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Subject: Persona 3: FES
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Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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1  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: Today at 02:11:45 AM
I think the P.E teacher might be a British specific joke. Here ex-army personal who work in schools are 99% P.E teachers, hence his disbelief that he is a Maths teacher.


Yeah the reaction from Gaf on that joke was pretty lost (many jumping to it being a racist thing [physical activity = a black thing] than a 'soldier thing'). 

IIRC the 'soldier-hating' was just 'cause the Doctor doesn't like them or guns, right?

I think the P.E teacher might be a British specific joke. Here ex-army personal who work in schools are 99% P.E teachers, hence his disbelief that he is a Maths teacher.

Ah...
Here in America, P.E teachers are old pedophiles.

(Fun fact, my primary school P.E teacher was arrested and jailed due to touching young boys)
(Following fact, I guess I wasn't his type)

Or lesbians, according to Clueless.  And my high school PE teacher.
... Either way, the PE joke is *still* terribly lost on us non-British aliens.

2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: Today at 12:37:48 AM
http://youtu.be/qHiLA8f2z-U
One of my favorite win quotes.  Gaius won it.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: Today at 12:04:57 AM
I have some severe problems with the true ending (which I pointed out on one of the last pages), but I agree.  Despite absolutely loathing her at first I grew to like her.  I think she's fun, especially in her interactions with the older party members (Rowen and Gaius).  Gaius gets all big brother-y and Rowen just teases her constantly and it's amazing.

I *loved* your analysis of the true vs. good ending and really appreciate both in the end.  I'd prefer the 'good' ending as canon, in fact.  But I respect the hell out of the nobility displayed in the true ending, I think it's the decision that, if Ludger is the 'Tales hero' he is, it's what he would have picked.

Code:
I didn't really shine to Elle besides in the occasional skit, but I loved seeing her alive and well, and really living it up.  ...questionable taste in fashion aside.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: September 29, 2014, 09:00:24 PM

I'm surprised and simultaneously impressed and depressed how many I recognized (not too hard though, a lot of FFV poked out, for one).  Ah well, love the clusterfuck of colours!



This crossover also simlutaneously makes the most sense and least sense.  It makes no sense because of the two shows picked, but the most sense because of how they react to the situation.  Brilliant

Dog vs. Mantis.


Double jointed like a...fucking....FOX.


Saved it, then killed it
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: September 29, 2014, 08:24:32 PM
So someone just pointed this out to me...


Mind = blown

Another great episode and so far a pretty good season after a kind of rocky start.
Possibly the strangest way to tackle a love-triangle plot since Capaldi's character is so much different from Matt Smith's.  The villain was a write-off, but the interactions were perfect.

And also, Jenna Coleman has *massive*-sized eyes.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 29, 2014, 07:31:21 PM
Aston's review (which was very good btw) reminded me how silly Ludger's and Elle's first meeting goes....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlA2OaUifIA&list=PLCLeSTzz6trY9DvyWuy887KO_VcHAy72r#t=358

That's a mean accusation there, little lady.  Had to, shmad to.

I also think this is possibly the strangest game to review.  It's getting good grades, and I'm happy, but I also don't think it deserves them --- even though I enjoyed ToX2 very much (more than the first).
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: September 29, 2014, 07:04:13 PM
Oh my, I may have started a trend :) Have fun!

Sorry for copying.  It's for love and game.  And because you had a good idea when I wanted 'more attention' covering a 'classic'.

Oooh, I'm glad you mentioned the menu portraits.  They're just gorgeous in FFVII. VIII and X (the other games with drawn portraits) just don't compare. VIII and X tend to have long neck syndrome as well, something VII avoided.  

Honestly, since the graphics "were what they were" at the time I thought they were the best and only really impressive representation of the characters for the title (future versions of them aside on the PS2 and in CG film).

I wonder... if FF7 were to be remade, would they go full-realism like Advent children or that in-between like Crisis Core was?  But honestly, I'd take the compromise.  A remaster with less shitty character models and HD'd pre-rendered backgrounds.





Leaving Midgar and off to Kalm for a long, long Flashback
Quote
In which we listen to a story of how things got fucky

= I love the transition from a highway escape in the high-tech Midgar to... Kalm, a town that looks (and sounds) like a nostalgic throwback to the last six Final Fantasy titles.  ...What with its extremely quaint look and calming music.

= Kalm cutscene takes forever.  So long it has an intermission!   But it's damn good.  

