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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 21, 2016, 02:04:32 PM
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Plus, how many games actually put Canada in their game?



Etrian Odyssey Untold's Raquna Sheldon is from fantasy!Ontario. She likes maple-flavored ice cream and says 'eh'.


Hah!!! Love it!!!
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 21, 2016, 08:35:42 AM
Yep, can definitely confirm I am cursed to not finish Trails of Cold Steel.
....then the game froze on my second try.

I laughed. xD
The game is against ya.
I set Cold Steel to easy; but I'm really having trouble getting into the flow of things.  Largely because work is taking a lot of time so ...I'm looking forward to a backlog of catchup when things settle down...and y'know I've landed my dream job one day.  #fuck.

I beat South Park The Stick of Truth.... I don't think I've laughed more or been more shocked and appalled by things I've seen in a videogame.  Best of all, the combat was still very competent despite it's status as a "TV game".  If you ever found the show funny and need a quick RPG, I TOTALLY recommend it (it's pretty cheap now too).

Plus, how many games actually put Canada in their game?
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: World of Final Fantasy on: September 20, 2016, 01:52:40 PM
I honestly think I'll hate the game but I'm probably gonna throw money at it because it looks fun.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: September 20, 2016, 01:43:42 PM
The entire FFX OST remixed with Tidus' "hahaha"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOzM4ClFG1o

This is the best thing ever!

James Arnold Taylor (English VA of Tydus) reacts to it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIh6sXRM_yQ

There's pain behind those eyes. x)
He's a real sport about it at least, and I'm glad the dude still is a top-shelf voice actor despite it (like he said, he just followed directions, and STILL managed to sound less atrocious than the Japanese VA).

https://youtu.be/BQ4c54rCJ_k
Spanish Radio DJ needs a raise.  He manages to guess a caller's VERY incorrectly heard song lyrics.
Also, the laugh is contagious.

https://youtu.be/fRscYVvEFt8
Oldie but a goodie.  "This Aerobic Video Wins Everything" is well described and a look back into the mythical age where this was popular...sure looks like everyone is having fun!

https://youtu.be/9O47wvvEG50
Some peeps here seem to like The Eric Andre Show.  And oh man... The low budget garbage talk show is a lot of fun and I watched a ton of them.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 20, 2016, 01:39:48 PM
Sorry to hear that, Dice. Always a crappy thing to have to do.


Thanks Klutz. We did what we thought was best; she went real peacefully, and even though she was in pain she still managed to wag her tail. :)

She looks like a sweetheart :( You okay, Dice?

I was a mess the day of (yesterday), I didn't really wanna talk to anyone, because what's there to say?.
I tried going to work today, but when I saw my dad still kinda tearing up about it and then everyone asks how you're holding up, you start to think about it and get emotional all over.
I'm happy it hasn't soured me at all on pets, with time I'd love to give another pet a home.

Sorry for talking a lot here, haha, but thanks much Tomara. :)

Hm! A lot to comment on...

College/education/training/etc should be free, it isn't, it's dumb. In the absence of that honestly I don't think it should even be there in some ways, replace them with just actual things like pharmacist accreditation or janitorial chemistry or just anything.

Even the Ancient Greeks and Romans thought that erudition and scholarship was the natural outgrowth of a life spent on successful actual skills, America has it the other way around because they want life to be easy, when it isn't.

Also a coffee grinder sounds like an awesome anniversary thing.

And of course... well... death of a animal pet... all I know is I really can't say anything.

I agree about the education thing, shame it's such a cost and a burden on people when it should be the opposite.  Knowledge is power, and being locked out of it really hurts societies, IMO.

And I like your thing there about the coffee grinder.  There's a few things in life I feel people would *rarely* spend their own money on but *love* to get as a gift (or a gift card)..
Which reminds me, giftcards are the real unsung hero during special occasions, I hate trying to find people THAT ONE THING; let them pick.

I'm truly sorry for your loss, Dice... Keep your chin up. She certainly did. =)
Internet hugz, yo.


