and beat in one sitting' type of affair for me and like 99.999999999999% of the world's population, I never got a chance to play Misadventures of Tron Bonne.

To me, MML was effectively what N64's Metroid game would've been like had such a thing ever existed (just with more caves/dungeons and less hospital donations, fishing through trash cans for weapon parts and kicking cans over bakery counters). So this is kind of a just 'whatever' sort of thing for me at this point.

I almost feel privledged to have got it... the title drew me in, it was funny.

I love MML for being the weird fucking RPG-meets-megaman I've always wanted since I suck/don't have the patience for real megaman games.  I liked jumping around that stupid town and blowing shit up.  The story made barely any sense (i'm looking at MML2 more here).

Anyways... has no one mentioned how that chick is like..."Old-school Capcom Black" (ie; GREY)?

I'd probably be more in for this than MN9 funny enough...even though the Red Ash cast kinda looks like a knock-off of Megaman Legends...hah.  Good to see Inafune giving us a successor to look forward to.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 02, 2015, 02:10:04 PM
Sorry it's a Neogaf post, but a lot of teasing (and 'decoding') for a new Aksys game --- the hot speculation is that it's, finally, Zero Escape 3 news.  Even if it ain't, Aksys usually has something good in store for us.

6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 02, 2015, 12:53:40 PM
^ xD  Thanks for trying to look at Canadian pricing though

I think the more important question is if they fixed any parts of Zesty or is it a straight port?
But honestly, my love for Tales games makes me stupid happy that the older titles are finding a home on Steam!

EDIT: http://blog.talesofgame.com/en/japan-expo-zestiria-collectors-edition-revealed-pre-order-bonus-symphonia-for-pc-and-more/
More on the standard/collector's editions which fortunately mention that Alisha Chapter and bonus Mystic Artes as Free DLC.

7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 01, 2015, 11:56:41 PM

Also Dice, just to be sure, what did you mean exactly by "most hardcore fans argue he stays a male"? Where does your statistic (in quantity I mean) of fans comes from?

Of course, my bad, let me go do a study and consult all of North America and Asia to verify their degree of Zelda-fandom-ism and cross reference it with whether they'd like Lonk to be a male or she-male.

Here's a not-terrible video, by someone, talking about it. with over 100k views, and a dis/like counter that tells stuff too: https://youtu.be/rB6ucVBOfCQ
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 01, 2015, 09:51:02 PM
This is why I don't understand your "If people interpret what I say as offensive, that's their problem" attitude when you go around saying things like that. Just outright insulting people or groups of people.

lol, Dude please. You can get as annoyed as you want and act as a white knight as much as you want for having stated what many are aware of with fans of Zelda for years (if not ever).

You're kinda just reifying his point.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 01, 2015, 08:30:44 PM
Of course you disagree. Zelda fans are a lost cause anyway. ~_~

Most hardcore fans argue he stays a male, so... I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place I guess.
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 01, 2015, 08:19:38 PM
Honestly the sheer length of some fights (even easy ones) are why I tend to avoid SRPGs.  And not really because I even hate these sorts of games, just it gets hard to fit them in.

I remember getting way too wrapped up in FFTA and one day just dropping it all together; the game took to long and the laws pissed me off (but I was still 'enjoying it')
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 01, 2015, 08:16:20 PM
Thinking that Link is merely an avatar is selling short the kind of status and importance he has. And in order for a female Link to be meaningful everything around her has to change as well. Just offering a change of gender is too shallow when it presents unique challenges to make that into a different adventure with a Link with a different flavor than you bread and butter Link.

bread and butter Link.


That's actually really impressive...and delicious looking!

What if Link is female but a female in disguise and it's going to be this big reveal in-game ala the original Metroid and Nintendo's intentionally misleading everyone so that it has more impact and I just ruined the surprise*?

Also Capcom would probably fuck MML3 up to a heroic degree if they revived it :( Like it'd be a droidpod exclusive and everything would be DLC.
At this point I think even Keiji would've screwed the pooch with MML3. He has too much emotional investment in the project, and he comes off as the kind of guy who needs to be reigned in rather than being left to his own devices, much like George Lucas...

Yeah it'd probably get ruined.  And Mick's point about George Lucas struck as well. xD
I am curious if Mghty Number 9 is going to be the big success as is, videos haven't looked terribly promising besides "Megaman but 'Mightier'".

Being honest I did get a big "thinky" with the whole Shenmue III going to Kickstarter... I really hope this doesn't start a chain of events where consumers are literally paying for the games they want before they can even have it.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 01, 2015, 03:16:09 PM

URL says a lot of the story....  So guys, what do complain about enough to get revived next? 
Reaaaallly wouldn't mind Megaman Legends 3. :D
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: July 01, 2015, 02:42:06 PM
The way they expanded from what even Awakening offered I'm sure plays well into that.  Being in tune with "what sells" and the addition of new ideas really seem to be helping it.

...that and I'm sure a fair number of peeps double-dipped to get both titles; you see that quite a bit with Pokemon releases.
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 01, 2015, 02:36:05 PM
Left Behind is on instant streaming on Netflix...

dear god so bad it's good.

Kirk Cameron or Nicolas Cage?

...would it make much difference?
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 01, 2015, 02:35:10 PM
Making the whole deal yet another edition of the war of the representation of genders is honestly more weird and unsettling.

If you missed it I posted an IGN interview the page before that addressed this. 
I don't care if the game has all guys, it's the Zelda series, it just seems to happen; but when a poorly-worded and unthoughtful PR statement comes out explicitly stating that "men come together to solve problems" (somehow as an answer to why females can't be in the game), then I get a little annoyed.  Literally saying "it was a developmental thing, we wanted the same character like in Four Swords" works better than what was said. 

And in general with "player avatars" (ie not a character-character) I do like having a male/female option... and many games do this anyways, so I think that's why the Zelda series is the "hot topic" for it and why the debate whether Link is a character or a player avatar.
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