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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 31, 2015, 12:13:49 PM

So cool!  I feel a little more connected to our fellow Neal than usual.  Great job!  I've always wondered this with any audiobook, and now is no better time than ever to ask, do you ever get tired reading so much?  Or how long does it take?
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 31, 2015, 02:04:26 AM
My two most recent audiobook narrations just went to retail on Audible and Amazon.  Yay! 

You should be prouder and LINK US TO THEM. >:(

Survived the first month of moving into my new flat with my new boyfriend :P

We ran out of money two days ago, and the power ran out this morning. We sold glass bottles and scrambled for receipts to take back whatever groceries we weren't using that we could get money back for so we could pay the electricty bill. Two more days and we will have money again. :P7

Geez. :(
I can ship Canadian delicacies out your way if you are ever in a pinch like that again.  Included, but not limited to, pizza, french fries, thirty cheese omelette, kimchi, Jamaican beef patty, borscht, figs, Mc Happy Meals, and olives.
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: July 30, 2015, 05:09:13 PM
I own Last Story. Let my old roommate "borrow" it.  Never saw it again.  I don't keep in touch regularly so I am always afraid to contact him just to say "give me my stuff back".

I have his copy of Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo", though, so... I guess I can't judge.

I really wanted to get into that game but something didn't 'click'.  I wish I gave it a second try but I traded it in... Kept the artbook at least! :D
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: July 30, 2015, 04:32:39 PM

Cloud's going to be a little shit again, isn't he?

Quick, someone kidnap Nomura and hold him hostage till the game is out.

Again, I welcome change, but I think AC inspiration is a terrible direction to take.  Eugh, whatever, at the very least hopefully the Gackt-like characterizations are kept to a minimum.  I'm def curious about the combat changes; I have faith in that.  And I still get tingly thinking about HD FF7 locations. 
5  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: July 30, 2015, 03:26:19 PM
Lloyd, Honey Bear and the Flying Man as costumes for Smash!!!
...I just wish I cared more about costumes in Smash...or about Smash since a lot of my buds haven't had the time to play and get together...in months. :(
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 30, 2015, 12:39:28 PM
Kotori.  I know nothing about Love Live (besides everyone else raving about it), but I thought that figure was drop-dead gorgeous even without any sort of reference point.

All you need to know about Love Live is that Maki is best girl.

Yeah same thing here.  Dunno the character, love the design :O

Edit: Oh: The Tetsuya Nomura version of Hatsune Miku is up for pre-order if anyone cares.  I think I actually like it more than the CG version it's based on since it gave her an actual chin and made her irises darker (ie; it veers away from the uncanny valley).... But ... I can't be the only one who would rather see a nice un-poseable statue than the 'action figures' with the knobby joints, am I? 

Also A nice Ocelot figure (PAKai) is up too!
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A rant OR what bugs me about Nintendo on: July 29, 2015, 09:58:41 PM
If there is one thing Nintendo has taught me in recent years, it's don't buy their consoles on launch.

I think that's part of why the WiiU failed to whatever extent. :P
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: July 28, 2015, 11:42:11 PM
Holy shit..... holy shiiiiit.  Could not, I'd be pissing myself the whole way down, but how was it?
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: July 28, 2015, 11:38:23 PM
Sense8 restores all faith in the Wachowski's and is cocreated by the guy that did Babylon 5! Beautiful show!

Sense8 is so totally sloppy and slippery and hammy in parts, but the novel-ness of the idea really triumphed for it in the end I think.

I love you but I'm going to have to ask you to be more specific.

It's a fantastic season of TV. My only complaint is that they don't advance the story all that quickly, they spend a lot of time developing the past of the characters.

Some of the dialogue is super hammy, specifically when talking about how great and intimate being a sensate is.
A cool idea and I liked the pay-off but some of the scenes are ridiculous; specifically the birth montage is a bit much even though it plays out in a unique way; and the sensate orgy was ridiculous, I thought the "What's Going On?" bit was more tasteful and less ...bizarre.
The pacing is ok.  I think the show does the best it does with its premise, so it can't bring all the characters together that well.
It's a slow burn, the first few episodes are pretty slow that I'm not surprised a few people have trouble keeping it up.  When it does pick up it's great of course.
The action is pretty sparse.  Granted I do think it's one of those cases where you appreciated it more when it finally *does* happen.