Haha thanks natros, and yeah she was a good optimistic pup.  She had a damn stroke and still kept trying to walk.  It was heart breaking and wonderful.
I feel them Internet hugs, I appreciate data lot. HAH!



I'm sending you your favorite flavor of vibes as we speak, Dice.

I taste cheese.

...I love it.

Thanks a lot Arvis. :)

as someone who gets emotional at the mere thought of his cat dying...  I have the deepest sympathy for you Dice.  Gutted even.

Try not to dwell. I'm happy I always appreciated every moment with my pup, even walking her when it was twenty-below-zero haha
Thanks a lot Jawsh, give your kit an extra few pets and cuddles today.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 19, 2016, 10:33:14 PM
Our family made the tough decision to put down our furriest family member.  She was 13 years old, a puppy at heart, and the best thing to come home to whether I was in a good or sad mood.  She had a sort of stroke on Friday and basically lost the ability to walk; we had to help her pee and she barely ate (unless presented gourmet cheeseburgers, then the black lab managed an appetite).

I'm pretty heart broken right now.

Probably the best selfie I ever managed of us (she was terribly camera shy)


She managed to make friends with this white puffball; I think seeing an energetic pup gave my girl some extra energy in her old age.


Last photo we got (too many photos still wouldn't have been enough).  I'm happy she was wagging her tail and 'smiling' till the very end and I don't think she could ever say she went to bed on an empty stomach.


I'll miss her.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: World of Final Fantasy on: September 15, 2016, 11:16:05 AM
TGS trailer (English)
Trailer in Japanese

Sweet jesus i hope attack cutscenes can be skipped, don't want to watch Tidus wind up for a measely 500 HP. x)

The game certainly plays up nostalgia and i love the big budget look of everything.  I mean, it looks way too dramatic for the content, but hopefully it's some fun.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Saga Scarlet Grace announced for PSVita on: September 15, 2016, 10:43:35 AM
Here's the thing.  I feel like Unlimited SaGa could have been good with a better manual or tutorials or any sort of explanatory exposition.  It's like trying to play a complicated board game without knowing the rules and there is no expert player there to kinda help walk you through the rules.  Unlimited SaGa is not a "pick-up-and-play" type of game. 

No matter what way you slice it, having to hit a slot machine to activate skills in battle is baloney.

Lunar: Dragon Song's "running HP drain" can also be filed under "what the fuck were they thinking" pile of gaming mistakes.
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 12, 2016, 12:02:00 AM
I recently saw The Nice Guys, a buddy cop/film noir set in the '70s starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.  It was decent - I was surprised that Crowe was the more likable character.


Saw it too!

I've definitely enjoyed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Nice Guys on their own more than the entire Lethal Weapon Series (all having writer Shane Black in common).  I also really liked Holly a lot, she was a perfect "Penny" to Gosling's bumbling, accident-prone, happy-go-lucky Inspector Gadget (also, how many times did the dude "interact" with windows in that film?).  The main cast was great, the dialogue was witty, and while the film takes some time to get going, I'm a sucker for a good mystery.

Also grabbing Kim Bassinger was a nice touch, and the visual homage to Gladiator was a little brilliant. :P



10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 08, 2016, 01:45:18 PM
^ so you're saying I have to go to the Netherlands to get decent computer repair service?

I giggled. xD

And yeah, about the gym, you can hit the weights all you want but it's unlikely you'll slim down unless you change what you're putting in you first.  Sucks, but that's the way it is.  You'd be surprised how little the body can get by on if over-eating or big dinners is involved.
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: September 08, 2016, 11:04:27 AM
You forgot Beyond the Beyond and anything Bubsy.

I laughed (and kinda liked the second Bubsy game....2p anyway where you fly around and shoot yarn or some crap)
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: September 08, 2016, 02:07:24 AM
hah! dear RPGFan, looks like ya gotta make a FAQ to deal with people's issues on your definitions for things.

