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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: Today at 01:58:42 AM
New Tekken 7 Character Kazumi....Literally has a 'tiger uppercut'.

certainly better than lucky chloe
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: May 27, 2015, 10:49:01 AM

URL made me giggle, but hot damn!  What a night!  And about time!
3  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 27, 2015, 12:47:33 AM
Hibike Euphonium ep.7
Holy yuri, Batman!

Now they really need to ship those two together.
You just can't back away from that.

Is the show good?

I won't lie I might have to buy a figure of MC even if it isn't... I'd love a fig of girl a musical horn. :D
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: May 26, 2015, 09:09:00 PM

URL says it all, and my implication of it being at E3, a Stateside release is expected.
I wonder if they'll SO4 and give us a new UI. :P

Also saw this floating around:
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 26, 2015, 05:37:52 PM
I absolutely agree. It's the same reason I don't play a chunk of the of the turn-based RPGs released these days. If it's average turn-based combat, it's something IV"e seen a million times. The game excels in other areas, so I wish I didn't have to slog through the fights to get to the part I'm really interested in.

I remember at least 'liking' the TitS battle system (so like that 6/10 range where it passes but just) for at least having that small SRPG like component and effective differentiation between the Arts and Crafts.  For the most part though, and in large part of why I tend to avoid/dislike the DQ series, is because of that hardcore traditional turn-based being much to slow and generally unoriginal.  The only 'traditional' gameplay I've liked is the SMT series and FFX (for its speed, even drawing up the command menu during the previous character's attack)...  then there's also the 'less traditional turn-based' like Radiant Historia which completely flipped turn-based on its head (and for the better) or Earthbound 3 for its rolling meter HP and rhythmic battle mechanics.

The amount of nitpicking in the Podcast can be somewhat irritating or sometimes goes on a little long (but I think this is an ethos of most criticism, or one especially found in gaming commentary), but I can understand if the game isn't everyone's speed (literally?); but it is interesting to see how some opinions have definitely changed after the prologue and first chapter (I think even hardcore fans would agree on that count though).

Great to hear reactions, laughs, insights, Oliver being awesome, the pronunciation of "Nial", and so on.  And yeah, the music. :D
Great podcast

6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 26, 2015, 05:18:55 PM
There were a bunch of games I got up early for so I could play them before school. Ocarina of Time....

One of my "playing hooky" memories was when I skipped school to play Ocarina of Time in our cozy renovated basement with the morning sunlight pouring in and with 'not giving a damn' on the schedule that day.

... That was a good day
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 26, 2015, 05:17:05 PM
Supergirl (pilot)

A series clearly made with women in mind...  A lady at a diner remarks:
"Can you believe it? A female superhero!  Finally someone for my daughter to look up to".

Kind of agree with the criticism of this, though. That the series is too quick to constantly pat itself on the back for being the "Superhero show for ladies." I mean good for it for nailing that much needed niche, but it really doesn't have to constantly tell the viewers how they're supposed to be reacting to it.

I agree and disagree.  Yeah the quote comes off as very unabashed and transparent.  But given the wrongful assumption that the superhero genre is more or mostly "for the boys" and, in an extremely ideal scenario, this could be one of the first big shows with a leading (ie; not supporting) super lady.  And going off one episode, the first one at that, I really don't think it's enough to judge 'Supergirl' as super-girly and needing to hammer it in. 

But hell, by comparison, The Unbreakiable Kimmy Schmidt has the line "females are strong as hell" repeated in the opening.  If a show wants to tout its strong leading ladies, I support it since the entertainment industry is and has been widely male-dominated and (according to many actresses) largely sexist.
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 26, 2015, 02:56:28 PM
Is it me, or do modern television series just love to depress the hell out of the viewers?

I can easily say I'm loving TV much more than being a "movie buff" these days.  Love reading your reactions to Cordon, at least it gets me excited for a US version

Season finale of the flash...


Man tears...


Yeah, well done, and a great first season to a somewhat 'mid-tier superhero' like The Flash (at least, that's how I feel about him).  The drama, tension, and sense of action were always turned up.  I look forward to a second season, and that season finale plot twist (aka the death of a certain character) was unexpected and well done.  Hot dang.