= One thing that's really getting to me this time around is the amount of foreshadowing during the Nibelheim Incident.  The fact that parts of Cloud's story isn't recalled well really makes this more than a simple "flashback" you have to sit through.  And I like that the party kind-of intervenes with the story because of minor issues and needs for clarification.  

=  Also, knowing the "big twist" makes it interesting to talk to that one "anonymous" blue-clad soldier.
Cloud is great at believing his own bullshit though.

= Why does the memory take him out of the bar when you go in?  Was it just cuz it didn't happen (and you, the player, are making it happen)?

= Any reason people in Nibelheim treat him like ass when he gets there too?  Is it just general Shinra hate?  I mean, I know the trees are dying and Hojo is doing some creepy shit up in the mountains; but the place hardly feels welcoming.

= Yeah I took the "Orthpedic underwear".  What could that possibly even do for someone??  (and do I wanna know?).

= Anyone have any thoughts on the letter in Tifa's room?  Who wrote it and why?  Or is it just to provide some "worldly context"?  
I like fan speculation sometimes.

= I also like that Cloud got a "younger" Menu Portrait where he looks more hot-blooded and facial features are rounder (like his less-pointy chin and bigger eyes) than his older portrait.  He also acts a bit more like a younger, eager idiot.



= I love when you meet Sephiroth in the basement when he goes nuts, the drums sound like a heart beat.  His crazy-walk is also kind of intimidating.

= The Makonoids are a severely underplayed and [wonderfully] creepy part of this game.  What a shame.


= So... I'm confused, is Jenova an Ancient?  Why does she look like that then?  What are the other Ancients compared to her and why the turmoil?  I always thought Jevonva was...basically a female Lavos (with an eye on her breast).  How is Sephiroth related to her (since his real mum is locked up in a waterfall).

= Just this scene.... wow


= So what does the "Fan think?  Is Barret a racist representation of a black man or simply fitting the stereotype for "angry black man" (with a heart of gold)?  I'm on the fence here; his cursing and love for his adopted daughter Marlene tickle me in the right ways.  But on the other hand, he looks like Mr. T (wait, that might be another thing I find amusing).  
Either way, I'm *all* for greater racial diversity in games.  Sazh was like one of three characters I liked in the FF13 saga (though the similarities between he and Barret are interesting)

Till the next one...!
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 29, 2014, 02:30:08 PM
New New Nintendo 3DS Ad with the changing covers with a JPOP star and a ton of Nintedo characters in fancy dress.
http://youtu.be/9MpQSvaduzk

So cute you'll get a tooth ache!
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 29, 2014, 11:05:09 AM
I just want to say, I think Psychoanalysis, Freud, and *ANY* theory that involves breasts, infantile jealousy about 'gettin' with' mum, and dad wielding power and his penis as gross, damn near impossible to prove, and the stuff of bad fiction.  I hate it, and I don't understand why its taught when there's REAL psychology out there.













I definitely needed that; thank you xD
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 28, 2014, 08:43:31 PM
I finally made my aforementioned big life decision.  I've decided that 2014 will be my final year playing with the band.  I love music and it's been a great ride (both with this band and my prior bands), but hot damn that whole "touring band" lifestyle's REALLY taken its toll on me and I look forward to closing that chapter of my life.  I have other priorities in my life that demand my time, energy, and attention.  

So, yeah, Dincrest will be hanging up his "rock star" spurs.  This was a super difficult decision and one I've been twisting myself in knots over for months now.  I'm not the type to make snap decisions, I always think them through often to the point of overthinking.  

The band is obviously not happy about this development.  It's like a painful breakup with a significant other (or in this case, four significant others).  But I gotta follow my heart and know when to say "enough is enough."  I think they'll be alright, though.  They existed for years before me and will thrive after me.  

EDIT: And Mesh, yes.  I naturally do walk fast and with a wide stride.  The only times I don't walk fast are if I have the flu, if my legs are destroyed from a massive bike ride, or if foot traffic's packed like sardines (though I do look for openings to slip through.)  

Looking for a post of mine I missed this bombshell.

Damn.  I'm sorry, I know over the YEARS this has been a big thing in your life and you've shared a lot of it here on the 'Fan as well.  I'ts for good reasons I assume, but I hope you still enjoy some wicked jam sessions with them or get into some new musical project.  You're a talent!

Meanwhile, I've loved all the bike-a-thon posts.  It's great you can do something for good health and for a damn fine (albeit tragic) cause.  You're giving hope to people; all charities do, I'm sure.  I have channeled "DIN" on my gym runs...  I still have little vitality, but it helps the fight to keep it going.