I liked it, a LOT, but I can't say it's a 'perfect run' of episodes, thats all. :P

Anyways, Rick and Morty starts its second season SUPER strong.  This show was sorely missed and I'm happy it's back.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: tri-Ace's latest is not-Valkyrie Profile (Exist Archive) on: July 28, 2015, 03:28:48 PM
I'm interested in the dual setting they talk about- modern day Tokyo and that Protolexa world. 

You've heard it here first folks. The first 30 minutes will be set in Tokyo and the rest will be in generic swords and sorcery anime JRPG land. :V

At least their blue hair and glowing eyes I guess.

Well.... given the state of things and all the good series' of the PS2 yesteryear being killed, I'm happy the "VP style" lives in some form.  Valkyrie Profile is a Top 10-er for me, so I'll take what I can get.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A rant OR what bugs me about Nintendo on: July 28, 2015, 03:26:31 PM
The lack of a joint account is a bunch of bullshit too.  I got THREE 3DS dammit. >:(

I'd give up a nipple to get Kid Icarus playing on the TV (and ideally not played with stylus).

Oh, btw Nintendo TV is being shut down...whatever that was.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4 and 3DS on: July 28, 2015, 03:07:15 PM
So nobody's going to comment on Trunk's sister being the hero this time around? Dude looks like a lady (though honestly speaking, I could actually believe it given Toriyama's artstyle and the fact that there's some serious androgyny going down in that pic; if it weren't for the fact that this is a DQ game we're talking about, I might not even be able to make a call here).

It looks like Trunks but with the colours switched between clothes and hair.

Even though Toriyama is one of the WORST artistic offenders for same-face, his designs are pretty unique and interesting IMO.

I'm, as usual, not really interested in the game, but goddamn I have no problem looking at JRPG ventures into the Land of PS4.  Beautiful looking stuff.

EDIT: and honest to god I wish more games had a jump command, needed or not.  I LOVE TO FUCKING JUMP.


13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 28, 2015, 01:36:53 PM
Need the help of Dice and anyone else who wants to chime in! I'm deciding to let my credit card cry a bit and get myself a house warming gift in the form of a Love Live figure, but I'm having trouble deciding between two:

Option A
Option B

I love the colors in Option A, but it would also be nice to finally have something in my collection that wasn't so... fleshy.

If it was me, I'd go for the Kotori one since I think she's cuter than Honoka.  But that's just me.  I like Umi, Rin, and Maki myself.  (I play too much School Idol Festival on my iPad.  By the way, do you play?  If so, let's exchange friend codes.  I have Annubis and Kevadu, but that's it for 'Fanners.) 

And great pics, jawsh.  Epic ride is epic ride.  Did you ride your Surly?  I can't remember if you said you snagged a new machine or not. 

Kotori.  I know nothing about Love Live (besides everyone else raving about it), but I thought that figure was drop-dead gorgeous without even knowing what she was from or without any sort of reference point for the series.
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: July 28, 2015, 02:34:11 AM
Sense8 restores all faith in the Wachowski's and is cocreated by the guy that did Babylon 5! Beautiful show!

Sense8 is so totally sloppy and slippery and hammy in parts, but the novel-ness of the idea really triumphed for it in the end I think.

Rick and Morty seasons 2 started this evening.

Show didn't skip a beat, great to see it back.

Best episode title yet, btw.

Arrghh can't wait to watch it, we've waited so long for this....!!!!

Steven Universe just gets better as it goes on. :D

I rewatched the first few eps of Steven Universe and truly the old mould of the show is nothing like it is now.
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: Klutz64 Stumbles Through Persona 3 FES on: July 28, 2015, 02:31:56 AM
I apologize for this taking so long. Moving sucks.... ... ...and Rocket League is kind of awesome.

What!? ...Your Persona is Evolving!

>Another full moon, another easy boss battle. Though it did manage to kill me the first time at the very end thanks to one of those "Fuck You" roulette that Fortune uses near the end of the battle. Second try I managed to knock it down and finish it off before it even had a chance to use them.