But Jawsh, I think they said Retro games were at least a couple years old before they're covered.  Whether it's looking back at Dragon Quest 1 or Mass Effect 1, it definitely give a chance for the staff to go back on old titles that could use some discussion and might be out of the spotlight, or have finally had a chance to be played by a bunch of people by this point.  Usually, and after the 2-3 years that pass since a game has released, I think is enough time to qualify it as being "pretty late to the party" if you finally did get around to it.  Besides, it'd be a bit weird to have two separate podcasts for the OLD-OLD games and the NEW-OLD games.  I don't think the word 'retro' can claim a specific amount of years back, and it's probably best not to think too hard on the title beyond being maybe a lil' catchy and kind-of all-encompassing title for chatting up not-new games.


I felt the added bits in Golden watered down the otherwise perfectly paced character arcs in the original.
I felt the epilogue in Golden kind of "undid" all the growth that the characters went through
I hated Golden's version of "Never More"

Not that I don't appreciate some of what Golden did.
It gave us not one, but TWO kickass remixes of I'll Face Myself for the Marie battles.

I can see this.  The additions definitely felt like additions to a pretty well rounded game, so I can definitely dig that

I'm actually all for Star Ocean 2 being on there.  It's not the best on many a level, but it does something right and I love it's weird archaic charm and breakable battle system like crazy.
Claude/Opera are the real MVP.

Opera is my shiiiiittttt! There is just something about getting stupidly powerful in an action rpg that I love. I think it is definitely the least flawed Star Ocean (lel).

It's funny cuz it's true. :/
Star Ocean 3 I'd rank if the dungeons were absolutely the worst.
13  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: September 08, 2016, 12:36:57 AM
Kingdom Hearts


Peter, get in here, a kindred spirit!

I'm actually all for Star Ocean 2 being on there.  It's not the best on many a level, but it does something right and I love it's weird archaic charm and breakable battle system like crazy.
Claude/Opera are the real MVP.

Am I the only person that preferred the original Persona 4 over Golden?

How so?
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: September 08, 2016, 12:10:55 AM
I don't know why you like posting memes so much, but it doesn't really contribute to the conversation. I'm not even sure what that one is supposed to imply.

You're not exactly a role model ya'know. :P

Ah, so personal attacks are justified when you think so, got it.



Were you particularly offended and upset that someone didn't like agreeing (but still agreeing) to a point you made?
I feel there are bigger hills to die on, but sure. 

Shame on you Arvis.  Both of you say sorry and play nice, and let's let this lie because it's not important and no one got badly hurt.

Back to the discussion, and i'd still like to hear this top 10 of yours whether or not it 'jives' with the maintream tastes of the podcast. :P
:)
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: September 07, 2016, 10:56:14 PM
Nah my list would get vetoed because it's too inaccessible.



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Hate to say it, but I find myself agreeing with Lard on almost every point, despite continuing to really dislike his attitude.


You really had to phrase it that way?

You're not exactly a role model ya'know. :P

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I tried listening to the top ten thread and holy fuck it is offensively bad.

Then, whoever said the newer Star Trek movies were better than the old ones? Fuck you, you have legitimately terrible taste. Cutting Nocturne over Mass Effect 2? A complete and utter fucking joke. You are terrible, terrible people.

"Nocturne is too hard! Wahhh! Etrian Odyssey is too hard! Wahhh!"

Christ, somebody get you guys baby's first rpg.

The whining and pissing and moaning about Chrono Cross almost 20 years later is loooooong past the point of being a circlejerk.

[...]

Lastly, people voting for games they'd played either an hour of or they intended to play is fucking retarded. Some of the worst reasoning I have ever heard for including a game on a list.

We're posting a special Dreamcast RPGs episode today, and the next two weeks will be the two Valkyria Chronicles episodes.  It's Sega month!  (total coincidence). After those we have a special 50th episode planned, which is getting posted on the 28th. 

We're still yet to record our first Danganronpa episode due to scheduling difficulties.  If you want to ask a question or make sure we address a specific topic, then post it here or send an email to retro@rpgfan.com.  Thanks for listening and discussing! 

I feel like saying the Dreamcast was a weird system is more right than for any other console mainly because it felt like it was largely made of of "hidden gems", all the time.
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