--

Meanwhile (II), I have to do a report about Harry Smith.

Harry fucking Smith.

Harry
this bullshit
Smith.

I just want to say, I think Psychoanalysis, Freud, and *ANY* theory that involves breasts, infantile jealousy about 'gettin' with' mum, and dad wielding power and his penis as gross, damn near impossible to prove, and the stuff of bad fiction.  I hate it, and I don't understand why its taught when there's REAL psychology out there.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: September 28, 2014, 04:12:06 AM


I love this FF15 meme.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: September 28, 2014, 04:06:30 AM
How do i bring Aeris back to life?

Cast Life.

Unfortunately, Rosa f**king misses it half the time.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: September 28, 2014, 03:49:00 AM


NOT my first time playing; but now that I'm older and wiser I hope to go in with a more fulfilling experience out of it.

SO FAR:
In which we begin a final journey...for the seventh time... Or something.  We start FF7.


= I wonder if anyone in the slums, right next door, were angry or jealous of Aeris' massive 'estate'.  Seriously, it's perfect.  There's even a waterfall in the back (wtf)?

= I haven't played this game in years.  Anyone else notice a very maternal vibe from a ton of the female characters?

= Aeris: Is Tifa....a girl?
 Cloud: >No >>Yeah *click*
Aeris: Oh, that's nice.  So that's nice.
>___>  Jealousy is ugly or the translation is that spotty.  Be great if the PSX games could get a reworked translation for their steam releases.

= Aw, why did the FF titles stop their crazy amounts of cursing in the games?  Barret [and cid] are hilarious.

= I love love love the fuck out of the Menu Portraits.  The high contrast and blue shadowing is gorgeous to look at.  For as much as I love FF9, the rough CG portraits did nothing for me.  HAND DRAWN BABY. (post edit: Hence the picture at the beginning)



UPDATE 2:
(in which we infiltrate the big bad government till something fucky happens)



= Shinra Top Floor
Quote
Cloud: Former SOLDIER First Class!
Barret: AVALANCHE Member!
Tifa: Same here!
Aeris: ...Flower girl from the slums
Red VIII: A research specimen!
Rufus: *shrug*

And our motley crew to save the world nears completion.

= Rufus is the fucking coolest.  Anything stands up against him, he'd mow it down.  Hell, he's in Advent Children somehow despite getting blasted in the face.... .

= Honestly, the whole Shinra building is *awesome* as far as dungeons go.  Each floor mostly has some new gimmick to advance it.  FUCK I MISS OLD RPGs.  Optional entry (stairs, always the stairs), climbing through vents, finding an ultimate weapon, watching the President set up as a "big bad" only to get killed, etc. 

= One thing I hate as Cloud as the lead character is being stuck with his annoyingly spikey do and bland colouring almost the entire game.  I love the colours of the rest the team.  Ah well.

= I don't get how this game has an awesome and fast battle system, but the next two installments just got slower (with...'mixed changes' to the battle system).

= I've never appreciated her in previous runs; but fuck Aeris, I'm flirting with Tifa -- she deserves the love (meanwhile I feel like an ass for not pursuing Aeris when the game implies it much, much more).  I actually love that Cloud's affection for Aeris helps defrost him, and it doesn't feel too pressured or one-sided at all.  They kinda just...dug each other.  <3 
But Tifa all the way.  Also, her limit break is super strong.

= I never understood: Why did Hojo throw Aeris and Red VIII (yes, 8) together??  What interest was he to Hojo?  How did he grab him?  The whole thing is odd. 
Also, for the last surviving unicorn Ancient and super valuable research subject, Shinra sure treats Aeris like shit.


Till next time,



Actual NEW post tomorrow.
14  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on: September 27, 2014, 03:13:15 AM
Is hard not to sound like an asshole when I read your stuff where I barely agree or see half of the stuff you do.

Well, y'know, we *could* converse about it rather than the one-two words you *had* to just sneak in: "Uh sure" doesn't particularly come off as neither friendly or sociable.

Worse yet is that I think Stefanie Joosten is really pretty IRL; the mo-cap....lost something in her along the way.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Maxx plays FFXIII - based on a true story [SPOILERS!] on: September 27, 2014, 03:01:24 AM
Also, the town is called Old Bottom


(sorry, I giggled, it's late and I'm tired)

It needs be said though; I adore FF13's graphics.  I feel like its often glazed over because we've come to expect that from Square.  But lordy, I was watching a let's play and [my eyes] adored every moment.  For as much as the game loves showing its characters talk (and sometimes little else), I actually just ogle it.
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