> I'm astonished I had forgotten about Shinjiro's death. Not even a momentary lapse of memory, it had completely vanished from my memory of the game. In a way it was nice because the scene genuinely came as a surprise to me.  This was literally what was going on in my head during the scene:
    "Wow, I forgot Strega gets involved here."
    "The group can get here and interject at any time."
    "Well good. For a minute there, I thought I had misremembered--"
    "Wait. Wait! What's going on. Why don't I remember--"
    "WHAAAAT!? But that's not-- He doesn't--- Is he really--"
    "Holy shit! How did I forget that!?"

> It is a weird death that probably doesn't have as much of an emotional impact as the creators probably wanted. I mean, Shinji is no Aeris. He's just a side character with no story beyond being mysterious and having some connection with Akihiko until about a month before he kicks the bucket, and even then doesn't have much of a contribution beyond motivating Ken into psychopath mode.

> Ken's emotional flip-flopping before, during, and after the event really is kind of disturbing. Then again, most things about Ken are disturbing when he shares an uncanny resemblance to the Big Boy restaurant mascot. But honestly, some of the things he says just make my jaw drop. For one, I don't think suicidal thoughts are a normal part of grief, most definitely not for a grade schooler. Kid's just messed up.

> Month is not conducive to exploring Tartarus, that's for sure. Luckily at this point I can get to the barrier on the very first visit and then just spend the rest of the time grinding for levels and yen. But I'm a little behind now because I never ran into the Request Katana for this particular area. I'll have to go back when I've gained a few levels and can just run through the floors without any encounters.

> Finished more social links, including:
     Tanaka: "Hi! I'm a douchey Japanese businessman. Would you also like to be a douchey Japanese businessman? You shouldn't be a douchey Japanese businessman." The end.
     Chihiro: Glad I did this one. Probably the second most compelling Social Link in the game, going in a totally different direction than it initially seems to.
     Sports Team: "Ow my knee! It's okay, I'll ignore it. No I won't." The end.

> Gah! Why doesn't anyone go to the principal to report that Edogawa is teaching utter bullshit to the students? Why is the school medic even substituting at all? I do like Atlus' clever little back-patting though:
When talking about summoning magic, he mentions you can see it a lot in books, movies, and "better video games."

> "Fuck you, Mitsuru! What is this, a deck of cards!? Narukami's uncle gives him cash for doing well on exams. C-A-S-H!!"

By the way, I haven't played Pokemon in forever, so if my reference in the subtitle is off, please let me know.

All the best during the move.

Yeah, I remember liking Ken's design and Persona a whole lot when I first saw him.  I'm oddly a sucker for an orange/yellow colour scheme (it's rarely used in favour of the red/blue styles instead and it's so brilliant looking...!!), plus he looked surprisingly mature and confident.  But yeah, he's....so goddamn weird and my initial impressions were quite wrong.  He kinda killed what I liked about him since I didn't really get the idea they were going with him.  I mean, it sucks that his mum's dead, but do young kids really dance around the idea of suicide or should Freud be psychoanalyzing this young man?

My memory of the game is fuzzy, but it's odd you're able to capture a lot of the feelings I distinctly remember having.  Indeed, Shinji felt like a critical B-plot, or the "warm-up" before the big finale starts gearing up... but he's kinda forgotten.  I remember my ears perking up when I heard Shinji was part of the female protagonists path and I thought that was a crazy good idea and made me wanna pick up the game to take on a new route for the game (and, generally, just to replay the classic title). Bah, maybe one day.

In general while I loved the character drama in Persona 3, I feel like only half the cast actually felt like real students you would actually see.  Akihiko feels more like an adult, Mitsuru might as well be a 35 year old CEO, Ken clearly needs to be heavily medicated on some cocktail of neurotransmitters, and Aigis (as much as I adore almost everthing about her) is a complicated femme-bot ushered into an already 'out there' storyline.  I guess I feel better about the story when I don't think too hard on it, for the most part I love when RPGs try and, in this case and a number of others, succeed in using a real world setting.  I do think part of that is the sort of complicated with how the day structure works in the game to keep creating unique events and making a "realistic" grieving period for characters and how they respond... so, I guess i'll give them the benefit of the doubt here.

The rest though: Yukari was a good snobby/sweet girly-girl who's popular in highschool, Junpei plays "the bff" very well, Fuuka works well as the bullied girl who dudn't deserve it, and....yeah.  I believe Persona 4 hit an altogether 'tighter' cast that generally felt like they worked together better.

Anyways, my favorite character is Koromaru, I always made sure to talk to him.
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