Grace and Frankie (Season 1)

Netflix is on a role with in-house programming, and Grace and Frankie is right up there too.  The series is a *perfect* "dramedy", a nice combination of light humour and some serious romantic/dramatic elements.
The show is about two hetero couples in their 'golden years' only for the two husbands to come out as gay... for each other.
A premise like this practically writes itself, but the material is handled very well.  For one, no jokes are made at the expense of homosexuals and relies on other material for its ha-has.  But the dramatic elements are surprisingly deep as it does look into both Grace and Frankie's lives after being 'dumped' 40 years into marriage, 20 in which their husbands were 'sneaking around'.  But the show examines with how they dealt with their feelings and even fought against them for the sake of their marriage and denying their consciousness (like how a "straight man" could possibly be interested in a man), as well as what would eventually led up to their inevitably difficult and hurtful 'coming out' which leaves the ladies angry, confused, and frankly quite jilted.

It's great too because it also demonstrates how their families work into this and deal with it, how the starring ladies "move on" (and yeah the idea of dating in the "golden years"), trying to get life back together, but also the residual connection between the couples ---- you don't stay married for 40 years and *immediately* cut your ex-spouse out of your life, there's going to be a bumpy road ahead.

Brianna wins for best character though.  But Coyote (yeah, that's a person's name) and the other sister barely registered even when the show tries to make you care.... I hate when that happens, worse is when it feels deliberately shoe-horned in for added drama.
Still, recommended. A great premise and a pretty entertaining series if you need something to pick up.

Oh, and holy fuck I need that beach house (or that other house with the bevelled roof).

Supergirl (pilot)

A series clearly made with women in mind...  A lady at a diner remarks:
"Can you believe it? A female superhero!  Finally someone for my daughter to look up to".

Amen.  The pilot has some of that "pilot awkward" of characters trying to fit the mould and tries to cover a lot of ground in its first episode, but for the most part it looks great, it's well cast, and has a fun atmosphere going for it.  Me, like many others have pointed out, don't like the almost too-lined up "Devil Wears Prada" vibe at the beginning, and certain parts feel a bit too much like "Superman but not" (like working a shitty job by day, kicking ass by night), but I do like how SG is conscious of her superhero-ness from the get-go than having to really work up to it (like Superman having the Smallville TV series, Daredevil only getting his monicker by the end of the season, or having yet another bunch of actors for Spiderman and the Fantastic 4 to 'reboot' the series). 
By the halfway point of episode 1, Kara is already donning her red and blues and finding her true colours.

While the serious and action segments work well, I think it's important to draw attention to Supergirl herself.  Melissa Benoist is equal parts adorable, goofy, and wonderfully confident to be the 'Supergirl' the show needs to create a less melodramatic hero (oh lord this happens way too often in the Marvel/DC cinematic universe), but still appropriately vulnerable when need be.

I do like the direction so far, and hope to see more as the characters get more and more comfortable in their roles.
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: Klutz64 Stumbles Through Persona 3 FES on: May 26, 2015, 01:21:23 PM
Yukari and Rise are both Lovers arcana, right?

I felt that P4 was much more obscure about a "canon love interest"; Rise having it more as a personality identifier (sort of a "lovely idol" than a set-up lover).  Mainly because I might be put off by her "not early introduced love interesting" (like 90% of games like to do), but also since her personality (and occupation) marks her as just generally likeable and outgoing, ideal for a "lovers" (and also in that she /is loved/).

I always thought of Yukari as the main love interest until Aigis comes along. The game kind of drops Yukari as if she was nothing from that point onwards.

I remember noticing this too, which made me kinda sad that both A) Yukari is definitely sort of dropped and B) Aigis isn't introduced sooner since she has such plot importance.

So Aigis is a sexbot on top of being a combat machine?  This could get kinky, hideous, or hideously kinky.  And if she isn't a sexbot and insists on being in Main's room, will she eviscerate any human girl he decides to bring home for a hook-up? 

I remember reading some novel about a sexbot who, in a moment of self-awareness, completely eviscerates her "master" as he's trying to fuck her.  Not that that's an uncommon premise or anything, right? 

I smell an eroge concept!  Though I have a funny feeling someone's already put that into one somewhere. 

http://i.imgur.com/q12Vrj2.gif (nsfw-ish)
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: May 26, 2015, 12:45:42 PM
Funny, that wasn't the impression I got.  I'm thought publishers were being much more constrictive, hence the route to pursue a Kickstarter in order to make games without those "mass-appeal, triple-A chains".

I just worry the whole Kickstarter route opens the floodgates for potential nostalgia exploitation.

And same with this; these Kickstarters have met and exceeded their goals.  Nostalgia exploitation is one thing, but I also feel that sounds 'glass half empty' seeing the otherwise success of these titles, both as a "success from yesteryear" and as a modern kickstarter.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: May 26, 2015, 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.
12  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].
13  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)
14  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

15  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
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